Preventing Oral Cancer

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.

Good Dental Hygiene

Working together with your dentist is the first step in good dental hygiene.  Most dentist recommend that you brush your teeth thoroughly, once in the morning and once at night.  Also flossing every day is one of the keys to good dental health.

According to everydayhealth.com the proper products are important too.

Use products that have the ADA (American Dental Association) seal.  This means that the products — toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, etc. — are safe to use as directed and will keep your mouth healthy — no gum disease, no cavities.

Here are some basic principles to follow:

  • Spend at least three minutes brushing your teeth two times a day. Use a timer if you have to to ensure that you’re spending enough time on your oral care routine.
  • Use floss at least once a day every day to clean between your teeth.
  • Buy ADA-approved dental cleaning tools and toothpaste.

If you neglect your teeth and fail to visit your dentist on a regular basis plaque can accumulate around your teeth causing your gums to become red and inflamed.  This can  lead to empty spaces around your teeth. These spaces could cause the tissue and bone to break down and you could lose your teeth.

Don’t make the mistake of neglecting your teeth.  Do your part and call us today at Brogdon Dental to schedule an appointment for cleaning.

Heart Disease and Your Teeth

February is American Heart Month and part of having a healthy heart is having healthy teeth.  Recent studies show that adults who had thorough dental cleanings may be somewhat less likely to have a heart attack or stroke than their peers who are less careful about oral hygiene.

According to Reuters.com:

But the study is in line with past research that has linked gum disease to an increased risk of heart disease, said lead researcher Dr. Zu-Yin Chen, a cardiology fellow at Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan.  Since gum disease is caused by bacterial infection, researchers suspect that it may contribute to heart attacks or stroke by causing a chronic state of inflammation in blood vessels. And studies have shown that treating gum disease can cut the levels of inflammatory substances in the blood, Chen told Reuters Health in an email. Still, no one knows for sure whether a regular visit to your dentist can prevent a future heart attack.

Although these studies are still being researched, using good dental hygiene can help improve your health.

In recent years, researchers have connected the dots between inflammation in the gums and inflammation in other parts of the body, such as the heart. A study released online Friday in the British Medical Journal suggests that consistent brushing of the teeth may be a significant strategy to reduce the risk of heart disease.

So do your heart a favor, brush your teeth twice a day and set up an appointment with Dr. Brogdon to get a thorough dental cleaning. Not only your teeth, but your heart will thank you!

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Sensitive Teeth

Do cold or hot foods or liquids such as ice cream or coffee cause you pain?  Do you have trouble sometimes with brushing or flossing? If so you may be experiencing a problem that affect many people, sensitive teeth.

Possible causes for sensitive teeth can include cavities, a fractured tooth, worn fillings and or tooth enamel, gum disease or an exposed tooth root.

According to mouthhealthy.org there is a layer of enamel that protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals).

“When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity.”

The treatment recommended depends on what is causing your sensitivity problem. Listed below are a variety of treatments from mouthhealthy.org:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste. This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
  • Fluoride gel. An in-office technique which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
  • A crown, inlay or bonding. These may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.
  • Surgical gum graft. If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
  • Root canal. If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem.

The good news is that sensitive teeth can be treated!  Ask Dr. Brogdon if you have any questions about your oral hygiene or any issues you may be experiencing with tooth sensitivity.  Don’t continue to suffer, we’re here to help.