Debunking 3 Common Myths About Cavities

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:09:00 +0000

Myths often start with a grain of truth, and that’s the case for the dental misconceptions40ish-dude-shrug most people have absorbed over the years. No matter how educated a person perceives they are concerning dental health, it’s possible a few false impressions have taken root. Such as…
  • Cavities are a fact of life. 
    It’s common knowledge that there are very real, clinically-evidenced explanations for dental health issues, so why is it that many times you cross your fingers and hope luck is on your side when it’s time to take the kids to the dentist? Recent advancements in research have focused a lot of attention on early intervention methods. So with proper education, fluoride, increased access to dental care, and ongoing research, children in this day and age may not need to worry about cavity development. No four-leaf clovers necessary.
  • Candy is always the culprit
    Ok, ok, you’re aware that eating candy isn’t doing anything good for our teeth, but focusing too specifically on that one source of sugar just isn’t wise. Here’s why: fighting cavities is essentially about keeping the proper pH balance in your mouth. Maintaining this balance requires adequate saliva flow, a balanced, varied diet, and a daily oral hygiene regimen. Prolonged and frequent exposure to sugar can lower pH levels often enough to seriously impact your dental health, but it’s not just candy that’s to blame. Fruit and fruit juices, sodas, and cooked starches also create that acidic environment which leads to tooth decay.
  • A cavity starts on the inside of your tooth
    This one is several hundred years old, and probably doesn’t affect your concept of tooth decay today. But it’s interesting to think that in the 18th century people believed that “tooth worms” formed within a tooth and ate their way out to the surface. Now we know that dental decay starts from the outside and works its way in, not the other way around!
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5 Tips For Great Teeth

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:06:00 +0000

child_brushingDental caries (cavities) is the most prevalent childhood disease, and 90% of adults have had a cavity. Gum disease is responsible for 70% of adult tooth loss. A few simple habits could help you reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease – and improve your potential for keeping natural teeth long into your golden years. Kids and adults alike can benefit from these 5 quick and easy oral health tips. Some you’ve known since kindergarten, while others may be news.
  1. Limit sodas & energy drinks – All you need to know…one 12-ounce can of soda pop has 10 teaspoons of sugar – TEN! In addition, the carbonated beverages are high in acid, so they cause tooth enamel erosion. Bad, bad, bad! Instead, drink water.
  2. Limit starches & sugars – Sugars are no friend of tooth enamel. But then, neither are cooked starches, like crackers, cookies, noodles, mild, and many other snacks. When you over-consume these fermentable carbohydrates, the bacteria in your mouth will thank you – and you’ll end up with a filling!
  3. Rinse and repeat – After eating a snack or drinking anything other than water, simply rinse your mouth with fresh H2O to wash away decay-causing sugars, starches, and food particles. These culprits will feed bacteria if left in your mouth for any length of time.
  4. Eat healthy snacks – Carrots, celery, apples, and other fresh, non-processed, crunchy snacks are great for your oral health. Also on the list are those that saliva can quickly rinse away, like yogurt. Surprisingly, cheeses are good for oral health, as well, because they increase the production of saliva, which rinses the mouth naturally.
  5. Brush after meals – In addition to rinsing after snacks and drinks, be sure to brush your teeth after meals. You can find small, disposable toothbrushes that are easy to carry in your purse or pocket. Some have a hard dot of toothpaste in the center, so they’ll freshen your breath, as well. Floss once a day and whenever you feel particles stuck between your teeth.
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