Toothpaste For Your Heart Health

heart healthIf someone told you that toothpaste is not only good for keeping your teeth clean and shiny but also for your heart health, what would you be thinking? The truth is that the healthier your mouth is, the healthier your entire body is.

Good oral hygiene is a key component of cardiovascular health. The bacteria found in and around your mouth are also found in the heart and other organs. This is why when dentists see periodontal disease, they consider it as a cardiac risk factor. The serious infections that cause periodontal disease, if left untreated, can result in tooth and bone loss.

Studies of people with heart disease that also had their mouths examined showed that many had significant gum disease as well. Since good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent periodontal disease, it is a good practice for preventing cardiovascular disease as well.

So yes, toothpaste isn’t just for your teeth. It is for your heart as well. And don’t forget the importance of flossing in addition to brushing twice a day!

Why Toothpaste Can Benefit Your Heart Health: The Heart-Mouth Connection|Dr. Sinatra

Red Flags For Children’s Oral Health

children's oral healthThere are certain conditions that can occur throughout your child’s growth that may be red flags for children’s oral health. If you notice any of these warning signs, you should talk with your dentist so you can get it taken care of.

Baby Bottle Syndrome – This happens when a baby is constantly taking in milk, formula, breast milk, or fruit juice. For instance, if your baby is sleeping with a bottle of liquid during the night.  This allows sugar to remain on the teeth and can encourage bacteria growth and cause tooth decay.

Decayed or Missing Baby Teeth – One of the purposes of baby teeth is to serve as a pattern for placement of permanent teeth. If there are decayed or missing baby teeth, this can result in crooked permanent teeth. If children have crooked permanent teeth they can have trouble chewing as well as trouble maintaining good oral hygiene.

Thumb Sucking – Thumb sucking is a normal activity that provides comfort for an infant. But thumb sucking after permanent teeth have erupted (around five years of age) can create many problems. It can cause shifting in the teeth and may affect speech, and dental hygiene.

Tongue Thrusting – This is a condition where the child presses the tongue against the lips with force that can lead to protrusion of teeth.

Poor Nutrition – Be sure to choose fruits and vegetables for snacks.  Limit sugary, sticky foods that can cause tooth decay. Clean teeth after meals and give your child water as often as possible.

Red Flags For Poor Oral Health In Your Child|Consumer Guide To Dentistry

The Difference Between Waxed and Unwaxed Floss?

flossYou know how important it is to floss your teeth as part of your daily hygiene routine.  But there are so many different types of floss to choose from, waxed and unwaxed floss, flavored or non-flavored.  What is the difference between them all?

Waxed floss has a coating that makes it easier to get the floss between the teeth. Waxed floss is they type of floss that is flavored. Unwaxed floss doesn’t have a coating, it’s thinner and doesn’t have any flavoring.  As for which is more effective, it just depends on who you are.

Just ask your dentist.  It doesn’t matter what floss you use, as long as you are using it.  Find the floss that you enjoy the most and is most comfortable to you.  If you aren’t sure which floss you will like the best, check out the article from Mark Burhenne of “Ask The Dentist”.  He lists some reasons waxed or non-waxed floss might be your preference.  Read about it here: What’s the Difference Between Waxed and Non-Waxed Floss?.

A Sign Of Aging – Yellow Teeth

yellow teethMany people may not realize that your teeth and mouth could be aging faster than the rest of you. If your teeth look yellow, this is one of the first visible signs of aging. But fixing your yellow teeth is one of the best ways to cover up the age of your mouth and body.

Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can really help in stopping what many many consider the natural aging process of teeth. As we age, our teeth can lose calcium and demineralize.  The can become yellow and discolored because of staining and improper care.  Even if your face looks young, your teeth can make you look 20 to 30 years older because they are discolored or chipped.

If you have this issue, you may want to consider cosmetic dentistry. Teeth whitening procedures or even dental veneers can change your smile and make you look years younger.

Yellow Teeth are the First Sign of Aging.

Floss or Brush First?

floss or brush firstYou may have often wondered if it is better to floss or brush first when keeping up with your oral hygiene habits. Alas, there are only a few studies on this and there is no evidence that one is better than the other to do first.

However, many dentists have different options on the matter. Some dentists feel that flossing first is best because if you get it out of the way before brushing, you won’t be tempted to skip it.  Other dentists recommend brushing first because your mouth will then be awash with fluoride as you are flossing.

So what’s your opinion?  Floss or brush first? Ask Well: Floss or Brush First? – NYTimes.com