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Good Guys vs. Bad Guys For Your Teeth

Here’s a helpful infographic that shows what foods are good for your teeth health, and what foods are bad. Some misconceptions are pointed as well!

General rules of thumb:

  • Drink LOTS of water to reduce drying of the mouth
  • Gravitate towards fluoride and dairy products
  • Avoid starchy, sticky food
  • Keep up with routine oral hygiene!

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Top 8 reasons to get a dental cleaning

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.

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How you can prevent bad breath

url-1No one likes bad breath, but does everyone do the things necessary to prevent it? More than 40 million Americans suffer from bad breath, or halitosis, according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Bad breath can make you self-conscious, affect your social life and leave you embarrassed. However, there are easy and effective ways to freshen your breath.

Brush and floss more often

Plaque is one of the major causes to bad breath. The sticky build up on the teeth fosters stinky bacteria. Meanwhile, food left between the teeth can add to the problem. Everyone should brush at least twice and day and floss daily. If you’re worried about bad breath, brush and floss more often but don’t overdo it. Brushing too forcefully can even erode enamel, making teeth even more susceptible to decay.

Avoid foods that make your breath smell

Foods certainly affect the way your breath smells. Onion and garlic are the main offenders and even after brushing your teeth, it doesn’t help. These foods, in particular, travel through your blood stream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe it out. Really, the only way to cure this is avoid these foods.

Scrape your tongue

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Use a Keystone Industries tongue scraper to help eliminate bad breath.

You’re tongue naturally coats itself with possible foul-smelling bacterial. So you need to eliminate them by either gently brushing your tongue with a toothbrush or use a tongue scraper. Dental hygienists say that tongue scrapers are essential in a proper oral heath care routine. The nice thing about the scraper is it applies even pressure on the surface of the tongue area so bacteria, food debris and dead cells can be removed.

No more smoking

We all know the dangers of smoking and now you can add bad breath to the long list of negative effects. Smoking damages tissue in your mouth and stains teeth. Smoking cessation is key to not only oral health but also overall health.

Use mouth rinse

Not only does mouth rinse freshen your breath it also reduces plaque-causing bacteria. Swish your mouth with the rinse, or if in a bind use plain water. This will freshen your breath by eliminating food particles.

Keep gums healthy

Periodontal disease, or gum disease is a very common cause of bad breath. Bacteria can accumulate in pockets at the base of the teeth and create bad odors. If you have gum disease, a dentist may recommend a periodontist, who specializes in treating gum disease.

Skip the post-dinner mint

Sugar mint candies may appear to freshen breath, but instead they promote growth of bacterial in your mouth and add onto bad breath problems. Instead, chew sugarless gum. The gum stimulates saliva, which is the mouth’s natural defense against plaque acids, which cause decay and bad breath.

Watch out for dry mouth

As stated above, saliva is a key component to fending off bad bacterial. The lack of salvia will increase tooth decay and cause bad breath. If your mouth is dry, try drinking water or chewing sugarless gum or hard candy. Use a humidifier at night during the winter months. If your mouth is still dry talk to your dentist or doctor. Oftentimes, dry mouth is a side effect of certain medications.

Consult your doctor

If bad breath persists despite your best efforts, it’s probably a good time to see your doctor. Bad breath can be a sign of medical conditions such as allergies, sinuses infections, lung infection, diabetes or even liver or kidney diseases.

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