To rinse or not to rinse…
How can you decide whether or not to include a mouthwash in your oral hygiene routine? Here’s what you need to know:
The Plus Side to Mouthwash
A rinse can leave your mouth feeling fresh long after you’re done brushing. Mouthwashes contain a variety of ingredients to meet different needs:
When used to complement a routine of brushing and flossing, a rinse can help your teeth stay bright and clean and strong.
But a mouthwash isn’t a miracle cure.
What to Watch Out For
A few precautions are in order when it comes to choosing a mouthwash.
For starters, you should know that using a strong rinse can fool you. A quick swish can make you feel that your job is done. A freshener after a cup of coffee or a hasty rinse when you’re running late may seem like a suitable replacement for brushing.
And why bother with the floss? That burning rinse should kill all the bacteria between teeth, right?
Germs protect themselves with a slimy coating. Mouthwash can’t always bust through that shield to kill bacteria. You still need to floss!
Another caution is if you suffer from dry-mouth. A rinse that contains alcohol will only make your mouth drier. Reach for one that is alcohol-free.
Finally, be careful of kids using rinse. Young children may be tempted to drink it, especially the flavored, fluoride-rich formulas.
Talk with your dentist at your next dental checkup to learn more. He or she will help you determine which kind of rinse is right for you and your family.
Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
Choosing smart snack foods can help you curb your diet and strengthen your teeth at the same time! Some foods contain rich nutrients that support healthy tooth and gums, while others actually clean your teeth while you eat them. Here are a few foods to keep in mind the next time you’re at the market:
Crisp Veggies and Fruit
Crispy produce like carrots, apples, or celery will stimulate your gum tissue as you chew them. This promotes a healthy blood supply to aid in healing of areas of gum disease. Their firm texture also cleanses the teeth as you eat them; not to mention, their loaded with important vitamins and minerals that boost your immune system to keep you healthier.
Air-popped popcorn is a guilt-free snack that you can have all day long. The popcorn wipes away biofilm from the teeth, limiting the amount of plaque in your mouth. If you have areas where kernels tend to stick in your mouth, it’s time to re-vamp your flossing routine!
Cheese and Yogurt
Eating cheese is actually known to neutralize the pH levels inside of your mouth, preventing plaque from causing tooth decay. The calcium also aids in healthy bones throughout your body, including the bone that supports your teeth.
Nuts are packed full of a wide variety of nutrients that promote healthy oral tissues. Cashews especially are loaded with fatty acids that help eliminate infections like periodontal disease when paired with a rigorous oral hygiene routine.
Caring for your mouth goes beyond just reaching for your toothbrush. Make smart choices when you’re making your menu for the week, and you’ll benefit from a healthier smile as well as a healthier life!
Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
Keeping healthy is one of the biggest goals for most people when it comes to challenges for the New Year. While most of these resolutions are focused on eating better, exercising, or even losing weight, there might be an easier resolution that gives you just as good results and is fairly easy to stick with: having a healthier smile.
A healthier smile starts with attention to your gum tissue. Your gums are the foundation to healthy teeth, because they are what keep everything in place. Gum disease and gum recession lead to bone and tooth loss, so keeping gums healthy is essential. How do you do this? By focusing on the gumlines when you brush and floss. If the gums bleed when you brush and floss, it means that you have some form of gingivitis. Symptoms can take at least 2 weeks to reverse themselves. If bleeding and swelling persists longer than two weeks of daily flossing and gum brushing, it’s time to see your dentist.
Second, watch what you drink. Try to drink plenty of tap water between meals. Tap water contains fluoride, which strengthens teeth; it also cleans your teeth of loose biofilm and acids. Drinking sweetened (even artificially) drinks like coffee, tea, diet soda or sports drinks between meals each day will lead to an increase in tooth decay. They also add calories to your diet!
Last of all, have your dentist examine your teeth at least twice a year and take bitewing x-rays at least once each year. Doing so will allow you to pinpoint areas of concern when they are smaller, less invasive, and more affordable to fix! It’s never too late to start. Schedule your dental checkup today and pick up a pack of floss!
Posted on behalf of:
Mockingbird Dental Associates
99 Mockingbird Dr
Cartersville, GA 30120
During the holiday season most of us spurge on delectable edibles that are sitting around the office, being made in our kitchen, or finding their way to the dinner table as we gather with friends and family. How is it possible to enjoy these treats while at the same time protecting the health of your smile?
Add a Fluoride Rinse at Night
Fluoride restores strength to your tooth enamel that may have been lost during the day. Using it after brushing and before bedtime can protect your teeth from cavities or sensitivity caused by some of your favorite holiday foods and drinks.
Eat Your Dessert Sooner Rather than Later
Having all of your food at one time will reduce the amount of time that active acids spend on your teeth. Instead of snacking on treats throughout the afternoon, eat them all at once.
Drink Lots of Water
Water naturally cleanses your teeth. Keep a refillable bottle of tap water with you throughout the day, or rinse in the restroom after a snack. Tap water contains fluoride, making it even better than bottled water.
Remember, just about anything is ok in moderation. Unless you’re eating sweets 24/7, you aren’t going to be causing irreversible damage over one day of feasting and treats. However, if you’re experiencing any types of sensitivity from triggers like heat or sweets, it’s time to call your dentist right away. The last thing you want is a toothache when you’re out of town to see family. Consider catching up on your oral health needs before your end of year benefits expire, and reduce the chance of a dental emergency during this busy time of year.
Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Packing a lunch can save you several bucks a day, and makes it easier for you to be sure that you’re eating healthy options. As parents get ready to send their children back off to school, most of them are also considering ways to make a fun lunch that is also part of a balanced diet. Whether or not you’re packing a lunch for your child, or yourself, there are a few tips you can keep in mind to keep your smile healthier as well.
Opt to drink tap water with your meal. This is an excellent calorie saver, a natural tooth cleanser, and the fluoride inside of the water will keep teeth strong. Other options will just add to plaque buildup, and if you’re away all day you won’t be able to brush between meals.
Always add crisp, fresh produce to your lunches. Fruits and vegetables are healthiest when they’re fresh and uncooked. The fibrous texture cleanses the teeth as you chew, and also massages the gum tissue for optimum blood flow. Vegetables are also very low in calorie counts, so you can eat more of them without the guilt of feeling like it’s bad for your teeth or your health.
Remember your dairy! Eating sliced or cubed cheese can help you feel fuller, get necessary calcium, and even neutralize the pH inside of your mouth. Studies suggest that eating cheese during a meal will reduce the acidic levels inside of the mouth, preventing enamel from being eroded or an increased risk of tooth decay.
Keep it fun! Compartmentalized lunchboxes and colorful food are an easy way to spruce up your meal and make it more enjoyable for your child (or for you!)
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care
“If your eyes are the window to your soul, then your mouth is the mirror of your health. Any disease related to the mouth has an impact elsewhere in the body,” says Denis F. Kinane, BDS, PhD. That’s a pretty bold statement. Can my heart attack really be related back to how often I floss and brush my teeth? The answer may surprise you, because that answer is Yes.
Within the last five years alone, there has been a significant connection made between periodontal disease (gum disease) and heart disease. Periodontal disease is known as a specific risk factor for heart disease, according to the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The mouth is filled with countless bacteria, and the mouth is filled with living, growing tissue. Bacteria that is not cleaned away on a daily basis grows into damaging infections. These infections move into the tissue of the mouth and are passed through the blood stream to other areas of the body. Because of this connection, oral health issues can affect and cause general health issues. Diabetes and cardiovascular problems are linked to gum disease in several medical studies. Evidence suggests that oral bacteria has been directly linked to specific arterial blockages, stroke, and heart disease.
Because of the evidence of a link between a person’s oral health and his/her general health, dentists are continuing to emphasize the importance of proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing are not simply to keep your teeth pretty. Brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining a healthy life.
Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott
Going to the dentist means hearing the same question once again, “Do you floss regularly?” Dentists understand the importance of flossing every day, but unfortunately most of the patients do not. According to a national survey, only 49% of Americans floss their teeth regularly, and 10% say they never floss. Flossing is one of the most difficult personal habits to get people to do, yet it is also one of the most effective methods of preventing disease – within and outside of the mouth.
Many people simply do not understand the importance of flossing. They naively believe that brushing their teeth is enough to keep their mouths healthy, but it simply isn’t. Brushing is important, but it’s not the most important. In fact, if you were going to choose between brushing and flossing, choose flossing.
Flossing reaches between the teeth where brushing can not reach. The bacteria that builds up between the teeth is way more damaging than the plaque and bacteria that forms on the front and back of the teeth. Saliva, the tongue, and eating fibrous foods (such as apples, carrots, etc.) take care of removing most of the plaque that is on the front and back of the teeth. But nothing can take the place of flossing – is it the only effective method of reaching and cleaning between the teeth. It is the bacteria between the teeth that causes tooth decay. The bacteria between the teeth causes gum disease. And many health conditions such as diabetes, heart problems, and certain cancers can be linked back directly to a person’s periodontal disease. The gums are a living tissue, and any infection in the gums passes straight through to the rest of the body.
So if you want to know if you really need to floss every day, the answer is Yes, you should. By flossing, you are not only taking proper care of your oral health, but you are promoting optimal health for the rest of your body as well.
Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental
Did you know that your diet plays a big part in your dental health? Everything you put in your mouth affects your teeth in some way. Your diet definitely can help or hurt your oral health in many ways! Also, the more you eat the more you are exposing your teeth to the cycle of decay. Good oral hygiene needs to be practiced!
Below are some of the ideal choices for good oral health:
And below are some of the bad choices for oral health:
Also, what you drink also affects your oral health. The best drinks you can have are water, milk, and unsweetened tea. Try to limit your sugar intake when it comes to drinks. Watch how much soda or sports drinks you might have. If you do have a sugary drink, don’t just sip on it. That way of drinking just continually adds sugar in your mouth.
Last but not least, follow the three best practices for a healthy mouth.
Health foods and good oral health habits will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease which means fewer cavities and fewer trips to the dentist for fillings, crowns, root canals, and other dental restorations.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Eberhard, Mockingbird Dental Associates
Your permanent teeth are supposed to be just that – permanent. With proper care of your teeth and gums, your mouth can stay healthy throughout your life. The better care you take of your mouth the less risk you have for tooth decay and gum disease which not only helps prevent tooth loss, but also reduces the need for dental fillings, crowns, and other dental restorations
The American Dental Association (ADA) gives four basis steps for taking care of your oral hygiene:
You should floss your teeth once a day. While this is typically the most neglected grooming chore, dentists say that it is the most important. Flossing is more important than brushing because flossing gets rid of food particles in between the teeth that are left behind by toothbrushes. When food particles sit between the teeth, they decay; when those food particles decay, the same bacteria that is breaking the particles down starts breaking down the enamel of your teeth.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, or after every meal if possible. Brushing removes plaque, a film of bacteria that clings to tooth enamel. Finding a toothpaste with the ADA seal of approval and a taste that you enjoy can help to encourage you to brush your teeth.
A healthy diet can improve more than just your waistline. Foods high in sugar and starches produce the most oral acids, and the longer the acids are in your mouth the more damage they can do to your teeth. Dentists recommend avoiding hard candies, sugary gum, soft drinks, dried fruits, crackers, and chips.
Visiting your dentist twice a year is essential to maintaining a healthy mouth. Your dentist can not only clean your teeth properly and remove any lingering plaque, but your dentist can also screen for any abnormalities not visible to you. Your dentist’s goal is to promote good health – and good health starts in the mouth.
Posted on behalf of Springfield Lorton Dental Group
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