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Jul
1

Are You Prone to Tooth Decay?

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Some people tend to get cavities more than others, and it is easy to jump to the conclusion that it’s because they don’t brush their teeth. But that is putting it too simply. In fact, there are a number of reasons some people are more prone to cavities, or dental caries, than others.

Heredity 

The natural shape and composition of your teeth can affect whether you get cavities. Teeth with cracks and crannies have a tendency to attract plaque build-up, which can lead to decay. Also, some teeth naturally have weak enamel, the teeth’s natural protective coating, and some have areas of weak enamel, which can leave teeth vulnerable.

Poor Dental Care 

Yes, it’s true. Poor brushing habits can make decay more likely. It is therefore absolutely essential that you brush at least twice daily and floss every day. See your dentist every six months for a dental check-up. Your doctor or dental hygienist will be able to point out weaknesses in your routine and offer advice on how you can improve.

It is also possible to brush your teeth too briskly and erode the enamel.

Diet 

It is widely known that foods high in starch and sugar are bad for your teeth. Stay away from soda, sticky candy and some sports drinks if you want to maintain a nice smile. 

Dry Mouth 

Saliva is the great neutralizer of acid in the mouth. If your saliva production is low, or the Ph levels in your saliva are high, it could lead to decay, over time. Saliva can be affected by disease or by certain medications. See your dentist if you are experiencing a dry mouth.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli

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May
8

Battling Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

Xerostomia is commonly referred to as “dry mouth.” Certain types of medications, allergies, or nutritional factors can all affect the amount of saliva flow someone has, causing some people to experience lower saliva levels than normal. Patients that have been treated with radiation therapy may also have inadequate saliva levels due to damage to the salivary glands. It is normal for there to be some decrease in saliva flow overnight, as saliva glands shut down when we sleep. However, normal healthy saliva flow should resume soon after waking, or around the time we eat our first meal.

The lack of salivary flow caused by xerostomia can create discomfort, make it difficult to eat, and even increase the amount of tooth decay that a person may have. Saliva is a natural lubricant, keeping the mucosal tissues free to move, and cleansing the teeth. When it is inhibited, regular chewing or swallowing can be difficult. Prosthetics such as full or partial dentures may cause sore spots to develop due to the prosthesis rubbing against try oral tissue. In order to prevent this tissue irritation, it’s important to find a way to lubricate the mouth or resume saliva production.

If medications are causing your dry mouth, you should consult your doctor before discontinuing them. Treating xerostomia typically involves over the counter products such as mouth lubricating drops, toothpastes, and rinses. Chewing gum that contains xylitol will protect teeth against decay as well as encourage salivary production. Care must be taken in order to prevent excessive cavities from developing throughout the mouth. Routine dental check-ups, cleanings, and x-rays will identify areas of concern as early as possible, allowing your dentist to take preventive steps to counteract the effects of dry mouth. Topical treatments such as fluoride varnish or gel are also useful.

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Jan
17

Best Practices for Dental Hygiene

Most people assume that dental hygiene is complicated. They just accept that you go once or twice a year and typically you will get a cavity or two. Maybe even have the start to gum disease or other issues. However, dental hygiene isn’t complicated. It does take some work. But once it’s in your normal routine you will be good to go.

Gum disease, cavities, mouth sores, etc. – they all can be avoided with good dental hygiene. So – what’s that all about? Well – it’s simple. It comes down to 3 best practices:

  • Brush/floss your teeth:  When it comes to brushing – it’s not just a simple brush either. Really brush your teeth completely. Covering every area of your mouth. Typically a good tooth brushing takes about 3-4 minutes. Last but not least, brush your tongue before you finish. You need to brush/floss at least 2 times per day.
  • Routine dental appointments: These routine dental checkups are important because they can discover problem areas before the areas get worse. Also, the dental hygienist will clean your teeth very well and remove any plaque build-up. These dental appointments should happen at least twice per year.
  • Maintain a healthy diet: Eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables as well as drinking lots of water help your teeth to be strong. Your body will likely have higher immune system as well. This will help your gums fight against infection as well.

And that’s it – just three easy things to remember. Brush and floss your teeth, keep routine dental appointments, and maintain a healthy diet. With those three steps you will have a happy oral health, which means a happier you!

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