There are many aspects of modern dentistry that have ties back to ancient times. From primitive toothbrushes to tooth fillings in ancient Egypt, we’ve learned and progressed significantly from practices originally used thousands of years ago.
However, what if we told you chewing gum history is just as storied as some of the practices mentioned from ancient Egypt? In fact, there’s evidence that Europeans chewed birch bark tar more than 9,000 years ago as a way to relieve toothaches. Will you ever look the same at those colorful packages lining the grocery store checkout? Chewing gum for dental health is a practice that has transcended millenniums while helping to cure dry mouth or relive pain. Keep reading as we unpack the chewing gum’s sticky history!
The history of chewing gum
There’s evidence that chewing gum actually dates back more than 9,000 years. Originally the substances chewed had medicinal purposed and were thought to receive toothaches or quench thirst. Some cultures even had strict social constraints on who could chew gum. For instance, in many societies, kids and single women could chew it in public while married women were allowed to only do it in private as a way to freshen their breath. Men, on the other hand, had to chew gum in private and used it solely as a way to clean teeth.
Fast forward to the 19th century where Europeans began to use products that local Indians already used as part of their cultures. By 1850 this led the first chewing gum factory to be opened. The original gum was made from spruce tree resin boiled down and coated with cornstarch. Unfortunately, the combination was less than ideal, and led subsequent produces to use paraffin wax instead of spruce tree gum. Once again, the products evolved, and chicle was substituted for paraffin wax. This combination of ingredients worked so well that it remained largely unchanged until the mid-1900s.
In 1928, bubble gum made its first entrance onto the market. This product was different than other chewing gums since it was made with the purpose of blowing bubbles. After more than a decade of comic failures, Flank Fleer finally created what we know as Double Bubble.
Today, the market is full of different varieties of gum. From dental chewing gum to the gum that comes inside lollipops, there is something out there for everyone. In 2017 over 72.04 million Americans chew at least one stick of spearmint flavored gum—the most popular flavor on the market. Peppermint, wintergreen and fruit flavors fill out the next three spots. Although it took over a decade to produce, bubble gum is one of America’s least favorite flavors with only 22 million people chewing it.
Dentists have long recognized the oral health benefits of chewing gum. Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum after a meal can help rinse off harmful acids and help prevent potential of tooth decay. In addition, chewing gums helps to stimulate up to ten times as much as saliva in your mouth as an otherwise unoccupied mouth (dry mouth can lead to significant oral health problems since bad bacteria are able to infiltrate gum lines easier).
Finally, chewing gum can prevent the growth of bad bacteria that causes cavities since one of the main ingredients in gum—xylitol—causes the mouth to become inhospitable to these bacteria. It’s due to these benefits that the American Dental Association has put its seal of approval on sugar-free gums. If you’re in a pinch after a meal and need something to freshen your breath or otherwise don’t have the opportunity to brush, popping in some sugar free gum is a great and long-since popular option!
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We all want to invest in our children and ensure they’re able to live up to their full potential. Whether by choosing the best schools or investing for college, as parents we are constantly evaluating our child’s needs.
With regards to their health, we also invest in their future by ensuring that they receive a healthy diet and get enough activity in their day. And while we first think about health as it relates to diet and nutrition, it’s important to not overlook your children’s dental health.
As we commonly remind our adult patient, your oral health can affect your total body health. This is true for our pediatric patient population as well. While bi-annual check-ups are an essential part of investing in your child’s oral health, that is only part of the picture. As with anything in parenting, it’s also important to guide your child to independence and the sustainability of good habits. Below we will outline other healthy oral habits that will benefit your child in the long run.
Build an oral health routine EARLY
The phrase “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is closer to the truth than many people like to admit. It’s important to begin a comprehensive oral health regimen with your child early so the habit is engrained before they reach those defiant toddler years. This includes getting you infant used to something being in their mouth. Use a wet washcloth to gently wipe off the gums after a nighttime feeding. As they start to grow teeth, transition to a child-sized toothbrush with toothpaste and brush twice a day. Mouthwash isn’t encouraged until the elementary school years since it takes significant coordination to swish and not swallow, but when you think your child is mature enough to use it, incorporate that into their nightly routine. By the time your child is old enough to brush their teeth on their own, they should be in such a set routine that it would be weird to not brush their teeth at night.
Decrease the fear
While we love to see all our patients, we know everyone is not as excited to see us if it means going to a dental appointment—kids in particular. A recent poll indicated that one third of all adults admitted to not seeing the dentist in the past year. In addition, childhood cavities effect approximately 42% of children aged 2 to 11, and when left unfixed can result in damage to the gums and jaw that will follow them to adulthood. In order to combat these statistics, it’s on both the parents and on dental professionals to ensure your child is having a good experience and doesn’t suffer unwarranted anxiety about the visit. On our end, we make the visit as inviting as possible and interact with the child throughout the visit to reassure them of what we are doing. We ask parents to not project any anxiety on their children and possible offer an incentive for coming. Whether it’s a trip for ice cream (don’t forget to brush your teeth after!) or a small toy or gadget, having something to look forward to can make the whole process more enjoyable.
Make it fun
We previously discussed how important a tooth brushing routine is, but one component that can really make it stick is making the experience fun. Whether that’s a special trip to the store to pick out a new toothbrush with their favorite character on it, or toothpaste in bubblegum flavor, don’t let adult rigidity get in the way. The bedtime routine can also be a great opportunity to invest in time together and create memories. Try letting your child brush your teeth before you brush theirs, or make up silly songs together to pass the time. If you child looks forward to their oral health routine, it increases the likelihood it will stick.
Investing in your child’s oral health is an investment in a happy future. From brushing to braces and everything in between, your child’s smile is an import social aspect of their life. Keep it bright and white for life by implementing a solid plan early.
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There are a lot of parents out there with college students who are entering final exam time. Whether it’s their first year or their senior year, there is still a lot of stress and little extra time to take care of life’s necessities.
This time of year is the perfect opportunity to send your student a care package. To take the hassle out of thinking what to include, we’ve provided a go-to list on what to put into the box! Remember to include extras since roommates will be looking to share!
Let’s start with the necessary items first. Since it’s the end of the year, school supplies might be running short. Include a couple of pencils, pens, highlighters and sticky notes. If your child is moving out of the dorm or having to pack up all their belongings for the summer, consider buying things cheap since all these items could get thrown away in the end of the year cleanup.
And speaking of that, if deep cleaning will need to take place prior to heading out for the summer, add supplies to the package. This will prevent your student from having to run to the store while also juggling studying, packing, and sleeping.
While chips and sweets may be fun to nibble on while pouring over books, it’s important your student maintains a healthy diet. Nuts—specifically walnuts—are a top food for brain health. Visit the Vending Nut Company in Fort Worth to create a custom nut combination specifically tailored for your child. If you can’t make it to their store, they also sell gift tins that can be shipped directly. Dried fruits, granola bars and bottles of water are also great options to include.
In addition to healthy food, everyone loves a treat now and then. Finals are the perfect excuse to send a favorite treat! In addition to candy, consider treating them to themed iced cookies. You can order custom cookies featuring the college mascot or colors from local Fort Worth bakery, Haute Cakes and Cookies. If your student is local, Tiff’s Treats is another option and an easy way to send warm chocolate chip cookies and milk straight to the library!
In addition to the stress, the end of the year can get expensive. Between putting deposits down for new apartments and all the opportunities to go out with friends one last time, money can easily become tight. Include gift cards to your student’s favorite restaurants or coffee shops to help ease the financial burden.
Add a note
Finish the care package off with a note of encouragement. With tensions running high and stress from tests and papers piling up, a reminder of the support of your parents can mean a lot. No matter how old your child is, a sincere note can change their day. If your child is returning for the summer, remind them that you are happy to have them home. It can be hard to transition from the freedom of college back into the home with rules and curfews. Reminding them they are welcome and that you’re happy to have them will make the transition easier.
School is almost over and, with it, finals! If you have any favorites for care packages, make sure to let us know for our packages next year!
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We all understand the importance of oral health in adulthood since we only get one set of permanent teeth! What about baby teeth, though? Particularly from the frame of mind of a child.
Since baby teeth aren’t designed to remain with you throughout life, does it matter if a child gets a cavity or suffers from tooth erosion? Just like with your own teeth, it’s important to keep your child’s teeth healthy as well! The American Dental Association recommends you start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first one erupts and bringing them to the dentist around their first birthday. Tooth decay can affect everyone, so it’s important to practice good oral health to prevent any long-lasting problems.
We understand as a parent—especially parents of little ones—how much information you are inundated with about your child’s health. To help you understand what is most beneficial for their dental health, we have outlined your dental checklist to be on the lookout for!
Tooth erosion occurs when acids damage and dissolve the layers of enamel on a tooth. This erosion can cause permanent damage and discoloration to the tooth. The acid can occur from a variety of sources—anything from stomach acid to the food we eat.
When dentists notice baby teeth erosion, it’s typically a result of allowing children to go to bed with a cup of juice or milk (sometimes called milk bottle erosion) and not brushing their teeth after they finish their drink.
It’s important to limit the amount of juice your child drinks for several reasons. First, juice is high in natural and artificial sugar. This isn’t great for growing bodies and can lead to cavities. It’s recommended that children’s diet consist primarily of milk and water.
If you children does drink juice, it’s important to brush their teeth to prevent erosion. Tooth erosion can also be caused by a diet that lacks certain nutrients, or by medications that the child takes. Depending on the age and severity of the erosion, your dentist may recommend non-invasive treatments like sealants—or, if the erosion is severe, the tooth may need to be extracted. If your child suffers from baby teeth erosion, it is important to talk to your dentist to ensure the permanent teeth below remain healthy.
It’s estimated that more than 4 million preschoolers suffer from tooth decay. This is a result of higher-sugar foods in diets and the use of bottled water that doesn’t contain fluoride. While many cavities result from poor oral hygiene combined with high sugar diets, experts also say some children are predisposed to having more cavities than others. For instance, children with certain illnesses such as diabetes and asthma, or other chronic conditions, are more likely to have a cavity than their peers.
Children are not born with the bad bacteria in the mouth that eats away at the structure of the teeth and causes cavities. Instead, it’s generally transferred by a parent prior to age two by the transmission of salvia from a parent to the child. This could occur from sharing spoons or glasses with your child. While some people say their family has a history of bad teeth, there is some truth to that statement. You pass down the germs and bacteria that can cause tooth decay. If you, as the parent, know you have had numerous cavities, then it is important to schedule regular dentist appointments starting at six months for your child.
While it may seem better for children to experience cavities in their baby teeth since they fall out (as opposed to their permanent teeth), the truth is you need a healthy mouth in general to grow healthy adult teeth. This is why it’s important to have cavities filled and tooth decay addressed while your child is young.
If tooth decay starts to impact the gums, it can easily impact the teeth and bones beneath the surface. In addition, untreated tooth decay can lead to infections that need more medical intervention. To ensure your children have a lifetime of bright smiles, start brushing their teeth as soon as the first one erupts. Use a toothpaste with fluoride and ensure they aren’t going to bed with a bottle of milk or juice.
At our practice we love to see kids and help ensure they have a healthy mouth for life. If you have a little one, give us a call today for their first appointment!
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It’s never too late to give yourself the gift of a beautiful smile. Millions and millions of adults are unhappy with the way their teeth look—some have never had braces, and others had braces in their teenage years, but have since had their teeth shift. While many of us are familiar with traditional braces, their bulkiness and viability are a turn off for many professionals.
Thankfully, due to progressions in orthodontic technology, other products that can straighten teeth have hit the market. One of the most popular advances is Invisalign. An increasing number of our patients ask about this product, specifically if they are a candidate. To help all our patients out, we’ve created a short Fact Sheet on Invisalign. Let us know at your next appointment if this is something you’re interested in!
The basics—what is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a treatment process that relies on removable trays that, through a careful and gradual process, provide alignment correction of the teeth. Unlike traditional braces that rely on brackets and wires, Invisalign is made from clear, flexible plastic that fits snuggly over the teeth. This product is FDA-approved and is made from a patented thermoplastic.
Is it new?
Invisalign has been on the market for almost 20 years now and has built quite the reputation. While the idea of incremental movements with removable trays wasn’t “new,” Invisalign was nevertheless the first company to harness it and use new technologies to bring it market.
How long will it take?
On average, the typical treatment for an adult an average of twelve months, unlike traditional adult braces (which can take upwards of two years). Once you are fitted for the trays, you will wear them for 20-22 hours per day and change the trays out to a new set every two weeks. The aligners will gradually shift your teeth over the course of your treatment.
How do I get started?
After an initial consult with Dr. Marchbanks to ensure you’re a candidate, a customized treatment plan will be drawn up. First, 3-D images of your teeth will be taken to help map out the movement that will occur over the course of the treatment. These images are used to make aligners that mold perfectly to your teeth and mouth. After the first set of aligners are ready, you pick them up and start on this exciting process!
What is day–to–day life like?
Unlike traditional braces that easily collect food, you can take your Invisalign out when you eat! This means you don’t have to give up all the favorites that have been known to break brackets. To ensure your aligners stay fresh, brush them every morning and night. Many wearers forget they have them on during the day because they’re so comfortable and discreet. In fact, many professionals wear them to meetings and presentations without anyone even knowing.
What do I do when I finish?
After finishing your treatment course, your orthodontist might recommend retainers. This is important to keep your teeth from shifting back to their original positions. Unlike the retainers of yesteryear that are bulky and give you a speech impediment, there are new retainers made from the same technology as the Invisalign aligners. Low-profile retainers ensure you finish your treatment plan entirely and have a straight smile that lasts forever.
If you are looking for straighter teeth but are concerned about the look of traditional braces, then Invisalign might be the best treatment option. Take the first step today by giving us a call!
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With warmer weather and longer days, we are always looking for an excuse to get out of the house. While dining al Fresco is a great option for just spending time with friends, sometimes you need something a little different when smaller family members are around or if you want to include your furry family members!
When you’re put on the spot it can be hard to think of fun, new things to do for a night out. To help answer the “what-do-you-want-to-do” endless circle of questions, we’ve prepared the 2018 Spring Bucket List of Outdoor Adventures upcoming events in our metroplex!
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We understand it can be hard to find time after work to go to the gym. With school pick-ups and cooking dinner, then bedtime, it’s no wonder that you just want to crash on the couch by the time 8:30 hits. However, we also know the importance of exercise for both your oral and your overall health (yes, even for your oral health)!
Lack of exercise can lead to Type II diabetes, which can cause a host of health issues we treat including tooth decay and tooth loss. So, in order to get in those miles and raise your heart rate, we suggest getting in a lunchtime workout if you just can’t make it happen after work. Since many people have the opportunity to escape the office during the lunch hour, we have included our list of best tips and tricks on how to make this work and not come back a sweaty mess.
Since time is limited, it’s important to find a gym close to your office (if your office doesn’t have one of its own). If you’re looking for inspiration, try out Fort Worth’s many Orange Theory fitness locations for a heart pumping workout that will get you in and out fast.
Try looking for high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts that are meant to be shorter in duration, but only because you push yourself to the max in every set of exercises. BURN Dallas offers 45-minute classes at noon. Make sure to book ahead since this is a popular time.
In addition to choosing a gym with lunchtime options, it’s important to be prepared with all the things you will need to work out with. Pack a bag with your clothes, shoes and a pre-filled water bottle, and leave it in your car in the morning. This way you can easily move from work to workout. If you know how long it takes you change at the studio out of your work clothes, then don’t deviate from that routine. Keep your routine as consistent as possible to streamline it and shave off precious minutes.
How to freshen up after a lunch time workout is one of the biggest hindrances to incorporating this into your daily routine. Many gyms offer showers so you can quickly rinse off. Consider applying dry shampoo to your hair for another time-saving trick. If your gym doesn’t offer a shower, there are lots of fresh wipes on the market that you can wipe down with after your session, too. While it doesn’t fully make up for not showering, it will at least prevent you from stinking up a room.
We all know the cardiovascular benefits of working out, but what about the benefits to your mouth?
First, a higher body mass index (BMI) is correlated to oral health problems. For example, hypertension and diabetes reduce oxygen flow to the mouth, This leads to the constriction of blood vessels, which can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Studies have shown that individuals who maintained a healthy BMI were 40% less likely to have periodontal disease.
It’s our goal to keep our patients’ whole body healthy. Getting the daily recommended amount of exercise is one way to accomplish this goal. Working out combined with a healthy diet is good for your teeth as well as the whole body.
If you have any other tips to squeezing in a lunch time workout, leave us a comment!
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Have you ever met someone that was always smiling? Not the cheesy, fake smile, but a genuine and warm smile that made you feel like they noticed you and that you are important.
In my college, there was a notoriously hard Organic Chemistry professor…the type of instructor that you heard stories about from upper-classmen. He didn’t believe in curves, and he wasn’t afraid to fail a whole class. As you can imagine, his reputation preceded him.
When it was time to sign up for Organic Chemistry, I realized, much to my dismay, that his class time was the only one that was going to work in my schedule. I tried to rearrange all my classes, but in order to graduate on time, this was the section I would have to take.
On the first day of class I was positively filled with dread and fear. This professor could make or break me and my future professional career. While I had never met him, I imagined him to be a sullen grumpy type with a brooding personality. It was much to my surprise that, when he came in to the lab, he wore a huge smile across his face. In fact, it was a smile that didn’t leave his face the whole semester. Was the class difficult? Of course it was! In fact, it was the hardest I took in college. However, his smile every day proved his love of the subject and made me want to work hard to impress him.
I can’t say that I got an A in that class, but I did learn more than Organic Chemistry. I learned that a smile can change my outlook of a semester and push me to work harder than I had ever thought. In fact, this mean old professor turned out to be more than that—he turned out to be a mentor, friend and confidant. And thanks to his smile, he’s still someone I still look up to today.
What’s a smile mean?
A bright smile is something we’re drawn to. But did you know that it’s an indicator for more than just happiness? Studies have shown that, by measuring smiles, experts can predict wellbeing in marriages and a person’s ability to perform well on standardized tests as well as general happiness. Another study that looked at the smiles of baseball players on their cards was able to predict their lifespan. Players with wider smiles lived on average seven years longer. A smile is much more than just a facial expression—it’s a window into your wellbeing.
One of our favorite facts about smiling is that children smile more than 400 times per day. It has been said that children laughing is one of the sweetest sounds, and that might be because it has been proven to be contagious.
Have you ever tried to frown when you’re looking at someone smiling? It is nearly impossible. The muscles in our face actually prevent us from doing it. Looking at someone smiling is literally more powerful than our own voluntary muscle movements.
Smiling has been proven to significantly improve your life and the lives of those around you. Smiling makes you appear more trustworthy and genuine and causes those around you to smile, too. This is important for both your professional and personal life. A good smile can help you land new jobs or find the “perfect someone.” It can help lead you to a life with greater happiness overall.
While I wish I could remember all the formulas and tidbits of knowledge from that Organic Chemistry class, as the years pass the small details have gotten pretty fuzzy. However, one thing that I will always remember is the drive and passion of my professor, all from behind that motivating set of teeth. He drove me to be the person I am today by learning how to do work hard, persevere, and do it all with a smile.
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Getting braces, whether as a child, teen, or adult, requires strict and diligent adherence to good oral health. While you might feel like you’re spending tons of time at the orthodontist, that time in the chair doesn’t allow for slacking at home with forgone brushing or flossing. Since plaque and other bacteria can easily become trapped inside and around the brackets and wires of braces, tooth decay can easily occur and go undetected.
In addition to maintaining a good tooth cleaning routine, it’s also important to eat foods that will benefit your teeth and not set you back in your treatment, whether it be as a result of broken wires or cavities. We have comprised a list of foods that are good to eat with braces as well as those that should be avoided! Take a look.
If you’re looking for something quick to eat, it’s important to choose items that are soft in texture for the sake of your braces. This is especially important after you get your braces tightened and your teeth are sore.
Experiencing pain isn’t a free-for-all to eat carb-dense food just because it is soft, however. Remember that carbs turn into sugar that spur bad bacteria growth on your teeth! Instead, turn to calcium-rich foods such as milk, yogurt and cheese.
Since braces are attached to the enamel on your teeth, it’s important you keep your teeth strong so the braces can do their job. Increasing your calcium intake will help boost your enamel, too. It is also important to remember to eat protein-dense meals. These meals will keep you full longer and help keep you from snacking later. While dentists typically recommend nuts as a good source of protein, and a natural exfoliator for your teeth, we would suggest staying away from hard nuts (such as almonds) since they could harm or break your braces. Instead, incorporate soft meats such as chicken, turkey and fish into your diet.
Finally, fruits and vegetables are always a good option! Try streaming vegetables on days where your teeth are especially sore. Soft fruits such as kiwi, peaches and tangerines are easy to eat and provide a high nutritional benefit.
And here’s the best trick…no one expects you to avoid dessert during the course of your treatment! Treating yourself to soft-serve or other ice creams (without add-ins like bubble gum) are a good way to relieve pain after orthodontist appointments and stick to the “soft foods” rule.
Any food that is tough or chewy should be minimized or eliminated during your treatment. This includes foods like pizza crust, or raw vegetables like carrots or celery. While raw vegetables are normally recommended by dentists for the natural cleaning effect on the teeth, with braces, they are too hard and could break wires or brackets.
Tough meats such as beef jerky or undercooked meat that makes it difficult to consume can also be problematic for those with braces. Just like with crunchy foods, these meats could do measurable damage in your mouth.
Finally, avoid chewing on non-food items (including ice!) for the duration of your treatment. This could include pens, pencils or nails. Many times, we unconsciously gnaw on our pen out of stress or boredom, however this could adversely impact your braces and set you back on your treatment.
Hard candies are bad for your teeth whether you have braces or not. While we would advocate for everyone to ditch these tooth-destroyers, those with braces need eliminate them most of all. The sugar in these candies can get lodged behind brackets, out of reach of any toothbrush, and lead to tooth decay. In addition, you may be tempted to bite down on the candy and cause serious destruction to your braces.
Sticky foods are just as bad as hard candy. Taffies and caramel can get stuck in the wires and be nearly impossible to remove.
Getting braces is a great catalyst to help you clean up your diet as well as your oral hygiene. Eating foods that promote strong teeth, healthy enamel, and reduce bad bacteria will ensure you have a bright, straight smile when you get your braces off.
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When you’re at the dentist or listening to commercials on TV, you commonly hear terms like “plaque” and “tartar” thrown around. While we’re all generally familiar with the concepts and know these two things are detrimental to our mouth, how much do we really know about how tartar and plaque occur and what can be done about it? Also, once you have it, how do you get rid of it?
In order to fully understand what is happening in our mouth, we will break down and demystify the harmful agents destroying your teeth and gum lines.
Are plaque and tartar the same thing?
Although the two terms are sometimes used together, plaque and tarter are two different dental issues. Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds on your teeth throughout the day. It increases as you eat, and sugary foods cause it to multiply even more quickly. To prevent plaque build-up, it’s important you brush and floss after every meal. The longer plaque remains on your teeth and gum line, the higher the likelihood of cavities and tooth decay.
Tartar occurs when tooth plaque is not removed. When plaque forms, it’s soft and can be removed by a toothbrush, while tartar is hard and can only be removed by a dentist. Tartar left on the teeth can cause discoloration, decay, and more severe periodontal diseases. While we love to see you every six months to catch up on family and life, we’re also encouraging you to come in so we can remove the tartar from your teeth. Early intervention is key to prevention!
“Everyone in my family has bad teeth”
Many patients commonly use their genes as an excuse for poor oral health. While family history always can play a role into making you predisposed to certain ailments, the truth about plaque is that environmental factors are much more likely to cause problems with this kind of build-up.
The number-one way to achieve plaque removal is by brushing your teeth. We all have bacteria in our mouths, and brushing early and often will remove the bad bacteria before it has the chance to adhere itself to your teeth.
Another misconception is that many people don’t think they need to brush their teeth in the morning since they did the night before and have not have anything to eat since. Aside from the threat of walking around with morning breath, it’s important to brush your teeth to kill that bacteria that grows overnight. Since saliva production decreases while you sleep, bacteria are given the perfect environment to grow and multiply.
Finally, your teeth can tell your dentist a lot about your diet. Foods that are heavy in sugar or carbohydrates increase the production of plaque. So, cleaning up your diet will also help clean your teeth.
I can’t always brush my teeth: Am I doomed?
We get it. It’s not always possible to brush your teeth right after you eat. If you find yourself in a situation where you’ll go hours without brushing, try eating tooth-friendly foods to naturally brush your teeth in the meantime. Choose crispy vegetables such as a salad filled with carrots and celery. These fibrous veggies act as a natural toothbrush and remove plaque while you are eating. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water to wash away any food that lingers. And finally, pop some sugar free gum when you’re done with your meal. This will keep your mouth from drying out and help to remove any lingering plaque from your teeth.
If your teeth are feeling grimy, that’s nature’s way of telling you it’s time to brush your teeth. Remember that plaque is a gateway to tartar, so it’s important to prevent plaque in the first place—or at least clean it up before it hardens into harmful tartar. Use these tips from above, and at your next six-month visit, we are sure we’ll see progress!
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