What is your favorite beverage to drink? Do you love a sugary coffee drink from your local coffee shop? Or perhaps you find yourself reaching for a soft drink in the heat of summer. Even though these choices may be delicious, it’s important to be sure to drink them on occasion and not frequently. You may be surprised at the amount of sugar in popular drinks such as specialty coffees, soft drinks, sports beverages, and even juice. It can be more than eating a candy bar!
At Caring Dental of Spotswood, we encourage our patients of all ages to be proactive about their dental health. This means maintaining an oral hygiene routine at home and visiting our office for routine hygiene examinations. While we know that our young patients need an adult’s help to do this, we want to encourage our teen patients to take more initiative with their oral health. We were once teens too, and we know how difficult this age can be. They are testing their wings and learning how to become functioning adults. Unfortunately, with this learning curve come some difficult times. From time to time, we see our teen patients put their oral health on the back burner, and we do not want to encourage this behavior.
At Caring Dental of Spotswood, we encourage all of our patients to be mindful about their oral health. Because we see our patients so infrequently during the year, the majority of caring for their oral health falls on their shoulders. You may be surprised to learn how quickly your oral health can deteriorate if you are not cleaning and caring for your teeth properly. It is very easy for tooth decay to develop leading to the need for treatment.
Are you or a loved one due for an oral hygiene examination appointment? Patients with an outstanding oral hygiene routine sometimes feel they don’t need to visit for routine appointments because they are cleaning their teeth thoroughly at home. Unfortunately, that is simply not true. Everyone, no matter how excellent their oral health is, should be visiting our office regularly for a routine examination and cleaning. Read on to learn more about why regular dental appointments are so important.
At Caring Dental of Spotswood, we want our patients to have excellent oral health that will last them a lifetime. Our set of teeth is the only one that we will have during our life, and it is important that we take proper care of them. Not only can this be done by maintaining regular appointments in our office, but also at home by making wise choices. We see patients so infrequently during the year that the majority of their oral health is in their hands. Aside from eating healthy foods, there are a few things you can do to ensure you have excellent oral health. They include:
We have exciting news! We are now seeing children ages three and up in our office for their oral health needs. We know that schedules are busy, especially when children are involved, and it can be difficult to schedule appointments for your family at various medical offices. We are thrilled we can take away some of that burden and welcome your entire family to our office for dental care. Read on to learn more about this exciting news and how to help prepare your child for their visit to our office.
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.
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.
Do you find yourself constantly reaching for a mint or gum to mask your breath? It is common to experience bad breath after enjoying certain foods such as coffee or an Italian feast full of garlic, but after you thoroughly brush your teeth, your breath should be fresh again. Bad breath can be a problem when you find yourself constantly dealing with the issue. It can be embarrassing and cause anxiety. Persistent bad breath is a sign that you are experiencing an issue with your oral health.
There is a disease that is running rampant through American adults, and while your thoughts probably immediately go to the pandemic situation that we are currently experiencing, we are referencing something that greatly affects your oral health: Gum Disease. Gum disease currently affects more than half of American adults. Since February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, we wanted to discuss the importance of taking care of your gum health and ways that you can help prevent this disease from affecting you or a loved one.