There is a very good chance that you have owned a large number of toothbrushes over the years, but do you know how often your toothbrush needs to be replaced? Before we get into that answer, let’s explore the idea of the toothbrush for a moment. As we hope you know, a toothbrush is one of the primary tools you can use to remove lingering bacteria and unwanted food from your teeth, tongue, and mouth after eating. Now, to answer the important question, you should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
For years, you have heard about the negative effect candy can have on your teeth. With Halloween at the end of the month, there are endless amounts of candy in every store. Many people would consider chewing gum a form of candy, so they don’t chew it as often as they probably should. Would you believe us if we told you sugar-free gum can be beneficial to your oral health? Chewing gum can help prevent the development of tooth decay and cavities. Unfortunately, you have to leave the sugar-filled gum options behind and opt for a sugar-free choice.
Are you self-conscious of your teeth and find it difficult to speak closely to others and smile? We know that there are adults who have neglected their oral health and are so overwhelmed and embarrassed with the state of their teeth and mouth that they continue to put off being seen by a dentist and receiving treatment. At Smile Design Clinics, we want to assure you that we treat every patient the same who walks through our doors. We make no judgments about a patient who visits every six months compared to someone who hasn’t seen a dentist in six years or even sixty years. Our goal is to evaluate the current situation and create a plan to improve and restore your teeth.
Are you a snacker or a junk food lover? There is a popular saying that you are what you eat, meaning that the foods you consume have a direct impact on the state of your overall health. There is a definite connection between the foods we enjoy and our health, oral and general. For years, you have learned about the importance of limiting sugar as a way to combat tooth decay, but you might be surprised to learn that your eating habits have just as much of an effect on your oral health.
You might be surprised to learn that the state of your oral health plays a pretty important role in your overall health. Your oral health can give clues or warning signs that there are other concerns that need to be monitored throughout the body. This is one of the reasons that dentists are so passionate about routine oral care. During hygiene examinations, our team looks for indications of oral health issues and can also recognize the warning signs inside your mouth that point to a potential problem with your overall health, meaning that a visit to your primary care physician may be in order.
We know that this past year has been difficult for a variety of reasons. Routines and schedules have been changed and flexibility is often required at a moment’s notice. Between work and school, it has been overwhelming for many to fit everything in. We know that many of your appointments have been cancelled or postponed over the past year, and we want to encourage all of our patients who have not visited our office within the past 6 months to schedule their next hygiene appointment today. Continue reading to learn why.