John Harris, DDS April 2019



APRIL 2019


Stay Ahead of the Dental Curve

Taking care of your health is always important, but the spring-cleaning season in particular provides a great opportunity for you to come in and let us clean your teeth after your sugary Easter indulgences. It’s easy to put your dental health on the back burner while you’re busy living out your fast-paced lifestyle, but a visit to our office doesn’t have to be something to dread. With specialized dental professionals at every turn and a warm staff of familiar and friendly faces, we’ll put a smile on your face and save you a few bucks in the process. Spring-cleaning doesn’t just have to do with clearing out the clutter in your garage; it also means taking care of the first thing people are going to notice about you: your sparkling smile. It’s easy to let oral health fall to the wayside because you’re so focused on your daily responsibilities. The problem is that the older you get, the more you should be concerned about your dental upkeep. As you age, your saliva count decreases, which can mean serious trouble for your teeth. Saliva helps maintain a neutral pH balance in your mouth and holds a reservoir of calcium that allows your teeth to remineralize. Simply put, it keeps your teeth healthy and strong, while combating pesky bad breath along the way. With this lack of saliva comes an increased risk of cavities, dry mouth, impaired speech, burning sensations, infections, and lack of taste.

The good news is that these conditions are easy to avoid. All you have to do is implement a healthy oral care routine to combat the nasty effects of negligence. By incorporating preventative care into your daily regimen, you will set yourself up for good oral health. Side-effects of lack of saliva aside, people of all ages are at risk of gingivitis, cold sores, and periodontitis. Some studies even show a direct link between periodontitis and the contraction of diseases like pneumonia, ulcers, and kidney disease! Please make a note to yourself if you do get a cold sore because it can easily spread to other people and parts of your body that come in contact with it during early stages. For example, a finger cut can get infected when it contacts an open cold sore, which in turn can move to your eye if rubbed. Also, lipstick and chapstick can spread cold sores to other spots on your mouth, so dispose of them if they contact your cold sore. Use a Q-tip to place them when you have an active cold sore. And just so you know, we won’t be able to clean your teeth in the office if you have an active cold sore present. Most people with a healthy mouth should visit the dentist about once every six months, and people who have ongoing issues should go about once every three or four months. In

those times between visits, you should

be replacing your toothbrush once every four months. If you are using a toothbrush older than that, use this spring-cleaning opportunity to grab yourself a fresh one. At the end of the day, it’s better to be safe than to suffer from a frustrating condition simply because you didn’t bother putting in the few minutes it takes every day to keep that smile shining bright. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you’d be hard pressed to find a more comfortable place to stop than the office of John Harris DDS. We have the professional know-how to keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright. –John Harris, DDS


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