Dietary Choices May Damage Your Oral Health

When you sit down to read a book, or maybe indulge in that TV series that you’ve been hooked on, do you find yourself looking for your favorite food to snack on, or favorite drink to quench your thirst? Depending on what you choose, your favorite snacks could be doing damage to your mouth and contributing to problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and other various oral health conditions. Dr. Aerni recognizes that good oral health is about a lot more than just visiting your dentist; it is about forming good habits in between your visits, that promote healthy teeth and gums. 

Below, Dr. Aerni outlines several foods and beverages that can do a lot of damage to your mouth:

Foods That Damage Oral Health

1.) Foods that contain citrus:

There are many fruits that provide your body with the vitamins it needs, and are great for your overall health. However, some fruits are high in citric acid and, as a result, are not healthy for your teeth. Fruits that are high in citric acid include oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and lemons, just to name a few. The reason these fruits are bad for your teeth, is that the acid from them will attack the tooth enamel.

2.) Chewy and sticky foods:Oral Health

You know the type of food we are talking about: the ones that you chew on, and chew on, until your jaw is sore. These include jelly beans, taffy, gummies of any sort, and a variety of different candies. What makes these foods so harmful, is that they are typically full of sugar and stay on your teeth for long amounts of time. If you do eat foods of this nature, be sure to floss and brush soon after consumption.

3.) Hard candies:

Like the sticky foods discussed above, hard candies are full of a variety of sugars. What makes hard candies an especially dangerous option, is the number of dental emergencies that they cause. All too often, patients come in with a chipped or fractured tooth that occurred from trying to bite into a hard piece of candy.      

4.) Crispy foods like pretzels and potato chips:

Think about it: how often do you find yourself picking particles of potato chips and pretzels out of your back molars after consumption? This is due to the starch that is found in these foods. Starch has a habit of getting stuck in your teeth—more specifically your molars.

Drinks That Damage Oral Health

5.) Caffeinated beverages: Oral Health Strongsville

Coffee and soda drinkers, beware! Caffeine is a major culprit of dry mouth, which, in turn, causes cavities. Additionally, these drinks typically contain a lot of sugar or acid that cause harm to your teeth.

6.) Sports beverages:

Consuming these drinks while you are exercising or participating in physical activity is not bad for you. However, if you drink these drinks on a regular basis, while just laying around the house, the sugars and syrups can cause some harm to your teeth.   

7.) Alcoholic beverages:

Whether you grab a beer, your favorite wine, or another type of spirit, alcohol can cause harm to your teeth. The reason for this is similar to the damage from caffeine: Alcohol has a tendency to dehydrate you and cause dry mouth. If you disrupt your salivary flow, you will have less defense from cavities, gum disease, and other oral health conditions.

After reading this list, you might be asking: what foods you can eat without harming the health of your teeth ands gums? Don’t worry, in our next blog post, Dr. Aerni will provide some food choices that will not only not harm your teeth, but actually boost your oral health. 

If you are in need of having a cavity filled, or are due to receive a routine cleaning, feel free to contact Dr. Aerni’s office in Strongsville, OH.

Orthodontic Care by Your Dentist

Does Your Dentist Perform Orthodontic Care?

Did you know that 75% of all kids have some type of problem with their adult teeth that causes them to need braces? These problems vary from too much space, crooked teeth, too little space, etc. Also, did you know that many dentists are now offering orthodontic care? That is the case, and has been the case for the last 12 years, for Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH. In our last blog post, Dr. Aerni discussed Tip-Edge brackets, their advantages, and why it is his preferred orthodontic technique. You can read it here.Orthodontic Care Stronsgville

Dr. Aerni takes a look at what some of the leading causes are for the need for orthodontic care amongst kids. These causes include the following:

Cross Bite – This occurs when the upper and lower arch width are not the same. This problem may cause some deviation in facial form. If this problem is not corrected early enough, at 6-8 years old, it can cause the face and jaw to grow abnormally.

Deep Bites – A deep bite occurs when the upper anterior teeth overlap the lower anterior teeth. When biting down, the lower anterior of the teeth will not be visible at all for the patient. This is the most common cause of severe tooth wear and Temporal Mandibular disorders later in life. Tip edge orthodontics corrects this problem effectively. There is no need to use orthopedic appliances like the Herbst MARA or head gear.

Overbite – When the upper jaw extends further than the lower jaw an overbite occurs. This is caused when the upper jaw is overgrown, the lower jaw in under-grown, or a combination of these two conditions.

Underbite – An underbite occurs when the lower jaw extends further than the upper jaw, and causes the bottom teeth to be in front of the upper teeth.

Spacing – A spacing issue may occur for many of various reasons, including teeth that are too small, missing teeth, or thumb sucking as a small child.

Crowding – Crowding occurs when the teeth do not have enough room to properly come out of the gum. This is treated by using an expander which can allow for the avoidance of surgery.

If you have an interest in orthodontic care, please contact Dr. Aerni at his office in Strongsville, OH. If you do not know if your child is ready for orthodontic care or not, Dr. Aerni offers free consultations.

Orthodontics: Why Choose Tip-Edge Brackets?

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Orthodontics have evolved in the last several years. Due to this, many different treatment options are available in the marketplace, including straight wire braces and Tip-Edge brackets. Which system a dentist or orthodontist decides to use is dependent on what system they had training with, and what they feel can offer their patients the best results esthetically and orthopedically.Tip-Edge orthodontics

Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, Ohio believes that Tip-Edge brackets best fit this criteria. To Dr. Aerni, Tip-Edge brackets offer his patients the best results, use high quality materials, and are affordable.  Additionally, Tip-Edge brackets require less appointments and time in the chair, meaning you spend less overall time in our office.

Below, Dr. Aerni lists some of the many advantages of Tip-Edge brackets:

  1. Bite corrections can begin sooner in treatment than with straight wire.
  2.  More vertical control.
  3. Changes (both dental and skeletal) occur with relatively light force, 1-3 ounces, in comparison to straight wire braces at 8 ounces.
  4. Easier to move your teeth by tipping them and uprighting the root.
  5. Less anchorage is needed, eliminating the need for external anchorage like head-gear, or other intraoral orthodic devices.
  6. Uses few wires and demands less bending of wires.
  7. Less bulky, making proper dental hygiene easier to achieve.
  8. Fewer appointments, saving you valuable time! Appointments are at 8 week intervals vs 4-6 week intervals, with straight wire.

If you have any questions regarding Tip-Edge brackets or orthodontics, or are interested in the procedure, please feel free to contact Dr. Aerni. You can contact Dr. Aerni at his office Strongsville at 440-238-6141, or use our online form to request and appointment.

Sensitive Teeth Causes – The Strongsville Dentist

What Causes Sensitive Teeth? Advice from the Strongsville Dentist

Sensitive teeth can be a daily source of annoyance, especially in these summer months when there are lots of cold foods. Whether you have one or many of these pesky sensitive teeth, you know the pain. But what causes sensitive teeth?

Good Habits

Some healthy habits may actually be the root of the problem. A few examples are:

  • Mouthwash. While it is good to rinse your mouth out daily, overly acidic mouthwash could be eroding your teeth. Reduce the amount of times per day that you use mouthwash and seek out a rinse suited for sensitive teeth.
  • Eating citric acid. Vitamin C is good for your overall health. When you eat more than the daily recommended dose, though, it could start to wear down your teeth. Limit the amount of strong tomatoes and oranges that you way in a day.
  • A recent teeth cleaning or filling. Temporary teeth sensitivity could be caused by a dental treatment. It normally will dissipate in a number of hours. If it doesn’t, contact your dentist.

Bad Habits:

There are also some unhealthy habits that can painful sensitivity:

  • Aggressive teeth brushing. Brushing your teeth is great, but if it hurts, you’re doing it wrong. Gentle brushing is best for your teeth–and your gums! You can prevent gum recession by using a softer technique when brushing your teeth. Which brings us to our next bullet point…
  • Receding gums. A receding gum line could your root surface. Talk with your dentist if you feel that your gums are receding. A gum graft may be in order.
  • Chewing ice or hard candy. This nervous habit could lead to cracking your tooth. If this habit is a problem for you, try a softer candy or sugar-free gum.
  • Grinding teeth. Teeth grinding could be tough to fix as it is often done while asleep. A mouth guard could help to stop you from grinding away your tooth enamel.
  • Soda. This is just one of many reasons to not drink soda. Soda can cause tooth decay which could corrode enamel. Limit the amount that you drink or quit completely.

Getting a professional opinion on your sensitive teeth can help alleviate pain quickly. If you are looking for a dentist in Strongsville, Ohio, check out our preventative care plans. We will keep your smile happy and healthy.

Dr. William Aerni, the Strongsville Dentist

What Can I Eat with Braces? – The Strongsville Dentist

Many new orthodontic patients wonder, “What can I eat with braces?” New braces can be a challenge to get used to. When they are first put on, your mouth may be experiencing some soreness. So you may wonder what the right foods are for your braces. Our infographic, Food and Your Braces, will provide you with some basic guidelines for what to eat with braces through the months or years that you have them on.

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What can I eat with braces?

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Food and Your Braces

For New Braces:

  • Cold liquids that don’t stain teeth.
  • Liquid foods like soups, yogurts, and applesauces.
  • Easy to chew solid foods like eggs.
  • Cold treats like ice cream and soft popsicles.

Eat:

  • Easy to chew meats, fully cooked.
  • Most dairy products like cheese.
  • Soft fruits like bananas, melons, and berries.
  • Non-crusty baked goods like bread and muffins.

Avoid:

  • Hard, crunchy fruits (unless you cut them up).
  • Beverages that stain teeth if you can’t brush right after.
  • Corn on the cob and popcorn.
  • Hard or sticky candies like caramels or gum.

The “Eat” and “Avoid” sections are good guidelines for the whole time that you have braces on. The “For New Braces” section should be followed for as long as you are experiencing pain or sensitivity. Talk to your orthodontist. They may be able to give you some personalized recommendations.

If you worry that you will be missing out on some healthy but crunchy fruits and vegetables, you will not have to give them up entirely. Cook your vegetables until they are softened enough to eat. Vegetable soup is always a good option. Fruits can be blended into smoothies. Just because you have braces does not mean that you cannot eat healthy foods.

-Dr. William Aerni, The Strongsville Dentist

At-Home Dental Care: Strongsville Dentist

Here are some tips about at-home dental care, from the Strongsville Dentist.
Dr. William Aerni

At-home dental care is very important to ensure that your next dentist appointment is painless and stress-free. Dr. William Aerni, Strongsville dentist, strongly encourages regular brushing, flossing, and fluoride rinses. There are new devices that will assist with your at-home dental care such as the AirFloss and sonic toothbrushes.

By keeping up with dental hygiene, your teeth will stay strong and healthy for a long time to come. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss daily, and use a fluoride rinse for additional protection from decay. For six month cleanings you should call and make an appointment with a reputable dentist’s office.

To make an appointment at Aerni Dental, the Strongsville Dentist, give us a call at (440) 238-6141 or visit our webpage.

Quality Strongsville Dentist

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Dr. William Aerni: Dentist in Strongsville

Are you looking for a quality Strongsville dentist? You’re in the right place!

Dr. William Aerni has been a Strongsville dentist for many years and has experience with all areas of dentistry from preventative care to orthodontics. The main goal at Aerni Dental is to ensure that patients are happy with their experience and with their smile.

In order to be a top Strongsville dentist it is important to use up-to-date techniques and top of the line technology.  Dr. Aerni says “We use a combination of skill, technology, and focused attention to provide our patients with a commodity that’s hard to find these days: continuity of care. All dental work is completed in our office. There is no need to go from doctor to doctor to complete treatment. From preventative care and checkups, to state-of-the-art imaging and implant surgery, everything at Aerni Dental is done in the same office with a doctor and staff that you know and trust. Your comfort, your health, and your needs are always front and center.”

To find out more about Aerni Dental’s top care techniques visit our website.

If you have further questions or you are looking for a Strongsville dentist, give us a call and speak to one of the helpful members of our staff – (440)238-6141.

Strongsville Dentist: What is Tooth Enamel?

Strongsville Dentist, Dr. William Aerni, explains tooth enamel.

Most people have heard of it, but what is tooth enamel?  Enamel is the hard outer layer of the tooth that gives teeth their white color.  It is said to be the hardest part of the body and is made up mostly of minerals.  About 95% of enamel is calcium and phosphate ions that make up strong hydroxyapatite crystals.  The remainder is water and enamelins, what are proteins specific to tooth enamel.   The strength of enamel protects the teeth from decay.  Over time enamel wears down from teeth grinding, sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and a lack of dental hygiene.  When enamel becomes soft and worn down teeth are susceptible to cavities, chipping, and cracking.

There are ways to keep tooth enamel strong:

  1. Use fluoride toothpaste and fluoride rises that help rebuild enamel.
  2. Avoid over-brushing and hard bristled toothbrushes which adds additional wear to enamel.
  3. Visit the Dentist regularly to catch problems before they become worse.
  4. Avoid grinding teeth and wear a mouth guard if grinding persists.
  5. Limit foods and drinks that are acidic and high in sugar. Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar which wears down enamel and acid breaks down enamel.
  6. Consume foods and drinks that are high in calcium.  Calcium helps protect and strengthen enamel.

To make an appointment with Dr. Aerni, call (440)238-6141 or visit our site AerniDental.com.

Strongsville Dentist: Dental Health and Mental Health

Strongsville Dentist, Dr. William Aerni:

How can your dental health affect your mental health?  It is actually very simple. Generally when someone has teeth that are chipped, crooked, stained, or missing, they are self conscious about their appearance.  Unhealthy teeth lead to fewer smiles which can affect your mood and the way other people see you, but your dentist can help you fix that.

Smiling is proven to lower stress which leads to a lower heart rate, and blood pressure.  When you form your mouth into the shape of a smile, it changes the blood flow to the brain which automatically makes you feel happier.  These reactions release endorphins and serotonin which are feel good hormones that fight off depression and anxiety.  Who doesn’t want that?!?

Aside from being happy, people see someone who is smiling as confident, reliable, relaxed, sincere, and more attractive.  It’s cheesy to say that smiles are contagious, but it is true.  Humans subconsciously imitate those around them and are often affected by the moods of others.  So, when in doubt, just smile!  It’s amazing how  a simple facial expression can have such an effect on your own happiness and the happiness of others.  By taking care of your teeth, you are taking care of your emotions.  Good dental health leads to good mental health.

Now that you know the connection between having healthy teeth and being a happier you, it is important to know how to take care of your smile.  Preventative measures are most effective in maintaining healthy teeth.  Brushing teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily is key and to keep enamel strong it is helpful to use a fluoride mouth wash often.  If maintenance is necessary it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible to avoid any further problems.  These are all steps to better your dental health, leaving you feeling more confident.  With good dental health comes good mental health.

To find out more about keeping your smile healthy, call Dr. William Aerni, the Strongsville Dentist (440)238-6141 or visit our website AerniDental.com.

Strongsville Dentist: Healthy Eating Leads to a Healthy Smile

Strongsville Dentist:  Dr. William Aerni

An apple a day keeps the doctor away… and the dentist too! A well balanced diet is not only beneficial to overall health, but oral health as well. It has been proven that people who have excessive tooth decay and missing teeth tend to have less nutritious diets overall and do not consume adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables.  According to Dr. Aerni, the Strongsville Dentist, healthy eating leads to a healthy smile.

Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the world and it is often overlooked. Tooth decay, also known as a cavity, is caused by acid attacking the tooth when plaque comes into contact with sugar in the mouth. Limiting sugar intake protects the teeth from exposure to harsh acid and drinking plenty of water will help wash the acid away.

If beneficial nutrients are not being consumed, it is more challenging for the body to repair damage to the teeth and gums leading to tooth loss and progressive decay. It is important to intake foods from each food group. Foods that help prevent tooth decay include cheeses, chicken, red meat, nuts, and milk. The vitamins from fresh fruits and vegetables are crucial to remineralizing, or rebuilding, enamel.

The time that food is eaten is just as important as the foods that are being consumed. To prevent progressive tooth decay, between-meal snacks should be limited. Full meals are less harmful to teeth because of the amount of food that is being eaten and the amount of saliva that is produced. This washes away the food that remains on the teeth. When snacking it is helpful to choose something healthy such as fruits, vegetables, or cheese rather than sugary snacks like cookies and candy.

Further protect teeth from cavities with these simple tips:

  • Brush teeth 30 to 60 minutes after every meal and snack
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Use fluoride mouth rinse daily
  • Floss daily
  • Chew sugar free gum when brushing is not an option
  • Visit your dentist for checkups at least every six months

For more information about preventative dentistry, visit AerniDental.com.