In the last few years, as a result of the recent Pandemic, more and more people began making commitments to their health. Good overall health was one of the best ways to combat getting a serious form of COVID – so the motivation this had on a good chunk of the population was remarkable. One area of health and wellness that went largely neglected, however, was oral health.
This month, our team at Highlands Ranch Dental Group wants to shed some light on oral health – as April is National Oral Health Month and National Oral Cancer Awareness Month. As we attempt to move toward a healthier society, one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to attend to our dental needs.
The Dos and the Don’ts
Whether you have good dental hygiene already, you could use a few improvements, or you have not seen a dentist since pre-Gulf War (the first one), it is time to start heeding the advice of the dental professionals.
- DO Brush Twice for Two. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice per day for at least two minutes each time, and we could not agree more. Brushing less leaves bacteria on your teeth that will cause tooth decay and brushing any more can actually lead to enamel loss, gum inflammation, and more frequent trips to the drugstore to buy toothpaste.
- DO Use Good Tools. Invest in soft-bristled toothbrushes (they don’t cost more than hard-bristle), purchase fluoride toothpaste, find floss picks or string, and buy an ADA-approved mouthwash.
- DO Visit the Dentist Twice Per Year. Your dentist may recommend more visits than just two, but starting by visiting the dentist every six months for a cleaning, a set of x-rays, and an exam (which will include an oral cancer screening) is the best way to prevent oral and dental disease.
- DON’T Consume Too Much Sugar. A sugar diet is bad for a number of reasons, but sugar on the teeth is serious. Sugar ‘bugs’ or bacteria cause serious tooth decay and cavities which lead to gingivitis, periodontitis, tooth loss, jaw bone impacts, and more. Skip your afternoon soda and stick with water.
- DON’T Use OTC Whiteners. If you want white teeth, avoid the over-the-counter options as these contain dangerous chemicals that cause enamel erosion and tooth sensitivity, and if ingested can make you very sick. Opt for in-house dental whitening at our clinic instead for a safer alternative.
- Bonus: DON’T Use Tobacco. Tobacco is the leading cause of oral cancer. It causes yellow teeth, bad breath, disease, decreased lung function – and the list goes on. Do yourself a favor and don’t use it.
A Step in the Right Direction
If you are ready to commit to health – don’t forget the dentist! Schedule an appointment with our professional and experienced dentists at Highlands Ranch Dental Group today. New patients can be seen for their first exam, set of x-rays, and cleaning for just $59! Let’s kick oral cancer in the teeth!