Do you seem to have more problems with tartar buildup than most people? Although tartar is usually a sign of poor oral hygiene, a few people can still have problems even if they are dedicated about their home care. When regular brushing and flossing isn’t enough, here are a few tips to try:
#1 – Chew Gum Containing Xylitol
Xylitol is a unique sugar substitute that prevents biofilm form being able to adhere, accumulate and calcify on the surfaces of your teeth. Chewing a piece of Xylitol gum a few times a day (or purchasing the drops at a health food store) can dramatically limit the amount of buildup in your mouth.
#2 – Change Toothpastes
Tartar control toothpaste is blended with specific ingredients to help prevent the calcifications from forming on your teeth. Usually it is not recommended unless you tend to have heavy buildup. One downside to tartar control toothpaste is that it’s also linked with tooth staining when used on a long-term basis. Just remember – it won’t remove the buildup that is already there. For that, you will need to see your dental hygienist!
#3 – Invest in a Better Toothbrush
Not all toothbrushes are created equal – even the electronic ones. This is a situation where you truly get what you pay for, and a $5 discount electric brush isn’t going to do the job. Consider investing in a higher quality brush that simply allows you to sit it on your teeth while it does all of the hard work for you. Sure you may feel like you’re not “scrubbing” your teeth clean enough, but in a few weeks you should notice a huge difference.
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
Prophylaxis is the cleaning procedure that dentists use to thoroughly clean the teeth. All dentists and health care professionals recommend that people have their teeth professionally cleaned 1-2 times a year. Periodontal disease and gingivitis occur when bacteria from plaque builds up on the enamel of the teeth. At regular teeth cleaning visits, dentists and dental hygienists scrape away plaque that has built up to ensure the health of the teeth and gums. This deep cleaning is something that can only be performed at a dental office. While brushing and flossing at home are extremely important, necessary even, for oral health – only a dental professional can care for and evaluate the mouth to promote optimal health.
Dental cleanings are a necessary procedure that not only keeps teeth looking their best, but they also halt the progression of gum disease that may or may not be noticed at home. Benefits of teeth cleaning:
Tartar removal. Tartar and plaque build up can cause serious periodontal problems if left untreated. Because plaque is made up of bacteria, it will eat away at the enamel of the teeth if it is not removed. Brushing and flossing at home help to get rid of large amounts of this bacteria, but it is impossible to remove every bit of plaque without the specialized dental tools of a dental professional.
A brighter smile. Just about everyone wants to feel confident about their smile. Yellow, stained teeth are not usually characterized as bright. Teeth cleaning by a dentist can help rid the teeth of stains and bring back their beauty.
Identification of larger issues. Perhaps the most important benefit of regular teeth cleaning is that many health issues first present themselves at the dentist office. With the thorough exam that dentists do, they regularly screen for oral cancer, infections that may be passed through the blood stream, and often spot serious signs of medical issues like diabetes, kidney, and heart problems.
Developing a relationship with your dentist by keeping appointments for regular teeth cleanings can not only keep your teeth shiny and bright, but it can also help to promote general wellness – and even save your life.
Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental
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