Dental Tips Blog

Sep
9

Cavities: More Dangerous to Your Children’s Health Than You Know

It’s easy to brush off childhood tooth decay as no big deal. After all, it’s a very prevalent disease. Almost all kids will have a brush with cavities at some point in their life. Baby teeth fall out anyways, so what’s the point in worrying about one or two decaying teeth?

The fact is, however, that tooth decay is very dangerous to children. A seemingly minor cosmetic issue can have severe health consequences.

Cavities Impact Quality of Life

Tooth decay is just as miserable for kids as it is for adults. It can stain teeth and cause bad breath, which leads to self-consciousness and social anxiety. Dental pain can keep a child from getting a good night’s rest and eating a healthy diet.

Cavities can cause so much discomfort that they even negatively affect a child’s performance in school.

Cavities Can Lead to Deadly Infections

Cavities are the result of a bacterial infection that attacks tooth enamel. If the infection advances and reaches the pulp of the tooth, it can grow outside the tooth. This creates a painful abscess in the bone. An abscess can become life-threatening if it travels to the brain.

Cavities Can Alter Your Child’s Smile

At the very least, dental decay can destroy your child’s smile.

Baby teeth are key placeholders in your child’s bite alignment. When baby teeth are lost prematurely to decay, they leave behind gaps in the tooth positioning that affect the way adult teeth grow in.

Childhood tooth decay is a serious matter. Bring your child in for a comprehensive dental examination to address any decay they may have and prevent unwanted complications.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Jun
19

Have Your Kids Had Their Back-to-School Dental Checkup?

Depending on where you live and what school your children will attend, you may be told that your kids need dental screenings before enrollment.

Why does it matter whether or not your children have had a dental checkup?

Dental Health Impacts Success at School

Schools aren’t trying to keep out kids with less-than-perfect teeth. Rather, they want to make sure your child will thrive and get the most out of his or her education.

Dental problems can cause physical and emotional stress. Pain from a decayed tooth may make it hard for your child to chew their food and get the nutrition their growing bodies need. Bad breath and stained or broken teeth could lead self-esteem issues and difficulty interacting with other students. Sore teeth and gums can cause problems with focusing on schoolwork and interrupt an essential sleep schedule.

You can schedule necessary dental treatment any time it’s convenient for you. The important thing is that there is a current record of your child’s dental health.

What Happens at Your Child’s Dental Checkup

Your child’s dentist will examine his or her teeth to check for problems or development issues. If it’s your child’s first appointment, they may need a few x-rays, but this isn’t something to expect at every dental visit. The dentist will then let you know if any treatment is needed and fill out any forms your child’s school may provide.

Schedule Exams Before the New School Year

Take advantage of the remaining weeks of summer vacation to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning for your child. This will give your child a good head start for the upcoming year of school.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

May
18

Oral Hygiene Travel Tips and Hacks

Here’s what you should know to stay healthy even while wandering abroad or on your next business trip.

Downsize

Stock up on mini toothpastes and mouthwashes and foldable toothbrushes. Pack two or three of everything; they’re small! You’ll be glad to have some extras kicking around in case you lose something.

Keep All You Need in Carry-On Baggage

The last thing you want is to be stuck in an airport for 13 hours with no toothbrush because you got separated from your luggage. Keep the essentials with you at all times.

Stay Hydrated and Use Clean Water

Staying hydrated will keep your mouth’s pH balanced and reduce plaque buildup. Brush your teeth only with water that’s safe for you to drink. If you’re abroad, use bottled water.

Get Tips from Fellow Travelers

If you need help in a pinch, ask around to find a reputable clinic that offers treatment with the same standard of care you’re used to back home. Not all clinics abroad are as trustworthy, but there are plenty that are!

Bag Your Brush

Make sure your toothbrush gets a chance to air-dry between uses. But wrap it in a plastic baggie before stuffing it in your luggage (if you don’t have a case).

Fluoride

Should you find yourself without a toothbrush, try to at least get your hands on some fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride can strengthen your teeth even if you can’t get all the plaque off.

Avoid Sugar

It’s tempting to indulge when you’re on vacation, but try to cut back on sugar to prevent decay.

Get a Dental Check-Up Before You Leave

Before you head out, get caught up on dental x-rays and teeth cleanings. This will minimize your risk of any unpleasant surprises on your trip.

Schedule a dental cleaning and checkup before your next flight out of town!

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Sep
4

Save Your Smile and the Planet at the Same Time

Staying both healthy and environmentally-conscious can be a tricky balance. Here are three eco-friendly ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy and beautiful.

New Toothbrush Options

You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. This ensures that you always have fresh bristles that work properly. It’s also good practice to toss the toothbrush to prevent bacterial growth.

But throwing out a standard toothbrush every three months adds up to a lot of waste. Switch to a toothbrush made from biodegradable materials, like bamboo. Alternatively, an electric toothbrush may save on plastic since you only have to throw out a small detachable head every few months instead of a whole brush.

Nix the Disposable Straws

Sipping sweet drinks through a straw can spare your teeth the harmful exposure to stain, sugar, and acids. Yet, plastic straws are gaining more attention for their negative impact on the environment. If you want to keep using straws to preserve your bright smile, consider getting a reusable one that you can carry with you and clean at home.

Get White Fillings Instead of Silver

Metal fillings are cheap and durable, but they do contain traces of mercury. This amount of mercury is so small that it wouldn’t affect you. But when the time comes to remove a silver restoration, the drilling process can release mercury vapor into the environment.

On the plus side, dental offices are equipped to reduce mercury vapors while removing metal fillings. Still, you can do your part by opting for resin-based white restorations.

Regular dental checkups will help you avoid needing to have dental work done in the first place. Call your dentist today to schedule a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-4565

Sep
4

How to Keep Your Gums Healthy

Your gums are important for a couple big reasons:

  • They protect tooth roots and hold teeth securely in their sockets
  • They’re closely connected to your overall health

Gums weakened by disease can lead to tooth-loss and even health complications such as stroke and heart disease.

So keeping your gums healthy clearly has a lot of benefits!

Here are some ways you can help your gum tissue thrive.

Drink Lots of Water

Staying hydrated prevents sticky bacterial plaque buildup, which causes gum inflammation. Getting lots of water also promotes a healthy saliva flow.

Brush and Floss Daily

Proper brushing and flossing remove the plaque that develops after meals and overnight. Use a fluoride toothpaste when you brush to get that added benefit for your teeth.

Use a Rinse Each Night

An antibacterial or antiplaque mouthwash creates an environment that makes it hard for bacteria to grow in. Your dentist may recommend a rinse as a therapeutic addition to your brushing and flossing routine.

Get Your Vitamins

Vitamin C is essential to warding off infection, especially in your gums. Strawberries, peppers, and citrus fruits are good sources of this vitamin.

Cut Tobacco Use

Smoking and other tobacco use causes gum recession, reduces gums’ immune response and blood circulation, and increases the risk of oral cancer.

Regular Dental Cleanings

When you see your dentist on a regular basis, he or she will check you gums for signs of trouble and let you know what to do before things get out of hand. Professional dental cleanings reduce the amount of buildup on teeth that cause gum irritation.

Don’t leave your gum health to chance! Learn more about healthy gums by visiting your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Mar
27

Does It Hurt to Get Your Teeth Cleaned? These Tips Can Help

It’s time for your 2 o’clock dental visit and you can’t shake that familiar feeling of dread.

You’re scheduled for a teeth cleaning and you already know how it’s going to go: the pain, the sensitivity, the doubt that the torture will ever end.

If you’re tired of each routine dental cleaning going this way, then the following tips are just what you need.

  1. Ask for Anesthetic.

Sensitive gums may be where your discomfort originates. The hygienist can apply a thin layer of topical numbing jelly to help them relax for your cleaning session. You can even as for laughing gas if you want!

  1. Use Desensitizing Toothpaste.

Most patients have sensitive teeth right after a cleaning. Use a dab of desensitizing paste like a conditioner for your teeth every time after brushing. Do this on a regular basis to strengthen your enamel before your next dental visit.

  1. Lose Yourself.

Sometimes, you just mentally have to go to your safe place. If you don’t focus on the work that’s going on in your mouth, it will be easier to endure the necessary evil.

Bring an audiobook or favorite calming playlist to listen to through headphones and let yourself just drift away.

  1. Switch Cleaning Tools.

Some patients are very sensitive to the ultrasonic instruments that work the fastest for removing tartar. If your hygienist is using an automated tool to clean your teeth and it hurts, you can ask him or her to switch to the hand tools for a while to give your teeth a break. For some people it’s the other way around.

A little honest communication and preparation are all that’s needed to make a dental cleaning more comfortable. Contact your dental office for more help in surviving your next trip!

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

Feb
11

How to Fight Tooth Decay with Diet

You’ve heard that eating a lot of sugar leads to cavities. But you may not realize how big of a role your overall diet plays in determining your cavity risk.

Here are a few changes you might make to your family’s eating habits:

Drink More Water

Beverages are a major source of the sugars that contribute to tooth decay. They literally soak the teeth in sugar for minutes at a time. Sweet drinks provide fuel for cavity-causing bacteria and they also impact the acidity of the mouth, which is what causes enamel erosion.

Cut back on sweetened drinks by encouraging your family to switch to water. This will keep the mouth hydrated and your teeth cleaner.

Eat Fresh

Fresh fruits and veggies are great sources of water (which helps clean teeth) and fiber. The fiber is good for your digestive health, but it also does your teeth a favor. Natural fibers in plants help scrub away cavity-causing plaque and sugar while you chew.

Who knew an apple a day could keep the dentist away?

Get More Fiber

Speaking of fiber, you can get similar dental health benefits by upgrading your processed carbs to high-fiber whole grains. The hearty texture can wick away bacteria and slows down plaque-formation, unlike simpler carbohydrates.

Say Cheese!

Dairy is the perfect snack for strong tooth enamel. Minerals found in dairy products such as calcium are necessary for remineralizing the structure of weak teeth. Cheese in particular is good for preventing decay since its tangy flavor stimulates saliva flow. Your teeth rely on saliva to stay clean and to soak up more minerals!

Modest changes in your diet along with routine dental exams and checkups can help fight tooth decay and prevent cavities. Want more tips on keeping your smile healthy, naturally? Visit your dentist or hygienist to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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