We all know what’s going to happen the next time we visit the dentist and he’s done taking that awkwardly close look into our mouths… He’s going to hit us with that famous “So, how often do you floss?” question. Flossing can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. However, this simple task can eliminate 40% of the bacteria left in your mouth after you’ve already brushed your teeth. This means that when it comes to dental hygiene, using your toothbrush is only the tip of the iceberg. In order to make you a dental pro, we’ve come up with 5 reasons flossing should be number one in your to-do list.
Flossing prevents tooth loss
Flossing eliminates the plaque between your teeth, which if left untreated can often cause cavities, gum disease and tooth decay. What can start as laziness can soon turn into an infection that makes your gums weak and causes tooth loss. Think about it, you need teeth to smile at your grandchildren when you’re old and happy! Use dental floss to keep your teeth strong and in your mouth.
Flossing can save you money
Visiting the dentist can be an expensive necessity, and when pain is what’s driving you to that office, the visit is even more unpleasant. Flossing prevents bacteria from building up in your teeth and causing cavities that can cost you a lot of money, money you could be using for your next vacation or for a new car. That sounds unfair and unnecessary! Let’s not even talk about gum disease because that’s even more expensive. Save yourself the pain, the trouble and the money by doing one simple task: Flossing.
Flossing can keep you healthy
Gum disease can increase the risk of serious health problems such as diabetes, strokes and heart disease. This is because bacteria gets into your body through bleeding gums and it can cause a lot more damage if your immune system isn’t strong enough. Flossing can keep these tiny monsters away and help you live a long and healthy life.
Flossing gets rid of bad breath
Leftover bacteria is one of the first causes of halitosis, which is another name for chronic bad breath. Chances are that if you’re not cleaning your mouth properly you’re specially sensible to this condition. Flossing is an easy and quick solution for this problem. Complement it with a powerful mouthwash and a good toothbrushing technique for instant results.
Flossing gives you a beautiful smile
Nothing can ruin a first impression like having something between your teeth, it’s something people just can’t ignore. Flossing will make your smile the center of attention for all the right reasons by getting rid of any food leftovers that you wouldn’t be able to reach otherwise. It will also provide a feeling of cleanliness that can eventually whiten your teeth. A clean smile is a confident smile and you’ll be glad you made flossing a priority!
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The Surprising Link Between Gum Disease and Cancer
A growing body of research in the scientific community has found a link between gum disease and the prevalence of certain cancers. There has already been proven evidence about the link between gum disease and heart disease, but scientists have discovered a link between cancer risk and gum disease as well. Perhaps now more than ever, it’s important to take care and be aware of your oral health and to schedule regular appointments to the dentist every 6 months. Below are a few of the facts on the connection found between cancer and gum disease:
Advanced gum disease in men leads to a 63% higher incidence of pancreatic cancer
The worst cases of gum disease in men are correlated to a dramatically higher risk of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, according to a Harvard study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Preventative care to avoid gum disease in the first place is the most important step you can take in protecting both your oral health and your overall health.
Even lung cancer poses a threat to non-smokers with gum disease
Simply having moderate gum disease increases your risk of getting cancer by 14%, according to a research report in the prestigious Lancet Oncology. Even lung cancer, traditionally thought to be correlated largely with smokers, can occur among non-smokers with gum disease. The increased risk is a surprising 33%.
Blood and kidney cancer incidences rise
The risk of blood cancer, such as Leukemia, is 33% higher for those with severe gum disease, and kidney cancer risk is a whopping 50%. Chronic advanced gum disease is even worse, and leads to a four-fold increase in head and neck cancers. This damage increases as bone loss occurs around teeth.
A disturbed biofilm allows bad bacteria to circulate in your blood
Your biofilm is the community of billions of bacteria in your mouth. When you are healthy, the bacteria helps to sustain and support you. However, if it becomes disturbed, your biofilm can send pathogens through your bloodstream to cause complications in other parts of your body. This eventually weakens your immune system if not treated.
Of course, there are easy ways to prevent such disastrous outcomes. Remembering to take care of your oral health as well as your overall health is an important and effective way to decrease your personal cancer risk. Remember:
- Preventative care is important in tackling and treating gum disease. Remember to schedule your biannual visits to the dentist. You may need to set up additional appointments should your dentist recommend you, or if you have any illnesses that need to be cleared up. Also, keep in mind that preventative care is usually the most affordable option in keeping diseases at bay.
- Brush and floss regularly to keep gums and teeth clean. We know you’ve heard this a million times before, but brushing and flossing really is as crucial as dentists and health professionals say it is. When mouth-washing, try to look for a mouthwash that is alcohol-free, as alcohol can disturb the good bacteria in your mouth that is there to help keep you healthy.
- Manage stress through exercise. Runners generally have a low incidence of gum disease, and researchers believe it is because exercise promotes a healthy immune system and advanced circulation throughout the body. Running and other cardio helps relieve stress and its debilitating symptoms, such as lower saliva counts and clenching and grinding of teeth.
How to Get Your Smile Ready for Wedding Season
With spring here and summer not too far away, weddings are going to be happening left and right! Besides remembering to stay in shape and picking out the perfect outfit to wear, have you ever thought about making your teeth look as good as they can be? Cameras will be at your every turn and you’ll probably be in dozens of pictures. You’re sure to do a lot of smiling at weddings, so make sure that your teeth look incredible! Here are a few tips to get your smile ready:
Whiten your teeth with Dr. Chotiner
At Coastal Dental Arts, we have an efficient and quick whitening service that will make your teeth shades whiter and brighter! You won’t even be able to believe what a difference a professional whitening treatment makes! With our top of the line technology and Dr. Chotiner’s expertise, you’re sure to leave feeling like a million bucks. Getting your teeth whitened at the dentist brings much quicker results than using store-bought whiteners, which can often be a disappointing waste of money! It’s an affordable investment that you’ll thank yourself for getting.
Maintain your oral hygiene routine.
Remember to keep up with your flossing, brushing, and mouth washing routine! Brush two times a day for at least two minutes each time, floss at least once, and remember to use mouthwash. Just because you’re busy getting ready doesn’t mean you should push your oral hygiene to the side! Maintaining the health of your teeth is important for maintaining their healthy and beautiful look!
Choose strategic makeup colors
Certain colors do wonders on the the perceived whiteness of your teeth! A red on the lips has long been known to be an instant teeth brightener, so a great choice would be cherry red, rosy pink, and bright berry colors. Make sure that they are warmer toned, because cooler (or blue-toned) lipsticks can contrast against stains and actually bring out the yellow in teeth. Bronzer is also a great tip to create an all-around healthier look!
Wipe away stains.
Try to make an effort to physically remove the stains from your teeth immediately after drinking dark beverages, such as red wine or dark sodas. Casually and subtly take your napkin and gently clean off your teeth. This actually helps to make a huge difference for your teeth’s appearance!
Relax your face and smile
A relaxed facial expression is necessary for creating a natural smile. While you don’t want to look sleepy, you don’t want to look hyper-awake either, because it looks very artificial in a picture. Nothing in your facial expression should give off the impression that you’re straining or trying too hard! Remember, your smile is beautiful and you are celebrating, so show it off with a natural glow!
Make an appointment with Coastal Dental Arts for a teeth whitening session that will leave your smile happy, healthy, and glowing! Dr. Chotiner is an expert at whitening and will be excited to help you create the perfect wedding-ready look!
5 Ways to Protect Children’s Teeth
Adult teeth are settled in your child’s mouth by about 12 or 13 years of age. But what about keeping their teeth healthy and intact until then? While teeth are even stronger than bones, you don’t want to push it the health of your child’s mouth any further than necessary! Tooth decay from candy and sweets is not uncommon, and when you have little ones, it’s important to teach them that too many sweets are not good for their oral health. Keeping your kid’s teeth healthy is important. Here are 5 Ways to Protect Children’s Teeth:
Limit candy and desserts.
This is the first and most simply issue to address. Even adults know that too many sweets can be really detrimental for oral health! Kids generally have a huge desire for sweets, so remember that while they can have an occasional dessert, they need to also be practicing healthy oral habits. Tell them they can only have a piece of candy if they brush their teeth directly afterwards to promote good habits.
Wear a mouthguard during physical activity.
Mouth guards will protect your athletic kids from any major physical injuries to their teeth. Damaged teeth will not grow back. Not only are mouth guards a good protective measure, but they will also maintain the shape and form of your child’s teeth. Mouth guards are also great if your child tends to grind his or her teeth during the night when they are sleeping.
Instill good oral hygiene habits early.
Children are more receptive in learning and maintaining new concepts than adults. The younger they are, the easier it is to instill a good habit. Teach your children how to use a toothbrush properly, and let them know that food can cause decay on teeth if it is not brushed away. Let them choose what kind of toothpaste they want to use, and get them to brush after every meal, or at least twice a day.
Cut back on juice.
Many parents give juice to their children, thinking it’s very healthy. However, juice has so much sugar in it, and not the good kind – the concentrated kind! Be sure to give your kids juice just as a treat. There’s no need for it to accompany every meal, or even be a daily treat. Remember to brush their teeth after consuming it as well, because the sugar can be damaging for growing teeth. There are better ways for your kids to get Vitamin C!
Accompany flossing with brushing.
Even adults have difficulty remembering to floss! Some adults don’t even really know how to floss correctly, and so they see no results – and because of this, they give up on flossing in general. Flossing is so important for the health of your gums and your teeth, and it is an effective preventative tactic to protect against expensive oral diseases. If you start young, you are more likely to keep it a part of your routine as you get older!