Posts for: April, 2018
Among our most common diseases, tooth decay can be a big problem at any age: in the U.S., one in four children 5 and under has some form of the disease, as well as ninety percent of those 60 and older — and a quarter of those have suffered complete tooth loss.
Fortunately, we now know what needs to be done on a regular basis to prevent tooth decay. Unfortunately, many are uninformed about all they need to do to lower their risk.
Here, then, are 5 questions to ask yourself to see if you’re on the right prevention path or not.
Do I brush and floss daily? If not, you’re aiding and abetting the “enemy” — bacteria that cause tooth decay. Bacteria that make up plaque feed on any food remnants that adhere to tooth surfaces. Brushing at least once daily (twice is better) removes plaque, while flossing removes plaque between teeth that can’t be reached with a brush. Removing plaque will lower your mouth’s acid levels that cause a loss of minerals to the enamel surface.
Do I use the proper techniques for brushing and flossing? While it’s important to establish daily hygiene habits, if you’re not performing them properly you won’t realize the full benefit from your efforts. But don’t dismay — we can train you in the proper techniques for brushing and flossing your teeth.
Do I use fluoride toothpaste? This naturally-occurring chemical strengthens tooth enamel and makes it more resistant to decay. You can increase fluoride’s absorption rate into enamel by using hygiene products that contain it.
Do I constantly snack between meals? Saliva neutralizes acid remaining in the mouth after eating in about 30 to 60 minutes. If you’re constantly snacking or sipping acidic beverages, however, saliva can’t do this effectively. It’s best to limit snacking to a few, specific times and restrict acidic beverages to meal time only.
Do I visit the dentist for cleanings and checkups? While brushing and flossing reduce plaque, it can’t remove it from hard-to-reach places below the gums or harder deposits (calculus) that have developed. A professional cleaning twice a year removes the plaque and calculus left from daily hygiene. We can also gauge the health of your teeth and determine if tooth decay or gum disease may be developing.
If you would like more information on tooth decay prevention, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Decay: How to Assess Your Risk.”
Keeping good oral hygiene habits is just as important as eating right or leading an active lifestyle. However, oral health is often overlooked. Do you know what you should be doing daily to upkeep your oral health? How can a strong oral hygiene routine benefit you and your smile? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Vincent Grosso in Kissimmee, FL, also serving the Hunters Creek area
Caring For Your Smile
Ensuring you are caring for your smile properly can mean the difference between keeping teeth decay and gum disease at bay and requiring procedures like fillings or root canals to repair cavities. The American Dental Association says that every person with every risk level for decay, with any dental condition, and of any age should brush their teeth for at least two minutes twice a day. Patients should floss between each tooth at least once every day. Use a soft toothbrush with bristles which can access hard-to-reach areas in between the teeth. Additionally, use a different strand of floss for each quarter of your mouth to cut down on the spread of decay and be sure to slide the floss all the way up and underneath the gum tissue.
How can routine dental examinations and professional cleanings benefit me?
Seeing your dentist regularly is a crucial aspect of keeping your teeth healthy and decay-free. Routine dental examinations allow your dentist and hygienist to remove plaque and tartar and catch the earliest stages of teeth decay. These preventative steps save you time and money in the long run, ensuring that your smile remains healthy. Regular cleanings remove any presence of plaque or tartar from the teeth, which give you a clean slate to continue keeping decay at bay between visits.
Good Oral Hygiene in Kissimmee, FL
Understanding the benefits of good oral hygiene and mastering the steps to keep your smile healthy is important to both your oral and general health. With help from your dentist, you can ensure that your teeth are getting the best treatment available on a daily basis.
For more information on good oral hygiene habits, please contact Dr. Vincent Grosso in Kissimmee, FL, also serving the Hunters Creek area. Call (407) 350-5969 to schedule your routine examination and professional cleaning with Dr. Grosso today!
In the sports world, athletes are always looking for an edge. And it’s not just college or professional sports—even Little Leaguers are focused on enhancing their performance.
That’s why sports and energy drinks have rocketed in popularity. With marketing pitches promising to increase stamina or replace lost nutrients from strenuous workouts, it’s not unusual to find these beverages in sports bags or the team water cooler.
But there’s a downside to them regarding your dental health—they’re often high in sugar and acidity. Both drink types could increase your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease over time.
Sugar is a primary food source for the bacteria that can trigger a gum infection. They also produce acid, which at high levels can erode tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay. The risk for enamel erosion also increases with the drink’s acidity.
You can lessen your risk of these unpleasant outcomes by restricting your consumption of these beverages. In fact, unless your sports activity is highly strenuous for long periods, your best hydration choice is usually water.
But if you do drink a sports or energy drink for an extra lift, be sure to take these precautions for the sake of your teeth:
Try to drink them only at mealtimes. Continually sipping on these drinks between meals never gives your saliva a chance to neutralize mouth acid. Reserving acidic foods and beverages for mealtimes will allow saliva to catch up until the next meal.
Rinse with water after your drink. Water usually has a neutral pH. This can help dilute mouth acid and reduce the mouth’s overall acidity.
Don’t brush right after drinking or eating. Increased acid that can occur right after drinking or eating can immediately soften tooth enamel, but saliva can neutralize and help restore minerals to tooth enamel within an hour. Brushing during this period could remove tiny bits of the enamel’s minerals.
Taking these precautions will help keep sports or energy drinks from eroding your tooth enamel. Once it’s gone, you won’t be able to get it back.
If you would like more information on protecting your tooth enamel, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Think Before You Drink: Sports and Energy Beverages Bathe Teeth in Erosive Acids.”