Doctors of Oral Health

Doctors of Oral Health

Three Steps to Good Oral Health

Posted on February 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

When it comes to oral hygiene, many people believe that brushing their teeth once a day, usually in the morning, is sufficient. This is far from the truth and research has shown that maintaining good oral hygiene can dramatically improve your way of life. Poor oral hygiene leads to bad breath, broken teeth, infections, missing teeth and more, which directly affects the way we lead our lives and function, not to mention what and how we eat. What makes matters worse is that new research indicates that poor oral hygiene is directly related to heart disease, diabetes, strokes and even low-weight babies at childbirth and pre-term labor, due to the bacteria in the mouth leaking into the bloodstream. Below are 3 simple steps that you can follow to ensure good oral health for you and your family.

Step 1 – Visit your Dentist Regularly – He/She Misses You

Only a trained professional can help you spot the wrong you are doing to your teeth and gums. Regular check-ups with your dentist will help you treat the current problems you have in your mouth, as well as prevent problems that may arise in the future. Your trained professional will look for signs of oral disease, dental cavities and more. It is also said that some cancerous lesions start in the mouth, so making the time for regular trips to your dentist may just save your life.

Step 2 – Follow a Strict Oral Hygiene Regime on a Daily Basis

If you are not using fluoride based toothpaste, you need to get some right away. Fluoride toothpaste is the only dental hygiene product that properly removes bacteria and plaque that causes gum disease (periodontal disease), dental cavities, and proximal caries. You need to make sure that you brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day – more if possible.

Flossing is also a major part of good oral health. Many people forget to floss, or just don’t bother doing it. Flossing at least once a day will dramatically increase your oral health. Without flossing you are only cleaning about 2 thirds of the surface of your teeth, leaving the bacteria and plaque to wreak havoc on the rest of your teeth and gums. Make flossing a ritual before you brush your teeth in the morning.

Step 3 – Eat Well for Good Strong Teeth and Gums

Eating healthily is not only good for your general well-being; it is also good for your oral health. Many nutrients that your body receives from healthy food are used to ward of cavities in your mouth and keep your gums healthy. Doctors also recommend that you stay away from too much candy and sticky sweets, and cut down on the amount of sugar in your diet if you want to maintain a healthy mouth. Another thing to remember is the 5-a-day rule for fruits and veggies, as these stimulate the salivary flow which aids in the re-mineralization of decaying teeth.

If you are looking to maintain your oral health, doctors also recommend that you do not touch tobacco products and cut down on your alcohol consumption. The use of these products individually may lead to some mouth cancers, and if used in combination will have an even greater effect on, not only your oral hygiene, but your general well-being as well.

Effects of Smoking on Oral Health

Posted on February 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

We’re all very aware that cigarette smoking has a potentially disastrous effect on our health. From heart disease and cancer to emphysema, cigarette smoke is known to cause a variety of very serious and deadly diseases. Yet, the full effects of smoking on health are often overlooked; and in fact, cigarette smoking also negatively impacts your oral health. Indeed, tobacco smoking is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.

The effects of smoking on health are well documented, and smoking tobacco can have a significant effect on the appearance and health of your mouth and gums. Just a few of the dental problems associated with smoking include:

  • Halitosis (or bad breath)
  • Staining or discolouration of the teeth
  • Inflammation of the salivary glands
  • Advanced buildup of tartar and plaque on the teeth
  • Bone loss in the jaw
  • Increased risk of mouth cancers and leukoplakia
  • Increased risk of gum disease
  • Slower healing of gum tissue
  • Increased risk of complications following tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, oral surgery, and dental implants

In addition, there are a number of serious oral and general health concerns that often result from cigarette smoking:

  • Oral and pharyngeal cancers
  • Lung cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Tooth decay
  • Premature aging
  • Sores or lesions in the mouth

There are some sobering statistics that support the negative relationship between tobacco smoking and oral health. For example, nearly 90% of patients suffering from mouth, lip, tongue, or throat cancer use tobacco products. Furthermore, continued and increased use of these tobacco products significantly increases the risk of developing these cancers. Similarly more than a third of patients who continue to smoke after remission of oral cancers will develop second cancers of the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat.

Unfortunately, even exposure to smokeless tobacco products is dangerous for your oral health. Cigars, cigarettes, snuff, and chewing tobacco are all associated with an increased risk of oral cancer, cancer of the throat and esophagus, and other aesthetic effects of tobacco consumption (e.g. stained teeth and gum disease).

Smoking and Gum Disease

Smoking cigarettes is a major contributor to gum disease, as smoking weakens the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. Recent research suggests that smoking disturbs the normal functioning of gum tissue cells making smokers significantly more susceptible to periodontal or gum disease and infection. Moreover, smoking cigarettes prevents proper blood flow to the gums which may slow healing.

Ultimately, in order to maintain good overall health and proper oral health, dentists and doctors will always recommend quitting smoking and ceasing the consumption of smokeless tobacco products. Still, regardless of how long you have smoked or used other tobacco products, quitting will have an immediately positive impact on your health.


A Critical Review of WebMD – Oral Health

Posted on February 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

Many people have heard of the WebMD website. For years it has been a source of accurate helpful information. The website covers many health issues including dental and oral health. If you’re looking for answers to dental questions it is a great resource.

Many topics such as gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath are covered in great detail. You will learn what the symptoms are as well as treatment and prevention. The information is accurate and often there are photos or animated drawings to help inform you. There is an enormous amount of information and it is presented in many ways which helps to make it interesting. Don’t be surprised if you end up spending much more time than it takes to research one issue. You will likely think of several other topics you would like to learn something about. They use short articles, diagrams, photos, drawings and videos to inform and educate. One of the reasons the site is so popular and people come back to it time and time again is that it is very interesting and easy to navigate. Here is a list of some of the video topics.

Oral pain & Injuries
Budget Dental Care
Cosmetic Dentistry
Diabetes & Dental Care
Childrens Dental Care
Orthodontics & Braces
Oral Health Myths

When you have a question and want an answer right away this site will be very helpful. Keep in mind that this site and it’s information should not take the place of a consultation with your dentist or doctor when you have a serious or urgent condition.

One very interesting feature is the oral health evaluator. It only takes a few minutes and it is very easy to use. It
is like having someone answer your specific questions. On the topic you choose. When you are finished you
will have answers to your questions and a plan or ideas to use in the future regarding the topic you chose.
Some of the topics are

preventing tooth decay
fresh breath
improving daily hygiene

As you click through the evaluator you will answer questions with a click of the mouse. When you are finished you will receive the detailed information mentioned above. This feature makes WebMD-oral health more than just a generic information site. It personalizes the report and that makes it more valuable to you. Now that it has been established that there is a link between your oral / dental health and your overall health it is more important than ever to be knowledgeable and proactive with your oral health. WebMD-oral health helps you do that. With it’s insightful and interesting articles and information it has become one of the most popular and trusted sources of information.

Because of this it is no surprise it so popular. For most people their first visit is not their last.