Healthy Smiles Family DentistryGeneral Dentist in Concord, North Carolina
Question: Do you suffer from dry mouth?
A dry mouth may not sound like a health threat, but that parched feeling can contribute to tooth decay and gum trouble, as well as discomfort when eating or speaking....
Dry mouth occurs when the glands in the mouth that make saliva don’t function properly.
Many common medications such as blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, drugs to treat urinary incontinence, and pain relievers can dry out your mouth. So can autoimmune disorders, chemotherapy for cancer treatment, or radiation therapy of the head and neck.
- See more at: http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Adult/DryMouth/22,21438…
Help Your Child Enjoy a Carefree Smile
We all try our best to avoid possible infections in even minor cuts and scrapes, but did you know that according to the American Dental Association (ADA), tooth decay is the single most common infectious disease affecting U.S. children? And although oral health among the U.S. population as a whole continues to improve, among 2-to-5-year-olds, tooth decay in primary teeth (also called “baby teeth”) has increased....
Of course, regular dental checkups can help your child stay cavity-free, but the most important dental care should occur regularly at home. So in addition to visiting the dentist, be sure that your child follows these tips provided by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
1. Avoid frequent snacking on sugary or starchy foods.
2. Brush teeth gently, at least twice a day, with special attention to the gum line.
3. Floss at least once a day.
4. Have a dentist or dental professional apply sealants if appropriate.
5. Get proper levels of fluoride in toothpaste, drinking water, or through fluoride supplements.*
*Note that the ADA does not recommend fluoride toothpaste for children younger than age 2 and does not recommend fluoride mouth rinses for children younger than age 6.
The Key to Fresher Breath
To ensure that your breath is fresh, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss daily, little bits of food can become trapped in your mouth, attracting bacteria that lead to bad breath. Also, food particles that collect between the teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue can decay, causing a foul odor.
To prevent this problem, the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste a...t least twice a day. Brush gently and pay special attention to the gum line. Also, use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between your teeth at least once daily. Brushing your tongue and roof of your mouth can also help remove odor-causing bacteria and debris. Mouthwashes just temporarily mask a bad odor. They don’t have a long-lasting effect. If you constantly need to use mouthwash or breath freshener because of bad breath, talk with your dentist.
Tip of the Day: Kids Preventive Care
The easiest way parents can help children prevent tooth decay and cavities at school is to monitor their eating habits.
For example, parents can offer their children healthy snack alternatives, such as apples, bite-size carrots or other foods that are naturally sweet, and instruct children to avoid candies, chocolate, caramels, chocolate milk and other foods that contain refined sugar....
Cavity-causing organisms feed on sugar and turn it into acid, which attacks tooth enamel and causes tooth decay. Sticky, chewy candy especially can linger on teeth throughout the day.
If children do happen to eat sugary snacks at lunch, they should brush and rinse with water or eat a piece of fruit to help clean teeth surfaces and gums.
Also, parents should consider professionally-applied sealants as another way to protect children's teeth from cavities. Sealants, a thin coating of bonding material applied over a tooth, act as a barrier to cavity-causing bacteria. They can be put on as soon as the child's first permanent molars (back teeth) appear.
As of right now, our office will be open tomorrow February 17, 2015. If there is any inclement weather we will still have a staff member taking phone calls for any cancellations and rescheduling. Stay warm!