As we become older in years it is not only important to work on keeping our body healthy, but it is extremely important to keep our teeth healthy. Studies conducted by the Journal of the American Geriatrics society, have shown older adults (65 yrs and older) with significant tooth loss have a harder time functioning when compared with those of whom have lost less teeth. For the study, researchers asked participants questions about the number of teeth they had, their physical and mental health, and their ability to perform common activities. The researchers suggested “it is essential that older adults receive the support they need to maintain good oral health self-care practices, and that they receive adequate dental care.” Do not delay schedule your dental 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!
According The American Dental Association older adults are at greater risk for oral health problems. Many older adults are finding it hard to brush twice daily as well as keep up with their routine visits to the dentist . This is a problem because dental caries, gum disease, and oral cancer are common among older adults. The notion that only kids get cavities is not true . In actuality tooth decay is more prevalent among older adults. Prevention magazine lists the following things adults need to know about their oral health; research suggests oral health is linked to heart disease, avoiding dry mouth is important, a fluoride toothpaste and rinse help protect teeth ,and regular dental visits help in detecting any dental issues early . Seniors having trouble brushing their teeth due to osteoporosis or arthritis would benefit greatly from using an electric toothbrush.
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!