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Back To School Tips To Keep Your Student Smiling

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2015-08-05 (1)Back to school season can be an exciting time – a fresh start to a new school year. This is the perfect time to schedule your dental check up. As you check off your shopping lists for school supplies and clothes, make sure to add a visit to your family dentist and also a time to review your dental hygiene routine at home. This will not only help your student start his school year on a positive note, but can help ensure he stays on track all year long.

Benefits to starting the school year with a dental check-up

  • Allows your dentist to examine for decay/cavities, ensure proper growth and provide helpful tips to maintain a healthy smile all year long.
  • Decreases risk for additional dental issues requiring additional treatment. The American Dental Association says, “prevention and early detection can help avoid pain, trouble eating, difficulty speaking and school absences”.
  • Gives confidence to start the school year with a healthy and bright smile.

How to maintain a healthy smile throughout the school year

  • When shopping for new school supplies, include new dental hygiene supplies.
  • Brush and floss at least two (2) times a day. (For small children, make it fun by adding a favorite song or game to the routine)
  • Pack healthy snacks that help protect teeth against cavities (i.e. cheese, apples, carrots, celery)
  • Replace sugary drinks with good old fashion water
  • When participating in organized sports, make sure to use a properly fitting mouth guard
  • Schedule routine check-ups every six (6) months

Remember, in order to ensure a happy and healthy school year, we all must work together.  See you at your next visit.

 

All services provided by MS licensed general dentists.

 

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Summertime Snacks That Brighten Your Smile

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It’s officially summer – the perfect time to help your teeth shine their very brightest. Healthy, bright teeth give you a confident smile that lights up your entire face. Practicing good oral hygiene is most important for healthy teeth, but did you know there are some basic summer time snacks that are not only healthy but can also help naturally whiten your teeth?

Here are 5 yummy summer snacks that will do the trick:

Pineapples contain the enzyme, Bromelain, which helps remove bacteria from your teeth and acts as a natural stain remover.

Strawberries contain Malic Acid, which acts as a natural whitener removing discoloration on the surface of your teeth.

Apples, carrots and celery are perfect crunchy snacks that increase saliva production, removing stain causing debris and acids that lead to decay.

Yogurt and cheese not only contain calcium that promotes strong teeth and bones, but also Lactic Acid which helps clean teeth.

Water helps rinse away acid and stain causing residue from food and beverages such as tea, coffee and wine.

Brushing and flossing twice a day and regularly visiting your family dentist help maintain your bright smile while preventing cavities and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends a check-up every six months. Make an appointment today and our dentists will help determine a plan to help you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve.

South Mississippi Smiles Dentists are MS Licensed General Dentists

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HEALTH PROBLEMS TIED TO GUM DISEASE

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There are many oral problems that can complicate an individual’s day to day life, but gum disease in particular can be very difficult to tackle. Besides the fact that gum disease can be very painful, there are more health problems that can result from it.

Gum Disease-A Brief Overview


Gum disease is a potentially debilitating condition that starts with the build-up of plaque and bacteria around the sufferer’s gum line. If it is not treated during its early stages, gum disease can cause “pockets” to start developing between the sufferer’s gums and teeth. Once this happens, plaque and bacteria can enter the bloodstream. Once the bacteria and plaque make their way into the bloodstream, they can move throughout the body until they finally reach the heart, thereby contributing to the formation of blood clots. Here are some other health problems tied to gum disease:

1.    Heart Disease

Although evidence is not conclusive, many researchers and experts agree that there may be a connection between poor dental health that leads to gum disease and the onset of heart disease. Heart disease results from the progression of plaque build-up in the arteries, which constitutes a process of inflammation. Similarly, during the early stages of gum disease, the gums grow inflamed as bacteria takes over the mouth. (This process is referred to as gingivitis).

2.    Pancreatic Cancer

Many researchers believe that there is a connection between gum disease and the onset of pancreatic cancer. Poor gum health can precipitate chronic inflammation which can subsequently promote cancer cell growth. In a study on the issue, it was found that people who had pancreatic cancer were twice as likely to have higher levels of antibodies for P. Gingivitis (the bacterium integral to gum disease).

Other potentially debilitating health conditions that are tied to gum disease include Alzheimer’s, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes.

Preventive Care 

To ensure that you are not susceptible to gum disease and the various health problems it can cause make sure you are aware of the preventive care options available to you. One of the most effective ways to prevent the onset of gum disease is to make regular visits to your family dentist. He or she can provide you with regular, professional teeth cleanings that prevent the build-up of potentially dangerous plaque and bacteria. Additionally, your dentist can provide information and instructions on how to practice excellent dental care at home.

Conclusion

While the list of health conditions tied to gum disease is alarming, practicing preventive care can help avoid gum disease and the potentially problematic conditions it can lead to. If you believe that you or a loved one has gum disease, be sure to consult with a trained medical professional.

South Mississippi Smiles Dentists are MS Licensed General Dentists

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What Parents Should Know About Fluoride


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Dentists will agree that it’s never too early to begin caring for your baby’s teeth.  Early dental care can prevent a number of problems from occurring down the road. However, as with most things in a child’s life, oral care should be done in stages. This is especially true when it comes to using Fluoride

Oral Care For Babies

Dentists recommend using gauze to gently wipe your babies gums even before teeth come in. Once the first tooth comes in, it is the perfect time to schedule his or her first check up. At this point you can also begin brushing your child’s teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water.

When To Start Using Fluoride Toothpaste?

The American Dental Association recommends that children begin using fluorinated toothpaste at the age of two. However, you should ask your family dentist about the appropriate time for your child to begin using fluoride. Children should only use a pea-sized amount when brushing. Additionally, children under the age of six should be supervised while they are brushing with fluorinated toothpaste.

The main reason that fluoride is a concern for children who are under the age of six is because they are more likely to swallow the toothpaste. Swallowing the little bit of toothpaste that is used for brushing is not likely to cause any harm. However, over time, this can lead to a condition called dental fluorosis. This is a condition that occurs when the teeth are repeatedly exposed to high amounts of fluoride when they are developing. It causes discoloration of the enamel.

The Benefits Of Fluoride

Helps Reduce The Risk Of Tooth Decay

Fluoride makes the teeth more resistant to acid attacks. This acid comes from the sugar and bacteria inside of the mouth and it triggers tooth decay. That is why many dentists also recommend that children get fluoride treatments during their dental visits.

Reverse Early Tooth Decay

Not only can fluoride prevent tooth decay, but it can also prevent tooth decay from progressing. Many dentists agree that fillings are not always required for early tooth decay.

South Mississippi Smiles Dentists are MS Licensed General Dentists.

 

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7 New Year’s Resolutions For A Healthier Smile

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Making a list of resolutions or goals is a great way to start the New Year.  It’s the perfect time to resolve to let go of old, bad habits and take on new, healthier ones.  One common topic you will find on many lists is “health”.  While on that topic, why not include resolutions for a healthier smile this year?  Studies have shown that good oral health helps promote good overall health.  In the same way, diseases in the mouth can lead to other health issues.  That is why it is especially important to maintain good oral hygiene.  For this new year, resolve to be better to your mouth.  Use these 7 tips to help you meet your goal:

Eat Fruits and Vegetables

It’s no secret that eating fruits and veggies is important for your overall health.  Good nutrition helps improve the entire immune system and also helps fight common oral disorders, including gum disease.  Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts improve your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, helping to protect your teeth and gums. Crisp fruits and raw vegetables like apples, carrots and celery also help clean plaque from teeth and freshen your breath.

Limit Your Coffee, Tea & Red Wine

Beverages like coffee, tea and red wine are known to stain teeth.  Some stains can be superficial and polished off during your scheduled cleaning with your family dentist, but drinking these beverages frequently can also cause internal staining of the tooth enamel. Limiting these drinks and rinsing with water to help get the dark liquids off the teeth will reduce staining as well as risk of decay.

Drink More Water

Drinking plenty of water comes with many health benefits. Water keeps your body hydrated, energizes your muscles, and cleanses your body of toxins.  Water also contains zero calories and unlike acidic and sugary drinks that are harmful to your teeth, it helps prevent decay by flushing your teeth of food and acid.

Brush Twice a Day

Brushing twice a day is essential for removing plaque from your teeth.  Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth on a daily basis and contains millions of bacteria. The bacteria in plaque feed on the sugars in your food and beverages producing acids that eat away at the tooth enamel.  Not brushing regularly allows plaque to sit on the teeth and causes the enamel to break down, eventually resulting in a cavity.  That is why it is so important that you brush twice daily.  Be sure to use a soft bristled toothbrush; stiffer bristles and aggressive brushing causes gums to recede and can wear enamel away from the teeth.

Floss Daily

Both brushing and flossing are equally important for good oral health.  Plaque that is not removed daily by flossing between teeth can eventually harden into tartar. As the tartar, plaque and bacteria continue to increase, the gum tissue can become red, swollen and possibly bleed when you brush your teeth. This is called gingivitis, an early stage of gum (periodontal) disease.

Visit Your Family Dentist Twice A Year

By seeing your family dentist at least twice a year, you can help prevent dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require more comprehensive or expensive treatment.  During your visit your dentist not only performs a deep cleaning to remove stains and tartar from your teeth but also screens for any other possible conditions.

Don’t Delay On Dental Treatment

A small cavity, left untreated, can easily grow into a large tooth abscess and require a root canal and a crown rather than a small filling.  Treating tooth decay early means that smaller and less invasive treatments will be required. This helps maintain the structure and stability of the remaining tooth, not to mention keeps treatment costs lower.  If left untreated, decay can also spread to other teeth and may cause infections throughout the rest of the body.

South Mississippi Smiles Dentists are MS Licensed General Dentists