Candy and caramel top the list of foods that are bad for your teeth. This fact may not be of any surprise; after all, we’ve been taught since early childhood that sugar is bad, bad, bad for our teeth and to avoid high sugar foods such as candy like the plague.
But there are some foods that you may be surprised to see on the list of foods that are potentially harmful to your pearly whites. They include these five:
1. Fruit Juice – Want your kids to drink something else besides soda? Well, here’s a news flash: fruit juice typically has a high concentration of sugar, which is bad for the teeth. Try diluting the juice with water, or offer milk instead. It is always a good idea to rinse the mouth with water after eating anything with sugar content.
2. Lemons and Oranges – Sure, citrus is packed with vitamin C and other good things, but it is also very acidic. Foods that are acidic are just as bad for your teeth as sugar, so, again, rinse with water after eating. Most dentists also warn against brushing immediately after consuming acidic or sugary foods, because they tend to soften the enamel for a half hour or so and brushing vigorously could erode the surface of the teeth.
3. Smoothies – Don’t think that because that smoothie contains kelp or banana that you are out of danger when it comes to protecting your teeth. Smoothies that contain fruit juice may be disguising sugar content. If possible, opt for smoothies made with whole fruit and water or yogurt.
4. Wine and Alcoholic Beverages – You’ve heard the studies that say one glass of wine a day is good for your heart. Well, that may be true, but if you are letting that wine sit in your mouth for a period of time, you are also making your teeth vulnerable to decay. Alcohol contains high levels of sugar and it can slow the production of saliva, which helps to neutralize acid. It’s best to limit alcohol intake, and follow up with a glass of water to maintain your optimum oral health.
5. Dried Fruits – Dried fruits may be a great alternative to fresh fruit nutritionally speaking, but they are as sticky as caramel and so they keep that sugar on the teeth longer. If you have a choice, choose fresh over dried fruit or drink water afterwards to reduce the risk of plaque build-up.
Lists aside, as a general rule of thumb, you want to avoid foods with a high level of sugar, acid or stickiness and brush or rinse afterwards if you can’t avoid them. This will reduce the need for metal or tooth colored fillings and other restorative dental work and help insure a long lasting, bright healthy smile.
Posted on behalf of Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.
Many people have an aversion about going to the dentist. In fact, by some estimates, this fear, whether based on fact or fiction, prevents as much as 45 percent of the adult population in the U.S. from seeing the dentist on a regular basis.
The dental profession has for years seen this as a challenge and has worked on ways to make a dental visit less painful, if not more enjoyable, to patients. So if you are seeing the dentist for the first time in a while, you might be surprised by some advances designed to mitigate your apprehension.
1. A calming atmosphere.
Some dental offices are design specifically with colors that sooth, space that does not constrict and even little added touches like fish tanks or waterfalls to make you as relaxed as possible. Dentists, meanwhile, are being taught more and more how to talk in calming ways to patients, much like a psychiatrist would in a therapy session.
2. Quieter drills.
Some people cringe at the idea of a dentist going to work on their teeth with a high pitched drill. Dentists now use electric drills, which are much quieter than their predecessor air-driven drills. The new drills also use sharper bits, which get the job done a lot faster.
3. More use of composite materials with fillings.
Unlike metal, composite fillings don’t require the dentist to dig deep, wide holes to anchor the filling. Tooth colored composite fillings take less time and last longer because they don’t weaken the tooth as much. In addition, tooth colored fillings look just like your natural teeth.
4. Phosphorous X-ray plates.
The days of clenching your teeth on cardboard plates that dig into the bottom of your mouth are numbered. Some dentists are now using softer, thinner plates made of phosphorous that don’t hurt like the old ones.
5. Laser technology.
Precise, painless and quick, laser technology is being used by more and more dentists for everything from treating tooth decay to gum disease to whitening. Lasers are perhaps the biggest recent advance in dentistry.
Posted on behalf of Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.
If you have recently been told by your dentist that you need a filling for a cavity, you may be wondering if there was a way to make the filling ‘match’ your other teeth, instead of being a metal color.
In fact, there are tooth colored fillings called composite fillings. A composite filling is designed to be used on small to medium sized cavities and fillings. While this type of cavity and filling takes longer to perform, the result is a match to your surrounding teeth coloring so that no one will ever know that you had a cavity there.
Composite fillings are made from a combination of plastic, resin, and other materials to make a smooth surface that matches with your surrounding teeth. Composite fillings can be used in either front or back teeth, and can withstand moderate chewing pressure. They have been shown to have a good lifespan and have a good resistance and lifespan.
The reason it takes longer to place a composite filling is because your tooth must be kept dry during the process. You may see the assistant frequently suctioning your mouth, or blowing bits of air on your tooth. This is to help the filling adhere better.
Composite fillings are actually placed by bonding the filling to the tooth. This is different than traditional metal fillings that are drilled into place. One of the advantages to composite fillings and bonding is that a smaller amount of tooth surface is actually drilled away, leaving your natural tooth more intact after the procedure.
If you are concerned about the appearance of a filling, and would like to have your teeth look as ‘natural’ as possible, talk to your dentist about the use of composite fillings.
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