10 October 2021
Fall has arrived, a reminder that the holidays are upon us. As we welcome our seasonal and regular patients, we must remember to keep practicing good oral hygiene. At KA Dental, our Palm Beach orthodontist believes that healthy smiles can be built on simple healthy oral habits.
We know it can be difficult to remember as we approach the holidays. We find more reasons to crave our seasonal pumpkin spice coffee while our young ones start craving those fun-size candy bars. While we love welcoming back our regular patients, we want to share some interesting information that could help you consider building on good dental hygiene!
Our Palm Beach orthodontist has put together three interesting oral facts to consider and share with your friends and family.
82% of U.S adults agree mouth appearance affects the ability to interview for a job
According to a study by the American Dental Association (ADA), our mouth and smile do play a role when getting a job interview, especially for older adults where the percentage starts increasing. Additionally, this could also affect a person’s confidence, ability to smile, and in certain cases, even more anxiety.
Our Palm Beach orthodontist has been able to do dental reconstruction, teeth whitening, provide dentures, and diagnose and treat periodontal disease (gum disease) and cavities. As a community of dental experts, we want to be able to provide you with the right care and service that restore the confidence to smile at your family and friends. Brushing your teeth before drinking coffee is highly beneficial
We know some of our patients’ morning routines must include coffee to get the day going. This is perfectly fine, but we must keep in mind that coffee can cause teeth stains and bad breath among other things. Therefore, brushing your teeth after is a must to avoid these unfortunate consequences.
So, why after? It would make more sense to brush before and then drink the coffee after. Plaque buildup is the reason; our mouth develops plaque overnight as we sleep and also after we eat. Coffee is acidic, which makes our enamel soft and more vulnerable to plaque.
So, brushing our teeth before drinking coffee will make it difficult for coffee stains to adhere to our teeth. If you still feel like cleansing your mouth after, rinsing your mouth with water is much preferable and would remove any coffee residue and bring balance to the pH levels on the inside of the mouth.
2 minutes, twice a day and 1 floss are all it takes!
Our Palm Beach orthodontist reveals the simplest truth for a healthy smile. While this seems so basic, only 64 percent of American adults brush their teeth twice a day, and only 16 percent floss at least once a day, according to ADA reports.
We love seeing our patients regularly, but if we can make a difference for some, four minutes of brushing daily are all it takes to make a big difference in your smile. While some of us may not know, there’s a way to brush and floss correctly according to ADA (as shown below), practicing these two habits over time can help you fight cavities, prevent gum diseases, tartar, and tooth decay.
If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, feel free to request a free consultation with one of our orthodontists. Our team is always happy to offer our products and services that will match your needs, budget, and schedule. Let us help with a brighter smile.