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Signs You May Have Oral Thrush

Posted in Dentures

Thrush is a fungal infection that can cause some considerable discomfort in your mouth. People at risk for getting oral thrush include those who:

  • Wear dentures
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Are taking antibiotics or corticosteroids
  • Are having treatment for cancer

Thrush is most common among babies and infants and tends to affect those with a weakened immune system.

If you struggle with a condition such as diabetes or HIV infection, then your body is prone to an imbalance in natural bacteria. Couple that with weak immunity, and a fungal infection can take off with little trouble.

What to Look For

Some of the main signs of a thrush infection include:

White bumps or coating. A pale coating on the tongue, gums, cheeks, and throat is a pretty sure sign of a fungal infection.

Pain and dryness. Cracks at the corners of the mouth may make it painful to eat.

Difficulty swallowing.

Bleeding. If the white patches in your mouth bleed when you bump them (like with a toothbrush), then that’s almost a giveaway for thrush.

In babies, thrush may cause irritability and affect the child’s ability to eat.

Keep in mind that these symptoms may only show up once your case advances. Early stages of thrush can be hard to identify on your own.

How To Avoid A Thrush Infection

Add some probiotics into your diet any time you take an antibiotic. If you use an inhaler that contains corticosteroids, make sure that you rinse your mouth well afterwards. Above all, great oral hygiene is the biggest key to preventing a thrush infection. This involves daily brushing and flossing and removing/cleaning your denture every night.

Find out more about oral fungal infections by scheduling a consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Ambler Dental Care
602 S Bethlehem Pike C-2
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 643-1122


Optimal Oral Health

Posted in Periodontics

C. Everett Koop, MD, the former Surgeon General of the United States was quoted years ago saying, “You’re not healthy unless you have good oral health.” Infections and diseases within the mouth can travel through the tissue and blood and compromise the health of the rest of the body. While your smile depends on simple dental care habits, so does the general health of the rest of your body.

Optimal oral health begins with clean teeth and healthy gums. Keeping the surface of the teeth clean can help to prevent cavities, while keeping the area where your teeth meet your gums can prevent periodontal disease (gum disease). Brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining optimal oral health. Brushing should be done at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before going to bed. Using a fluoride tooth paste and a soft-bristled brush help to remove plaque from the teeth.

Keeping your toothbrush clean between uses will prevent bacteria from building up on the toothbrush and entering the mouth. Brushing alone, though, will not remove all of the plaque within the mouth. Toothbrushes can not reach the tight spaces between the teeth and under the gum line. Flossing is the only way to clean these areas. By flossing daily, you help to eliminate plaque build up between the teeth. Not only does this promote optimal oral health, but it also makes visits to the dentist’s office much more enjoyable.

These two simply steps should be a part of your daily routine. Practicing good oral hygiene at home plus visiting the dentist at least once a year is the best way to achieve optimal oral health. Many diseases begin with the mouth – obesity and periodontal disease may be obvious, but diabetes and heart disease can also be caused by poor oral health. By taking care of your mouth, you are taking care of your entire body.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center



Electric Toothbrushes

Are electronic toothbrushes worth all of the hype? The answer is yes! While there are various designs, brush types, movements and sizes, electronic toothbrushes can greatly increase the plaque removal levels during your routine home care compared to a manual toothbrush.

Electric brushes make hundreds to thousands of strokes or vibrations per second. Compare that to how many strokes you make back and forth with a manual brush, and the reasons why electric toothbrushes are better is clear.

Patients that have added oral hygiene concerns such as those who wear orthodontics, oral appliances or have prosthetics such as implants or  dental bridges, electric toothbrushes can make a tremendous impact on the amount of plaque that builds up in hard-to-reach areas.

You should brush your teeth for a minimum of 2 minutes, twice each day. Many electric brushes have built in timers that remind you how long to brush. With the added irrigation, stimulation and brush strokes, 2 minutes of electric brushing can keep a mouth much healthier than using a manual brush for the same amount of time.

Everyone can benefit from using an electric toothbrush. Even if you don’t have any oral hygiene concerns whatsoever, using a high quality electric brush can help stimulate your gums and promote better gum health, reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth loss. It’s estimated that 9 out of 10 adults have some form of gingivitis. With proper brushing and an electric toothbrush, and flossing, most of these people could easily help eliminate their symptoms on their own.

The right electric toothbrush can be one of the best investments that you ever make for your teeth. Talk to your dentist about which brush is right for you!


Benefits of Electric Toothbrushes

Though studies have found mixed results when comparing electric toothbrushes with manual toothbrushes, most dentists recommend them for keeping teeth clean and removing plaque.  If your dentist has recommended that you use an electric toothbrush or you are just sold on the benefits of an electric toothbrush, you should know that the most effective electric toothbrushes are the rechargeable toothbrushes that plug into the wall.

There are also some battery powered toothbrushes on the market that are little more than manual toothbrushes with bristles that vibrate a little.  Don’t confuse these battery powered toothbrushes with a true electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes are beneficial for your oral health for a number of reasons. For one, most electric toothbrush users report cleaner teeth from using an electric toothbrush.  For another, electric toothbrushes can stop you from brushing your teeth too hard and damaging your teeth and gums.

Overly aggressive tooth brushing can result in receding gums or a loss to tooth enamel.  With an electric toothbrush, the brush does all the work and all you do is hold the toothbrush in the right area.  Since the user does not apply any pressure, brushing too hard becomes a thing of the past.  Some electric toothbrushes even have sensors to prevent brushing too hard.

An electric toothbrush has a timer that makes sure that you are brushing long enough.  A thorough tooth brushing should take at least two minutes, but most Americans brush their teeth for less than half that much time.  An electric toothbrush will let you know when you have brushed long enough. Some even signal when it is time to move the toothbrush to another area of your mouth.   When used in conjunction with regular dental cleanings and checkups, an electric toothbrush can play a valuable role in maintaining your oral health.


Ten Things That Are Bad For Your Teeth

Approximately 30 percent of older Americans have no natural teeth left.  If you want to be part of the other 70 percent, you need to take care of your teeth before it is too late.  Regular dental cleanings and dental check ups will go a long way toward maintaining your oral health, but there are some habits to avoid if you want to keep your teeth in the best possible condition as you get older.

1. Chewing on ice seems like a harmless habit, but in fact it is an easy way to chip or crack your teeth.

2.  If you engage in any type of contact sport such as hockey, football, or lacross, protect your teeth with a mouth guard to avoid having a tooth chipped or knocked out.

3.  Giving your baby a bottle of juice or milk at bedtime or naptime can result in tooth decay.  Falling asleep with a bottle in their mouth results in the teeth being bathed in sugars for hours.

4. Drinking too much sugary soda contributes to tooth decay and the acid in soda eats away at tooth enamel.

5. Diet sodas are slightly better than regular soda because they lack the sugar, but they may have higher levels of acid.

6. Similarly, sports drinks and fruit juices are loaded with sugar that attach the teeth.

7. Too much coffee drinking can result in yellow stains on your teeth.

8. Red wine can also discolor your teeth and has acids that eats away at the enamel.

9.  White wine is better, but not much.  White wine doesn’t stain teeth like red wine, but it contains acids that weaken the enamel and leave it susceptible to staining from other drinks like red wine or coffee.

10.  Smoking not only stains your teeth, but it greatly increases your risk for developing gum disease.  Smoking also causes oral cancers.

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