P is for Plaque

Plaque is defined as a soft, sticky, thin layer of bacteria that forms on your teeth.  Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth when you eat or drink foods and beverages that contain sugars or starches.

Because the plaque is so sticky, it remains on your teeth, breaking down the enamel and leading to tooth decay.  Plaque can also lead to gum disease.  Studies have even found that people with gum disease are more likely to also have poor heart health leading to heart attacks. Researchers have found that gum disease can raise the risk of dementia later in life as well.

In order to keep plaque under control, you need to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily.  Also it is important to have your teeth cleaned by your dentist on a regular basis.  Call us at Brogdon Dental to set up your cleaning schedule. Your teeth depend in it!

 

 

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O is for Osteoporosis

What does Osteoporosis have to do with your teeth?  A lot it seems.  According to DenistryIQ.com … “osteoporosis also has a direct relationship on oral and dental health. One should realize that the disease can hamper or damage jawbones. It also triggers dental and oral health issues, including gum or periodontal diseases and loss of teeth.”

Osteoporosis affects more women than men too.  Female sufferers of osteoporosis also have a higher likelihood of experiencing tooth loss than non-sufferers.

Regular dental visits and adhering to a healthy lifestyle can help counteract the negative effects. Eating a well-balanced diet, containing high amounts of Vitamin D and calcium, and performing regular physical activities are beneficial.

 

 

 

 

N is for Night Guard

Do you ever wake up with a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain?  You might be suffering from a condition known as bruxism. Which means you grind your teeth in your sleep.  According to the American Dental Association,  10 to 15 percent of adults suffer from this problem.

If you you feel this might be your problem, call us for an exam.  We may recommend a night guard.  A night guard is a device typically worn at night while you sleep to stop the effects of grinding on your teeth.  Its main function is to prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together, causing you to chip and crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles.

Call us at Brogdon Dental to see if you need a night guard and what we might recommend to help with your anxiety that might be the root of your problems.

 

M is for Molars

Molars are considered the workhorse of the human teeth.  They are the largest teeth located in the back of the mouth and do most of the work of grinding the food into easily swallowed pieces.  Each molar is anchored into the jaw bone with 2 to 4 roots.

The average adult has 12 molars, 3 on each side, top and bottom.  They are designed to withstand a great amount of force from all their chewing, grinding and clenching.

If you experience molar pain you may have an abscess, infection, cavities, or even a sinus infection.  You need to see your dentist as soon as possible to have him ascertain what the problem might be.

Give us a call at Brogdon Dental if you experience any problem or pain associated with your molars. We are here to help!

L is for Looks

Do you wonder what people see when they first look at you? Most studies show it’s your smile.  Whether we like it or not, most of the time we are judged by our appearance.

According to a a recent perception study conducted by Kelton Research, “many Americans say teeth are a standout feature when it comes to what they notice and recall when first meeting someone. About two-thirds of Americans are more likely to remember attractive features than those they find to be unpleasant.”

And what about getting that date? Nearly 2 out of 5 Americans would not consider a second date with someone with crooked teeth.

People with straight teeth and an attractive smile are perceived as happier, healthier and even more honest and trustworthy.

Knowing this, isn’t it time you gave us a call at Brogdon Dental and let us help you get the smile that you need to succeed!

 

K is for Kindness

Many people take their teeth for granted, especially when we’re younger. We think we will always have our teeth and don’t think much about them, until they start to hurt.  Then they get our attention! But we should be treating our teeth with kindness at an early age.  One way to be kind to our teeth is by how we brush.

Experts recommend brushing your teeth in little circles, going around until you have covered every surface of every tooth. You also need to brush up and down, rather than side to side.  You will also need to keep your teeth clean in between each tooth by flossing.  This is recommend once daily.  This helps remove particles that can get stuck between your teeth after eating.

You will need a soft toothbrush and use fluoride toothpaste, brushing at least twice a day and especially before bedtime.

Make your appointment to see us at Brogdon Dental for your semi annual teeth cleaning to keep your teeth in top shape.

Be kind to your teeth now and they will be with you for a long time!

 

March is National Nutrition Month

Are snacks good for your children?  Since children and teenagers are growing, having snacks can help them get the energy and nutrients they need. But when should they snack and what kinds of snacks should they have?

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The best times to offer snacks are few hours after one meal ends and about one to two hours before the next meal begins. Younger children need at least 2 snacks at day, while older kids only one unless they are physically active.

To make sure your children eat at mealtime, don’t offer snacks too close to a meal. Place produce where you kids can see it such as a bowl of fruit on the table, or containers of fresh veggies at eye level in the frig. Offer snacks that contain fiber as well as protein.

Here is a list of combinations to consider*:

  • Trail mix: nuts, dried fruit without added sugars, whole-grain pretzels and low-sugar dry cereal
  • Low-fat cheese and pear slices
  • Reduced-sodium sliced turkey breast wrapped around apple slices
  • Low-fat yogurt, fruit and nuts
  • Nuts and raisins
  • Celery sticks filled with almond butter and sprinkled with dried cranberries and chopped pistachios
  • Baked tortilla chips dipped in salsa
  • Roasted chickpeas
(*Taken from the eatright.com website)

Remember to keep the sugary snacks to a minimum or not at all. Too much sugar can damage new teeth.