TIPS TO REDUCE DENTAL CAVITY NATURALLY

Overview

In today’s time Dental Cavities are among the world’s most common oral health problems. These problems can be seen in people of any age. Dental Cavities are also known as Dental Caries, which is nothing but the holes in the teeth. These holes and damage to the teeth are caused due to the aids maid by bacteria that leads to Demineralization and destruction of the hard tissues of the tooth.

There are various factors that increase the risk of getting cavities, which includes the food that sticks to your teeth for a long time, poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, repeated snacking or sipping receiving less fluorides, etc.

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Depending upon the type of tooth problem, the signs and symptoms of the cavity may vary. Some of the most common symptoms of cavities are toothache, sensitivity, slight pain while eating or drinking, visible holes in the infected tooth and black, white or brown stains on the surface of the tooth.

7 TIPS TO REDUCE DENTAL CAVITIES NATURALLY

There are certain natural tips that can help in reducing dental cavities and maintain good oral health. They are:

  • Avoid sugary foods, especially those with refined sugar: Sugar is an integral part of our food and we cannot avoid it completely, but the usage of refined sugar should be avoided as much as possible because it is more likely to develop plaque in which the bacteria easily grows. After eating foods which are rich in sugar, you should rinse your mouth with water so that the excess sugar is washed off and not available as the food for bacteria to grow. Sticky foods rich in sugar should also be avoided as it stays on the surface of the tooth for a long time and the growth of the bacteria is catalyzed.
  • Ensure Nutritious foods: Maintain a diet which nutritious, healthy and rich in vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E and K and other minerals in order to keep your teeth cavity free. Calcium is very beneficial for your teeth as a result, it is suggested to consume dairy products, almonds, soy products and dark leafy vegetables. Vitamin D maintains the balance of calcium and phosphate in the bones and teeth, as a result coconut milk, cow milk, eggs and yogurt should be added to the diet.
  • Xylitol: Xylitol is a sugar alcohol which is safe for teeth. It has many dental health benefits. It prevents the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Xylitol being the natural sweetener does not convert into acids that cause tooth decay. It decreases levels of decay causing bacteria in the mouth. Add xylitol as a sweetener to some food items or use chewing gums that have xylitol. Dentists also recommend usage of xylitol toothpastes as it helps in reducing dental cavities naturally.
  • Take foods that break down plaque: Dental plaque is the worst and the most common oral health problem. It causes tooth erosion and decay. Dentists suggest the intake of foods that break down plaque. Apple, cheese, green tea, cranberry juice, dry fruits and nuts and fiber rich foods help breakdown the plaque. Intake of these foods suppresses the plaque development in the mouth.
  • Proper cleaning habits: Keeping your teeth and mouth clean is the easiest and essential way of reducing dental cavities. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and should also clean your tongue as the tongue can also carry bacteria and food particles. You should also use floss to remove bacteria from places which are hard to reach through brushing. As these bacteria deposit may lead to the tooth cavity and hence it is suggested to follow proper cleaning habits.
  • Avoid carbonated beverage and acidic food: Soda contains high amount of sugar while diet soda contains phosphorus and carbonation which destroys the enamel on your teeth. Many energy drinks and bottled iced teas also contain high amount of sugar and carbonation which is unhealthy for the teeth. Lemons, citrus fruits and other acidic foods also cause cavity if kept for a longer period in the mouth. You should use a straw if you prefer regular intake of carbonated beverages in order to avoid it’s too much contact to the teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water: Water not only washes away the bacteria, but also keeps you hydrated so you can keep producing enough saliva. Water with fluoride is considered best for the oral health. It also dilutes away the acids which are produced by the bacteria in the mouth. Low saliva supply can cause dry mouth which can cause tooth decay; therefore it is advisable to drink plenty of water to avoid the risk of tooth decay.

Conclusion:

When the tooth enamel gets affected by the deposits of acid caused by the proliferation of bacteria on the teeth, a dental cavity is formed. Dentists normally suggest dental surgeries in order to fill the cavities. However by following the above mentioned tips, you can avoid the chances of dental cavities naturally. Proper oral care and hygiene should also be maintained in order to reduce cavities.

 

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Diabetes and Oral Health Problems

Overview

 During the past ten years, much research has been undertaken on the link between periodontal disease and diabetes. The periodontal disease is the sixth leading complication of diabetes and if you have been diagnosed with it, then you are three to four times more likely to develop it. You are at a higher risk for more severe levels of gum infection and bone loss.

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The more severe form of gum disease is called as periodontitis. When you reach this stage, the gums start to pull away from your teeth. The pockets form between the gums and teeth and these will fill with pus and germs and deepen. When this happens, you;ll need the gum surgery in order to save your teeth. If nothing is done, then the infection will destroy the bone around the teeth. The teeth will then start to move or begin to loose. Then the teeth may fall out or need to be pulled.

Is There an Association Between Gum Disease and Diabetes?

 Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and most of them may be surprised to learn about the unexpected complicated related with it. As per research, there is an increased prevalence of the gum disease among those with diabetes. It also add serious gum disease to the list of other associated complications such as stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.

 Is There a Two-Way Street?

 The emerging research suggests that the relation between serious gum disease and diabetes is a two way street. People with diabetes are more susceptible to serious gum diseases that have the potential to affect the blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. The research also suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for oral health problems such as gingivitis which is an early stage of gum disease and periodontitis which is a serious gum disease.

The reason why people with diabetes are at higher risk for serious gum disease is that they are more susceptible to the bacterial infection and have a decreased ability to fight the bacteria which invades the gum. The Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health states that the good oral health is an integral part to the general health. Ensure to brush and floss properly and visit your dentist for regular checkups.

 If I Have Diabetes, am I at Risk for Dental Problems?

 If your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled then you are more likely to develop serious gum diseases and lose more teeth than the non-diabetics. Unlike all the infections, serious gum disease may be a factor causing the blood sugar level to rise and make harder to control the diabetes. Other oral health problems related to diabetes are: dry mouth which can cause soreness, ulcers, thrush, an infection caused by fungus which grows in the mouth, infections and cavities.

How Can I Help Prevent Dental Problems Associated with Diabetes?

 Control your blood glucose level. Take good care of the teeth and gums, along with a regular checkup every six months. Maintain good diabetic control to control fungal infection and thrush. Avoid smoking. Remove and clean dentures daily if you wear them. Good blood glucose control helps to prevent or relieve the dry mouth caused by diabetes.

What Can I Expect at My Checkup? Should I Tell My Dental Professional About My Diabetes?

 Dentists and hygienist are equipped to meet the special needs of people with diabetes. Keep your dentists and hygienist informed about any changes in your condition and medication you might be taking. If your blood sugar level is not in good control then postpone any non-emergency dental procedures.

 Source:

What Is the Link Between Type 2 Diabetes and Oral Health?

 

Dental Care and Pregnancy

Overview

It is vital for you to take good care of your teeth and gums while pregnant. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes which increases the risk of developing gum disease which in turn can affect the health of your developing baby. Here are some tips to help you maintain good oral health before, during and after pregnancy.

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Before You Get Pregnant

Try to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant. This will help your teeth to get professionally cleaned, get a careful examination of the gum tissue and get treated for any oral health problems in advance of your pregnancy.

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Dental Care While Pregnant

Tell your dentist or doctor if you are pregnant. You can get your routine dental care at any time during pregnancy and any urgent procedure can be done as well. However, all elective dental procedures should be postponed until after delivery. Before your dental appointment, check with your obstetrician to see if she has any special instructions or precautions for you.

  • Tell your dentist about the names and dosages of all drugs you are taking currently, including the medications and the prenatal vitamins prescribed by your doctor as well as any specific medical advice your doctor has given you. Your dentist will need to alter your dental treatment plan based on this information.
  • Do not skip your dental checkup appointment simply because you are pregnancy. This is the time during which regular periodontal or gum exams since pregnancy causes hormonal changes which put you at increased risk of periodontal disease and pregnancy gingivitis in which tender gums bleed easily. Pay attentional to any changes in the gums during pregnancy. Talk with your dentist or periodontist if tenderness, gum swelling or bleeding occurs at any time during pregnancy.
  • Dental X-rays can be done during pregnancy. Your dentist will use extreme caution to safeguard you and your baby such as thyroid and shielding your abdomen. Today advances in technology have made X-rays much safer than in the past decades.
  • Follow good oral hygiene practices to prevent and/or reduce the oral health problems.

Coping with Morning Sickness

  • If morning sickness keeps you from brushing your teeth then change to a bland-tasting toothpaste during pregnancy. Ask your dentist or hygienist to recommend brands.
  • Rinse your mouth out with water or a mouth rinse if you suffer from morning sickness and have bouts of frequent vomiting.

Eating Right for Your Teeth and Baby

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet during pregnancy. Your baby’s first teeth begin to develop about three months into pregnancy. Include dairy products, yogurt and cheese as they are a good source of essential minerals and good for baby’s developing gums, teeth and bones.
  • Avoid sugary snacks. Although sweet cravings are very common during pregnancy. Keep in mind that the more frequently you snack, the greater the chance of developing tooth decay.

After You’ve Had Your Baby

If you have experienced any gum problems during pregnancy, then see your dentist soon after delivery to get your entire mouth examined. Also get evaluation of your periodontal health.

Conclusion

You have so much to think when it comes to pregnancy from how you are going to decorate the baby’s room to what you are going to name the baby, to the diapers and bottles and bibs you are going to need. Well, with all these things to think during pregnancy, ensure to keep your health and well being on the list and this includes your mouth as well.

Dental care questions during pregnancy are common among the expecting moms. Annual exams and preventive dental cleanings are not only safe during pregnancy but are strongly recommended. Keeping your mouth healthy will help to keep you healthy which will help to keep your baby healthy. Brushing and flossing contributes to your overall health. Hence, it is quite essential to get the dental care during pregnancy.

 Source:

Teeth for Two: Oral Health During Pregnancy

Top oral cavity changes during pregnancy