Dental Tips Blog

Sep
12

Dental Health Alert! 7 Favorite Holiday Foods That Can Wreck Your Smile

We’re coming up on that time of year when we look forward to time with family, vacation days, and lots of food…but mostly the food.

So here are seven of the worst (and tastiest!) holiday foods that you’ll want to enjoy in moderation if you want to avoid getting cavities.

Candy Canes

Candy canes are pure sticks of sugar. If you slowly lick on one for close to an hour at a time, you’re exposing your teeth to sugar acids for just as long.

Mulled Cider

Apples are good for you but sipping on juice that’s laced with sweeteners and oranges is makes for an acidic concoction.

Sweet Potatoes

Yams may be packed with vitamin C and fiber, but that goodness gets cancelled out when baked with enamel-eating ingredients like brown sugar, syrup, and marshmallows. Alternatively, bake your potatoes whole and season them with a little cinnamon.

Anything with Dried Fruit

Just think pure natural sugar that gets stuck in teeth for hours on end. Enough said.

Glazed Ham

Just because it’s a meat dish doesn’t mean it won’t affect your teeth. A sugary glaze is yet another acidic carb that can weaken enamel.

Stuffing

It’s not always sweet, but stuffing is still a sticky carb that will get stuck in every nook and cranny of your mouth.

Popcorn

There’s no worse culprit for getting stuck in teeth than popcorn! Hard kernels have been known to break teeth and dental crowns and the pesky hulls are good at slipping under the gums and causing infection.

Take time out of your busy schedule to get dental checkups for all in your family before indulging on your holiday break!

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Sep
29

10 Ways to Avoid Getting a Cavity

Posted in Fillings

If your history is marked with more dental procedures than any other memory, then it’s a great idea to take steps that lower your cavity risk! Here are ten tips to help prevent tooth decay and avoid the need for fillings, crowns and other tooth restorations

Cut out sweet drinks. Sipping on sugary coffee, soda, or juice on a daily basis is basically soaking your teeth in enamel-eating acids.

Keep your mouth hydrated. A dry mouth is a playground for cavity-causing bacteria. Drink lots of water and chew sugarless gum to keep your saliva flow going strong.

Switch to whole grains. Simple sugars are the main fuel for enamel-eroding bacteria. High-fiber foods and complex carbs are good for your body in general and don’t stick around in the mouth to create sticky plaque.

Eat fresh, whole food snacks. Opt for fresh veggies and fibrous fruits like apples over chips and cookies. These will help to naturally cleanse your mouth.

Fluoride, fluoride, fluoride. Need we say more? Use a rinse daily and take advantage of any professional fluoride treatments your office provides.

Brush/floss even more. No matter how often you brush or floss, try to do it a little more frequently.

Get sealants. They’re not just for kids! Dental sealants prevent decay from starting in the grooves on molars.

Eat dairy. Cheese and milk neutralize acids in the mouth and fortify teeth against decay.

Rinse often. Don’t take any chances – rinse your mouth with water after every meal or snack.

See your dentist regularly. Never skip an appointment. Regular exams and yearly x-rays are key to detecting the signs of decay and stopping it before it can cause too much trouble.

Posted on behalf of:
Garrisonville Dental
481 Garrisonville Rd. #105
Stafford, VA 22554
540-318-1794

Jul
31

How Do I Know When I Need a Filling?

Posted in Fillings

Cavities are tricky things – sometimes you’ll notice them, but many times you won’t. Being alert to the signs can help you to take action just in time. Properly preventing and treating cavities can help you to avoid some serious problems.

Possible Signs of a Cavity

If you have a cavity, some of the symptoms and signs you may experience include:

– Temperature sensitivity

– Sensitivity to sweet foods and drinks

– A Spot of dark stain on your tooth

– An ache in your mouth

– Fractured or cracked enamel

These signs will only show up when a cavity is advanced. The more a cavity grows, the more it compromises your tooth. The sooner you can have a filling placed, the better! But in its early stages, a cavity probably won’t bother you at all. You likely won’t even notice it.

What can you do?

The Best Way to Find Out

Because cavities start out small, painless, and virtually invisible, you’ll need the help of special technology to detect them. Dental offices are equipped with bright lights, dental explorers, x-ray machines, and cavity-detecting lasers. These tools are all used to identify spots where a cavity is starting. Visiting your dentist is the only way you can be absolutely sure of whether or not you have one.

Avoid Getting a Dental Filling

Regular brushing and daily flossing will limit the effects of cavity-causing bacteria. When you visit the dentist on a regular basis, a professional examination can reveal cavities before you experience any discomfort. Professional fluoride treatments and sealants could help you to lower your risk of getting a cavity at all. With a little prevention, you can avoid having many dental fillings done!

Posted on behalf of:
Gordon Dental of Leawood
11401 Nall Ave #102
Leawood, KS 66211
(913) 649-5017

Jun
26

Why Your Child Needs Fluoride for a Healthy Smile

You’ve likely heard mixed opinions on the value fluoride has for dental health. There are individuals who believe fluoride is toxic. But the vast majority of dental professionals promote fluoride for its unequaled ability to prevent tooth decay.

Which side you believe will affect the health of your family. Before you rule out fluoride use as dangerous or inconsequential, carefully consider the benefits of fluoride that the latest research shows. It can make a big difference in your child’s dental health!

How Fluoride Works

Fluoride is absorbed systemically by teeth that are still developing. This helps strengthen the enamel before the tooth emerges. Fluoride can also reinforce enamel when teeth are exposed to it in the mouth. Topical fluoride can even help remineralize areas that are prone to tooth decay.

Fluoride comes in a variety of forms:

  • Supplements
  • Toothpaste
  • Rinse
  • Varnish (professional use)

Supplement Oral Hygiene

Children often have a hard time removing harmful plaque from their mouths during brushing. The great thing about fluoride is that it can penetrate plaque. Teeth will still get some protective benefit from this mineral even if some acidic plaque is left on them. Plaque is also easily trapped in the mix of adult and baby teeth that many kids have. Fluoride is especially effective for kids!

Avoid Future Dental Expense

By preventing cavities now through fluoride use, you’re helping your child plan for a future of dental health. Strong tooth enamel and excellent oral hygiene will ward off problems that can lead to a lot of pain and cost down the road.

Get your child’s dental health off to the best start by scheduling an examination at your local dental office.

Posted on behalf of:
Allen Dentistry
551 W McDermott Dr
Allen, TX 75013
(972)359-9950

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