Brushing for five minutes after each meal – or at least twice a day – is your best defense against dental decay and disease. This damage is caused by your teeth’s most persistent enemy, plaque, a sticky film of harmful bacteria that is brought on by sugary or acidic foods. Correct brushing is essential to maintain your oral health.
Choose a good quality manual or power toothbrush that is American Dental Association (ADA) approved and has soft, round-ended bristles. Power toothbrushes offer a variety of special features and have been shown to be more effective than manual toothbrushes. Rota-dent, Sonicare and Oral-B are some of the brands available.
Oral irrigation attacks bacteria more effectively than brushing and flossing alone. It also helps with gingivitis and periodontal maintenance. A variety of Waterpik dental water jet products are available, including new cordless models. Ask for details and special pricing.
Braces or other orthodontic appliances can help straighten your teeth and correct jaw alignment. But do you know about all the benefits? Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to take care of and clean, which may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and possibly tooth loss. Bad bites can also cause difficulty in speaking and chewing; cause abnormal wear on tooth surfaces; and lead to problems with bones, jaw joints, and gum tissue. Correcting these problems can make your mouth healthier and give you a great smile.
DIET AND TEETH
Some eating habits can wreak havoc on your body and your teeth. For example, snacking throughout the day can increase the risk of tooth decay. Sipping soda and nibbling on chips or other munchies increases the rate of harmful acid attacks on tooth enamel.
This problem starts when a sensitive part of the tooth called dentin is exposed. Dentin is the porous part of the tooth below the enamel. Dentin contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals) which contain fluid and nerve endings. When a tubule in sensitive dentin becomes exposed to cold, hot or other “triggers,” it causes the fluid to move. This movement of fluid “excites” the nerve endings, resulting in pain. Treatment options for dentin hypersensitivity include prescription fluoride rinses or gels, professionally applied varnishes and desensitizing toothpastes.
BIO-AVAILABLE CALCIUM AND PHOSPHATE
PROSPEC MI Paste contains RECALDENT (CPP-ACP) which is made from a natural protein extracted from milk. RECALDENT (CPP-ACP) has a unique ability to deliver bio-available calcium and phosphate when they are needed most. MI Paste binds calcium and phosphate to tooth surfaces, plaque and surrounding soft tissue and comes in 5 delicious flavors.
ORAL CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES
Biotène Dry Mouth Toothpaste and Gentle Mouthwash are specially formulated for people with diabetes. The sugar and Saccharin free formula contains natural salivary enzymes. These antibacterial enzymes boost your saliva’s ability to provide more effective protection against gingivitis and oral irritations.
Biotène Oralbalance Mouth Moisturizing Gel can provide instant relief to serious dry mouth sufferers and up to 8 hours of comfort during the night for mouth-breathers as well.