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Not everybody is aware of the fact that oral health plays a key role in affecting the general health of the body. Bad dental health not only makes it difficult for you to eat and drink what you what, but is also associated with number of diseases like respiratory and heart ailments. Here are some dental health tips that will assist you ensure perfect health of your teeth.
Daily dental care: Usually, individuals think that only brushing is enough to keep the teeth healthy, however flossing is equally important. Flossing assists eliminate food particles trapped in narrow spaces between the teeth. The simplest way to keep your teeth clean is by rinsing your mouth with water just after your meal. This will help you get rid of bad breath as well as prevents the growth of bacteria.
Use correct toothbrush: The toothbrush you use also affects your oral health. Thus, you should choose a toothbrush that is not too broad and the bristles should have rounded endings. The brush you use, should reach all the parts of your mouth very easily including the back of mouth.
Visit the dentist: brushing and flossing is not enough, regular visits to dentist is equally important. If you think you brush and floss your teeth regularly, so you don’t need to visit dentist, then you are mistaken. Only dentists are able to find out about the development of serious problems. So, it is essential to visit the dentist.
Being parents or individuals, you might also have experienced children not always willing to brush their teeth before going to sleep. Most of the dental problems happen due to lack of properly cleaning the teeth and later may turn into tooth decay. To have a healthy oral heath, brushing should not only be done regularly but should also be done in a proper way to avoid dental emergencies that can be quite of a concern.
Elders have a responsibility to guide little ones about the perks of a good oral care and tell them the merits and demerits of brushing and of cavity and all the dental related problems so that they may never face the need of an emergency dentist. Everyone should also make this a habit of visiting a dentist once every six months for a general checkup so that the health of the teeth can be kept a tab on.
Here are some simple yet effective points that can be given to toddlers about healthy brushing habits:
One of the best ways to take care of your teeth is to ensure you're eating right. What you eat affects your teeth, hence you need to take care of what you eat.
Having too much of anything is not good, and that holds true for your teeth too.
So, what are 6 foods and drinks that you should avoiding putting down your throat?
1. Hard Candy
Hard candy stays in a person's mouth for a long time. This allows a concentrated build up of acid to occur. In turn, it will slowly erode a person's teeth as he sucks the candy.
It's worse if a person bites and crushes the hard candy. Small pieces of will get jammed between the gaps of teeth. It will slowly rot and corrode the teeth.
Not all coffee is good for your teeth. In its natural form, coffee and tea is harmless. However, the caffeinated beverages that you pick up from Starbucks dries your mouth and the excessive coffee and sugar stick onto your teeth.
These products are enough to encourage bacteria to get working on your teeth to create cavities.
3. Chewy Candy
Chewy candy comes in the form of gummy bears and toffees. It is an indulgent that you may like to bite and chew on, and it's fun to eat and at the same time, it's sweet. However, quite often, food particles easily get stuck on your teeth. These sugar food particles get converted to acid that corrodes your teeth.
4. Aerated Drinks
Aerated drinks like Coke and Pepsi are not something you want to be drinking often. These drinks contain a high amount of sugar and acid. Every time you drink an aerate drink, a little of your teeth are eroded by the acidic content. Furthermore, the sugary content sticks onto your teeth, gets converted to acid and later on cause cavities.
5. Crunchy Foods
Crunchy foods like potato chips can easily get trapped in your mouth. These are starch rich foods that are not good for the health of your teeth.
Alcohol may be liquid, but it does not parch your thirst, and neither does it improve your body's water content. Rather, it dries your mouth of moisture content, reduces saliva flow and dehydrates your mouth. This sort of environment encourages tooth decay.
Not to say that you shouldn't have sweets, aerated drinks, potato chips or alcohol, but you should have it in moderation. Always have a glass of water after you eat or drink one of these items. It will wash down most of the sugar content that is stuck to your teeth.
You should also consider getting regular checkups from Emergency Dental. This will go a long way in preventing tooth decay and cavities.
Waking up to a sudden tooth ache in the middle of the night can be a terrible ordeal. The dental clinics are closed and you have no option but to bare the pain. However, you are far from helpless. Home remedies can be an effective way to either temporarily deal with the pain or even solve the problem.
So here are home remedies that can help alleviate your tooth ache.
Apply Clove Oil
Clove oil is a home remedy that is quite effective against a painful tooth ache. The oil contains anesthetic and anti-bacterial properties. Soak a cotton ball with clove oil and apply it on the aching tooth.
If you don't have clove oil, a clove itself would work as a substitute.
Clean your Teeth
The pain may be caused by food particles stuck in your mouth. Try brushing your teeth. Gently brush the area where you have the tooth ache. You can try flossing, which is a very effective way to remove food particles that are stuck in the gaps between your teeth. Mouth wash is another option to clean your mouth.
Warm Salt Water
Use warm salt water to rinse your mouth while providing relief to the pain. Salt contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can help remedy the situation.
Applying ice will help numb the pain to a bearable level. Don't apply the ice directly to your skin. Hold the ice on the cheek side that is giving the pain. Ensure you wrap it around a cloth or tissue. If you don't have ice cubes, then you can use frozen food products like peas or corn packets.
If the pain is caused because of a broken tooth, make sure you keep the broken tooth. It is preferable to preserve it in milk. If you're able to go to the dentist by at least the next day, he will be able re-attach it to your gums.
Sleep it Off
If all else fails, its best to try and sleep off the pain. Sleep through the night and the first thing in the morning, the next day, get an appointment at the dentist.
A tooth ache is an indication that you have a cavity that needs to be treated. Get in touch with Emergency Dental and have an appointment set up immediately. We will identify the cause of the tooth ache and take the necessary steps to solve it. The longer you wait, the more damage your tooth will experience.
Finding a reliable dentist is necessary to ensuring the health and long life of your teeth and gums. Sadly, not all dentists are same. Despite the fact that there are severe training requirements and intensive regulations related to patient care, still some bad dentists exist. So, how to differentiate between a good dentist from a bad dentist? Eventually, if you have good terms with your Sherwood Park dentists, you feel he/she respects you, and you trust him/her, then you have certainly found yourself a good dentist. However, these signs of a bad dentist are all obvious signs that you should consider finding a new dentist.
Disorganized: Firstly, medical environments should be hygienic and sterile and a disorganized office may be your first sign that things are not properly cleaned. In addition, disorganization may be the indication of poor management skills and business. Clinic of your dentist should be well-organized and tidy, dusted, and swept. Everything should look organized. Dentist as well as staff members should wear gloves when working with the clients.
Dentists who talk to other patients or busy on their cell phone while consulting or treating you: A dentist should be focused. A procedure can go in the wrong direction if the dentist who is performing the procedure is not focused. The poorly performed procedures can cause problems later. The lack of focus of dentists also shows their unprofessionalism. During your visit to Sherwood Park dentists, you should expect your dentist to be focused on you.
Prescribing costly operations for small tooth problems: There are many dentists in Edmonton, who prescribe root canals for a tooth that only has a cavity and by filling the cavity the problem, can be solved. They usually suggest costly, unnecessary X-ray diagnoses as they get commission from the radiographer for each patient they refer.
So, when looking for a dentist in Edmonton, ensure that you keep these things in mind to ensure that you hire only the best and reliable dentist.
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Dr. Alexander Yeh and Dr. Iyad Al-Qishawi are registered general dentists. They graduated in the same class at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry.
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