It’s important that you keep your gums healthy because they help support your teeth and act as an important barrier against bacteria.
Your gums are naturally pink and should not bleed after regular brushing, though you may see some temporary irritation after flossing for the first time in a while. Red and bleeding gums could be a sign that you’re beginning to enter the early stages gum disease.
As the early signs of gum disease don’t cause chronic pain, many individuals ignore the symptoms until it is too late. According to CDC data, close to half of adults 30 and over have some form of untreated periodontal disease — a number that only increases with age. Understanding the basics of periodontal disease can help you reverse the effects before the consequences become permanent.Read the rest of entry »
Americans don’t like going to the dentist. In fact, the ADA has estimated that 100 million Americans opt to put off their annual dental exam each year despite that fact that regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene are necessary to preventing most oral health disease.
Small oral aches can quickly escalate to a major dental issue, so it’s critical that you learn to recognize the signs that it’s past time to schedule an appointment with a dentist—especially if don’t keep regular dental appointments.Read the rest of entry »
You may be able to recognize a cavity, but do you know how to spot the warning signs of tooth decay before it’s too late? It’s a lot cheaper (and less painful) to prevent a cavity from forming to begin with. It’s not hard to do that, if you practice good oral hygiene every day, schedule regular checkups with your dentist and avoid sticky, sugary foods as much as possible. But sometimes, even despite our best efforts, tooth decay can crop up.
Today, let’s discuss some of the early warning signs of tooth decay (also known as “dental caries”). Learn them so that you can spot developing dental problems and get them check out, before new cavities force you to spend your hard-earned money on summer days in the dentist’s chair.Read the rest of entry »
What hygiene products should you be using to maintain good oral health? Most of us know to use toothpaste and a toothbrush, but what kinds should you use? And are there other products that you should be using daily to prevent tooth decay and gun disease?
Yes, there are guidelines for what you should use. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you use the following 4 products daily: an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste, a soft-bristled toothbrush, an antimicrobial mouthwash and dental floss.
Today, let’s discuss the reasons for (and importance of) each.Read the rest of entry »
Although the percentage of Americans who lack medical insurance has for the past several years been a hot-button issue in the news, on the election trail and in the halls of Congress, the percentage of people who don’t have proper health insurance is much lower (12.9%, according to Gallup) than the percentage who don’t have a dental plan — 40 percent of Americans as of the end of 2012, according to the National Association of Dental Plans.
So what would you do if one of the best dental insurance options in the world would only cost you an average of $10 to $12 a month out of pocket? Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Because the best insurance for your teeth is for you to practice good oral hygiene.
A tube of toothpaste: about $5. A big bottle of antimicrobial mouthwash: about $5. A roll of dental floss, waxed or non-waxed, mint-flavored or not: around $2. Use those products every day, faithfully, and you can prevent cavities, unsightly discolored teeth, broken teeth, gum disease, loosened teeth and missing teeth.
In short, you can prevent everything that expensive restorative dentistry procedures would address, for just $10 to $12 a month. Does it still sound too good to be true? Of course it doesn’t. You know it’s true.Read the rest of entry »
Many people are concerned about their health and wellness, but it’s astonishing how many people don’t think about oral health as being a part of overall health.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 in 4 Americans between the ages of 20-44 suffers from untreated dental decay. And nearly 1 in 5 children have untreated cavities. Why so many? We all know that we’re supposed to brush twice a day and floss regularly. We all know that sugary foods and beverages can cause tooth decay. So what’s the issue?Read the rest of entry »
Although a twice daily brushing and flossing routine is a vital part of your dental care, there is more to consider when it comes to improving your oral health. A combination of factors plays off one another and influences the state of your dental health. By taking the time to deliberately (and methodically) address each area, you maximize your chance to avoid tooth decay, dental abscesses and periodontal disease.
Here are five things you should keep in mind as you work to improve your oral health.Read the rest of entry »
There’s truth to the old adage that “you are what you eat.”
We know that when we eat too many fatty and sugary junk foods, we gain weight and lose vitality. We know that we need to make sure that we get the right vitamins and minerals in our diets, or risk illness. Our choices for nutrition have heavy bearing on our overall wellness. But did you know that “you are what you eat” also applies to your oral health? It’s true.
Poor eating habits, meal timing and/or food choices can make your teeth and gums less healthy and put you at risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, chronic bad breath and painful, sometimes life-threatening dental infections. Brushing twice a day and after meals, flossing daily, and going for regular dental checkups and cleanings are all important for maintaining good oral health. But so is good nutrition.
Today, let’s take a look at 7 ways that your diet could make or break your smile.Read the rest of entry »
By adulthood, most Americans will have dealt with at least one cavity. For many people, tooth decay can begin in childhood and, if left untreated, steadily worsen until serious dental intervention — like a root canal or extraction — is needed. Although you probably won’t be able to avoid cavities completely, good oral health care practices give you the best chance at avoiding invasive dental procedures.
You can utilize the four following areas to create your own oral healthcare plan in just a few minutes.Read the rest of entry »