What Sweets Really Do to Your Teeth

We all know of the negative health effects of junk food, but these sweets can also lead to severe dental health issues that can affect your overall health.

The large amounts of sugars normally found in sweets can cause cavities, increasing your risk of gum disease. Gum disease, along with weakening your bone structure, can cause a systemic inflammatory response which has the possibility of increasing your risk of inflammatory conditions such as heart disease.

Soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, candy and flavored water contain high fructose corn syrup, which is bad for your teeth as well as the rest of your body. You should also be careful of “diet” drinks. These drinks still have high acidic levels that damage tooth enamel. By limiting the number of these kinds of foods and drinks you consume, you will have a better chance of avoiding dental health issues.

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Visit the American Dental Association for more information on oral health.

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Why Do People Seem to Get More Cavities As They Get Old?

Saliva is highly important for maintaining the acid/base balance in your mouth. Saliva is produced by salivary glands which we find in our cheeks and under the tongue. These glands create two types of saliva, serous saliva, and mucoid saliva.

Serous saliva is the wet and watery form and mucoid saliva is more thick and sticky. Mucoid saliva provides proteins that are key in the beginning stages of digesting our food. Serous saliva mostly creates chemicals to buffer your mouth.

As we get older, serous saliva production slowly decreases. When we do not have enough serous saliva, we experience xerostomia, also called dry mouth. Our mouths become more acidic as a result of dry mouth, and acidity is what causes tooth decay.

Xerostomia is also a result of things such as medication and chemotherapy. Because chemotherapy slows the multiplication of rapidly reproducing cells, the cells in the salivary gland are affected.

The best thing you can do for your mouth is to get regular dental exams and maintain proper at-home care, including brushing and flossing. The mouth goes through changes as we age, and your dentist can offer some advice to fight the effects of dry mouth which may include frequent fluoride treatments and fluoride toothpaste. 

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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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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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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. 

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