Dentistry Throughout the Ages

A Worm, A Queen & A Barber Pole: Dentistry Throughout the Ages

When you think of history you probably have visions of wars, empires, and kings and queens. Most of us do not think about what a trip to the dentist was like, but it is actually quite interesting when you learn about some of the ancient forms of dentistry.

Below, we have listed some of the most bizarre and interesting facts about dentistry through the ages.

The first recorded “dentist” was an Egyptian by the name of Hesy-Ra in 2600 BC.

Aristotle had written about an ancient form of braces that would straighten a person’s teeth.

There was an old belief of something called a “dental worm,” this worm was believed to burrow into teeth, causing sharp pain. So to combat this worm, Queen Elizabeth ingested large amounts of sugar which is why many people believe her teeth were discolored.

The first bristle toothbrush is believed to have been invented during the Tang Dynasty in China. This toothbrush is not like our modern day brushes; the bristles were made from hogs hair!

Dental implants in the Maya Civilization were made from seashells.

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Barbers were actually part of the dentistry world at one point. Between the 5th and 15th century, “barber-surgeons” were able to perform many types of surgeries in their shops or on the battlefield.

Luckily for everyone, dentistry has evolved to a medically-backed and safe form of health care.

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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 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

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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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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.

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Gum Disease | The Health of Your Gums

Are your gums in a healthy state or are you suffering from gum disease? This is something that you need to know the answer to, but probably don’t.

Unless you have been diagnosed by your dentist, you probably don’t know if you are suffering from some form of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) or not. The reason for this, is that periodontal disease does not present many signs or symptoms. The few you can look for include unexplained bleeding while brushing or flossing, and your gums appearing bright red and inflamed.

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If you notice either of the above signs, you should schedule a dental appointment ASAP. Your dentist’s office will have specialized tools to determine the health of your gums. Additionally, these tools will determine how far your gum disease has developed and what treatment is necessary. The earlier you catch gum disease, the better off you will be, as, if you let gum disease develop too far, it will not be able to be fully cured. Your dentist will be able to put together a personalized treatment plan to improve the overall health and wellness of your gums. Please note that a treatment plan may include the work of a periodontist

Determining if you have periodontal disease, and receiving necessary treatment, is critical for your oral health. Along with this, gum disease has been associated with many other diseases including:

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As with any health issues, you are better off preventing periodontal disease from ever forming. Gum disease can be usually avoided by following instructions below:

  • Brush twice per day for two minutes
  • Floss daily
  • Brush your tongue, roof of your mouth, and gums
  • Use mouthwash

If gum disease does develop, there is treatment available. In our next blog post, Dr. Aerni will examine exactly what a deep cleaning is and what it entails.

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Dietary Choices That Boost Oral Health

In our previous article, Dr. Aerni provided a list of foods that may damage the your oral health. As promised, Dr. Aerni will now provide a list of foods that will actually boost the health of your mouth. Along with these foods, it is important to remember to implement good care habits like brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.  

Foods That Boost Oral Health

1.) Celery:

Keeping your teeth clean, and secreting enough saliva are both critical in keeping your mouth healthy. Due to its texture, celery can clean your teeth as you chew on it. In addition to this, as you chew on celery, it will stimulate your salivary glands and increase your saliva production.

2.) Carrots:Oral Health

Like celery, carrots work to increase your saliva production. As we know, saliva is one of the best defenses against gum disease, tooth decay, and more.

3.) Pineapple:

Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is extremely beneficial to your dental health as it works to break up proteins in your mouth and maintain the health of your teeth. In addition to bromelain, pineapples contain many other vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your overall and oral health.  

4.) Cheese:

There are many factors that make cheese a good dietary choice for the health of your mouth. These factors include calcium, low sugar levels, a lack of acid, and most importantly the presence of casein. Casein is a protein that works to promote the health of your teeth and strengthen your enamel. Click here for more information about casein.

5.) Yogurt:

Similar to cheese, yogurt is a great provider of casein.

6.) Pears:

In our previous post, we mentioned fruits that have a lot of citric acid. One major advantage of pears is that they do not contain acid like other fruits do. Additionally, pears provide your teeth with many vitamins and minerals and also increase your salivary flow. 

Beverages That Boost Oral Health

7.) Tap Water:Strongsville Dentist

After eliminating many beverages last week from your healthy choices, you may be wondering what is best to drink. We know that you must be tired of hearing from every medical professional that drinking water is important, but it is. Dr. Aerni recommends tap water over spring water, purified water, or bottled water, due to the presence of fluoride in tap water. Fluoride will work to repair the damages created by other foods, drinks, and physical activity that may have harmed the enamel of your teeth.

To repeat what we said in our opening paragraph, it is still critical to maintain good dental healthcare habits like brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and routinely visiting the dentist. These habits, along with eating a healthy diet, will keep your dental health in the best shape possible possible. If you would like to schedule a dental check up, and are in the Strongsville, OH area, please contact us today to schedule a visit with Dr. Aerni! 

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.