Archive for June, 2011

Bottled Water

Your oral health depends on many factors, one of which is how much fluoride you receive. Fluoride has been proven to be a major factor in the prevention of tooth decay and promoting oral health. It comes in the form of toothpaste, mouthwash, food, water, and professional fluoride products. Many of us drink bottled water for various reasons, including the taste, or as a convenient means of hydration,. however, some bottled waters contain fluoride and some do not. Also, certain types of home water treatment systems can reduce the fluoride levels in your tap water. If you mainly drink bottled water and you are not getting enough fluoride from other sources, you may eventually wind up with more cavities than you would if you only drank fluoridated tap water. You’ll also find that using fluoride regularly is very cost-effective. Talk to your dental professional for ways to continue enjoying the taste of bottled water, yet still get the fluoride that you need for preventing cavities.

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Cancer

Over a third of the one-point-two million Americans diagnosed with cancer every year may develop painful oral complications from their treatment. If you are undergoing cancer treatment, you may be unaware that a dental examination is a critical step in maintaining your overall health. Someone who receives radiation therapy of the head and neck area may develop certain oral complications, including dry mouth…lesions…hypersensitive teeth… rapid tooth decay… and difficulty swallowing. To help prevent, minimize, and manage such problems, your dentist and oncologist should work together during treatment. He or she may recommend gently brushing your teeth twice daily as well as using a mouthrinse. If you develop dry mouth, your dentist may recommend an artificial saliva replacement. Any mouth infection may have serious implications, so contact your dentist or physician as soon as possible.