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Posts for: September, 2014

A glass of milk or two in the morning may do wonders for your oral health!

A new study shows that when milk is consumed after breakfast, the risk of developing tooth decay goes down. The study indicates that drinking a glass of milk serves to reduce the amount of plaque acids in the mouth by more than 50 percent.

The study was done at the University of Illinois and to compile the results, 20 adults were provided with a bowl of cereal that was followed by a glass of milk, a glass of fruit juice or a glass of water. The acid levels were musch lower among the participants who had a glass of milk.

These results further stress the importance of eating habits and the impact on oral health. It’s essential to limit snacking because the mouth is exposed to plaque acids everytime something is consumed. The bacteria released can attack enamel, making way for tooth decay or other problems.

A problem-free smile doesnt last long if you don’t take care of your toothbrush by upgrading to a new one often enough. How often should you replace your toothbrush?

Take Action!

The American Dental Association recommends that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every 3–4 months if not sooner if the bristles become frayed with use.  Whether your toothbrush is electric or manual, the bristles will become worn with use, resulting in less effective cleaning of your teeth. Toothbrushes wear differently with each individual due to brushing habits and other factors, so check your toothbrush regularly and make the change if needed and be sure all your family’s toothbrushes are ADA approved!

Forgetting to Make the Change.

If it's difficult remembering when to exchange, consider using a toothbrush that features bristles that fade or change color to indicate that it’s time for a replacement. Or set a reminder on your phone or computer to tell you when it’s time to say goodbye to that old toothbrush.

Replacing your toothbrush is much easier and less expensive than having to replace teeth lost to decay or infection. Show your teeth the love they deserve and they’ll thank you with a lifetime of happy, healthy-looking smiles!