Healthy Dental Tips Blog

Dry Mouth? Learn more...

Posted by Svetlana Li on Aug 19, 2013 10:56:00 AM

If you’re like most people, you wake up each morning and smack your mouth - it feels dry. That’s no surprise, however, as you most likely had little to no water during the night. But when you have a dry mouth during the day, frequently, then you may end up having dental issues to address.

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Topics: Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

Save Your Smile, Stop Teeth Grinding!

Posted by Svetlana Li on Aug 2, 2013 4:40:00 PM

Has it ever happened to you? You discover that your jaw hurts, or aches, and you’re not sure why. With or without knowing it, most people clench their teeth every so often, and it usually isn’t an issue. But when it gets to the point where your jaw hurts, you may be clenching even more than you realize; and that can spell trouble for your mouth.  

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

How to Prevent Teeth and Mouth Injuries

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jul 26, 2013 10:39:00 AM

A genuine, heartfelt smile can be one of the nicest gestures you can give to another person. Unfortunately, some people don’t like to smile, and that can be due to the state of their teeth. With regular brushing, flossing, and dental work, many people can have a great smile. But sometimes the best oral hygiene can be compromised due to tooth and mouth injuries.  

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jul 10, 2013 3:30:00 PM

You don't like what you see lately: after brushing your teeth, you notice that your gums are sore, swollen, or possibly even bleeding! You figure you have been brushing too hard, or maybe it was something you ate. But it could be something else - like gum disease. 

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Gingivitis, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

Got Sensitive Teeth?

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jun 6, 2013 5:45:00 PM

Ouch! You were ready to enjoy the first bite of that sweet, delicious, ice-cold ice cream, but when you did, you suddenly remembered that your teeth were sensitive to the cold. In your case, you might be able to enjoy your dessert once it warms up, but for many people, they may have to avoid ice cream altogether. Whether it’s cold, hot, or other types of foods, having sensitive teeth can put a damper on eating, and could even be downright painful. You get sensitive teeth when the softer part of your tooth, called dentin, that lies under your enamel gradually yet eventually becomes exposed. The dentin contains nerve endings that will cause you to experience discomfort or pain when they come into contact with any food or drinks that are hot, cold, and in the case of ice cream and other desserts, sweet.

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Topics: Safe Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Dental Care Basics

What Can Stain Your Teeth?

Posted by Svetlana Li on May 31, 2013 5:18:00 PM

It’s a typical reaction when you greet someone: you flash your pearly whites in a wonderful smile. But what happens when your pearly whites aren’t so white? It can happen to anyone, but maybe it has happened to you due to stains.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Brushing Teeth, Foods for Healthy Teeth, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

How Does Smoking Lead to Dental Problems?

Posted by Svetlana Li on Apr 15, 2013 12:26:00 PM

Smoking is one of the most hazardous things you can do to your smile. When you smoke cigarettes or tobacco from a pipe, you are not only causing your teeth to discolor, you are creating a variety of other risks, as well. The yellowing of the teeth is often the first sign of damage for smokers. This yellow color is embedded into the actual enamel of the teeth, so it's not something that can be removed with brushing. It can take several whitening treatments to get your teeth back to the normal shade, and many times the natural shade is unreachable, depending on the length of time you've been smoking.

Smoking can also lead to gum disease in the mouth. Gum disease is very serious because it may not even cause pain, however, it can cause you to lose your teeth due to an infection of the gums. When someone smokes they produce a plaque that contains high levels of bacteria, which is the leading cause of gum disease. Even people who do not smoke get gum disease; smoking puts you at an even higher risk for developing the disease. 

Many are aware that they are putting themselves at risk for lung and throat cancer when they smoke. What many do not know is that smoking is the leading cause of mouth cancer. Thousands of people die every year from mouth cancer that is caused from tobacco. Since tobacco also weakens the immune system, it can allow the cancer to flourish in the body.

If you are looking to prevent the bad effects of smoking, stopping is the first key to success. However, while you are in the process, see if your dentist recommends a special toothpaste for your teeth. There are toothpastes available that are more abrasive than normal toothpaste. Your dentist may also recommend a medicated mouth wash to help fight bacteria. 

If you continue to smoke, you are going to need to see the dentist more often than the average patient. This is so the dentist can regularly inspect the inside of your mouth to ensure there are not any smoking-related problems. It is important that you take the steps to keep your oral hygiene up to par if you are going to use tobacco. Letting it go without the proper care can be life threatening.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Oral Cancer, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

Obesity and Dental Care Among Children Who Live At or Below the Poverty Line.

Posted by Svetlana Li on Mar 18, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Kids love chocolate.  They love candy, and many of the refined sugary goodies that aren’t healthy for them – or their teeth.  A treat once in a while is ok, but what happens when a child’s diet consists mainly of processed, refined foods instead of natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains?  Combine that lack of proper nutrition with a lack of exercise, and obesity could be on the horizon.

What makes this issue worse is that many children who live at or below the poverty line are more susceptible to this type of diet.  Not because of lack of parental care, but because eating well can cost a lot – more than the parents can afford. Processed food is more affordable, and because it provides more calories, it fills up empty tummies. 

In addition to higher obesity rates, researchers have found links between the rates of obesity in children and the dental care that they receive.  Basically, children living in poverty are also more prone to more dental issues.  When families lack the means to afford regular dental care, and when the diet is full of food that is bad for teeth, then they are more likely to suffer from cavities – and more of them – than other families.  Additionally, the dental issues that they develop tend to be more severe because they are not caught early on, if at all.  And the more severe the issue is, the greater the tendency for other issues to occur.  For example, cavities can develop into infections and even abscesses.  Children may experience continued mouth and dental pain, thereby reducing their quality of life until the issue can be addressed, which can take months. 

But that’s not all.  Researchers have also found that when children don't have access to, or learn about, proper oral and dental care, then as adults, they have a greater incidence of lung disease, heart disease, and strokes.  For those who are diabetic, their condition can become worse. 

Families living in poverty simply cannot afford to buy healthier food or pay for dental care – so what can be done about this?  Preventing or reducing one issue will reduce the other, but it’s not easy to do. Parents need access to affordable, accessible, and nutritious food to reduce obesity in their children.  This will help keep their teeth healthier.  Combine this with a greater availability of dental and nutritional education and care to catch minor problems before they become larger, painful ones.  These factors, when implemented early on, will follow through to adulthood. 

Dental care should never be overlooked or forgotten.  Through donations, volunteering, or providing education to those in your community will go a long way to alleviating issues in childhood that will plague them later on.

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Topics: Gingivitis, Foods for Healthy Teeth, Kids, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Care Basics

Donate to Kids’ Healthy Smiles

Posted by Svetlana Li on Mar 6, 2013 5:04:00 PM

As everyone knows, the cost of healthcare can be quite hefty, and in many cases, practically prohibitive. In these situations, parents may not be able to take their children to get dental checkups, and that is unfortunate. Learning proper dental habits and procedures early in life bodes well for great oral care – and the state of a person’s teeth and gums is a major indicator of a person’s overall health.

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Topics: Foods for Healthy Teeth, Kids, Dental Care Basics, Dentistry, Dental Tips

The Dirty Truth About Your Toothbrush

Posted by Svetlana Li on Mar 4, 2013 5:44:00 PM

After you have finished eating your breakfast, you walk into the bathroom, take your toothbrush and squeeze on a decent layer of bacteria for cleaning. Wait…bacteria? While you may not intentionally add bacteria, your toothbrush is still loaded with it. And that’s what you are using to “clean” your teeth.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Brushing Teeth, Dental Care Basics