Posts for: March, 2019
What does spring mean to you? The season officially starts on March 20th, but depending where you live you might start seeing the signs earlier or later. We often think of spring as a time of new beginnings—when the first green buds appear and the earth wakes up from its winter sleep. Spring is also a great time to break out of those old winter routines and make positive changes in your life; for example, learning to manage stress, improving sleep habits and getting more exercise. To those worthy aims, we'd like to add one more suggestion: This spring, make it a goal to improve your oral hygiene!
Maintaining good oral hygiene often results in fewer cavities, reduced gum disease and better checkups at the dental office. But for some people it can mean a lot more. A growing body of research points to a connection between oral health and overall health—especially when it comes to systemic (whole-body) diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and others. In many instances, improving oral health can lead to better management of these diseases.
So how do you start improving your oral hygiene? Glad you asked! Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, AND floss once a day—every day! Use a soft-bristled toothbrush for gentle, effective cleaning.
- Limit between-meal snacks to give your mouth a chance to neutralize the acids that can cause tooth decay.
- Stay away from sweetened and acidic drinks like soda (even diet), so-called "sports" and "energy" drinks, and other foods and beverages with a high sugar content.
- Drink plenty of water to increase production of healthful saliva and keep your whole body properly hydrated.
- Visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings. This is essential for good oral hygiene. A professional cleaning can remove hardened plaque deposits that can't be cleaned effectively at home. A thorough dental exam can find and resolve small problems before they become big headaches (or toothaches)—and even help prevent them from happening!
Practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to keep your smile healthy for your whole life. And having a bright, healthy smile is a great way to greet the new season!
If you have questions about oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall,” and “10 Tips For Daily Oral Care at Home.”
Is orthodontic care in your future? While many patients begin treatment before the age of 14, others, including teens and adults, postpone braces until a later age. Whatever your situation, Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley of Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL can help you navigate your choices.
Why get braces?
Orthodontics change the oral landscape and the balance between bone structure and musculature. Not only do braces improve personal appearance, they also promote the long-term health and longevity of teeth and gums. Straight teeth experience less decay and gum disease, and people with good smiles:
- Speak more clearly
- Experience less wear and tear on tooth surfaces
- Feel better about themselves as they smile more confidently
While children respond best and most quickly to smile reconstruction, even teens and adults with healthy teeth can wear braces. As a matter of fact, a full 20 percent of American orthodontic patients are over the age of 21, says the American Association of Orthodontists.
Kinds of braces
Dr. Chad Corley and Dr. Natalie Corley carefully evaluate their prospective orthodontic patients by examination and through a series of digital X-rays which visualize teeth, roots, and bone structure. This information, together with oral impressions, tells your dentist the exact nature of your problem and how best to correct it.
Your dentist will devise a complete treatment plan to include which type of braces will work best for you. Also, you'll learn how to care for your braces, how often to come into the office for adjustments and how long treatment should take. Commonly treated problems include crowding, gaps, poor bite (malocclusion), congenital absence of teeth, poorly erupted teeth, and more.
These are the kinds of braces offered at Corley Family Dental:
- Conventional metal braces consisting of metal bands and arch wires
- Metal braces consisting of arch wires and brackets bonded to the front side of teeth
- Ceramic braces which are tooth-colored and less obvious in appearance
- Lingual braces which are bonded to the back, or tongue-side, of teeth (completely unnoticeable but more difficult to keep clean)
Most braces utilize ligatures, or rubber bands. Ligatures help move teeth into their proper positions.
Additionally, children often need space maintainers which allow teeth which have not yet erupted to move into position correctly and at the right time. These simple appliances may avoid or facilitate orthodontic correction
Find out more
At Corley Family Dental, Dr. Chad Corley and Dr. Natalie Corley want their patients to have smiles which look good, function well and stay healthy for the long haul. Braces help achieve that goal. So, find out more through an informative, in-office consultation. Call us for an appointment: (217) 330-6217.
Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.
First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.
Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?
Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.
Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.
Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.
So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.