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men-check-your-dental-healthAccording to Men’s Health magazine, it’s a good thing barbecue is so popular in Texas — worst case, the state’s dentally challenged can simply gum their fall-off-the-bone favorite. In ranking the nation’s best and worst teeth, two Lone Star State cities — El Paso and Lubbock — finish in the bottom 10, with San Antonio and Dallas close behind. Nor is this just a beauty contest, given that poor oral hygiene is linked to higher risks of heart disease, stroke, and even pancreatic cancer.

The Acid Bath

On the surface it makes sense: Brush your teeth after breakfast. Problem is, cereal, bananas, and orange juice are acidic, and if you eat them and then brush right away, you’ll remove some of the temporarily softened tooth enamel. The remedy? Wait 20 minutes before you brush, says David Bartlett, B.D.S., Ph.D., an expert on dental erosion.

Scan for Stroke

After Brit Phillips DDS checks for cavities, ask him to eyeball your arteries. The panoramic dental x-ray not only offers a 180-degree window into your oral health, but also reveals whether the other plaque is piling up in your carotid arteries — plaque that might otherwise go undetected until you stroke out.  If he sees anything suspicious, ask him to send the film to your physician.

Silent Symptoms You Cannot Ignore

Dr. Phillips is a registered OralDNA Labs® Test Provider. Oral DNA or salivary diagnostics are used to obtain precise evidence about periodontal disease and oral HPV, allowing more accurate diagnosis and, in the case of periodontal disease, more effective treatment. Read more about Oral DNA here.

Brit Phillips DDS your qualified dentist in Fort Worth Texas uses progressive technology to provide the best dental care possible.