From the monthly archives: September 2017

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Stop Invasive Decay

The only thing standing in the way of a cavity is your tooth enamel.  Although it is said to be the strongest element in your body tooth enamel can be vulnerable to outside forces such as bacterial plaque and acids.  It’s important to make every effort to protect the enamel and what lies beneath.  If the dentin and pulp are invaded by decay the tooth will become infected and if not treated soon enough it could be lost. Not all the bacteria that live in your mouth is harmful, some are beneficial in fighting bad breath, others aid the digestive system and some even protect against disease.  Then there are the “bad” bacteria.  It thrives on the sugar from the foods and drinks that we consume every day.  When these two forces combine they produce the acid that eats away at our tooth enamel and exposes the under layers of our teeth. If you had to pick just one food or drink to avoid in an effort to protect your teeth from disease it would be soft drinks follo ...

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Take The Time To Do It Right

We all know that brushing our teeth is an important preventive method in the fight against oral disease, but what is this about brushing for two minutes, why does it matter how long it takes?  After much collaboration dental professionals have concluded that it takes at least two minutes - some advise three - to thoroughly clean your mouth.  That includes brushing the surface and around each individual tooth, flossing between your teeth and scraping your tongue. You can’t really brush too often, but when and how you brush will make a difference.  Heavy brushing with a hard bristle toothbrush will over time begin to have an effect on your tooth enamel and once that happens you are at higher risk for tooth decay.  Hygienists recommend a soft or medium bristle brush and always use a fluoride toothpaste.  If you notice an increase in sensitivity to hot or cold liquids you may be brushing too hard. If you’re not sure that your brushing properly or using the best dental ...

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Water Is By Far The Healthier Choice

Sugar is bad for your teeth, that’s a matter of fact.  Exposure to highly acidic foods and drinks is another contributing factor for the invasion of tooth decay.  Any product that combines the two poses a double threat.  Soft drinks, for instance, are a perfect example.  Even the sugar-free type contains enough acid to do significant damage to your tooth enamel.  Water is the much better, and healthier choice of beverage. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water, at this point your body is already dehydrated.  The best way to stay hydrated is to keep a glass of water on hand to sip from throughout the day.  In comparison, there is a little saying that applies directly to soft drinks and goes “Sip all day, get decay.”  Professionals recommend that if you do drink a cola or a citrus juice use a straw to minimize the direct exposure of your tooth enamel and rinse with water - good old water - afterward.  The acidic content of t ...

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Get Professional Advice

You know that a home regimen is vital to the maintenance of your oral health.  Regularly scheduled professional checkups are important but a lot can happen over the months between dental appointments.  Brushing and flossing every day and following a well-balanced diet will help prevent any minor issues that may crop up during that time.  But when you see all the dental products that are available today how will you know which ones to choose? Take advantage of the time you have to spend with your dental hygienist and ask her opinion on some of the products that you have seen advertised.  Not only does she keep track of the newest innovations in the field of dental care but she is able to see the results of the products that she may have recommended to other patients.  Always look for the   Seal of Approval by the American Dental Association on the label of any over the counter product you buy. The great majority of dentists and hygienists continue to recommend using a sof ...

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