Posts for tag: Oral Health
With the recent celebration of Valentine's Day still fresh in our minds, an increased volume of tasty "treats" abound from all of the treasured relationships in our lives. While it is truly hard to look the other way or pass on the sweets from those that we love, the importance of maintaining a cavity free smile should never be forgotten. Although our lives are invaded with goodies during this time of year, take a look at some better alternatives that are "healthier" for your smile!
Heathy Chocolate. Studies have shown that dark chocolate is high in flavonoids, an ingredient found in the cocoa beans used to make chocolate. Flavonoids can help protect the body against toxins, reduce blood pressure, and improve blood flow to the heart and brain. By opting for dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate, you get to reap these benefits!
Dark Chocolate, AKA Protector of Teeth. Not only does dark chocolate provide some nice benefits for your overall health, it also helps protect your teeth against cavities! According to the Texas A&M Health Science Center, dark chocolate contains high amounts of tannins, another ingredient present in cocoa beans. Tannins can actually help prevent cavities by interfering with the bacteria that causes them. Think of them as scarecrows for bacteria.
Smooth Never Sticky. Unlike many popular candies, dark chocolate is less likely to stick in the crevices of your teeth. Chewy, gooey sweets are more likely to hang around in your mouth for longer periods of time, which means they raise the odds of you harboring cavity-creating bacteria. While some dark chocolates have additives like caramel or marshmallow, it is best to opt for the plain varieties.
While dark chocolate has some pretty sweet benefits, the most important thing to remember (whether you go the dark chocolate route or not), is that moderation is the key! If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!
Many smokers believe that chewing tobacco is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. This simply is not the case! In fact, smokeless tobacco can cause serious health concerns.
Smokeless tobacco comes in many forms and goes by many names: dip, snuff, or simply chewing tobacco. Use of these products usually involves sucking or chewing on shredded or loose tobacco leaves, sometimes flavored, for a prolonged period. There are even products that emulate a dissolvable candy-like consistency which are made of compressed powder.
SMOKELESS TOBACCO RISKS
Whichever form a tobacco takes, the dangers of using or consuming them is very real. According to a 2007 study by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, there are upwards of 28 cancer-causing chemicals in smokeless tobacco that are known to cause cancer. And these products are habit-forming just like any other tobacco product that contains nicotine. Using them will increase your risk for many serious diseases including but not limited to: cancer (especially oral and esophageal), gum and heart disease, cavities, and pre-cancerous mouth lesions.
At the end of the day, long-term use of smokeless tobacco can cause serious health issues. These products really take a toll on both your oral and overall health. They put a strain on your immune system and make it less capable of warding off infection and disease.
There are many resources that are available today for those that desire to quit. The National Cancer Institute offers information, support (local and online), and tools to help smokers and smokeless tobacco users. They offer live online chat with cessation counselors Monday through Friday and even have a smartphone app available to help people who are serious about quitting. Taking a look at the website smoker.gov or calling the toll-free line at 1-877-44U-QUIT for additional tools can provide further assistance in your pursuit of breaking the hold of tobacco.
From regular visits to home care, there are actually "FIVE" things that can keep our dental team smiling at each of your visits!
- Regular Dental Visits
- The American Dental Association recommends that having twice a year cleanings and exams is the best way for our office to keep an eye out for any developing issues.
- Stay Fresh
- Replacing your toothbrush every three months will ensure the proper removal of the bacteria called plaque. As soon as yout toothbrush bristles start to fray, it's a good indication that they are no longer effective.
- Flossing is the most efficient way to keep your whole mouth healthy. It not only protects your teeth by removing plaque that accumulates between them, but is the only way to effectively remove the bacteria below the gum line.
- Practicing regular healthy habits is essential to keeping your mouth happy! Two minutes, twice daily, are the minimum requirements for reducing the bacterial count that has been associated with tooth decay and gum disease.
- One way that you can help us improve the dental health of not only your family, friends, and our entire community, is by sharing our office with others. Your referrals are one of the highest compliments that you can ever give our office. We strive hard to provide a great dental experience and would be honored for you to share your experience with your co-workers, family and friends!