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Man Up Your Health

Hannah Johnson - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Nationally, the month of June is recognized as Men’s Health Month. Your oral health plays a large part in your overall health and vice versa. Check out these few tips and some concerns for men to be aware of in order to keep that charming smile clean and healthy this summer!

Yes, Seriously. Twice A Day.

According to a national survey, men are 20% less likely than women to brush their teeth twice a day, as recommended by the American Dental Association. When you brush two times – after waking up in the morning and before going to bed, it removes the build up of plaque that accumulates throughout the day and night. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day prevents gum disease, maintains fresh breath and therefore, makes you more kissable.

Guard Your Grill

When playing sports such as basketball, football, hockey, or boxing, mouth guards are a must. We know, we know … it’s not the best looking accessory but it could protect against a very costly situation. And if, for some reason, you do end up with a chipped tooth or even just tooth pain after an impact, it is imperative that you don’t try to take the “tough guy” approach this time. Visit your dentist immediately because there may be some underlying issue that the impact has caused.

Protect Against Dry Mouth

Many medications that are more likely to be prescribed to men than women such as those that treat heart disease and high blood pressure, cause a side effect known as dry mouth which prevents your mouth from producing saliva. When this happens, there’s an increased risk of cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. So when you’re taking these types of medications, it’s important to drink a lot of water, chew sugarless gum and avoid sugar to promote saliva production.

Skipping Dentist Appointments Can Cost You

A study done by the CDC showed that over 40% of men skip their regular dental checkups. When you skip dentist appointments, a critical issue may come up that could’ve been found and fixed months before it became painful, invasive and more expensive. When you make your appointments, it’s one sure-fire way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Prevention is Key

Men tend to smoke, drink alcohol and chew tobacco more than women. This factor makes men more susceptible to oral health issues which can lead to gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer.When you avoid these habits, it benefits the health of not only your mouth, but your entire body.

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Tooth Travel Tips

Hannah Johnson - Thursday, June 07, 2018

Summer is officially here and it is time to hit the beach! But before you pack your bags, read these few tips and tricks to make sure your dental hygiene doesn’t suffer over the next couple of weeks. You may be on vacation but your teeth are not so be sure to remember these easy travel tips before you head off for vacay!

  1. Convenience is Key. Planning for a road trip? Slip a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss into the glove compartment or your purse to freshen up at a rest stop after all the snacking that obviously happens on road trips.
  2. Don’t Leave with A Toothache. If you’re in pain, make sure you visit your dentist before leaving for your vacation. It could be more serious than you think and you wouldn’t want a dental emergency to happen while you’re away from home.
  3. Travel Cases Are a No Go. Travel cases for your toothbrush are convenient and seemingly hygienic but it’s actually the opposite. The wet enclosed area is a feeding ground for bacteria to grow so after brushing your teeth, you should let your toothbrush air dry and THEN put it away.
  4. Flying to your destination? Make sure you remember to drink PLENTY of water, especially with all the snacking that goes on! (Yeah, we know you snuck them on the plane) Keep a toothbrush, floss, and small tube of toothpaste that’s allowed by airlines in your carry on.
  5. Pack Gum. When traveling, you don’t get to brush your teeth as often as you’d like or need to so make sure to pack sugar free gum! It increases the saliva production which washes away sugars and food particles that can cause cavities.
With these tips in mind as you hit the road and take off on your fun summer adventure, your oral health is sure to travel well with you and not give you any issues as you make memories with the ones you love!

 

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