According to scientists, the health of your teeth depends on two things: dental hygiene and your genes. In fact, most experts agree that 60% of your susceptibility to tooth decay is based on your genetics.
If your genes play such a big role in the health of your teeth, how can you thwart the harmful effects of “Bad Genes”?
1.) Based on your genetic makeup, you are more or less likely to eat sweets.
Your sweet preference is determined in large part by your genes, and those who eat more sweets are more likely to experience decay. The stronger your genetic “sweet preference”, the more cavities you will likely develop.
2.) The strength of your enamel is a genetic trait.
Some people just have a thicker, more effective protective shell around their dentin than others, and that’s why they experience less cavities. Strong enamel makes for stronger teeth less susceptible to decay and damage. If you were born with thin, weak enamel you simply have to work harder to prevent cavities and decay than others, as the plaque and bacteria in your mouth will more quickly break through and rot your teeth.
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3.)Your ability to taste food plays a role in your oral health.
The degree to which a person can taste and differentiate between flavors is a genetic trait, and studies show that people who cannot discern as well between flavors are more likely to develop cavities than those who can. So, the larger spectrum of flavors you can sense will make you that much better off when it comes to oral health. How do you develop a broader taste profile? Little is known about why this connection between taste-ability and dental health is strong, but many scientists believe that those who possess a stronger sense of taste have a lower sugar pereference which means they eat less sweets and have stronger teeth as a result.
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4.) Metabolizing the right nutrients.
Some peoples’ saliva is simply more effective at breaking down important nutrients like Calcium and magnesium. Eating the right foods is half the battle, metabolizing them correctly is the next. Those with “better” saliva will experience fewer cavities.
Dr. Chavez, a dentist in Provo, has seen patients with near identical hygiene habits when it comes to their oral health, who have very different oral health profiles. Your family dentist may not recognize that for all your brushing and flossing, your genetics are thwarting you! If you believe that genetics is playing a larger role in your dental health than you are comfortable with, give Dr. Chavez’s office a call at (801) 396-2944.
Brushing your teeth is so important to preventing cavities and other dental issues, but if you are using the wrong toothbrush you may be causing more trouble for your mouth than necessary. Gum abrasion and recession are some of the biggest problems caused by bad toothbrushes, which are expensive to fix and irreversible in most cases. So, how do you know if your toothbrush is good enough?
1.) Your toothbrush bristles are soft: Hard or stiff bristles are good for some people, but most people do not need stiff bristles to get the job done, and can even experience harm to their gums if their bristles are not soft enough. Talk to your dentist if you believe that you need a stiffer brush, but otherwise stick to a soft bristled brush to avoid damaging your gums.
2.) Your brush is relatively new: A toothbrush is not meant to last forever! Over time, your bristles will bend and lose their ability to fight and break up plaque. Change your toothbrush every 3 months for best results. Learn why by reading the artilce “How Often Should I Change my Toothbrush?”
3.) Your toothbrush is clean and free of germs: Rinsing your toothbrush after every use helps, but if your brush is wet when you put it away, it becomes a breeding ground for germs. Rinsing and drying your toothbrush helps keep it clean, and routinely sanitizing it in the dishwasher or using these techniques will help your brush stay clean.
4.) It’s comfortable: Don’t use a toothbrush you can’t hold comfortably! Find a shape that helps you brush for the fll 2 minutes twice a day easily.
If you use an electric toothbrush, these rules still apply–change your toothbrush head every three months and keep it clean just as you would a manual toothbrush.
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At Platinum Dental Care, we see a lot of patients with similar dental issues. The truth is, as common as some problems are, the most common ones are 100% preventable. So, save your teeth and your money by following these simple tips:
Problem #1: Enamel Erosion
Enamel Erosion is a common dental issue caused by consuming acidic foods and drinks and allowing them to sit on the teeth too long. Another source of enamel erosion is brushing too hard, too frequently, or with an overly stiff toothbrush. Once the enamel of your teeth has been breached, it is impossible to repair naturally. Why is the enamel so important? This hard shell protects the softer core of your teeth and prevents cavities, chips, stains, and cracks.
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How do you prevent enamel erosion and the subsequent problems it can create? Avoid acidic foods and drinks (and if you must drink them, drink through a straw and brush immediately afterwards) and brush with a soft bristled toothbrush.
Problem #2: Cavities
Cavities are caused when bacteria in the mouth combine with the sugars in our food to create acids that break down the enamel and dentin that make up our teeth. Once the plaque combined with sugar creates acid and breaks through the enamel of your teeth making tiny holes, these holes must be filled–there is no other way to stop the decay from destroying the entire tooth.
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How can you prevent cavities? Brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day. This prevents plaque and acid build-up and will protect the enamel of your teeth. Be sure to brush with the proper technique to be sure you are breaking up the plaque effectively.
Problem #3: Gum Disease
Red, puffy, bleeding gums are a problem that affect a large portion of the population which is sad because it is completely preventable. Gum disease happens when plaque on the teeth begins to attack your gums, causing them to pull away from your teeth. The first stage is called gingivitis then periodontitis. The problem with gum disease is that it can cause loose and eventually lost teeth, and it has also been tied to serious heart problems.
How do you prevent gum disease? Regular brushing and flossing will keep your gums clean and free of plaque. Avoiding smoking also helps as smoking increases your susceptibility to gingivitis.
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Our doctors and staff at Platinum Dental Care treat patients with gum disease, cavities, and enamel erosion every day. While they are experts in treating these common problems, you don’t have to be treated for them if you simply brish and floss regularly and avoid the foods and drinks that make you more likely to suffer from them.
Dr. Snow , a great family dentist in Murray , advises his patients to brush regularly but warns agains over-brushing, as this can cause problems as well. If you have questions about your oral health routine or any other dental-related concerns, call his office today at 801.293.1234.
Back to school means back to the indoors, where germs move quickly and easily among students going back to school. But although colds and flus move quickly through public schools, they don’t just affect the kids. Once the kids start getting sick, the illness begins to affect nearly everyone! However, you and your family can take simple steps to strengthen your body’s ability to fight disease by washing your hands regularly, avoiding contact with your face and eyes, and by eating these foods rich in micronutrients like A, B2, B6, C, D, E, and Zinc that will strengthen your immunities.
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1.) Leafy greens like spinach and kale (the darker, the better!)
2.) Cold-water fish like salmon or tuna
3.) Heavily pigmented fruits and veggies like beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, oranges, broccoli, and even banana (basically any foods that stain your clothes)
Getting these micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) through your diet ensures that your body can ward off illness this coming fall.
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At Platinum Dental Care, we care about strengthening your oral health because it plays an important role in your overall health. Conversely, we care about your overall health because it plays an important role in your oral health! If you are looking for a great family dentist or just “a dentist near me,” please call Platinum Dental Care at 801.806.4645
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Dr. Kody Snow , a dentist in Murray , sees a lot of patients with coughs and runny noses this time of year. Don’t let it be you! Take good care of yourself and your family this fall by washing your hands, eating nutrient-rich foods, and scheduling your next dental appointment at Platinum Dental Care.
If you are passionate about multi-tasking, trying to get into shape, or just like being efficient, these are great workouts for you. Brushing for two minutes every day twice a day makes a good four minutes that you can use to strengthen your muscles, improve flexibility, and take one step closer to total body wellness. Here are three great workouts to make the most of your toothbrush time.
1.) Form letters of the alphabet with your foot: Standing on one foot while using your other foot and ankle to form the letters of the alphabet stretches your tendons and muscles and gives your calf a workout too.
2.) Up-downs on your tip-toes (Calf Raises): Just the act of going up and down on your tip-toes for 2 minutes can really work your lower legs–you may even be sore afterwards! We like this workout because it works both legs while you brush while it both stretches and tones your legs.
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3.) Squats/Lunges: To workout your upper legs, a great way to use your toothbrush time is by squatting or lunging for two minutes. Be sure that your knee does not bend too far forward over the front of your toe during your lunges to avoid injury!
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At Platinum Dental Care, we care about your systemic health–not just your teeth. This is because we know that your teeth and gums contribute in a big way to the health of your body. Working out while brushing your teeth is an awesome way to strengthen your systemic health in two ways.
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Dr. Scherschligt, a great dentist in Salt Lake City, works hard to keep his patients’ teeth in great condition so that they can focus on keeping their bodies in great condition. If you have a toothache or are just overdue for a cleaning and dental exam, please call 801- 484-1032 for a great family dentist near me.
Sometimes we eat unhealthy snacks not because we necessarily want to, but because it’s easier to grab a bag of chips sometimes than cut up a celery stalk and eat it. Not only that, but half the battle of making healthy eating choices is simply having them in mind and on hand. Here are 3 great snacks that are nutritious, good for your teeth, and really easy with some forethought.
1.) Cheese Sticks or Cheese Cubes: With no sugar and lots of protein, cheese in cubes or in a stringy stick make a great snack that won’t contribute to the “sugarbugs” that may have formed on your teeth during the day. Cheese also contains calcium which helps keep teeth and bones strong. At Platinum Dental Care, we give cheese an A+ for these reasons.
2.) Fruit and Veggie Kabobs: Although fruit does contain sugar, sometimes you need a little pick me up that’s not overly sweet, and the fiber from fruits and vegetables makes this a nutritious snack that will stick with you. Not to mention the vitamins and minerals in fruits and veggies are necessary for a healthy body.
3.) Veggie Chips: Thinly sliced jicama, cucumber, carrots, and celery make for a crunchy snack that carries important nutrients for you and your body. Additionally, the crunch of veggies and their low sugar content make them an excellent choice for your oral health.
Making healthy choices that will benefit your oral and systemic health is an investment in the future. Hopefully these suggestions make it easier to enjoy healthy eating and avoid cavities.
Dr. Chavez, a dentist in Provo, offers orthodontics, dental implants, porcelain veneers, and cosmetic dentistry in Utah . If you are interested in setting an appointment with him and his staff or any other Platinum Dental location, please call 801-396-2944.