Happy 2018! Many of us made resolutions for a healthier and happier 2018. While you may be getting your body back in shape, don’t forget about your oral health.
The mouth is the gateway to the body! A healthy mouth leads to a healthier body. Research has shown that periodontal disease can increase your risk for stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and even low birth weight for those pregnant. Cavity causing bacteria is contagious and spreads to other teeth as well as through persons in the sharing of food/drinks and kissing. Studies have also show those with a great smile are happier than those who have an unhealthy or damage teeth.
What can you do to make sure your oral health is in shape?
- Make sure to visit your dentist the recommended times a year. A healthy mouth should see a dentist at least 2 x year. If you suffer from periodontal disease, gingivitis, or even a high cavity rate our Highlands Ranch Dentist may recommend being seen every 3-4 months.
- Step up your oral hygiene game at home. Brushing with a manual toothbrush alone isn’t going to cut it. Here are some recommendations from our Highlands Ranch Dentist
-Ditch the manual toothbrush for a Sonicare. Manual brushing is not as effective as a Sonicare or similar type electric toothbrush.
– Flossing of some sort is a must! 35% of the surface of your teeth are located in between where brushing cannot reach. If you are string flossing your may be missing this important area, dramatically increasing your risk for both periodontal disease as well as cavities.
– Don’t like flossing- try a Waterflosser! Studies show a waterflosser is more used than traditional flossing and can clean under the gums up to 6 mm under the gums. It will also clean the gums all the around a tooth. Check out the youtube video of the waterflosser here.
- Fluoride is a must! If you filter your water, drink bottled water exclusively and skip the fluoride in toothpaste, your are risking your dental health. Fluoride is a safe and effective way to prevent tooth cavities. Water Fluoridation and it’s benefits are considered the CDC greatest scientific achievement in medical prevention. Fluoride binds with an open ion in the hydroxapatite in the tooth (a mineral that makes up enamel) allowing it to become strong and prevent breakdown by food particles and acids. Read more about Fluoride’s benefits here.
- Add an alcohol free mouth wash! We recommend ACT fluoride rinse or something similar that is free of alcohol.
Our Highlands Ranch dental office is here to help you become a healthier and happier in 2018. Our family has been proudly serving dental families in Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, Centennial, Castle Pines, and the Denver Metro Area since 1982. Call our office today at 303-694-9740 to schedule your appointment with our Highlands Ranch Dentist.