Posts for: December, 2015
Oral health and overall health are linked in several ways that many people do not realize. At the office of Royalton Dental Associates, it’s very important to us that we help our patients in Cuyahoga County live healthy lives.
When consumed in moderation junk food is a nice treat. However, when consumed too often junk food can lead to sever oral and overall health problems.
One major problem that junk food can lead to is gum disease. Gum disease will weaken your bone structure and lead to a systematic inflammatory response that can lead to an increased risk of suffering from heart disease and other conditions.
Another popular diet choice that may have negative effects on your oral health are soft drinks. Sodas are loaded with sugars making them high in calories and low in nutritiona value. Additionally, sodas, other drinks, hard candies, gummies, and mroe may contain high fructose corn syrup which is unhealthy for your dental and overall health.
The last choice Dr. Florain advises you to limit your intake of is diet sodas. While lower in sugar levels they still contain high amounts of acid which will break down your enamel. The less enamel you have the more subject you become to cavities, tooth sensitivty, gum disease, and more.
You may wonder if you need to brush your tongue. The answer is yes. The reason for this is that bacteria that causes cavities, gum disease, and bad breath can live on your tongue. If you fail to brush your tongue these colonies will remain and can cause you to have many side effects, most notably halitosis.
Your tongue is at particular risk as an area where bacteria can colonize. The reasib for this is that your tongue is covered in papillae. Papillae is what detects taste in your mouth, however, they can also create areas that bacterias to can hide.
The best way to deal with this is to brush your tongue. While brushing your tongue tou begin to break up bacteria and make them much less destructive. Brushing your tongue also reduces the amount of germs in your mouth to help prevent other health problems.
Some general brushing tips & techniques:
- Use a circular motion while brushing gradually covering your entire mouth.
- Place your brush at a 45-degree angle from your teeth.
- Don't forget to brush all the surfaces in your mouth including your gums, teeth, roof of your mouth, tongue, cheeks, etc. Brushing these parts of your mouth will remove bacteria and cause your breath to be fresher.
- You should replace your brush when the bristles begin to fray or after you have been sick.
- You should brush for two to three minutes in order to effectively brush. Don't rush through the brushing process.
If you would like to schedule a professional cleaning please contact Dr. Florian at his office in North Royalton.