No matter how devoted you are to at home care, regular exams and professional teeth cleanings are critical. Checkups involve more than a quick peek at your teeth – your dentist will screen you for oral cancer, tooth decay and gum disease. Caught early, these conditions are far easier to manage.
It’s not uncommon for people to lose their sense of taste either completely or partially for a short period of time and very often a problem with your sense of taste will be connected to your respiratory system. Other reasons that your sense of taste may be impaired include:
Foods with naturally-occurring sugar, like fruit, at least has nutritional benefits (rinse with water after eating) but in general, foods with added sugars – such as sodas, sports drinks, breakfast cereal and snack foods – are just a dietary wasteland that will destroy your smile and your health.
Skipping dental checkups and cleanings often result in the need for restorative care, and the longer you avoid the dentist the more likely you are to need expensive, lengthy treatments. If budget constraints are keeping you from seeing your dentist, consider getting a dental plan.
Your mouth’s ecosystem – they call it the “human oral microbiome.” A single mouth can be home to more than 6 billion bacteria, an impressive number when compared to 7.3 billion total human population of earth. Those billions of oral bacteria live in diverse communities, where they go about the business of life.
Toothpaste tastes good but is it good for you? Mint is by far the most popular flavor for toothpaste in the U.S. but you can purchase toothpaste flavored like bacon, banana, basil, bubblegum, coffee, curry, eggplant, honey, lemon, peach, pumpkin pudding, yoghurt and many more tastes that you never expected to encounter on your toothbrush.
Dedicated ice chewers crave ice like a smoker needs a cigarette. They have favorite places to buy ice, websites devoted to documenting their frosty obsession, and the truly dedicated may even purchase snow-cone machines for home, but how much damage is it doing to your teeth?