How Pregnancy Can Affect Oral Health

Are you thinking about starting a family, are you pregnant, or have you recently given birth? It is such an exciting time to experience any of these stages. Whether you are planning out the future of your family, growing a new life, or adjusting to a life with a newborn, we know you probably aren’t thinking about your oral health. You may be surprised to learn that pregnancy can greatly impact the state of your oral health. Pregnancy hormones can make you more susceptible to decay and gum disease. Below are recommendations for dealing with your oral health during all stages of pregnancy.

What Is Dental Plaque And How Do We Clean It Off the Teeth?

Do you often find that your teeth feel slimy or fuzzy and not very clean? If so, you may have plaque buildup on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that coats the teeth and is caused by the bacteria from food and beverages that are introduced into the mouth. Plaque is easy to remove, but failure to do so properly can lead to a number of problems. When plaque is not removed from your mouth, it will continue to accumulate and turn into tartar. Tartar can lead to issues such as decay and gum disease.

Avoid The Post-Holidays Oral Health Blues This Year

With the arrival of November, we are entering into the holiday season, although certain stores have been decorated for Thanksgiving and the December holidays since August. So it may feel like the holiday season has been here forever. We know that many of our patients have exciting plans over the upcoming holidays, whether they are staying local to celebrate, traveling, or simply taking a much needed vacation. No matter what your plans, we want to encourage you to be mindful of your oral health. Not caring for your teeth properly over the holiday season can leave you with oral health issues in the new year. Read on for some tips on how to care for your teeth and avoid the post-holidays oral health blues.

Can Stress Affect Your Oral Health?

Many of us have stressful lives. It seems like we are always being pulled in different directions and have a long to-do list. Whether it is your career, family obligations, events with friends, or volunteering responsibilities, there is always something to keep us busy and on the move. Leading a stressful life is not ideal for your overall health. It can lead to serious health complications both now and in your future. You may be surprised to learn that your stress levels can also impact your oral health as well.

Getting Back To The Routine

We don’t know about you, but we cannot believe that October has arrived already. We know many of our patients are busy with fall family events such as sports, pumpkin picking, and preparing for Halloween. Even though your schedule is busy, we want to remind you about the importance of visiting our office for routine care. In fact, now is the perfect time to schedule your visit to be sure you see us before the end of the year. Read on to learn more.

Lifestyle And Oral Health

At Caring Dental of Spotswood, we care greatly about your oral and overall health. We see each patient for such a short time over the span of a year, and we want them to be able to care for their oral health properly. When a patient maintains their routine appointments and has an effective oral hygiene routine, it eliminates the likelihood of experiencing a dental emergency or the need for restorative treatments. There are certain lifestyle choices that can negatively impact your oral health, and while these habits might not be affecting your oral health now, they will most certainly lead to problems in the future. Here are lifestyle choices that can negatively affect your oral health:

Medications And Oral Health

Patients are often surprised to learn that, many times, there is a link between your oral and overall health. This is one of the reasons we request that patients update us on their medical history each time they visit the office. There are many conditions and medications that can affect your oral health and lead to complications in the future. The more we know about your overall health, the more we can prepare for the way we care for your oral health. For example, patients with certain heart conditions will need to take an antibiotic before treatment. Other medications may increase your likelihood of developing decay and other issues.

Be Prepared This Summer!

We don’t know about you, but we have been thoroughly enjoying the summer weather! There is nothing quite like a summer in New Jersey, with the endless number of activities right at our fingertips. While we hope you are having a summer full of fun, we want to remind you that accidents can happen at any time. Dental emergencies are last on the list of what we would expect, but it is always good to be prepared. Read on to learn more important information about dental emergencies.

Causes Of Bleeding Gums

Do you often see signs of pink or red when you brush your teeth? If so, you are experiencing bleeding gums. It is not uncommon to experience bleeding gums from time to time. It can happen from something as simple as food becoming trapped between the teeth and irritating the gums. However, if you frequently experience bleeding gums, it can be a sign you are experiencing an issue with your oral health that needs to be remedied sooner rather than later. Some possible causes of bleeding gums can include: