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Gifts You Can Give That Improve Someones Oral Health

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Karl Olson
When it comes to choosing the perfect gift for friends, family, or a loved one why not pick a gift that has great health benefits? We have selected a few gifts that anyone would be glad to receive, to help promote a healthy mouth and to fight off dental problems. Great Oral Hygiene Gifts Can Start with An Electric Toothbrush Why not upgrade your loved one's ordinary toothbrush? Electric toothbrushes have been scientifically proven to keep teeth cleaner than other toothbrushes, resulting in a much healthier mouth. Plaque Dye Kits There are several types of plaque dye kits on the market, but they all offer the same benefit of cleaning. After brushing, you use the dye kit to highlight any leftover plaque so you can give your teeth an effective clean. Sugar-Free Food Gifts We all love a goodie hamper for a gift, but you don't need to fill it with sugary snacks for the gift to be delicious. Why not create a mouth-healthy hamper, packed with alternatives? One great alternative is a cheese board, packed out with all their favorite cheeses – the perfect gift for cheese lovers. Not only is cheese a tasty treat, but it promotes a healthy mouth by balancing the acid and restoring pH balance. A Timer Most of us are aware that we should be brushing our teeth for two minutes, twice a day. But how do we know that we are hitting that target? A timer would be a great gift for anyone who wants to improve their oral health, as it allows for easy tracking of time while brushing. We all tend to overindulge on our birthdays, and other celebratory events. Most of us put on a spread of sugary snacks that we graze on over the period of a day or evening, which results in eating far more than we would usually. So why not swap high in sugar foods for healthy snacks, and gift products to help keep mouths in tip top shape? Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment....

What Acidic Items Should You Cut From Your Diet for Optimal Oral Health?

Posted on 8/10/2020 by Karl Olson
Myriads of recipes and food ingredients come with low pH levels that might be harmful to your oral health, and you need to be able to regulate them carefully in your diet. Acidity weakens your mouth's defenses while empowering bacterial activities. Highly acidic food softens and erodes the enamel, exposing the more sensitive parts of the tooth, while also raising your mouth's pH to levels conducive to bacterial growth. Acidic foods and drinks can make you more vulnerable to a wide range of oral health problems. They can also detract from the efficiency of your regular oral care habits, causing your smile to fade increasingly even if you're brushing and flossing religiously. Highly Acidic Foods and Drinks to Watch out for in your Diets The definition of a healthy eating habit does not preclude care for dental health. In line with a healthy eating habit, you need to watch out for certain foods and drinks that may be nutritious, but can spike the level of acidity in your mouth. These include your regular coffee and tea, especially those with sweeteners, soda, alcohol, sugary food, and tomato products. The list also includes citric fruits like oranges, grapefruits, limes, etc. Now, it's not necessary to completely abstain from these foods to uphold sound oral health. You only need to follow up on their consumption with appropriate oral practices. You can try rebalancing your mouth's pH levels right after eating these foods by consuming foods with higher pH levels and low levels of acid. These include nuts, fruits like apples, bananas, mangos, whole grains, veggies, beans, fish, lean meat, etc. These foods also provide the additional benefit of supplying your gums and teeth with essential minerals like calcium and phosphorous. Good brushing and flossing habits can also help. You can try brushing every time you consume any highly acidic food. But you need to wait for at least an hour or two after consuming the food to allow your softened enamel to harden back in place first before brushing to prevent enamel erosion. Has your dental health been compromised by your frequent consumption of highly acidic foods? Contact our office today to see how we can help!...

Can Bad Oral Health Cause Dry Mouth?

Posted on 7/23/2020 by Karl Olson
Dry mouth, or xerostomia, refers to an oral condition in which the mouth stays for long periods without adequate levels of moisture due to a shortfall in saliva production. Your mouth needs to remain moist at all times for many reasons. For one, moisture is necessary when breaking down and swallowing food. And because it helps neutralize acids in the mouth that fuel bacterial growth and also washes bacteria off your mouth, the presence of saliva is constantly needed in your mouth to fight tooth infection, gum disease, and other oral problems. When there's a shortfall in saliva supply, you'll experience discomfort, such as a sticky, dry feeling in your mouth or throat. It becomes challenging to chew, swallow, or speak properly. Dry mouth can also give rise to burning sensations in the mouth, cracked lips, gum irritation, mouth sores, bad breath, and ultimately tooth decay. Dry mouth can manifest as a symptom of a more serious underlining health issue, or it can give rise to complex health problems on its own. Dry mouth can be caused by bacterial infections and can also give rise to them. As such, oral hygiene, which helps fight bacterial infections, can play a huge part in your fight against dry mouth. Other common causes of dry mouth include drug reactions, dehydration, nerve problems, stuffy nose that causes you to breathe through your mouth, hormonal changes from pregnancies or menopause, and autoimmune diseases like Sjogren's syndrome. How Best to Prevent and Treat Dry Mouth Good oral hygiene helps stimulate the gums and dislodge bacteria in the mouth, creating an enabling environment for saliva flow. You can also prevent the discomforts of dry mouth by sipping water regularly, avoiding caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, chewing sugarless gums to stimulate your gums, reducing your intake of foods that are sugary, spicy, salty, or acidic. But the best way out of dry mouth is by undergoing proper diagnosis at our offices, after which we'll place you on a suitable treatment regimen that targets the root cause of the problem. Call our office today to get rid of your dry mouth....
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Gifts You Can Give That Improve Someones Oral Health
What Acidic Items Should You Cut From Your Diet for Optimal Oral Health?
Can Bad Oral Health Cause Dry Mouth?
Options That Can Help Restore a Cracked Tooth
Having a Gummy Smile Does Not Lead to Health Issues, Does It?
How to Keep Your Mouthguard from Harming Your Teeth
How to Inspire Yourself to Adapt to a New Hygiene Routine
Uncommon Causes of Severe Oral Pain
Tips for Keeping Your New Veneers Pristine
Things to Never Do if You Have Veneers
Smokeless Tobacco May do More Damage Than You Think
How Long is the Right Amount of Time to Brush?
Is Baking Soda a Necessary Ingredient in Toothpaste?
How to Respond if a Tooth Gets Knocked Out
How to Keep Teeth Safe When Playing Sports
What Are the Most Common Reasons People Fear Coming to See Us?
Which Drinks Can Discolor Your Teeth Most?
Where Acids Could Be Hiding in Your Daily Diet
How We Can Help You With Erupting Wisdom Teeth
Keeping Your Toothbrush Healthy
The Difference Between Panoramic X-Rays and Digital X-Rays
Why a Healthy Mouth During Cancer Treatment is So Important?
Some People Do Not Need to Have Their Wisdom Teeth Extracted
The Basics of Bruxism - Should You Be Worried?
How Fillings Can Help Decrease Tooth Sensitivity
Make Sure Your Teeth Have Help Staying White
Are Your Gums Trying to Tell You About an Underlying Illness?
Relieving the Harmful Effects of Chronic Dry Mouth Can Start with Water
Soothing Burn Pain in Your Mouth
Signs You Need to Improve Your Brushing Technique
Which New Patient Questions Should You Always Ask When Going to a New Dental Office?
What Stress Does to Your Gums
Ideal Dental Goals for 2019
How Your Tongue Affects Your Breath
Ways of Getting Your Smile Ready for Photographs
There Are Many Myths About Root Canals - Do Not Let Them Stop You From Getting Treatment!
Dental Reviews Can Help You Find the Right Dentist
Could Sound Reduction Reduce Your Dental Anxiety?
Questions to Ask the Hygienist at Your Next Appointment
Problems You May Face with Overlapping Teeth
What Dry Mouth Can Do to Your Teeth
What Does the Most Damage to Your Tooth's Enamel?
Common Procedures That Fall Under Restorative Dentistry
Caring for Elderly Teeth is Different than Young Adult Teeth
Recovering from Receding Gums
Do Some People Tend to Get More Cavities?
Can Your Bite Get Adjusted?
Ways of Explaining Dental Pain When You Come See Us
Uncommon Things That Erode Your Enamel
Things to Do to Decrease Tooth Sensitivity Between Visits to Our Office
How Long Does a Socket Take to Heal?
Composite Resin Allows You to Get Veneers Without the Trimming!
Chewing Tobacco Hurts More Than Just Your Teeth
Do Some Foods Clean Off Common Dental Stains?
Do Dental Chips Need Repair?
Should You Make Homemade Mouthwash?

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