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Most of us worry before we sit in the dental chair and we know the questions that are coming…”Have you been flossing and brushing regularly?” So what do we do, weCosmetic Dentist Marielaina Perrone DDS frantically brush, floss, and use a mouth rinse right before our appointment. And when we finally sit down in the chair and we get asked that dreaded question we always answer “yes, I brush and floss all the time”. You hope they believe you but deep down you know they know you are not being entirely truthful. How can they tell? What are the Signs?

Signs You Are Not Brushing and Flossing Regularly

Brushing and flossing is such an important part of maintaining not only our dental health but studies have proven our general health as well. Signs that you are not brushing and flossing properly include:

-Increased Tooth Decay. There are other factors, like diet, that cause tooth decay but not brushing and flossing will definitely lead increased incidence of tooth decay over time, especially tooth decay between teeth. If you have any tooth cavities or the beginning stages of cavities, it indicates that flossing is a weak point in your home dental hygiene regimen.

-Inflammation. This might be one of the most obvious tell tale signs that you are not brushing and flossing regularly. Plaque, bacteria, and food debris will sit in between the teeth when we do not brush and floss properly. This causes the body to start the inflammatory process to remove the irritant. As a result your gums will begin to appear pink, puffy, and bleed very easily.

-Cuts or Abrasions on Gums. This is an indicator you are not flossing regularly or just not flossing properly. You need to be careful when flossing around teeth and do not force the floss.

Conclusion

The bottom line is you need to take the time to practice good dental hygiene to ensure a lifetime of smiles. Once it becomes a habit it will become second nature and be a seemless part of your daily routine.

The moral of the story is simple, make flossing a part of your daily regimen! The benefits to your dental health are tremendous.

With the new year fast approaching many of us use this time as a time for reflection. Looking for areas we wish to improve upon in the coming year. These can include losing Happy New Year Marielaina Perrone DDSweight, being a better parent, or striving for a new job. Striving to improve general health will also have an effect on dental health. Recent research shows definite links between the two. Below are our top 5 tips to improve both general and dental health.

Tips For A Healthy New Year

1. Sleep. Strive for better sleep in the new year. Proper sleep habits along with good eating habits will help you to stay more alert and be healthier. A number of recent studies have confirmed that you really do need a minimum of 8 hours per night. The many benefits of adequate sleep include:  makes you feel better, less likely to get sick, decreased risk for cardiovascular disease, increase in memory(helps in school and job performance), and reaction speed (reduces the likelihood of being in a car accident).

2. Water. Drink more water to maintain proper body hydration while taking in zero calories. Practically every function in the body is enhanced with proper hydration, including fighting disease, maintaining a healthy pregnancy, and repairing body tissues. Drinking water also has an added dental benefit of diluting sugars in the mouth as well as neutralizing acids produced by bacteria this  results  in a decreased risk for tooth decay and dental issues. Water truly is essential to our health.

Happy New Year Marielaina Perrone DDS3. Smoking and smokeless tobacco use. Quit Now! Strive to quit smoking, and chewing. Two big reasons to quit,are the high monetary cost and the life threatening risks (including heart disease and cancers). The best way to quit long term is seek help from a physician or dentist. There are many products on the market today, like chantrix, nicotine supplements, and smokeless cigarettes, that can help curb your appetite for smoking. Therapy and or Acupuncture may also be useful.

4. Stop Caffeine and Energy Drink Addiction. Energy drinks and colas are a major factor in weight gain with their empty calories. They contribute no nutritional value to your body and carry with them a high price tag. Most soda and energy drinks contain acids that play a role in the development of tooth decay and the need for dental fillings and crowns. It’s hard to believe, but decreasing sugar intake actually increases people’s energy, by minimizing the highs and lows that sweet foods triggers, and the resulting carb crashes that ensue. Different people react differently to caffeine, occasional use is okay, but it should not be a crutch. Listen to your body, and rest! You will be much more productive!

5. Walk More. Simple walking can help your energy, promote heart health, lung capacity, and muscle tone.  New studies show that regularly wearing a pedometer encourages people to walk about an extra mile each day, lose weight, and lower their blood pressure. Aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk walking and a total of 10,000 steps per day.

6. Prevention. Do your best to keep a healthy diet, maintain good hygiene, keep active, and take your prescriptions according to physician’s instructions. Visit your dentist and physician regularly. Prevent health issues with a healthy lifestyle!

Conclusion

In following any New Year’s resolution you need to have a few things: a plan, a motivation, and a final goal. We all have the ability in us to change and be healthier but it comes down to taking control of your choices. Cheers to a Happy and Healthy New Year for all of us.

 

The new year is fast approaching and it may be time to start thinking about what your New Year’s resolutions should be. These usually include losing weight,

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Have A Healthy, Happy New Year!!

striving for a better job, or maybe even just being  a better friend or partner. Many people also set new goals for leading a healthier life going forward. So why not make some New Year’s resolutions regarding your dental health?

Making dental health resolutions can keep your teeth healthy, and studies have shown it can keep your entire body healthy as well.

Dental Health New Year’s Resolutions

Eat A Well Balanced Diet including Fruits and Vegetables

Eating a well balanced diet is important for your dental health. If your body is not getting its proper nutrition it can affect your entire immune system. Poor nutrition, increases susceptibility to many common oral disorders, including periodontal disease and tooth decay. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts improve your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation. Healthy eating helps to protect your teeth and gum tissues. In addition, crisp fruits and raw vegetables like apples, carrots and celery can actually help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath as well.

Quit Smoking or Using Other Tobacco Products

Using tobacco has been proven to be bad for your dental health as well as your general health. Some of the dental issues associated with smoking include:

-Tooth Discoloration.

-Tooth Decay.

-Gingival Recession.

-Periodontal Disease.

-Increased risk for cancer. This includes oral cancer as well throat, lung, and other systemic cancers.
People who smoke are almost twice as likely to lose their teeth as non smokers. It is not just smoking tobacco that has negative effects on your oral health: use of smokeless tobacco can be just as damaging to your dental health. The good news is, that the risk of tooth loss decreases after you quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco.

Use Alcohol in Moderation

You may already know that excessive alcohol intake can have an effect on your overall health, but did you know that it may also affect your dental health? According to the Academy of General Dentistry, those who use tobacco products, are more likely to maintain poor nutrition. Drinking excessive alcohol also  increases gum recession (periodontal pocketing). Studies show that smokers who regularly drink alcohol are less likely to brush and floss their teeth regularly and are less concerned about their basic health than non smokers.

Improve Dental Hygiene: Brush and Floss Regularly

Brushing and flossing protect your teeth from tooth decay and periodontal disease. These are caused by your teeth’s most persistent enemy, plaque. Both brushing and flossing are equally important for good oral health. Studies have shown that only flossing can remove plaque from between teeth and below the gum line,areas  where tooth decay and periodontal disease begins.

Without proper brushing and flossing, you may develop bleeding gums and gingivitis. Gingivitis is the earliest form of periodontal disease and is reversible. If untreated it will worsen to severely swollen, red, bleeding gums and, eventually, advanced periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has been linked to your general health, therefore, it is doubly important to maintain good dental health at all times.

See Your Dentist for Regular Examinations and Cleanings

By seeing your dentist at least twice a year for dental examinations and cleanings, you can help prevent any dental health issues before they cause pain or require more comprehensive or expensive treatment. Regular visits allow your dentist to keep track of your oral health and recommend an individualized dental hygiene maintenance regimen to address areas of concern.

Happy New Year!!

For the new year and for years to come you should resolve to improve your health, dental hygiene habits, quit smoking, drink in moderation, and improve your overall diet. Your teeth and body, and loved ones will thank you for it for many years to come!  Bring in the new year with a smile!

 

As we are in the middle of the Holiday season there are lots of tempting treats to pick on. Most are okay in moderation but some are likely to create problems for your dentalDental Care Marielaina Perrone DDS health. Issues that could be created include tooth decay and even fractured teeth. Below are a listing of some to be careful of:

1. Popcorn. An old favorite usually enjoyed at the movies but around holiday time regular old popcorn becomes coated in caramel. Normally popcorn presents challenges for teeth due to biting on popcorn kernels and popcorn husks getting stuck between teeth. Those pesky popcorn kernels have been known to cause broken teeth and fracture fillings. Add the caramel and it is a recipe for disaster as the caramel masks the kernels and sticks in and around your teeth. This can break a tooth, or create an environment ripe for development of tooth decay. So think twice and beware if  indulging in this holiday favorite.

2. Dried Fruit. Seems like this would be a healthy snack but the sugars in the dried fruit are concentrated and their dry texture makes them stick longer to teeth. This allows acid producing bacteria in your mouth to have a chance to work on your tooth enamel. Be smart, and floss after or chose fresh fruit instead.

3. White Flour Crackers. We love these crackers with cheese spreads as a pre holiday meal snack. Did you know the bleached white flour turns almost immediately into sugar, which is food for the bacteria in your mouth to create an acid filled environment for tooth decay. Choose whole grain versions of these favorite crackers for better dental health as well as general health.

4. Candy Canes. A traditional favorite that can also cause fractures to teeth if you choose to bite into them. Sucking on hard candy makes the sugar acids linger longer in your mouth. Break off a small piece, and drink water after.

5. Christmas cookies and fudge.These are hard to pass up, especially at a party! Remember that very high sugar content, white flour and the stickiness are the contributors to tooth decay. Try eating some carrots or celery directly after you partake in these sweet treats.

6. Peanut brittle. Some peanut brittle is harder or stickier than others. You can pull out a crown or filling or break a tooth. Try moistening a small piece in your mouth to soften it before chewing. You will certainly need to floss after this snack!

Dental Hygiene Tips for Holidays

-Drink Water. Plenty of it to swish and rinse your mouth.This will reduce the acid producing sugars and food debris from holiday snacking.

-Crunch on raw veggies. They will help clear the stickiness and stimulate salivary flow.

-Brush and Floss After Snacking. Brushing and flossing after snacking will neutralize the acid build up and not allow the tooth enamel to be broken down.

Enjoy the Holidays, just use your judgement to make good choices. You can still eat the special foods you love, just do it wisely. Remember, smiles are contagious, spread some holiday cheer with your beautiful smile!