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Cracked Teeth Are a Constant Danger to Your Oral and Overall Health

Posted on 12/21/2020 by Amy
A crack in a tooth provides an access for unwanted bacteria. If you have a cracked tooth, have us look at the tooth and treat it. Cracks in teeth, whether shallow or deep, can lead to far bigger dental problems. Why a Crack in a Tooth Poses a Threat to Your Oral Health and Overall Well-being If you bite down hard on a piece of hard candy and feel a shock of pain, you have a deep crack - one that has reached the pulp of your tooth. The pulp contains the nerves of the teeth. Therefore, having this type of deep crack can really be painful. If a crack is smaller, you may experience some degree of sensitivity, but you also leave your tooth open to infection. Any crevice that breaks through the enamel also allows a way for bacteria to get through and do further harm to a tooth. You use your teeth daily. Therefore, even a small crack will deepen and widen after a while. Other Ways a Crack Can Be Dangerous When a tooth cracks, it can cut the tongue or sides of the mouth. Also, as indicated, if the enamel can no longer protect the tooth, the tooth will further deteriorate, and an infection can develop. If a tooth becomes infected, as the result of a crack, the ultimate outcome can be gum disease or tooth loss. That is why we urge patients with a cracked tooth to call us immediately. A crack is dangerous and should be treated right away. Don't neglect this type of dental issue. If you have a cracked tooth, have it treated before it causes further harm. Do you have a cracked tooth? If so, give us a call now to have it examined and treated. Don't let it go, as it will only make the situation worse. Give us a call today so we can treat the crack and prevent further dental problems from developing....

Tips for Keeping Your Breath Fresh While on the Go

Posted on 12/7/2020 by Amy
Keeping your breath fresh should be your priority while on the go. But this is not an easy task for everyone unless you know how to go about it. If not, your daily brushing of teeth can turn out to be an exercise in futility. And your oral order will become persistent, forcing you to shy away from your friends. While regular flossing and brushing can give you a solution to oral hygiene, sometimes you need a few tips to keep your breath fresh.  Stop Eating Certain Foods or Drinks Your bad breath could be a result of eating foods such as garlic, ginger, onions, or drinking coffee and alcohol. These consumables can cause damage to the oral microbiome in your oral cavity. These microorganisms are essential to maintaining your oral health. They play a significant role in keeping a proper oral ecological balance for everyone. Destruction of the oral microbiome will make your mouth dry and cause a stinky breath. You can prevent this problem by eliminating certain types of foods and drinks from your diet. Observe Proper Oral Hygiene Oxygen-hating bacteria (anaerobic bacteria) is another cause of bad breath in your mouth. These bacteria nestle into specific sections of the mouth, causing inflammation or bleeding of your gums. As such, the bacteria create a smelly, sulphuric byproduct, leading to unpleasant breath. You can use a tongue scraper to get rid of the bacteria hiding in the filaments of your tongue. Alternatively, you may use an oxygenated mouthwash to eliminate this anaerobic bacteria from your mouth. Or you can turn to alcohol-free mouthwash to remove any microorganism responsible for causing bad breath. Other remedies include chewing parsley, sugar-free gum, or sugar-free-candy to freshen your breath. Most importantly, drink plenty of water to wash away any particles left in the mouth after taking a meal. For more tips on how to keep your breath fresh, please call us, and we will assist you. ...

Foods You May Not Realize Damage Your Teeth

Posted on 11/16/2020 by Amy
The foods you eat can cause damage or boost the health of your teeth. Whether you eat healthy foods or not, you need to brush your teeth to prevent cavities. If you don't, the food debris will combine with saliva and bacteria to form plaque. If not removed, plaques harden into tartar, which eats away the enamel, causing decay. Sugary, acidic foods and alcohol are examples of foods that contribute greatly to teeth damage. Sugary Foods Processed foods and carbohydrates from white flour easily breakdown into simple sugars in your mouth, providing food for bacteria that produce acid. Sugar intake, whether in your tea or carbonated drinks, also provides these bacteria with food. Candies and dried fruits can stick in the grooves and depressions of your teeth, leaving behind sugar for bacteria to feed on. These bacteria produce acid, which erodes your enamel and cause tooth decay. To prevent damage from these foods, consider healthy options like whole wheat and complex carbohydrates. Acidic Foods Citrus fruits and beverages such as oranges, lemons, and grapes are nutritious due to their high vitamin C content. However, their high citric acid content can erode the enamel, making your teeth susceptible to decay. These acids can also cause painful mouth sores. Carbonated drinks are also acidic and enable plaque to release more acid, damaging your enamel. Thus, to prevent the impact of acidic foods on your teeth, consume them with moderation and drink water after consumption to neutralize the acid. Coffee, Tea, and Alcohol If you are a heavy consumer of either tea, coffee, or red wine, you risk tooth discoloration. Also, these beverages cause mouth dryness. A dry mouth is susceptible to tooth decay and oral infection. To deal with mouth dryness, drink plenty of water after consuming these beverages. Contact us today for more information on foods that damage your teeth....

All Posts:
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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