Are you a soda drinker? The fizzy, refreshing nature of soda is very appealing – especially on a hot day. Unfortunately, despite the pleasant nature of these drinks, their ingredients are actually dangerous to oral health. Drinking soda regularly can increase your risk for developing tooth decay. Soda drinkers also are at risk for developing weakened teeth due to damaged tooth enamel. If you drink soda frequently, it is important that you understand the need to reduce your soda intake and visit our practice regularly for cleanings and checkups with our dentist so that you can protect your oral health.
Sugar and Soda
Unless it’s a diet variety, sodas contain sugar. Whether this sugar is in the form of corn syrup or cane sugar does not matter to bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria will feed on anything that contains sugar and sugar derivatives. The reason bacteria love sugar so much is due to the fact that sugar is the natural food source for bacteria. When we drink a soda, the sugar compounds left behind on our teeth, tongue, and roof of our mouth will send bacteria into a feeding frenzy. Well-fed bacteria will colonize, too. Once bacteria colonize, patients are at risk for developing plaque and tartar accumulation, especially if they do not practice proper oral hygiene.
Acid and Soda
The other harmful aspect of soda is the presence of acid. Soda makers utilize different acidic compounds as preservatives, formula stabilizers, and flavoring agents. Unfortunately, our teeth cannot handle consistent exposure to strong acid. The outer coating of our teeth, tooth enamel, is comprised of minerals. These minerals protect teeth from cavity-causing bacteria. Once tooth enamel breaks down, teeth are left vulnerable to decay.
Alternatives to Soda
Since soda can negatively affect our teeth, it is important that patients know there are abundant alternatives to this popular beverage. For instance, carbonated water, fruit-infused water, and unsweetened drinks like tea and coffee are suitable alternatives to soda. Lastly, the best thing a person can drink is plain water. Drinking water helps rinse away food and debris. It also dilutes acid.
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Healthy teeth and gums do not happen by accident. Patients that have developed good oral hygiene habits of daily brushing and flossing along with visits to the dentist every six months are likely to enjoy great oral health that will ultimately contribute to good overall health.
Some of the dental myths that may be damaging your dentition include:
If I only drink diet soda, I can drink all the pop I want without worrying about my teeth. Wrong …
Diet soda may not contain sugar but carbonation and acids in diet soda can damage dentition.
I don’t eat sugary treats, so I don’t have to worry about getting cavities. Wrong …
Bacteria live on teeth; foods and beverages consumed that are allowed to linger on teeth contribute to plaque formation on teeth. Plaque build-up leads to decay and gum disease. Once plaque hardens, it can only be removed by your dental provider.
I brush and floss every day so I don’t need to see my dentist every six months. Wrong …
You are commended for good daily oral hygiene habits, but plaque builds on the teeth of even the most diligent patient. Also, those regular dental checkups not only keep teeth cleaned, but your dentist is looking for the potential for serious problems such as oral cancer.
Crooked teeth are just an aesthetic issue. Wrong …
Crooked teeth are breeding grounds for bacteria and plaque formation creating areas in the mouth where your toothbrush might not thoroughly clean.
Bleeding gums are normal. Wrong …
If your gums bleed during brushing you are likely using the wrong tools and excessive pressure. If they are bleeding without provocation, see your dentist right away as this may be a symptom of the onset of gum disease. In the meantime, invest in an electric toothbrush that does all the work for you. You just need to make sure you reach all your teeth.
If I lose a permanent tooth, I can get by without replacing it. Wrong …
You might get by, but a multitude of problems could occur like remaining teeth shifting creating a malocclusion, dental bone loss, inability to chew properly, and aesthetic issues.
There are many myths regarding your dental care; daily brushing and flossing and regularly kept six month dental visits are a great start to maintaining great oral health. Call the office of Dr. Sheth today to schedule your appointment!
When women become pregnant, their bodies undergo many changes. While many people tend to focus on their dietary and vascular health during pregnancy, it is important to note that oral health can be affected, too. Keeping your teeth healthy during pregnancy should be a priority for any expecting mother. We recommend that expecting mothers monitor their sugar intake, practice thorough oral hygiene, and keep regular appointments for checkups and cleanings to safeguard their oral health. If you are pregnant, be sure to mention this with our dentist so that we can help accommodate your unique needs.
Monitor Sugar Intake
For many women, pregnancy brings unsuspected cravings. Sometimes women crave foods they normally don’t think about. Whether its pickles, ice cream, or something else, it is important to monitor sugar intake – especially during pregnancy. Sugar feeds oral bacteria and this can lead to an increased risk for tooth decay. If sugary foods or drinks are consumed, be sure to drink water afterwards to help rinse away food particles.
Practice Proper Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is always important but pregnancy brings wild hormonal fluctuations. Hormonal fluctuations increase blood flow to soft tissue, including tissue like the gums and linings of cheeks and lips. Increased blood flow means that the gingiva become more sensitive than usual. Sensitivity can amplify the risk for gingival irritation, which increases the incidence of periodontal disease among women who are pregnant. Since pregnant patients are at risk for common oral conditions like periodontal (gum) disease, brushing and flossing thoroughly can control substances like plaque and tartar that inflame the gums. Brushing and flossing is essential for preventing tooth decay as well.
Keep Regular Dental Appointments
Regular visits to your dentist are necessary – even during pregnancy. Checkups and cleanings can help avert the progression of disease through early detection of potential issues and preventive treatments.
Our practice is happy to accommodate expecting patients. Be sure to let us know if you are expecting so that we can tailor appointments to your needs. Call us today to ask questions or reserve an appointment.
Visiting your dentist regularly is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but it can also help protect your heart. Studies have shown that, if you have gum disease, your risk of cardiovascular disease rises. So visiting the dentist regularly is one way to keep your heart healthy.
The Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease
Over the last several years, doctors have been studying the links between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. There is definitely a correlation between the two—the presence of gum disease is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. What hasn’t been completely established yet is the reason why this correlation exists.
While searching for the answer to this conundrum, researchers discovered that the bacteria found in the mouths of those with gum disease can also be found in other areas of the body. When the bacteria migrates out of the mouth, it can contribute to inflammation elsewhere, and inflammation is an underlying cause of numerous problems, including heart disease. Recent studies have even found bacteria in the brain that normally exists in the mouth, indicating it has migrated through the bloodstream. The discovery has led researchers to look more closely to determine if there might also be a link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s.
Why Isn’t At-Home Cleaning Enough?
Diligent at-home care is vital, but regular visits to the dentist are necessary to ensure your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be. There are several reasons for this:
- The dentist can take X-rays of your teeth
- The dentist can more easily find early signs of decay or gum disease
- Professional-strength fluoride treatments help reduce decay
- Professional cleaning helps remove plaque and tartar you might have missed
With access to special tools and knowledge of the earliest symptoms of gum disease, your dentist is an important ally in the quest to maintain your overall health. By diagnosing gum disease in its earliest stages and recommending treatment, your dentist can help protect not only your teeth, but your heart.
If your gums bleed when you brush, this could be a symptom of gingivitis, an early form of gum disease. Gingivitis is easily treated, so if you let your dentist know as soon as possible, you can prevent it from developing into more serious forms of periodontitis, which could require deep cleaning or even gum surgery.
Causes and Symptoms of Gum Disease
A wide variety of bacteria naturally lives in your mouth. These bacteria can build up if you do not practice good oral hygiene. Sugary drinks and sticky foods cling to the teeth, providing nutrients for these bacteria. As they multiply, they can cause inflammation in the gum tissue, causing the gums to draw back from the tooth roots. Your dentist evaluates the condition of your gums during regular visits by measuring the pockets around your teeth.
Some symptoms to watch out for that could indicate gum disease include:
- Swelling or redness in the gums
- A shiny or purple look to the gums
- Pus or pimple-like growths
- Extreme sensitivity
- A bad taste in the mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- Bleeding when you brush your teeth
Bleeding when you brush is one of the earliest symptoms of gingivitis. If you do notice your gums bleeding, be sure to mention this to your dentist.
Treatment for Gum Disease
The main way to deal with gum disease is through prevention. Maintaining good oral health means regular dental hygiene and twice-yearly visits to the dentist. If your dentist does diagnose gingivitis or gum disease, you might require treatment.
Treatment for gum disease can include:
- Antibacterial toothpaste or mouthwash
- Deep cleaning techniques such as planing and scaling
- Gum surgery
- Gum grafting
The more serious your gum disease is, the more invasive your treatment will be. Very serious gum disease requires gum grafting, in which infected gum tissue is removed and replaced with tissue from the roof of your mouth. Shoring up the gumline in this way provides the necessary support and foundation for your tooth roots, and can prevent long-term tooth loss.
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Your smile is one of the most important parts of your appearance, and helps you make a good first impression. If you’re uncomfortable with the way your teeth look, it can interfere with your ability to interact with others and can affect your quality of life. However, there are ways you can keep your teeth white and your smile bright.
Everyday Hygiene for Clean, White Teeth
Everyday dental hygiene is the first step in maintaining a bright, clean smile. Brush and floss daily to prevent decay and to remove staining agents from the surfaces of your teeth. You can also avoid foods and beverages that can discolor your tooth enamel, including:
- Dark-colored fruits and vegetables
Tobacco is also a major staining agent, and can cause numerous other dental issues that can detract from the look of your smile.
If your teeth tend to develop mild discoloration over time, a whitening toothpaste can help remove these stains. This type of toothpaste usually uses baking soda as a gentle abrasive to remove discoloration. This is effective for stains on the surfaces of the teeth. Other types of staining should be evaluated by a dentist to determine the best approach for treatment.
What to do If Your Teeth Are Stained
If everyday cleaning, even with a whitening toothpaste, does not restore your smile, ask your dentist about other forms of treatment. In-office, professional-strength whitening is a popular and highly effective approach that can lighten your teeth five to ten shades in a single, hour-long treatment.
If your teeth do not respond to whitening treatment, or if you have intrinsic staining, you might consider dental veneers. Intrinsic staining affects the deeper layers of the enamel and usually does not respond to whitening. It’s usually caused by exposure to certain antibiotics or to excess fluoride while your teeth were developing. Talk to our cosmetic dentist about options that can give you a white, welcoming smile if your teeth are affected by intrinsic staining.
One common reason to visit the dentist is to diagnose and treat a toothache. Although you should not wait until you are experiencing discomfort to make an appointment with the dentist, if you are experiencing a toothache or other symptoms that there may be a problem, it is important to seek treatment.
What Causes a Toothache?
Toothaches can occur due to a variety of problems with your teeth. Most people assume that if they have a toothache it’s because of a cavity, but in most cases cavities do not produce symptoms. If tooth decay has progressed far enough that you are experiencing discomfort, it usually means the tooth has been significantly damaged.
Some of the most common causes of toothache include:
- Damage to the tooth enamel
- Damage to the tooth’s interior
- Impacted tooth
To alleviate symptoms from these issues, you’ll need to see your dentist. If your tooth is decayed, a restoration can eliminate your discomfort. Severe damage, however, might required root canal therapy or extraction.
Symptoms of Toothache
A toothache can produce other symptoms in addition to discomfort in the tooth. You might also experience these symptoms without extreme discomfort. Anything that feels unusual or uncomfortable in your mouth could indicate an underlying problem that should be treated.
Other symptoms that should be brought to your dentist’s attention include:
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- Redness or swelling in the gums
- Extreme sensitivity
- Persistent headache, earache, or aching in the jaw
Your dentist can evaluate your symptoms and determine if you need treatment to alleviate them. If your tooth is decayed, a filling or dental crown might be necessary. For impacted teeth or damage to the tooth’s interior, you will mostly likely require root canal treatment. Your teeth can also ache because other teeth are trying to emerge. This might require extraction, particularly in the case of wisdom teeth. With proper treatment, your dentist can alleviate your discomfort and often help you keep a tooth even if it has been severely damaged.
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Taking good care of your teeth is a habit that can begin very early in childhood. The first visit to your family dentist can occur as soon as the first tooth arrives. However, even before baby teeth begin to emerge, you can start to establish good oral care habits that will serve your child well into adolescence and adulthood.
Taking Care of Your Baby’s Gums and Teeth
One of the most important things you can do for your child before the first baby teeth emerge is to accustom her to having her mouth cleaned. Use a small piece of gauze or a soft towel to wipe her gums after you feed her. This removes any milk or formula left behind that can attract bacteria. When the first tooth arrives, continue to use a soft cloth or gauze to clean it. Consult with your family dentist to determine the best time to start using a regular toothbrush and toothpaste.
A child’s first toothbrush should be small and soft. You should also use a toothpaste designed for children. Be careful not to use too much, as excess fluoride can be dangerous for a baby or small child. Until your child can maneuver a toothbrush on her own, you will have to brush her teeth for her. As she gets older, though, you can teach her to maintain her own oral hygiene routine.
As Your Child Gets Older
By the time your baby has become a toddler, she can start to learn to brush her teeth on her own. There are many tools available that are specifically designed for children, such as toothbrushes with larger handles that are more easily maneuvered by little hands. As your child gets a bit older, you can teach her to floss using similar child-friendly tools such as floss holders. You can find these in bright colors, and shaped like animals, which helps make tooth-cleaning time more fun.
If you have any questions about how to best take care of your child’s teeth, ask our family dentist for recommendations. He can let you know what types of toothbrushes and floss holders he recommends, or might even provide samples so you can check out different kinds and see which ones your child likes best.
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Gingival recession refers to a condition in which the gum tissue pulls away from the roots of the teeth, reducing the support given to your teeth. Extreme recession leads to tooth loss as the teeth become loose and eventually fall out. If you have problems with your gums, even if your symptoms are limited to minor inflammation, you should talk to your dentist about appropriate treatment.
Treatment for Gingival Recession
Early symptoms of gum disease include increased space between the gum tissue and the tooth roots. When you visit the dentist, he measures the depth of the pockets between the gums and the teeth. If these pockets are more than two or three millimeters deep, he will probably recommend treatment for gingivitis or early gum disease.
In its early stages, treatment for gum disease is relatively simple and non-invasive. Your dentist may recommend a special toothpaste, an antibacterial mouthwash, or treatment with antibiotics. As the infection becomes more serious, however, treatment becomes more difficult. In later stages, your dentist will probably recommend a deep cleaning procedure called planing and scaling. With planing and scaling, the dentist cleans between the gum tissue and the tooth and also smooths out the tooth root so there are fewer rough surfaces where bacteria can collect. If gum disease progresses even farther, you may require gum surgery, which usually involves grafting tissue from the roof of the mouth onto the gums to create sufficient tissue to support the teeth.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Although gum disease is difficult to diagnose in its early stages, there are some symptoms you can keep an eye out for. If you see any of these problems developing, be sure to bring them to the attention of your dentist:
- Bleeding when you brush your teeth
- An unusual color or appearance in gum tissue
- Persistent, extreme sensitivity
For the best chances of diagnosing gum disease before it becomes serious, be sure to visit your dentist regularly.
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Preventive dentistry is the best way to keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright. You should brush and floss regularly, avoid foods that can cause tooth decay, and visit the dentist regularly. X-rays, dental exams, and professional fluoride treatments help ensure your teeth are as healthy as possible.
Taking Care of Your Teeth at Home
Everyday dental care is the most important component of successful preventive dentistry. Since childhood, we are told we should brush our teeth after every meal, floss once a day, avoid sugary foods and beverages, and drink milk to provide calcium for strong teeth and bones. These are more than just clichés—they’re pieces of an important foundation that can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your life.
In addition to avoiding sugary foods, you can take other measures to keep your teeth and gums healthy, including:
- Avoid foods high in acid, like sour candies and large quantities of citrus
- Don’t chew on ice, pens, or pencils
- Eat an overall healthy diet
- Visit your dentist regularly and report any unusual developments or symptoms
These guidelines can help you maintain excellent oral health throughout your life.
Why Are Dental Visits So Important?
Many people feel that if they take good care of their teeth on an everyday basis, they don’t need to visit the dentist. However, even the most diligent, everyday care can’t eliminate the need for regular examinations. Your dentist can help detect and diagnose many problems, many of which don’t produce symptoms, including:
- The beginning stages of decay
- Early stages of gum disease
- Signs of abnormal wear and tear
- Oral cancer
Your dentist has many tools available to him that you don’t, including X-rays, digital photography, and expert examination techniques. A dentist can often detect problems before they become serious and when they require much less complex and invasive treatments. Your dentist also supplies professional cleaning, which can remove tartar—something your toothbrush can’t effectively treat—and can provide fluoride treatments to prevent and in some cases even reverse decay.
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