Improve Your Oral Health With These Foods

Taking care of your teeth through brushing and flossing is critical to your dental hygiene, but there are some foods that can also improve your oral health. In our newest blog, we will examine a few foods that are good for your teeth and mouth.

Ideally, you want to stay away from food that uses sugars, acid, and anything that is sticky. Sugar and acid feed the cavity forming plaque in your mouth, and it may attack your teeth even after you have finished eating!

To begin our list of foods that are good for your oral health, let’s look at cheese. Cheese, as we all know, is a great source of calcium. Cheese is also low in sugars and acid, making it an ideal choice for a healthy snack. It also includes a protein called “casein” which is found in milk and helps reinforce the surface of your teeth.

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Sugarless gum is also a great alternative to gum containing sugar. Brands such as B-Fresh, Spry, and Trident all have an artificial sweetener called “xylitol.” It is important to know that not all sugar-free gum includes xylitol. Xylitol actually prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth, helping fight against tooth decay. So if you love chewing gum, do your teeth a favor and make sure it includes xylitol.

Although not a food, tap water can help protect your teeth from cavities. Tap water, for the most part, has fluoride in it and fluoride is crucial in fighting cavities. It is important to note that anyone that is 16 years or older does not receive the benefits from digesting fluoride (though rinsing with it after brushing still helps), so this would be a good way for children to help protect their teeth.

Pears are another food that is not only healthy but good for your teeth! Pears are better than some other fruits when it comes to your teeth because pears have more of a neutralizing effect on acid.

Our last food on this list is Yogurt. Similar to cheese, yogurt includes casein, calcium, and phosphates which help remineralize your teeth.

Snacking does not need to involve unhealthy foods, there are many things you can fight hunger with that also aid in a healthy mouth.

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Dental Health Facts You May Be Surprised to Learn: The Fathers of our Nation

Do you know anything about the Presidents of the United States and their dental health?

When thinking about dentistry and our presidents, you probably immediately think of George Washington and his wooden teeth, right? However, you should probably know that this common legend is not entirely true…

More likely than not, George Washington’s teeth themselves were not wooden. At the time, replacement teeth would have been taken from people who were diseased. So what was wooden in Washington’s smile? Probably his denture base! It was not uncommon at the time at all for denture bases (or artificial gums) to be made of wood.

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While the story of Washington and his wooden teeth is by far the most well known, it isn’t the only story about presidents and dentistry. Unfortunately, most stories we hear about our presidents are due to a poor relationship with the dentist.

Take President Lincoln for example. President Lincoln disliked the dentist so much that, at one point in time, he actually opted to remove his own tooth that was giving him problems. This turned out to be a poor decision (shocking!). While trying to remove his tooth, President Lincoln also removed part of his jaw bone… OUCH!

In addition to Lincoln and Washington, presidents Wilson and Adams both neglected their teeth and have interesting dental tales of their own. Due to losing all of his teeth, President Adams talked with a noticeable lisp. As for President Wilson, all you have to do see a picture from his inauguration.

Hopefully, you can learn a lesson from the fathers of our country and take care of your hygiene and teeth!

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Tooth Sensitivity: What Are The Common Causes? Part 3

In our previous blog post, Dr. Aerni continued a discussion on tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is caused by many things including injury and exposed root dentin. Exposed root dentin can be the result of many different things. These things include the following:

Poor brushing technique – Many people think that if they brush with more force, their teeth will be cleaner. However, the only things brushing with more force will do is wear down your tooth enamel and damage your teeth. Unfortunately, wearing down your tooth enamel can cause both sensitivity and an increase in cavities.

Receding gums – If you do not take good care of your teeth and gum disease begins to develop, your gums may start to recede. As your gums recede, the inner part of your tooth that your gums used to cover will become exposed. Most of the time gum recession is a result of poor dental hygiene practices.

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Bruxism – If you grind your teeth, either during the day or while you sleep, you will slowly but surely wear your tooth enamel down. After a while, your tooth enamel will be completely worn away and your dentin will become exposed. Bruxism can be characterized by your teeth aching, jaw pain, and frequent headaches.

Health issues – Diseases like acid reflux (GERD) will cause acid to build up in your mouth and eat away at tooth enamel. Along with certain health issues, citrus fruits will cause additional acids to be introduced into your mouth. Brushing your teeth after eating citrus fruits is important. However, you need to wait about 30 minutes before you brush so you do not damage your teeth.

Remember: Your teeth can become sensitive for a variety of reasons. The best way to treat tooth sensitivity is to determine what is causing it. The best way to determine any dental health problems is to maintain routine dental appointments.

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Tooth Sensitivity: What Are The Common Causes? – Part 2

Did you read our article last week? In it, Dr. Aerni began a discussion on tooth sensitivity. You can read that article, here. Below, Dr. Aerni continues his discussion on tooth sensitivity by discussing some of the most common causes of sensitive teeth.

1. Injury

A tooth may become sensitive after it has been damaged or experienced any kind trauma, including a “bruise” or crack. If you sustain a blow to the mouth or bite into something that is too hard, these kinds of damages can occur. Sensitivity from an injury can take time to heal; it can be weeks, or maybe months, before the discomfort goes away.

2. Disease/Infection

If your tooth is infected or diseased, you will feel a lot of sensitivity in the tooth. To eliminate the sensitivity, it is important to take care of the infection immediately. The infection may not only cause severe discomfort, but it could also lead to more harmful oral health issues.

3. Tooth Whitening

One of the most common side effects of any tooth whitening system is sensitivity. Typically, your sensitivity will go away after your treatment is complete. If the sensitivity becomes to much to bear, you can put your whitening treatment on hold, and restart when your sensitivity subsides.

4. Exposed Dentin

When your tooth and tooth enamel are healthy, your dentin is naturally protected. Dentin is an inner part of your tooth and has a sponge-like texture. If your enamel is worn down or damaged, your dentin may become exposed and subsequently cause sensitivity.

ALSO READ: How Can I Eliminate Cavities?

When your enamel is damaged, your dentin is exposed, which can result in sensitivity and even extreme discomfort.

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Make sure to be on the look out for the third and final part of our blog series on tooth sensitivity. In the next article, Dr. Aerni will take a look at what causes your dentin to become exposed.

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Tooth Sensitivity: Introduction – Part 1

Do you know what tooth sensitivity is, or, rather, what causes tooth to become sensitive? Many of your probably suffer from tooth sensitivity—you know, that discomfort you experience when eating something really hot or cold.

First off, it is important to understand what tooth sensitivity is. Unfortunately, nearly half of people in the US will experience some kind of tooth sensitivity in their lifetime. Tooth sensitivity can occur for a number of different reasons. For example, eating or drinking something that is hot, cold, or sweet can cause discomfort. The discomfort that is felt from tooth sensitivity can be minor or severe, and can last for a couple seconds or for hours at a time.

Just like the amount of time it lasts, the discomfort level will vary on a case by case basis. Some people may feel only a slight discomfort, while another person may be in severe distress. The sensitivity can sometimes be a simple fix, but other times it is a warning sign of more serious health concerns. Some serious concerns that the dentist may be looking for include: damage to your teeth, tooth decay, gum recession, and more.

What should you do if you notice sensitivity?

It is important to be aware of any sensitivity or discomfort you feel in your teeth. Tooth sensitivity is a common issue among adults, and should be looked at sooner rather than late. Receiving dental care for your sensitivity is important in order to determine that the sensitivity is not being caused by something more serious. Additionally, if you receive care from your dentist, you may solve your sensitivity issue and get rid of any discomfort.

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Make sure to stay tuned to our blog (you can look for posts on Twitter and Facebook) for part 2 of our blog series on tooth sensitivity.

Tooth Discoloration: Caused By These Foods and Drinks

In our last blog post, Dr. Aerni discussed ways you can strengthen your tooth enamel to protect against cavities. In this post, Dr. Aerni will examine which dietary choices are most likely to stain your tooth enamel and cause tooth discoloration.

While your tooth enamel is extremely strong and usually translucent, it is covered in tiny (actually microscopic) ridges and valleys that can trap residue from food and drinks. When these areas on your teeth trap residue, your teeth begin to look discolored from the dark pigments left behind.

Below, Dr. Aerni lists several drinks and foods that can cause tooth discoloration:

• Coffee
• Tea
• Colas
• Tomato sauce/juice
• Popsicles
• Citric Fruit
• Foods that contain food coloring

For more foods and drinks like this, click here.

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Something to keep in mind when determining if a food will stain your teeth is that, if it would stain white clothes, it has the potential to stain your teeth. In addition to the foods mentioned above, foods and drinks that contain a lot of acids can actually wear your enamel down, and expose your dentin. When your dentin becomes exposed, it causes your teeth to look a more yellowish color.

Have you developed tooth discoloration?

The best way to ensure your teeth stay bright and white is to maintain visits to the dentist, and to keep good oral hygiene habits. If your teeth are already discolored, and you would like to receive tooth whitening, feel free to schedule an appointment at our office in Strongsville. Whether your teeth are already bright and white, or you plan on starting a tooth whitening system, you should be conscientious about what you eat. Eating these types of food after your treatment can negate the results you are looking to achieve.

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Oral Health | How Can I Eliminate Cavities?

Cavities! The word everyone is scared of hearing every time they visit the dentist.

If you have a cavity, this means you need a restoration, and will be at the dentist for longer than you originally planned. It also means some potential drilling and uncomfortable procedures. Unfortunately, if you have a cavity, you have to get them restored. If you don’t, the decay will get worse and cause you to lose more of your tooth, have extreme sensitivity, and cause issues like gum disease and tooth loss. If you lose your tooth, you may require a dental implant to restore your smile!

Do you brush your teeth, floss, use mouthwash, and visit your dentist on a regular basis, but want to do more to prevent cavities? Many of our patients ask use what more they can do to protect themselves against cavities–and this is what we recommend!

1) Use products that contain fluoride

When choosing which type of toothpaste or mouthwash to use, look for a brand/product that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps to remineralize your teeth and strengthen your enamel. Receiving a professional fluoridation treatment could also be advantageous for your tooth enamel.

2) Receive dental sealants

Sealants are most commonly used for children! This is because children are the most susceptible to cavities, due to their dietary choices. However, if an adult is struggling with keeping their teeth cavity free, sealants are definitely an option. Sealants should not replace your hygiene care, but can create an additional barrier between your teeth and the acids and bacteria in your mouth.

3) Drink more tap water

Tap water is better for your dental health than any other kind of water. This is because of water fluoridation. Just like with dental products that contain fluoride, tap water can help to strengthen your enamel.

4) Look for products that contain Xylitol

The most common products that contains Xylitol are certain brands of sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar-free gum is good for your teeth for a couple of reasons. First, it stimulates your salivary glands and causes you to produce more saliva, a natural protector against cavities. Secondly, Xylitol, while a sugar substitute, works directly against sugars in your mouth. Please note that not all sugar-free brands of chewing gum contain Xylitol.

5) Increase your dairy intake

Dairy products are an excellent source of calcium. Additionally, many dairy products contain casein, a protein that strengthens your teeth. Due to containing both casein and calcium, consuming dairy products is a great way to strengthen your teeth!

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Orthodontic Care | Keeping Your Mouth Healthy With Braces

Dr. Aerni wants everyone to have a happy mouth. In order for your mouth to be happy, it needs to be clean, healthy, and beautiful. Unfortunately, for patients who are undergoing orthodontic care, keeping your teeth clean and healthy is a little bit more difficult. After all, germs, bacteria, and food particles have many more places to hide throughout your mouth!

While it is more difficult to keep your mouth healthy and happy, it is not impossible for orthodontic patients to do so! Below, Dr. Aerni outlines a few steps you can take to ensure that your mouth remains healthy throughout your treatment.

Step 1: Ditch your manual toothbrush for an electric brush.

An electric toothbrush will help to make up for the difficulties introduced by the brackets and wires in your mouth. Removing as much plaque and tartar from your mouth as possible is imperative in maintaining a healthy mouth An electric toothbrush is your best bet to maximize what you are removing from your teeth.

NOTE: Dr. Aerni believes so much in the importance of keeping your mouth clean, and the advantages offered by an electric toothbrush, that he gives all of his orthodontic patients a free Sonicare toothbrush.

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Step 2: How you brush matters.

Even if you are brushing with an electric toothbrush, your technique is extremely important. When you are brushing your top teeth, you must angle your toothbrush downwards so that the plaque and tartar are easily removed. Likewise, on your bottom teeth, you need to angle your brush upwards. Additionally, you should brush each tooth for a minimum of ten seconds, and focus on areas where your brackets are connected to your teeth.

Step 3: Brush more often.

Instead of the recommended twice per day, you should brush after each meal you eat. Brushing after you eat a meal will ensure that you are removing food particles from your mouth before they can become an issue.

Step 4: Use products that contain fluoride.

When choosing a toothpaste and mouthwash, make sure to select a brand and product that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen your tooth enamel and avoid cavities.

Step 5: You still need to floss.

We know that we discussed this in our last blog, but it is very important. If you do not continue to floss, you are at a much higher risk of developing gum disease and cavities in between your teeth.

Are you in need of orthodontic care in Strongsville, OH?

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Orthodontic Care | Oral Care With Braces

If you are receiving orthodontic care, especially traditional braces or Tip Edge orthodontics like Dr. Aerni offers, they will become a part of you over the course of your treatment. Due to this, it is important that you take proper care of your braces to ensure they remain effective and clean.

Below, Dr. Aerni offers several suggestions on how to best take care of your braces:

Remember to floss!

Flossing can be a pain, especially with a mouth full of wires and brackets. However, it is important to floss and remove particles of food from between your teeth and braces. Flossing is the best way to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout your treatment.

Stay away from certain foods.

You hear this all the time from your dentist or orthodontist, but, nonetheless, you need to stay away from hard candies, suckers (especially those caramel apple ones), chewy candies, and corn on the cob! If you eat these foods, and your brackets or wires break, your braces will no longer do their job properly until fixed.

Wear a mouthguard while playing sports.

Dr. Aerni always recommends wearing a mouthguard while participating in sports. However, when you have braces, it becomes even more important to wear a one to protect your braces and your teeth.

Be attentive to your braces.

If you have a wire that breaks, or brackets that have become loose, it is important schedule an appointment to get these problems corrected ASAP.

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Are you (or your child) in need of orthodontic care/braces?

Aerni Dental in Strongsville, OH offers orthodontic care for our patients, and everyone in the area looking for orthodontic care. As stated above, Dr. Aerni offers Tip Edge orthodontics. To learn more about what Dr. Aerni offers, and to see a patient story, click here.

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Children’s Dental Hygiene | Do You Want Your Child To Brush More?

In our last blog post, Dr. Aerni began a discussion on the dental hygiene habits of children. Unfortunately, one major issue that many parents face is getting their children to brush twice per day for two minutes at a time. In addition to this, it is important that your children are brushing with proper technique! Your dentist can offer some tips on proper brushing technique. You can see what Colgate says about proper brushing technique, here.

Below, Dr. Aerni lists a few tips to help your children brush longer and more often to improve their dental hygiene.

Let your children choose their toothpaste.

It is rare that your children have the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. If you give your children this choice, they will likely take more ownership over the decision, and take more pride in using what they chose. Letting your child pick their toothpaste is good, but make sure they are choosing a brand that will give results, and make sure they are using the proper amount of toothpaste. Remember: Children do not need to use as much toothpaste as adults, as their mouth and teeth are much smaller.

Let your children brush with their stuffed animal or blanket.

Your children have a significant bond with their favorite stuffed animal or blanket. These items provide them with comfort and a sense of normalcy. After all, your children probably sleep with a blanket or stuffed animal, take them in the car, and to grandma and grandpa’s house, so why not let them bring these items while they brush? In addition to providing comfort, stuffed animals spark children’s imagination and may help them brush longer.

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Buy your children an electric toothbrush.

Your children probably get bored while they brush. Due to this, they probably won’t want to brush twice per day or for two minutes at a time. However, if you buy your children electric toothbrushes, brushing can become more fun as they get to use something that is “motorized.” Using an electric toothbrush will also help your children make up for poor technique.

Dr. Aerni also recommends introducing music while your children brush. If you reserve one of your child’s favorite songs for brushing time, it will cause them to want to brush more often and longer, so they can listen to one of their favorite tunes!

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