Fluoride has been held in high regard by the dental community as an important mineral that is absorbed into and strengthens tooth enamel, thereby helping to prevent decay of tooth structures.
Your tooth enamel is made up of minerals that experience “demineralization” and “remineralization” each day. Demineralization occurs when the minerals in the tooth enamel begin to dissolve due to acids. When minerals are deposited back into your tooth enamel, this is called remineralization. Things such as calcium, fluoride, and phosphate help replenish enamel.
Although these two processes occur daily, you may experience more demineralization than remineralization. When this occurs, your teeth may begin to decay. This is why fluoride is so important in keeping your teeth healthy.
During our daily life, we use and consume things each day that contain small amounts of fluoride. But the fluoride you receive in the dentist's office works the best to restore your tooth enamel.
Different Ways We Get Fluoride
There are a number of ways that we consume fluoride, including:
- Fluoride treatment from the dentist
- Fluoride supplements (used for children age 6-16)
If you would like to learn more about the importance of fluoride, click here.
Using a water flosser can be an excellent addition to your dental hygiene routine. But many people wonder if you use a water flosser, is traditional floss still necessary?
Below, Dr. Florian answers this common question and explains how to properly incorporate water flossers into your dental hygiene routine.
Yes. Keep in mind that water flossers are only an adjunct to brushing and flossing. If you only use water flossers and don’t floss you can still get cavities in between your teeth. You need to break the contact between your teeth with floss. I recommend hand flossing first to get the food debris out, then brushing to remove stain and plaque and then water flossing to finish the clean. Substitute Listerine for water to kill bacteria and your smile will love you for it!
Have you been tested for oral cancer?
When we last left you, Dr. Florian had discussed the two common screening options for oral cancer. We want to discuss what the signs of oral cancer are and what to look for.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has found that almost 42,000 individuals are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. The best way you can detect oral cancer is through an oral cancer screening, but knowing what to look for can also be a lifesaver.
Some signs include:
An unexpected shift in your teeth
Trouble with talking, chewing and eating
Patches in your mouth that are red or white
Pain or soreness in your mouth, tongue, or lips
Irritation in your mouth or throat that won’t subside
If these signs do not disappear within 2 weeks, you need to be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
If you have never had an oral cancer screening, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian in North Royalton, OH. Detecting oral cancer in the early stages is the best way of treating this form of cancer.
Oral cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer—it is estimated that one person dies from oral cancer every hour—however, it is one of the most curable forms when it is detected early on.
There are two screening options used to identify oral cancer: OralCDx and Vizilite Plus. OralCDx uses a brushing technique that determines if there are any abnormal cells in your mouth that can develop into cancer cells. Vizilite Plus is the second screening; this screening option detects soft tissue in your mouth that may develop into cancer. It is important to receive an oral cancer screening in order to spot any signs of cancer before it develops into a more dangerous stage.
In order to decrease your risk of oral cancer, you should avoid certain activities including drinking alcohol, smoking, and other tobacco usages. These are not the only things that can lead to oral cancer, however, and in our next blog, Dr. Florian will discuss other signs and symptoms you should be aware of.
Have you been tested for oral cancer?
Previously, we addressed the common causes of bad breath and why flossing is crucial to the health of your mouth. Continuing our discussion, we want to explore what oral health issues may be causing bad breath.
If you suffer from bad breath that does not improve even with a proper dental hygiene routine, it may be a warning sign of a more serious issue. It is important to remember that if you have bad breath it does not mean you have any of these problems below, but you should visit your dentist to address the issue.
Bad breath can be a symptom of both oral health conditions and non-oral health conditions.
The oral health conditions include:
Throat problems, like strep throat
A root canal that is infected
Throat or oral cancer
Tonsils that contain trapped food particles
Non-oral health issues associated with bad breath include:
Your Dental Hygiene Habits are Important
Preventing bad breath starts with a proper oral hygiene routine. Flossing, brushing your teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of your mouth two times per day should be a routine you follow. You can also use mouthwash, though mouthwash only acts as an additional aid, not a substitute for brushing and flossing.
Is bad breath an issue that you struggle with?
If you deal with bad breath, be sure to speak with your dentist. Having bad breath is a common issue and, whether it's due to not flossing or something more serious, you will want to make sure the problem is fixed. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian in North Royalton, OH today.
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