Monthly Archives: October 2013
There are plenty of reasons why you should go twice a year for a dental cleaning. But here are the top 8 reasons to go. Honestly, you really shouldn’t need any more reasons than these, but if you do, ask your dentists and we’re sure he or she can provide more reasons to show up to your cleaning!
8. Creates treatment plan – Problems occur no matter what level of oral hygiene you have. Going to the dentist regularly will help them and you figure out a right path of treatment. This discussion may include required procedures, costs and time. This way, you’ll get a full understanding of the plan of action.
7. Keeps oral health habits on track – During a dental cleaning, the hygienists and dentists will help ensure that you’re maintaining good oral health. If you’re falling behind on oral hygiene, he or she will help you gain better habits.
6. Saves money – Dental insurance plans typically pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and check ups every six months. You can save a lot of money with these checkups by avoiding costly dental procedures that result from prolonged poor oral health.
5. Detects dental problems early – Dentists and hygienist are able to detected early signs of problems with your teeth and gums. This includes an early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease. If these problems remain untreated, much more expensive treatments will have to occur such as root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth.
4. Gives a bright and white smile, prevents bad breath – The hygienist clean your mouth from top to bottom. This includes tooth polishing with prophy paste to create a beautiful shine. Studies have shown that about 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath, or halitosis, have a dental problem to blame. Good oral hygiene is imperative in preventing bad breath.
3. Maintains good physical health – Various studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease and poor oral health. With a dental cleaning every 6 months, your teeth and gums will remain healthy and thus reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes.
2. Prevents oral cancer – Someone dies from oral cancer every hours of every day in the US alone, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. When you have a dental cleaning the dentist is also screening you for oral cancer, which is highly treatable during an early diagnosis.
1. Prevents gum disease – Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and bone, which keep the teeth in place. Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. If diagnosed early, gum disease can be reversed with the proper treatment. However, if treatment is not received, gum disease can turn into an advanced stage and you’ll begin to lose teeth. Regular dental cleanings and check up, flossing daily and brushing twice a day are all important factors in attacking this very preventable disease.
It’s time to smile… go ahead, smile. We dare you. It’s good for you! Now that you’re smiling you should be happy to know you’re participating in World Smile Day!
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) has done extensive research on what it means to have a great smile. Nearly half of American adults (48 percent) think that the smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone. The smile is even more important the first think a person’s says, which only 25 percent of Americans say is the most memorable feature of a person.
Adults over the age of 50 are even more likely to remember a smile when first induced to someone (52 percent). Even fewer adults are like to remember the person clothes (9 percent) or the way he or she smells (8 percent).
As you can see, smiles play such an important role on your identity and how you’re perceived by others. It’s important to keep good oral health habits and maintain a smile that’s please. That way you smile even bigger every day but especially today, World Smile Day.
Dental injuries, especially with athletes, are quite common. One of the best devices to protect athletes from injuries is using a custom mouthguard.
Here are some statistics and facts on dental injures from sports.
- More than 5 million teeth are injured/knocked out every year
- Dental injuries result in nearly $500 million spent on replacing teeth
- 13-39% of all dental injuries are related to sports
- Sporting activities cause the greatest percentage of dental traumatic injuries in teens
- 50% of all children and teens will suffer at least one traumatic injury to a tooth by the time they graduate high school
- Broken teeth, neck injuries and abrasions in the mouth are very common among athletes
- These injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits a year
- Young men suffer traumatic tooth injuries 2-3 times more often than young women
- Sports related injuries account for 3 times more facial/dental injuries than violence or traffic accidents
- Pre-teens and teens have the highest number of sports related dental injuries, with the top 3 sports being:
- Biking and
- Basketball players have in injury potential 13 times that of football players
- Risks for athletes include:
- Suffering a fall during competition
- Contact from elbows, hands, arms
- Contact from flying equipment
- Use of a mouth guard is essential to lower the risk of dental injury in sports
- Athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouth guard
- 80% of traumatic dental injuries occur to the top front teeth
With the calendar turning to the month of October today, it’s time to think about Halloween and other fall festivities. However, it’s also time to think about dental hygiene, as October is also National Dental Hygiene Month.
During this month, it’s important to focus on the pillars of oral health though brushing, flossing, rinsing and chewing.
Brush – Brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day is the single most important method of reducing plaque and preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related oral diseases. It’s important to follow proper brushing techniques to avoid further damage to your teeth and gums.
Floss – Flossing is another daily process that encourages proper dental hygiene. While brushing your teeth is important, it doesn’t necessarily clean all your teeth. Flossing removes plaque and food particles that cannot be reached by the toothbrush, particularly under the gumline and between the teeth.
Rinse – Rinsing your mouth each day with anti-microbial mouth rinses is another step to prevent gum disease. Really teeth only make up less than half of the surfaces in your mouth. Thus brushing and flossing only goes so far to clean teeth and gums. It’s always important to finish your oral care routine with an antiseptic mouthwash.
Chew – Chewing sugar-free gum is actually important for good oral health. One of the most important defenses against tooth decay is saliva. Saliva fights cavities, neutralizes plaque acids, remineralizes enamel to strengthen teeth and washes away food particles. Chewing gum stimulates saliva in the mouth and creates a more protected mouth.
So while many of you are planning to eat a bunch of candy by the end of the month, remember that it’s dental hygiene month too. Be carful of those pearly whites or else you might end up a toothless ghoul for Halloween.