New Year, Healthier Mouth

January 29, 2018

Filed under: General — puredental @ 11:13 am

Are you having trouble coming up with a new year’s resolution? Instead of creating a huge list of impossible feats, why not choose to do a few things that are not only more attainable but also help you stay healthy? 2018 is the year to improve your oral health! Here are a few things you can do to achieve your best smile.

Visit The Dentist

Whether it has been a long time or just a few months since you last visited the dentist, start the year off right by scheduling a dental reservation. We recommend that you schedule oral hygiene maintenance and oral exams at least once each year to ensure you’re doing everything you can to maintain a healthy mouth. Even if your teeth look and feel fine, you most likely need to remove hard-to-reach plaque and so that we can diagnose any cavities or other issues.

Make Flossing A Habit

Brushing twice a day isn’t always enough to remove all the plaque and food buildup on and around your teeth. Committing to flossing once each day is a great way to improve the health of your teeth this new year. To make it a habit, try placing a flossing pick or container of floss right next to where you keep your toothbrush. This way when you go to grab your toothbrush at night, you’ll notice the floss and be more inclined to use it.

Drink Water That Contains Fluoride

Fluoridated water, which often comes from your tap, is typically a good source of fluoride. When it comes to your teeth, fluoride has been shown to help prevent tooth decay and increase tooth protection. If you tend to drink bottled water, try drinking from the tap once in a while since most bottled water does not contain fluoride.

Choose Healthier Foods & Cut Back On Sugar

Rather than attempting to follow a strict diet in 2018, try cutting back on sugar and choosing more mouth-healthy foods instead. The more sugar you consume, the more likely you are to remove the protective enamel on your teeth and develop tooth decay. Sugar-free foods and beverages are a much better for your teeth and they usually taste better than you think! Additionally, be sure to eat foods that benefit your teeth. Fiber-filled foods can help scrub away plaque, while calcium-rich foods help keep your teeth strong and healthy.
If you’re ready to improve the look and health of your teeth, schedule a reservation with Pure Dental Spa today! We’ll help you get started on your 2018 journey to a healthier smile.

Getting Over The Flu

January 22, 2018

Filed under: Blog — puredental @ 1:03 pm

It’s peak flu season in Illinois, and Pure Dental Spa wants to remind our patients to pay attention to your oral health when you’re sick! Caring for your mouth when you’re sick is especially important because the flu virus is transmitted easily through your mouth. Below are some of the ways to keep your oral health up to par while you overcome the flu!

Swish and Spit

If you are sick with the flu, chances are you’re likely vomiting. If this is the case, you might feel like reaching for your toothbrush right after you’re done. In reality, what this does is rub the stomach acids that are in your mouth all over the surface of your teeth and eroding the enamel. Instead of brushing right after throwing up, try just swishing around water and spitting it into the sink. You can brush after about twenty minutes of doing this.

Drink Water

Staying hydrated is key when you’re ill for a couple of reasons. Dehydration can lead to dry mouth which can, in turn, lead to cavities. It’s important to drink lots and lots of water to keep the saliva flowing to help prevent dry mouth. You’ll also want to be conscious of the types of fluids you’re getting. Your body needs lots of fluids to help replenish itself when you’re sick, and a lot of times, sports drinks are recommended because they are rich in electrolytes. However, these drinks are also full of sugar which can be harmful to your teeth. Drink them in moderation alongside water.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene when you’re sick isn’t limited to frequent brushing, flossing, and mouth wash swishing. It also means covering your mouth when you cough and sneeze, never ever sharing your tooth brush, and replacing your toothbrush after you’ve been sick. Generally, you should be replacing your toothbrush every three months. Once you’re starting to feel better, throw away any toothbrush you used while you were sick to avoid re-infecting yourself.
When you are feeling better, it’s probably a good idea to visit the dentist. Having the flu can take a toll on your oral health, so getting a professional cleaning and a checkup is never a bad idea. Schedule your reservation with Pure Dental Spa to see how we can help you get your oral health back on track!

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