Archive for October 10, 2015

What is a tooth friendly diet?

A Tooth Friendly Diet

If you have had a dental exam and your dentist said you had too many sweets, that may be the right time to ask what can you eat that will be a little more friendly to your pearly whites. It is easy to look the other way when presented with a list of healthy food items, but anyone serious about their dental health should focus on what they should eat.

Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth can provide excellent results, but avoiding calcium or vitamin C may cause damage that is difficult to reverse. When drinking lots of milk, orange juice, cheese, yogurt, and salmon.

Your dentist will always tell you to rinse and you must absolutely do that on a regular basis, which is by drinking plenty of water. You can remove particles of food that remain in your mouth. Repeat this process throughout the day and you will be minimizing the development of unwanted bacteria.

If you like vegetables, that is a good thing, but you can also eat more chewable vegetables, which can help dislodge stubborn food particles. For those that drink a lot of tea, start thinking about reducing the amount you drink on a daily basis. There are, however, certain types of tea that can reduce the risks of cavities and specific gum disease.

The list of foods you should be avoiding are large. To simplify this list, avoid sugary, sticky, and gummy foods. These can remain in your mouth for a long period of the time, especially in spaces between your teeth where it is difficult to clean.

 Foods such as pickles, tomatoes, and red wine contain a high acidic value so you should avoid those when possible. Naturally, you are going to eat foods from both the tooth-friendly and not friendly lists, which is why practicing proper brushing and flossing is still important.

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Why You Must Floss Daily

Why You Must Floss Daily

Just as you have to brush your teeth every day to keep a clean and healthy mouth, you must floss daily to ensure clean gums. Although some people disregard flossing, this routine is essential to maintaining good general health.

Without flossing, your chances of developing gum disease may increase. Medical studies have shown that gum disease and serious health concerns such as heart disease, strokes, and cancer are linked. Gum disease can also damage the bones that support teeth.

An additional benefit of flossing is that you can enjoy a cleaner mouth. It removes food particles located between the teeth. It also eliminates plaque, a sticky substance created from bacteria, which can lead to cavities or gum disease. Bacteria also causes bad breath to occur.

Flossing may cause bleeding or sore gums, this is normal and expected when you have minimal experience flossing. Continue this routine and the soreness and bleeding will eventually end.

There are various types of floss you can look for. Some are thin and have a flat, wide dental tape. Other types are waxed and have regular width dental tape. You can also use floss that is either flavored or unflavored.

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Dental Care Tips for Older, Senior Patients

Dental Care Tips for Older Patients

Patients are encouraged to practice good oral health habits and proper dental care regardless of their age. However, middle-age patients face more difficult challenges in caring for their teeth. These can be due to prolonged wear and tear on the teeth during the patient’s lifespan. Other complications can occur due to various diseases and ailments often affecting the middle aged.

Although problems such as periodontal disease, dry mouth, discoloration, and tooth sensitivity become more prevalent with age, there are solutions to help mitigate these risks.

Try brushing your teeth twice per day, using a fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to floss as well, at least once per day. Most patients do not take flossing as seriously as they should, but it is almost as important as brushing your teeth. If you rinsing your mouth, use an antibacterial mouthwash. Do not forget to schedule regular dental exams and cleanings with your dentist.

While being older can make certain dental problems more prevalent, maintaining a good oral hygiene routine can go a long way towards minimizing these risks, or preventing them altogether.

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