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Dentist Edmond: Get rid of that old brush!

Dentist Edmond: You should throw away a toothbrush after the Flu

It’s true that once you’ve contracted a cold you won’t be able to reinfect yourself with the same strain of the disease, your body having developed the right antibodies to fight it off. However, it’s still a good idea to get rid of items that you use once you’ve overcome the illness. The Dentist Edmond recommends that you toss items like lip balm, toothbrushes, and some make-up like mascara once the illness has passed. Things that can commonly live in toothbrushes include the Flu, Staph infections, Strep throat, E-Coli, and yeast, all of those are excellent reasons to toss your brush once you start feeling better. The biggest reason for tossing these items is the potential for infecting others, one drop of saliva is enough to infect someone else that you live with.

Dentist Edmond: Never ever share brushes

The Dentist Edmond recommends that you never share toothbrushes with someone else. Another person’s toothbrush is just an avenue for germs to enter your body that they might not otherwise have and besides it’s just plain gross.

 

Bodycare products

We use lip balm in the winter month to keep our lips from becoming dry, cracked, and painful. Many lip balms carry some kind of antimicrobial chemicals in them in order to prevent the spread of disease. But even with these precautions in place, the safest way to prevent infection is to never share lip balms and makeup. Sharing in most cases is caring but in these cases your just providing an infection vector to your friends and family during the Flu season.

It’s not directly an issue regarding your oral health but make sure to change your towels and sheet, cleaning them with steam if you can. The Dentist Edmond hopes you make it through this Flu season healthy and happy and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

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Dentist Edmond: Beware the effects of pool water on enamal

Dentist Edmond recommends monitoring pH levels in pools

It’s starting to get hotter outside and the pools are close to opening up for the Summer. One of the best ways to cool off during a hot summers day is to relax by or in the pool! Especially if the pool is in your backyard! You may have never considered that the chlorine levels in the water might not be properly balanced. But if they’re not, they can damage the enamel of your tooth. Dentist Edmond is here to share some more information from the New York University of Dentistry about this subject.

A few years ago, Dr. Leila Jahangiri, the clinical associate professor and the chair of NYUCD’s Department of Prosthodontics, spoke about what was found when homeowners attempted to maintain pools of their own. It’s understandable that homeowners would want to save some money by avoiding having to hire professionals to help maintain their pools, it can be dangerous decision. Not having a professional help maintain your pool can often lead to improper pH levels in your water which can, according to Jahangiri, “result in irreversible damage to one’s teeth.”

She also added that “it is difficult balance to maintain home pools properly” and that “proper pool chlorine and pH levels need to be monitored and maintained on a weekly basis.”

Our dentist Edmond knows you might be wondering what a little lab work research could really prove, but rest assured it was more than an educated guess. Jahangiri observed first-hand, in a 52-year old male patient, the effects of improper pool pH levels. His teeth were extremely sensitive and had dark staining and rapid enamel loss over a short, 5 month period. This was a result of his 90 minute swimming exercise routine.

So, before you go diving into the cold, refreshing water in your backyard pool, the dentist Edmond hopes you’ll consider carefully how you plan to maintain proper pH and chlorine levels, for the sake of your pearly whites!

Should you feel the need to have a dental checkup and ensure that things are on the right track with your teeth, don’t hesitate to come and see our Edmond dentist. You may make an appointment with our Edmond dentist at Wallace Family Dentistry by calling 405-340-0411.

If you need a dental checkup, call Philip Gray, DDS, Dentist Edmond today at 405-330-5458 and schedule an appointment!

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Dentist Edmond and dental myths

Dentist Edmond talks about some common dental myths

There’s a ton of information out there on the internet. So of it’s good, some of it’s not. The dentist Edmond is here to dispel some of the more common ones.

Bad Breath=bad brusher: If you have bad breath, it must be because you don’t take care of your teeth as well as you should, right? Well, bad breath is actually caused by a number of factors. The foods you eat can play a big part in how your breath smells. Foods like garlic, for instance, can take over a mouth no matter how well you brush. Even certain sickness can cause bad breath.

Aspirin directly on a tooth will cure pain: It’s an old at-home remedy….and it doesn’t work. You should always swallow aspirin as it’s the only way it can work to relieve pain in your body. Another reason you shouldn’t put aspirin directly on an aching tooth is that it can react and cause a nasty chemical burn, giving you 2 sources of pain to deal with now!

Don’t brush your bleeding gums: It might make sense at first, if your gums are bleeding don’t agitate them by running a toothbrush over them. But in reality the opposite it true. Whenever your gums are bleeding, it’s a sign that plaque and other germs have gotten into your gums and are starting to cause damage. In order to get the gunk out, you need to keep brushing. If your flossing for the first time in awhile or doing pretty harshly it can also lead to your gums beginning to bleed. It might hurt a little but brushing is the best way to clean up your gums and get them to stop bleeding.

Schedule an appointment with Philip Gray, dentist Edmond, today and get your smile cleaned up!

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Edmond Dentist: The Dangers of Sugar

Edmond Dentist: Keeping your Oral Health in top form

Think back to when you were a kid, did your parents ever tell you too much sugar will rot your teeth? Now, saying this may have helped avoid stomach aches and weight gain, it isn’t necessarily true. It’s true sugar is the main cause of tooth decay, maintaining oral health doesn’t require you to completely cut out sugar. Taking good care of your oral health and seeing you dentist regularly will help you avoid cavities and tooth decay even when your diet is high in sugar. The Edmond Dentist also has some things to look out for.

Sugar and Tooth Decay

Teeth decay occurs when sugar in the foods we eat mix with bacteria in your mouth and creates an acid that eats away at your teeth’s enamel. Once your enamel deteriorates it’s easy for the bacteria to cause further damage such as cavities and tooth loss. This tooth loss can become even more prevalent when a high sugar diet is mixed with poor dental hygiene, as people with poor dental hygiene lack the protection that brushing and flossing regularly give.

Prevention

Cutting down on sugar can be a scary thought. It’s nearly impossible to cut sugar out of a diet completely. Sugar is found in many healthy food products like bread, fruit, and milk in addition to the not-so-healthy options like soda, cookies and candy. However, you can mitigate the effects of sugar by getting it out of your mouth quickly. The less time sugar spends in your mouth, the less time it has to mix with bacteria and form acid that can damage your teeth.

High Sugar drinks like juice and soda are the most harmful because the liquid tends to sit in your mouth longer than a bit of cookie. The same can be said for candy, crunchy candy that you can chew and swallow quickly is better than a lollipop or jawbreaker that needs to sit in your mouth. Drinking water after consuming sugary foods can also help rinse away the sugar in your mouth.

You can also help fight tooth decay by brushing with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride creates a layer over your teeth that makes them resistant to the acid that sugar and bacteria create. If you have a history of cavities, your dentist may add more fluoride to your dental routine to help further protect your teeth.

Maintain Dental Visits

While good oral habits and a good diet are the main ways you can keep your teeth healthy, it’s also vital to see your dentist regularly. Dentist will clear away decay causing bacteria that hides in your mouth and can spot the early signs of a cavity, helping you take steps to avoid further issues. If you live in the Edmond, Oklahoma area and have questions or want to schedule an appointment give The Edmond dentist a call today!

Why You Should Choose Sugarless Gum - Dentist Edmond

Dentist Edmond: Why You Should Choose Sugarless Gum

Dentist Edmond: How You Can Chew Gum And Prevent Cavities

Some people like to chew gum as a way to prevent snacking on other things they shouldn’t be eating, to help kick their smoking habit, or perhaps it’s just a habit to chew gum. No matter what your reason for wanting to chew gum, you probably don’t want to cause your teeth to decay, right? Our dentist in Edmond says that it’s possible to enjoy chewing gum, as long as you do it responsibly.

If you only like chewing gum for the sugar rush, you’re in trouble! If you care more about your dental hygiene, then consider that many brands of gum are full of sugar. This is not good for your teeth as the sugar is utilized by plaque bacteria in one’s mouth to produce acids which does damage to the protective layer on your teeth, or enamel. When the enamel is no longer intact it leads to cavities and other potential dental problems. Our dentist in Edmond has seen this happen!

So what can you do? Opt for sugarless gum, instead.

Some clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating a meal can help prevent tooth decay, or cavities. Sugarless gum also helps to increase saliva in the mouth to wash away food and debris.

Here’s why having a healthy amount of saliva matters:

  • It can neutralize the acids produced by bacteria in your mouth.
  • It can help fight diseases in the mouth.
  • Increased saliva provides more calcium and phosphates (to strengthen enamel on teeth).

Our dentist in Edmond agrees with the promise that the American Dental Association (ADA) forth in that their products follow safety guidelines. So, when you are looking for a sugarless gum brand in the grocery store, seek out the ADA seal on the label as their approved gums will contain less harmful sweeteners instead of sugar such as; aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol, and mannitol.

With that being said, our dentist in Edmond also suggests maintaining a daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine to ensure that your teeth remain as clean and healthy as possible. It’s best to use a fluoride toothpaste and brush at least twice per day for best results. Additionally, flossing between your teeth at least once per day is recommended.

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Dentist Edmond: Dental Health For Expectant Mothers

Dentist Edmond: Pregnancy & Oral Health

After the shock or excitement of learning that you’re expecting a lot of questions may come to mind. Pregnancy can be a fun time of learning new information about the overall health suggestions. Dental health concerns may come natural for an expecting mother not just for themselves, but also for their unborn child. Today, our dentist in Edmond is going to review a something you may find helpful if you’ve recently learned that you’re going to be welcoming a bundle of joy into the world!

Expecting Mothers May Have Inflammation Of The Gums

As you may already know, a pregnant woman’s hormones change quite a bit. These changes can sometimes cause inflammation of the gums, or Gingivitis. Our dentist in Edmond encourages you to be mindful of this common occurrence which is said to happen most often between the second and eighth month of pregnancy. If you notice red, puffy or tender gums that tend to bleed when you brush these are the possible signs of Gingivitis. With that being said, it’s very important to maintain good oral hygiene during pregnancy.

Brushing With Fluoride Toothpaste

To help prevent tooth decay and gum (periodontal) diseases it is still recommended by the ADA (and our dentist in Edmond) to brush with a fluoride toothpaste. Simply look for the ADA seal on the toothpaste you purchase to make sure it’s the best for removing plaque.

Using Floss And Mouthwash

Flossing is an important step that many people forget about. Gently slide the floss between your teeth. Don’t shove it down! Rinsing may be an option you supplement with, too. As with toothpaste, look for the ADA seal on your mouthwash. It’s recommended to opt for using an anti-gingivitis mouthwash to rinse with.

Our dentist in Edmond has a lot of experience, so if you have any questions about your oral health in relation to your pregnancy, please ask.

We’d love to help you maintain your dental health! If you’d like to book an appointment with our dentist in Edmond please call us at 405-330-5458 or click here.