When you’re pregnant, it seems everyone has advice for you. People tell you what to eat, how to prevent morning sickness, how to keep stretch marks at bay. It’s likely, however, that no one has ever told you how important it is to take care of your teeth and gums.
In fact, some people still believe that the state of your mouth will decline during pregnancy and that there’s nothing you can do about it. The saying goes something like, “You lose a tooth for every baby.”
With so many dentists to choose from, how do you know you’ve chosen the right one? For starters, the best dentist is more focused on what to do rather than what not to do when working with a patient. If you’re wondering whether or not yours is top of the line, consider these 10 things all good dentists do for their clients.
The Wall Street Journal (2/8, Johannes, Subscription Publication) reviews a new toothpaste that binds to plaque and shows it as green, aiming to improve oral hygiene by showing people areas they missed while brushing. The article states that researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted a short-term study of Plaque HD, finding plaque was reduced by 51.3% after people brushed with the toothpaste for up to 10 days. American Dental Association spokeswoman Dr. Mary Hayes has not tried the toothpaste, but says it could serve as a consistent reminder to patients. Dr. Hayes adds that areas between the teeth and at the gumline are common areas patients miss.
In an article for the Philadelphia Inquirer (2/7), Dr. Eric T. Stoopler, an associate professor of oral medicine, discusses a patient who suffered from treatment-resistant mouth sores and skin lesions and died of respiratory failure about a year after he first noticed the mouth sores. Before his death, immunological blood tests suggested the patient’s mouth sores and skin lesions were actually symptoms of an conditioncalled paraneoplastic pemphigus, usually caused by an underlying cancer, and a biopsy revealed lymphoma. Dr. Stoopler said that “this patient’s case underscores the importance of regular dental exams and prompt evaluation of oral sores that don’t heal quickly on their own” adding that these lesions may be the first signs of a possibly life-threatening condition.
Coconut oil, from the research I have done, is by far the best of the best. Coconut oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal! Studies have shown that coconut oil destroys the bacteria that can cause tooth decay.
It is absolutely amazing that just one spoonful of coconut oil can clean your teeth and help prevent tooth decay more effectively than brushing your teeth or rinse the mouth with any brand of mouthwash and fluoride without any side effects as well.
PRNewswire (1/25) hosts a release from the American Dental Association stating new research from The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) shows that sugary drinks are associated with erosive tooth wear among teenagers in Mexico. After providing a food questionnaire to teenagers living in Mexico, the study authors examined the teenagers for erosive tooth wear, finding the overall prevalence of erosive tooth wear was 31.7 percent, with sweet carbonated drinks – soda – causing the most erosion. JADA editor Michael Glick, D.M.D., said, “The oral health of children is always top of mind, and we’ve seen recently that sugar is a leading problem when it comes to their overall health and dental health.” Glick adds, “This study shows an association between high intake of sweet drinks and poor oral health. This issue needs to be taken seriously.”MouthHealthy.orgprovides additional information on how nutrition affects children’s teeth
Men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health and, according to surveys and studies, their oral health is equally ignored. Good oral health recently has been linked with longevity. Yet, one of the most common factors associated with infrequent dental checkups is just being male. Men are less likely than women to seek preventive dental care and often neglect their oral health for years, visiting a dentist only when a problem arises. When it comes to oral health, statistics show that the average man brushes his teeth 1.9 times a day and will lose 5.4 teeth by age 72. If he smokes, he can plan on losing 12 teeth by age 72. Men are also more likely to develop oral and throat cancer and periodontal (gum) disease.
As a parent, you try to do the right things for your kids. In addition to taking your little ones to regularly scheduled doctor appointments, packing healthy lunches and making sure your kids get enough exercise, it’s your top priority to help your children grow up happy and healthy as best you can. You should also make sure your family’s daily habits are not taking a toll on your kids’ dental health. Children and tooth decay don’t go together, so make sure you’re not unwittingly teaching your kids poor dental hygiene.