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Dental history, is obviously something of interest to all of us, but we think you’ll be surprised by how entertaining and even sometimes good dental hygiene practices were in the past. Let’s take a look:
Dental health in medieval Europe was surprisingly good. The upper classes were not only aware of the importance of good oral hygiene, white teeth and fresh breath were fashionable, and they had pastes to clean and liquids to whiten their teeth. Preparations often included herbs, ashes of specific plants, and salt.
Commoners generally had strong, healthy teeth as well. Their diets were very low in sugar and high in calcium, a diet that is often recommended by dentists today!
When medieval people needed actual treatment for a toothache or abscess, they usually went to the barber surgeon, a jack-of-all-trades who cut hair, performed minor surgery, and pulled teeth.
19th Century Dentistry
Diets changed as sugar became increasingly available. Common consumption of refined foods and sugary treats made tooth problems more common. But it seems that dentistry was keeping a fair pace with these developing problems. European dentists were experimenting with dental implants, gold fillings were being used to treat decayed teeth, and nitrous oxide was introduced as a way to ease the pain during dental extractions and other oral surgeries. In fact, the first college of dentistry was founded in Baltimore in 1840.
Now there are over 50 dental colleges in the United States and dental knowledge and technology is ever expanding. That’s why, even after graduation from dental school, interested and caring dentists continue to pursue excellence with postgraduate continuing education. And that helps patients like you get better dental care and keeps you more comfortable.
To learn more interesting facts about dentistry through the ages, or to find out more about our philosophies, call my dental practice in Broadview Heights and schedule an appointment today.
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- “I Just Can’t Seem To Do It.”
- “I Don’t Have Time.”
- “I Don’t Know If It’s Really Necessary.”
- “It Hurts and My Gums Bleed When I Do It, So I Don’t.”
Flossing is incredibly important to a happy mouth and healthy body. If you’re having difficulty, want to learn more about the benefits of flossing, or especially if you are experiencing pain, give my dental office in Broadview Heights a call. We’ll be more than happy to work with you to find a great, personal flossing solution.
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What Causes Bad Breath?
At my dental practice in Broadview Heights, we know bad breath can be caused by a lot of things, including some types of food and drink. That type of bad breath usually dissipates fairly quickly and isn’t something to worry about. However, when bad breath tends to linger day in and day out, you should give us a call.
Chronic bad breath (halitosis), meaning bad breath that does not go away after brushing, flossing, and rinsing, is typically an indicator of a bigger problem. Halitosis means there is a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Those bacteria live and feed off tooth plaque, and when they feed, hydrogen sulfide is produced and gives off a malodorous stench. Bad breath is also a top sign of gum disease – a serious concern for your mouth and your body.
Gum disease may also affect your overall health. Untreated gum disease has been shown to cause loose teeth, receding gums, and sensitivity, as well as increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetic complications.
How to Get Rid of Bad Breath
If you suffer from bad breath, there are few tips you can try.
1. Proper Oral Hygiene. Maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day can work wonders to keep your mouth fresh and bacteria free. Make sure each time you brush it’s for about two minutes (hum “Happy Birthday” twice!) and that you reach each surface of each tooth. When flossing, it’s important to clean in between each tooth and under the gum line where bacteria love to hide.
2.Tongue Scraping. Your tongue can hold a lot of bacteria in each of its tiny bumps and grooves, which is why it’s important to gently scrub it each time you brush. Some patients have difficulty cleaning their tongues with a traditional toothbrush because it makes them gag. If this is a problem for you, try using a tongue scraper instead.
3. Water, Water, Water. Drinking plenty of water every day can also help keep your mouth stink free. Water keeps your mouth hydrated and rinses away bacteria. If you slack on your H₂O intake, your mouth could become dehydrated. When this happens, less saliva is produced and bacteria isn’t cleared away.
4.Your Dentist. Bad breath shouldn’t be treated lightly. If you notice a lingering odor, call my Broadview Heights dental office as soon as possible. We’ll work with you to determine the cause and talk about the best treatment for you. We also won’t lecture you or make you feel embarrassed. We’re here to help keep your smile and your body healthy.
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Your Mouth & Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans, and there are 34 million more who are at risk. As with many serious diseases, early detection is key. You may not even know there’s a problem until it’s too late. Sometimes signs aren’t obvious. So how do you get diagnosed if you’re not experiencing any symptoms? Your dentist!
In fact, your dentist may be the first member of your healthcare team to catch osteoporosis. When patients visit the dentist, the team is not just looking at their teeth, they also look at x-rays. These x-rays provide a wealth of information about what’s going on below the teeth, including bone density, and show us signs you or your medical doctor may not see or notice.
Signs & Symptoms
While we will be vigilant at your exams, here are some of the signs and symptoms we encourage our patients to watch for:
- Loose dentures
- Tooth loss
- Bone loss around the teeth or in the jaw
- Gum disease
In addition to maintaining visits to your Broadview Heights dentist, there are other preventive actions you can take to decrease your chance of osteoporosis.
- Quit Smoking
- Consume caffeine limitedly
- Lower alcohol intake
- Get out and exercise
- Get enough vitamin D and calcium
If you’re experiencing any signs of osteoporosis, visit your doctor. Even if you’re not having difficulty currently, make sure to keep up with your regular visits to my dental office in Broadview Heights. We actively look for signs of potential osteoporosis and may be the first line of defense against the disease.
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