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Typically, it is still recommended that you visit the dentist twice per year for check-ups as well as cleanings. The main reasons you would want to visit the dentist twice per year includes ensuring that your dentist can find trouble that you may not even experience or feel.
Your dentist can find early signs of tooth decay and treat it early on. Tooth decay does not become visible or create pain until the advanced stages.
Your dentist will also be able to identify other dental health issues, such as gum disease. If caught early on, many dental issues can be treated fairly easily.
For individuals who have great dental health and have not experienced any dental health issues, you may be able to increase the time between visits. You will want to speak with your dentist about the best visitation schedule.
But, on the other side, there are individuals who may want to increase the number of visits they make to the dentist each year. These individuals include people that have experienced gum disease, have a genetic predisposition for plaque build-up or decay and individuals with a weakened immune system.
The best way to find out how often you should make an appointment is to speak with your dentist.
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If you are concerned about tooth decay, and want to do more than just your normal oral hygiene routine, you might want to change your dietary choices.
The team at Royalton Dental Associates in North Royalton, OH wants your teeth to be as healthy as possible. By including these things in your diet, you can increase your chances of remaining cavity free.
1) Eat your fruits and veggies.
Many fruits and veggies are great for your oral and overall health. Pineapples, celery, and pears are especially good for your oral health.
2) Stick to sugar-free sweets.
If you are eating sweets, especially candy, make sure it contains Xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that actually prevents cavities from developing.
3) Chew sugar-free chewing gum.
As with some sugar-free candy, sugar-free gum may contain Xylitol. When you are looking for gum to buy, you should look specifically for a brand that contains Xylitol.
4) Drink wine and eat raisins.
There are studies that show a chemical component in wine and raisins that fights the bacteria that causes cavities to develop.
5) Consume more dairy products.
There is a protein in dairy products called casein that is extremely beneficial to your oral health. Casein is found in yogurt, cheese, and more!
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One of our greatest defenses against cavities, in addition to proper care, is our saliva. Our salivary glands are primarily located in our cheeks and underneath our tongues, and create two types of saliva: serous saliva and mucoid saliva. The serous saliva is the kind that is important in preventing cavities. What makes this saliva so important, is that it helps to neutralize the acids in the mouth that cause cavities.
Unfortunately, as we age, our salivary glands begin to be used for things like storing fat. Over time, these fat cells replace the cells that secreted saliva, and we begin to experience dry mouth (xerostomia). After we start suffering from dry mouth, our mouths becomes more acidic and we start to develop more cavities. When you put all of this together, it is easy to see why we develop more cavities with age.
In addition to the aforementioned problem, there are many medicines and medical treatments that can cause dry mouth. For starters, many required medications have dry mouth as a side effect. Unfortunately, since these medications are not optional, people usually cannot stop taking the medication. Next, medical treatments, like chemotherapy, hinder the process of cell development. Due to this, our salivary gland cells do not regenerate as quickly, and our saliva production suffers.
As you grow older, it is important to maintain your oral wellness visits. Our mouths undergo many changes as we age, and it is important to stay on top of things with help from your dentist and oral hygienists. There are many treatments available to help combat cavities, including fluoride treatments, and hygiene products that contain fluoride.
If you have a cavity and live in the North Royalton area, or would like to schedule an appointment with professionals who can help your situation, contact us today. The team at Royalton Dental is always welcoming new patients, and wants to start taking care of your smile today.
Diabetes affects 30 million Americans each year. These people experience many complications that stem from their diabetes. Lots of them are commonly known, while others are not as frequently discussed.
One complication that is not as commonly discussed is the increased chance to develop gum disease. However, gum disease should be discusses in the same breath as heart conditions, stroke, and kidney disease when talking about the side effects of diabetes. The interesting part about gum disease and diabetes is that they work to develop one another. The reason for this, is that if your gum disease becomes serious enough, it can affect how your body controls your blood glucose levels.
Below is a list of reasons why people with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease:
- Diabetes lowers your ability to fight off disease and illness.
- Diabetes restricts your blood flow to areas of your body, including your gums.
- Diabetes raises the amount of sugar in your mouth.
If you have diabetes, it is especially important to brush and floss properly. You should also not neglect your dental checkups.
You’ve had that painful sensation in your molar for a while now, but today the pain has become noticeably worse. You knew that a toothache could be painful, but bad enough to cause a visit the ER?
The American Dental Association (ADA) has done some studies regarding dental pain and ER visits. It is estimated that the number of ER visits due to dental pain has more than doubled in the last 10 years. The number of visits is now over 2 million per year. This number makes up almost 10% of the total number of ER visits per year amongst adults. Additionally, it was found that 80% of these visits were due to a preventable condition like a dental cavity.
Unfortunately, most emergency rooms are not adequately prepared to handle visits due to dental pain. Emergency rooms typically do not have dental x-ray machines or a dental professional on staff. This means that when you go to the ER to deal with the pain, it will not be treated correctly. Typically, the ER will offer some medication for the infection or pain but not treat the underlying issue. If you do not have a follow up visit with your dentist to treat it, the pain will continue.
Most dental emergencies are avoidable if you keep routine dental visits. Cavities, which are almost completely avoidable, is one of the most common disease in America—only behind the common cold. If you do not adequately protect your teeth by brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and visiting the dentist, you could experience cavities. If you start to develop cavities, they can lead to pain, tooth loss, infection and disease, and more.
Another major cause of dental ER visits is from gum disease. According to the United States CDC, nearly 50% of adults in the US have some form of gum disease. If you have gum disease, and it becomes advanced enough, it can lead to a higher chance of suffering from stroke, diabetes, and heart problems. If you visit the dentist and receive dental cleanings, your chance of developing gum disease goes down significantly.