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June 15, 2016

What You May Not Know about your Teeth

When it comes to teeth and gums, most people are aware that practicing good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice, flossing once each day, a good healthy diet and regular checkups with your dentist are imperative, but according to Colgate there are a few things that you may not know about your teeth and gums.

  • Kid’s teeth are soft until around the age of 10.
  • A tooth that already has a crown can still have a cavity.
  • Your gum tissue is just as important as teeth.
  • Some prescription and over the counter drugs can increase the risk of cavities.
  • Some water filters that are used at home or the office will remove fluoride.
  • Most bottled water does not contain fluoride.
  • More than 19 percent of children between 2 and 19 have untreated cavities.
  • Allergies can cause tooth clenching or grinding.
  • Dried fruit and sticky candy are just as bad for your teeth.
  • Tooth enamel will not repair itself, although the cementum and dentin, the substances that surround your teeth might.
  • Your mouth harbors 300 different types of bacteria.
  • Chewing sugarless gum after you eat can help you remove food particles. Of course, you still need to brush, but if you can’t do so right away after a meal, sugarless gum will help keep your teeth clean.
  • Cavities don’t always cause pain until they have hit the nerve and the root in your tooth. Schedule regular checkups to prevent dental caries or detect them early enough to prevent large fillings or root canals.
  • Bone recession can cause tooth loss even without any decay present.
  • A recent study at Harvard University stimulated tooth growth in rats and human dental tissue using low-powered lasers to activate stem cells.

If you would like more information regarding your teeth and gums, or would like to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a checkup,

July 15, 2015

Don’t Use your Teeth for That!

Most people are aware that teeth are meant for biting and chewing, but unfortunately, there are some folks who use their teeth for a multitude of things. Those things, including chewing on pen caps, can cause serious damage to teeth and gums.

The American Dental Association explains that good oral health habits, such as brushing twice, flossing once each day, seeing your dentist regularly and a enjoying a healthy diet are all part of taking good care of your teeth and gums, but what you do when you are not eating, brushing or flossing can cause real problems.

You use your teeth to chew and tear food, however, there are quite a few people who have forgotten or simply neglect what they should or shouldn’t be using their teeth for.

Although it may sound ridiculous, there are plenty of folks who have attempted to open a glass bottle, or even a plastic one, with their teeth. This party trick could end up with a trip to your emergency dentist. Although teeth are just as strong as bones, you should never use them to open a bottle. Your teeth may not chip the first time you attempt this, but they will eventually. Grab the bottle opener and try something else for your next party trick.

That bag of potato chips can be annoying to open, especially if you have been struggling for a second or two. It may be tempting to open the bag up with your teeth, but if you do, you could injure yourself. Paper cuts and cuts on your gums can happen because of the sharp edges on the package. The same goes for any type of package. Grab a pair of scissors or a knife and leave your teeth alone.

Professional and even recreational sporting activities can get rough. Even individual sports such as skateboarding, surfing, and gymnastics can be dangerous to your teeth and gums. Your dentist recommends that you schedule an appointment for a custom-made mouthguard to protect your teeth if you participate in any type of sporting activity. Mouth protectors are especially helpful if a fist or tennis racquet should connect with your mouth or jaw. Without a custom-made mouthguard, you could end up knocking a tooth out.

One of the worst things that you can do to your teeth is chew on ice. Ice is meant for your mouth, but should never be chewed. Chewing and chomping on ice will eventually chip your teeth, or cause problems for your fillings.

If you would like more information regarding what you should and shouldn’t put in your mouth, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

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