How Important is Brushing the Tongue?

How Important is Brushing the Tongue?

Should I Be Brushing My Tongue Too? You most likely understand how important brushing your teeth is to your overall oral health. It can help prevent cavities and decay. But if no one told you yet, it is just as important that you start brushing the tongue too. It’s easy and you can do it when you brush your teeth. Here’s what you need to know about brushing your tongue. What’s that on my tongue? In many ways, brushing your tongue is just as important as brushing your teeth. Your tongue is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and the biofilm of bacteria that forms on your tongue can cause problems ranging from bad breath to periodontal disease. No amount of rinsing or mouthwash will completely remove this bacteria so you will need to brush your tongue if you want to remove it. Getting Rid of Bad Breath Of course, not brushing your tongue is only one possible cause of bad breath. Tooth decay, periodontal disease, and health conditions such as diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders can cause just as many problems for some people. When you don’t brush or clean your tongue, the film that develops can cause you to have on-going halitosis. That’s not only bad for your dental health, but also for those you hang out with. It’s easy to get rid of it though by simply brushing your tongue with your toothbrush after you finish caring for your teeth.  More Questions? Contact Dr. Spieler at Oasis Dental if you have any concerns or questions about your oral health or brushing your tongue. Oasis Dental is located...
When to Discuss a Sore Palate with Your Dentist

When to Discuss a Sore Palate with Your Dentist

Should I Worry about a Sore Palate? There are many reasons why the roof of your mouth might become swollen or painful. Most of them don’t raise any cause for alarm. Some of these include a scratch that you might get from eating crunchy food or a burn from eating or drinking something that is too hot. Canker sores and cold sores can also cause swelling in the roof of your mouth. All of these are uncomfortable and even painful, but they usually go away in less than a week.  When to Speak to Your Dentist Even though swelling in the roof of your mouth is usually a minor problem, there are a few times when you will need to speak to your dentist or your doctor about a sore palate. If an underlying condition causes the swelling, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Health conditions such as oral cancer, human papillomavirus, and viral hepatitis can cause swelling and pain in the roof of your mouth. It is advisable to speak to your dentist if you believe that you have any of these conditions. Let Oasis Dental Help! You should also make an appointment Oasis Dental in Bala Cynwyd, PA if your swelling has persisted for longer than a week or the roof of your mouth is particularly painful. Dr. Spieler will be glad to answer any questions that you may have and help determine how to best treat the pain or swelling. You’ll find relief and improved oral health once he has treated whatever may be the primary cause and source of the pain and...
Pneumonia and Your Dental Visits

Pneumonia and Your Dental Visits

It’s well-known that pneumonia is a winter worry for lots of people. But it turns out that washing your hands isn’t the only way to avoid developing pneumonia. The recommendation to visit your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist twice a year is about more than keeping your smile healthy and beautiful. A recent study suggests that regular dental check-ups can lower your risk of pneumonia. Pneumonia is a serious illness that affects nearly a million Americans every year. Though there are risk factors, such as age and conditions like lung disease, research has found that people who do not go to regular six-month check-ups are at higher risk for developing pneumonia compared to people who visit the dentist regularly. The study shows that oral health has a strong connection to overall physical health. By taking good care of your mouth (and teeth), you’ll be able to take better care of your whole body. To help keep your smile healthy (and reduce your risk of pneumonia), call Oasis Dental to make an appointment with Dr. Spieler...
Preventing Cavities: What is a Cavity?

Preventing Cavities: What is a Cavity?

When you’re a kid, your parents told you to brush your teeth so you wouldn’t get cavities. You probably brushed your teeth because your parents told you to. Now that you’re an adult, your Oasis Dental team knows that  your awareness of what cavities are and how to prevent them may help motivate you to take better care of your teeth. A cavity is a hole in the enamel of your tooth. These holes develop when you don’t get all the food particles off your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth leads to plaque, and the plaque build-up eats away at your tooth enamel. If you want to avoid cavities, the good news is that all you have to do is take care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing regularly, using fluoride mouthwash, and visiting your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist every six months will help you avoid cavities. Call us now to make your next check-up appointment with Dr. Spieler at Oasis Dental...
Is Your Baby Teething, or Is It a Cold?

Is Your Baby Teething, or Is It a Cold?

The team here at Oasis Dental often get questions from parents worried about a teething infant. It can be a stressful time for everyone, no question. Dr. Spieler notes that many parents are confused about which symptoms are due to new teeth coming in and which have other causes. To better deal with the problems, it helps to have accurate information. 5 Actual Symptoms of Teething Experts say the 5 most common symptoms that are most likely due to the teething process are: face rash mild gum pain drooling more signs of fussiness desire to chew on things Surprisingly, a runny nose and fever are not caused by teething. Other things your child may be experiencing, including diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, nonstop crying, and reduced appetite, are likely the result of other issues. Researchers say that two sources for these problems are germs getting into the child’s gum from the teething and normal changes in their immune system. Worried about your teething baby? Call the experts here at your Bala Cynwyd, PA dental...
Pregnancy Gingivitis: Dealing With Swollen Gums

Pregnancy Gingivitis: Dealing With Swollen Gums

During pregnancy, gums are prone to bleeding, especially when you floss or brush. due to hormonal changes. While pregnancy gingivitis is a pretty normal condition that will most likely go away after delivery, Oasis Dental recommends that you up your oral hygiene game when pregnant. Why it Happens Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause your gums to become inflamed. This makes you more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque, hence the red, swollen, and bleeding gums. While the condition many times resolves after birth, pregnancy gingivitis could progress to periodontal disease in some cases, so it’s best to be proactive. Remedies Apart from good oral hygiene, regular salt water rinses in your mouth help you get rid of bacteria. Limit your intake of sugary foods and particularly those that stick to the teeth. Making sure to be gentle during your daily brush and floss can help with any pain or looseness of your teeth during this time. Your Bala Cynwyd, PA team is here for you during this time of changes. To keep up to date on your oral health during your pregnancy, book an appointment with Dr. Spieler. He will monitor you for pregnancy gingivitis and recommend tips that will keep the bleeding at the minimum so you can focus on getting ready for your new...
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