The Type of Damage Acid Can Do to Your Teeth

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Your teeth don’t like it when you eat or drink acidic items. It causes damage to your enamel, and it can leave your teeth reeling in discomfort. If you want to be able to avoid this discomfort, then you should avoid consuming acids.

Acids can do a lot of damage to your teeth, especially if you go an extended period of time between eating and brushing. Here are some of the things that can happen to your teeth, just from acids.

Acids and Your Teeth

When you consume acids, those acids instantly go to work on your teeth. They eat through the enamel, causing tooth sensitivity and even causing tooth decay. The longer acids sit on your teeth, the more damage they can do. Acids are known for causing discoloration of your teeth, including anything from staining to making your teeth appear more translucent. Acids can also cause your teeth to crack, leaving you in pain or even facing extractions from the damage.

Where Your Teeth Encounter Acids

There are some very common places where you can encounter some acids. This can include drinking sports drinks and acidic juices like grapefruit. Wine can also cause acid damage to your teeth. If you get the flu and wind up vomiting, this can also where your teeth can encounter acids at a very concentrated level. Sugar also creates an acidic environment in your mouth, by promoting the growth of bacteria that release acids.

If your teeth are showing any of the signs that they have been damaged by acids, contact our office. Let them know what you are going through, and let them look at your teeth. If your teeth are showing signs of acid erosion, they will need to help you come up a treatment plan to repair as much damage as possible.

The Role of Saliva

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Did you know that saliva is one of the most important liquids in your body? It has a very important job. There isn’t another liquid in your body that can replace saliva, should you not produce enough.

It keeps your teeth and oral tissues moist, it helps protect your teeth, it washes your mouth out, and it helps to keep the pH levels within your mouth balanced to try and negate the effects of acids or bases that do damage to your mouth.

What Saliva Really Does

The first thing saliva does is to wash off your teeth. It constantly washes over them, helping to keep them cleaner. When it is washing them, it is also doing its second job, which is replacing lost minerals and vitamins that your teeth need to be healthy. It helps to replace anything that your teeth took to try and fix themselves, which may now be depleted.

Next, your saliva changes itself to add a bit more base, or a bit more acidity, into your mouth to get it back to a neutral pH. This is important, as both bases and acids can erode your enamel. It is also keeping your gum tissues moist, which helps them stay healthier.

Your body naturally produces a good amount of saliva, but there are things that can decrease how much saliva you produce. If you want to produce a bit more to help protect your mouth, stay hydrated, eat a lot of fibrous foods to stimulate more, and keep your oral health as high as you can get it.

If you do not produce much saliva, then contact our office. He or she is the best resource in seeing if you are producing enough saliva, and they can also help suggest ways of helping you produce more.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy During Allergy Season

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During most seasons of the year, allergies can be problems for many people. This spring and summer, allergies are going to be a problem for people all around the world once more. Allergies are a catch 22.

You either live in misery to avoid the side effects of the medication, or you take the medication and live in misery with the side effects. No matter which route you take, there are things you can do to help. Here are a few things that can help your mouth stay safer during allergy season.

Drink Lots of Water

Sinus pressure is typically one of the first problems people notice during allergy season. This can make the teeth ache simply because of the pressure buildup. Plus, most allergy medications leave you facing dry mouth. Both of these issues can be helped by drinking lots of water each day. Instead of letting your mouth dry out or your sinus mucous to be thick and even more painful, water can help alleviate many of both of these symptoms.

Stay Inside When You Can

When you have the ability, stay indoors. Use your home’s heating and cooling system to keep the allergies at bay. This can help you not be miserable from pain, and it can keep your symptoms down.

Keep Your Throat Coated

Another common symptom of allergies is a sore throat that can start at the back of your mouth and go all the way down to nearly your stomach. If you drink tea with honey, or eat foods like yogurt that keep your throat coated, this can help your throat not hurt, and allow your allergy symptoms to dissipate.

Your dentist is another valuable tool during allergy season. They can help you avoid many of the miserable symptoms of allergies, and keep your mouth healthy in the process.

Please contact our office today if you have any questions about your oral health.

Issues That Can Come from Bad Oral Health Besides Cavities

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When you do not take proper care of your teeth, you are going to wind up with issues in your mouth. That is a given. Most people get cavities and gum disease when proper oral hygiene routines are not followed.

However, there are other issues you could get from poor oral health as well. If you want to protect your body as a whole, go in and see your dentist pronto.

Illnesses That Come from Poor Oral Health

Here are a few illnesses and ailments that come from having poor oral health. If you have not been taking proper care of your mouth, maybe these problems will be enough of a reason for you to start.

  1. – Diabetes has long been connected to those who have poor oral health.
  2. –  Dementia is connected to poor oral health through a plaque buildup in the brain.
  3. – Pneumonia is caused by inhaling germs, which happens after breathing, as those germs go straight down into your lungs and start causing a ruckus.
  4. –  Abscesses on the brain are another ailment that can come from poor oral health. Just like your tooth can get an abscess, so can your brain when those infectious germs start to migrate around your body.
  5. – Kidney disease is another issue that can come from poor oral health, especially as we get older.
  6. – Ulcers have been more recently tied to poor oral health, in that the bacteria coming out of the mouth has been shown to increase the pain associated with ulcer flares.

Want to avoid these illnesses? Then contact our office today. Go in and get started with a new oral health routine that you keep up with, so you can keep these problems away as much as possible.

How Winter Weather Can Affect Your Teeth

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Winter is coming in quickly and with a vengeance this year. The cold weather is supposed to extend deeper into the U.S. than normal this year as well.

If your teeth are sensitive to the cold, this could cause you to wind up with a bit of pain in your mouth when the cold weather hits. Here are a few things to do should your mouth be affected by the cold.

Effects of Cold Weather on The Teeth

Little areas along your gums can become extremely sensitive to cold as you get older, even if you do not suffer from any type of gum disease or ailment. This can make even breathing during the cold weather more difficult. Plus, if you open your mouth and feel that sensitivity hit, it can actually cause your tooth to contract slightly, since your teeth are porous.

Once your mouth warms back up, your tooth will re-expand to its normal size and feel better. After a few times of this happening, it can cause slight cracks in your enamel. Most of the time, these cracks go unnoticed; however, they can become very obvious when they are exposed to something extremely cold.

If you notice this, first of all, contact your dentist. Tell him or her where the pain was and allow them to take a look. Second, make sure you keep your mouth closed as much as you can when out in the cold. Finally, cover your mouth with a scarf if you must be outside to temper just how much cold air gets into your mouth to cause an issue.

Sensitive teeth do not need to stop you from having fun in winter’s cold. Just make sure you go in and get your dentist to take a look at your mouth first!

Please contact our office if you have any questions about the effects of cold weather on your smile.

Historical Facts About Teeth and Dentistry

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Most people do not realize how far back dentistry really goes. It goes far beyond just the last hundred or two hundred years. In fact, dentistry goes back a few thousand years.

People of the past discovered a lot about teeth, and that’s what started the path towards what is now known as modern dentistry. Here are a few things that have led to what we now know as a dentist.

Historical Facts and Figures That Changed Dentistry

Let’s start with one that is somewhat recent in terms of this examination. Did you hear that George Washington had dentures made of wood? If so, that is a myth. His dentures were actually made out of metal, a bit of ivory, and a combination of animal teeth.

Do you know how modern science can identify remains based on teeth? This isn’t recent. Paul Revere is the first documented person who went through and identified a body based on dental work. He was going over a battlefield looking for survivors, and was able to positively identify a friend who had dental work performed by Revere in the weeks prior to his demise.

Romans were the first civilization to use gold crowns. They used them to help restore function to mouths ravaged by cavities and tooth decay. Egyptians were the first documented civilization to use fillings, and they have been able to examine them by looking through the remains of opened tombs.

What we thought were modern advances, actually dated back hundreds and thousands of years. It is amazing to see just how far dentistry has come, but also to look at what those civilizations were able to do with far fewer tools and options than we have today. The next time you see your dentist, see how many of these interesting facts they knew!

Contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.

Could Your Oral Hygiene Routine Benefit from a New Flavor of Toothpaste?

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When your oral hygiene routine becomes routine, it can become a problem. Most people think that having a routine is good, and when it comes to dental care, some routine is good.

However, too much routine means that you may be missing things repeatedly and not even noticing. You want the routine of brushing two times a day, flossing before bed, and seeing your dentist every six months, but that’s as far as you want the routine to go.

Changing Things Up Gives You a Better Clean

When you change up your routine, you naturally pay more attention. If you use the same instruments, the same materials, and the same motions each time you brush, you could miss parts of your teeth and they could begin to decay. By changing up one small part of that mix, you are going to notice the clean more and change up how you brush.

Flipping to a new flavor of toothpaste can be just enough of a change to get you to notice things you may not have noticed before. Typically, when you run your tongue around your mouth after trying a new kind of toothpaste, you then notice areas that you may not have brushed as well. This can help you pinpoint anywhere in your mouth that was being neglected, or simply not reached as well as it could have been.

Don’t be afraid to change things up in your oral routine. In fact, your dentist would probably like it if you did now and again. Give a new flavor of toothpaste, or even a new flavor of mouthwash a try. It can change how you look at your mouth, and change how well you brush your teeth between dental visits. Plus, there are some great flavors available if you look around!

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral hygiene.