What can you do this year to boost your family’s oral health?
Making the following four resolutions your resolutions can make a big difference, even saving your family money that would otherwise be spent on dental care.
We’ve all set this as a resolution at some point (usually while we’re in the dental chair.)
Make it work for you this year by trying out new methods for flossing. Your family will probably floss more if they have easier ways to do it. Floss picks, floss threaders, and water flossers are all motivational tools.
Cutting out sweetened drinks in favor of drinking more water is one of the best things you can do for your health, in general.
By reducing your exposure to sugar, you significantly reduce your chance of getting cavities.
Avoid keeping soda, juice, and sports drinks in the house as everyday beverages. Save them for special occasions!
Do you know your oral cancer risk? This disease is one of the deadliest cancers, not because it’s hard to treat, but because it usually goes unnoticed until it’s too late.
Educate your family on the seriousness of oral cancer and how to do a self-exam to check for suspicious growths.
Make sure that every family member, including your kids, gets to see the dentist at least twice a year for a dental cleaning and checkup.
Regular visits help your dentist stay on top of your family’s dental health. You’ll also experience more preventative benefits which can postpone the need for more expensive treatment.
Make an appointment with your dentist to find out what other resolutions are right for your family.
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Meridian Campus Family Dental
3201 Willamette DR NE
Lacey, WA 98516
Oral hygiene plays the biggest role in keeping your teeth free of cavity-causing bacteria. Fluoride is famous for its ability to strengthen tooth enamel against decay. But did you know that including a steady supply of the right food choices into your diet can boost your dental health?
Try out these very common and simple suggestions.
High in fiber and water, fresh apples make for a refreshing snack or salad-topper. This fruit’s texture makes it something of a natural tooth cleanser.
One of your best defenses against cavities is none other than your own saliva. Dry mouth means you don’t have enough natural fluid washing away harmful plaque bacteria.
An artificially-sweetened treat can activate those saliva jets minus the damage caused by actual sugar.
Protein and fiber in nuts are beneficial to keeping your teeth clean and strong. Keep a few almonds or cashews handy to munch during the day.
Seafood is high in protein and also tends to contain natural traces of fluoride. Double bonus!
Don’t underestimate the benefits of good old tap water. It beats sweet drinks any day, keeps your mouth clean, and refuels your saliva glands.
This dairy favorite is high in calcium, which is essential to strong teeth and bones. Not only is cheese also a healthy source of protein, but its tart, mouth-watering tingle is another great way to boost saliva production.
Emerging evidence suggests that there could be key compounds in wine and raisins that may contribute to the fight against bacteria. Stay tuned to the latest developments by visiting your dentist on a regular basis.
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3244 Sunset Blvd
West Columbia, SC 29169
Tooth brushing: it’s not just for white teeth and fresh breath!
More and more research indicates that the health of your mouth affects the rest of your overall health. So how well you do keeping your teeth clean most definitely has a bearing on your chances for developing other problems down the road.
Dental Health and Your Body
The health of your mouth is a very accurate indicator of how your body’s overall health is. Excellent tooth brushing is one way that you can help lower your risk for other health problems.
How you brush your teeth can also affect the health of your smile. It’s not always enough to just have a toothbrush in your mouth!
If you’re not brushing at the right angle, then you could be missing some critical areas. Bacteria-loaded dental plaque builds up along the gum line and other hard to reach areas. Remove this plaque on a regular basis by angling your toothbrush at about 45 degrees towards the gum line. Move the brush back and forth in short but gentle jiggling motions.
Don’t use too much pressure!
Rough brushing can eventually erode teeth and cause gum recession. Brushing your teeth the right way can keep your mouth healthy and comfortable.
How is Your Brushing?
Visiting the dentist isn’t just good for repairing damaged teeth. Take advantage of your regular dental checkups to make sure that your oral hygiene routine is working well for you. You can prevent dental disease and promote your overall health and well being by adjusting your brushing technique.
Ask your dental hygienist or dentist for suggestions to improve. Schedule a checkup today!
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Gordon Dental of Leawood
11401 Nall Ave #102
Leawood, KS 66211
You might have believed that sugar causes cavities, but there is more to the story. Understanding just how sugar harms teeth can help you to make better decisions for the health of your smile.
Acids Compromise Enamel
Sugar is acidic and it weakens the enamel through frequent exposure. The softened enamel is then opened up to developing decay. Specific cavity-causing bacteria are what cause the actual decay. The bacteria are common to all humans because we share them with our family members.
How Cavity Germs Work
The bacteria hide out in hard-to-reach spaces between teeth and in the grooves of chewing surfaces. What do these bacteria like to eat?
You guessed it – sugar! The germs thrive on carbohydrates you eat and then produce an acid waste product that also breaks down tooth enamel.
Control Bacteria Levels
You can help prevent cavities by reducing the amount of bacteria on your teeth. Regular flossing and brushing are essential to keeping the harmful germs at bay, and fluoride use will strengthen your enamel against the effects of acid.
Limit the Effects of Sugar
Processed products and foods containing refined carbohydrates like cookies, cake, bagels, and crackers will also leave lingering sugar acids in your mouth. Sweetened drinks like soda, juice, and sports drinks contain acids and liquid sugars, which are highly damaging to teeth.
More important than how much sugar you eat is how long your teeth are exposed to that sugar. Sucking on one big lollipop for hours is more harmful to your teeth than eating a whole bowl of candy in five minutes!
Get on top of your cavity risk and the latest facts about tooth decay prevention by visiting your local dentist.
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Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
Preventive dental care is everything that you should be doing during the time between your visits to your Marietta dentist. These simple preventive measures can promote dental and gum health in just about anyone.
Brushing your teeth and flossing are two of the simplest forms of dental care and can be done by almost everyone. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day – once in the morning (preferably after your first meal) and once before bed. However, dentists do encourage everyone to brush after every meal for optimal oral health. Brushing removes the bits of food from your teeth that are left behind after eating. If left for an extended amount of time, the acids, sugars, and chemicals in foods can start the break down of enamel. Brushing also helps to clean the gum area as well as your tongue, preventing unwanted bad breath.
Flossing your teeth is equally important, if not more so. Flossing teeth removes the plaque that builds up around the teeth and the gum area. Plaque is defined as “the complex bacterial ecosystem that forms on tooth surfaces between cleanings.” Plaque is what causes tooth decay, gingivitis, oral disease, and tooth loss. Flossing is the only proper way to remove damaging plaque, and many dentists consider flossing to be the #1 oral hygiene procedure.
A healthy diet is possibly the most under-considered type of preventive dental care. A diet that is low in sugar, carbonated sodas, and acidity is best for your overall health – especially your oral health. Bacteria in the mouth convert sugars from the foods you eat to acids, and it’s the acids that begin to attack the enamel on teeth. We all have to eat, but healthy choices promote healthy teeth.
With these three habits, your teeth can be kept to optimal health between your dentist visits. Of course, it is very important to schedule (and keep!) your dentist visits twice a year. Your dentist and dental hygienist will clean your teeth thoroughly at your visit, but it’s up to you to keep them clean the rest of the time.
Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman
Kids may have noticed something different at their regular dental cleanings and checkups. The tart flavored fluoride gel that is usually brushed on our worn in a foam tray for 5 minutes is, in some places, being replaced with a fluoride varnish. Varnish is quicker to apply and reduces the discomfort or possible gag reflex in sensitive patients. It is simply brushed onto the teeth using a very small paintbrush type applicator. Only a small amount of the product is needed for the entire mouth.
Most of all, fluoride varnishes have several benefits over traditional gel fluorides. The contact time of varnish is much greater, increasing the absorption into the tooth. Normal fluoride requires you to not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after the application, but with varnish you have no such dietary restrictions. All that is needed is to avoid brushing the teeth for at least 6 hours, to allow the fluoride to have continuous uptake through the highly viscous application. One con to fluoride varnish however, is that it is thick and has a slightly yellowish tint, leaving a thin film across the tooth after it has been applied. Some people find this annoying after just having their teeth cleaned, but the benefits greatly outweigh any temporary inconveniences.
Fluoride applications during your routine preventive care appointment can help re-mineralize weakened areas of tooth enamel and decrease your risk of developing tooth decay. Most of the time, fluoride is only applied on patients up to the age of 14. It’s also effective for for adults and teens that battle tooth sensitivity across their mouth or on specific teeth.
Posted on behalf of Muccioli Dental
While debate continues about the ethical and safety issues of adding fluoride to public drinking water, there is little argument among dentists that fluoride, whether ingested in small amounts or applied topically, prevents dental caries. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control lists fluoride’s ability to fight cavities as one of the top 10 health discoveries of the 20th century.
Naturally present in water and in some foods like chicken and grapes, fluoride in small amounts helps make teeth more resistant to acids from sugars and plaque bacteria, and can possibly even reverse tooth decay in some circumstances. For young children, fluoride can strengthen developing teeth making them harder and more resistant to decay.
But sometimes, especially in areas where drinking water is not fluoridated, children and others with certain conditions like dry mouth or gum disease may not get adequate amounts of fluoride from diet alone. In these cases, dentists may recommend supplemental fluoride. Flouride treatments may include gels or foam that is administered at the dentist’s office by be painted on or applied with the use of a mouth guard. It could also include fluoride supplements taken in the form of a tablet or liquid.
For those who are more at risk of tooth decay and for parents who want to ensure their children are getting adequate fluoride, it is always a good idea to consult you dentist during one of your regular dental visits.
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