Staying both healthy and environmentally-conscious can be a tricky balance. Here are three eco-friendly ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy and beautiful.
New Toothbrush Options
You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. This ensures that you always have fresh bristles that work properly. It’s also good practice to toss the toothbrush to prevent bacterial growth.
But throwing out a standard toothbrush every three months adds up to a lot of waste. Switch to a toothbrush made from biodegradable materials, like bamboo. Alternatively, an electric toothbrush may save on plastic since you only have to throw out a small detachable head every few months instead of a whole brush.
Nix the Disposable Straws
Sipping sweet drinks through a straw can spare your teeth the harmful exposure to stain, sugar, and acids. Yet, plastic straws are gaining more attention for their negative impact on the environment. If you want to keep using straws to preserve your bright smile, consider getting a reusable one that you can carry with you and clean at home.
Get White Fillings Instead of Silver
Metal fillings are cheap and durable, but they do contain traces of mercury. This amount of mercury is so small that it wouldn’t affect you. But when the time comes to remove a silver restoration, the drilling process can release mercury vapor into the environment.
On the plus side, dental offices are equipped to reduce mercury vapors while removing metal fillings. Still, you can do your part by opting for resin-based white restorations.
Regular dental checkups will help you avoid needing to have dental work done in the first place. Call your dentist today to schedule a visit.
Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
Your gums are important for a couple big reasons:
Gums weakened by disease can lead to tooth-loss and even health complications such as stroke and heart disease.
So keeping your gums healthy clearly has a lot of benefits!
Here are some ways you can help your gum tissue thrive.
Drink Lots of Water
Staying hydrated prevents sticky bacterial plaque buildup, which causes gum inflammation. Getting lots of water also promotes a healthy saliva flow.
Brush and Floss Daily
Proper brushing and flossing remove the plaque that develops after meals and overnight. Use a fluoride toothpaste when you brush to get that added benefit for your teeth.
Use a Rinse Each Night
An antibacterial or antiplaque mouthwash creates an environment that makes it hard for bacteria to grow in. Your dentist may recommend a rinse as a therapeutic addition to your brushing and flossing routine.
Get Your Vitamins
Vitamin C is essential to warding off infection, especially in your gums. Strawberries, peppers, and citrus fruits are good sources of this vitamin.
Cut Tobacco Use
Smoking and other tobacco use causes gum recession, reduces gums’ immune response and blood circulation, and increases the risk of oral cancer.
Regular Dental Cleanings
When you see your dentist on a regular basis, he or she will check you gums for signs of trouble and let you know what to do before things get out of hand. Professional dental cleanings reduce the amount of buildup on teeth that cause gum irritation.
Don’t leave your gum health to chance! Learn more about healthy gums by visiting your local dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
It’s time for your 2 o’clock dental visit and you can’t shake that familiar feeling of dread.
You’re scheduled for a teeth cleaning and you already know how it’s going to go: the pain, the sensitivity, the doubt that the torture will ever end.
If you’re tired of each routine dental cleaning going this way, then the following tips are just what you need.
Sensitive gums may be where your discomfort originates. The hygienist can apply a thin layer of topical numbing jelly to help them relax for your cleaning session. You can even as for laughing gas if you want!
Most patients have sensitive teeth right after a cleaning. Use a dab of desensitizing paste like a conditioner for your teeth every time after brushing. Do this on a regular basis to strengthen your enamel before your next dental visit.
Sometimes, you just mentally have to go to your safe place. If you don’t focus on the work that’s going on in your mouth, it will be easier to endure the necessary evil.
Bring an audiobook or favorite calming playlist to listen to through headphones and let yourself just drift away.
Some patients are very sensitive to the ultrasonic instruments that work the fastest for removing tartar. If your hygienist is using an automated tool to clean your teeth and it hurts, you can ask him or her to switch to the hand tools for a while to give your teeth a break. For some people it’s the other way around.
A little honest communication and preparation are all that’s needed to make a dental cleaning more comfortable. Contact your dental office for more help in surviving your next trip!
Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
You’ve heard that eating a lot of sugar leads to cavities. But you may not realize how big of a role your overall diet plays in determining your cavity risk.
Here are a few changes you might make to your family’s eating habits:
Drink More Water
Beverages are a major source of the sugars that contribute to tooth decay. They literally soak the teeth in sugar for minutes at a time. Sweet drinks provide fuel for cavity-causing bacteria and they also impact the acidity of the mouth, which is what causes enamel erosion.
Cut back on sweetened drinks by encouraging your family to switch to water. This will keep the mouth hydrated and your teeth cleaner.
Fresh fruits and veggies are great sources of water (which helps clean teeth) and fiber. The fiber is good for your digestive health, but it also does your teeth a favor. Natural fibers in plants help scrub away cavity-causing plaque and sugar while you chew.
Who knew an apple a day could keep the dentist away?
Get More Fiber
Speaking of fiber, you can get similar dental health benefits by upgrading your processed carbs to high-fiber whole grains. The hearty texture can wick away bacteria and slows down plaque-formation, unlike simpler carbohydrates.
Dairy is the perfect snack for strong tooth enamel. Minerals found in dairy products such as calcium are necessary for remineralizing the structure of weak teeth. Cheese in particular is good for preventing decay since its tangy flavor stimulates saliva flow. Your teeth rely on saliva to stay clean and to soak up more minerals!
Modest changes in your diet along with routine dental exams and checkups can help fight tooth decay and prevent cavities. Want more tips on keeping your smile healthy, naturally? Visit your dentist or hygienist to learn more.
Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
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