Posts for tag: Oral Health

By Dental Dimensions
September 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health


Tooth loss can absolutely be prevented, and it is all up to you! The Dental Dimensions office in South San Jose believes that by visiting the dentist regularly and brushing and flossing daily is vital in the avoidance of losing teeth. The main reasons adults lose their teeth are through a combination of poor oral hygiene and dietary habits. Keep the teeth that you were born with, and keep your mouth and body healthy.

Recommended Oral Health Habits:old woman smiling

 
We recommend that adults brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. This helps with preventing plaque buildup on or between your teeth. Plaque build-up can cause cavities to form and will eat away your enamel. This can also cause your gums to become inflamed and infected. Tooth decay and gum disease can both weaken the tissue supporting your teeth, which can make your teeth loosen and fall out. Also, be sure to avoid candies, gum, and other sugary snacks, which can lead to tooth loss. Sugar is a big contributor to tooth decay, especially if you don’t brush after eating.
 

Tooth Loss Prevention

 
The best way for you to prevent tooth loss is to practice good dental health habits everyday by brushing and flossing. It’s also vital for you to see your dentist at least once every six months and to make an appointment as soon as possible if tooth pain or other dental problems occur.
 
Maintaining a healthy diet by getting the appropriate calcium, protein, and other nutrients is also important for not just your teeth, but also your overall bodily health. If you notice any tooth problems such as sudden tooth loss or decay, consider getting tested regularly for diabetes, especially if you have a family history.
 
A healthy mouth also means a healthy body. Losing your teeth not only makes you look unhealthy, but it can be a sign of other serious health problems. Identifying dental and overall health issues early gives you a greater chance to recover quickly and prevent future complications.
 
It’s never too late to change your oral habits. To learn more about the prevention of tooth loss, as well as the importance of oral hygiene, contact our office in South San Jose today!
By Dental Dimensions
August 05, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Tobacco Use and Your Oral Health

It’s no secret that the use of tobacco products can have a significant impact on your overall health.  But have you considered the consequences it can have on your dental health?
 
Tobacco use in all forms, including smoking and chewing tobacco, can cause a number of dental health problems ranging from oral cancer (cancer of the lips, tongue, throat and mouth) to tooth loss and severe teeth staining. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 90 percent of people with oral cancer have used tobacco in some form.  Additionally, the risk of oral cancer is six times more likely among people who smoke compared to those who do not smoke.  The longer a person uses tobacco, the greater the risk. 
 
Long-term tobacco use in any form can compromise the health of your teeth and gums. Here are just some of the ways that regular use of tobacco affects oral health:
 
  • Tooth discoloration- Yellowing and severe discoloration of the teeth is one of the first visible effects of smoking. 
  • Gum disease- Smoking increases gum disease—about four times more than people who have never smoked according to the Journal of Periodontology. 
  • Tooth loss- The risk of tooth loss is much higher in smokers than in non-smokers
  • Bad breath- Because tobacco use increases the amount of bacteria in the mouth, a chronic unpleasant smell is common. 
  • Poor healing- Smoking delays healing after tooth extraction and can lead to a temporary and painful condition known as dry socket.
 
If you use tobacco, it is especially important that you learn how to perform oral cancer self-examinations. Look for:
  • Sores around the face, neck or mouth that do not heal
  • Frequent bleeding in the mouth
  • Swelling or lumps on the lips, gums or other areas of the mouth
  • White, red or dark patches on the cheeks, tongue or palate
  • Loss of feeling in any part of the mouth
 
In addition to regular oral cancer self-exams, tobacco users should also work towards kicking their habit. While easier said than done, the sooner you quit, the lower your risk for serious oral health problems.  Additionally, maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily, and have regular checkups with your San Jose dentist in order to verify the state of the gums and make sure oral cancer is not developing.
 
Oral cancer may be one of the deadliest forms of cancer, but it is also one of the most preventable.  Talk to Dental Dimensions about ways to stop using tobacco, and improve your dental health starting today. 
By Dental Dimensions
January 23, 2014
Category: Mouth Care

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Families

Family DentistryGood oral health is important at every age. Healthy teeth and gums signify more than an attractive smile—it often reflects good general health, confidence and a personal sense of well-being. Proper oral hygiene starting at home can help protect your family’s teeth from cavities and prevent gum disease.

The following tips can help your family reach optimal oral health to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles:

1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The health of your smile is a reflection of how well you take care of your teeth and gums. It should go without saying that you and your family should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily to remove plaque build up from the large surfaces of the teeth and under the gums.  Most of us learn these habits as children, and that’s why it’s important for parents to play an active role in helping kids learn the proper techniques for brushing and flossing.

2. Snacking & Tooth Decay

Frequent snacking can be your mouth’s biggest enemy.  That’s because when sugars or starches in your mouth come in contact with plaque, the acids produced can attack teeth for several minutes after you finish eating. Repeated attacks can break down the enamel on the surface of teeth, fueling tooth decay. To prevent cavities, consume sugary foods and drinks with meals rather than in between. If you must snack throughout the day, then brush immediately after to cleanse the mouth of food.

Along with limiting how frequently you eat, you should also pay attention to the types of foods and drinks your family is consuming. Limit your intake of sugary, starchy foods, and replace them with healthy choices, such as raw vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains.

3. Fluoride

Teeth are attacked by plaque daily. The acids produced by plaque weaken the enamel, which eventually leads to decay. That’s why it is important to make sure you are getting enough fluoride. Fluoride is absorbed into the enamel, helping to repair and prevent cavities. Some children may benefit from fluoride supplements. Ask Dental Dimensions about the best fluoride treatment plan for your family at your next visit.

4. Check ups

Regular visits to your San Jose dentist are a very important part of maintaining good dental health. The American Dental Association recommends scheduling dental appointments twice a year.  A professional dentist can detect problems in their earliest stages, and will make sure your kids’ teeth are developing properly as they grow.  Dental Dimensions can clean the areas of your teeth that regular brushing can’t, helping you avoid unnecessary cavities and dental treatment.

If you neglect the care of your teeth at home and fail to go to the dentist regularly, accumulated plaque could potentially lead to the development of tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. The good news is that being diligent about your dental health care at home and by seeing your dentist on a regular basis, you and your family will be more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.



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