What you need to know about Halloween Candy
-Sugar free Lollipops& Hard Candy
These treats stimulate saliva, which
prevents dry mouth. A dry mouth
allows plaque to build up on teeth
quicker leading to an increased
risk of cavities.
Chewing gum prevents cavities, not
only because it helps to dislodge food
particles from teeth, but also because
it increases saliva. Saliva works to neutralize
the acids of the mouth and prevent
Chocolate is loaded with sugar, but studies
have shown that the antioxidants in dark
chocolate can be good for the heat and may
even lower blood pressure. Just be sure to
eat it in moderation.
Candy corn, cookies, and cake all contain a high amount
Of sugar, which can cause tooth decay.
Chewy and Sticky Sweets
-Gummy candies, caramel, taffy and even dried fruit are
Serious sources of tooth decay, particulary when they get
Stuck in the crevices between teeth and make it nearly
Impossible for saliva to wash away
-High acid levels in these treats can break down tooth
Enamel quickly. Patients should wait 30 minutes after they
Consuming these acidic foods or drinks, including sour candy,
otherwise , they will be brushing acid onto more tooth
Surfaces, increasing the erosive action.
Restoring Smiles with Dental Implants
If you lose or break a tooth, a dental implant may be the best option for restoring your smile. Read on to learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for a natural tooth’s root. The implant is placed in the jawbone so that it fuses with the natural bone to become a sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth. Implants can be used to replace individual teeth or to support a bridge or denture containing multiple teeth.
Who can receive implants?
Dental implants can be provided to most patients who are missing teeth due to decay, disease, injury, or other medical conditions. You also may be a candidate for a dental implant if you can’t wear dentures or find them uncomfortable, or if you don’t want to sacrifice existing tooth structure to support a dental bridge.
Since surgery is required, implant patients must be in good general health with healthy gums and adequate bone structure. If an implant site lacks the adequate bone structure, a dentist may be able to perform procedures to improve it.
Implants are not for everyone. Chronic conditions such as bruxism, diabetes, or leukemia may interfere with healing after implant surgery. This also is the case for patients taking bisphosphonates for osteoporosis. Additionally, patients who drink alcohol or use tobacco may not be good candidates for implants.
How does implant placement work?
First, your dentist will perform surgery to place the implant in your jaw. Next, the surrounding bone will heal via a process called osseointegration, during which the bone grows around the implant to hold it firmly in place. Finally, your dentist will complete the implant placement process by placing on the post an artificial tooth, or crown, which resembles your natural teeth.
How long does implant placement take?
Once, the implant placement surgery is completed-usually in an hour or two-the healing begins, and that can take as long as six months. Additionally, the fitting of the permanent tooth is usually accomplished in one to three weeks. Your dentist may provide you with a temporary replacement to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready. If your bone structure is strong enough, however, your dentist may be able to place the implant and replacement tooth in one visit.
What can I expect after the procedure?
Most patients will adjust to implants immediately. Some people may feel slight discomfort or notice differences in their chewing or speech, but these symptoms are usually temporary.
How should I care for my implant?
A major reason some implants fail is poor hygiene. It’s important to brush implants at least twice a day, as well as to floss in between them. Additionally, as many as four dental cleanings per year may be necessary to maintain gum health. Talk with your general dentist to find out whether dental implants are right for you.
Back to school dental tips:
Your child may have the latest wardrobe, school supplies and sports equipment for the new school year, but does she have a healthy mouth and the tools she'll need to maintain it?
According to the American Dental Association, a dental examination is as important as immunizations and booster shots and should be a regular part of back-to-school preparations. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that tooth decay affects U.S. children more than any other chronic infectious disease and 19 percent of children ages 2 to 19 years old have untreated tooth decay. Dental pain or disease can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, playing and learning as well as millions of hours of missed school.
Your child's back-to-school checklist should include:
Regular dental examinations to diagnose and treat or prevent dental problems. Parents and teachers may not realize there's a dental problem, so regular checkups are important. Your dentist may suggest fluoride treatments or sealants to prevent decay and can diagnose and treat dental problems to save your child pain and lost school time.
Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing. Head for the dental care isle when you're out shopping for notebooks, binders and pencils. If parents buy several toothbrushes they could have their child change to a new one every three months or so, or after an illness. If remembering when to change your toothbrush is an issue, a good way to remember is change your brush every time you get a report card!
Eating healthy lunches and snacks. Include portable healthy lunch items and snacks in your child's sack lunch, including grains, milk, cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt or fruit. Cut back on sugary foods and soft drinks.
* Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard while participating in organized sports or playground activities
** ARTICLE COURTESY OF COLGATE DENTAL**
Keep your teeth safe this summer: Avoid dental injuries when playing sports
Summer is the time for enjoying the great outdoors. However, some popular summer sports – such as swimming and softball – can expose your teeth to danger. Here are several seasonal activities that could lead to dental injuries and ways to keep your smile safe:
Frequent swimmers may be at risk for developing yellowish-brown or dark brown stains on their teeth.
Those who swim more than six hours a week continually expose their teeth to chemically treated water. Pool water contains chemical additives, which give the water a higher pH than saliva. As a result, salivary proteins break down quickly and form organic deposits on teeth. These hard, brown deposits, known as "swimmers' calculus," appear most frequently on the front teeth.
Swimmers' calculus can normally be removed by a professional dental cleaning.
Scuba diving, a sport enjoyed by more than 4 million people in the U.S., can lead to jaw joint pain, gum tissue problems or "tooth squeeze" – pain in the center of the tooth.
All of these symptoms add up to what's called "diver's mouth syndrome" (also called barodontalgia), a condition caused by the air pressure change involved in scuba diving and by divers biting too hard on their scuba air regulators. Tooth squeeze is caused by the change in air pressure, particularly if a diver has a big cavity, a temporary filling, gum disease, periodontal abscess or incomplete root canal therapy.
The best way to avoid these problems is to visit your dentist before scuba diving and make sure your dental health is tip-top. Ask your dentist's advice about fitting the mouthpiece of an air regulator. Sometimes dentures can be inadvertently swallowed during a dive, so denture-wearers should consult with dentists before diving to discuss any potential problems.
Contact sports (soccer, softball, basketball, etc.)
According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), soccer players are more likely than football players to sustain a dental-related injury – and these statistics do not include people playing pick-up games with friends.
Soccer is a sport where mouthguards and face masks are not mandatory, upping the odds for mouth and face injuries. Softball, basketball and pick-up games of touch football involve similar risks. In addition to causing injuries during contact, these sports also may be costly for people who have had extensive dental work, especially people who wear braces.
When participating in such sports, a mouthguard is your best ally. The AGD estimates that mouthguards prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year. Using a mouthguard can prevent damage to braces or other orthodontic work, as well as prevent mouth cuts, jaw injuries and tooth damage.
There are several types of mouthguards. Ask your dentist for advice about which mouthguard solution is best for you.
- Stock mouthguard: The lowest cost option is an item that can be bought "off the shelf" from a drug or sporting goods store. This type of mouthguard offers the least protection because the fit adjustment is limited. While better than nothing, a stock mouthguard is not considered acceptable as a facial protective device.
- Mouth-formed protectors: These mouthguards come as a shell-liner and "boil-and-bite" product from sporting goods stores. The shell is lined with acrylic or rubber. When placed in an athlete's mouth, the protector's lining material molds to the teeth and is allowed to set.
- Custom-made mouth protectors: The best choice is a customized mouthguard made by your dentist. This is the most expensive option (and may not be covered by your dental plan – check your Evidence of Coverage booklet), but a custom mouthguard offers the best protection, fit and comfort level because it is made from a cast to fit your teeth.
*** ARTICLE TAKEN FROM DELTA DENTAL INSURANCE***
Soda has a refreshing taste, but its effects on your teeth are the opposite.
Sugary sodas are well known to be bad for your dental health. However, did you know that even diet sodas are problematic? The artificial chemicals in soda, regardless of its sugar content, dissolve the protective enamel on the teeth, which can cause permanent cosmetic damage and painful sensitivity. Here, the dentist Dr. Edward Gaines at Fairfield Family Dental Care in Fairfield, New Jersey explain how soda disrupts the delicate balance of chemicals in your mouth.
How your smile suffers from soda
How to prevent this predicament
- Only consume soda at mealtimes; don't buy a large one in the morning and sip on it throughout the day.
- Brush your teeth thoroughly after drinking soda. If brushing isn't convenient, you can rinse your mouth with water.
- You can also pop a piece of sugar-free gum after drinking; it promotes the production of saliva, which naturally contains chemicals to counteract the effects of the soda's acidic contents.
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