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Health Concerns for Alternative to Smoking
There are many alternatives to smoking traditional tobacco these days. The most popular include e-cigs, smokeless tobacco, hookahs, and dissolving products. Many of these products are perceived as safe; however, the long-term effects of these products are still unknown. It will take a few more years before more accurate information can be made available. For more information on smokeless tobacco products, including a list of those products, please visit ADA Mouth Healthy.
Green Tea Linked to Dental Health
Green tea is typically promoted as a product to drink to help assist in achieving weight-loss goals. But, there are dental benefits associated with drinking green tea as well. A recent study published suggested that one cup of sugarless green tea per day can help with gum recession and gum bleeding. For more details about the study and educational information, visit the Delta Dental webpage.
The month of February is dedicated to educating children on the benefits of practicing good oral hygiene. And, even though February has passed, there are currently still many resources available online including posters, games, puzzles, and coloring pages. Visit the American Dental Association website for free downloads and additional information.
One of the best decisions you can make for your child if they play sports is to invest in a well-fitted mouthguard. Wearing a proper mouthguard will help to avoid unnecessary injury to your child’s teeth, jaw, and lips. Although ready-made guards are less expensive, having a custom-made guard from your dentist is a better choice. A custom guard provides flexibility and lasts longer, is more comfortable, simple to clean, and allows for clearer speech and breathing. Remember, when it comes to sporting activities, making a custom mouthguard part of your sports gear is a must.
Dental benefits typically have a yearly maximum that will be paid out, and for most patients who have dental insurance, a new year means that new benefits are available to use. So, if you have been putting off treatment because you no longer had benefits to cover your appointments, now may be the time to schedule your next visit to the dentist. If you would like to schedule an appointment, but are unsure of your dental benefits, we would be happy to assist you - just give us a call.
Gingivitis is an reversible condition that is caused by inadequate brushing technique or lack of brushing. Plaque,which is a buildup of bacteria into a cheesy like substance is the primary cause of gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums.
Periodontitis is an infection of the gums and bone and can lead to tooth loss if not treated. Read more here.
What is Gum Disease?
Brushing your teeth is so important to your dental health. Dentist and Dental hygienist recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes time. This is what is recommended by the American Dental Association. When we ask our patients, we have many here at the office that only brush once a day which is simply not enough brushing. To be the best, plaque needs to be removed from your teeth once every twelve hours to decrease the incidence of gum inflammation. Thats gingivitis! Not brushing enough can lead to a higher incidence of cavities. Just remember the 2x2 rule... Two minutes, Twice a day. And that is by far the best kind of dental insurance out there! Dr. Dejti