Posts for tag: Dental Health
Everyone realizes that pop and sugary drinks like the popular coffee shop fraps would not make the top recommended drinks to prevent tooth decay. However, there doesn't seem to be much thought taken to the effects of dieting or even your regular diet on your teeth. While most people focus on healthy eating habits in order to reduce their waistline, the same dietary choices can also help to ensure that your teeth stay strong and cavity-free as well.
Without a detailed and complicated lesson in microbiolgy, let's first consider the basics of how your mouth functions. Harmful bacteria form a plaque, an invisible film coating your teeth, which converts foods, especially sugary ones, into acid that dissolves your enamel. On the other hand, your God-given saliva helps to dilute the bacterial acids. The minerals contained in your saliva also help to repair the surface damage. Your diet can play a very important role in managing this delicate balance of bacterial damage and remineralization of the enamel.
Making wise dietary choices like milk, cheese, nuts, chicken and apples, while avoiding cookies, cakes, and pop can keep your teeth healthy and strong! If you do occasionally choose food items that can potenially weaken your enamel, it is now recommended to immediately and vigorously, rinse your mouth with plain water after consuming these items in order to dilute the acid concentration that is in contact with the enamel surfaces. Waiting to brush for about 20 minutes will allow the pH of your mouth to rebound back to its normal level.
November is National Diabetes Month! Today's BLOG takes a closer look at Diabetes and the Dental Connection! For nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those patients with diabetes. Serious gum disease called periodontitis, has now been added to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
Recent research also suggests that there is a two-way street between gum disease and diabetes. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to periodontitis, but this painless, yet serious type of gum disease, may also have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of the overall disease itself. Further studies now report that people with diabetes are at a higher risk not only for periodontitis, but also for other oral health problems, such as gingivitis, fungal infections called thrush, mouth ulcers and cavities. Patients with diabetes are at an elevated risk for gum disease and these other dental problems because that are generally more susceptible to bacterial infections, and they have a decreased ability to fight the oral bacteria that invade the gums and tooth structures!
Controlling blood glucose is the first and foremost important aspect of preventing the dental problems associated with diabetes. Good blood glucose control can also help prevent or relieve diabetic dry mouth, which elevates the risk for tooth decay. Taking good care of your teeth and gums, along with regular dental checkups every six months, or as instructed by Our Dental Team, are further steps that can be taken to prevent the common dental problems associated with the disease.
As November focuses on Diabetes, don't allow this disease to negatively impact your oral health. If you are in need of an Appointment, or have any questions concerning the Dental Connection and Diabetes, call our office at 918-455-0123!
Of course, there are numerous ways to prevent cavities. Some, like brushing your teeth for two minutes twice daily and visiting our office for regular dental cleanings, are more obvious than other. Beyond the standard methods of preventing cavities, check out the following number of different ways to keep your mouth healthy, some of which you might also find surprising.
- Reduce the comsumption of carbs and sugar
- Rinse your mouth with food-grade hydrogen peroxide
- Use a straw
- Chew gum
- Eat cheese