3 Dental Signs of Good Health

Nov 21st, 2012
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

If you ever have any questions concerning your health, it is always a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor.  However, trying to make it into your doctor’s schedule could take weeks or even months.

Since you are the best advocate for your own health, you need to make sure that you are taking care of yourself.  No one knows what is normal for you like you do.

Luckily, there are a few simple things you can check on your own to help monitor your health.  These quick and easy examinations are the simple way to assess your health and keep you in the best shape possible.

 

  1. Examine your saliva.  Sounds weird but stick with us.  Your saliva is a barometer for your dental health.  The liquid in your mouth should move freely and cover your teeth, gums, and tongue.  If your saliva is especially thick or barely there at all, you could begin to suffer from it.  A dry mouth is a breeding ground for tooth decay and oral infection.  If you’re lucky, the easy solution to thick saliva is to drink more water.  A healthy flow of water is good for your body and great for your mouth.  If that doesn’t work, there are mouth moisturizers that may help you.
  2. What color is your tongue?  If your tongue looks more pale than usual, you may be suffering from an iron deficiency.  Iron helps keep the immune system in working order so it is vital that you maintain a balanced level of it in your body.  If your iron deficiency is minor, it can be remedied by simply eating more iron-rich foods like kale, spinach, liver, eggs, and beef.  If your beef, liver, and kale salad doesn’t get your tongue looking right, you may want to see your dentist for more help.
  3. Your gums shouldn’t hurt.  This may seem like common knowledge but if your gums are in pain, it’s typically bad news.  Brushing your teeth should not automatically cause your gums to turn red and start bleeding.  Healthy gums actually enjoy a good cleaning.  Get on a routine of brushing your teeth when you wake up and before you go to bed and if your gums continue to hurt, see your dentist.  Painful gums could be a sign of gum disease which needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible.

By checking your oral health, you’re checking your overall health.  If you want a professional to check out your mouth, let us know at The Dental Center at Easton Town Center!

What's the Deal with Bottled Water and Fluoride?

Aug 28th, 2012
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

For decades, toothpaste commercials have told us that fluoride helps prevent tooth decay, but have you wondered what makes fluoride so special? Fluoride acts as an enzyme inhibitor. For this reason it is believed to help prevent cavities by literally poisoning the bacteria in the mouth. In fact, for many years, fluoride has been added to public water supplies in much of the U.S. to reduce tooth decay.

The deal with bottled water and fluoride is that according to the American Dental Association, the majority of bottled water on the market does not contain optimal levels (0.7-1.2 ppm) of fluoride. In addition, some types of home water treatment systems often reduce the fluoride levels in water supplies, essentially decreasing the decay-preventative effects of optimally fluoridated water.

There are a number of factors that affect whether or not you’re getting enough fluoride:
● The fluoride level in your bottled water, which can vary greatly by brand. If the fluoride content does not appear on the label, contact the company and ask.
● The amount of bottled water you drink during the day.
● Whether you use bottled water for drinking, cooking or reconstituting soups, juices and other drinks.
● Whether you also drink fluoridated water at school, work or elsewhere.

Good news! There are over 20 companies that produce fluoridated bottled water, such as Absopure, Mountain Park Springs, and Wisconsin Glacier Springs. In fact, some brands can be found in major stores, like Walmart. To be certain, make it a habit to read the product label for specific content.

Regardless, fluoride is not the end all cure all. It is always important to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and follow a daily oral health regimen.

“Fluoride alone cannot prevent all dental diseases. Be sure to brush and floss daily. Eat nutritious foods and snacks low in sugar. See your dentist regularly. You can enjoy a healthy smile for life.” (ADA 1991 brochure: Fluoride Help Prevents Tooth Decay)

For more information on whether you and/or your family are getting an adequate amount of fluoride in your daily diet, or to schedule a consultation/exam, contact the professional, friendly staff at The Dental Center at Easton Town Center today!