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Oral Hygiene Checklist

Oral Hygiene Checklist

February 3rd, 2020 Posted by Oral Health No Comment yet

Checking an item off a list can be a satisfying exercise in accomplishment and empowerment. One important list we all need to check off daily is our oral hygiene checklist. We all know we should brush and floss twice daily, but here are some other helpful tips and tricks for effective daily hygiene.

Keep it Clean

Brushing and flossing twice daily is a foundational daily task we all learn about from early ages on. If you have braces, invisalign, or dentures, you may need to be even more vigilant about cleaning your mouth and teeth. Don’t forget to brush your gums, tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth as well. This addition to your oral hygiene checklist can help prevent bad breath, and plaque build up.

To Rinse or Not To Rinse?

When brushing your teeth, remember to spit out remaining toothpaste, but avoid rinsing with water. This can dilute and wash away the remaining fluoride from your toothpaste, rinsing off the lasting effects of one of your most important daily oral hygiene checklist items. Rinsing away that fluoride can impede its effect on your enamel. If you must rinse your mouth after brushing, an alternative could be using a fluoridated mouthwash to rinse your mouth out instead.

Eat Well

Eating healthy foods that encourage oral health can mean avoiding foods that are high in sugars and acids. Also avoiding drinks that meet the same criteria, such as energy drinks or soft drinks. Instead, prioritize drinking water daily, and eat healthy fresh foods, such as crunchy fruits and vegetables.

Protect Yourself

Protect your teeth daily. If you play sports, a mouth guard may be a wise investment that saves you from costly mouth and jaw injuries.
Or, if you find yourself grinding and clenching your teeth at night, ask your dentist about a night guard that can protect your teeth.
There are many ways you can protect your teeth and mouth from injury, or harmful wear and tear.

Regular Dental Exams

Although not a daily task, it is important to see your dentist regularly. Your dentist can help you customize your daily oral hygiene routine for your specific needs and situation. Finding a dentist you trust is only the beginning of the investment in your daily oral health. Call our ElCampo Dental office today to set up your own dental exam. We can help you find the perfect daily oral hygiene checklist to meet your needs, and protect your oral health!

Gum sensitivity

5 Ways to Tackle Gum Sensitivity

January 3rd, 2020 Posted by Oral Health No Comment yet

Gum sensitivity can be uncomfortable and frustrating. Over half of U.S. adults 30 and over suffer from gum disease. There are many different things that can contribute to gum sensitivity. Here are 5 things you should know that can help you tackle the problem, and find the solution that works for you.

Take Care of Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene is the first defense against gum soreness and gum disease. Often gingivitis and Periodontitis are caused by plaque irritating the gums at and below the tooth line. Flossing and brushing well and often, using antiseptic mouth wash, and using a soft bristled brush can all help in maintaining gum health and may even be helpful to ease the gum sensitivity that you experience. You can also ask your dentist to recommend any products that will help with sensitive gums and teeth.

Say No to Smoking

Smoking isn’t just unhealthy, but it can contribute to sensitivity and soreness in your gums. It may also lead to gum disease in some cases.

Drink Water After Meals

Water can help maintain good oral hygiene, but is not a replacement for regular brushing and flossing. Drinking water can help wash away plaque causing remnants of sugars, acids, and food. Drinking water is one simple change that may very well improve your health, especially the health of your gums and mouth.

Eat Food Rich in Vitamin C

Vitamin C is your gum’s best friend, delivering nutrients that help them maintain their health and strength. A balanced diet rich in vitamin C and calcium can help maintain oral health and prevent gum sensitivity and gum disease.

Avoid Stress

Although easier said than done, curbing stress can affect your oral health beneficially. Prolonged periods of stress can release Cortisol, which increases inflammation throughout the body, including your mouth and gums. Taking time to relax and reduce stress isn’t just pleasant, it is a healthy habit that may be a help in reducing gum sensitivity.

Consulting with your dentist is a vital step in addressing gum sensitivity. Your dentist may be able to help pinpoint what is causing gum soreness, and help form a treatment plan that addresses your situation and concerns. Call our ElCampo Dental office and make an appointment if you are experiencing gum sensitivity and soreness. We would be glad to help you improve your oral health, so you can find plenty of reasons to smile!

Tooth enamel loss

Tooth Enamel Loss: What’s True?

December 2nd, 2019 Posted by Oral Health No Comment yet

Tooth Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, and yet it can be incredibly fragile. It protects our teeth, keeping them in a hard protective sheath. Tooth enamel loss can occur in a variety of ways, but once it is lost, it is gone, opening up our teeth to decay.

How Do I Know I’m Losing Enamel?

Some signs of tooth enamel loss can include increased sensitivity to hot and cold, or increased sensitivity to sweet foods. It can also affect the appearance of your teeth, causing them to be yellow or shiny. It can also cause your teeth to be rough at the edges, or cause indentations on the surface of your teeth. These are all signs enamel may be on the way out.

What Causes Tooth Erosion?

Although some tooth enamel loss can be caused by age, it can also be caused by foods containing sugars or acids. Foods high in sugar can wear away at the enamel as bacteria feeds on the sugar producing chemicals that erode the enamel. Foods high in acid can also be a cause of erosion, as can frequent exposure to stomach acid. Dry mouth can compound the problem, producing less saliva and leaving the mouth more vulnerable to the effects of sugar or acid on the teeth.

Another cause for enamel loss may be abrasion. Using abrasive products and hard bristled toothbrushes can contribute to this. You can ask your dentist about what products are most likely to protect your enamel and prevent erosion.

What Can I Do About It?

Oral Hygiene is an important part of preventing tooth enamel loss. Using fluoride toothpaste while brushing and flossing at least 2 times a day can help protect teeth and prevent erosion. Rinsing your mouth with water after eating acidic foods can help as well. Wait at least an hour to brush after eating acidic foods, as acid softens the enamel itself.

Chewing Sugar Free Gum can help your mouth produce the saliva needed, preventing a dry mouth that may leave teeth exposed to factors that encourage erosion.

Regular cleanings can be helpful in spotting any tooth enamel loss or subsequent cavities, so that you and your dentist can spot damage that has already occurred, or prevent further damage to your teeth. Make an appointment for a cleaning at our ElCampo Dental office, and let us help you find the tools you need to protect your teeth and prevent tooth enamel loss.

TAsk Your El Campo Dentist: How to Reduce Your Oral Cancer Risk

Ask Your El Campo Dentist: How to Reduce Your Oral Cancer Risk

April 12th, 2019 Posted by General Dentistry, Oral Health No Comment yet

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month. In recognition of the event, we want to share some helpful tips about how you can reduce your risk of developing a potentially devastating and deadly cancer.


National Nutrition Month: How Eating Right Supports Oral Health

March 5th, 2019 Posted by Oral Health No Comment yet

Nutrition plays a significant role in oral health. By eating right, you are taking care of your teeth, gums, and mouth as a whole. Plus, by eating at the proper times, you can have a positive impact on your oral health too.


Ask Your El Campo Dentist: Don’t Let Bad Breath Ruin Your Valentine’s Day!

February 6th, 2019 Posted by Oral Health No Comment yet

Valentine’s Day often creates opportunities for closeness. Whether it is heading out on a date or spending time at home with your spouse, the holiday is all about celebrating couples.


New Year, New You, New Habits: Dental Care Tips to Enhance Your Routine

January 8th, 2019 Posted by Dental Care, Oral Health No Comment yet

The new year signals a time for new goals, resolutions, and habits. Many people focus on health this time of year, aiming to exercise more, consume fewer calories, or even add more fruits and vegetables to their plates. But, if you aren’t resolving to focus on oral health too, you could be missing an important part of the health picture.


Ask Your El Campo Dentist: October is National Dental Hygiene Month

October 17th, 2018 Posted by General Dentistry, Oral Health No Comment yet

October is Dental Hygiene Month, a special time where we stop to recognize all of the work that dental hygienists do to support the oral health of patients and to raise awareness regarding the importance of oral hygiene.


Ask Your El Campo Dentist: How to Choose the Best Toothbrush

June 10th, 2018 Posted by Oral Health No Comment yet

To say there are a lot of toothbrushes on the market today is an understatement. When people go to buy toothbrushes, they often encounter rows upon rows of options. And figuring out which is right for you can be a challenge.


Ask Your El Campo Dentist: Causes & Cures for Bad Breath

December 15th, 2017 Posted by Dental Care, Oral Health No Comment yet

Everyone wants to be remembered, but being known for your bad breath isn’t likely what you had in mind.

A lot of people are self-conscious when it comes to their breath, but that doesn’t mean you have to be. There are a lot of causes for bad breath, or halitosis, but there is also a range of cures that can take care of the problem.