Our patients often ask about products. Dental hygiene is one of those areas where stores can sell products with ambiguous claims that are often loosely based on science. Two types of products that cause the most confusion are mouth rinse and mouthwash. What is the difference, and how do you know which will most improve your oral health?
November is American Diabetes Awareness Month. If you have diabetes, you know that high levels of blood sugar can stress your entire body. Your teeth and gums are no exceptions – gum disease is the most common dental problem affecting people who live with diabetes.
While I am working out at the gym, I notice teeth. What I see is that some of the healthiest and fittest guys have teeth that need help. 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.
Did you know that dental plaque – a sticky substance made of bacteria, mucus, and food – is continually forming on our teeth? It’s that slimy coating that you can feel by running your tongue over the front of your teeth. If you don’t remove it with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, it can damage your teeth and gums.
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.
With regular dental care, your teeth can stay healthy and last for your lifetime. That’s the best reason to commit to an at-home regimen of brushing and flossing AND regular dental checkups. If you neglect your teeth, you may not become aware of any dental problems until your teeth are already damaged. Regular visits to the dentist can save you time and money, and help you maintain an attractive and healthy smile.
Everyone knows that if you want to prevent cavities, regular brushing and flossing is essential. However, it may no longer be that simple. Today, cavities are the second most common disease – the common cold is the first. Fortunately, there are other things you can add to your brushing and flossing routine that will help prevent cavities.
Do you know what a dental hygienist does? Most people know that the hygienist cleans teeth. But fewer are aware of their frontline role in preventive care. Dental hygienists educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health practices that will help avoid serious health problems.
When dentists perform a dental exam, they look at more than the condition of your teeth and gums. Did you know that they also look for clues about your general health? There is a connection between your oral health and your overall health. Your oral health offers clues about your general health and problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body.
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.” Men are far more likely than women to neglect their oral health, and many who have gum disease don’t recognize the symptoms until their condition is serious. I want every patient – male and female – to be aware of the medical problems associated with gum disease. Here’s why: