Dentists have long known the impact of nutrition and dietary choices on their patients’ dental health. The foods you choose and how often you eat them not only affect your general health, but the health of your teeth and gums as well. For instance, foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay, which happens when plaque comes into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth. As dentists, we encourage our patients to eat a nutritious, balanced diet including a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, but nutritional deficits continue to be a problem for a lot of patients. It has been found, for example, that less than 10% of the adult population eats the amount of vegetables they should every day, and sugar-laden diets continue to be a significant contributor to tooth decay. Read the rest of this entry »
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And just like that, winter is HERE (or at least, it feels like it)! Leaves are falling, the air is chilly, and Christmas commercials are already on the airwaves. That means the end of the year is near. It also means that your dental benefits for the year may be about to expire. Read the rest of this entry »
Halloween means candy, candy, and more candy, and then come the holiday candies, pies, cakes, and more. And let’s not forget pumpkin spice everything. If you’ve got small mouths in the household, you know the struggle is real to avoid threats to their dental health during the holidays. If any of them are in braces, the risk can be even worse. (And who are we fooling? Adults love the treats too!) Read the rest of this entry »
Gums are the soft tissues that surround the teeth and provide a seal around them, maintaining them in the bone. When healthy, your gums provide an effective barrier to food and bacteria, and keep your teeth securely in place. Although keeping your teeth cavity-free and clean is important, if your gums aren’t healthy, the foundation of your teeth can become compromised and weakened.
One condition that should make you sit up and notice is receding gums, also known as gingival recession. Gum recession is a loss of gum tissue, or a retraction from the gum line… essentially the gums begin to “pull back” from the teeth. This can cause exposure to the roots of the teeth, and make your teeth look longer. It usually means the gum tissue has begun to thin as well, and this recession can do more than just affect the look of your teeth: It can also affect your health.
If you have gum recession, you may notice some of these symptoms:
The old adage “You Are What You Eat” is true in many ways, as nutrition is one of the most important factors in a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health. The foods you eat and how often you eat them can affect the health of your teeth and gums as well.
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Have you ever been surprised or disappointed at a dental appointment, to find that despite your good dental habits, you still are experiencing issues with cavities, gum disease, or worse? You are brushing and flossing every day, eating a healthy diet, and making and keeping regular dental visits – so what gives?
Perhaps your dental routine has fallen victim to one or more common mistakes: Read the rest of this entry »
Nobody likes the thought of losing a tooth, but the pain of an infected, damaged, or decaying tooth may make you wish it was gone. Before you decide to ditch the tooth and make plans for replacing it though, you should check in with your dentist about what is really going on. If treated early enough, there is a good chance that your tooth can be saved with a root canal. Root canals are used to repair and save your tooth instead of removing it. Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s face it, a toothache can be very painful. And sometimes pain following a dental procedure is unavoidable. Surprisingly enough however, opioids have not been found to be the best course of treatment for that pain. Read the rest of this entry »
Over a year ago, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services removed flossing from the federal 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, citing the gap in quality research. That news was met with a loud response from the dental community, which largely agrees that daily flossing is an integral part of good oral health. The American Academy of Periodontology, representing over 8,000 periodontists (recognized experts in diagnosing, treating, and preventing periodontal disease), continues to recommend daily flossing as part of a complete oral health regime. Along with brushing twice a day and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation, flossing is crucial to preventing periodontal disease. Read the rest of this entry »
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Brought to you by the American Dental Association and Crest + Oral B, this month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. Read the rest of this entry »