Dental Potpourri

With Autumn in full swing, this month seems like a good time for some potpourri, not just for your home, but for your teeth as well! Here are some random, non-related dental items of interest for your enjoyment.
Am I brushing long enough?
You no longer have to leave this questions up to chance. The toothbrush company Oral B has a new iPhone app that you launch every time you brush! It encourages you to brushy for a full two minutes. Just don’t drop the phone in the toilet!
Is Halloween bad for my child’s teeth?
We don’t want to discourage costumes and trick-or-treating, but the fact the typically sticky and chewy candy given out on Halloween are some of the worst foods possible when it comes to cavity prevention. If your children indulge, please make sure their teeth are thoroughly cleaned before they go to bed. That’s when most of the damage is done.
Why does my breath stink in the morning?
At night, the saliva flow slows down considerable, causing normal mouth bacteria to have a party. As gross as it may be, when you wake up your tongue is littered with bacteria poop! Make sure to do a meticulous oral hygiene routine at night and upon arising, including brushing, flossing, rinsing, and yes – tongue cleaning! This will help to eliminate morning breath and make the world a better place.
If dental x-rays are so safe, why do you run out of the room when taking them?
At Dentist At Watertown we use the latest technology, digital x-rays. This decreases the amount of radiation by ninety percent or so; a level that we feel is perfectly safe. The lead apron we have you wear makes the amount of radiation you receive almost imperceptible. However, being exposed to that every day for months and years is a different story. That’s why we take extra precautions.
Chewing gun, is it good or bad?
Good question, and a tough one! The motion of chewing is believed to help rinse particles and debris from your teeth and gums, so that is good. Sugar-free gun contains xylitol, which can actually reduce cavities, that’s good as well. But for some people the chewing action causes painful inflammation of the jaw joint, and of course¬†gum that contains sugar is a major no-no. And in case you’re wondering, swallowed gun does NOT stay in your stomach for seven years!!!
Any more questions?
At Dentist At Watertown, we are here for you! If you have any questions about your dental health, are in need of an examination and cleaning, or would like to refer someone to our growing family of happy dental patients, please give us a call at 1-617-923-8159. We accept most insurance plans, and consultations are always free!