Archive for August, 2014

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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Bad Breath

 

Bad breath is uncomfortable and embarrassing but it is also treatable. There are several causes of bad breath such as strong foods, like garlic and onions…smoking…periodontal disease…dry mouth…various medical conditions…and improper or inconsistent dental healthcare.
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.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease is another source of sulfur producing bacteria. A professional cleaning by your dentist will remove the sulfur-producing 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 the causes 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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Top 9 Foods That Damage Teeth

 

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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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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Tooth Bonding

If you have cracked or chipped teeth, you may want to consider Direct Tooth Bonding. Direct tooth bonding is a fairly quick and painless procedure in which a moldable substance, similar to putty, is applied to enhance the look of your teeth. This is a popular treatment for dental cosmetic purposes to repair decayed teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer, or to change the shape of teeth; with little or no tooth reduction. Direct tooth bonding is less costly than porcelain veneers and crowns – and can be long-lasting with proper maintenance. It has a realistic tooth color and is both comfortable and safe to wear. After the procedure, teeth are polished and glazed to give a smooth, attractive appearance for a beautiful smile makeover.

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