Any dentist will educate you on the importance of regular dental checkups and cleanings. These appointments are typically made every six months for children and adults. But many patients ask, what is the importance of these visits? Dr. Hsi-Long Wu of Dental Work NY explains the five reasons why cleanings and checkups are beneficial for your oral health and wellness.
If you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable because of your crooked or misshapen smile, you no longer have to go through life feeling this way. At Dental Work NY we specialize in Invisalign, a form of invisible braces that straighten your teeth right before your eyes while going virtually unnoticed. Invisalign is a useful alternative to traditional metal braces that is quickly and steadily growing in popularity.
A lot can happen to your mouth in eight hours — especially when you’re sleeping and bacteria are gathering on your teeth. But don’t let the thought of nasty plaque, cavities, tartar, or gingivitis stop you from getting a good night’s rest. There are many ways to maintain your oral health while you sleep. Here are eight tips to get you — and your mouth — through the night.
Check the myths and facts below to find out how cavities are caused, prevented, and treated.
1. Sugar Is the Prime Cause of Cavities
Myth, but it’s almost a fact.
The truth is, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities, says Kimberly A. Harms, DDS, an American Dental Association consumer advisor and former president of the Minnesota Dental Association. However, these bacteria are triggered to make acid when you eat anything with carbohydrates — and sugar is a carb.
There’s nothing worse than meeting someone and realizing that your breath smells like your tuna lunch, stale coffee or worse. What you eat and poor oral hygiene are the two main causes of halitosis, or bad breath.
When you think about it, the mouth is a dirty worksite: more than 600 kinds of bacteria live in the average mouth. Many produce smelly gases as they digest the tiny food particles lodged between your teeth and on your tongue. Some of the most offensive gases produced by mouth bacteria are sulfur compounds, which are formed during the breakdown of proteins. Garlic and onion also contain many sulfur compounds.
Few things are more frightening for young children and their parents than a true dental emergency.
The American Dental Association suggests how to handle common examples:
• If your child’s tooth is knocked out, place it back in the mouth without touching the root. Otherwise, keep it moist by placing it between your child’s cheek and gum or in some milk. Call the dentist without delay.
Ever wonder if the foods you’re eating are good for your teeth? Odds are you’re more worried about avoiding the foods that may damage or rot your teeth. Here are a few surprising foods that can actually help improve your smile.
• Milk and Yogurt: High calcium content strengthens teeth and makes the enamel healthier and whiter.
• Pears: Aside from their sweet taste, pears have the capability of neutralizing odor-causing and staining bacteria as well as help wash away food debris with its juicy interior.
Man’s jaw size has steadily decreased over time throughout evolution. As our diets of raw meats and plants have evolved into more processed and cooked foods, the size of modern man’s jaw has decreased and the need for 32 teeth has decreased as well. These factors often cause our last set of molars known as your wisdom teeth to have no room to erupt properly in alignment with your gums and other teeth. Some people genetically are missing one or more wisdom teeth. Other people’s wisdom teeth stay completely impacted or buried in the jaw never erupting through the gum. And yet other people (the majority) have wisdom teeth that partially erupt, never achieving a stable position or fully erupt in an unstable position.
A wealth of scientific research has now proven that your oral health directly impacts your overall health. Periodontal or gum disease has now been classified as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes. Poor oral health can affect GI disorders and also lead to low birth weight babies in pregnant women. A compromised ability to eat will adversely affect your nutritional status which in turn can cause or aggravate multiple medical conditions.