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Dec
29

Easy New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Smile

Posted in Gum Disease

The New Year means a lot of people are making resolutions to better their overall health, meet personal goals, and improve themselves in various ways. Improving the health of your smile can involve some very easy changes, and those in part can also help you live healthier. After all, gum disease plays an influential part on systemic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and erectile dysfunction, just to name a few..

Here are some very easy new years resolutions to better oral health:

Start using an electric toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes remove more plaque bacteria than manual toothbrushes do, even in people that have great oral hygiene. That’s because the brush vibrates thousands of times per minute, giving you more strokes than you would ever get with a manual brush. They provide great stimulation to gum tissue and help reverse gingivitis.

Start cleaning between your teeth

Your dentist already knows that nobody likes flossing. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to clean between. If floss picks don’t work for you, then try using a water irrigation device; they’re simple to use and in some cases remove more bacteria than you’ll ever get with floss.

Chew Xylitol gum a few times each day

Xylitol prevents plaque from forming on the surface of the teeth. By chewing gum with Xylitol at least 5 times each day, studies have shown there is less plaque in the mouth even compared to people that brush efficiently.

Just these few simple steps will dramatically decrease plaque levels in your mouth and reduce your risk of tooth decay. They’re New Year resolutions that you’ll have no problem keeping!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Dec
1

Holiday Sweets

Halloween may be known as the holiday for getting candy, but it really just marks the start of an entire season of holidays dominated by rich and starchy foods, sugary desserts and candy. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day are all days of sugary indulgence. To avoid needing fillings dental fillings and other expensive dental work, it is also the time of year when you should be vigilant about dental care for yourself and your family.

Dentists say next time you reach for a slice of pumpkin pie, a piece of ribbon candy or a candy cane, keep the following guidelines in mind for optimum dental health:

  • Avoid foods that cling to your teeth, such as gooey cakes or caramel, as they promote tooth decay. Instead, choose nuts, fruit, cheese or sugarless candy.
  • When you eat carbohydrates like crackers, cookies or potato chips, don’t eat them alone, as they will encourage the build up of decaying bacteria on your teeth. Instead, eat them as part of a meal or eat them with a neutralizing food like cheese or milk.
  • Whether red or white, wine is an acidic beverage that can wear away your tooth enamel, which helps protect against decay. Avoid swishing the wine in your mouth, and drink water to help rinse your teeth.
  • It is not always possible to brush soon after eating holiday treats, so do the next best thing and either rinse your mouth out with water or chew on some sugarless gum.

Of course, with all the temptations that friends and relatives put before you during the holiday season, refraining altogether from treats and sweets is virtually impossible.  But with a little common sense, along with a regular routine of brushing and flossing, you should be able to make it through the holidays cavity-free. After all, the best gift of all is a great smile!

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