Most of you probably visit the dentist every six months for your cleanings and exams. But cleanings and exams are not the only time you should see the dentist.
Most of you probably visit the dentist every six months for your cleanings and exams. But cleanings and examinations are not the only time you should see the dentist. If you notice any of the following issues, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can.
Saliva is our bodies natural cavity fighter, and if you suffer from dry mouth, you’re at an increased risk of developing cavities. If your mouth feels dry, be sure to contact your dentist to discuss what may be causing this issue.
Pain or Sensitivity
Pain or sensitivity should not be ignored. These feelings may be a sign of dental health issues. The earlier you can treat them, the more manageable they are.
Common dental restorations such as crowns, fillings or dentures should be monitored to make sure there are no issues.
Gums that bleed, are inflamed, or bright red should be checked out by your dentist. Even individuals that have a family history of gum disease can benefit from frequent visits to monitor their gums.
If something doesn’t seem right
Besides the above issues, if you ever feel like something is not right, you should contact your dentist. It is much better to be safe and let your dentist check for any issues rather than just ignoring them.
If you would like to read more reasons why you should see the dentist, this article is a good reference.
If you are due for a cleaning or notice any dental issues, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.
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.
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.