These simple tips can help keep your mouth healthy even when you’re not!
Concentrating on your dental health is probably not your top priority when you’re sick, but it is important to keep your teeth healthy even when you’re not feeling well. Besides brushing and flossing, what else should you do?
Buy sugar-free cough drops
As we know, sugar is harmful to our teeth. When you buy cough drops, be sure they are sugar-free. Since cough drops stay in your mouth for an extended amount of time, the sugar can mix with bacteria in your mouth, producing acid that will harm your teeth.
Possible dry mouth
A side-effect of many medications is dry mouth. Dry mouth is an issue that can lead to dental health issues such as decay and gum disease. If your medication is causing you dry mouth, be sure to drink plenty of water.
Replacing your toothbrush
Germs from the flu can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours. If you want to be extra safe, it may be a good idea to use a new toothbrush once you feel better.
It can be difficult to focus on dental health when you’re not feeling well, but it is important to continue brushing and flossing every day. If you are due for a cleaning or have any questions about your dental health, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni.
Water is not only a good beverage for removing waste from our body, giving our skin a healthy glow and distributing nutrients, water is also beneficial to our dental health.
There are a number of things that water does to help keep our mouth clean, including:
• Water helps clean some of the bacteria from our mouth that can harm our teeth
• Fluoride in water has been shown to protect children’s teeth from cavities
• Water helps fight the issues associated with dry mouth
You want to make sure that you’re practicing proper dental hygiene every day. Water is a good beverage for helping us keep our mouth healthy but it is not a substitute for brushing and flossing.
If you are due for a cleaning or have any questions about your dental health, such as issues with dry mouth, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.
Many of us probably visit the dentist twice per year. Although visiting the dentist every 6 months is typical, there are some individuals that may need to go more often. Here’s what Dr. Aerni says about this topic:
It depends on the patient’s periodontal health. How quickly the patient builds up biofilm, aka Tartar. Each patient is different. Some patients are seen every 3 months 4 times a year, some 4 months 3 times year, and others 6 months 2 times a year.
If a patient presents with bleeding inflamed gums and is using an electric brush (Oral B or Sonicare) and Waterpik, maybe more frequent visits, because of the patient’s biochemistry. Our office evaluates the patient’s periodontal health at every visit.
This is the most important care a patient can receive from their dental health provider in order to achieve the goal of oral health for a lifetime. This can only be achieved with a team working together patient, hygienist, and doctor. Research shows a healthy mouth can add 8 years to a person’s life.
If you are due for a cleaning or have any questions about your dental health, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH. Following your appointment, you can discuss how often you should be scheduling dental appointments.
Do you know why soda is bad for our teeth?
As the weather gets nicer, you may be tempted to grab a soda to quench your thirst. Much has been discussed about the negative health effects associated with soda consumption, like weight gain and diabetes, but what does soda do to the health of your teeth?
The sugar content in soda is one of the main issues. Sugar mixes with bacteria in our mouth; this increases your chances of dental issues such as cavities and gum disease. Even if you drink sugar-free soda, it still contains acid that wears away your tooth enamel. This acid is especially harmful to kids and teens because their enamel is not fully developed. To quench your thirst and keep your mouth healthy, the best option is to drink water.
For a healthy mouth, be sure to practice proper dental hygiene and schedule routine visits to the dentist. If you’re due for a cleaning or have any dental health concerns, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.
A popular procedure our patients ask us about is teeth whitening.
Many people wish to enhance their smile and brighten their teeth. Before we discuss the teeth whitening procedure, we want to first address what can cause your teeth to become discolored in the first place.
Injury: When one or more of your teeth are injured, such as a cracked or bruised tooth, it may become discolored.
Diet: What you eat and drink can have an impact on the brightness of your teeth. Coffee, tea, and foods containing food coloring can all stain your tooth enamel.
Tobacco: Any form of tobacco use can stain your teeth. Not only does tobacco stain teeth, it also increases the amount of plaque in your mouth.
Age: Tooth discoloration can occur naturally as well. As we age, your tooth enamel can wear down, exposing the inner part of your tooth. This will cause your teeth to have a yellow tint.
Medications: A common side effect of certain medications is tooth discoloration.
In our next post, Dr. Aerni will discuss the teeth whitening procedure that he uses at his office. If you are interested in teeth whitening and would like to learn more, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today.
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.