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Understanding the Importance of Healthy Taste Buds
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Kelly Hong
Having healthy taste buds is extremely important not only for the enjoyment of eating the foods you love but for proper nutrition. Your taste buds play a crucial role in your oral and overall health, and it is essential to understand why you need them to be healthy. Where are Taste Buds Located? Your tongue contains thousands of taste buds which send signals that the brain interprets negatively or positively. The mind can read pleasurable messages from your taste buds. This is how you recognize bitter, sweet, or spicy foods. Why are Taste Buds Important? When your taste buds are not functioning as they should because of other issues, it can affect the way in which you view foods. When you're sick or on certain medications, such as those used to treat cancer you lose your sense of smell and even foods taste different. This can affect your health because you are not interested in food in the same way as you were in the past. If you lose interest in food because things don't taste or smell good, it can affect your oral health. Your teeth need the nutrients found in things like fruits and vegetables to remain healthy. If you don't enjoy eating a variety of foods in your diet, this can be detrimental to your oral health. Other Medications That Affect Taste Buds Aside from over-the-counter medications for the common cold and radiation or chemotherapy, taste buds can be affected by blood pressure medications, which can leave a metallic aftertaste in your mouth. Other drugs include beta-blockers used for the heart, antidepressants, and antihistamines. Another consideration when taking these medications is that they can also cause a dry mouth and affect saliva productions. Both issues can alter the way in which your taste buds recognize flavors in food....
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When Struggling with Morning Sickness, You Must Protect Your Teeth
Posted on 12/30/2018 by Kelly Hong
Pregnancy affects the body in many different ways. If you've had a child or are pregnant, you likely feel as if everything is changing, including the fact that you feel sick every morning. Morning sickness affects about 80 percent of all pregnant women. Some are affected more than others—if you're lucky, you will only experience mild morning sickness for a fairly short amount of time. If you're not, you may find yourself running to the bathroom every morning for months. With everything you have on your mind, you likely don't really think about what this is doing to your teeth. Exposing the Teeth to Acid Every time you throw up, even if it's not due to morning sickness, you're bathing the back of your teeth in acid from your stomach. This stomach acid can eat through the enamel on your teeth, causing major tooth decay and other health issues. If you vomit once or twice due to a stomach bug or other illness, it's not that concerning. If, however, you're throwing up every morning for weeks, the consistent damage to your teeth does add up. What You Can Do Preventing tooth decay while also dealing with morning sickness requires you to be extra vigilant about your oral health. You need to make sure you brush and floss regularly. You also need to clean your mouth as soon as you vomit. Rinse your mouth out with an alcohol-free mouthwash or, if you don't have any, with water. While you may want to immediately grab your toothbrush, you should actually wait for an hour or so. That's because the stomach acid has weakened the enamel on the teeth. If you brush right away, you could actually cause more damage. Don't skip on your regular cleanings while you're pregnant, either! Be sure to call and schedule your cleaning when it's time, and don't hesitate to contact us if you feel like something is amiss with your oral health....
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What to Do to Ease Cold Sensitivity in Your Teeth
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Kelly Hong
Having teeth sensitivity to extreme temperatures can be painful and bothersome. You can't enjoy things like ice cream (in moderation, of course) and be opening your mouth while outside on a cold winter day can send a stabbing pain directly to the nerves of your teeth. It is essential to understand the underlying reason for the sensitivity to treat it adequately. Why Some People Have Sensitive Teeth Teeth sensitivity is a standard dental complain, and its side effects can range from discomfort to unbearable pain when coming in contact with cold (or hot) foods or temperatures. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, as of 2018, 40 million adults in the United States suffer from tooth sensitivity. It is unclear why some people are more sensitive than others, but in general, those with conditions that affect the structure of the enamel will be more susceptible to extreme temperatures. In healthy teeth, the enamel acts as a barrier that protects the inner layers and nerve centers located in the root, called the dentin. If the enamel is weak from a crack or chip, a cold drink can result in feeling that sharp, stabbing pain momentarily. The good news is that the pain is temporary, but it is essential to determine why you are feeling pain. Reasons for Teeth Sensitivity There are many reasons for tooth sensitivity including: How to Relieve Teeth Sensitivity There are some treatments available for sensitive teeth, but unless the underlying cause is identified and corrected, you will still be susceptible to hot or cold temperatures. Some things you can do to help with sensitivity are: Let us know if you have tooth sensitivity to the cold and we will determine the best treatment for you....
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