Oral health is one of the key indicators of your overall health and should be taken very seriously—you’ve probably been told this repeatedly. But maybe life has gotten in the way for a couple of years. Maybe you’ve been too busy or have not had the funds. Maybe you have a bad memory. Regardless the reason you haven’t been in to see a dentist, now is definitely the time. Here are some things to consider if you haven’t been to a dentist in years.
What to Expect
Dental health hasn’t changed much in the past few years, but it’s possible that your mouth has. Even with consistent, good care there can be a lot of buildup or other serious problems. That takes time to get rid of and investigate. That’s why it may be a good idea to expect a longer appointment the first visit.
There are other factors that can contribute to a longer visit. Yes, there is new technology that will help your appointment go faster, but there are some extra steps. Your dentist will want new x-rays to see the current state of your teeth. The checkup will also be more extensive. You may also need some extra time to figure out insurance or how to move your dental records over from a different dentist.
Find a Dentist
Finding a dentist that is right for you can be quite the process. Of course it’s best if they are located close to you and have good hours so that you can make it to your appointments. It’s also important to find a dentist that takes your insurance so you can have affordable care. It can also be important to consider their emergency protocol outside of office hours.
Don’t be shy about visiting the dentist’s office to learn more about them. It’s a great place to learn more directly. As you search for a dentist, find extra credentials they might have. Membership in professional organizations stands out as indicators your dentist is the right fit.
Planning for the Future
Now that you’ve gotten the ball rolling by going back to the dentist, it’s important to keep planning to go back. This can include follow up treatments like getting cavities filled or others. But it’s important to go back even when there isn’t a problem, preferably twice a year. Schedule your next appointment at each appointment you go to.
Depending on your insurance and current financial situation, a dental visit may be financially stressful to you. But your dentist’s office will have many people who can help you find affordable options, and there are resources online that can help you find ways to get the dental care you need without being strained financially.
If you happen to be someone who is a little nervous about the dentist, you are not alone. This is common. Many Americans have at least some fear of the dentist. And it’s true that your mouth may be more irritated after. But here is the thing—it is so worth it to take care of your oral health. Not to mention, your dentist is a skilled professional and probably a really cool person. They aren’t going to judge you, no matter the state of your mouth. They only want to help you have a healthier mouth moving forward. Make an investment in yourself by going to the dentist.
Brushing your teeth is something you probably do not think about much. But, the history of toothpaste is fascinating. Who thought of it first, for example? What are the ingredients? Read on for more interesting information about toothpaste.
How Old It Is
Like a surprising number of things people think are new, toothpaste has been around for a long time. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used tooth powder to clean their teeth. These powders were made of pulverized bones, the burnt hooves of oxen, eggshells, and oyster shells. A type of toothpaste whose ingredients were unknown was created in the 9th century by an Iraqi named Zirab. In the late 18th century, a toothpaste called Sosekiko was used in Japan.
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide toothpastes, which are still used today, came into being in 1900. Even before this, in 1895, fluoride started to be added to toothpastes to give extra protection to the teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. However, the use of toothpaste didn’t outstrip the use of tooth powders until the Great War in 1914.
How Strict the Standards Are
According to Murfreesboro Family Dentistry, the American Dental Association has very strict standards for what they qualify as acceptable for toothpaste, and any medical claims are fully supported by legitimate scientific and medical studies. A toothpaste that is certified by the ADA has to have fluoride, be free of substances such as sugar that can lead to tooth decay, have ingredients that have been known to support oral health, and be scientifically shown to be safe and effective. Staff members at any dental clinic will be able to answer questions about which toothpaste is best for you and your smile.
Why Fluoride Is Used in Toothpaste
Fluoride is a compound made from fluorine and another element. In toothpaste, that element is often tin or sodium. Ironically, fluorine is one of the nastiest elements on the periodic table. Pure fluorine is rarely found in nature, and if it is found, it is difficult to handle safely. This is because fluorine is an "unhappy" atom, which means it will bond to almost anything. It will even eat through glass! But, when it is joined with another element, it becomes "happy" and is extremely stable. Fluoride is used in toothpastes because it promotes the growth of enamel in the teeth. The loss of tooth enamel, or demineralization, can cause tooth decay. Fluoride’s ability to support enamel is also why it is put in drinking water.
People have been finding ways to keep their teeth attractive and healthy for thousands of years whether through powders or paste. The next time you brush your teeth, pause a moment to remember and be grateful for the history that has given you your pearly smile.
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Ear pain can be a source of significant discomfort. Due to the many nerves that are clustered in the area, ear pain can sometimes persist for days and be beyond the aid of common over-the-counter painkillers. Some causes of ear pain may require the assistance of medical professionals; others can be solved by yourself. Here are three of the most common causes of ear pain.
Some of the most common causes of ear pain are dental issues. According to Alpine Dental, cavities, impacted molars, abscesses, infections and jaw problems can lead to earaches that seemingly don't go away. Persistent jaw pain may be a sign that you should pay a visit to the dentist. Even if you don't believe you have any cavities, the pain may be coming from a source that is not visible to you, such as a wisdom tooth that is pushing against its neighboring teeth at an abnormal angle. Only a dentist capable of taking an X-ray of your mouth can show you what is happening under the gums.
Earwax is a natural substance produced by your ear to keep out bacteria, dirt, and water. Earwax is normally created in the ear canal and gradually pushed into the outer ear by the hair inside your ear. However, sometimes too much earwax is produced. One of the most common ways people deal with earwax is to clean it with a cotton swab. Unfortunately, this method will only push your earwax deeper into the canal, and can even be dangerous, according to ENT Orlando. Cotton swabs should only be used lightly around your outer ear to brush off dead skin and loosen ear wax. You can use hydrogen peroxide, diluted vinegar or mineral oil to loosen the buildup of wax in the ear and let it drift out normally.
Normally, the air pressure inside your inner ear is roughly the same as the pressure in the outer ear. However, according to Virtua Health, rapid acceleration can quickly destabilize that equilibrium. For example, if you're on a roller coaster, you may feel increasing pressure inside your ear until your ear pops and the pressure recedes. However, there are some instances where you might need to take a more active approach to relieve air pressure. Frequent air travelers often experience ear pain while travelling by plane. The rapid acceleration at takeoff can create a painful buildup of air pressure inside your ear that your body cannot adjust to quickly. In this case, a common remedy is to force your ear to pop by swallowing or chewing gum in order to stimulate frequent swallowing to keep your ear tubes open and air available to your inner ear.
Other causes of ear pain may be a lot more serious than the ones described above. If your ear pain comes with signs of infection, such as a fever, rash or sore throat, and it doesn't go away within a few days of home treatment, you should seek medical attention.
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(BPT) - Get eight hours of sleep at night, eat your vegetables, and an apple a day keeps the doctor away – these are all common health sayings you’ve heard and probably believe to be true. While commonly told health myths may have some truth to them, there are some that don’t hold up to further examination.
1.) Starve a cold and feed a fever. This one has been told for years, though most people can’t remember which one you starve and which you feed. However, according to WebMD, the best advice is to starve neither. You’ll recover from the flu or a cold more quickly with a healthy, balanced diet, so eat sensibly and you’ll be yourself again in no time.
2.) Small and soft toothbrushes make for an ineffective clean. This one isn’t true. The American Dental Association actually recommends using a small brush head with soft bristles. Using a brush like Oral-B’s new Compact Clean provides a small brush head that can get to those hard-to-reach places and provide a precise clean. Because of its unique ultra-dense feathered bristles which offer multiple cleaning tips per filament, Compact Clean will also gently remove plaque in a comfortable, effective way. “As a hygienist, one of the biggest obstacles my patients face is finding the balance between using a brush that is soft enough and achieving an effective clean,” says Andrew Johnston, RDH. “Compact Clean's design allows you to remove plaque while keeping your teeth and gums safe against toothbrush abrasion.”
3.) Cold weather increases your chance of catching a cold. It seems to make sense, but it’s not true. There is no proof colder temperatures increase your chances of catching a cold, according to LiveScience.com. Instead, research shows the spike in colds during the winter months is actually due to people spending more time indoors, around one another, making it easier for the cold to spread from one person to the next.
4.) Reading in poor lighting is bad for your eyes. While it certainly makes it more difficult to focus on what you're reading, there is no evidence that reading under such conditions will cause any permanent structural or long-term damage to your eyes according to WebMD.
5.) An aerobic workout will significantly boost your metabolism all day long. Nope, but you will enjoy a nice boost while you’re actually doing the workout along with a small boost throughout the day, though only about 20 extra calories according to WebMD. If you want improved all day benefits, strength training is actually the better way to go because it conditions your body to burn calories more efficiently.
So the next time you’re tempted to starve your cold, or only read a book with lights blazing, remember that these five commonly held health myths are now debunked! To learn more about how Compact Clean can lead to powerful results, visit www.oralb.com.
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