Posts for tag: Prevention
Although we can all agree that life is full of RISKS, most people don't realize that some very common health related risks can actually be easily reduced! Since many Americans find that following a very strict health regimen too difficult to maintain, today's BLOG takes a look at a simple way to dramatically neutralize some of the health related issues that we all face, and "Wellness" starts with Healthy Gums!
Let's take a look at the stats:
- 80% of American Adults have gum disease.
- 93% of people with gum disease are at risk for diabetes.
- 54% of people with gum disease are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.
- 30% of people with gum disease are more likely to develop kidney cancer.
- 49% of people with gum disease are more likely to develop blood cancer.
- People with gum disease are twice as likely to die from heart disease.
Understanding these statistics can bring an increased awareness of why the dental profession consistenty discusses the importance of gum disease prevention! Besides regular professional dental cleanings, effective toothbrushing a full two minutes twice daily and flossing once a day can greatly reduce the diseases that many people develop during their lifetime. It's all about reducing the plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that daily forms on the surface of the teeth. As bacterial acid forms, the infammatory process begins with all of its cascading health related effects! Disrupting bacteria decreases the acid concentration, which leads to an improvement of your dental health!
Jaunary 1st has come and gone and many people have made Resolutions like "No more nail biting," Lose ten pounds" or "Stop Smoking!" Even by now, most resolutions have already "gone by the wayside." But if nothing else has helped you keep your resolutions, maybe by seeing how they can improve your oral health will give you some extra willpower!
NO MORE NAIL BITING. You can easily see how nail biting affects your fingernails, but its effects are more than cosmetic. The pressure this habit places on tooth enamel can lead to cracks, chips, and enamel erosion. Nail biters have a greater risk of bruxism, or teeth grinding. And the transfer of germs from your fingers to your mouth and mouth to fingers is a vicious circle that can lead to illnesses and infections in both fingers and mouth.
NO MORE JUNK FOOD. Sugars and carbs help pack on the pounds, no doubt. But did you know that they can also help create cavities? Sugar is a favorite food for oral bacteria, which allows them to produce acids which attack and weaken tooth enamel. And carbs? They convert easily to simple sugars. Choose nutritious snacks and beverages, and you will keep those teeth healthy!
NO MORE SMOKING OR VAPING. Cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco - there is no tobacco product that is heathy for your body or your teeth! And vaping? Due to the particle size and many sugar-laden flavoring agents, vaping can actually be more damaging to your teeth! We are all familiar with the discoloration tobacco can cause, but it also has serious oral health consequences. Oral cancer, gum disease, early tooth loss - all these conditions have been linked to tobacco use. Today, there are more methods than ever before to help you quit. Make this your year!
Even if some or all or your New Year's Resolutions have already been discarded, it's not too late to make a commitment or start again to work on those healthier habits. If you'd like to tackle teeth grinding, banish nail biting, stop smoking or vaping, or even work on any other habits that can damage your health and teeth, we can discuss them with you at your next dental visit. And, don't forget - resolving to see us twice a year for a check-up and a cleaning is a resolution that's extremely easy to keep!
What's in your carry-on bag? You've got your passport, ticket, and currency, but what about your dental floss? Of course! You're preparing for the trip of a lifetime, and we want to help make sure that everything goes according to plan.
Part of your preparation before a long awaited vacation should be a complete dental check-up at our office well in advance of your trip. If there is dental work that needs to be done, now is the time to do it. No one wants to be struck over the Atlantic with a toothache, and changes in atmospheric pressure can cause serious problems if you have a severely compromised tooth!
Now that you have the all clear sign to travel, what about maintenance once you're on board for a long flight? Some airlines provide toothpaste and brushes for travelers. If you have any questions about the quality of the water in the airplane restroom, use bottled water to brush your teeth. There are also single-use mini-brushes that are available for travelers that come pre-loaded with paste and ready to use without any water at all. Crisp fruits and vegetables can also help to clean teeth during your flight if brushing is not an option, and drinking plenty of water will not only keep you well hydrated, but help cleanse your mouth and teeth as well. Finally, be sure to travel with floss, a travel-sized tube of toothpaste, and a brush in a well-ventilated container in case you face any airport delays between flights.
Once you've arrived at your destination, try to keep your dental routine as close to normal as possible while on vacation. Regular brushing and flosssing is still a necessity, especially if you take the opportunity to explore the local desserts. Hopefully, these tips can make your flight more comfortable--now that you've reached your dream destination, the rest is up to you!
Today's BLOG will discuss how a dental guard can be one of your best defenses to prevent many dental problems associated with sports. So a dental mouthguard is a flexible, soft plastic, removable appliace that fits in your mouth and is adapted to fit comfortably to the shape of your teeth. A mouthguard will protect not only the teeth, but also your jaws, lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums. It should be worn anytime that you are participating in full-contact athletic or recreational activities that may result in injury.
The mouthguard works as a shock absorber to cusion your mouth from the effects of a blow to the face, head, or neck. Mouthguards protect teeth from not only fractures, but also hold the tongue, lips, and cheeks away from the teeth to avoid lacerations. Using a mouthguard can lessen the possiblity of concussion and TMJ dislocation while you are on the court or field. Increasingly, organized sports are requiring mouthguards to prevent injury to athletes, and research shows that most mouth injuries occur when athletes are not wearing any mouth protection.
When choosing a mouthguard, one of the most important aspects is to choose one that you will wear consistently. There are several options of mouthguards that you may chosse from. Although preformed or what is also called "boil-to-fit" mouthguards that are found in sports stores can provide some protection, your best choice is to have a custom mouthguard made for you by a professinal dental office. A custom mouthguard will be more comfortable to wear and more effective in preventing injuries.
Ever wondered how to encourage good dental home care for your kids? Making it FUN is a great place to start. The best brushing routine for all patients, parents and children alike, is the recommended two minutes twice daily. But if the longest four minutes of your day are spent helping your child brush and floss, here are some suggestions for making that time fly!
Children's toothbrushes come in a wonderful variety of colors, patterns, and shapes these days. Allow your child to choose a favorite the next time that you go shopping for dental supplies. Just make sure that you choose a soft bristle brush with a head designed for small mouths. And remember that it is recommended to change your tothbrush every 3 months!
You don't have to go to great lengths to make your son or daughter feel rewarded for a job well done. Allowing children to pick out a story for you to read or posting colorful strickers on a calendar sheet will encourage them to get into the habit of brushing.
Time seems to go faster when you're having fun. Your child might enjoy listening to songs or stories for the two minutes of brushing time. You can even make your own playlist, invent a story starring your child, or make use of one of the many dental apps that offer children's music, videos, and stories in perfect two-minute segments.
Spend these two minutes twice a day with your child. You will be doing all of the brushing at first, of course, but as your children get older, brush your teeth along with them. You can model proper brushing techniques for cleaning teeth, gums and tongue, and even let your child have a chance to brush your teeth for a change!
Since everyone needs to visit the dentist twice a year, try making these appointments as a fun outing together with your child. And if these tips have kept your son or daughter motivated to consistently have good dental hygiene at home, then these visits should be a breeze!