A perfect smile is accentuated by a perfect set of teeth – pearly white, well-shaped, and properly spaced. It’s what we all want. But we’re not always fortunate enough to be gifted by such perfection. The answer to help one achieve that perfection is often braces. Though common, braces need to be thoroughly understood in order to best utilize and benefit from them.
When parents teach their children to brush and floss on a regular basis, those kids are on their way to healthy teeth. Summer is the perfect time to teach them another habit – healthy snacking. With all the fresh fruit and vegetables available, children learn to substitute healthy snacks for candy and other sugary options.
Have you ever woke up with a slight irritation or pain in your throat? Well, these could be the telltale signs of a possible infection like flu or strep throat. Before we jump the gun and scavenge for heavy pharmaceutical medicines, we should consider following the age-old prescription of gargling and rinsing the mouth with saltwater.
You can brush and floss all you want, but if you don’t maintain a proper diet, your teeth may still suffer. What does that mean? One recommendation is that processed foods should be avoided as much as possible. They are bad for a healthy smile, but they also contribute to a number of general health problems.
In my lifetime dentistry has evolved from a narrow focus on teeth and gums to an awareness of how dental health connects to a patient’s total health and well-being. We know, for example, that several types of cardiovascular diseases may be related to oral health. And lifestyle choices like smoking and diet are linked to tooth decay and gum disease. In my practice, I promote a comprehensive approach to dentistry that addresses the overall health status of my patients.
Teens take note: Cavities aren’t just for little kids—you can get them at any age. When you consume sugary foods, soda, juice or energy drinks, you put yourself at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Be smart about your healthy smile. Always brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day.