At Integrity Dental, we are passionate about helping our patients have optimal oral health. Unfortunately, there are always some individuals who do not make their oral health a priority. Poor oral health can be caused by a number of factors, including poor brushing habits, a lack of routine dental care, and delayed treatments. Being diligent with your oral health does more than help your teeth and mouth. Not caring for your mouth properly can lead to complications with your overall health, including problems with your heart.
Typically, the day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. At Integrity Dental, we are not interested in retail sales, because we are too busy celebrating National Flossing Day. Established in 2000, National Flossing Day was created to raise awareness about the importance of flossing to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
This year seems to be flying by! It’s hard to believe that it is already October and Halloween is right around the corner. Do you have a sweet tooth? Maybe someone in your family does, or you dread Halloween because it’s too easy to overindulge. It is fine to have a sweet treat now and then, but eating candy and other sweets in excess can lead to serious complications with your oral health. Thankfully, there are so many other options available in place of consuming your Halloween candy. Here are some of our favorite ideas:
It’s hard to believe that the summer season is coming to an end and fall is right around the corner. Although our weather may say something different, take any trip to a local store, and you will find endless amounts of fall and holiday items. While we hope all of our patients remain healthy during this time, occasional illnesses are always possible. If you should happen to fall ill, there are certain changes you should be making to help prevent any complications with your oral health.
At Integrity Dental, we want our patients to become educated about how to improve their oral health. The best way to improve your oral health is to have an excellent oral hygiene routine. Unfortunately, if you don’t clean your teeth correctly, you may develop plaque. If you have seen any commercials for dental health products, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, you may have heard the term dental plaque mentioned. Do you know what dental plaque is and why it is so harmful to your oral health? Plaque is a sticky film that coats the teeth and is caused by bacteria introduced into the mouth from food and drink.
Do you wake up in the morning feeling tension in your jaw and face? Or do you regularly experience dental discomfort but do not have dental decay? If so, you may be grinding your teeth. The correct term for teeth grinding and clenching is bruxism. Patients who experience bruxism have a greater chance of experiencing severe dental issues, such as cracks or breaks, due to the repeated pressure on the teeth. One major cause of bruxism is stress.
When was the last time you visited our office for a hygiene examination and cleaning? If it has been longer than six months, you are due for a visit. One of the best aspects of summer is the relaxed schedule, making it the perfect time to visit our office. If you have been meaning to schedule your next visit but are always too busy, now is a great time to call our office, before the hustle and bustle of the fall begins. Once fall arrives, time will move quickly, and it will be the holiday season before you know it. The longer you go between appointments, the greater the chance you have of experiencing dental problems. Read on to learn more about the importance of receiving routine dental care.
We are thrilled that summer is here! All of the children are out of school, the hot weather has arrived, and the schedules are lighter. We have loved hearing about all of your wonderful plans for this season. We want to remind you of the importance of continuing to care for your oral health. We would hate for you to have an amazing summer and start the fall with a dental emergency or oral health problem.
With summer right around the corner, we know that many of our patients are going to be attending parties, BBQ, and may be traveling as well. Attending a special event or a trip is a time to indulge in foods and drinks that may be harmful for your oral health. You may be familiar with foods that are not good for your oral health, but did you know there are many beverages that are harmful as well? Sugary drinks such as soft drinks, lemonade, and fruit punch flow in abundance during the summer months. It is important to remember that it is wise to consume these types of beverages in moderation.
Do you have a young child in your life? If so, you are familiar with the struggle of helping them with their oral health. We want to help set children up for success with their oral health routine, not only to create lasting habits, but also to help avoid the possibility of experiencing tooth decay. Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions found in children. We want to share some tips on how to help your child or young loved one prevent tooth decay: