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How to Prevent Cavities

The first line of defense where cavities are concerned is to practice good oral hygiene. This means following dentist orders such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Good dental hygiene, although effective, may not be enough to prevent cavities.

There are a few practices and tips that you can incorporate into your every-day life to protect your self from cavities and gum disease.

Routine Dental Visits

Make regular appointments with your dentist, preferably at least once every six months. You may need to go more frequently if you have recurring issues or prone to dental issues. Your dentist can recommend on the exact frequency based on your condition. Tooth cleaning and oral exams to spot problems before they develop are a great place to start.

Drink Tap Water

Most city tap water contains fluoride which is essential for good dental health. The fluoride helps to re-mineralize the teeth. Regularly drinking water also helps to wash out harmful bacteria and boost saliva production both of which can help to prevent cavities. If you only drink bottled water, consider substituting with tap water every so often or use fluoride products. If you already drink tap water exclusively, limit the amount of fluoride products you use because too much fluoride can actually damage your teeth.

Use Mouth Wash

Make a habit of rinsing your mouth with mouthwash after brushing. This goes hand in hand with brushing at least twice a day or after every meal.

Eat Healthy Foods

There are specific foods that are actually good for your teeth. Foods such as vegetable, fresh fruits, cheese, sugar-free gum and unsweetened tea and coffee come to mind in this case. Include these in your diet whenever possible or even substitute processed foods and sugary snacks for these.

Consider Dental Sealant

Speak to your dentist about dental sealants especially if you have uneven teeth. The sealant covers up nooks, crannies and grooves where food might get trapped. These sealants can potentially last up to 10 years with good oral hygiene and proper care so it's a wise investment any way you look at it.

Lastly, speak to your dentist and ask for additional tips to prevent cavities and other dental and oral issues. Your dentist would be happy to prescribe tips or products that you might use for your set of teeth and unique needs. Most of all, visit the dentist as soon as you notice any signs of cavities or dental issues. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 2/21/2018
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How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

According to the American Dental Association, you should brush at least twice a day and use a fluoride toothpaste.

The reason for brushing is to remove food particles and plaque. Plaque is contains bacteria which in turn produces acids that eat at your tooth enamel. This is how cavities form. If you don’t brush your teeth, the plaque hardens into tarter which is even more difficult to remove.

When to Brush Teeth

Dentists advise that you brush twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. There are specific times that you should avoid brushing your teeth such as soon after having an acidic meal or drink. The reason is the acid actually weakens the tooth enamel and brushing too soon may aggravate the problem. If you anticipate eating or drinking something acidic, you are better off brushing before hand.  

Brushing twice daily may not be enough to maintain healthy teeth and gums. In addition to brushing you should also;

  • Floss every day
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when the bristles begin to fray
  • Eat a healthy diet and minimize snacks in between meals
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Visit the dentist at least twice a year

Common Brushing Mistakes

Brushing twice a day is only effective as long as you do it correctly. There are a few common brushing mistakes that you might want to avoid including;

Not Changing Brushes Often Enough

Your average toothbrush should last about 3 months before you need to change it. Broken or frayed bristles do not clean your mouth as well as your toothbrush should. Change your toothbrush at least every 3-4 months or as soon as you notice your bristles have started to come loose or are frayed.

Not Brushing Long Enough

Dentists recommend that you spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth. A recent study revealed that most people spend on average 45 seconds brushing. The reason why you need to brush for at least two minutes is so that you allow fluoride enough time to attach to your tooth enamel. An electric toothbrush with a timer might help make sure that you are brushing for as long as you need to.

Using the Wrong Brushing Technique

The correct way to brush is to use gentle, circular motions with the bristles at a 45-degree angle. Use vibrations or short strokes. Many people brush horizontally along the gum line which can erode gum tissue.

Brushing too hard

Lastly, some people are too vigorous or aggressive which may lead to receding gum line and swollen gums. Be gently with your teeth and use a toothbrush with soft bristles especially if you have sensitive gums.

To sum it up, you should brush twice a day and after eating sugary foods. Bacteria thrive on sugar so watch your sweet tooth. Ask your dentist about the proper brushing technique and what else you can do to preserve your teeth.  

Posted by: Admin Admin on 2/21/2018
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Gum Disease: What is it and How Do You Stop It?

Neglecting oral hygiene is the leading cause of gum disease. Gum disease simply means that the tissue and bone surrounding the tooth is infected. If not addressed early on, gum disease can spread and result in tooth decay and even tooth loss.

Stages of Gum Disease

There are three stages of gum disease known as gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. The last stage is obviously the most serious and although treatable, it requires aggressive treatment. It is advisable that you visit your dentist as soon as you notice the first sigs of gum disease.

Stage 1: Gingivitis

Gingivitis is often painless and therefore easy to miss. There are however a few warning signs that you may be developing the first stages of gum disease including;

  • Tooth sensitivity

  • Bleeding gums especially when brushing

  • Red and/or sore gums

Fortunately, gingivitis is very treatable and the condition is easily reversible if you seek dental attention soon after noticing any or all of these symptoms.

Stage 2: Periodontist

This is the next stage of gum disease progressing. It is imperative that you visit a dentist urgently if you notice any of these symptoms;

  • Pain during eating

  • Constant bad breath

  • Loose teeth

  • Persistent foul taste in the mouth

  • Pus on gums

  • Receding gum line (your teeth appear bigger)

Although this stage of gum disease is not as reversible as gingivitis, treatment mainly involves curbing the infection so it doesn’t spread and destroy additional tissue. Aggressive treatment is required for this stage.

Stage 3: Advanced Periodontist

Most people don’t reach this stage as the symptoms are often too painful or uncomfortable in the first and second stages. Treatment is still possible but again, the best course of action is to visit your dentist as soon as you notice the first signs of gum disease.

Preventing Gum Disease

Proper oral hygiene and dental care is the first and most important defense against gum disease. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing every day goes a long way to prevent the issue. Make a dental appointment at lease twice every year. The dentist can spot early onset of gum disease even before you begin to experience the symptoms.

It is also important that you are aware of the causes of gum disease. Besides poor oral hygiene, other causes include;

  • Chewing tobacco and smoking

  • Pregnancy

  • Genetics

  • Strong medication such as cancer therapy medication, steroids and calcium channel blockers

  • Diabetes

Remember to practice proper oral hygiene as your first line of defense against gum disease. Make sure that you know how to brush and floss properly, and that you regularly visit the dentist. Gum disease is treatable but it is best to avoid it in the first place whenever possible. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 2/21/2018
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