Archive for July, 2011

Give a Dirty Mouth a Brush

There are an estimated 800 to 1,000 different kinds of bacteria in the human mouth. Because of the warm and moist environment with the hard tooth surfaces and soft tissues, the mouth is ideal for germ growth. Many of these bacteria are harmful to the teeth and can cause cavities, gingivitis, and eventually could cause gum disease. The best way to get a clean mouth is by brushing twice a day in addition to daily use of floss and a mouth rinse. These three preventive measures will help to reduce dental plaque and will kill germs in the mouth. The recommended toothpaste to use is one that contains tricolsan. It has been shown to help inhibit plaque and gingivitis and out perform the fluoride-only toothpastes. Germs in the mouth are also linked to unpleasant breath. Killing germs in the mouth is important for your dental health by minimizing the likelihood of cavities and gum disease as well as bad breath. A clean mouth is a healthy mouth, and who wouldn’t want fresh breath?

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Important Health Considerations

Everyone knows that a woman’s hormones can cause bloating, irritability, moodiness, and the occasional hot flash or emotional outburst. A recent study by the Academy of General Dentistry states that one’s oral health is also hormone-dependent. As hormonal changes occur throughout a woman’s life she also experiences changes in her oral health. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause can all have an effect on a woman’s oral health. Fluctuations in hormones during puberty can make gums more susceptible to gingivitis, Menstruation can aid in the development of canker sores and cold sores, and dry mouth is a very common symptom during pregnancy or menopause, just to name a few. Together a woman and her dentist can create a treatment or prevention plan that specifically suits that woman’s needs and her stages in life.