With the constant inundation of health information online, it can be difficult to discern truth from the trend. Here are seven important dental facts to help you on your journey to a healthier and brighter smile.
- Cavities are caused by more than sugar. Candy is not always to blame for tooth decay. The acidity found in coffee, red wine, soft drinks, and citrus fruits can diminish tooth enamel. This opens the door to tooth decay for people of all ages. Be mindful of your sugar consumption, but remember that other foods also contribute to cavities.
- Bleeding when you floss is not normal. If your hands bled when you washed them, you’d probably call your doctor to find out why. For some reason, most people think that bleeding gums are completely normal. Bleeding gums can point to periodontal disease, an infection, or other dental problems. Call or visit your dentist immediately so the problem can be treated.
- People always notice your teeth. Studies show that when meeting someone, we notice the eyes first, teeth second, and hair third. Oddly, the American populace spends far more money on hair care than dental wellness.
- You need to brush longer. Dentists recommend two minutes of brushing, twice a day. The next time you brush, set a timer to see how long you are brushing. Remember to use light circular motions and switch to a soft bristled tooth brush to avoid recession
- Bad breath could be a sign of a larger dental problem. If you deal with persistent bad breath, ask your dentist what can be done. 85% of people with bad breath can attribute it to a more serious issue. A mouth rinse will merely mask the problem, not fix it. While upholding a daily dental regimen for fresh breath is vital, sometimes more help is needed.
- Drink more water for a healthier mouth. When we are dehydrated, saliva production is diminished. This environment encourages the growth of destructive bacteria in your mouth, which can lead to cavities. If you sense that your mouth is persistently dry, you may need more than extra water. Contact your dentist to determine the best treatment plan.
- Dental problems will not disappear. When your dentist provides you with a treatment plan, do it. For instance, if you wait too long to get that cavity filled, it can become infected and cause more problems to the surrounding tissue.
Reach out to Broadway Family Dentistry today to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning. You can reach us at 701-839-1299. Begin today to accomplish your goal of a more brilliant and healthier smile!