Nutrition

You may be able to prevent two of the most common oral diseases, tooth decay and periodontal disease, simply by improving your diet. Poor nutrition affects the entire immune system, making the body susceptible to many disorders. Be sure to plan meals and snacks to promote better oral health. Eat a well-balanced diet by choosing foods from the five major food groups: fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat. Avoid fad diets that limit or eliminate entire food groups, which usually result in vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Foods that cling to your teeth promote tooth decay. So when you snack, avoid soft, sweet, sticky foods such as cakes, candy and dried fruits. Instead, choose dentally healthy foods such as nuts, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese and sugarless gum or candy. And, always keep your mouth moist by drinking lots of water.

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Top 9 Foods That Damage

Everyone knows that a balanced, nutritious diet is essential to healthy living.   But did you know that eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease?  While some foods DO benefit your dental health, many foods, especially snack foods do not.   Here are the top nine foods that can damage or harm your teeth:   Hard Candies… Chewing Ice… Too many Citrus drinks… Coffee with sugar. . . Sticky foods … Chips… Soda Drinks… Alcoholic drinks… Sports drinks with sugar.   In order to minimize any damage to your teeth from these foods, make a habit of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes to remove any sugars and food particles from your mouth.

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First & Regular Visits

Regular dental check-ups and preventative dental care such as cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants, provide your child with “smile” insurance.  Plan your child’s first dental visit within six months after the first tooth erupts, but no later than his or hers first birthday.    Consider it a “well baby check-up” for your child’s teeth.

During your child’s first visit, your dentist will check:

***for cavities

***to see how well the teeth are being cleaned and offer  suggestions if necessary

***to make sure the proper number of teeth have erupted.

***to see that your child is receiving the proper amount of fluoride and to.

*** Answer any questions or concerns that parents may have.

Routine dental exams will help assess your child’s dental health through the years.   By age seven, it is recommended that your child receive an orthodontic evaluation.

Your dentist is always there to provide key information to help you take of your child’s oral health.

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Bad breath can be caused by smoking, gum disease, dry mouth, various medical conditions, improper or inconsistent dental healthcare, or strong foods like garlic and onions.   Bad breath is uncomfortable and embarrassing but it is also treatable.

Eliminating the bacteria found on your tongue and gums is one of the first steps in getting rid of bad breath. The tongue surface is made up of many tiny fissures which can trap small particles of food. When this food begins to decompose, bacteria produce a sulfur compound which in turn causes bad breath. When brushing, remember to brush your tongue to help remove this sulfur compound.

Gum disease is another source of sulfur producing bacteria.  A professional cleaning by your dentist will remove the bacteria from your mouth causing the bad breath.

Bad breath can be caused by dry mouth.  If this is the case, your dentist will investigate it and suggest treatment options.

With the right treatment and regular visits to your dentist, you’ll notice improvement right away and soon will be enjoying fresh breath and a healthier mouth.

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Teething Toddlers

Teething is the word used to describe the lengthy process by which a child’s baby teeth emerge from their gums.  For most kids this begins around the age of six months and continues until all twenty teeth are emerged.  This usually ends by the time a child is around the age of two or two and a half years old.  If you have a new baby and are wondering when you need to worry about teething you should understand that some kids don’t have their first teeth appear until around the age of eight months, and some may even have what is known as delayed eruption.  Most teeth appear in the same order or sequence.  The first two bottom front teeth appear first, then the top two front teeth.  The teeth also fall out in this same order when the adult teeth begin to emerge.  If your child has reached the age of ten months and has not yet had any teeth erupt it is a sign of delayed eruption, and the dentist or physician must be contacted.

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Fluoride

The greatest breakthrough in preventive dentistry during the last fifty years has been the use of fluoride.
About two-thirds of American cities add additional fluoride to their water supply for the prevention of tooth decay. In fact, fluoridation of public water systems can reduce cavities in baby teeth by 60 per cent and those in permanent teeth by 35 per cent.
There are many benefits in the use of fluoride for people of all ages. When children are young and their teeth are forming, fluoride joins with the enamel surface making it harder and more resistant to decay.
The benefits for adults are just as great. Fluoride can help repair an early cavity, even before it’s visible in the mouth, by rebuilding the enamel layer of the teeth. Fluoride is also helpful in older adults, to help solve the problem of cavities in the tooth root or with root sensitivity.
Fluoride is an important part of every prevention program. When combined with the good dental habits of brushing and flossing, the number of cavities in children and adults can be dramaticallyreduced.

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Sensitive Teeth

Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you?   Does it hurt to brush or floss?    If so, you may be experiencing sensitive teeth.  Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of things including tooth decay, fractured teeth, gum disease, worn fillings, or exposed tooth rot.  However, sensitive teeth can be treated.   Speak with your dentist if your teeth seem to be overly sensitive.  He or she may suggest one or more of a variety of treatments,  such as desensitizing toothpaste… fluoride gel… a crown or inlay… surgical gum graft…  or a root canal.  Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive tooth pain.   Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.

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