are soft drinks bad for your teeth?
Sugar and acids are your teeth’s worst enemies. What are we
talking about? Soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and
candy. Because of the acid content, Mountain Dew seems to be
the worst of the worst. Dentists even have a name for the
damage it does – they call it “Dew Mouth.” These soften the
tooth enamel, making it highly susceptible to decay.
Parents, watch your kid’s consumption of these, because
young children’s enamel hasn’t developed fully. This makes
these drinks even more damaging for kids. As well as
eliminating the above (or at least reducing their
consumption), use a sugar-free xylitol chewing gum after
meals. Also, rinse your mouth with a high-quality dental
My 12-year-old likes to chew
ice. Is this harmful?
Tooth enamel is very hard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t
break it. Try to avoid eating “hard foods” such as popcorn.
Don’t crack nut shells with your teeth or chew on ice.
Opening packages with your teeth can also damage the enamel.
Tongue piercings seem to be a
very bad idea. How bad?
Yes, they can look cool, but they can also fracture your
teeth as well as make it much easier to get a nasty
infection of the tongue and lips. Dentists have estimated
that up to 40% of people who have metal rings or other oral
piercings have had big problems from tooth fractures and
Is fluoride bad for you?
Fluoride is fine…in small amounts. Excessive fluoride can
cause tooth enamel irregularities. Young children,
especially, often swallow too much toothpaste while
brushing. So parents, supervise your young kids while they
brush. Kids (and even adults) often use way too much
toothpaste (a pea-size drop is plenty). A little goes a long
think I grind my teeth at night. What can I do about this?
Do you wake up with pain in your jaws or a persistent
headache? If so, you may be grinding (called bruxing) while
you sleep. Persistent bruxing can damage teeth and cause
them to get shorter and shorter. It can also damage your
temporomandibular (jaw) joints and even affect your hearing.
If you suspect that you are a bruxer, call us today. Dr.
Thomas may recommend a night guard or other oral appliance.
Does the doctor check for oral
Yes, we do. Dentists and hygienists are your first line of
defense in detecting and treating oral cancer. Each year in
the US, approximately 30,000 people are newly diagnosed with
oral cancer. Worldwide, the problem is far greater, with new
cases annually approaching 300,000. In the US alone, a
person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. If you
add the sub category of laryngeal cancers, the rates of
occurrence (about 10,000 additional new cases per year) and
death are significantly higher. However, the good news is,
when found early, oral cancers have an 80 to 90% cure rate.
Why is it important to have
regular teeth cleaning?
Did you know “teeth cleaning” does more than just clean your
teeth? Removing plaque is absolutely essential if you want
to preserve your teeth. It builds up on the tooth surfaces
and between the teeth. Brushing and flossing are, of course,
vital, but everyone needs their teeth professionally cleaned
on a regular basis. Remember – only a dental hygienist can
completely clean your teeth.
is a TMJ disorder?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, your jaw joints. The
pain, discomfort, or tenderness in or around the jaw joints
is called a TMJ disorder.
Signs that you might have a TMJ disorder are:
• Facial pain or tenderness
• Jaw pain
• Pain in or around the ears
• Neck pain
• Jaw stiffness
• Discomfort while chewing
• Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
• Jaw “locking up”
• Jaw makes a clicking sound
• Teeth that don't come together properly when eating or chewing
There are a variety of treatment options for TMJ. Be sure to
ask us about these.
Do you have questions we
haven’t answered here? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at
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