Ways to Ensure Proper Dental Health

Posted on June 25, 2019 in Uncategorized

A good dental health is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. According to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), dental health professionals are unable to serve about 33 million Americans. It is also ironical that people in general are also not aware of the basic steps of ensuring proper dental health. Eventually, they end up suffering from oral and facial pain, cleft lip and palate, periodontal (gum) diseases, tooth decay etc. The ability of a person to make facial expressions, swallow, chew, smile, taste, smell and speak can be remarkably improved by good dental health.

Regular Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth:

Brushing your teeth on a regular basis (early in the morning and before sleeping at night) plays a crucial role in removing the food particles from your mouth. If not removed, such debris starts to rot and damage the enamel in due course of time. It also leads to tartar and plaque. A small headed toothbrush needs to be used along with fluoride contained toothpaste in a circular motion while brushing your teeth. Always ensure that this activity should not be done in a hurry! Few people are aware of the fact that lack of flossing may lead to health conditions such as diabetes. Regular flossing ensures healthy gums and avoids diseases such as gingivitis and formation of cavities, bad breath etc.

The bristles of your toothbrush should not be too strong or else they would cause damage to the enamel. Avoid using large fancy toothbrushes as they are unable to reach the end of your mouth and do proper cleaning. Using a fluoride contained mouthwash is also a good alternative if you are unable to find time to brush your teeth. However, keep in mind that you should not completely depend on using such mouthwash all the time!

Periodic Dental Check-Up:

It is important to talk to your friends and do adequate research before taking the services of a dentist. Refrain from making excuses such as lack of time, inadequate funds etc. Only a dentist can tell whether or not you have cavities at the back of your mouth!

A good dentist has the knowledge and expertise to check the whole oral cavity and smallest areas of your teeth. Early detection of dental health issues can go a long way in saving a lot of pain and money in the long run. Make a point of visiting the dentist at least 2-3 times in a year after taking prior appointment.

Healthy Diet:

Dental health is also greatly affected by what you eat. Certain foods such as cheese and milk which contain phosphate, casein and calcium protect your teeth against decay. Unsweetened tea, milk and fluoridated water are the best beverage choices. Other food choices include nuts, chicken, vegetables and crunchy/firm fruits (for example, pears and apples). These foods stimulate the saliva which helps in protecting against tooth decay by washing away buffering acid and food particles. Avoid foods such as raisins, bananas, french fries, pretzels, potato chips, muffins, breads, pies, cakes, cookies and candy such as mints, lollipops etc. Always remember to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or mouthwash after every meal.

Top 10 Tips to Good Dental Health

Posted on June 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

Dental health care has come a long way since the days of wooden dentures and baking soda. There has been great technologies and advancement in oral care techniques to keep our teeth free of bacteria and plaque. Nowadays, there is so much you can do to keep your oral health good than just brushing twice per day. Below are ten tips on maintaining your oral health at a high standard from a prevention perspective.

1. Have you tried waterjets?

Waterjets are also referred to as oral irrigators, and can be used to substitute flossing. In this case, devices that deliver pressurized streams of water are used; the water jet blast out the plaque and bacteria that collect in areas where brushing alone cannot suffice. It has been established that use of Waterjets in addition to daily brushing greatly reduces chances of calculus and gingivitis.

2. Brushing

It might seem so obvious, but most people ignore or casual undertake this practice. It is vital to thoroughly brush your teeth first thing when you wake and last thing when you go to sleep at night. Brushing is essential to remove the bacteria and plaque that accumulate especially overnight. Acquire a small headed brush that has soft bristles. Make sure you clean all the facets of your teeth as well as the gums and tongue, gently and thoroughly.

3. Use of mouthwash

Most mouthwashes have antibacterial and antifungal effects when used. They can therefore be used to keep oral bacteria in check and reduce dental health complications. Rinse and gargle twice daily, morning and always evening and do this after brushing.

4. Flossing

Dental flossing comes in handy when cleaning in areas where the brush might not cover effectively, such as in between teeth, this is also where plaque accumulates. It is advisable to floss before you brush to increase the effectiveness of your oral cleaning exercise. Keep in mind that almost 90% of teeth problems such as decay are caused by collection of plaque in between teeth.

5. Try electric toothbrushes

Electric tooth brushes work on the same principle as manual toothbrushes in improving your dental health, but they are far more effective. They have small heads that have the ability to cup around teeth and remove the accumulated plaque and bacteria a bit faster.

6. Avoiding dry mouth

Saliva serves a vital role in preserving your dental health; it protects your teeth against periodontal disease and tooth decay. Saliva deficiency can therefore reduce oral immunity and cause serious dental problems. Persistent dry mouth may also be a side effect of some medications or a disease symptom. Ask your dentist for recommendation on products that replace or stimulate saliva production.

7. Fresh breath

Everybody experiences bad breath once in a while. Persistent bad breath however may be as a result or poor oral hygiene or accumulation of bacteria. Basically, bacteria in the mouth do feed and break down the plaque that accumulates in between teeth and release the volatile sulfur compounds that are mainly responsible bad breath. Keep the plaque in check by regular brushing and flossing of your teeth.

8. Whiter teeth

Having white teeth is a sign of good dental health. Nothing beats the smile and happiness that emanates from white clean teeth, but maintaining such white teeth is quite elusive to many. A good start however is to avoid smoking, red wine and such other tannin containing drinks in addition to regular brushing.

9. Gargle with apple cider vinegar

Vinegar is helpful in maintaining your dental health to a good standard as it kills bacteria in the mouth/gums, whiten teeth and removes stains. Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning prior to brushing.

10. Eat ‘detergent’ foods.

These are foods that are crisp or firm and help clean your teeth when eaten. This is a trick least known to many. The best choices include apples, celery, raw carrots, and popcorns. These “detergent” foods are best eaten last after all your other meals.


The US Economy and Dental Health

Posted on June 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

The struggling economy and the adverse effects on dental health in the US. Here are a few tips that may be helpful.

Is it possible that the struggling economic situation in the US is having repercussions on the health of the population,particularly their dental health?

The difficult economic times in the US has led to hundred of thousands of job losses. The population is struggling in all aspects. A large segment of the population have seen their income substantially reduced, as well as the health benefits that accompanied these jobs disappear. Many of those whose jobs have been spared, have had to deal with decreased health insurance coverage. One of the most significant changes has been in dental care insurance. As access to routine dental care diminishes, the long-term effect that this will have on oral health is yet to be observed. Families whose income has been slashed have had to make many changes in their life-style in order to survive. One of the most significant is in nutrition. With the rising increase in food costs, there has been no choice but to compromise nutritional needs for more cost-effective foods. Fresh foods and vegetables have been substituted with carbohydrates and sugars, such as white pastas and bread, which are less expensive. How can these dietary changes effect dental health?

Your mouth and teeth are constantly bathed in saliva. This keeps teeth and other parts of your mouth moist and washes away bits of food. Saliva contains minerals and buffering agents which reduce the acid levels that can decay teeth. We also have many types of bacteria in the mouth. Some bacteria are helpful and keep the bad bacteria at bay. Two of the most important harmful bacteria are Streptococcus Mutans and Lactobacilli. These bacteria need food to survive and multiply. When you eat carbohydrates and sugars the bacteria use this as their nutriment. The by-product of this metabolism is the acid that causes tooth decay and gum disease. How can you buffer this acid build-up? The simplest way to lower the pH level in the saliva is by rinsing with water after eating or drinking food rich in sugar or carbohydrates. The water will dilute the saliva, as well as dislodge particles the on the teeth. It is not recommended to brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking. Wait at least 20 minutes. Brushing your teeth several times a day will break up the plaque that harbor the harmful bacteria.

There is no substitute for routine dental care. The above advise will hopefully be helpful for those unable to pursue dental treatment at this time.