As the middle of the holiday season approaches, we are all rushing around to finish all of our holiday shopping. We are trying to complete all of our work commitments, housework and attend all of the necessary holiday parties as well. However, in the midst of all the madness, we often put our oral health on the back-burner. Coming home exhausted from the corporate holiday party may tempt you to pour into bed without completing your evening routine, but don’t skip the brushing and flossing!
Recent studies show that cigarette smoking has significantly decreased in the United States over the past ten years. However, many former traditional cigarette smokers are turning to alternative methods to get their nicotine fix. For those who must satisfy an oral craving, e-cigarettes are commonly used. Although these modified, futuristic cigarettes are more eco-friendly and emit water vapor instead of smoke, they still come with their fair share of health concerns, especially when oral health is considered.
What Are Electronic Cigarettes?
Every year, dentists see an increasing number of adult patients with loose teeth. This can be caused by a variety of diseases, conditions and habits. The most common cause is gum disease, but periodontal disease is not the only factor.
Many of us have bad habits such as nail biting. This is one of the primary reasons adults experience tooth looseness and even loss. This causes the surfaces of the teeth to join together in an unnatural form, which can lead to overbites and underbites as well. Jaw pain is a common side effect too. This motion also causes the bone tissue and ligaments found in the gums to become compromised.
As adults, we all try to continue the oral hygiene routines we developed growing up. We brush twice per day, floss regularly and even use a fluoride mouth rinse. However, like most routines or habits, we may fall into the same spot. When it comes to brushing, this can be quite literal and not always to your benefit.
If you always begin brushing at the back of your teeth, or molars, this may be where the most precision and pressure is applied. Although brushing does not take great physical strength or muscle movement, we tend to fatigue towards the end of our 2 minute brush cycle. This is why dentists and hygienists recommend staying conscious of this and switching it up daily.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, affects millions of people worldwide. In some cases, symptoms can be very minor, presenting at slight gum swelling or bleeding when flossing. In other cases, patients may experience severe pain and discomfort. Either way, it is important to contact the dentist at the very first signs of gum disease, because studies show that ignoring these findings can cause major pathology for years to come. There have been studies which prove a relationship between periodontal disease and cardiac complications.
At Dr Feinberg’s office, we love to see our patients, but we know that the dental chair may not be their favorite spot in the San Diego area to visit! We have some pretty valuable advice which we would like to share with all of our current and future patients below!
No matter how tired you are, don’t skip brushing!
The easiest and oldest tip comes from ancient times: brush twice daily! This is the most effective way to clean your teeth and maintain your oral hygiene. Using a brush classified as “soft” will give you the best cleaning, for both your teeth and gums. The brush should be held at a forty five degree angle and your hand should move in a steady, circular motion. Make yours the toothpaste you are using is ADA approved as well as enriched with fluoride.
Don’t Chew That!
For years, chewing tobacco was considered to be a cool, masculine habit. It was made extremely popular by American athletes, especially major league baseball players. However, chewing tobacco has a variety of harmful effects on the mouth, as well as overall wellness. Chewing tobacco, as well as tobacco products which are smoked, are the leading cause of oral, head and neck cancer diagnosis.
In 1993, chewing tobacco was banned from major league baseball, as well as other major league sporting organizations. The Oral Health Association of America is a prominent force in the fight against chewing tobacco. This product has lead directly to a variety of health complications, as well as highly impacting the vanity of the face and mouth. Dark, unsightly stains on the gums, teeth and lips are prominent in almost all people who utilize these products.
Fourth of July is rapidly approaching! This holiday brings together family and friends to celebrate America. We often enjoy barbecues and beverages outdoors with loved ones. However, many of our Fourth of July dishes and cocktails take a big toll on our teeth. Avoid staining your smile this summer with a few tips and tricks!
Drinking water can clean your teeth
Dentists agree that the quality of your toothbrush will have a direct impact on your oral health.
Throughout history, people have always recognized the need to practice proper dental hygiene. However, in today’s modern age, we have a variety of products readily available to us. How do we know which toothbrush and paste are truly best?
We have come a long way from the twigs our ancient ancestors used to use to clean their teeth. The very first toothbrushes which featured bristles are dates back to the year 1,000 which were made of horsehair and ivory. In 1938, the first “modern day” toothbrush was created in France and caused a dental phenomenon.
Throughout the years, dentures have becoming increasingly popular worldwide and specifically in the San Diego area. They have been developed over time as well. Today’s denture technology allows people experiencing tooth loss or decay to get a brighter, better smile! People no longer have any need to feel embarrassed or self conscious about their dental imperfections.