Eating Disorder

Eating disorders arise from a variety of complex physical, emotional, and social issues. They can also be devastating to your oral health. More than 10 million Americans are affected by serious eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. These eating disorders can also affect a person’s oral health. Without proper nutrition, gums and other soft tissue inside the mouth may bleed easily. The glands that produce saliva may swell and individuals may experience chronic dry mouth. Vomiting frequently causes strong stomach acid to flow over your teeth. The tooth’s enamel can be lost to the point that the teeth change in color, shape, and strength. If you suffer from an eating disorder, it’s important to seek counseling and talk to your health care provider.

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Sealants

Dental sealants are a type of special coating that act as a barrier, protecting cavity-prone teeth. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. They are sometimes used to cover deep pits and grooves in other teeth. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Applying sealants during childhood will protect the teeth throughout the most cavity prone years. Sealing a tooth is fast and easy. Sealants can last for many years if properly cared for, and will last longer if you maintain good oral hygiene and avoid biting hard objects. During routine dental visits your dentist will check the sealants and may recommend reapplication or repair when necessary. Ask your dentist about sealants today.

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Dental Tips for Teens

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. That’s why it’s important to take care of your teeth. Remember cavities aren’t just for kids! Here are some helpful tips that teens should keep in mind. Always brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes. Floss between your teeth daily. Avoid sugary and starchy snacks. Wear a mouth guard when you are active in sports. Do not use tobacco products. You will never have to worry about quitting, if you never start. Don’t pierce your lips or tongue; the metal could cause complications with your teeth. If you are unhappy with your smile or think you need braces, talk to your parents and dentist. It’s very important that you see your dentist on a regular basis. Keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.

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Veneers

Have you ever considered improving the appearance of your front teeth? With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever before. Veneers can enhance your smile and heighten your self-esteem.  Veneers are ultra-thin shells made with porcelain or composite material which are bonded to the front of the teeth.  This procedure requires little or no anesthesia, and can be the ideal choice for improving your appearance.  Veneers are used to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth, and improve a smile and can be an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations.  They are also ideal for patients with chipped, worn down teeth or even to fill in gaps in between teeth.  The process for veneers involves diagnosis and treatment plan, preparation and final bonding.  It is important for patients to have an active role in designing the veneers.

Sleep and Oral Health

Your sleep patterns could be impacting your oral health. A recent study suggests that lack of sleep is identified as a factor that may play a role in the progression of periodontal disease, better known as gum disease. Subjects participating in the study who slept a minimum of seven to eight hours per night exhibited greater resistance to the disease than those who slept six hours or less. Though limited, studies linking hours of sleep to dental health may indicate that a shortage of sleep can impair the body’s immune system from responding to diseases such as gum disease. Further research may suggest that lifestyle changes such as adding additional hours of sleep may improve not only our general health but our dental health as well. Try your hardest to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. It could be impacting much more than you are aware.

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Cleaning Tips

Proper care of your teeth and gums can help you avoid common diseases like gingivitis. Here are five tips that adults should do each day to keep oral hygiene in tip top shape.
*Use an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes work harder by pushing fluid between teeth and around the gum line, which provides a more effective cleaning.
* Floss at Night
It is very important to brush, floss and scrape your tongue every night to get rid of bacteria and go to bed with your mouth as clean as possible.
* Select the Right Toothpaste
Be cautious of any toothpaste that promises to “whiten” teeth.
* Don’t Forget Mouthwash
By using mouthwash before you brush, it can loosen particles of food that may not be fully removed by brushing and flossing.
* Eat Foods Good for Healthy Teeth
Certain foods naturally cleanse your teeth while you eat them. Load up on fruits like strawberries and pineapple and vegetables like kale and broccoli.

Preventing decay

It is very important to try to prevent decay of your child’s primary teeth. As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur.

One of the risk factors for this “baby bottle tooth decay” is frequent and prolonged exposure of a baby’s teeth to liquids containing sugar. These liquids could include milk, breast milk, formula, and fruit juice.   Tooth decay can also occur when parents or caregivers put a baby to bed with a bottle – or use milk, formula, or juice as a pacifier for a fussy baby.

If you use a pacifier, use a clean one.  Never dip a pacifier in sugar or honey before giving it to a baby.   Prolonged use of pacifiers can harm the teeth just like prolonged thumb sucking, but it is often easier to wean a child from a pacifier than a thumb.   Encourage children to drink from a cup by their first birthday, and discourage frequent use of a training or Sippy cup.   Never allow a baby to take a bottle to bed at night or naptime.

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