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How Dangerous Ice Can Be for Your Oral Health
Posted on 9/15/2019 by Kelly Hong
So a very popular thing to do when you finish your soft drink of choice is to crunch through the leftover ice at the bottom. Maybe you are dieting, so you eat and suck on ice cubes. When you are really hungry, you start just chewing through them. It seems harmless, especially since even the hospital sometimes will give you some ice chips before surgery. It Is Just Simply Frozen Water So It's Okay, Right? Wrong, those ice chips can be frozen, solid as a rock, and what most people don't realize is the cold temperature of the ice can cause brittleness of the teeth. The ice cubes can cause small fractures. Those fractures become a haven for bacteria that may not be cleaned even with brushing regularly. You can sometimes even see cracks in the mirror. You look back at your molars and there are very small black fine lines of bacteria that have dug in and become a cavity. Why Do People Feel Compelled to Chew Ice? There is a medical term for people who love or compulsively eat ice. It's called, “Pagophagia.” Compulsive ice eating is looked at by the medical field as a form of anemia, or iron deficiency. If you have been chewing ice and haven't been to the dentist for a while, we would be happy to go over your teeth and check and see if there is any damage to them the ice. If there is, we have options to help restore your teeth. We will also take the time to talk with you about options available to kick the chewing ice habit. Oral care through a professional is the only way to address the damage done from chewing ice. Reach out and give us a call and we will fit you into our schedule as soon as we can....

Ways to Tell if Your Tooth is Dying
Posted on 8/25/2019 by Kelly Hong
A dying tooth is a serious dental health concern and needs to be treated right away. Unfortunately, you can't always tell if a tooth is dying, which is why it is so important to keep up with your regular dental checkups. However, if you do experience oral health symptoms, it is important to know if they might indicate a dying tooth. What Might Cause a Tooth to Die? There are a few main reasons that a tooth might die. One of the most common is injury or trauma to the tooth. If you hit your mouth against something or suffer a blow to the face the tooth may be injured to the point that it cannot be repaired. It may die within a matter of days, or the process could take several months. Poor dental hygiene may also lead to the death of a tooth. Failure to brush and floss regularly can lead to cavities, and when left untreated, decay can destroy the tooth by eating away at the enamel and reaching the pulp. When the pulp is infected, blood supply is cut off, and eventually the tooth will die. What Are the Signs of a Dying Tooth? A dead or dying tooth is no longer receiving adequate blood supply. Discoloration is often the first sign of this problem, and the dying tooth will appear a different color than the rest of the teeth. It may look light brown, yellow, gray, or black, or it may appear to have a bruise. Another potential symptom of a dying tooth is pain, but pain levels differ from person to person. Some people feel mild discomfort, while others feel intense pain due to the dying nerve or infection. However, even without pain, your tooth may still be dying. Do you suspect your tooth might be dying? If so, please give our office a call today to set up your next appointment....

Did You Know You Could Get a Celiac Diagnosis from Your Teeth?
Posted on 8/15/2019 by Kelly Hong
Celiac disease occurs when your small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten so it's unable to digest any food containing gluten. This makes finding the right foods to eat challenging, but it also has an impact on your oral health in many ways. Effects on Your Enamel When you have a child who gets diagnosed with celiac disease before they turn 7-years-old, the enamel formation on all their teeth (both baby and permanent) will be disrupted. This will result in defects in their dental enamel. Once your child becomes an adult, there are some cosmetic dental procedures they can undergo to improve how these teeth look. Delayed Dental Development When your child isn't diagnosed with celiac disease, but they do have it nonetheless, they'll lose their baby teeth slower. In turn, this will cause their permanent teeth to erupt later than they're supposed to. This is one way we will know that there's a health issue that you should bring to the attention of your child's pediatrician. Canker Sores Celiac patients often have frequent, severe outbreaks of canker sores. These are small, shallow lesions that typically appear at the base of your gums. The only way to truly control them is to strictly adhere to your gluten-free diet. Soft Tissue Issues You may also experience a dry or burning sensation with your tongue. This is because your body isn't properly absorbing iron, folate, and vitamin B-12. For this reason, you also run a higher risk of developing cancer in your mouth or GI tract. When you have celiac disease it's especially important to make sure you're maintaining your routine office visits with us so we can stay on top of these issues for you. If you don't already have an appointment scheduled for a checkup and cleaning, make sure you pick up your phone and give our office a call so we can get you scheduled today....

All Posts:
How Dangerous Ice Can Be for Your Oral Health
Ways to Tell if Your Tooth is Dying
Did You Know You Could Get a Celiac Diagnosis from Your Teeth?
Damage That Comes from Clenching Your Teeth
Could Your Oral Health Improve with Fluoride Treatments?
It Is Important to Eat Only the Right Foods Following Any Type of Oral Surgery
How to Tell if a Filling Breaks
Your Oral Health Can Improve from Yoga!
Why Telling Us About Dental Fears Can Give You the Strength to Overcome Them
Importance of Two Dental Visits Each Year
If You Regularly Snack on Fresh Produce, It Can Leave You With a Whiter, Healthier Smile
Talking with Us During Your Visits Helps Ensure You Get the Care You Need
Taking Care of Your Teeth After Adult Braces
Could Changing Your Toothpaste Make Brushing More Fun?
Coconut Oil Can Be Used as a Mouthwash
Ways of Keeping Your Enamel Thick and Strong
Understanding the Importance of Healthy Taste Buds
When Struggling with Morning Sickness, You Must Protect Your Teeth
What to Do to Ease Cold Sensitivity in Your Teeth
Any Form of Tobacco is a Dental Danger
3 Most Common Mistakes with Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Medicines to Help with a Tooth Ache Until We Can See You
How Do Crunchy Vegetables Improve Your Oral Health?
How Certain Types of Gum Can Help Improve Your Oral Health
What Materials Make up Composite Fillings?
What Happens When You Brush Too Much?
The Different Stages of Dental Decay
How Does Lupus Affect Your Oral Health?
Options for Replacing a Single Missing Tooth

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