Fun Facts About Our Mouth

Fun Facts About Mouth

When we think of our health, we usually think of our overall health and the main functions that keep us going such as heart, lungs, and so forth. We hardly think of our oral health as being an essential aspect of our overall health; however, it plays a significant role in keeping us healthy. Instead of giving you paragraphs of information about why it’s crucial we maintain a healthy mouth, we have compiled a list of fun facts about our mouth and saliva that contribute to our health.

Learning is more fun when you can take small bits of information and learn the interesting facts of what makes our anatomy function as a whole. Here’s what we can learn from our mouth and why need to work towards maintaining a healthy mouth.

Mouth/Teeth:

  1. In a lifetime we only have two sets of teeth, our baby teeth, and adult teeth.
  2. Our teeth can reveal a lot about ourselves such as how old we are, what we eat, and where you live. It is a personal record of yourself.
  3. Our teeth are unique! There are no two teeth we have as a baby and adult that is the same; they’re different and unique to us as an individual.
  4. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance of your tooth which is made of dentine.
  5. Many diseases can be linked back to your oral health such as diabetes or osteoporosis.

Tongue:

  1. Our tongue is where we have our taste buds.
  2. All parts of our tongue can sense sweet, salty, bitter, sour and savory tastes, although, the sides of our tongue are more sensitive than in the middle.  
  3. It is the strongest muscle in body but also sensitive.
  4. The tongue helps us speak, spit and swallow food.
  5. Bacteria on tongue causes bad breath.

Saliva:

  1. Saliva contains healing properties which help heal wounds in the mouth faster (it only applies to the mouth).
  2. It’s part of the digestive process as our teeth. Saliva helps break down your food by making it softer.
  3. Our saliva is made up of at least 99% of water which is why we need to stay hydrated and what keeps our mouth lubricated when eating and swallowing.
  4. Saliva protects and cleans our mouth from food particles as it neutralizes the acids in food.
  5. Can’t taste food without saliva! We wouldn’t be able to distinguish the sweet from sour without our saliva.  

There’s always room to learn about our health including our oral health and how we start caring for it. Practicing good oral hygiene is critical to keeping our teeth and mouthy healthy, however, we still need to visit our dentist for an annual checkup. Our dentist can examine our teeth thoroughly and detect if we have minor or severe dental problems that needs to be addressed. If you haven’t visited your dentist this year, don’t wait until your benefits expire or until you start to experience tooth discomfort, make an appointment with today for a consultation by filling out our form.

Foods Good For Our Teeth And Oral Health

good foods for teeth

We often hear about how there are foods that are bad for our teeth, but rarely do we hear about the foods we should eat which promote a healthy mouth. We can focus on pointing the bad rather than the good which is a bit of a damper if you think about it because you are left wondering what can I eat that’ll be good for me. With so many foods, trying and tasting them isn’t the problem, it’s what they contain that can be either damaging or beneficial to us. Rather than looking at the bad foods we shouldn’t eat, we are going to see what we could eat to help us maintain healthy teeth.  

Have you ever heard of the saying “we’re the food we eat”? We may not like to listen to it; however, there is truth in it. If we spend our mealtime eating sugary foods, we are likely to present some of their properties such as a decrease in energy and have our teeth vulnerable to getting tooth decay. When we choose our snacks and ingredients for our meals, we want to be able to select nutritious foods that will help enhance our overall health which includes our oral health. So, what do you want to choose?

What to Know Before

Maintaining a healthy mouth is a critical aspect of our health since we use our mouth to speak and digest our food. We need to have healthy teeth and gums to help break down our food before we can swallow. When our teeth and gums are unhealthy, the simple process of chewing can be affecting how much we eat and what we choose to eat. It can even change the way we speak if we have teeth missing or if we’re in pain or have discomfort. Part of preserving our oral health is providing it with the foods it needs to function.

Like the rest of our body, our teeth and gums require nutrients to function properly. We sometimes get these nutrients from the foods we eat or supplements our doctor prescribe us. However, it’s preferable to get the nutrients from the food we eat than the supplements. What nutrients do we want to intake? Our teeth, gums and overall oral health requires certain nutrients which help promote a healthy smile and mouth. You want to be selecting foods rich in

  • Calcium and Phosphorus – they’re both needed to build the structure of your bones and teeth.
  • Water – yes, you can drink water, however, eating foods high in water will help neutralize the bacteria found in your mouth and produce saliva while you eat.   
  • Vitamin D – is needed to help absorb the calcium you need for your bones and teeth.
  • Vitamin C – is what helps our tissue develop and repair body tissue along with the function of the immune system and healing.
  • Antioxidants – help reduce inflammation and lower risks of infection.

Now that you know what you want in your foods how can you tell which foods have these nutrients? I think we’ve all been at the grocery store where we’ve been in the same aisle for some time looking at all the food lost in what to choose. I go through this at least once and week. Sometimes we can tell from reading the labels, or when it’s vegetable and fruit, we can have a good idea of what to select. However, other times we don’t know or want to try something new. We want to give you an idea of foods you can choose the next time you want to try a fresh taste or when you go grocery shopping.

Foods That Provide Nutrients

The most apparent foods which are rich in nutrients are fruits and vegetables, although, some are better than others. We’ve listed below possible foods you probably buy or can try to help promote good oral health. Open yourself to some of the delicious tasty flavors of

  • Cheese, yogurt, milk, or kefir
  • Leafy greens veggies such as spinach, kale, and broccoli
  • Fruit like apples, strawberries, oranges, pears, kiwis, and cranberries
  • Fish    
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Nuts and sesame seeds
  • Gum – although it is not food, chewing sugar-free gum can help stimulate the production of saliva which we need to help wash and neutralize bacteria found in our mouth.

Next time we go grocery shopping let us opt for one or two things on this list to ease our way into keeping a healthy smile by providing our mouth the nutrients it needs to function. We still have to brush and floss our teeth on a daily basis to keep our teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you haven’t seen your dentist for your annual check-up, do so now before your end of the year benefits reset. To make an appointment at any one of our two locations, you can fill out our appointment form here, and you’ll hear from us soon.

 

Why Is Replacing A Missing Tooth Important?

missing teeth

When you smile is there an open window? Tooth loss as a child marks a turning point in their life as their adult teeth begin to erupt and the soon visits from the tooth fairy. However, for an adult, a tooth loss becomes an occurrence to be concerned about. It’s not usual for adults to lose teeth to make way for new ones; we only get two sets in a lifetime your baby teeth and adult teeth, when teeth are missing it’s ofte

Losing a tooth may not seem that big of a deal for some if it’s missing from the back where no one can see, but it should still be looked at and replaced by a dentist. Why do we lose teeth as an adult? Find out why and the importance of replacing a tooth.

Why Do We Lose Teeth?

Sometimes we lose our teeth due to an accident whether from playing sports or hitting something with your face. (It happens! Have you not seen the funny videos?) When it’s from an accident, there is nothing to worry about it having to be related to a health problem since you know how you lost your tooth. But if your tooth has fallen without an outside force impacting you then, you might want to contact your dentist so they can examine your teeth. There are a couple of reasons why you might experience tooth loss, and they are due to:

  • Gum Disease – also referred to as periodontitis, is the cause of poor oral hygiene and the inflammation and infection of the gums and can affect the tooth and jawbone. When tartar builds up, it begins to infect the gums which later starts to break down the bone and the supporting tissue of the teeth causing the tooth to loosen and eventually fall out. Visiting the dentist will allow your dentist to examine and ensure your teeth are in healthy shape.
  • Osteoporosis – is a bone disease where the body loses bone or makes little bone which results in your bones becoming weak and to break easily from a fall. When you have osteoporosis, your bones lose density or mass and contains an abnormal tissue structure where there are more space and holes present. It’s a disease which is silent because you can’t feel your bones getting weak. As you get older (around 50 years old), you might want to talk to your primary doctor about getting a bone density test done.    
  • Injury – I mentioned this before, an injury due to playing sports can be another contributing factor, although not as severe as the previous two. Getting hit in the mouth is not the only injury to teeth that can cause tooth loss. Are you a grinder or a clincher? Grinding or clenching your teeth wears them down and loosens them resulting in tooth loss and jaw pain. If you have jaw pain but don’t know why, most people don’t realize they clench or grind their teeth, visit the dentist to ensure it’s not caused by dental damage.

Tooth loss is no fun especially when it prevents us from smiling. Even if you have lost a tooth from the back, you don’t want to keep an open window.

Why Should We Replace Them?

Each of our teeth has a place in our mouth. When we lose a tooth or teeth, the rest of our teeth can start shifting and affect the rest of our oral health. If we leave our smile with empty spaces, there can be changes such as,

  • Moving teeth: an area in between our teeth can cause the possibility of a shift in your teeth alignment which results into your bite changing and possible tooth decay.
  • Affects Speech Patterns: Depending on where you’re missing a tooth, it can affect the way you speak. It can change the sound of a letter or pronunciation of a word which can make you conscious of the way you talk and can lower your confidence or self-esteem.  
  • Bone Loss: there are some cases where bone loss can occur around the missing tooth or teeth.
  • Lack of Nutrition: missing a  teeth makes it difficult to break down certain foods that give our body the nutrients it needs such as vegetables, nuts, and meat. We need to feed our body’s the vitamins and minerals it needs without compromising on the food we eat when we don’t have teeth.

You don’t want to leave your smile with open spaces that results in later complications. When you have experienced a tooth loss, you want to replace it as soon as possible.

Replacing Your Missing Tooth (Teeth)

With new advances in treatment, now you don’t have to be toothless since there are various options for your dentist to replace your missing teeth. These are the three most common methods of treatment.

  1. Bridges – they anchor to the surrounding teeth and can be removable or fixed.
  2. Dentures/Partials – if you have lost more of your teeth, dentures might be for you since it allows for you to have a set of teeth.
  3. Implants – the “artificial tooth roots” that bond with the jawbone and become the base to support your crowns (your artificial teeth).

Every patient’s case differs which is why we recommend you make an appointment with us. Our providers will be able to examine your teeth further and identify any dental problems you may be experiencing. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your oral health and your treatment options.  

What Were Wisdom Teeth Used For?

Wisdom teeth used for

When we’ve been told by our dentist our wisdom teeth need to be removed, do you ever find yourself sitting in the dental chair pondering why we have wisdom teeth that need to be taken out? Most of the time when we think of wisdom teeth removal, we imagine the procedure and the soreness that comes afterward, plus the limitation of foods we have to go through for a couple of days. We know it’s not the ideal treatment when you have to give up eating something you can’t let go of, but sometimes it’s necessary.

Wisdom teeth also referred to as our third molars, don’t always erupted properly. They like to wreak havoc in our mouth especially on our second molars which aren’t pleasant to endure when we start to feel some discomfort and pain. Then, we begin to ask ourselves why our wisdom teeth would come out if we have no room from them? That’s a question we can often find ourselves asking when we’re told they need to be removed. Did we once used them before, and if so for what? Let us find out what theory says about our wisdom teeth.

What’s the theory got to say?

According to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, our third molars were “helpful to our early ancestors who ate tough, uncooked foods that wore away their teeth.” A theory has it that before our ancestors could cook food with fire, their diet contained more grains and hard food which our molars are needed to grind that resulted in excessive wear. If you think about it, the way our ancestors got their food was through hunting and gathering which they had to take their methods of preserving their leftover food. During a time where we needed more molar energy to break down our food, the extra teeth we got from our wisdom teeth were a great help!  

However, of course, with time, our diet and the way we get our food has changed. Our modern diet has less hard foods and more soft foods we can chew with ease or breakdown with less energy from our molars. Since our food is processed, our food remains “fresh” for longer times than before making it soft to break down with our teeth. Aside from our current diet bringing dental problems, it doesn’t promote the development of our jaw and teeth which is why there is no room for our wisdom teeth when they erupt.

Some people might get lucky and not get their wisdom teeth while others get their wisdom teeth without having to get them removed. But it is rare when it happens, most of the times others have all four wisdom teeth come in at once which can often lead to problems. Over time our jaw structure has adapted to the changes in our current diet and way of gathering food. Having a smaller jaw creates a problem with our wisdom teeth, it can either impact our teeth or block them from erupting. These problems can cause infections due to bacteria growth or discomfort and pain from ramming into another tooth. There is no way of really knowing what complications you can get from wisdom teeth if any.

When do wisdom teeth come in?

Our wisdom teeth begin to erupt around the age of 17 and 21. Visiting the dentist for our annual check-ups ensures our teeth’s health including the development of our wisdom teeth. Through x-rays, your dentist can identify whether you’ve developed your wisdom teeth and if they’re causing dental problems in your mouth. You want to consult with your dentist first to discuss your dental issue, treatment, and costs.

Wisdom teeth are expensive, but at The Center of Dental Professionals, we are offering a deal you can’t refuse. For $897, you can have all your wisdom teeth removed plus IV sedation! Don’t miss out on our ONE LOW ORTHO FEE you can’t get anywhere else. Book an appointment with our offices by filling out our form here.

What theories do you have on why we have third molars we don’t have room for? Let us know in the comments below.

What’s Gingivitis?

What is Gingivitis

The most common dental problems we can often hear in a dental office is dental cavities, root canals, tooth extraction or crowns. It’s not every day we hear the word gingivitis being thrown around, let alone know what it is. So, what is gingivitis and why should we treat it as soon as we are diagnosed with it?

These are some of the topics we will be discussing in this post. It’s important to know we can face other dental problems which we must treat to avoid further complications to our oral health. What do we need to know first?

What is Gum Disease?

You may think gum disease is another topic of its own. You’re right, it is, however, it is related to gingivitis. How? Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues supporting and surround our teeth. It is usually caused by poor oral hygiene that allows plaque buildup to harden and affect the tooth and gums which can cause to soreness, bleeding gums, and tooth loss.

What’s Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums which is referred to as the first stage of gum disease and the easiest to treat. It’s the non-destructive stage of gum disease; however if left untreated it can lead to serious dental problems and an advanced stage of gum disease.

Causes of Gingivitis

When plaque accumulates around and in between the teeth, it can destroy our gums’ tissue, but first, our immune system is the first to respond. Here are some factors that are likely to cause you to develop gingivitis.

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Crooked teeth – makes harder to clean teeth properly
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Age
  • Illness
  • Genetics
  • Medications

Symptoms of Gingivitis

Caused by the plaque buildup, the early signs of symptoms we can experience are:

  • red, swelling gums
  • tender gums
  • bleeding of gums while brushing or flossing
  • bad breath

Although there can be a mild case of gingivitis, regardless of its acute or chronic case, it should still be treated since it can progress to something more serious.

Treatment Methods

When gingivitis is caught early and is treated early, it is possible to reverse the effects of plaque buildup. Treatment is first started at the dentist office and then carried on at home. Once you have been diagnosed with gingivitis, your dental professional will remove the buildup of plaque or tartar that has around your teeth. You might feel discomfort depending on how much plaque you have and the sensitivity of your gums.

Once your dentist has removed all plaque from your teeth, they go over oral hygiene tips and why it’s critical to continue to practice good oral hygiene. Sometimes, dentists may make follow-up appointments to continue to monitor your teeth and ensure they are properly clean.  

If your dentist diagnoses you with other dental problems, part of maintaining a healthy mouth and smile is correcting any other problems that contribute to oral hygiene. You don’t want to leave them untreated and expect to have a healthy mouth.

At home, you want to continue to practice good oral hygiene such as brushing twice a day especially before bedtime, flossing once a day, and maybe even rinsing your mouth with mouthwash. Taking caring our teeth starts at home, and when we lack to care for them, that’s when dental problems begin to arise.

Dentists can’t emphasize enough the importance of practicing good oral hygiene. If you haven’t had your annual dental check-up, don’t wait until you start to see or feel symptoms. Make an appointment with your dentist by filling out the form here to book an appointment.

If you want to know more information about gum disease or gingivitis, we’ve provided you with links.  

Gum Disease

Gingivitis

 

Dental Health Tips to Keep Your Mouth and Smile Healthy

health dental tips

Our oral health is equally as important as our overall medical health. We use our teeth and mouth to digest and speak on a daily basis which is why it’s critical we learn to care for our teeth properly. We always want to ensure we clean all of our teeth not just some and that we are gentle when doing so.

As adults, we have more liberty to choose what we can eat and not. Some of the foods we want can be good for us while others not so much. It’s not to say you need to stop eating them, on the contrary, having them in moderation or sparingly can help us avoid running into future dental problems. Even as we eat the foods we shouldn’t, there are some tips we can make great use of to prevent dental problems and keep a healthy mouth. What kind of tips? Below we’ve listed healthy tips we can start applying to our daily oral hygiene routine.

Babies:

Babies rely on the help and care a parent gives when it comes to their teeth and gums. A baby requires the same attention as a teen and adult when cleaning their teeth. Even though their baby teeth are temporary, you want to ensure you avoid dental problems to their permanent teeth. Here are quick tips to consider when cleaning your child and feeding them.

  • Serve them naturally made juices (without sugar)
  • Don’t let them fall asleep with their baby bottle if it has juice or milk to avoid developing bottle decay.
  • With a wet cloth, gently clean their gums and tooth (until they are old enough to use a toothbrush).
  • Encourage them to eat snacks that are healthy for them (i.e., fruits, cheese, vegetables).
  • Visit a pediatric dentist once your child has turn one to ensure their teeth are developing properly and have healthy gums.

Adolescents:

When our kids get older, they have more freedom to choose the types of foods they can eat whether it is healthy or not. But we can influence it by having only healthy meals and snacks in the house. If you have a teen in the house, here are some helpful dental tips to remind them about.

  • Brush twice a day (especially before going to bed)
  • Floss your teeth once a day
  • Don’t neglect to clean your tongue (can lead to plaque build-up and bad odor)
  • Limit your intake of sugary and acidic drinks
  • Drink more water (esp. if you have eaten sugars, carbohydrates, and acidic foods)
  • Wear mouthguards when playing sports or at night
  • Visit your dentist annually for regular check-ups.

Adults:

With age, our health begins to decline, and that includes our oral health as well. We need to continue to take extra care of our teeth as we age to ensure our teeth continue to remain healthy and functioning. As we age, we want to continue to follow the same tips as an adolescent will.

  • Brush twice a day (especially before going to bed)
  • Floss your teeth once a day
  • Don’t neglect to clean your tongue (can lead to plaque build-up and bad odor)
  • Use mouthwash
  • Limit your intake of sugary and acidic drinks
  • Drink more water (esp. if you have eaten sugars, carbohydrates, and acidic foods)
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables (the crunchy, the better)
  • For dry mouth sip sugarless drinks or sugarless gum
  • Wear mouthguards at night if you clench or grind teeth
  • Visit your dentist annually for regular check-ups (twice a year)

When we are undergoing brace treatment or have dentures, we always want to ensure we are taking the proper measures to keep our teeth clean. At home, we can care for our teeth, but visiting the dentist is critical to preventing further dental complications as well as to examine our teeth and gums are healthy. If you need to visit the dentist, don’t wait to fill out our appointment  to book an appointment before the end of the year.  

 

What Is One Of The Most Common Dental Problems Dentist See?

Cavities

Did you know what is one of the most common dental problems dentists see and treat? Cavities. Most commonly seen in children, tooth decay can affect everyone. Our teeth need constant care and need to be thoroughly clean to avoid plaque build-up. Our teeth are a critical part of our day-to-day life; we need our teeth to break down food and speak which is why need to care for them. So,  what is a cavity? Learn more about what it means to have tooth decay, how we get it, and how we can prevent from it happening.

What’s A Cavity?

Cavities, also known as dental caries or tooth decay, is the softening and destruction of the tooth’s enamel. When our tooth is continually being exposed to the acids bacteria breaks down from the sugar or carbohydrates found in our mouth, our tooth begins to develop a hole. A hole which can grow bigger and deeper over time if left untreated.

Cavities Our tooth consists of three layers, the hard, outer layer (the enamel), the middle layer (the dentin), and the center (the pulp). The more layers a cavity effects, the more damage there is to the tooth. Once the dentin layer of the tooth is affected, it’s known as a root cavity where you are likely to experience pain in your tooth when you eat and drink. Dental caries can often lead to infection, loss of a tooth, a root canal, or an abscess.

Cavities start to show symptoms as it progresses. Some of the symptoms you can experience are toothaches (brief or prolonged) and tooth sensitivity or pain when eating or drinking. If you noticed these cavity indicators, it’s time to visit the dentist, don’t wait until for your symptoms to worsen.

What Causes Cavities?

There are many reasons why a cavity can begin to form. Like most dental problems, depending on the severity of the issue, our tooth had to go through different stages.

There are many reasons why a cavity can begin to form. The most common cause of tooth decay is sugary and sticky foods and drinks which like to cling on to our teeth. Our diet is a significant contributor to what happens to our teeth. If we fed off a diet that lacks nutrient and has more sugar and carbohydrates, we are feeding the bacteria by allowing it to turn into acid. The acid that’s produced on our teeth causes our enamel to be vulnerable and exposed to being attacked. When our enamel is being exposed continuously by the acid and in close contact to our tooth, it’s what causes the breakdown and the formation of the hole, cavity.

But more factors play a role in causing tooth decay. Maybe your diet has nothing to do with the fact you have a cavity. So, what other causes are we referring to? Here they are:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene – not brushing your teeth twice a day or for the recommended time (at least 2 minutes) allows for plaque to build-up which attacks your enamel.
  • Dry Mouth – our saliva is a critical part of our mouth, it’s our first line of defense as it washes and breaks down plaque and foods.
  • Bacteria – our mouth is home to bacteria, bacteria that resides on your tongue, gums, and teeth. When the bacteria we have begins to feed off the sugar and carbohydrate substances, it produces constant acids harming our teeth.
  • Medical Problems – whether it’s the medication you take or a medical condition, medical problems can be a cause of our tooth decay. The intake of medication is another reason we have dry mouth due to a side effect of the meds.     

How Are Cavities Treated?

Cavity treatment like all dental treatment is dependent on how early it is caught. The dentist will need to thoroughly examine your teeth to ensure there is no infection and to see the damage of the tooth. For the most part, cavities can be treated with a filling. If there is little decay on the tooth, the dentist will repair it by removing the decay part with a drill. Once the dentist has removed the rot, they will fill your tooth with a filling.

However, if your cavity is large, you might need a crown to replace part of the tooth. The deeper the tooth decay, the more dental treatment is necessary. Once your cavity has reached the pulp of the tooth, you need a root canal done, or if the tooth is severely damaged, the tooth might be extracted and replaced.

Again, it is all dependent on how early your tooth decay is caught. One way of detecting a cavity is visiting your dentist regularly. They can examine your teeth in depth and see any dental problems arising before the visible eye or you can.  

What Are Some Prevention Tips?

Even though a cavity can be repaired, there are methods we can take to prevent cavities from forming in our tooth and taking care of our teeth. What kind of prevention methods can we make? We’ve divided it into two sections to know how.

 

  • Oral Hygiene:
    • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. (Brushing before bedtime is essential.)
    • Brush with a soft bristle and in a light, circular motion to clean the entire tooth and gums.
    • Floss once a day to clean between your teeth and gums where you can’t reach with your toothbrush.
    • Mouthrinse, commonly known as mouthwash, can be used to control or reduce bad breath and bacteria found in the mouth that helps produce plaque.  
    • Visit your dentist annually for regular check-ups (i.e., professional cleanings and examination).  
  • Diet:
    • Eat balanced meals that offer plenty of nutrients provided by fresh fruits and vegetables.
    • Limit the amount of snacking.
    • Limit the intake of sweets, carbohydrates, and sugary drinks.

Fun Facts About Tooth Decay:

  • Cavities are more commonly found on children, although, with age, adults are having the same problem.
  • The bacteria that cause tooth decay can be passed down to one person from the next through sharing utensils, food, pacifiers, or saliva.
  • Common places where you can find a cavity is in the grooves of the back teeth where it’s difficult to clean and reach, also in between the teeth.

As Halloween approaches, we will soon be getting a bowl full of treats to snack on. Not that there’s anything wrong with having a sweet, you want to make sure you take care of your teeth as well. If you’re experiencing any toothaches or sensitivity in your tooth, don’t wait around to see if it will pass. Visit your dentist to have your teeth and mouth examined, fill out our appointment form to visit one of our providers.

 

What To Expect From Your Annual Dental Visit And Why

Annual Dental Visits

Have you visited the dentist for your annual check-up? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? As the end of the year approaches, dental offices become busy and are open for a few days with the holidays. The longer we wait to see our dentist, the more likely we are miss out on our annual check-up and the health benefits it provides our teeth with.

We don’t want to miss out on getting our annual dental check-up covered by our dental insurance. If you have dental insurance, your benefits usually cover yearly check-ups. It saves you both money and keeps your smile beautiful and healthy. So what can you expect from a dental visit?

Expectancy from Your Dental Visit

We should visit a dentist for the same reason we visit our doctor, to makes sure our health is in top shape, in this case, our oral health. Visiting a dentist will help us ensure our teeth and gums are healthy through examinations. We recommend seeing your dentist every six months or as your dentist sees fit.  

There are two parts to your dental visit: examination and cleaning.

   Examination:

  • Dental professionals take x-rays to ensure there are no cavities in between teeth, root problems, or abnormalities below your gum line.
  • They’ll check you don’t have plaque or tartar.
  • Your gums will be checked such as the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums.
  • Dental professionals will look for swelling, redness or other signs of a severe problem, and this includes checking your jaw, bite, and neck area.

   Cleaning:

  • Your teeth will be cleaned thoroughly by first scraping plaque and tartar.
  • They floss your teeth to remove food particles or build-ups.
  • Dental professionals will polish your teeth giving it a smooth and shiny finish which will help eliminate any residue or stains.  

Taking care of your smile and teeth begins at home; however, we still need to have a dental professional look over our dental health to ensure there aren’t any severe dental issues arising. Not to mention if we are not practicing good oral hygiene, we might start to develop built-up we cannot remove at home.

Don’t miss out this year to visit your dentist for your annual check-up! Use your dental benefits to cover the cost of keeping your smile and healthy in tip-top shape. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with our dentist, click on the form here.

If you don’t have dental insurance but would like to see a dentist, check out our Discount Dental Program where you can receive discounted rates on treatment. For more information click here.

 

Drinks that Don’t Erode Your Teeth’s Enamel

Erode Enamel

When it comes to being refreshed this summer, there is nothing as good as a sweet cold soda or lemonade to go with our food. Let’s face it, some foods aren’t meant to have with a glass of water as your main drink, but you also don’t want to drink a beverage that can erode your teeth’s enamel.

Our enamel is essential to keeping our teeth healthy and strong so the less acidic beverages we drink, the better for our teeth. Now, water isn’t the only drink to have; there is plenty we can have that satisfies our sweet tooth and compliments our food. Here are some of the few drinks you can try without causing damage to your teeth.

  1. Mineral water – contains many minerals as the name suggest but the two minerals it has that tap water doesn’t is, calcium and magnesium. Calcium is critical to the bone development, and magnesium is essential for our ability to absorb the calcium we need. Sometimes it is referred to as sparkling or still water, but it tastes nothing like water. Give it a try with your next meal.
  2. Real Fruit Juices – want something with a bit more flavor? How about natural fruit juice without the sugar. Some fruits are naturally sweet without the added sugars which are bad for you, besides juices made of real fruit keeps the nutrients our body needs for energy and to keep our body healthy. Although, try to stay away from the acidic fruits such as oranges, etc.
  3. Clear Tea – for the coffee drinkers, the change in warm drinks would ease the damage to your teeth and stomach. Clear teas are less acidic such as green tea. Not only is it less abrasive on our teeth, but it is also rich in antioxidants and nutrients. Now, just like juices, I mean you can have clear teas without the sweeteners you add such as honey, sugar or lemon slice. Adding those additional ingredients in your drink makes it harmful to your teeth.
  4. Milk – yes, I said milk. Milk is good for the calcium it provides for us as we grow. It is not only good for our teeth but our body. If you have lactose intolerant, try other sources of milk which are healthy and provide the calcium we need such as coconut milk. Chances are we won’t be drinking milk unless in the morning or late at night, so why not mix it up and have it.

Try something new with your meals this time around and see how you like the change of flavor and benefits to your body and smile. Protecting our smile is vital to our digestion process and to keeping our beautiful smile. We need our teeth to speak and break down our food which is why we need to take measures to ensure we protect them from erosion or further damage. Dentists are an excellent source to ask about what you can do today to ensure you keep a healthy smile and mouth.

If you haven’t already seen your dentist for your annual check-up, it is time you do. Prevention treatment is the first line of defense so schedule an appointment with us today by filling out this form here.

What You Need To Know About Halitosis

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Have you noticed the smell from your mouth is lingering longer than usual? Morning pasts, and it’s still present? Chances are you might have a case of halitosis. We knowing bad morning breath is something but to have bad breath throughout the day is something else. So, what do we need to know about halitosis? Below you can find the information you need on what are potential causes and what can be done.    

What’s Halitosis?

Halitosis is when you have chronic bad breath. Bad breath you can’t seem to disguise or get rid of with a mint, mouthwash, or good brushing. It’s a bad odor that is persistent no matter what you do to get rid of it. Halitosis is often an indicator of another problem that can be serious.

Causes of Halitosis

Even though you can wake up with terrible morning breath, it is not the same bad breath we are referring to. Halitosis can indicate you have another problem which is often caused by a dental problem or outside factors. So, what are the causes?

  • Dental Problems —  cavities and gum disease causes bacteria to hide in places that are hard to reach and clean. Bacteria which contributes to halitosis.
  • Dry Mouth — saliva is a critical part of our oral health. We need our saliva to rinse our mouth of food debris and more importantly to break down food particles. When we have dry mouth, our teeth become more vulnerable to food particles and bacteria causing cavities, not to mention our mouth isn’t being continuously rinsed our saliva. Chewing sugarless gum can increase saliva flow.
  • Infections — for those with allergies or who appear of sinus problems, we can sometimes develop an infection in our nasal area and sinus. Infection which makes our body produce mucus as a defense mechanism and bacteria feed off. When bacteria feed on the mucus, it can cause halitosis. The same can happen when we experience throat infection.
  • Diets — the diet we choose to eat also affects our health. Whether it’s a low carb diet, fasting, or overeating onions, garlic, etc. they have an impact on how our breath smell.
  • Foreign Body — this is most common in children but having a foreign body, such as an eraser or bean, in the nasal area can cause bad breath. And not from your mouth necessarily but your nose.
  • Medications — some medications can cause bad breath for either the breakdown of chemicals or dry mouth. Drugs can cause dry mouth which leads to the less saliva flow.
  • Medical Conditions — we can experience halitosis because of other medical conditions within our body such as gastric reflux, liver or kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Smoking — smoking or tobacco products cause our breath to smell like their products just like how they stick to our clothes.

Treatment

If you have bad breath, consider your cleaning routine for your mouth before visiting your dentist right away. Rule out the possibility that it isn’t poor oral hygiene. You want to ensure you clean your teeth thoroughly by brushing them twice a day and flossing at least before bedtime.

Once oral hygiene has been ruled out, visit your dentist for further instructions. Your dentist can recommend a toothpaste or mouthwash with an antibacterial agent but, if it has something to do with cavities or gum disease, your dentist will need to do further dental procedures. It could involve cleaning the area thoroughly before applying a filling.

Depending on what the cause is, the dentist can further examine the situation and see what is necessary to do for treatment.

Having halitosis is an embarrassing experience and self-destructing to our confidence, it is not an ideal condition, yet it is treatable. If you continue to experience horrible bad breath despite what you do to correct it make an appointment with one of our providers to consult with them by filling this form here.