4 Common Major Roles in Oral Health

Daily Habits to Better Oral Health

You might not be aware that some small everyday items can assume major roles in your dental health if you just let them.

Sugar-free Gum

Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals and snacks has been proven to help keep teeth healthy. According to the Oral Health Foundation, chewing on sugar-free gum stimulates the production of saliva which in turns helps to neutralize plaque acids. It increases the amount of saliva we produce, which is the body’s natural defense system for our mouth and teeth. It helps wash away food particles before they become trapped on, around or in between our teeth. It also helps remineralize tooth enamel, which helps to strengthen our teeth. Gives fresh breath, too.

New Toothbrush

Replacing your toothbrush at least every 3 months or as soon as you start to see wear on the bristles can do your health a lot of good. A new, good quality toothbrush can do better work. Dentists sometimes recommend using an electric toothbrush as it has proven to be quite effective in helping clean our teeth. Remember to be gentle on your teeth and gums. Hard brushing can destroy enamel and bruise soft tissue.

Fluoride in Toothpaste

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by slowing the breakdown of enamel and increasing the rate of the remineralization, thus strengthening the teeth. It helps to discourage the growth of bacteria. Check the presence of fluoride in the toothpaste you buy and have regular mouth-wash with fluoride in them also. Know if your community water supply is also fluoridated; studies show that there is lowered incidence of cavities and decay in areas where the water system incorporates fluoride.


This is another simple, everyday tool that contributes to oral health. At least once-a-day flossing before retiring to bed can assist your tooth-brushing routine. With proper flossing, you remove food debris stuck in-between your teeth as well as under the gumline. This removes the chances of bacteria starting in surfaces your toothbrush cannot reach.

Knowledge is Power in Bellingham

Know more about simple stuff that play major roles in good oral health. More importantly, keeping your dental appointments enables you to really be on top of things where your teeth and gums are concerned.

The Dangers of Soda

The Sugar and The Acid In Soft Drinks

Love Coke or Diet Coke? Did you know that Coke contains 9 teaspoons of sugar? With this amount of energy from a can or bottle of this famous soft drink, no wonder it’s addictive. Indulging in high-sugar soft drinks is mostly associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes. But it’s not only that. Sodas can also have negative effects on your teeth, potentially leading to cavities and tooth decay.

Soda’s high sugar content get into nooks and tight spaces in the grooves, sides and hard to brush areas of teeth, including under the gums. In a matter of hours, bacterial colonization turn them into plaque. Decay can set in and cavities formed. Dental erosion is another type of decay that results from acidic liquids contacting your teeth. Sodas, like Coke and Diet Coke, have levels of phosphoric acid that can bathe the entire tooth structure and erode or thin away enamel. This can lead to sensitivity, pain, or cracking of the enamel. Did you know that this is the same phosphoric acid used in industrial cleaners?

Did you know also that Coca Cola’s deep brown color is actually a dye? It’s caramel dye that actually does not add any flavor to the soda but can contribute to staining of the teeth. The teeth becomes yellow, and the more yellow it becomes, the weaker is the enamel. Your teeth looks unhealthy, and that can affect your smile and your confidence.

The best way to keep from damaging your teeth is to do away with soft drinks or soda completely, or reduce your intake. If you must, choose the ones that are less acidic, like Sprite or Diet Coke. Or else, use a straw that limits the contact of the drink with your teeth. Take water after you’ve had soft drinks.

Avoid drinking soft drinks before going to bed for you are letting sugar and acid stay in contact with your teeth overnight. Remember, after taking soda, don’t brush your teeth immediately. Your enamel has just been exposed to cola’s acidic content and brushing right away will only erode your teeth much quicker. Gargle with water first, rinsing off any remaining sugar and acid clinging to tooth surfaces, your tongue, gums and other structures. After a while, you can brush.

Know What’s Good and Bad for Teeth

The next time you reach out for a can of soda, think again. Your Bellingham dentist recommends wise choices for food and drinks to keep your dentition in better condition much longer.