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Chewing on Ice Cubes Could Leave Your Teeth Broken or Gums Lacerated

Posted on 6/21/2021 by Amy
Chewing on ice cubes might seem like a habit with no downsides, but it can actually cause a good amount of damage to your teeth and your gums. Some people start chewing on ice to deal with other cravings or bad habits, but that is just replacing one problem with another. Here are a few of the ways chewing on ice is bad for your oral health. You Can Break Your Teeth Any time you bite down on something hard, you run the risk of chipping or cracking your teeth. If your teeth are strong and healthy, this risk is greatly reduced. However, if you have cavities or poor oral hygiene, it is more likely that you will break a tooth by chewing on ice. All it takes is biting down with the ice in the wrong position or with too much force. You may not even realize you have chipped or cracked a tooth at first, either. However, even if the break is minor and almost unnoticeable, the damage can become worse over time because your tooth is now weakened. On the other hand, it is possible to crack a tooth in half by biting down on an ice cube. You will feel this type of damage right away and might be in a large amount of pain. If this occurs, call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment. Ice Can Cut Your Gums Another concern is that ice can cause lacerations on your gums. Ice often has sharp edges, especially if you chew on a cube until it breaks in half. These sharp edges can cut your gum, creating an opening in them for bacteria. Once bacteria get into the tissue, your gums may become infected and inflamed. This leads to gum disease, which can lead to many different oral health concerns. Avoid chewing on ice if you do not want to deal with gingivitis and other issues....

Options We Can Provide Through Restorative Dentistry

Posted on 6/7/2021 by Amy
Preventive care is by far the most hassle-free way to keep your smile beautiful and bright. Luckily, even if your teeth are decayed or damaged, you can undergo restorative dentistry that will restore your smile, making it look as good as new. We offer various restorative dentistry options such as dental fillings, bridges, veneers, and implants. Dental Fillings This is the most common type of restorative dentistry. Dental fillings are used to replace the decayed parts of your teeth, especially those that cause cavities. Our dentists use the right filling material and install them with precision, ensuring your smile is restored. These fillings last for several years, providing the functionality and appearance of a normal tooth. Bridges If you are missing one or more teeth, you may need a bridge. When you get an artificial tooth, it replaces the missing one, with crowns on the adjacent teeth playing an important role in holding the bridge in place. This will restore your smile, eliminate the gap in your mouth, restore a normal bite, and, most importantly, keep your mouth healthy. Veneers Veneers are thin and semi-transparent porcelain shells that bond to your teeth, improving their general appearance. This procedure is a good option when you have discolored, broken, misshapen, chipped, or crooked teeth. They are highly effective in improving your smile and are an excellent alternative to complicated procedures. Implants If you have lost a tooth or two, implants can be a good option for you. In this procedure, a metal screw replaces the root and anchors the tooth implant in place. This is mostly done without having to carve down adjacent teeth. Our dentists make the implant look very natural by completing the installation with a tooth-colored crown. It will be extremely hard for someone to tell the difference between the implant and natural teeth! Visit our offices for more information on the different types of restorative dentistry we offer....

How Acids Work Against the Enamel on Your Teeth

Posted on 5/24/2021 by Amy
Acids are very corrosive. Drinking or eating acidic foods can damage the enamel of your teeth. Acids have a pH level of 7.0 with lower than 7.0 numbers signifying high acidic levels. Considering acids attack the enamel, you need to take precautions to protect your enamel. Acids Attack on the Enamel Acidic foods and beverages can be harmful to your teeth. As much as many acidic drinks adore them can cause significant damage to your tooth. In general, a drink's acidity is determined by how much acid it contains. As mentioned earlier, acids have a pH level of below 7.0 and can damage the teeth' enamel significantly. Consuming foods or drinks with low pH numbers is very harmful not only to the enamel but also to the gums. The enamel is a thick outer layer that protects your tooth from bacterial attacks. Acids can wear the enamel down, damaging its structure and causing long-term tooth erosion. It is important to note that tooth erosion is permanent and can be severe. This is because the enamel is not a living cell, meaning it cannot naturally repair itself when the skin dies off. The biggest threat to the health of your enamel is acids. We recommend that you limit the consumption of acidic foods and beverages for better oral health. Protecting the Enamel Against Acids Acids pose a serious threat to the tooth enamel, and it is important to protect it. We recommend that you use moderation when consuming acidic foods and beverages. As much as your tooth's enamel will not regenerate, saliva plays a crucial role in maintaining it. Therefore, it can be quite helpful to consume items that stimulate saliva production. This will give you the best chance to fight against erosion caused by acids. Visit our offices for more information on the dangers of acids and tips on how you can protect your enamel....

All Posts:
Chewing on Ice Cubes Could Leave Your Teeth Broken or Gums Lacerated
Options We Can Provide Through Restorative Dentistry
How Acids Work Against the Enamel on Your Teeth
Water Can Help Keep Your Teeth Cleaner
The Connection Between Heart Disease and Oral Health
Benefits of Flossing Your Teeth
What to Expect From a Routine Dental Exam?
Everything You Need to Know About Baby Teeth
What Does It Mean When You Have Hard Water Stains on Your Teeth?
At What Age Should I Start Taking My Child to the Dentist?
Types of Dentures
A Brown Spot on Your Teeth May Not Be a Cavity
Cracked Teeth Are a Constant Danger to Your Oral and Overall Health
Tips for Keeping Your Breath Fresh While on the Go
Foods You May Not Realize Damage Your Teeth
Are Whitening Strips Safe to Use?
Do Genetics Play A Role In Cavities?
Benefits of Sanitizing Your Toothbrush
What Do X-rays Really Show?
Benefits of Using a Water Flosser Over Traditional Floss
Are There Any Foods That Stop Gum Recession?
Why is Tap Water Better for Your Teeth Than Bottled Water?
Top Three Reasons to Consider Getting Veneers
Should You Gargle Each Day for Better Oral Health
Missing a Tooth? Why Its Necessary to Get Treatment ASAP
How Oral Piercings Can Damage Your Teeth
How Missing Teeth Can Change Your Life
Do You Need A Night Time Mouthguard?
Digital X-Rays: Why They Are Important
Can the Sun Damage Your Teeth?
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Dr. Gillespie has created this informative blog to help educate the community. Did you like a topic? Please contact us today! Life Long Dental is your dentist in Silverdale, WA.
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