How to Boost Your Immunity

With everything going on during this unprecedented time, our team at Snow Family Dentistry put a list together of things you can do to boost your immunity.

Here are preventive measures you can take to optimize your body’s defense against infection and illness.

Consume Good Bacteria

Bacteria are everywhere: on our skin, hair and nails, and also inside our body. In our intestines, these organisms are called the gut microbiome. We don’t notice they’re there until they are changed or imbalances in the types due to illness or a condition give us symptoms such as gas or diarrhea.

Some research supports the use of prebiotics and probiotics to promote gut health by creating a healthier balance of bacteria type in your gut microbiome.

Eat plant-based foods and whole grains to get prebiotics. Prebiotics help create a healthy environment in the gut for the “good” bacteria to flourish, Fermented foods including yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha and kimchi are good sources of probiotics.

Drink in Moderation

Drinking in moderation is okay, but consuming alcohol in excess can lead to the deterioration of your immune system. There’s evidence from both human and animal research that overconsumption of alcohol decreases immune reactivity, reducing the body’s ability to fight infection.

Exercise

Current guidelines advise Americans do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week. Research shows the immune system benefits from engaging in regular physical activity.

This is because exercise boosts the production of microphages, cells that attack the bacteria that can trigger some of the upper respiratory tract infections we get. And physical activity increases the circulation of many cells in our body that help fend off viruses and harmful bacteria.

Get Enough Sleep

A lack of sleep is frequently the culprit when people find that they’re getting sick more often or unable to fend off ailments. Seven to nine hours of sleep is recommended to restore your body fully.

Wash Your Hands

People with contaminated hands can infect themselves and other, leading to respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. At Snow Family Dentistry, we recommend washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds.

You should wash your hands:

  • Before and after handling or eating food.
  • After sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose.
  • After shaking hands with another person.
  • After using the bathroom.
  • After touching an animal or handling animal waste.
  • After using public transportation.
  • After handling garbage.
  • After treating a sick person.

Why Choose Snow Family Dentistry

From our family to yours, we hope you stay and healthy during this pandemic. If you have a dental emergency or need a check up, please click here to contact us today.

What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is divided into two different categories.

One type can occur in your lips, teeth, gums, the front two-thirds of your tongue, and the floor and roof of your mouth. The other type of oral cancer occurs in the oropharynx, which is the middle region of your throat that includes the tonsils and base of the tongue.

Research shows that early detection results in better treatment outcomes, and may help keep you or someone you love from becoming one of the 10,030 people whose lives may be claimed this year by the disease.

Oral Cancer Symptoms

It’s important to be aware of the following signs and symptoms, and to see your dentist if they do not disappear after two weeks:

  • A sore or irritation that doesn’t go away
  • Red or white patches on your gums
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness in your mouth or on your lips
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

Who Is At Risk?

Research has identified a number of factors that increase the risk of developing oral cancers. For instance, men are twice more likely to get oral cancer than women. Smokers and excessive alcohol drinkers older than 50 are also at a greater risk.

The human papilloma virus (HPV) which is sexually transmitted, has also been associated with throat cancers at the back of the mouth. HPV-positive head and neck cancers are related to the rise in throat cancers in non-smoking adults. HPV-positive head and neck cancers typically develop in the throat at the base of the tongue and in the folds of the tonsils making them difficult to detect.

How Can My Dentist Help Detect Oral Cancer Early?

During each exam at Snow Family Dentistry, Dr. Snow performs an oral cancer screen in and around your mouth to ensure early detection of anything abnormal.

If something unusual is found, you may be referred to a physician for additional testing, or Dr. Snow may choose to reexamine the area one or two weeks later before providing additional follow up. This will determine if the area in question healed on its own or if it needs further testing.

Why Choose Snow Family Dentistry

Do you think you may have oral cancer and want to get checked out? Click here to schedule a complimentary consultation today!

 

 

 

What Is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joints, also known as TMJ, are the joints and jaw muscles that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Your TMJ are located on each side of your head and work together when you chew, speak or swallow. The temporomandibular joints include muscles, ligaments, and your jaw bone, and also control the lower jaw as they move forward, backward and side to side.

Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket. The disc cushions the load while enabling the jaw to open widely and rotate or glide. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder.

Causes of TMJ Disorder:

  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Injury
  • Tooth and jaw alignment
  • Stress and teeth grinding

Diagnosis is an important step before treatment. Part of the Snow Family Dentistry dental examination includes checking your joints and muscles for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty moving. Depending on the diagnosis, your dentist may refer you to a physician.

How to help TMJ pain at home:

  • Eat softer foods
  • Avoid chewing gum and biting your nails
  • Modify your pain with heat packs
  • Practice relaxation techniques to control jaw tension, such as meditation

If you have tried the above mentioned techniques and are still experiencing pain, you may need to try a more permanent form of treatment. In some cases, your Snow Family Dentistry dentist may recommend fixing an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping some teeth.

Why Choose Snow Family Dentistry

For over twenty years Dr. Paul Snow has effectively treated head and neck pain associated with TMJ. Dr. Snow has attended years of education to effectively help his patients that experience this common problem. If you experience TMJ, click here to schedule a complimentary consultation.