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.

Are you overdue for a dental visit?

Besides proper dental hygiene at home and healthy eating, visiting the dentist regularly is critical for maintaining a healthy mouth. If you are due for a routine dental exam, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni today!

Bad Breath | Why Are We Supposed to Brush Our Tongue?

Germs that can create gingivitis, tooth decay and gum disease live in groups. When these groups of germs are broken up by brushing they become much less problematic. These groups of germs not only have the ability to create dental health issues, but they also produce foul odors. An unclean tongue can be the reason for halitosis, or bad breath, since these odors are produced by germs.

Cleaning your tongue is one of the best ways to fight bad breath as well as the harmful germs in your mouth that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Sometimes, a tongue scraper may be recommended to help prevent halitosis. One of the best times to brush your tongue is in the morning when you brush your teeth.

Some quick brushing tips:

Tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from gumline.

Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.

Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

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Are you concerned about bad breath?

If you experience bad breath, do not ignore it. Bad breath can be linked to a number of dental health issues. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH to discuss proper hygiene and treatment for bad breath.

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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Are you concerned about cavities?

If you would like to learn more about cavity prevention and care for dry mouth, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni to discuss what can be done to keep your mouth and teeth healthy.

Health and Wellness | Can Your Dentist Help Treat Headaches?

Headaches are, unfortunately, a part of life. They are caused by a number of things, which include:

Hormones

Abnormal Growths

Teeth grinding/clenching

Improper muscle function

When you think of treating a headache, most people picture going to the doctor or stopping by the drug store and getting some medicine. But did you know that your dentist can actually help you treat them and offer some relief?

Yes, your dentist!

A lot of people experience headaches because of neck or jaw muscle spasms, or from clenching or grinding their teeth. If your dentist finds that this is the cause of your headaches, special mouth guards can be made for you to wear during the night. These mouth guards offer your jaw an area to rest against, which will keep your muscles from spasming.

It has been found that about 70% of individuals grind their teeth or clench their jaw, so if you experience frequent headaches your dentist will be able to offer you some relief.

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If you have visited your primary care physician for headaches but still experience them, a visit to the dentist may be able to find things your doctor could not.

Do you experience frequent headaches?

If so, schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH to see if teeth grinding or clenching is the reason for your discomfort.

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!

Do you need a dentist appointment?

Do you need a dentist in the Strongsville, OH area? If so, feel free to contact us today. We are always welcoming new patients!

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.

Do you experience tooth sensitivity?

If you are in need of a dental appointment and live in the Strongsville, OH area, contact us today!

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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Do you need a dentist in the Strongsville area to fill your cavities?

Dr. Aerni and our team welcomes you to contact us today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Aerni is a general dentist who provides all kinds of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants and orthodontic care in the Strongsville, OH area.