Midday Fix: Tips for maintaining dental health

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Dr. Stirneman

All Smiles Dental
1452 Merchant Drive
Algonquin
(847) 854-7645
www.allsmilesdental.com

Tips:

Hygiene Habits
Simply brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice daily is a must. Scroll through your inbox or check your social media while brushing so it doesn't seem so tedious.

Routine Reboot
If flossing isn’t part of your daily oral hygiene routine – it’s time to add it! Not flossing leaves 40% of your tooth surface unclean where bacteria laden tartar buildup and plaque can penetrate deep below the gum line causing severe gum disease, tooth and bone loss, inflammation and even erectile dysfunction.

Food Fixes
A healthy diet can aid in daily and long-term oral health, and prevent against oral cancer, too.
Cheese: protects teeth from acid erosion and elevates pH for 30 minutes after eating; Cheese also contains teeth-strengthening casein phosphate. All it takes is a 1/3 ounce serving of cheese to get the benefits.
Fruit/Vegetables: opt for harder fruits like apples that contain fructose (fruit sugar), which is gentler on enamel; hard veggies like carrots are also ideal as they keep teeth strong sans sticky residue.

One-third of men haven't had a dental check up in the past year

Less than 50% of men brush twice a day and are less likely to seek preventative care until the problem is too painful (and likely too far gone) before seeing a dentist.

Men are at greater risk of developing oral/throat cancer
Men are affected twice as often as women, and 95% of oral cancers occur in those ages 40 and older. The difference may be related to the use of alcohol and tobacco, a major oral cancer risk factor (more commonly in men than women). Studies have also found a link between diets low in fruits and vegetables and an increased oral cancer risk.
Men have a higher risk than women of developing periodontal disease
Periodontal disease is a chronic, inflammatory infection characterized by the destruction of bone that supports your teeth. Reasons men may be at high risk include skipped dental check-ups and worse indicators of periodontal health than women (higher incidence of dental plaque, tartar and bleeding on probing). Periodontal health is important for men because it carries an increased risk for developing a variety of systemic health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and impotence.
Men lose 5.4 teeth by age 72, on average
Loss of teeth is often the result of years of poor oral hygiene – not sustaining regular dental check-ups, inconsistent daily oral health care routines, smoking/poor diet, etc. For smokers the number increases to 12 teeth.