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Men Oral Health

Men’s Unique Oral Health Aspects

Men and women are different in numerous ways, and this includes their oral health. Although everyone benefits from practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly for exams and cleanings, there are certain things that differentiate men need to know. Taking a proactive approach to dental health and understanding their unique oral makeup can help men avoid serious dental issues and maintain a healthy smile.

Larger, longer tongues

For whatever evolutionary reason, human males have larger, longer tongues than females, and that may be because their mouths are usually a bit bigger too. That larger tongue needs as much attention as a woman’s smaller tongue and men need to inspect their tongue to ensure it’s healthy. Healthy tongues are firm, pink and free of unusual bumps, dry spots, discolored areas or colored coatings. An unhealthy-looking tongue can be an early indicator of health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer or an infection. If a man notices something strange with his tongue, it’s time to visit the dentist for an exam.

Healthy smile can improve dating life

One of the first things both men and women look at when they first meet someone is their smile. In the world of offline and online dating, a man with a confident, healthy smile in person and photos can greatly improve his chances of making a connection. According to certain online dating apps, a man who takes care of his oral health is more likely to take care of his overall health or at least appear that he does.

Men’s beards usually cleaner than their toothbrushes

Although bacteria exist in beards, it’s not the same type of bacteria found in the toilet, which is good news for beard lovers. What’s not good news is that while a man’s beard may be clean, his toothbrush could be teaming with bacteria found in toilets. Actually, anyone who stores their toothbrush on the sink or out in the open somewhere in the bathroom can have traces of fecal bacteria on it. The best way to keep a toothbrush free of such unpleasant bacteria is by storing it inside a cabinet and replacing the entire toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months and after any sickness. To avoid transferring such bacteria to their beards, men should never groom with an old toothbrush.

Nighttime snacking issues

Men tend to snack more at night than their female counterparts do, and they don’t concern themselves with fad diets, but they also tend to skip meals during the day. Studies show that men may start out the day by eating healthy, but by the end of the day snack more and succumb to junk food cravings at night. Add in the fact that at least half of men only brush their teeth once a day and it creates issues for men’s oral health. When men don’t brush their teeth after consuming sugars and acids before bed or during a midnight snack, that bacteria sits on the teeth overnight and leads to plaque buildup and accelerated decay. Men and women both need to brush their teeth at least twice a day, floss daily and maintain regular dental visits to ensure great oral health. A man who wants to keep his smile healthy and handsome also needs to seek treatment for bite or alignment issues to avoid tooth damage and ensure overall health.

There’s nothing “manly” about ignoring your dental health so contact Creative Dental today to set up an exam and cleaning.

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diabetes and tooth loss

Diabetes May Increase Risk of Tooth Loss

A diagnosis of diabetes increases a person’s risk of other health complications. Diabetes may result in damage to small and large blood vessels that increases the risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack. Diabetes can damage nerves, eyes, kidneys and feet. Current research also indicates that diabetes may have a link to tooth loss.

Duke University study

A study conducted from 1971-2012 by Duke University researchers found that tooth loss can be another health issue related to diabetes. The study of over 37,000 Americans showed that people with diabetes lose twice the number of teeth as non-diabetics. The National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey revealed that people with diabetes were 34% less likely than non-diabetics to have at least 21 of their natural teeth.

Additional factors affecting diabetic tooth loss

Tooth loss in the United States has been declining for 40 years, but diabetics are still more prone to losing teeth. Ethnicity also plays a role in tooth loss as African Americans with diabetes show a greater risk of tooth loss than Mexican or Caucasian Americans. The leading cause of adult tooth loss is gum disease and for those with diabetes, gum disease is a common complication. Approximately 10% of the population, or 29 million people, have a diagnosis of diabetes, and this represents a bewildering number of people at a higher risk of developing gum disease.

Importance of diagnosis and care

Adding to the increased risk of tooth loss is the fact that approximately 8 million people with diabetes haven’t been diagnosed with the disease. Without knowing they have diabetes, patients don’t know that they need to be more involved with their oral health than those who don’t have diabetes. When people receive the proper diagnosis of diabetes, they can then take steps to protect their overall and oral health and avoid tooth loss. Everyone benefits from good oral hygiene, but it’s especially important that diabetics take a proactive commitment to their oral health. Regular dental checkups and daily brushing and flossing are some of the best ways to prevent tooth loss.

At Creative Dental, we’re committed to helping all of our patients maintain and protect their healthy smile. If you have diabetes, we can help you avoid tooth loss with regular, thorough periodontal exams and advice on improving oral health habits at home as needed.

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Sports Drinks Damage Teeth

Sports Drinks Can Cause Permanent Damage to Teeth

Hitting the gym, taking a yoga class, hitting the road walking or running or conquering a new sport as part of your resolution for a healthier New Year are all great ways to improve your well-being. However, drinking energy drinks and sports drinks after such activities can cause irreversible damage to teeth, according to a study by the Academy of General Dentistry. The high acidity levels in sports and energy drinks can erode the outer layer of the tooth, the enamel, and this leaves the teeth vulnerable to damage and decay.

Disturbing study findings

Although young adults consume energy and sports drinks more than adults, they’re not good for anyone’s teeth. These drinks don’t improve sports performance or energy levels and are just as sugary as soda. Drinking sports drinks or energy drinks after a workout bathes the teeth in acid that eats away at enamel. Once enamel is gone, it doesn’t come back and weakening it as an adolescent with energy drinks can lead to a lifetime of oral health issues. The Academy of General Dentistry study examined the acidity levels of 9 energy drinks and 13 sports drinks, and while acidity levels vary by brand and flavor, the results were disturbing across the board. The study found that enamel suffered damage from regular consumption of these drinks after only 5 days of exposure. Energy drinks can cause double the damage as sports drinks.

Finding better ways to hydrate

30-50 percent of teens in the United States consume energy drinks, many of them at least once a day. Some adults consume similar amounts of the drinks, and even moderate intake of sports and energy drinks can have a negative effect on oral health. When these sugar-filled drinks damage tooth enamel, it’s irreversible, and the teeth are then vulnerable to cavities, sensitivity and decay. A better way to hydrate after exercise is by drinking water. If someone consumes an energy or sports drink, it’s a good idea to rinse with water to increase saliva flow and lower the acidity levels in the mouth back to normal. Following energy or sports drink consumption, adults and teens should wait at least an hour to brush because the acid from them can weaken teeth and brushing increases tooth erosion.

Getting healthy is great for your body and your mouth, but sports and energy drinks are not a necessary part of well-being. Contact Creative Dental to find out more ways to protect your teeth during exercise and sports.

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Visit the dentist every 6 months

Six Month Checkups are More Important Than You Think

Although you may frequently read and hear how important it is to visit the dentist at least every six months, you may not entirely understand why it’s so important. Regular dental visits are just one part of taking care of your teeth and gums and work together with brushing and flossing regularly and eating well to improve your oral health. A healthy mouth is essential for a healthy body, especially where infection and inflammation are concerned, which proves that dental visits every 6 months do much more than just benefit your smile.

The necessity of dental cleanings

Even with the best at-home oral care including brushing and flossing daily, plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth that you can’t remove with normal brushing. A professional dental cleaning removes that plaque and tartar from your teeth and gives your teeth a nice polish to boost your smile. Plaque starts to form within 24 hours after consuming food and if two weeks pass without proper brushing, that plaque transforms into tartar under the gums. Brushing and flossing can’t touch that tartar and without professional cleaning, it can lead to gingivitis, decay and gum disease. Thankfully, with proper brushing and flossing, it takes much longer for tartar to develop but it still requires regular dental exams and cleaning to remove the plaque build-up and tartar before it becomes a problem.

Finding and treating tooth decay

Quite often, tooth decay and cavities present no visible signs so it’s vital that you visit the dentist for low radiation digital x-rays than can clearly show trouble spots. By finding the cavities early, the dentist can treat them right away and you avoid the need for more involved and costly treatments if the decay continues unchecked. Your dentist wants to help protect your smile and avoid the need for treatments such as crowns, root canals and tooth extractions as much as possible. A six-month checkup is an important form of prevention when it comes to tooth decay.

Alerting dentist to new developments

Your six-month checkup is the ideal time to inform your dental professional about any new developments that may affect your oral health. This includes pregnancy and other changes in your health. It also includes any bad habits you’ve developed such as grinding your teeth, brushing too hard and clenching your teeth. If you’re grinding your teeth at night, you may not even know it and the dentist can diagnose this issue and work on a treatment plan before it can cause damage. The dentist will also work with you to correct any other issues before they can lead to damage such as chipped or broken teeth.

When you visit the dentist regularly every 6 months, you improve the chances that all you’ll need is a routine cleaning. Even if it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist and you’re afraid you’ll need extensive treatments or have an overall fear of the dentist, at Creative Dental we’re dedicated to your comfort and want you to have a painless, stress-free experience. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to discover how we can protect and improve your smile.

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Stress and Oral Health

Reduce Holiday Stress for Better Oral and Overall Health

The holidays can be both joyful and stressful as people deal with entertaining, shopping and traveling. Stress has a negative impact on overall health, oral health and mood as it makes people feel depressed, anxious, tired and restless and can lead to indigestion, jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Dealing with stress effectively during the holidays and year-round can benefit your well-being, including the health of your teeth and gums.

Make time to relax

Some people feel so stressed out by the holidays, work, and school that they may unconsciously clench their jaw during the day or grind their teeth at night. A good way to deal with this type of stress is to make time to relax every single day. Something as small as relaxing one’s breathing, listening to favorite music and taking a soothing shower or bath before bed can help alleviate stress and avoid issues with jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Quieting the mind and relaxing the body benefits overall health and can improve your healthy smile.

Engage in physical activity

Even just 30 minutes a day can improve physical and mental health and reduce stress. Although the holidays make it feel like there’s even less time to accomplish tasks, when people fit some physical activity in their day, it can give them the endorphin boost they need to tackle their routine efficiently and stave off stress and anxiety. If 30 minutes is more than seems possible, even a short walk on lunch break or after work can help.

Prioritize personal health

It’s easy for people to become so caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle that they neglect their health by not eating or drinking the right foods, feeling overstressed and forgetting daily dental hygiene. Making personal health a priority isn’t selfish, it’s essential and can prevent becoming ill. Stress along with neglecting personal health can weaken the immune system and lead to sickness during a time of year when people would much rather be healthy and with loved ones. By eating healthy, drinking ample water, washing hands frequently, keeping up with oral hygiene and finding time to relax, people can improve their overall health and not miss a moment of the holidays.

Don’t let the holidays stress you out to the point where your overall and oral health suffers the consequences. Contact Creative Dental today for a professional cleaning, oral exam and even pamper yourself with a teeth whitening for those holiday parties.

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A great smile can get you a better job

A Great Smile May Improve Job Outlook

The Academy of General Dentistry conducted a poll of 289 consumers and dentists that revealed that men are less likely than women to visit the dentist. Some of the reasons for this were found in the poll as 45% felt men don’t feel like they need to go to the dentist, 30% felt men may be too embarrassed to go, 18% thought men just don’t have the time, and 5% said that they thought many men didn’t even have a regular dentist. The results of the poll may be somewhat surprising, but thankfully, new developments in the workforce have more men returning to the dentist to improve and maintain their oral health.

Cosmetic improvements for a better job?

A healthy, attractive smile can have a positive impact in today’s business world. More men are heading to the dentist for cosmetic dental treatments including bleaching, bonding and veneers because a winning smile improves self-confidence and can make a person appear more trustworthy and successful. While in the past most men worked for only one or two companies throughout their career, with today’s layoffs and uncertain job market, that’s no longer the case. Now men seem more aware that their appearance affects their professional life. Anything that gives middle-aged men an advantage over the competition full of younger men can be beneficial.

Better oral health equals better overall health

With the growing awareness that good oral health leads to better overall health, men are paying more attention to their mouth and what they put in it. Maintaining proper oral hygiene reduces harmful bacteria in the mouth that can lead to plaque, tartar and gum disease that may compromise the overall health of a person. Eating healthier food improves gum health, can strengthen teeth and helps avoid issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. The simple act of smiling offers health benefits in itself including lowering stress, boosting mood and increasing endorphins. All it takes to obtain and keep a stunning, healthy smile is regular visits to the dentist for cleaning and polishing or additional visits if the dentist finds that needs treatment. Elective cosmetic dentistry treatments are an added touch that may improve a man or woman’s chances of landing that new job or promotion.

Whatever the reason for resuming regular visits to the dentist, everyone can benefit from proper oral care and professional exams and cleanings. To improve the way you feel about your smile and reap the benefits of healthy teeth and gums, contact Creative Dental.

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