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.