While it should not take the place of daily brushing and flossing, mouthwash is good to add to your daily oral hygiene routine. The benefit of using a mouthwash is that it can reach areas not easily accessed by a toothbrush.
Basically there are two types of mouthwash: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwash may temporarily control bad breath and leave behind a pleasant taste. If it doesn’t contain any ingredients that can kill bacteria, it would be considered cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwashes on the other hand, contain ingredients that control or reduce conditions like bad breath, gingivitis, plaque, and tooth decay.
When choosing a mouthwash, be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Approval. Mouthwashes offer additional benefits such as reducing the risk of bad breath, cavities, or gum disease; or for relief of dry mouth or pain from oral sores
Remember, children younger than the age of 6 should not use mouthwash because of the risk of swallowing.
So use your mouthwash, either before or after brushing. Your teeth, mouth and gums will feel better for it.
It’s important to schedule regular dental checkups. The ADA recommends that you see your dentist every six months. During this time the dentist (or dental hygienist) will probably evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination and examine your mouth for any signs of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies.
Don’t be surprises if your dentist checks for plaque and tartar build up. One of the reasons we have you come so often is that plaque and tartar can build up quickly if good oral hygiene is not practiced at home. This plaque can lead to gum disease.
Here is a list of some of the things the dentist will look for during your examination:
- Examine your gums
- Will look for signs of gum disease.
- Check for loose teeth
- Examine your tongue
- Check your bite
- Look for visual evidence of tooth decay
- Check for broken teeth
- Check for damaged fillings
- Look for changes in the gums covering teeth
- Evaluate your dental appliances
- Check the contact between your teeth
- Take X-rays
The trip to the dentist doesn’t have to be a bad experience. We at Brogdon Dental want to make sure you have as enjoyable experience as possible. Call us today to schedule your Checkup. Hopefully you will see how essential it can be.
Here are some more fun facts about teeth from 123dentist.com…
- The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.
- No two people have the same set of teeth.
- Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—that’s enough to fill two swimming pools. Saliva has many uses, including assisting you with your digestion and protects your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.
- Many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
- One third of your tooth is underneath your gums—that means only two thirds of your tooth’s length is visible.
- Teeth start to form even before you are born—milk teeth or baby teeth start to form when the baby is in the womb, but they come through when the child is between 6-12 months old.
- If you get your tooth knocked out, put it in milk and hold it in your mouth—this will help your tooth to survive longer. Make sure you see a dentist right away.
- Toothpicks are the object most often choked on by Americans.
There is a relationship between our teeth, gum and body. Our body is considered an ecosystem and our mouth is the main entrance to it. What goes through our mouths and into our body determines many of the diseases we contract.
Each tooth is surrounded by gums that create a seal that controls the bacteria that enters our body. If we fail to take care of this seal, and allow it to be weakened, we open the door for all kinds of things to enter our bloodstream causing a myriad of problems.
According to OraGuard, Ltd, listed below are of some diseases that we can develop as a result of bacteria entering the body through the mouth and gums:
Oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and attack the friendly bacteria in your gut. And that’s when your digestive issues begin to worsen.
- Breast cancer
Women may be 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer due to lack of good oral care.
- Prostate cancer
Research has shown that men with indicators of periodontal disease and prostatitis have higher levels of PSA than men with only one of these conditions.
Serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
- Weight gain
Oral health, diabetes, and obesity are intertwined and inflammation is at the core of this complex interaction
- Alzheimer’s and dementia
Research shows gum disease bacteria lipopolysaccharides (the surface of the bacterium) in samples from people suffering from dementia and none of the people who do not have the condition.
- Cardiovascular disease including stroke, heart attack, infective endocarditis, and thickening of the arteries
When bacteria reach the heart, they can attach themselves to any damaged area and cause inflammation.
- Low birthweight and premature birth
Periodontal health also plays a key role in a healthy pregnancy. Research suggests that pregnant women with gum disease are at higher risk for pre-term and low birth weight deliveries.
- Bacterial pneumonia
Bacterial infections in the chest are believed to be caused by breathing droplets from the mouth and throat into the lungs.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Those who had moderate to severe periodontitis had more than twice the risk of RA compared to those with mild or no periodontitis
We don’t realize how important our oral health is in relation to a healthy body, but we need to think about not only what we put in our mouths, but how we take care of our mouths, which includes our teeth and gums. Good oral health is not only brushing your teeth and visiting your dentist, but don’t forgot to do this as well.
Contact our office at Brogdon Dental to set up your cleaning today.
We know that February is National Heart Month, but what you may ask, does that have to do with your teeth? Heart disease claims over 610,000 lives each year, and is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. But did you know that a link has been found between this deadly disease and the health of your gums?
According to a 2016 study by the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden, having gum disease can increase the risk of a first heart by 28%.
“Although the findings indicate a strong link between gum disease and heart disease, it’s still unclear whether one actually causes the other,” says the American Heart Association. The two conditions have some of the same risk factors, including smoking, poor nutrition and diabetes. Researchers believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the connection.
Practicing health habits can help lower your risks of both gum and heart disease.
Daily good habits such as:
- Brushing and flossing daily to remove plaque.
- Following healthy dietary habits by reducing sugars and starches.
- Avoiding chewing tobacco and cigarette smoking that can destroy your gums and cause heart disease.
By just implementing a few good habits you can help your gums and teeth and also, by design, your heart. Give us a call here at Brogdon Dental and let us give your gums an exam and see how you rate.
This post we will be talking about herbs and spices. Although great taste is just one reason to use many sweet smelling herbs, did you know that spices like cinnamon, mint, parsley and thyme are packed with monoterpenes, which are a highly volatile compound that help your breath smell fresh. Also, they contain antibacterial properties that prevent cavity causing Streptococcus mutans bacteria.
Cloves are rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which help in fighting infections causing tooth decay. Also their anesthetic property is associated with alleviating any tooth pain.
Chewing gums that use essential plant oils have been shown to reduce bacteria that cause bad breath and cavities.
Though the oils were used for flavor, even a small amount reduced bacteria. In fact, the original formula for Listerine was made from a blend of menthol (from mint) and thymol (from thyme).
So next time you find a spring of mint or parsley on your plate, it’s not there just for decoration. Go ahead, chew on it. It’s good for your teeth.
Last time we discussed foods, we talked about nuts and the benefits of eating more almonds, but today we’ll talk about something to drink… tea! We discussed coffee before, but did you know that tea has some dental benefits too?
Not only can a cup of tea soothe your nerves, but it’s good for healthy teeth. Black or green tea is a rich source of micro nutrients that reduce gum disease and prevent cavities, according to a 2004 Rutgers University study. Researchers showed antioxidants in green tea, called catechins, reduce gum inflammation.
While some avoid tea for fear of staining teeth, black tea contains polyphenols that produce a protective film that coats and shields teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.
So sit down, brew a cup of tea, and relax. Your teeth and your nerves will thank you!