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...
Oral Thrush: Get In the Know About Oral Yeast

Oral Thrush: Get In the Know About Oral Yeast

When an excess growth of yeast occurs in your mouth or esophagus, oral thrush can develop, says Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental. While it is natural for bacterial yeast to exist in your mouth, occasionally an overgrowth can occur. That’s what triggers oral thrush. This type of yeast is the same type of organism that causes vaginal yeast infections to develop. How to recognize oral thrush One of the most recognizable symptoms of oral thrush is the appearance of white lesions on the roof the mouth, and sometimes in the back of the mouth. These lesions most often look something like cottage cheese, although they can also sometimes be a reddish color. People who develop oral thrush will often experience difficulty swallowing, or a kind of woolly feeling in the mouth. People at risk for developing oral thrush In Bala Cynwyd, PA, as elsewhere in the U.S., the people who are most likely to develop oral thrush are immuno-suppressed patients, such as those who are being treated with chemotherapy, those who have HIV/AIDS, or those who have uncontrolled diabetes. When you have a suppressed immune system, it leaves you more vulnerable to infection, which allows thrush to develop in the mouth. Another group of at-risk people is those who take asthma medication or oral steroids. Either of those medications can interfere with the normal balance of yeast in the mouth. Rinsing the mouth out after inhalation can reduce the risk of developing oral thrush. For more information about oral infections and how to prevent them, or any other dental concerns you may have, be sure to talk to Dr....
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...
Sugar-Free Foods and Drinks Aren’t Better for Teeth

Sugar-Free Foods and Drinks Aren’t Better for Teeth

It’s no secret that sugary foods and drinks aren’t good for you. The alternatives, sugar-free foods and sodas, have reduced calories, but they are very acidic, which isn’t good for your teeth either. If this is news to you, not to worry: Oasis Dental team can help you take care of your smile.   How Sugar-Free Foods and Drinks Damage Teeth Researchers from the University of Melbourne studied the effects of sugar-free drinks compared to sugary drinks, like sports drinks and sodas, on teeth. The study discovered that both types of drinks softened tooth enamel. Enamel is the outer protective shell on the teeth, protecting your teeth from cavities and tooth decay. But bacteria in the mouth feeds on sugar, creating acids that cause cavities and tooth decay. Researchers believe that the chemical additives in sugar-free foods, such as citric acid, can be what cause the damage. Talk to your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist about protecting your tooth enamel from acidic food. Good Dental Hygiene Maintains Your Smile To prevent damage to your teeth, brush and floss after meals and snacks. Make an appointment with Dr. Spieler for annual cleanings and exams. Your smile should last a...
Tooth Whitening: You Deserve a Radiant Smile

Tooth Whitening: You Deserve a Radiant Smile

Who can dispute the power of a beautiful white smile? Most of us want that radiant smile, but smoking and poor food choices can erode our smile’s shine over time. Luckily, professional tooth whitening has the ability to turn back the clock and give us the smile we once had. Professional tooth whitening can get you back the smile you want, surprisingly quickly. Oasis Dental offers you the option of using a customized at-home kit or having the procedure done right in our office. With our professional grade whitening treatments in the office, you can achieve impressive results in as little as an hour. The at-home treatment is also very effective, but it usually takes a few treatments to receive your desired results, and will be monitored by your Bala Cynwyd dental team. Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments promise to deliver amazing results, but use generic molds and weaker whitening solution. A generic mold such as those included in an OTC kit aren’t designed to fit your specific smile, which leaves room for missed teeth, poor results, and even irritation of the teeth and gums. OTC results are rarely comparable to the results achieved with a professional tooth whitening procedure. Affordable Tooth Whitening Many people believe that a professional tooth whitening treatment is costly. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Professional tooth whitening is surprisingly cost-effective and flexible at Oasis Dental. We give you the opportunity to have the procedure carefully done at our dental practice in combination with other services, or in the comfort of your own home. Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental is committed to improving smiles....
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