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Is Chewing Gum Actually Helpful for Improving Oral Health?
Posted on 10/25/2018 by Alyce
Imagine for a moment that you are standing in the checkout line of your local grocery store. There are so many candies, treats and snacks just tempting you, but you're resisting the urge to purchase any of these sugary treats. Although you want one, you know deep down inside that they're bad for your teeth. We have good news for you; chewing certain types of gum can actually improve your overall oral health. Most people believe that like most sugary treats, chewing gum can damage your teeth, however, chewing gum can actually improve your oral health! What Does Gum Do? Don't channel your inner skeptic just yet, let us tell you why chewing gum is good for your oral health. When you chew, you naturally increase the flow of saliva in your mouth. When you're chewing gum after every meal, the increased saliva flow helps to neutralize and wash away the acids and bacteria in your mouth. Essentially, chewing gum is rinsing the bacteria and plaque from your teeth and mouth. All Gum Is Not Created Equal When choosing what gum you want to chew, aside from personal taste, it's important to remember that you need to choose a sugar free gum. Sugar may get the saliva flowing in your mouth, but the sugary gum is counterproductive as the bacteria in your mouth will feed on the sugar. Choosing a chewing gum that contains a sugar replacement Xylitol is important. It's a naturally occurring sweetener that has been shown to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. So next time you're craving that something sweet, don't hesitate to reach for your favorite sugar free gum! Your smile will thank you! Please call or stop by our office today to get more information on how you can keep your smile healthy for years!...
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Is Brushing and Flossing Different with a Bridge?
Posted on 10/15/2018 by Alyce
A bridge can be used to help replace one or more adjacent missing teeth. However, many patients find that they are unsure how to go about their normal oral hygiene routines. While you will still brush and floss your other natural teeth the way you always have, keeping a bridge clean is quite different, at least with regards to the flossing aspect. Can You Floss a Bridge? Of course, since the “teeth” in a bridge are connected to adjacent anchors, you cannot actually floss in between them. However, you can and most definitely should floss under the bridge itself. While this can be something of a challenge at first, with time you will get better at it. Eventually, it will come just as easily as flossing your natural teeth. Flossing Under Your Bridge To clean the area underneath your bridge, you will actually need to use a floss threader to get started. A floss threader has a loop on one end, which is used to pull the floss under the bridge. The floss threader is rigid enough that you can direct it from one side of the bridge to the other, where you thread the floss through the loop and then pull it back under the bridge. Once you have the dental floss threaded under the bridge, wrap one end around your pointer finger on each hand. Then proceed to gently move the floss along the gumline and up and down each side of the bridge. This will help remove food and bacteria which may have accumulated under the bridge. While it does take some time to get used to, eventually this habit will come easily to you. You may wish to spend some time watching how-to videos online if it helps you to visualize the process. Keep at it, and your mouth will stay healthy and clean....
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Best Options to Drink for a Healthy Mouth
Posted on 9/23/2018 by Alyce
Staying hydrated is essential for good oral health. Saliva is how your body naturally protects your mouth from conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. According to recent data, up to 70-percent of adults in the United States have some form of gum disease, which is extremely concerning to our dentists. Drinking plenty of liquids during the day is not only good for your overall health, but it can keep diseases at bay in your mouth and protects you from plaque growth that encourages the production of bacteria. The Best Drinks for Your Mouth There is no question that water is the best drink you can consume. It contains no sugars or preservatives, and its fat-free, cholesterol-free, and has zero calories. Water also provides the fluoride you need to protect your tooth's enamel if you live in an area that fluoridates the water supply. If you do not, then we offer fluoride treatments that have the same effect on your teeth. Milk is one of the best things you can add to your kid's diets because it's an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, both of which are essential for good oral health. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium more efficiently, and this can promote stronger teeth and gums. Commercially produced milk has one drawback, it contains a high amount of sugar. Green tea is another drink that has become more and more popular in the United States due to its many beneficial properties. Green tea is believed to fight cardiovascular disease and cancer, among other serious conditions. Moreover, a study conducted in 2009, concluded that drinking green tea regularly reduced the instances of periodontal disease. Researchers believe that the antioxidant catechin is responsible for these encouraging results. As you can see, there is no reason for not keeping your mouth hydrated, especially if you take medications that could dry out your salivary glands. Drinking plenty of water during the day can prevent the development of tooth decay and gum disease....
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