It’s sad but true. Men are far more likely than women to neglect their oral health – in some cases, for years? Lots of men don’t brush their teeth on a regular basis and avoid dental visits for cleanings and exams. Some of the healthiest and fittest guys are guilty. Flossing is even more challenging for some of these guys.
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:
Has your dentist ever recommended a deep cleaning? There’s a big difference between regular, routine teeth cleaning and deep cleaning. A regular cleaning focuses on the surfaces of the teeth above the gum line. Dental deep cleaning is needed to remove bacteria and tartar from under the gum line.
You can brush and floss all you want, but if you don’t maintain a proper diet, your teeth will still suffer. Did you know that the foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your oral health? Too many sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks can put you at risk for tooth decay.
Parents who teach their children to brush and floss on a regular basis have introduced them to a healthy oral hygiene habit. With lots of practice those kids are on their way to healthy teeth. But without a healthy diet, their teeth may still suffer. Read below for some tips on what makes a healthy, tooth-friendly diet.
We tend to celebrate our favorite holidays with food – often items with lots of sugar. Just think about all the desserts we associate with holiday celebrations. Cookies, cakes, and candies surround us with delicious temptation. Is it possible to maintain healthy teeth and enjoy some of the season’s special food delights?
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.
Patients frequently ask whether they should pay attention to warnings about the dangers of sugar. Does sugar cause cavities? Some sugar isn’t bad, but if you really want to have a tooth friendly diet, then you need to limit your sugar intake. Why? Well, read below to find out.