With Spring right around the corner, it’s a good time to review habits that might be harmful to your dental health. You might not even know that these routines can damage your teeth. We want you to head into Spring with a fresh smile that is both beautiful and healthy. Read on to learn what these detrimental habits are so you can avoid them.
When most people think of dental care, they think of how important it is to keep their teeth clean and healthy. Your gums are just as important to your oral health and should be given equal attention. By keeping your teeth free of plaque buildup, you can prevent gum infection and the progression of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. At Star Dental, we help treat periodontal disease to keep your gums and mouth in great condition.
In general, cavities are formed when bacteria stays on the teeth and results in tooth decay. But can you catch a cavity like you can a cold or flu virus?
First off, a cavity is a hole in the tooth forms due to untreated tooth decay. How does tooth decay form in the first place? While most people think it is due to sugary candy, bacteria is the real culprit. Bacteria that is left on food particles in your mouth produce an acid that eats away at your teeth.
By the time he became president, George Washington only had one natural tooth left in his mouth. The diaries he kept throughout his life revealed the embarrassment and pain his teeth, and later his dentures, brought him. His dental woes were likely due to a combination of bad genes, bad habits, and the poor dental care available at that time. Today, things are different, and regular dental exams and cleanings can help you save money and teeth.
At one time or another, most of us have had food or drink at certain temperatures cause some tooth discomfort. Sometimes brushing or flossing is painful. If this happens to you, you may have sensitive teeth. While usually temporary, sensitive teeth may be an early sign of more serious underlying dental problems. Who gets sensitive teeth? Can it be avoided? Is there anything that can be done if you have sensitive teeth?
Did you know that, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association, about 42% of U.S. adults over the age of 30 have gum disease? Sadly, one of the most common causes of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. At this early stage, you may notice red, swollen, or bloody gums. Gingivitis is easily treated and reversed. However, if it is left untreated, it progresses to a more serious form, called periodontitis, which can result in tooth loss, or worse. If you learn the symptoms and get treatment early, you can prevent serious problems later.
Does the oral health of your ancestors have any bearing on how strong or crooked your teeth are, your potential to develop gum disease, or even how easy it is for you to get cavities? While most dental problems are usually a result of choices you’ve made and habits you’ve acquired, the answer is yes, some traits can be passed down from generation to generation.
Many people have occasional dry mouth (xerostomia) because of dehydration or medication they take. Most times, it’s a temporary problem. But chronic dry mouth may indicate a serious medical issue and can cause a variety of oral health problems. Dry mouth happens when salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva. The team at Star Dental wants you to know about dry mouth and how it affects oral health.
Are you flossing daily? Flossing your teeth daily is a vital part of a proper oral healthcare routine. Some people occasionally forget to floss, and others place it low on their priority list. They don’t know how important flossing is for oral health and overall health.