bTis the season for holiday delights of all types. Unfortunately, the winter is also prime season for catching various illnesses. Whether youbre gathering with friends and relatives, visiting doctorsb and dentistsb offices or just going about your normal routine, you could be at risk of catching an upper respiratory infection or influenza. Check out these tips on how to stay healthy during cold and flu season.
Most of us have the best of intentions. Almost no one says, bIbm simply not going to floss.b Instead, patients who donbt floss say they want to pick up the habit, but then… donbt. The key to making a habit stick is to do it regularly enough that it becomes ingrained, but part of the problem is that itbs difficult to remember to floss if youbre not already in the habit. Howbs that for a catch-22? Here are some tips on how to remember to floss each day. No string-tying involved!
When you look in the mirror, are you happy with the smile looking back at you? Many adults had braces as young teens, and still others could have used some orthodontic treatment but did not have it, for whatever reason. Over time, your teeth may have shifted out of place (or maybe they were never in the right place), and if youbre self-conscious about your crooked teeth, there are ways that orthodontic care can help.
Youbve probably had the experience of wanting to run and brush your teeth before talking to anyone in the morning. Humans have halitosis, or bad breath, upon awakening. This is completely normal and is the result of reduced saliva, bacterial growth and, in some cases, mouth-breathing. When halitosis lasts all day and is not helped by improving oral hygiene, there may be something more serious going on. Here are some reasons that you might be experiencing bad breath, as well as what you can do about it.
Poor Oral Hygiene
In order to combat halitosis, you need to have good oral hygiene. Most people already know that they need to brush two or three times daily and floss before bed. If youbre not doing this, starting to do so might be enough to solve your problem! Be sure to clean your tongue, too; whether itbs with a tongue-scraper or with your toothbrush, itbs important to remove particles of food, plaque and debris from the tiny crevices in the tongue.
If youbre not perfectly calm, cool and collected when you walk into your dentistbs office, youbre not alone. Ten to fifteen percent of people put off going to the dentist due to anxiety or fear, and even more are nervous in the chair, even though they arenbt postponing their appointments. Anxiety over dental procedures can lead to worsening gum disease, cavities and the need for more invasive procedures, like root canals and extractions. If the thought of seeing the dentist makes you want to clamp your mouth shut, here are some ways you can overcome this dental phobia.
All Hallowbs Eve is just around the corner, and whether or not you have little trick-or-treaters, youbve no doubt noticed that the sweet and sticky confections of the season are on sale and readily available in just about every establishment you enter. If you have a sweet tooth, Halloween and the weeks directly following it might be your downfall when it comes to keeping cavity-free. Check out this list of tips on how to keep your Halloween as tooth-friendly as possible this year.
One important part of your routine dental care is taking dental radiographs, better known as dental x-rays. Some are taken as a matter of course at prescribed intervals, and others are taken as the need arises. Herebs the lowdown on the dental x-rays you can expect to have taken at various points.
If you want your teeth to look great, the first step is to brush and floss regularly. Combined with regular checkups and the appropriate dental care when needed, this is often enough to keep your pearly whites in good shape. In some cases, however, some cosmetic dentistry can work wonders. If you are often hiding your smile between closed lips or a raised hand, take a look at some of the procedures that can make you feel like giving the world a big, toothy grin.
Although the weekend is only two days long, it might seem as though more toothaches and broken fillings occur on Saturday and Sunday than during all of the other days combined. It might be that youbre more likely to bite down wrong on a kernel of popcorn while going to the movie theater on a Saturday afternoon than while sitting at your office on a Tuesday. Also, more people play sports on these days, which can contribute to tooth injury. Or it could be that it only seems like more toothaches crop up on these days because youbre likely to have to wait to see a dentist until Monday morning, which can seem far away when your jaw is throbbing.
No matter what the reason, itbs important to have a plan in place for what you will do if you get a toothache or lose a filling when your dentistbs office is closed. Here are some tips for coping with a dental emergency after hours or on the weekend.