Are You At Higher Risk for Cavities Than Others?

A recent article published in Newsweek magazine debunked a popular theory that bad teeth are genetic. While you might not inherit your cavities from your parents, there are certain factors that can increase your risk. These are a few of the most common.

Smoking

Smoking is a major risk factor for cavities. When you smoke, you will reduce the ability of your mouth to heal properly after infection. Smoking increases the likelihood of cavities and gum disease, and it can also result in dental problems like bad breath and stains.

Un-Fluoridated Water

Municipal water that contains fluoride is a great line of defense against cavities. When you drink tap water from a fluoridated supply and brush using fluoridated toothpaste, you’ll greatly reduce your cavity risk.

Poor Salivary Flow

When you are in good health, the saliva will protect your teeth against cavities. If you have dry mouth and lower saliva production, your risk of cavities may increase. The biggest culprit for dry mouth is the use of certain prescription medications.

Lack of Dental Cleanings

If you aren’t visiting your dentist regularly, you’ll also increase your risk of cavities. Your dental hygienist will remove tartar that has built up on your teeth before it has a chance to cause cavities. This hard substance can’t be removed by brushing and flossing alone, so you need this help to keep your teeth healthy.

Poor Diet

If you snack frequently or tend to eat a lot of sugary and starchy foods, you’ll be at a heightened risk for cavities. By minimizing acid attacks on your teeth, they will stay healthier.

If you want to reduce your risk of cavities, you need to make your oral health a priority in your life. We are here to help, so call us today to set up your next dental cleaning.

 

Are You a Good Candidate for Same-Day Implants?

Although same-day dental implants are an effective, long-lasting solution for your oral health care needs, not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure. There are certain factors that come into play here.

What Makes you a Good Candidate for Same-Day Dental Implants

One of the most important things you’ll need are good gums because this is where your dental implants are connected to your mouth at. If you have gum or periodontal disease, you wouldn’t make a good candidate for this procedure.

Additionally, you’ll need good bone density. This is necessary so your mouth can adequately support your new implant.

Clearly, overall good oral health is necessary. Of course, you’ll have a missing tooth or some missing teeth since this is what we’re treating. However, your mouth needs to otherwise be healthy and well cared for. Your overall health is also a concern though. You need to either be a nonsmoker or willing to stop smoking for the duration of the process. It’s also important that you don’t have any diseases or disorders that would impact your ability to heal, including oral cancer that was treated with biophosphate.

As important as your health is, you also need to have a lot of patience. Your mouth can take a long time to heal after the procedure is completed – anywhere up to 6 months of healing time may be necessary.

While this process may look worthwhile to you, it’s up to you and your dentist to decide if you’d make a good candidate. If you believe you’d make a good candidate for same-day dental implants, give our office a call. We look forward to discussing this procedure with you.

Even if you don’t ultimately qualify for this procedure, we can still help with your oral health needs so make sure you contact us today so you can start enjoying your new healthy smile tomorrow.

Can Too Much Toothpaste Damage Your Teeth?

It is perfectly normal to want to keep your teeth clean and healthy. For some people, the belief that toothpaste is the catalyst to a beautiful, white smile leads them to use an extra-generous amount with each brushing.

However, it’s the bristles that actually do a bulk of the cleaning, so you may be overdoing it and using too much toothpaste.

Damage to the Enamel

Too much toothpaste can actually damage your enamel. Toothpaste contains abrasive particles, and too much can wear away at the strong tooth surface. The actual amount of toothpaste you use should be about the size of a pea.

Failure to Brush Properly

Another danger of using too much toothpaste is that you simply won’t brush all of your teeth properly. Using too much toothpaste will create too much foam, and it can be difficult to see exactly where you’ve brushed. Minimizing the foam and toothpaste residue will help you to see what you are doing.

Dangers to Kids’ Teeth

Use of the proper amount of toothpaste is especially important for children. Small children often have difficulty spitting out the excess toothpaste and foam. This may lead them to swallow extra fluoride that their bodies don’t need. This can lead to dental fluorosis, which prevents the tooth enamel from crystallizing properly. Side effects may include staining, brittleness, and surface pitting. Excess fluoride can also result in other health concerns.

Swelling of the kidney tubules may result, as will dilation of the renal tubules. High concentrations of hydrogen fluoride in the body can also lead to a host of gastrointestinal issues. Are you concerned about how much toothpaste you are using? Do you need additional tips on how to better care for your teeth? Call us today to set up your next dental cleaning. We’ll help you to get a smile that you are proud to show off.

Avoiding Simple Carbs Can Help Your Teeth Stay Healthy

Anyone who has ever been to the dentist has likely been warned against eating too many sweets.

Many sweet treats contain simple carbohydrates, which can be damaging to the teeth. If you want to keep your mouth healthy, you’ll need to limit them.

What Are Simple Carbohydrates?

Simple carbohydrates are sugars. They are found naturally in foods like fruits, vegetables, and milk, but these typically aren’t the problem when it comes to your oral health. The carbohydrates in these food items are usually found at low levels, and the other health benefits of these foods outweigh the simple carb risks. Other foods containing simple carbohydrates include soda, syrups, table sugar, candy, and items high in refined sugars.

Simple Carbohydrates and Tooth Decay

When you fill your diet with simple carbohydrates, you can experience tooth decay. Sugar reacts with the bacteria in your mouth, sticking to the teeth and forming plaque. The bacteria then feed on the sugars and will start to break down the enamel. With time, this can result in a cavity and tooth decay.

Keeping Your Teeth Safe When You Eat Simple Carbs

Like any food, moderation is key when it comes to simple carbohydrates. No one is saying that you can’t have the occasional piece of chocolate or indulge in a slice of birthday cake, but you need to make your oral health a priority.

Immediately after eating, rinse your mouth out with water, and give your teeth about 30 minutes. This will allow the saliva to do its job and level off the pH value. Then, you’ll be safe to brush your teeth without doing any additional damage to your teeth.

A regular dental cleaning can go a long way to determine how your diet is affecting your teeth. Call us today to set up your next appointment.

How Teeth Weaken From Decay

Tooth decay can happen to anyone at any age. It is the destruction of your tooth enamel. This is the hard, outer layer of your teeth. The reason it’s so common is that plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) constantly forms on your teeth.

When you eat or drink foods that contain sugar, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack your tooth enamel.

The plaque’s stickiness keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time they break down your tooth enamel. When this happens, your teeth begin to decay, and cavities start to form.

How Decay Weakens Your Teeth

Although cavities are more common with children, the changes that occur as you grow older also make cavities problematic for adults too. Adults are faced with receding gum lines – gums moving away from their teeth. They’re also more prone to experience gum disease. Together, these things can expose your teeth’s roots to plaque.

Your teeth’s roots are covered with cementum, which is softer than your enamel. This not only makes them more sensitive to touch and temperature, but it also makes them more susceptible to decay. People over the age of 50 usually have tooth-root decay for this reason.

When this happens their teeth typically grow much weaker. This makes their teeth more likely to chip and break. Unfortunately, this can go unrecognized because older adults typically don’t have as much feeling in their mouth.

Healthy teeth take work, but rest assured we’re here to help you with this. Since your smile gets a lot of attention, it’s important for you to have routine dental checkups with us. We can spot any issues you may be facing and act to stop them before they destroy all of your teeth so make sure you make an appointment for a routine dental checkup with our office today.