Tips for a Healthier Smile
October 15, 2012
Category: Dental Health
Tags: pain   dentist   heart disease  


1. You probably aren't seeing the dentist enough.

The standard twice-a-year visit (covered by most dental plans) is only half enough. Adults should see the dentist every 90 days. We know it sounds like a lot but, after just three months, the bacteria we clean out of your mouth during your check-up -- is all recolonized! We know it can seem expensive, especially if you have to pay for the additional visits out of pocket, but it's well worth it from a health perspective. If you think about what you might spend on regularly cutting or coloring your hair, it's really not far off from that.

2. If you're scared of the dentist because you think it's going to hurt, you're not seeing the right dentist.

Today we can manage discomfort with the right medications, handle the annoyance of keeping your mouth open for a long period of time, or use anesthesia for more extensive procedures. And most times by using the Laser or Microabrasion we can avoid pain and anesthetic altogether!

3. If you wait until you feel pain, it's way too late.

Know this: Most dental issues don't cause pain at first.  Cavities- before they become deep, are painless. Gum disease -- also silent. But once you're feeling pain, that means there's probably already an infection or the pockets of your gums have become riddled with bacteria. Bottom line: Make frequent check-up appointments to nip tooth problems in the bud,

4. There are so many ways to floss now, so try one!

You MUST clean in between the teeth! Where tooth surfaces touch one another, you're toothbruch can't reach. This is the spot where some of the worst bacteria hide. The truth is, brushing only gets about 50% of the nasty stuff off of your teeth. Floss is the only thing that can attack the other half. No matter how fantastically high-tech your brush is or how thoroughly you go over each tooth, you still need to floss. So try floss picks, proxy brushes,  an air flosser or a water flosser to clean the breeding colonies of germs from the hard to reach places.

5. Seeing the dentist may save your life.

People are slowly realizing that gum disease might be a sign of heart disease. Some germs may increase your risk for other systemic issues. It's all about inflammation -- if it's in the gums its probably in the rest of the body. Some studies show that bacteria in gum disease is also in plaques in heart arteries. Seeing the dentist can benefit not only your smile and the whiteness of your teeth, but also your overall health.

6. The mouth is the window to the body.

We can tell so much about a person just peering into their mouth. We can see if they have certain habits or issues -- whether they drink a lot of pop or coffee or have acid reflux. If they are experiencing a lot of stress, they may grind or clench their teeth, leading to recession of the gums or telltale wear patterns.  Bad breath may indicate diabetes. You just can't hide these things once you open your mouth.



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