There are some things we don't miss about being a kid. Getting grounded? A thing of the past. Curfew? Not happening. Confiscating our cell phones? As if. Cavities? While we'd like to think those are also a part of childhood that we can happily leave behind, unfortunately, the potential for cavities is one thing that we truly never outgrow!
If you are keeping up with a healthy dental routine, you know that two minutes of twice daily careful brushing, flossing, a sensible diet, regular dental exams and cleanings are the best way to keep cavities from ever recurring. But adults face other challenges that children might not. Take a look at the following things that need to have attention during the adulting phase of life.
- Over Brushing. Too vigorous brushing can damage gum tissue.
- Receding Gums. Aging, gum disease, improper brushing technique, genetics, and other factors can leave root surfaces exposed to bacterial acids, which can lead to root decay and tooth loss.
- Aging Dental Work. Over time, all dental work ages under normal chewing pressure, which can allow bacteria to enter into the worn spaces or margins that are no longer sealed, which can lead to internal decay or tooth loss if left untreated.
- Life As An Adult. A busy schedule can lead to unhealthy diet choices. Sugar, acidic foods (like sodas, coffee and tea), and carbs, which break down into sugar, can lead to the increased risk for tooth decay. Physical changes like exercise, new medications or certain medical conditions can lead to a drier mouth. Stress can also weaken immune systems and increase the potential to night time teeth grinding. These changes have also been associated with a break down of your dental health.
Aduting is a phase of life that is inevitable even if many people desire to have the Peter Pan motto to "never grow up!" At your next cleaning and exam, our Dental Team can discuss what changes that have occurred in your life that might impact your overall dental health!
What's in your carry-on bag? You've got your passport, ticket, and currency, but what about your dental floss? Of course! You're preparing for the trip of a lifetime, and we want to help make sure that everything goes according to plan.
Part of your preparation before a long awaited vacation should be a complete dental check-up at our office well in advance of your trip. If there is dental work that needs to be done, now is the time to do it. No one wants to be struck over the Atlantic with a toothache, and changes in atmospheric pressure can cause serious problems if you have a severely compromised tooth!
Now that you have the all clear sign to travel, what about maintenance once you're on board for a long flight? Some airlines provide toothpaste and brushes for travelers. If you have any questions about the quality of the water in the airplane restroom, use bottled water to brush your teeth. There are also single-use mini-brushes that are available for travelers that come pre-loaded with paste and ready to use without any water at all. Crisp fruits and vegetables can also help to clean teeth during your flight if brushing is not an option, and drinking plenty of water will not only keep you well hydrated, but help cleanse your mouth and teeth as well. Finally, be sure to travel with floss, a travel-sized tube of toothpaste, and a brush in a well-ventilated container in case you face any airport delays between flights.
Once you've arrived at your destination, try to keep your dental routine as close to normal as possible while on vacation. Regular brushing and flosssing is still a necessity, especially if you take the opportunity to explore the local desserts. Hopefully, these tips can make your flight more comfortable--now that you've reached your dream destination, the rest is up to you!
A shopping mall is a great place to gets lots of errands done in one trip. Department stores, clothing boutiques, specialty shops? So many tempting options all in one place. But teeth whitening? Maybe not.
Dental office whitening provides you with the whitest possible teeth in the safest possible manner. Your teeth will be checked first for any condition that might make whitening a bad idea, such as tooth decay, weakened enamel, gum disease, or even gum recession.
THE MALL WHITENING PROCESS. No dental exam will be provided beforehand at the mall. If you have any dental issues, the whitening process might cause further problems such as permanent tooth sensitivity or gum inflammation. The amount of peroxide in the bleaching agents can vary kiosk to kiosk. You might end up with something equal to over the counter home whitening strips, or you might be exposed to solutions that should only be provided in a dentist's office. Finally, in many areas, mall whitening is actually illegal because it is considered the practice of dentistry without a license. Mall kiosks skirt this problem by having the customers insert the trays full of gel themselves - a practice that does take the place of professional training, licensing, and regulation.
A mall kiosk is a convenient place to select a new phone, try an unusal hair product, or purchase the latest in fad toys. But when it comes to your dental health, it's worth a special trip to the dental office if you want the safest, most effective whitening.
Today's BLOG will discuss how a dental guard can be one of your best defenses to prevent many dental problems associated with sports. So a dental mouthguard is a flexible, soft plastic, removable appliace that fits in your mouth and is adapted to fit comfortably to the shape of your teeth. A mouthguard will protect not only the teeth, but also your jaws, lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums. It should be worn anytime that you are participating in full-contact athletic or recreational activities that may result in injury.
The mouthguard works as a shock absorber to cusion your mouth from the effects of a blow to the face, head, or neck. Mouthguards protect teeth from not only fractures, but also hold the tongue, lips, and cheeks away from the teeth to avoid lacerations. Using a mouthguard can lessen the possiblity of concussion and TMJ dislocation while you are on the court or field. Increasingly, organized sports are requiring mouthguards to prevent injury to athletes, and research shows that most mouth injuries occur when athletes are not wearing any mouth protection.
When choosing a mouthguard, one of the most important aspects is to choose one that you will wear consistently. There are several options of mouthguards that you may chosse from. Although preformed or what is also called "boil-to-fit" mouthguards that are found in sports stores can provide some protection, your best choice is to have a custom mouthguard made for you by a professinal dental office. A custom mouthguard will be more comfortable to wear and more effective in preventing injuries.
If your idea of camping is a quiet walk through the woods before returning to your rustic hotel, your regular brushing habits will be perfect for your trip. However, if you are hiking into the mountains with your tent, backpack, and camp food, then check out the folllowing tips to adapt your dental routine to the great outdoors.
WATER. If you wouldn't drink it, don't brush with it! Use bottled water if you have brought it, or make sure that the local water is safe by using a testing kit. Boiling, filters and purification tablets are all the ways to make sure that the water tests clean and safe.
TOOTHPASTE. You aren't the only one in the woods who finds toothpaste tasty. Bears, raccoons, and other animals are attracted to the scent of your toothpaste, so keep it safe with the same kind of tightly sealed, odor-proof container that you keep food in. And if you want to discourage unwanted visitors, don't spit your toothpaste out at your campground!
TOOTHBRUSH. While there are disposable and camping toothbrushes available, a regular toothbrush will work as well. Normally, air-drying is the healthiest option for drying your toothbrush, but camping is an exception. Just as animals are attracted to toothpaste, they are also attracted to your toothpaste-scented toothbrush. Keep it in a sealed container that is odor-proof as well.
FLOSS. There are websites devoted to many ingenious ways to use dental floss while camping, but we recommend that you don't forget the original use! Don't forget to floss regularly, keep it in a sealed container, and do be sure to take the used floss out of the area with you when you leave the great outdoors.
Even though you are roughing it, stick with your home routine as much as possible. If you are unable to brush as usual, rinse your mouth well with clean water and brush when you can. Have a great trip. and just one more thought--maybe go easy on the s'mores!
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