We hope you have been enjoying the summer as much as we have! You have probably been to a couple of outdoor parties. Unfortunately, the foods and drinks found there are usually not kind to your mouth. When getting a party together with friends and family this summer, keep these mouth-healthy tips in mind.
Rather than potato chips and sugary snacks that can leave behind harmful bacteria. A great alternative to these foods is a vegetable tray full of mouth-healthy snacks.
It may be a good idea to avoid using toothpicks. They can easily pierce your gums if you’re not careful, or break in your mouth.
Chewing on ice can do a lot of harm to your teeth. A great alternative is to use a cooler full of ice to keep the drinks cold. This will help keep your guests from chewing on ice cubes and still have a cold drink.
If you have children that will be running around or just any activities that will cause people to sweat, make sure there is plenty of water for people to stay hydrated.
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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.
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.
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:
• Tomato sauce/juice
• Citric Fruit
• Foods that contain food coloring
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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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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:
Use fluoride toothpaste and fluoride rises that help rebuild enamel.
Avoid over-brushing and hard bristled toothbrushes which adds additional wear to enamel.
Visit the Dentist regularly to catch problems before they become worse.
Avoid grinding teeth and wear a mouth guard if grinding persists.
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.
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.
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.
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
Chew sugar free gum when brushing is not an option
Visit your dentist for checkups at least every six months
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Strongsville Dentist: Teeth Grinding
Dr. William Aerni- The Strongsville Dentist
Bruxism is the dental term for teeth grinding and jaw clenching. This is a medical health problem as well as a dental health problem because it can lead to uncontrollable contractions of the jaw muscles, popping or clicking of the joint found in the lower jaw, swelling of the lower jaw, damaged teeth, and headaches. If teeth grinding and jaw clenching continue, it will erode tooth enamel and damage dental work, leading to tooth decay.
There are a few ways to reduce and avoid teeth grinding and jaw clenching:
Do not chew on anything that is not food (pens, pencils, etc.)
Decrease gum chewing
Reduce the consumption foods and drinks that contain caffeine
Avoid alcohol consumption
Drink more water
Improve dietary habits
Work to relax the jaw while awake to encourage a relaxed jaw while sleeping
Reduce Stress levels
Get plenty of sleep
Bruxism is a commonly overlooked disorder that is usually caused by something that is not right within the body. It is obvious from the list above that stress and an unhealthy lifestyle are the main causes of teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Depression, anxiety, eating disorders and insomnia also encourage grinding, but may require further treatment. By following the tips above and adopting an all around healthier lifestyle, bruxism and its effects can be reduced over time.
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