Healthy Teeth for Life: Tips for Families
Having healthy teeth takes a lifetime of care. Even if you’ve been told that you have nice teeth, it’s so important to take the right steps every day to take care of them and prevent problems. Your Health visited Midwestern University Dental Institute to learn more about good dental hygiene and what we should all be doing to maintain good dental health.
As Dr. Schuster explained, there are so many good reasons to keep your family’s teeth and gums healthy. Here are a few more tips we learned while visiting Midwestern University Dental Institute to keep teeth healthy and strong!
- Dental care should start as soon as a child’s first tooth appears, usually around 6 months. Teeth can be wiped with a clean, damp cloth or a very soft brush.
- Toothbrushes should be changed 3 to 4 times a year.
- Older people with arthritis or other problems may have trouble holding a toothbrush or using floss. Some people find it easier to use an electric toothbrush. Another idea could be to put a bicycle grip or foam tube over the handle of a regular toothbrush to make it easier to hold.
Giving Patients Their Smiles Back
For patients who have suffered tooth loss, the great news is there’s no need to wear dentures or partial denture anymore, thanks to the team of specialists at Permadontics. We traveled to San Diego to learn more about how this state-of-the-art facility provides tooth replacement using permanent implant teeth.
Cut Back On The Sugar
Sweet tooth? Well, this might make you think twice about eating that extra slice of cake. What we eat plays a big part in our oral health. Sugar is a readily available source of energy for mouth bacteria so it makes sense that a diet high in sugar allows these harmful organisms to flourish. Not only is sugar harmful to our teeth and oral health, but it an also be harmful to the rest of our body.
Podiatrist, Dr. Richard Jacoby of Extremity Health Centers, treats inflammatory diseases of the lower extremities including foot and heal pain. He attributes much of what he sees in his office to both sugar and diet.
Look Good, Feel Great
We continue to Las Vegas where we learned more about maintaining a healthy weight and how it’s an important factor in preventing illnesses. The experts at North Vista Hospital share how they are helping patients achieve healthy, long-term weight loss through weight loss surgery.
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