Keeping Your Mouth Healthy When You’re Sick

These simple tips can help keep your mouth healthy even when you’re not!

Concentrating on your dental health is probably not your top priority when you’re sick, but it is important to keep your teeth healthy even when you’re not feeling well. Besides brushing and flossing, what else should you do?

Buy sugar-free cough drops
As we know, sugar is harmful to our teeth. When you buy cough drops, be sure they are sugar-free. Since cough drops stay in your mouth for an extended amount of time, the sugar can mix with bacteria in your mouth, producing acid that will harm your teeth.

Possible dry mouth
A side-effect of many medications is dry mouth. Dry mouth is an issue that can lead to dental health issues such as decay and gum disease. If your medication is causing you dry mouth, be sure to drink plenty of water.

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Replacing your toothbrush
Germs from the flu can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours. If you want to be extra safe, it may be a good idea to use a new toothbrush once you feel better.

It can be difficult to focus on dental health when you’re not feeling well, but it is important to continue brushing and flossing every day. If you are due for a cleaning or have any questions about your dental health, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni.

What Soda Really Does to Our Teeth

Do you know why soda is bad for our teeth?

As the weather gets nicer, you may be tempted to grab a soda to quench your thirst. Much has been discussed about the negative health effects associated with soda consumption, like weight gain and diabetes, but what does soda do to the health of your teeth?

The sugar content in soda is one of the main issues. Sugar mixes with bacteria in our mouth; this increases your chances of dental issues such as cavities and gum disease. Even if you drink sugar-free soda, it still contains acid that wears away your tooth enamel. This acid is especially harmful to kids and teens because their enamel is not fully developed. To quench your thirst and keep your mouth healthy, the best option is to drink water.

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For a healthy mouth, be sure to practice proper dental hygiene and schedule routine visits to the dentist. If you’re due for a cleaning or have any dental health concerns, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.

Do I Really Need to Visit the Dentist Every Six Months?

I have no problems with my teeth, how often do I need to go to the dentist?

Although dental technology and products have improved, it is still recommended you visit the dentist at least twice per year. Visiting the dentist is not just for having your teeth cleaned; there are other important parts of a dental visit that cannot be done at home.

There are times that you may be in the early stages of a dental health issue, such as tooth decay, and you may not even notice that anything is wrong. Many of these health issues go unnoticed until they develop into a more advanced state. The earlier you can treat a dental problem, the more manageable it is.

The dentist also offers fluoride treatment which helps to remineralize your teeth and protect against cavities. There is fluoride toothpaste, but the fluoride that your dentist uses is much stronger and more effective than fluoride toothpaste or mouthwashes.

Six months is the recommended time, but there are some people that may be able to visit the dentist only once per year. If you have taken excellent care of your teeth and have never had any dental health issues, you may be able to extend the time between visits.

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However, if you have had dental health issues in the past, such as gum disease, have a weak immune system, or are susceptible to plaque build-up, you may need to visit the dentist more than twice per year.

It is important that you discuss with your dentist how often you should come in for check-ups.

If you would like to discuss the health of your mouth and how often you should come to the dentist, schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.

Why Flossing Is Important to Your Dental Health

Do you floss every day? If you don’t, you are allowing bacteria to build up that can cause a number of different dental health issues to occur.

But what about brushing your teeth? Isn’t that enough? Brushing your teeth is critical for keeping your mouth healthy, but brushing does not remove all of the bacteria that can get in between your teeth and around your gums.

Bacteria that is left in between your teeth and around your gums increase your likelihood of developing tooth decay and cavities. Not only are cavities and decay a possibility, but gum disease is another dental health problem that can occur due to a lack of flossing. This is why flossing is so important for your oral health.

To protect your teeth and gums, brushing and flossing every day is necessary. Dental health problems do not just affect your mouth, but can also have an impact on your overall health. Be sure to click here to learn how to properly floss your teeth.

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When was the last time you went to the dentist? If you have any unused dental benefits, now is a great time to have any work completed before the new year. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH today!

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.

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.

Do you need a dentist in Strongsville for your tooth sensitivity?

If you are in need of a dentist in the Strongsville, OH area, feel free to contact us today and schedule a time to see Dr. Aerni.

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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Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity in Strongsville, OH?

Dr. Aerni is always welcoming new, smiling patients to his office on Pearl Road in Strongsville, OH. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Make sure to stay tuned to our blog (you can look for posts on Twitter and Facebook) for part 2 of our blog series on tooth sensitivity.

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.