November 2015 Entries
A Few Basic Rules to Keep Your Teeth Healthy
Dentists are professionals who take care of the oral health of every individual. They monitor the situation in the mouth of each patient on their regular checkups and depending on the needs they provide suitable advice. However, we should all keep in mind that each of us should maintain proper oral hygiene.
Personal hygiene and proper diet are the two factors that can prevent oral health. In addition, there a number of ways and possibilities for the maintenance of good oral hygiene in everyday life of people and we will mention some of them.
Modern toothbrushes come in different sizes – small, medium and large and they can also be soft, medium and hard. The material used in their production can be artificial or natural. Today, apart from the standard toothbrushes, there are electrical toothbrushes too. They have proven to be equally effective in removing plaque from teeth and require less effort from the users. In addition, there are interdental brushes used for cleaning areas in the mouth that are difficult to reach.
As we already said the use of toothbrushes and toothpaste are the most common method of removing leftovers and layers from the tongue, gum and teeth. It is highly recommended to brush the teeth and mouth at least twice a day (in the morning and in the evening).
Dental floss is an important part of set used for oral hygiene because in this way you can prevent many health conditions related to the gums and teeth. It is especially useful for removal of residue between two teeth.
Regular dental check-ups
In order to avoid any problems with your oral health, you should visit your dentist on a regular basis – at least twice a year or every 6 months.
A Few Things You Can Do to Protect your Teeth
There are many people who have noticed that their teeth look bad or that they have become sensitive to cold and hot foods and drinks and some of them have found traces of tooth decay. They usually wonder how this happens when they have good oral hygiene. Well, the truth is that certain bad habits can affect your teeth. By following these tips you will avoid frequent visits to the dentist.
Frequent teeth whitening
Pearly white teeth are certainly the desire of many men and women and this is quite natural. Teeth naturally become darker with the aging process. Teeth whitening is a dental procedure that can help you solve this problem. However, if you practice this procedure frequently you will do more harm than good for your teeth and every dentist will confirm this. Use mild products for whitening and don’t do it too often because the content that most of these products contain have negative impact on the mineral content of teeth and erodes the enamel which leads to teeth sensitivity and fragility of the teeth. You should also know that the natural color of teeth is not white, but ivory white.
Too much acidic foods in the daily menu
Acidic foods and drinks erode and destroy tooth enamel and in case you didn’t know, this layer cannot be renewed. The nerves lose their protection and support and it is possible to feel pain when you eat something cold or hot. Avoid sour candies, lemon juice and soft drinks. If you can’t avoid these drinks, use a straw and avoid direct contact between the enamel and the soft drink.
Using your teeth to open bottles
This might sound a little bit odd, but there is a huge number of people who do this. Teeth can be used for chewing food and not for opening bottles and cans or chewing ice cubes.
Dental health in children
There are many parents who are wondering when they should make the first visit to the dentist’s office with their children. It is perfect to make the first checkup before the first birthday of the kid.
The most common cause of caries in children is consumption of sweetened drinks and food from bottles without washing the mouth and cleaning the teeth after meals and before bedtime. In this way, we support the buildup of layers on baby teeth and this practice may lead to so-called circular or bottle caries. These deposits and layers are used by bacteria that create acids that erode the tooth enamel. At first this is a condition that can be recognized easily thanks to the change of tooth color and over some period of time we can witness a caries lesion.
The simplest way to avoid a situation like this is to avoid drinking such drinks in general especially before bedtime. Of course, the introduction of compulsory brushing of teeth is a must too. While the child is small it is sufficient to use a gauze and water to clean the teeth and after some period of time parents can introduce the use of child toothbrush and finally toothpaste designed for children) after three years). in addition to the daily oral hygiene and proper nutrition, the most important factor that can protect dental health in children is regular dental visits.
Regular dental check-ups (every 6 months) are very important and there is more than one good reason for that. If the child doesn’t feel any pain this doesn’t mean that their teeth are healthy and this is something that can be determined only by an experienced dentist. The health of baby teeth must be maintained because they can later affect the permanent teeth. Of course, regular check-ups are very important because in this way the child adopts the habit of taking care of their oral health.
Diabetes and oral health
In case you are suffering from diabetes you should know that the high level of blood sugar affects the entire body including teeth and gums. No matter if you are dealing with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, maintain the level of blood sugar is crucial. The higher the level, the greater risk for developing some of these conditions:
Your mouth naturally contains many different types of bacteria. When sugar and starch from drinks and food comes in contact with bacteria on the teeth we can expect the formation of dental plaque. The acid found in plaque attacks the tooth enamel and leads to caries. The higher the levels of blood sugar the greater flow of sugars and starch in the mouth and risk of caries.
In case you don’t act fast and don’t remove the plaque from your teeth with regular use of toothbrush and dental floss, it will turn into tartar. The longer plaque and tartar remain on the mouth the more it irritates the gingival of teeth. Over some period of time, you can expect swelling and bleeding in this area.
Gingivitis that is not treated at all leads to the appearance of serious infection that attacks and destroys the soft tissue and bones that support your teeth. This disease is known as periodontal disease or periodontitis. In case this disease is left untreated you can experience loss of teeth. Periodontal disease is especially serious in people suffering from diabetes because these individuals have reduced ability to withstand and fight infections and the wounds heal much slower. Infections like periodontitis can increase blood sugar levels and therefore it is much more difficult to control diabetes.