Posts for tag: Prevention
Summer sun brings summer fun! While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Check out three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:
STAY ON A ROUTINE. Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime--or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning.
SAY NO TO SUGARY DRINKS AND SNACKS. As the temperature rises, it's common for families to start to sip and snack during sports tournaments, festivals or nearly any community event. Be very watchful of your family's intake of lemonade, juice, and soda during the hotter summer months. Offer water to beat the heat, or milk with meals. And finally, don't let summertime grazing damage your child's smile!
MAKE YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL DENTAL VISIT EARLY. Some schools require back-to-school dental visits for certain grades, and these checkups can be a good way to be sure that your child's teeth survived the summer break and stayed healthy. It is a great idea to make your child's back-to-school appointment early in the summer to avoid the August rush and help insure that you get the appointment time that works best for you!
It's that spooky time of year again! Yep, It's the week of Halloween 2020!! Although 2020 has been a very interesting year, to say the least, if you do plan on going door-to-door trick or treating, attending a party dressed in a clever, silly, or scary costume, or simply staying home and devouring all of that candy that you purchased, please keep in mind the following tips from the American Dental Association to help reduce tooth-decay!
- EAT TREATS WITH MEALS. Instead of sitting down with just your bag of candy, eat a couple of treats at one of your well-balanced meals. The saliva production increases during meals, washing out food particles and helping to neutralize cavity causing plaque acid.
- CONSIDER CHEWING ADA-ACCEPTED SUGARLESS GUM AFTER MEALS. Certain sugarless gums have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for scientifically proving that chewing the gum for 20 minutes after meals helped prevent tooth decay because the gum increases saliva production, neutralizing cavity causing plaque acid.
- DRINK WATER AFTER TREATS. Water can help wash away the sugar from the candies.
- BRUSH & FLOSS. Floss once a day, brush twice a day and eat three balanced meals a day.
- MAINTAIN REGULAR DENTAL CHECK-UPS. Regular dental cleanings and exams can reduce your risk for dental problems.
Dental floss is similar to a lot of products that depend mainly upon the consumer's preference. Fact is, floss comes in a very wide variety of flavors, coatings, and other variations, but all types of floss essentially do the same thing. After all, the most important thing is to buy a dental floss that is functional at cleaning the areas in between your teeth. If you want to know what the best dental floss is, the answer is the kind that enables you to successfully and regularly clean those areas. So to help you find the right type of floss for you, here are some options.
FLAVORED DENTAL FLOSS. Many people that floss prefer a flavored dental floss. Unlike unscented floss, flavored floss freshens their breath while simultaneously removing the bacterial plaque.
FLOSSERS. There are also products on the market called flossers, which usually consist of a plastic instrument with strung floss and a pick on the opposite end. This option can be both effective at cleaning the areas between your teeth and scraping off the plaque. Technique is the key. Even with flossers, make sure that the floss forms a "C-shape" around the tooth while flossing.
GENTLE DENTAL FLOSS. Some people find that typical dental floss is too harsh on their gums. For that reason, some companies make floss with a soft coating that is less abrasive on the gum tissue.
Of all of the previously mentioned options, it is difficult to name an absolute best type of floss. However, the best rule of thumb is to find a floss that gives you the greatest chance of succeeding at consistently flossing on a daily basis.
Although we can all agree that life is full of RISKS, most people don't realize that some very common health related risks can actually be easily reduced! Since many Americans find that following a very strict health regimen too difficult to maintain, today's BLOG takes a look at a simple way to dramatically neutralize some of the health related issues that we all face, and "Wellness" starts with Healthy Gums!
Let's take a look at the stats:
- 80% of American Adults have gum disease.
- 93% of people with gum disease are at risk for diabetes.
- 54% of people with gum disease are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.
- 30% of people with gum disease are more likely to develop kidney cancer.
- 49% of people with gum disease are more likely to develop blood cancer.
- People with gum disease are twice as likely to die from heart disease.
Understanding these statistics can bring an increased awareness of why the dental profession consistenty discusses the importance of gum disease prevention! Besides regular professional dental cleanings, effective toothbrushing a full two minutes twice daily and flossing once a day can greatly reduce the diseases that many people develop during their lifetime. It's all about reducing the plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that daily forms on the surface of the teeth. As bacterial acid forms, the infammatory process begins with all of its cascading health related effects! Disrupting bacteria decreases the acid concentration, which leads to an improvement of your dental health!
Jaunary 1st has come and gone and many people have made Resolutions like "No more nail biting," Lose ten pounds" or "Stop Smoking!" Even by now, most resolutions have already "gone by the wayside." But if nothing else has helped you keep your resolutions, maybe by seeing how they can improve your oral health will give you some extra willpower!
NO MORE NAIL BITING. You can easily see how nail biting affects your fingernails, but its effects are more than cosmetic. The pressure this habit places on tooth enamel can lead to cracks, chips, and enamel erosion. Nail biters have a greater risk of bruxism, or teeth grinding. And the transfer of germs from your fingers to your mouth and mouth to fingers is a vicious circle that can lead to illnesses and infections in both fingers and mouth.
NO MORE JUNK FOOD. Sugars and carbs help pack on the pounds, no doubt. But did you know that they can also help create cavities? Sugar is a favorite food for oral bacteria, which allows them to produce acids which attack and weaken tooth enamel. And carbs? They convert easily to simple sugars. Choose nutritious snacks and beverages, and you will keep those teeth healthy!
NO MORE SMOKING OR VAPING. Cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco - there is no tobacco product that is heathy for your body or your teeth! And vaping? Due to the particle size and many sugar-laden flavoring agents, vaping can actually be more damaging to your teeth! We are all familiar with the discoloration tobacco can cause, but it also has serious oral health consequences. Oral cancer, gum disease, early tooth loss - all these conditions have been linked to tobacco use. Today, there are more methods than ever before to help you quit. Make this your year!
Even if some or all or your New Year's Resolutions have already been discarded, it's not too late to make a commitment or start again to work on those healthier habits. If you'd like to tackle teeth grinding, banish nail biting, stop smoking or vaping, or even work on any other habits that can damage your health and teeth, we can discuss them with you at your next dental visit. And, don't forget - resolving to see us twice a year for a check-up and a cleaning is a resolution that's extremely easy to keep!