August 24, 2012

Vitamin C and Oral Health

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , , , at 6:54 am by queenqueer

The lack of vitamin C can contribute to developing bleeding gums or even Gingivitis.

vitamin c

Vitamin C strengthens our immune system helping the body fight against viral infections. It also acts as an antioxidant to prevent the formation of carcinogenic cells (cancer cells). It also provides collagen synthesis, vital for connective tissues that gives the overall framework of our body. Our gums also contain connective tissues which hold our teeth.

If our body is not supplied with the daily vitamin C we need, your body eventually our gums may pull away from the teeth leading to bleeding, tooth loss and other oral problems.

There are a lot of sources of Vitamin C, usually from citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, lime, grapefruit, etc.

Vitamin C is not the only thing that’s strengthening the immune system so it’s important to supply yourself with other vitamins as well. Make sure to have a healthy balanced diet.

August 15, 2012

Dental Health during Pregnancy

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged at 2:33 am by queenqueer

During pregnancy, women are most sensitive and more prone to health problems, and this includes dental problems as well.

dental health pregnancy

According to studies, there has been a correlation between gingivitis and premature & underweight births (Colgate). Gingivitis is a gum disease that causes your gums to bleed and on its advance stage, make your tooth fall out.

The best way to handle this is to visit the dentist. Though regular check ups are done semi-annually, women who are pregnant may need to go more often than that since there is an increase risk of having dental problems during pregnancy. This is an effect of hormones beefing up so there may be a need for more dental cleanings. The dentist may recommend which is the best and most suitable dental care for you.

But other than careful dental care, it’s most important to heighten the immune system and nutrients-intake, and this involves calcium, which contributes to sustain the strength of our tooth and bones. Always remember that there are already 2 lives involved when you’re taking care of yourself.

 

August 14, 2012

White Tongue

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged at 12:21 am by queenqueer

A lot of people are curious about having white tongue. If you think that’s normal, and you may have gotten it through genes like the color of your eyes, then you’re wrong.

The normal color of our tongue should be red or pink, and if there’s a white coating on it, then it may be caused by several factors.

Bacteria Build Up. This is basically due to having poor oral hygiene: forgetting to brush, not using mouthwash and failing to flossing daily. The best way to do this is to obviously develop good oral hygiene, and if you want to quicken the cure, buy a good tongue cleaner. Some brushes may have a tongue cleaner at the back of the bristles. Brands such as Colgate and Oral B has this.

Dehydration can also be the cause of white tongue.  When dehydrated, our mouth gets dry due to the less production of saliva. If this is the cause of having a white tongue, simply hydrate yourself by drinking lots of water. Ideally we should be drinking around 8-10 glasses per day.

Oral Thrush. A large quantity of a certain bacteria called “candida” may be a cause of this. This is basically a fungal infection due to a low immune system. When you’re sick, this might cause your tongue to be white, which is why the doctor would usually ask one to stick out the tongue.

When all else fails, always try to look for a dentist  as there may be other underlying factors that may be causing this condition.

August 1, 2012

All About Milk Teeth

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , , at 6:45 am by queenqueer

When Primary Teeth (better known as Baby or Milk teeth) start to appear, it’s already the start of teaching good dental habits to kids. Though they may only be temporary, it’s just as important as taking care of the permanent teeth.

baby teeth, milk teeth

Baby teeth begin to appear starting during 6 months. Primary teeth helps children in breaking down solid food. It also helps them in speaking as they can pronounce a better intonation, accent or diction of their words.

Primary teeth have always been in the mouth even before birth. They are merely hiding under the gums. A set of primary

According to ADA: “The ADA recommends that a dentist examine a child within six months after the first tooth comes in and no later than the first birthday. A dental visit at an early age is a “well-baby checkup” for the teeth. Besides checking for tooth decay and other problems, the dentist can show you how to clean the child’s teeth properly and how to evaluate any adverse habits such as thumbsucking.”

July 25, 2012

Choosing a Mouthwash

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged at 3:03 am by queenqueer

While it’s important to brush, there are some areas of the teeth that can’t be reached by the bristles. This is why mouthwash is recommended to use after brushing.

choosing a mouthwash

How to Choose a Mouthwash?

Choosing a mouthwash may depend on your dental needs. Here are some guidelines:

  • Initially ask yourself what your dental needs are. Is it to freshen your breath or a mouthwash that helps prevent bacteria build up?
  • Alcohol Content. There are some mouthwashes that contain alcohol and may or may not be helpful for your mouth. Some mouthwashes may not be suitable for you with the degree of alcohol content, which may cause more harm than good. For those with sensitive teeth and gum diseases, mouthwashes without alcohol are recommended.
  • Comfort. Other than the health benefits, choose a mouthwash that also suits your comfort.

Again, try to determine your dental needs first before anything else. It’s always safe to let the dentists examine your oral health condition first.

 

July 19, 2012

Good Oral Hygiene

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged at 12:33 am by queenqueer

A lot of the entries here suggest that we should always have good oral hygiene to avoid tooth decay and other oral problems. Then again, what exactly is good oral hygiene?

Good oral hygiene are simple regular habits that one should have to maintain oral health and good oral health can be shown with the following signs

  • Your teeth does not experience pain and they are clean, bright and white.
  • Gums are not loose and they do not bleed when you brush or floss.
  • No bad breath.

Daily Oral Hygiene Habits:

good oral hygiene

  • Brushing at least twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime.
  • Flossing daily. This should be done at night after dinner.
  • Healthy food choices can also affect oral health. Limiting highly sugary acidic food and drinks such as soda can make a big difference. Sugar contributes to bacteria build up in the mouth and acidic food and drinks can dissolve the outer covering of the teeth.

Yes they’re that simple, too simple that people actually neglect these simple habits. But they can go a long way when it comes to oral health.

July 16, 2012

Stop Bleeding Tongue

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental Treatments, Oral Health & Wellness tagged at 1:06 am by queenqueer

Bleeding Tongue is usually caused by an accidental bite or cut by the teeth. If the bleeding is intermittent, it is important to consult with the dentist. But this may not be the case at all times for many.

I was brushing my teeth one time and blood came out when I spitted. I was looking for the source of bleeding in my mouth as this is actually a sign of gum disease, but it was just a small spot on my tongue bleeding.

It didn’t hurt actually, but I wanted the bleeding even if there is only little blood that’s coming out. Nothing fatal, but I don’t like the taste of it when I wake up, and I can sometimes feel it in my throat which makes me uncomfortable.

So how to stop bleeding tongue?

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap. Like any injury, the bleeding area should avoid any bacteria build up.
  2. Using a clean towel, gently wipe the tongue with your head bowed so that the blood will be directed going out of the mouth instead of coming in the throat.
  3. Still with the head bowed, apply cold compress using a separate clean cloth for 10-15 minutes. The coldness will help stop the bleeding.

Easy simple steps to stop the bleeding tongue. During the day, try to keep your mouth clean by a non-alcoholic mouthwash or anticeptic. This is to avoid infection on the injured area. These tips are for those who are not experiencing much pain.

 

July 13, 2012

Treatments for Sensitive Tooth

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental Treatments, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , , , , , , at 2:16 am by queenqueer

Tooth Sensitivity can be quite a hassle when you’re eating your favorite meals. This is caused by the exposure of dentin when the protective covering of the tooth, the tooth enamel, is dissolved due to bacteria build up.

sensitive tooth

Some people can tolerate the tooth sensitivity by being more conscious and maintaining oral hygiene. However, before it gets any worse, there are several treatments available for this condition and they may vary depending on the cause of tooth sensitivity.

  • Desensitizing Toothpaste. If your teeth are naturally sensitive, a special toothpaste recommended by the dentist can be used.
  • Fluoride varnish or gels. Fluoride is known to help reduce bacteria build up in the mouth. Applying fluoride varnish or gels on affected areas will help strengthen the tooth enamel.
  • Dental Crowns. If you have a weak tooth that’s causing the tooth sensitivity, then a dental crown may be recommended.
  • Gum Treatments. This is applicable if the cause is a certain gum or periodontal disease.

Of course, to really track down the cause of tooth sensitivity. It’s still a must to see the dentist.

July 10, 2012

Choosing a Dentist

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged at 6:18 am by queenqueer

Choosing a dentist is not much difficult. It can be either referred by a friend or you can follow these guidelines:

choosing a dentist

  • Schedule. Look for a dentist whom you can work with to easily set up better check up appointments. Work schedules are fixed most of the time.
  • Location. Always choose a dentist who is not that far from the comforts of your home. This is very much convenient in case of dental emergencies.
  • Professional Background of the Dentist. It’s important to know how credible the dentist can be, such as the training they have gone through, and if they are members of American Dental Association.
  • Flexibility of Terms. Check the dental practice/clinic if they are offering flexible terms for payment and if they accept the health cards that you are currently using.

Sometimes even the personality of the dentist is considered by many. There are those who have fear of going to the dentist, and yet, it’s a necessity for them to have their regular dental check ups. This is why some would require that they choose a friendly dentist who can make them feel comfortable upon the application of dental procedures.

Just remember that choosing a dentist will mainly rely on first, the quality of services the dentist is giving and second, the convenience.

 

July 9, 2012

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental Treatments, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , at 4:01 am by queenqueer

Choosing a toothbrush is simple but there are some things to consider in doing so:

choosing a toothbrush

Choosing your Toothbrush:

  • Soft Bristles. Dentists recommend using soft-bristled toothbrushes as these will prevent abrasion against the gums.
  • Size. Choosing the size of the toothbrush will depend on the size of the mouth. If you have a small mouth, it follows that you don’t need a huge toothbrush. This is just to clear the perception that perhaps a bigger toothbrush may be better.
  • The style of the bristles can also be considered but it’s a matter of choice and comfort. There are flat and edgy toothbrushes, but my personal preference are anything but flat toothbrushes. The zigzag edges of the bristles make it easier for me to clean the grooves of the teeth.
  • Handles. Some would consider the handles of the toothbrush if they are comfortable enough to hold. For example, those with arthritis might think about using toothbrushes with flexible handles.
Other Toothbrush Tips:
  • Bacteria can also build up on the bristles so make sure to change your toothbrush every 3 months.
  • To retain the softness of the bristles, have it dipped in hot water for a few minutes. Other than softening the bristles, this will also help decrease bacteria build up on the bristles.
  • Make sure to cover the brush with a cap just for protection. Clean the cap from time to time as this might also be a source of bacteria on the brush.



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