According to a recent study by the American Dental Association, one in five Americans, about 23%, is avoiding dental treatment in the next twelve months. Almost half of them say that the cost is the number one reason why.
Putting off dental treatment is not good for your health or wallet. Avoiding treatment can lead to infection, tooth loss and more dental work which can end up costing more money.
At Dr. Nichols office the fees are not only fair and competitive; we also offer a payment plan through Care Credit to help patients comfortably manage their dental costs. With Care Credit’s no Interest if paid in full payment options offered, we can help you keep your mouth healthy!
Did you know drinking bottled water can affect your teeth and health? If you are drinking a lot of bottled water, and it’s acidic, it could be bringing harm to your teeth! The acidity erodes tooth enamel causing tooth decay. The best beverages to drink for good oral health should contain fluoride. Studies have shown drinking beverages with fluoride reduces tooth decay both in children and adults by up to 25 percent. If you are only drinking bottled water and not public water you may not be getting the fluoride needed to keep your teeth healthy!
In an effort to quit smoking, many people are turning to e-Cigarettes. Unfortunately, they are just as bad for your health! Studies have suggested the flavorings used in the e-cigarettes are causing harm to blood vessel cells which can damage your heart. Five flavorings were tested in the lab: menthol (mint),acetylpyridine (burnt flavor),vanillin (vanilla),cinnamaldehyde (cinnamon),and eugenol (clove). Upon testing these flavors, they found them to cause damage to the cells that line the inside blood vessels, the layer of the heart. It has been proven, e-cigarettes contain toxic substances and irritants. With all these studies proving e-cigarettes to be extremely harmful to your health we hope you think twice before using them!
Drinking too many drinks that are acidic can be damaging to your teeth. With so many drink choices it can be hard to determine which ones are good for you. You may be saying, “I’m ok I drink flavored water”. The truth is flavored water can be just as harmful as drinking soda or juices. To determine the acidity, we need to look at the pH, the lower the pH, the more acidic, and the likelier to cause harm and tooth erosion. The American Dental Association recommends minimizing the amount of these drinks we consume, instead the best drink would be plain water. When that thirst kicks in, think healthy teeth and reach for some refreshing water!
Are you an ice cube chewer? If so we encourage you to quit this bad habit! You may think there is no harm in this but because ice is a crystal as is your tooth enamel, when they rub against each other one is going to break. Yes, most of the time it will be the ice, but sometimes it will be your tooth or a filling that will break. To help you break this habit we suggest you drink your beverages with no ice as well as use a straw.
Experts are warning that woman who loose teeth after menopause are at a higher risk of an early death. Major studies done are suggesting gum disease and the loss of teeth are a red flag indicator of severe health problems. For seven years scientists tracked 57,000 post-menopausal women. They found those women with gum disease were 12 percent more likely to die during that study period. The chance of dying increased to 17 percent for those who lost their teeth. Researchers are warning that gum disease may be an indicator of other problems in the body such as type II diabetes and heart disease. These researchers are encouraging women to go and have a dental screening to try to ward off any future problems. Dr. Nichols and her experienced team can screen you for periodontal disease and put you on the right path to maintain healthy teeth and gums! Keep your teeth and body healthy, schedule your dental check-up today!
So many of you are putting off scheduling your routine dental check-up. Many think skipping there dental visit will help save them money. Putting off your dental treatment is not only bad for your health, but it will wind up costing you more in the end! Would you skip doing an oil change on your car? I’m sure the answer would be no! Skipping routine maintenance may save you a little money but eventually neglecting these upkeep costs will lead to a breakdown that will become a major expense for you. Similarly keeping up with your routine dental check-ups will help prevent bigger, more expensive problems from occurring. Do not delay call today and schedule your cleaning and check-up!
Cigar smoking has been portrayed as the in thing to do! Being glamorized by sports figures and Hollywood actors and actresses. Viewed as a glamorous luxury by both men and woman, cigar sales/smoking are on the rise. Unfortunately this leisurely habit is not only bad for your health and smile it is also addictive and more dangerous than cigarettes. It seems cigar smoking has also become popular with teens ,so much so that 14 percent of high school students are cigar smokers. Many people think cigar smoking is safer than smoking cigarettes however cigars can have up to 40 times more nicotine and tar in them! The most common effects of smoking cigars is chronic bad breath and heavily stained teeth. The scariest affects of cigar smoking include oral cancer. The death rate related to men smoking cigars are up to 40 percent higher than non-smokers. Detecting oral cancer early can increase your odds for survival. At our office we can help detect oral cancer with a simple non evasive test. So do not delay schedule your dental visit today!
The Academy of General Dentistry reports school lunches and snacks are not nutritious for our children’s teeth. Research has shown an increase in the intake of sugar among school age children thus putting them at a greater risk for tooth decay. Researchers tracked and monitored the teeth of preschool children before and after school. The results showed that 59 percent of the children who had eaten sugar four or more times a day or ate two or more snacks between meals at age 5, increased to 83 percent at age 6; a 24-percent increase. With that, the study found an increase in the number of decayed and missing teeth. It is very important to monitor your child’s eating habits! Help your child avoid candy, soda, caramels, and other foods that contain refined sugar. Eating meals and snacks full of fresh fruits and vegetables will not only help your child maintain a healthy diet but also will help ensure good oral health!