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!
For those of you who like to snack or graze throughout the day, you are at a greater risk for tooth decay. Cavity causing bacteria feed off the leftover food on your teeth producing an acid that attacks the outer layer of your tooth causing cavities. The more you eat during the day the greater the risk for tooth decay. Eating well balanced meals will help you feel fuller longer and will help reduce snacking. If you do snack try to make it low in sugar. When eating sugary snack’s, you should drink a glass of water to help wash away any left overs. We recommend brushing and flossing daily as well as routine dental check- ups to ensure a healthy mouth!
We encourage you to brush twice daily for at least two minutes. While you are brushing make sure not to brush too hard. We know some are enthusiastic and feel the harder you brush the better. That is not the case when it comes to brushing your teeth. Brushing too hard can damage your teeth and irritate the gums. We recommend you brush with a ADA seal approved soft toothbrush, using a gentle circular motion, think massage.
According to a CNN report some people are claiming apple cider vinegar is beneficial in treating diabetes, controlling weight loss, and is good for your teeth. Apple cider vinegar is being used not only as a mouth rinse but some are using it to whiten their teeth. The ADA does not promote such use! Why? Due to the acidic nature of apple cider vinegar, it can cause wear on your tooth enamel, the protective coating that helps prevent you from getting cavities thus increasing your risk for tooth decay. If you want to keep your mouth healthy and have whiter brighter teeth the ADA recommends brushing twice daily while using a mouth rinse and toothpaste that is ADA seal approved!
Activated Charcoal used in emergency rooms to help absorb poison in the stomach as well as prevent overdoses, is now being sold across the nation as a beauty supply. This powerful black, fine odorless and tasteless substance when ingested will bind to anything. Activated charcoal is now being promoted as a health/ beauty product you can drink to cleanse your body or use as a scrub to whiten your teeth. Activated charcoal is so porous that once it’s in the stomach it only attaches to what’s in your stomach not anywhere else, so there are no toxins being pulled from the rest of the body. In fact you may be removing vitamins and healthy nutrients needed to keep your body healthy! If you are taking supplements or medication it may interact with them and flush them out of your body. As far as whitening your teeth with this activated black charcoal there is no proof that this works , in fact the companies promoting the use of it have no before or after pictures supporting such claims. So before you decide to use this product as a detox you should consult with your doctor. If you are looking for whiter brighter teeth schedule a visit with Dr. Nichols , she can show you which whitening system would be best for you!
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!
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!