Did you know that men are far more likely than women to neglect their oral health – in some cases, for years? Lots of men don’t brush and floss on a regular basis and avoid dental visits for cleanings and exams. Some of the healthiest and fittest guys are guilty.
You can brush and floss all you want, but if you don’t maintain a proper diet, your teeth will still suffer. Processed foods should be avoided as much as possible; not only are they bad for a healthy smile, but they also contribute to a number of general health problems.
It’s the “back-to-school” time of year when young athletes start team practice. For team workouts, sports drinks are a popular alternative to water for staying hydrated. If they contain electrolytes, they help sustain energy levels during physically challenging activities. Lots of people don’t realize these beverages have can adverse effects on teeth.
As a proud new father and a dentist, I know how important dental care is to every expectant mother. Pregnancy is not a time to neglect oral hygiene or skip visits to the dentist. In fact, oral health is directly related to the overall health of both the mother and her developing baby. Regular oral exams and cleanings are safe and may help in preventing or diagnosing and treating any pregnancy-related dental symptoms.
In my family dental practice I see patients of all ages. Like all dentists, I educate each family member on the benefits of good oral hygiene – brushing, flossing, dental exams, and diet. I want every patient to avoid the serious problems associated with gum disease. Here’s why:
Sports drinks are a staple for young adults. If they contain electrolytes, they help sustain energy levels during physically challenging activities. During hot summer days, they are a popular alternative to water for staying hydrated. Lots of people don’t realize these beverages have can adverse effects on teeth.
Many of my patients want a whiter and brighter smile. They worry that their discolored teeth are unattractive and unhealthy and want to know how to remove stains from teeth. Knowing what causes stains on teeth and how to avoid staining can help everyone have a healthy smile.
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.
As a dentist AND dedicated practitioner of exercise and healthy eating, here’s what I tell all my patients. “Your lifestyle and your oral health are connected.” For good oral health, you get out what you put in. That means eating healthy, exercising, and avoiding substances that are poisonous to your body will keep your gums pink and your teeth shiny.
We’re approaching the holidays, and that means sugar, sugar, and more sugar. Pies, cakes, and other sweet desserts will be surrounding us for the next few months, which means we have to be especially vigilant about brushing our teeth and keeping them healthy.