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Cavities… But Why?

Improperly brushing your teeth is more common than you think. What most people don’t realize is that if you take proper care of your teeth, you can almost guarantee that you will never get a cavity (again, if you already have one!

Here is a list of common mistakes that people make:
•Not brushing enough (at least twice a day is recommended)
•Not brushing teeth for long enough when brushing
•Using the wrong technique
•Missing spots on teeth during brush
•Using the wrong type of toothpaste

If you have had cavities in the past or have cavities now, you may be making one or several of these mistakes. If you do have cavities, it is necessary to get them fixed at the dentist or you are susceptible to getting more cavities.

To avoid these common mistakes, visit our suggestions page on the proper way to brush your teeth here.

Gingivitis Alert!

Gingivitis is the result of the inflammation of the gums. It is also the initial stage of gum disease and disease and this can lead into more serious issues. It is important that it does not go untreated because it can lead into a condition that is known as .

It is important to brush twice a day minimum and floss once, to help reduce the buildup of plaque. Plaque produces toxic acids that irritate the gum tissue and cause gingivitis.

How can I tell if I have gingivitis?
Gingivitis can produce swollen and tender gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing. Another symptom is if your gums appear to be receding and your teeth appear elongated in their appearance.
If left untreated the gum disease can create pockets that form between the teeth and gums. These pockets become filled with old food particles and plaque, which results in recurring bad breath and a bad taste in their mouth.

What can I do to prevent gingivitis?
The best thing you can do to prevent gingivitis is to practice good dental hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and scheduling a professional cleaning twice a year.

Ways to help stop gingivitis before it develops:
The single biggest thing you can do is to keep your teeth clean. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and get your teeth cleaned twice a year. But beyond that you can also eating the right foods, avoid sticky and sugary foods. Also smoking is a big no no.

Tips: Navigate The “Sweets-Trap”

Are you a sweets eating fan? Contrary to popular belief, you can indulge in a few treats without doing damage to your teeth – as long as you know a few helpful tips, of course. According to the American Dental Association, one of the key factors in tooth decay is the amount of time food stays in your mouth. For example, a sticky candy cane is far more likely to cause plaque and decay than a piece of holiday chocolate because the hard candy tends to stay around your teeth for much longer. As that candy sits in the crevices of your teeth and gums, its sugars and acids begin to attack your teeth until it is either washed or brushed away.

For this reason, the American Dental Association suggests that people eat any sugary foods with meals. Eating increases the production of saliva and helps rinse sugary particles away more quickly. If you must consume sugary candies or foods between meals, consider chewing sugarless gum afterward. Like eating, chewing gum also increases the flow of saliva. Along the same lines, drinking fluoridated water can also help eliminate sugary residue, so it’s a good idea to increase your water intake over the holidays, as well. Finally, it may be common sense, but many people forget to brush their teeth at least twice a day. This habit is especially important during the holiday season (as we blogged about before) when sweet treats are abundant and busy schedules make people forgetful. For more information and advice specific to your individual life, talk to your dental plan dentist. Remember: There is hope; it is possible to enjoy sweets and desserts without sacrificing your oral health!