There are many ways to help prevent developing oral cancer. Some of the things you can do is practicing good oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and limiting the amount of sweets you eat. Also you might consider regulating your consumption of alcohol, smoking and chewing tobacco and limiting your exposure to the sun. Visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and check up will help in prevention.
You might want to consider increasing your intake of folic acid. According to the American Dental Association, women especially that consume folate, which is a water-soluble B vitamin, may protect themselves from developing oral cancer. Some of the food that are rich in folate and B vitamins are leafy green vegetable, beans and peas, and citrus fruits and juices. There are many foods that contain folic acid which is a synthetic form of folate. These include grains, breads, flours, corn meals, cereals, rice, and pasta to name a few.
So besides using good dental hygiene, consider improving your diet. Call us at Brogdon Dental to schedule your next cleaning and oral check up.
Although summer may be coming to a close, temperatures continue to soar in to the upper 90’s. The end of summer has many students heading back to school. With the beginning of the new school year brings the start of high school athletics. Many kids will participate in practices, especially football, in the late afternoon heat after classes. The need to maintain adequate hydration is essential, especially considering the many problems it can cause. Failure to drink enough fluids before physical activity can result in serious issues.
One of the first warning signs of dehydration is dry mouth. You may find that you have trouble swallowing, and others may notice that you have bad breath, which is one of the problems associated with a dry mouth. If your mouth is not producing enough saliva it can become an breeding ground for bacteria. This bacteria causes infections that may lead to cavities and gingivitis.
We need sufficient saliva in our mouths to wash away food debris and reduce plaque, which is why severe tooth decay and gum disease can occur if dry mouth is left untreated. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 30 percent of all tooth decay in older adults is caused by dry mouth. (www.toothwisdom.org)
Besides drinking plenty of water and brushing and flossing daily; chewing sugar free gum or sucking on sugar free mints can help fight dry mouth since they stimulates saliva production. Products that contain xylitol (a sugar substitute) can actually help prevent cavities.
As the temperatures still continue to rise, keep a check on your hydration. If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Experts recommend at least a gallon (eight 8-ounce glasses) of water per day. Dehydration effects every part of your body including your oral health. Keep drinking water.
“In the nick of Time… All in good Time…Only a matter of Time…Time will tell…Time Flies…” We’ve all heard these catch phases concerning time. In the busy world we live in, it just seems that we have so little of it and our days fly by in a rush. We look around us and wondered where the time went.
We at Brogdon Dental realize how important your time is to you. Because of that, we have added forms on our website for all our new patients to download, print and fill out before their scheduled appointment.
Visit our website at www.brogdondentalpc.com and scroll down until you see our list of patient forms. We have created these in a PDF format for your convenience.
We look forward to your visit and hope you will have the “time of your life”!
Since February is National Heart Month, we wanted to review the relationship between heart disease and gum disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in North America and gum disease affects 46 percent of the population. Gum disease, also known as Gingivitis or Periodontitis, is caused by bacteria that grows on the teeth under the gums. Studies show that patients with gum disease are at a higher risk for heart disease.
According to Science Daily, A University of Florida study shows that the same bacteria that cause gum disease also promotes heart disease — a discovery that could change the way heart disease is diagnosed and treated.
Understanding the importance of treating gum disease in patients with heart disease will lead to future studies and recommendations for careful attention to oral health in order to protect patients against heart disease
Brushing teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. Teeth should be professionally cleaned every six months.
At Brogdon Dental, we want to protect your smile as well as your heart. Make your appointment today for your teeth cleaning. Your heart and your family will thank you.
October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Two things important to good dental hygiene is brushing and flossing. Today we will focus on brushing.
According to American Dental Hygienists’ Association
Research shows that brushing for two minutes is the single most important method for reducing plaque and preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related diseases. Brushing for two minutes twice a day is crucial to maintaining healthy smiles. Proper brushing technique cleans teeth and gums effectively.
Knowyourteeth.com has some easy techniques for you to follow while brushing…
Place a toothbrush (soft, rounded, multi-tufted brush) beside your teeth at a 45-degree angle and gently brush teeth in an elliptical motion. Brush the outside of the teeth, inside the teeth, your tongue, the chewing surfaces and between teeth. Using a back-and-forth motion causes the gum surface to recede, can expose the root surface or make the root surface tender. You also risk wearing down the gum line.
Always brush two minutes, two times a day, every day! 2x 2x 1 = Good Dental Hygiene