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High Cost To Pay For Bad Dental Hygiene

It is important for you to keep up with your dental hygiene in order to maintain strong and healthy teeth and gums. Do you know all the things that bad dental hygiene can lead to?

If not, it’s time to learn a few negative effects poor dental health can have on you.

What Can Bad Dental Hygiene Lead To?

Having bad dental hygiene can cause more than just bad breath. Bad oral health habits can cause many problems for children and adults.

Bad dental hygiene can lead to include:

  • Tooth decay and cavities
  • Stains
  • Toothaches
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic complications
  • Higher cost for dental treatment

Most of these dental problems can be avoided with good oral hygiene and regular visits to a Value Dental Centers dentist.

What Is Good Oral Hygiene?

When you come in for your dental cleaning and check up our hygienist will answer any questions you have about maintaining a healthy smile.

During your visit to Value Dental Centers, our dentists will teach you how to:

  • Properly brush your teeth each day
  • Correctly floss your teeth daily
  • Eat healthy foods and drinks to support healthy teeth

Just to name a few…

Value Dental Centers Can Help You Improve Bad Dental Hygiene.

It is never too early or late to get on the right path to good oral health. When good dental hygiene habits are discussed, encouraged, and implemented, there is a better chance of having a healthy smile long term.

Give us a call today and schedule an appointment at your local Value Dental Centers office. Ask us about our new patient specials. 

free oral cancer screenings

Free Oral Cancer Screenings in April

We have an exciting announcement!!!

New and existing patients will be able to receive Free Oral Cancer Screenings with Free x-rays and Exam* . All Value Dental Centers locations will be participating throughout Oral Cancer Awareness Month  – April 2018.

Historically the death rate associated with oral cancer is high not because its hard to discover or diagnose, but because of people waiting to get a screening done. Therefore, its discovered late in it’s development. Don’t wait!

Schedule your Free Oral Cancer screening today at any of our 9 locations.

Walk in’s are welcome but we always recommend making an appointment.

Call: 480-626-1164  or email scheduling@valuedentalcenters.com

Arizona

  • Queen Creek
  • Gilbert
  • Tempe
  • Mesa
  • Chandler
  • Goodyear

California

  • Chino
  • Moreno Valley

If you would like to read more statistics on Oral Cancer click this link https://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

*Restrictions apply. Contact us for more details.

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Should You Change Your Toothbrush

If your toothbrush is more than 3 months old or the bristles are frayed at the ends, it may be time to change your toothbrush. People forget over time that your toothbrush also gets bacteria over time. Not changing your toothbrush can lead to gum disease, loose of teeth, and more.

Is Bad Breath Apart Of Oral Hygiene

Most bad breath is related to poor oral hygiene. If you don’t clean your teeth and mouth regularly, food particles cause plaque to form on your teeth. The uneven surfaces in the mouth can trap food particles and bacteria, which produce bad breath odor. Poor oral hygiene also causes other oral health conditions such as cavities and gum disease, and these also cause bad breath.

 

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Reasons Why Electric Toothbrushes Are Better

  1. Modern electric toothbrushes are superior to ordinary toothbrushes in removing dental plaque and can do so in a shorter time.
  2. They are also effective at removing dental plaque in the embrasure areas where the teeth meet each other and are more successful than ordinary toothbrushes in this respect. The newer electric toothbrushes achieve this by the bristle tufts rotating back and forth at high frequency.
  3. Children over six years can be taught how to use an electric toothbrush safely.

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How To Treat Bad Breath

Treatment for bad breath (halitosis) depends on its cause. Usually, the most effective treatment is improving dental hygiene. As part of your daily routine, you should:

  • Floss between teeth to clean your teeth and remove trapped food that could cause tooth decay – brushing only cleans about 60% of the tooth.
  • Brush teeth and gums with a small or medium-sized toothbrush with multi-tufted synthetic bristles. Replace your brush every three to four months. Brush at least twice a day, for two minutes.
  • Clean your tongue
  • Consider an electric toothbrush, which can make cleaning easier and more effective.

Your dentist may recommend an antibacterial or anti-odor mouthwash be included as part of your daily routine.

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Could You Be Allergic To Toothpaste

You Could Be Allergic To Toothpaste, If you experience peeling skin on the inside of your cheeks – you can feel for this with your tongue or clean fingers – you could be allergic to the ingredients in your toothpaste. This is a surprisingly common ailment, but few people know about it. While it does not usually involve a lot of pain or discomfort (there may be a slight amount of tenderness), it is still important to switch to an alternative if you believe that you are particularly sensitive.

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Fruit Juices are a Bad Choice

The complex world of dental health occasionally throws up some challenges, particularly for those who enjoy sticking to healthy diet and lifestyle. For example, we know that eating lots of fruit is good for the body. They provide lots of different vitamins and minerals and help the immune system to stay as sturdy as possible. On the other hand, they can wreak havoc with tooth enamel.

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Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer Test

The test, developed by the Oral Health Foundation, asks five simple questions about lifestyles and offers a number based on those answers, the higher the number, the higher the risk of developing mouth cancer.

What is your risk of mouth cancer?Scorecard: A = 10 points | B = 7 points | C = 3 points | D = 1 points
 1.       What is your smoking status?
 a. Heavy smoker  b. Moderate  c. Ex-smoker  d. Never smoked
 2.       How much alcohol do you drink in a week?
 a. 14+ units  b. 6-13 units  c. 1-5 units  d. Do not drink
 3.       How often do you have oral sex?
 a. Daily  b. Weekly  c. Monthly  d. Annually or less
 4.       How many portions of fish, fruit and vegetable do you have a day?
 a. 0  b. 1-4  c. 5-9  d. 10+
 5.       Do you use smokeless tobacco or chewing tobacco (paan, gutkha, betel nut)?
 a. Yes, often  b. Yes, occasionally  c. Ex-user  d. Never user
Your mouth cancer risk is….
0 – 5 Low You seem to live a healthy lifestyle and are at low risk of developing mouth cancer. Risk is not totally diminished though so it is advised that you maintain regular visits to the dentist, as often as they recommend.
6 – 20 Moderate  Your risk of mouth cancer is relatively low but you could improve elements of your lifestyle to reduce your risk further. Try to reduce some habits, visit the dentist regularly and be alert to any unusual changes in the mouth.
21 – 30 Considerable You could be at risk of mouth cancer due to frequently exposing yourself to a number of lifestyle choices associated with the disease. Cut down on these and try to improve your diet. Visit the dentist regularly and be more active in performing self-checks at home.
31 – 50 High You could be at extreme risk of developing mouth cancer. It is important that you try to improve your health by adopting a healthier lifestyle. You might need more regular dental appointments due to your current choices and it is highly advised you begin a routine of self-examining your mouth at home for anything out of the ordinary.

Fluoride

The Debate On Fluoride

Once again, fluoride is just one of those things that people take for granted. We know that it is in our toothpaste and in our water and we know that it makes teeth shiny. But, did you know that fluoride has been at the center of a fierce debate for many decades now? Thus far, no clear and definitive evidence has been produced to quash the debate, so we are forced to resort to conjecture and common sense.

 

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