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Be Kinder to Your Teeth in 2017

Dental Care

In recent news, a local mom starts a crusade against candy at groceries. What are you doing to better your oral health this new year?


In Michigan, a woman has started a petition to stop stores from selling junk food at checkout aisles. She says her newly adopted son asked her questions that led her to believe that the checkout aisles aren't child-friendly – at least in terms of their health.

Are you being proactive for your oral health too? The new year means new changes, and maybe you'd like to consider being better to your teeth and gums. For example, if you're getting braces for the new year, dentists recommend brushing and flossing after every meal. This is because food is more likely to get stuck between your braces and teeth – which increases your chances of cavities. In addition, dentists tell patients to avoid eating taco chips, ice, and gummy candies because these foods are more likely to get stuck in your braces.

Some braces, like braces for adults, may require special care. That's why dentists say to be safe, you should avoid sports that increase your risk of forceful impacts to the mouth – like boxing, football, and wrestling. If you must play these sports, wear an orthodontic guard.

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In general, you should always drink water intermittently at least once an hour. Dentists say that drinking water promotes the release of saliva, which helps prevent cavities and tooth decay. They say you can also drink sugarless drinks if you're not into water.

Dentists also found that smoking cigarettes leads to increased risk for cavities and decay. It also makes you more likely to develop gingivitis. Why? They think that smoking inhibits your periodontal tissue's healing abilities, which means the bad bacteria in your mouth have an easier time wreaking havoc. Their findings are backed by evidence – smokers have more periodontal disease than non-smokers. Lessen or quit your smoking to improve your oral health.

Sadly, vaping might not be safe for your oral health either because researchers are currently investigating their effects on your teeth and gums. Many dental practices also warn that vaping can cause bad oral hygiene.

It's the new year! Start it off right by turning a new leaf and caring more for your teeth and gums. Remember that periodontal disease can lead to heart disease – so taking care of your teeth also takes care of your heart!