According to the American Dental Association (ADA), chewing sugarless gum may actually help keep your mouth healthy.
The research found that chewing gum containing xylitol, a sugar substitute, for 20 minutes following a meal can help prevent cavities.
Why does this happen?
The act of chewing produces saliva, and saliva is important for keeping your mouth healthy by neutralizing acids. It also helps fight diseases and removes food that is stuck in your teeth.
But why not just chew regular gum?
Although chewing does produce saliva, if you have gum that is full of sugars it will mix with the saliva and can spread cavity-causing bacteria. You want to make sure that you are buying gum that contains xylitol, as this sweetener does not spread the cavity-causing bacteria that sugary gum does. You can also view the ADA’s list of approved gums.
It is important to remember that chewing sugarless gum is not a substitute for brushing and flossing. Chewing sugarless gum can be an aid in fighting cavities, but proper dental hygiene and regular trips to the dentist are the best ways to fight against cavities, decay and gum disease.
If you are due for a cleaning or have any questions about the health of your mouth, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.
Although gingivitis and advanced periodontitis both affect your gums, they are two different health issues.
Your teeth are held in position by a number of things including bone tissue, ligaments, and your gums. If you do not properly care for your teeth, plaque can begin to form around your gums. Your gums begin to retreat and create “pockets.” These pockets allow for more bacteria to build up. This is gingivitis.
There are different severities of gingivitis, which is tested by measuring the deepness of the pockets around your teeth. You generally want pockets that are 1-3mm deep. Your pockets will be deeper if you have an infection.
Gingivitis, if left untreated, can form advanced periodontitis. Advanced periodontitis occurs when plaque and tartar infect your gums and begin to deteriorate the soft tissue that supports your teeth. If you do not treat advanced periodontitis, it can begin affecting the bone of your tooth. When this happens, the tooth is at risk of needing an extraction.
For minor plaque buildup, your dentist will be able to clean away the bacteria before it advances. If you are in a more advanced stage, a procedure called “scaling and root planing” will be done to clean around the gums and below your gums to remove tartar.
If you have any questions about the health of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.
If you suffer from bad breath, there may be other dental health issues causing this problem.
Previously, we discussed bad breath and why flossing is so important. We mentioned that bad breath may also be a sign of something more serious. Below, we look at some of the dental health issues that may be causing this problem.
Dental health issues may include:
Infected root canal
Throat or oral cancer
Tonsils that contain trapped food particles
Non-dental health issues may include:
Form a Habit
To fight bad breath, you should be sure to floss and brush twice per day. Brushing should include teeth, tongue, gums and the roof of your mouth. Mouthwash can be used, but mouthwash only offers temporary relief and it is not a substitute for brushing or flossing. You also need to schedule routine dental visits for a professional teeth cleaning.
If you keep a proper dental hygiene habit but still experience bad breath, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.
If you suffer from bad breath, flossing may be able to help.
Many people overlook flossing, but flossing helps remove food and bacteria from your teeth and around your gums that your brush cannot reach. If these germs are left in your mouth, they can begin to create an unpleasant smell.
Chronic bad breath, also called halitosis, is more common than you may realize. This issue should not be taken lightly. Bad breath may be a sign of other dental health issues and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
How Saliva Helps
With less saliva in your mouth, you are more susceptible to plaque. Plaque, along with tooth decay and gum disease, can cause bad breath as well. One of the best times to floss is in the morning when you brush your teeth because saliva flow slows down as you sleep.
You should also make sure you are staying hydrated and eating properly. Drinking water and the act of chewing help increase saliva.
Flossing is an important part of a proper dental hygiene routine. If you are experiencing bad breath, try flossing.
If flossing does not seem to be working, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.
I have no problems with my teeth, how often do I need to go to the dentist?
Although dental technology and products have improved, it is still recommended you visit the dentist at least twice per year. Visiting the dentist is not just for having your teeth cleaned; there are other important parts of a dental visit that cannot be done at home.
There are times that you may be in the early stages of a dental health issue, such as tooth decay, and you may not even notice that anything is wrong. Many of these health issues go unnoticed until they develop into a more advanced state. The earlier you can treat a dental problem, the more manageable it is.
The dentist also offers fluoride treatment which helps to remineralize your teeth and protect against cavities. There is fluoride toothpaste, but the fluoride that your dentist uses is much stronger and more effective than fluoride toothpaste or mouthwashes.
Six months is the recommended time, but there are some people that may be able to visit the dentist only once per year. If you have taken excellent care of your teeth and have never had any dental health issues, you may be able to extend the time between visits.
However, if you have had dental health issues in the past, such as gum disease, have a weak immune system, or are susceptible to plaque build-up, you may need to visit the dentist more than twice per year.
It is important that you discuss with your dentist how often you should come in for check-ups.
If you would like to discuss the health of your mouth and how often you should come to the dentist, schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.
Happy 2018, everyone! Now is the time of year we all set goals and resolutions for ourselves, whether it’s eating healthier, exercising, or spending more time with family. But how many of you set goals to improve your dental health?
Proper dental hygiene only takes a couple minutes each day, making it one of the easiest resolutions you will set for yourself! To help you start, we would like to offer some suggestions that can help you improve your dental hygiene for the new year.
Start Eating Mouth-Healthy Foods
Many of us want to eat healthier for the new year, but there are healthy foods that can also improve your dental health. Foods that are good for your teeth include dairy products and fibrous foods. You may also want to start cutting back on certain foods, sugary foods and drinks can lead to decay and cavities.
Do You Floss?
Flossing is a crucial part of a proper dental hygiene routine. Flossing helps remove the bacteria that your toothbrush can’t. It is especially important for keeping your gums healthy by reducing the risk of gum disease.
Schedule Your Dental Visit
Having a proper dental hygiene routine and proper diet are great ways to help your teeth and gums, but visiting the dentist on a routine basis is another aspect that needs to be included. Your dentist can find any health issues that you may not even know are occurring.
Do you want to improve your dental health for 2018?
For a healthy mouth, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.
Do you floss every day? If you don’t, you are allowing bacteria to build up that can cause a number of different dental health issues to occur.
But what about brushing your teeth? Isn’t that enough? Brushing your teeth is critical for keeping your mouth healthy, but brushing does not remove all of the bacteria that can get in between your teeth and around your gums.
Bacteria that is left in between your teeth and around your gums increase your likelihood of developing tooth decay and cavities. Not only are cavities and decay a possibility, but gum disease is another dental health problem that can occur due to a lack of flossing. This is why flossing is so important for your oral health.
To protect your teeth and gums, brushing and flossing every day is necessary. Dental health problems do not just affect your mouth, but can also have an impact on your overall health. Be sure to click here to learn how to properly floss your teeth.
Dentist in Strongsville, OH
When was the last time you went to the dentist? If you have any unused dental benefits, now is a great time to have any work completed before the new year. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH today!
We all know of the negative health effects of junk food, but these sweets can also lead to severe dental health issues that can affect your overall health.
The large amounts of sugars normally found in sweets can cause cavities, increasing your risk of gum disease. Gum disease, along with weakening your bone structure, can cause a systemic inflammatory response which has the possibility of increasing your risk of inflammatory conditions such as heart disease.
Soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, candy and flavored water contain high fructose corn syrup, which is bad for your teeth as well as the rest of your body. You should also be careful of “diet” drinks. These drinks still have high acidic levels that damage tooth enamel. By limiting the number of these kinds of foods and drinks you consume, you will have a better chance of avoiding dental health issues.
Visit the American Dental Association for more information on oral health.
Are you overdue for a dental visit?
Besides proper dental hygiene at home and healthy eating, visiting the dentist regularly is critical for maintaining a healthy mouth. If you are due for a routine dental exam, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni today!
Germs that can create gingivitis, tooth decay and gum disease live in groups. When these groups of germs are broken up by brushing they become much less problematic. These groups of germs not only have the ability to create dental health issues, but they also produce foul odors. An unclean tongue can be the reason for halitosis, or bad breath, since these odors are produced by germs.
Cleaning your tongue is one of the best ways to fight bad breath as well as the harmful germs in your mouth that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Sometimes, a tongue scraper may be recommended to help prevent halitosis. One of the best times to brush your tongue is in the morning when you brush your teeth.
Some quick brushing tips:
Tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from gumline.
Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.
Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
Are you concerned about bad breath?
If you experience bad breath, do not ignore it. Bad breath can be linked to a number of dental health issues. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH to discuss proper hygiene and treatment for bad breath.
Saliva is highly important for maintaining the acid/base balance in your mouth. Saliva is produced by salivary glands which we find in our cheeks and under the tongue. These glands create two types of saliva, serous saliva, and mucoid saliva.
Serous saliva is the wet and watery form and mucoid saliva is more thick and sticky. Mucoid saliva provides proteins that are key in the beginning stages of digesting our food. Serous saliva mostly creates chemicals to buffer your mouth.
As we get older, serous saliva production slowly decreases. When we do not have enough serous saliva, we experience xerostomia, also called dry mouth. Our mouths become more acidic as a result of dry mouth, and acidity is what causes tooth decay.
Xerostomia is also a result of things such as medication and chemotherapy. Because chemotherapy slows the multiplication of rapidly reproducing cells, the cells in the salivary gland are affected.
The best thing you can do for your mouth is to get regular dental exams and maintain proper at-home care, including brushing and flossing. The mouth goes through changes as we age, and your dentist can offer some advice to fight the effects of dry mouth which may include frequent fluoride treatments and fluoride toothpaste.
Are you concerned about cavities?
If you would like to learn more about cavity prevention and care for dry mouth, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni to discuss what can be done to keep your mouth and teeth healthy.