I am proud to say that I have all my own teeth at the age of 65. While that may not sound unusual to some people, everyone in my family who is my age or older wears dentures. I always tell people that that flossing is the key to good dental health. I have arthritis in my hands, but I don't let it keep me from flossing every day. My trick is to use those little "flossers" you can buy at the drug store. They have plastic handles floss stretched out on top of the handle. These make flossing easier on days when my arthritis is acting up. I started this blog to let other people know that they can keep their teeth healthy into old age when they take care of them. If you have hand pain, find ways to make flossing easier, like I did.
14 July 2015
Does your oral health come second to the rest of your busy life? Perhaps you realize it's been so long since you saw the dentist, you've forgotten his name. Maybe when your coworker suggests a breath mint, she has a valid reason. Perhaps you haven't needed to replace your toothbrush every two months because it's not getting used very often, and dental floss hasn't been on your grocery list in a really long time.
30 June 2015
Radiation treatments for head and neck cancer can have ill effects on your mouth, teeth and gums. Below you will learn about three dental issues that are prevalent with head and neck radiation therapy and simple things that you can do to help prevent damage to your teeth. Tooth Decay Normal saliva production helps to rinse away bacteria, germs and acidic food particles in your mouth, which helps to prevent tooth decay. Radiation treatments that are aimed at the head and neck area can harm the salivary glands and this causes a decrease in saliva production and a condition called dry mouth.
15 June 2015
Most people would rather retain their own teeth into old age than have to rely on dentures -- but that doesn't mean you have to feel depressed, frustrated, or uncomfortable with your new dental appliances. Here are four things you can do to help yourself accept dentures as part of your everyday life. 1. Schedule Adjustments as Needed Dentures wearers can expect a certain amount of soreness when they first receive their new dentures.
22 May 2015
Many people find a toothache to be one of the most painful conditions out there. Toothaches are often worse than the pain that accompanies another infection because there are so many nerves in your mouth, and because the infection has nowhere to go. There are no home remedies that can completely cure a toothache, unfortunately. You will have to go to the dentist for antibiotics, and possibly for root canal therapy or extraction in order to permanently fix the problem.
4 May 2015
The outer layer of your teeth, the enamel, is mostly made of minerals. About 96% of tooth enamel is made of minerals, with calcium being the major mineral. Pores in the enamel allow more minerals to join your enamel, keeping your teeth strong throughout your life, but these same pores can also allow minerals to escape. Demineralization is very noticeable among people who have worn braces. Here's what you need to know.