Dental Tips Blog

Dec
18

Are These “Healthy” Foods Damaging Your Smile?

If you’re looking to boost your diet, then a good habit to pick up is swapping out junk food for healthier substitutes.

You can’t neglect your smile, but unfortunately there are some “healthy” choices that spell trouble for your teeth.

Raisins

Nutritionally-speaking, dried fruit might be healthier than cookies and chips. Unfortunately, the natural and added sugars in sticky, chewy, dried fruits are just the sort of thing cavity-causing bacteria love. The texture of raisins and other dried fruits makes it hard to get them out of your teeth when you’re done eating.

Black Coffee

Plain coffee is MUCH better than sweetened options. However, coffee is still notorious for staining teeth. No only that, the caffeine will dry out your mouth, and a dry mouth can’t fight off oral infections.

Ice

No, adding ice to your drink – even plain water – is not a bad thing. It’s when you get into a habit of chewing on ice that you put your teeth at risk. Ice-chewing is really bad for tooth enamel! Too much crunching on water in its solid form can wear down your teeth or break fillings.

Oranges

Acid in foods like citrus fruits will weaken tooth enamel. This makes teeth more likely to pick up stain and develop cavities.

Wait a half hour after that glass of orange juice before brushing. This gives your saliva chance to neutralize acid in the mouth before you go brushing it everywhere.

In planning your diet, aim to go fresh, whole, and sugar-free, and drink lots of plain water.

It’s what your body needs! Your smile will thank you, too. Ask your dentist for more information about smile-friendly diets.

Posted on behalf of:
Seneca Family Dentistry
2860Seneca St Suite C
Sichita, KS 67217
(316) 633-4048

Apr
9

Spaces and Food Traps Between Teeth

Posted in Fillings

Having large areas between the teeth can be troublesome, especially when they consistently tend to have food or plaque wedge its way in between. Patients with one or two open areas tend to find they floss or using a toothpick frequently throughout the day in order to remove debris from the area.

Most spaces like the one mentioned above are due to shifting of the teeth, gum disease, or failing dental restorations. For instance, losing a tooth even in one area of the mouth can cause teeth throughout the entire mouth to shift and move, adjusting to the new open space. Minuscule amounts of movement create a tremendous impact on your mouth. Food then frequently becomes trapped, and areas develop gum disease and bone loss because they are too difficult to keep clean. Gum loss or a broken filling allows key areas for food to become trapped in the mouth.

Being able to keep these areas clean can prevent them from getting worse. If the space is caused to a broken dental filling or cavity, the area should be treated as a priority, preventing further damage or spread of infection to surrounding teeth. In some cases a filing may not be shaped properly and actually is the cause of a food trap. If tooth misalignment is the cause, then considering orthodontic therapy to realign the teeth can be an effective treatment method. Invisalign patients find that their clear removable aligners allow them to clean their teeth exceptionally well, which is beneficial when there are problem areas that are hard to access.

Let your dental providers know about areas that you struggle with food traps. During your exam, your dentist can determine what the cause is and offer an appropriate method of treatment.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental

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