Have you read our last blog? Well, this is the continuation of it! Before, we discussed the importance of your enamel and how the waste from leftover bacteria can break it down. We can understand the need to go to sleep after a long day instead of taking the extra effort to brush before bed, but doing so can cause irrevocable harm to your teeth’s health, leading to the need for emergency dentistry in Bala Cynwyd, PA. We don’t want that!
We’ve all been here, it’s true. Sometimes it is way easier to crawl under the covers and sleep instead of trudge alllll the way to the bathroom just for an elbow work out. Believe us, we are well aware. It takes effort to do, especially in a half-conscious state. Still, it is just as essential as those ten extra minutes you would have had sleeping!
A visit to your nearest drugstore will show you that the natural health care market is huge. From washing your hair to treating your cold, store shelves boast a wide array of products claiming to contain natural ingredients. This holds true for dental care products as well. Toothpastes, mouthwashes, toothbrushes, and dental floss come in all-natural or mostly-natural varieties and consumers who want to live a more natural or environmentally friendly often have a difficult time picking the good products from the questionable ones. Your Wynnewood dentist, Dr. Thomas DeFinnis, offers a few tips on making informed choices when you shop for natural dental products.
Visit your Wynnewood dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings, floss at least once a day, brush twice a day, and don’t forget to scrape your tongue. Yes, you read that right: take a trip to the store, visit the health aisle, and next to the mouthwash, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, you’ll see a funny looking device called a tongue scraper.Read More
Flossing is a key ingredient in preventing gum disease, cavities, and halitosis. Flossing removes plaque and food debris from between teeth and hard to brush areas. Plaque harbors harmful bacteria that can accumulate and cause cavities, as well as gingivitis. Bacteria that reside in plaque are also responsible for bad breath, so if your breath isn’t as fresh as you’d like after brushing, you have one more reason to floss. Oral health is central to overall health; when your mouth is free from plaque buildup and host to fewer bacteria, you reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and oral cancer.
Actually, most Americans do not forget to floss but rather choose not to altogether. Some people believe brushing is enough for healthy teeth. While brushing is an integral part of an oral hygiene routine, it is not adequate for removing food particles from between teeth. Floss cleans the hard-to-reach places where bacteria collects and forms plaque. Preventing plaque from developing along the gum line is vital to keeping gum disease at bay. Remind yourself to floss by keeping the container out on the bathroom counter or next to your tooth brush.
The death rate for Alzheimer’s disease has continued to increase, whereas the rates for HIV, stroke, and heart disease have dropped.
The number of Americans who have Alzheimer’s disease is 5.4 million, and rising.
There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, and most of the risk factors, such as aging and genetics; nevertheless, there’s at least one thing you can do to reduce your chances of developing this tragic disease. Believe it or not, that thing is brush and floss your teeth regularly. How can such oral preventive care possibly lower the chances of developing Alzheimer’s? It all ties back to gum disease (periodontal disease).
You’ve heard the saying, “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks.” As it pertains to habits and lifestyle choices, it’s hard to make an “old dog” change now. We have one trick, however, that can help any dog, or human in this case, reverse the effects of bad oral hygiene, eating, and lifestyle habits. It’s called teeth whitening.
Rather than try and persuade people to brush and floss more often, quit smoking, discontinue drinking coffee and sodas, and aging (which is impossible at this time), teeth whitening offers a solution to these stain-causing acts. The reality is, teeth whitening products, such as the highly effective Zoom!® chairside whitening system, offered at our Wynnewood Dental Art office, are a lot easier to use than making a major lifestyle adjustment. Eliminating your personal pleasures isn’t necessary to have a beautiful, pearly white smile. Thanks to the natural aging process, your teeth naturally fade from white to yellow; so some staining is inevitable and out of your control.
There are many flosses and flossing devices to make flossing easier, quicker, and more efficient to fit with our busy lives. So which one are you supposed to choose, and how do you know which one is the best for your teeth and gums?
What are the different types of floss?
- Waxed- Traditional floss with a smoother, sleeker glide. It easily slides through tight spaces between teeth.
- Un-waxed- Traditional floss with un-waxed fibers fan out and remove plaque in those hard-to-reach places.
- Dental tape- This floss is thin, durable, and smooth. It will not break while you’re flossing.
- Interdental picks or sticks- Sticks with soft wooden edges that clean between teeth.
- Single-tuft toothbrushes- Toothbrushes that have a single line of bristles to clean around bridges, crowns, and between teeth.
- Interdental brushes- Small bristles on plastic handles; they brush between teeth.
- Floss pick of flosser (Y or F shaped)- A disposable plastic flosser with floss strung between two prongs.