Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Wine Could Help Protect Your Teeth From Cavities And Gum Disease!

Calling all wine lovers! Your nightly glass of Pinot Noir or your favorite Merlot at the ladies luncheon might not be as presumptuous as you think. These classic wine beverages have been found to actually aid in helping your body, some may even consider them healthy if taken in moderation. Your Community Dental has an appreciation for those who love wine and would like to share how wine might actually be helping your smile. 

Classic red wines are full of polyphenols, the darker the wine the more it contains. Polyphenols have been linked to colon and heart support but when it comes to your oral health, studies have found that they could possibly help fight bacteria which protects you from cavities and even gum disease. Polyphenols are produced in plants and fruits and they fight bacteria and infections. Turns out, they work similarly in the human body. The polyphenols found in red wine can help fight bacteria that sticks to our teeth and gums. By breaking down the bacteria, it keeps it from growing into a cavity or even gum disease. 

Sip away on your glass of wine and enjoy a glass or two from time-to-time. Wine in moderation is good for the mind but also good for your health. We always talk about how oral health and overall health go hand-in-hand, but now you can be assured that your glass of wine won’t ruin your summer diet plan. Drinking this beverage in moderation might even promote a healthy heart, colon, and even help your smile stay healthy by fighting bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease. 

On the down side, red wine can stain your teeth. But don’t worry, Your Community Dental can help by providing an awesome whitening treatment. When you are ready for your next appointment call our office at 910-342-9210.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Toothbrush Technologies: What Type Of Toothbrush Should Your Be Using?

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Your Community Dental is always up-to-the-minute on the latest oral health trends. But we can’t forget the one of the most important habits that will keep your teeth happy and healthy: brushing your teeth! The toothbrush is an amazing invention and no matter what it is one of our favorite aspects of dental health care. Tooth brushing technologies date all the way back to 3500 BC, where the Babylonians and the Egyptians brushed their teeth with the frayed ends of twigs. We don’t recommend you start brushing your teeth with twigs, but it is amazing to see how the toothbrush has evolved over time.

The modern toothbrush wasn’t created until around 1938 and the first electric toothbrush was made in the 1960s. Since then, toothbrush technologies have continued to advance. Now, tooth brushes come in all kinds of patterns and styles. They also come in many different sizes and textures for kids, with smaller mouths, or adults, with more sensitive teeth. Whether you are using an electric or manual toothbrush, brushing your teeth is the first step towards a healthy mouth.

Electric toothbrushes are becoming more and more popular for kids and adults. Advancements in technology have even made it more fun for kids whose parents sometimes have a hard time getting them to brush their teeth every day by using a song toothbrush, which plays a songs while you’re brushing. Kids are the only ones who can enjoy this kind of toothbrush. You can now connect your toothbrush to your phone via Bluetooth. Some toothbrushes allow you to play music from them but others record brushing habits and analyze them with an app you can download to your phone. Then, you can get tips on how to improve your oral health by brushing your teeth more effectively.

Whether you are using a fancy electronic toothbrush or a regular toothbrush, what matters most is that you are brushing at least twice a day; and don’t forget the toothpaste! Make sure to brush all sides of your teeth, and even your tongue, for approximately two minutes. It is also recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three months.

At Your Community Dental, we are excited about brushing teeth and making sure your teeth are shiny and healthy. If you have any questions about how you can improve your dental hygiene habits, call Your Community Dental and schedule an appointment with us.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Why Do Your Teeth Hurt When You Are Sick?

A sinus infection, the common cold, an ear infection: All of these could be reasons for your toothache. You may have experienced some type of sickness spell this season, it has been one of the worst, but did you notice your teeth were aching? Your Community Dental is holding down the fort in Wilmington with a tidy office, but we have notice a few patients who have had toothaches due to their illness. This is actually quite common. Just like how oral health and overall health go hand-in-hand so does sickness and tooth pain. The rest of your body is achy, so why wouldn’t your teeth be?

Everything is connected. From sinusitis issues to chest pain, it’s all connected with your oral health too. Tooth pain is commonly associated with being sick, especially when it comes to sinus infections and ear infections. The ears, nose, and throat all run together. This means when one hurts, they could all hurt. So if you have a nasty ear infection, this could cause your throat to be sore because your ears drain through the throat. It could also cause your teeth to ache. The same goes for a sinus infection. Sinus infections are most commonly known for causing irritation in the nose and oftentimes a sinus headache but since it is all connected, a toothache could be part of the drill. 

Tooth pain and sickness can also go beyond the basic sinus or ear infection. Things like a common cold, the flu, or any other sickness really, can cause a little toothache. But if you find the tooth pain lingering around after the sickness has run its course, then it is time to schedule a dental exam. If the tooth pain continues or gets even worse, call Your Community Dental and schedule an appointment. One of our dentists will examine your teeth, help you better understand the pain, and help you find a solution. For now, just remember to wash your hands and stay clean during the season of germs.