This four-part article series discusses 8 important tips for good oral health over and above the standard brushing, flossing and rinsing regime.
Welcome to the third installment of this four-part article series on the efforts we can make – over and above brushing and flossing – to keep our oral health in beautiful lifelong condition. In our previous article post, Part 2, we spoke to a Stamford dental implants specialist who explained the following two important tips to us:
3. Get dental healthcare that is appropriate for your age: Be aware that young children, even babies, require periodic professional dental check-ups. At the other end of the age spectrum, elderly people should be extra careful about looking after their teeth and gums considering the greater risk of tooth loss.
4. Cut down on sugar: Sugar fuels bacterial activity and bacteria produce acidic by-products. The combination of sugar and acid takes a substantial toll on the health of your teeth and gums, which is why it’s so important for Stamford residents to minimize sugar intake.
In this article, the third installment of the series, we shall be looking at the next two bits of advice Stamford dental implants specialists have for us...
5. Give Tobacco the Kick
Oh you’ve heard this one before… but not from your dentist. Usually it’s your doctor giving you the third degree about your nicotine addiction. This time, it’s the Stamford dental implants specialist – the professional who gives patients new teeth because their original ones were lost to gum disease – who is bringing your attention to the importance of kicking the habit. The chemicals in cigarette smoke don’t only discolor your teeth, turning them a most unattractive shade of yellowy brown, they also thicken the blood and impede saliva production.
“The effects of smoking on the mouth serve to decrease your immunity to infection and slow your recovery from injury or surgery,” explains the Stamford dental implants specialist. “This means that any dental work you do have done is less likely to be successful or last as long, which is ironic because it’s often smokers that require dental work owing to the damage this habit does to their teeth and gums.”
Smoking also irritates the soft tissues in the mouth, causing them to become red and inflamed. It causes a build-up of plaque on the teeth, destroys the jawbone supporting the teeth and leads to an increased risk of gum disease and oral cancer. “The vast majority of ex-smokers who have quit sought some kind of support or help, be it therapy or medicinal. Speak to your doctor about what cessation programs are available in your city.”
6. Use the Correct Toothbrush
Modern supermarkets offer a staggering variety of just about everything and the oral hygiene aisle is no different. With toothbrushes in every conceivable color and shape, most Stamford residents find themselves simply opting for the cheapest brush. While you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a decent toothbrush, there are a couple of attributes you should be on the lookout for...
1. Go for soft to medium bristles. “Hard bristles can erode your dental enamel and irritate your gums,” says a Stamford dental implants specialist.
2. Make sure your toothbrush has a comfortable grip. You’ll be inclined to brush for longer if you don’t struggle to hold it in place.
3. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or when it starts looking frayed. Bent bristles are totally ineffectual at cleaning your teeth and gums.
4. Replace your toothbrush after a bout of the flu or any other viral infection to prevent making yourself sick again.
Stay Tuned for Part 4...
To read some final advice from Stamford dental implants specialists about the various things we can do to help prevent ourselves from ever needing new teeth, stay tuned for the fourth installment of this article series.