4 Little Known Facts About Your Oral Health

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Many people take their oral health for granted. This is because you have probably heard that teeth are the strongest part of the body and, on top of that, there aren't many noticeable signs that something may be wrong with your oral health. It is important to start realizing that teeth need more care than is otherwise believed, not only to maintain good oral health, but also good overall health. Here are four little-known facts about oral health that can help you better understand how important oral health really is:

  1. Sweets Aren't the Only Problem: Many people blame oral health problems like cavities on sweets. So when you stop eating so many sweets you believe that you are not prone to getting cavities any longer. However, this is not the case. There are many other factors that can contribute to cavities besides sweets, such as acidic foods. Acidic foods cause erosion on the tooth enamel, which in turn causes teeth to become more prone to cavities. Acidic foods include sour candies and even lemons. 
  2. Tooth Decay Can Happen to Anyone: Many people believe that they do not need to worry about tooth decay until they are much older when tooth decay becomes more prevalent. However, tooth decay can happen to anyone no matter what age. There are many things that can cause tooth decay, such as dry mouth, sweets, and acidic foods. Dry mouth is a condition where salvia isn't being produced enough in the mouth. Without salvia, certain bacterias cannot be washed away, thus causing tooth decay. On top of this, if an individual, no matter what age is not brushing and flossing regularly, then they are that much more prone to tooth decay. 
  3. Don't Stop Flossing if You Bleed: When flossing, many people will stop the habit if they notice that they bleed when they floss. However, if you stop flossing when you notice any bleeding, you can cause the bleeding to become worse. The reason you are bleeding in the first place is probably because your gums aren't strong enough and there is probably bacteria eating away at those areas. If you continue to floss despite the bleeding, the bleeding will eventually stop as your teeth become stronger because you are getting rid of the bacteria in those areas. 
  4. Going to the Dentist Regularly is Important: Many people believe that going to a general dentistry clinic on a regular basis is unnecessary and instead only visit the dentist when there is a major problem. However, this is going to cost you more money over the years because if you wait until there is a major problem, then you are going to need more dental care. If you receive regular appointments, these problems are going to be prevented by your dentist because they will catch them before they become worse.

Knowing these things about your oral health can ensure that you are taking better care of your overall health.


25 March 2015

Coping With Dental Emergencies

My son was outside playing with some friends when he accidentally fell down and hit his mouth on the sidewalk. The fall knocked out his front tooth, so I immediately placed the tooth in a small jar and added some milk. I rushed my son to the dental clinic and the dentist immediately took us into the examination room. The dentist placed the tooth back into the socket and saved it. My name is Beverly Tillman and thanks to the quick work of the dentist, my son didn't lose his tooth. Since this was a scary time for me and my son, I wanted to write this blog as a source of information for other parents who are facing a dental emergency. First of all, don't panic and get to your dentist as soon as possible. I hope this blog will help to answer your questions about dental emergencies.