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Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth

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When it comes to your health, including your oral and dental health, diet and other good habits like brushing and flossing at least twice a day, improve your overall dental well-being.

That Ounce of Prevention?
It’s Worth a Pound of Cure.

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It seems that even when it comes to our dental health, the same dietary standards that keep our bodies healthy–leafy greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus–keep our mouth healthy, too.

Stuff like hard candy, cake, soda, and just about EVERYTHING THAT TASTES DELICIOUS can really take a toll. Moderation helps big-time, but so does an attitude adjustment.

When we begin to change our habits even just a little bit, over time, our attitudes and our palettes will adapt and we’ll find food that once felt like a chore to be our favorite foods.  Even Brussels sprouts.

We *Know* Sugar is Bad for Our Teeth.

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So instead of a list of sugary sweets, including those that come from refined breads that break down into sugars that harm your teeth enamel and break down the constitution of your teeth, causing cavities and eventual deterioration, we’re offering a list of the best and worst foods for your teeth when it comes to their acid levels, which cause as much damage and are less known. You’re welcome.

The Best and Worst Foods (and Drinks)
For Your Teeth (Some May Surprise You!

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6 Ways to Shut Down Your Dental Phobia

Afraid of the Dentist?

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Does your heart start to race even when you make the appointment? Do you feel like you might need sedation as soon as you enter the office? Does the mere word “drill” fill you with dread?Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Here are a few tips to help you deal.

1. Communicate Your Fears.

What they don’t know can only hurt you. So speak up. Dental anxiety is extremely common. Dentists want to know about your fears. So tell them. Express you specific fears about a certain procedure, or fill them in on the fact that you’re mortally terrified of just sitting in a dentist’s chair and that’s why this is your first dental appointment in five years.  The more clearly you communicate, the better the staff can help you. They will listen carefully, assure you that your concerns are valid, and explain clearly and carefully just what to expect. Whether they teach you some breathing techniques or just hand you an eye pillow or tell you (good) jokes, the staff wants you to feel comfortable and will do whatever they can to assuage your fears.

2. Try Biofeedback Before Your Visit.

Biofeedback is designed to help you control your body’s stress signals—such as heavy sweating, short breath and racing heart—by connecting electrical sensors to your body and the biofeedback machine.

During the session, electrical sensors help you receive information (feedback) about your body (bio), and let you see what your nervous system looks like in a calm state as well as when you’re under stress.

According to WebMd, “The idea behind biofeedback is that, by harnessing the power of your mind and becoming aware of what’s going on inside your body, you can gain more control over your health.” Therapists will offer you a wide array of ways to control your stress reactions so you can remain as calm as possible when you face your fears—like going to the dentist, for example.

3. Speak Up for Yourself in the Dentist Chair

When you’re in the dentist chair, keep advocating for yourself. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Let your dentist know how you are feeling, no matter how trivial your concern may seem. Many dentists ask you to do this anyway, like requesting you raise your hand to signal for them to pause. If this doesn’t come up, broach the subject and come up with an agreed-upon communication plan before the procedure begins. This way you have a chance to explain that you are in pain, uncomfortable, have a question, need a break,  need to adjust or readjust yourself in the chair or anything else you feel the dentist needs to know

4. Customize Your Dental Sessions.

For some people, it is overwhelming to even think about getting through an entire dental procedure.  Well, you do not have to complete everything in one session.  Unless it’s impossible, your dentist will break up the procedure into plausible sessions to accommodate your request.  Remember that you are the client and you can advocate for yourself. You may also consider just taking a break and pausing for a few moments to refresh yourself before moving forward to the next portion of the procedure. Take a moment to take a few breaths to calm your nerves and then continue on with the procedure.

5. Distract Yourself.

Bring headphones and listen to music or watch a movie to block out sound. Bring a book. Just bring something that will allow you to focus deeply on something THAT IS NOT THE DENTAL PROCEDURE.  That way you can listen to music or watch a movie or read a book to distract yourself and keep your mind off the dental procedure.  Also, some dental offices have a TV or music playing in the background for this very reason. Such distractions ease your anxiety and put you in a calm state of mind.

6. Ask About Medication Options.

Lastly, there is medication.  For certain procedures, some sort of sedation is required.  For patients who have more extreme anxiety, medication may be the answer. There are types of medication that can be prescribed to alleviate anxiety and allow you to feel rested and comfortable. Ask your dentist if medication is right for you.

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Home Remedies for toothache pain

If there’s one list to keep handy–this is the one. It never fails that a major toothache hits when it’s late at night and your dentist’s office is closed. Although only a doctor can cure the source of the problem, this list of treatments & pain relief remedies should get you through the night until you can visit the dentist. Continue reading Home Remedies for toothache pain

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FACTS ABOUT TOOTH DECAY

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Did you know that pediatric dental disease, also referred to as childhood tooth decay, is the #1 chronic childhood illness? When left untreated, childhood tooth decay can have devastasting Continue reading FACTS ABOUT TOOTH DECAY

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Amalgam Tattoos

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What Is It?

You or your dentist may notice a gray, blue or black spot in your mouth that looks like a tattoo. Dentists call these spots amalgam tattoos. They can appear in the mouth of someone with amalgam fillings or metal false teeth (also known as “caps” or “crowns”). Amalgam fillings contain silver, tin, mercury, copper and zinc. Amalgam tattoos are made up of tiny metal particles from the filling or crown that become embedded in the tissue. They can appear on your gums, cheek, lips, tongue or the roof of the mouth (palate).
The tattoos are flat and usually quite small — only a few millimeters. But they’re relatively easy to see. Continue reading Amalgam Tattoos

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Oral Piercings

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Body piercing is a popular form of self-expression. Oral piercings or tongue splitting may look cool, but they can be dangerous to your health. That’s because your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection and swelling often occur with mouth piercings. For instance, your mouth and tongue could swell so much that you close off your airway or you could possibly choke if part of the jewelry breaks off in your mouth. In some cases, you could crack a tooth if you bite down too hard on the piercing, and repeated clicking of the jewelry against teeth can also cause damage. Oral piercing could also lead to more serious infections, like hepatitis or endocarditis. Continue reading Oral Piercings

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Teeth Can Help Solve Health Mysteries

Less common dental issues, like the ones discussed below, may be indications of more serious potential health problems.

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Crumbling or Cracked Teeth

Teeth are pretty durable, so it would be alarming to find that one of your teeth is breaking into pieces or cracking. This condition is common to those who tend to grind their teeth. However, teeth that break easily has also been linked to acid reflux and eating disorders. With both of these conditions, stomach acid wears away the enamel found on the surfaces of teeth. A broken or cracked tooth can turn into a bigger problem, so it’s important to get it treated as soon as possible.

A Mouth Wound Doesn’t Heal

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 30,000 people are effected by oral cancer each year. One of the ways that can be  screened for oral cancer is to visually inspect each patient’s teeth and gums through regularly scheduled, comprehensive oral exams. If you notice that a wound in your mouth – usually caused by biting your tongue or the inside of your cheek – isn’t healing within a week or two,

Gum Tissue Covering a Tooth

One of the purposes of gum tissue is to hold teeth in place, not cover one or more of them up. This condition can occur and is generally a sign that doses of prescribed medication need to be changed, and as soon as possible – gum tissue that covers a tooth prevents good daily dental habits.

Cheeks Have White Webs

One of the more unusual dental conditions is called Lichen planus, which looks like “white webs” on the inside of cheeks. The cause for this condition is currently not known, and has been known to effect both men and women between the ages of about 30 to 70 years of age.

Dentures Develop Crust

Dentures are like teeth and gums in that they have to be cleaned thoroughly every single day. It turns out that cleaning dentures can save a life!

Not properly cleaning dentures means that debris is left on the surface, and denture wearers can breathe that debris into their lungs and cause inflammation of airways. This condition is known as Aspiration Pneumonia and is 100% preventable. Dentures should be removed each day, brushed and kept in a cup of cleansing solution when not worn.

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Advances in orthodontic technology make for faster, more comfortable treatment

 

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Modern orthodontic practices have evolved considerably over the last 20 years. Back then, tooth extractions were all too frequent and large, traditional one-size-fits-all brackets and wires were the standard of care. Continue reading Advances in orthodontic technology make for faster, more comfortable treatment

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5 Common Misconceptions about Adult Orthodontics

What you think you know about braces might need some straightening out. Some of the most common misconceptions about braces center on who wears them, how they look and feel, how long treatment lasts, and what types of problems they can correct. Debunking these myths will be helpful for adults considering braces in New Jersey.

No one cares that my teeth are crooked, really. Do they? The fact is that people do make judgments about others based on their appearance, and straight teeth are associated with intelligence and success. It’s no wonder that even celebrities have chosen to seek orthodontic treatment. There is no need to go through life with a less-than-perfect smile when so many options are available to correct it.

Braces are only for young people. I’ll look silly! While it is true that the wearing of braces is most commonly associated with middle schoolers and teenagers, the truth is that anyone at any age can benefit from orthodontic evaluation and treatment. The development of lingual orthodontics has improved the variety of treatment options available. These modern, discreet options have contributed to a rise in the percentage of adult orthodontic patients. Incognito Hidden Braces, which straighten teeth from behind, keep the brackets and wires completely out of sight, so that the wearer looks no different than he or she did before.

My teeth are too old and too crooked to fix. Severely misaligned teeth can present a challenge to any experienced orthodontist, but as long as the gums and bones are healthy, the right option is waiting for you. No one has to live with a smile he or she doesn’t love.

Correcting adult teeth with braces will take years. Each orthodontic patient’s case is unique, of course, and treatment times will vary. Incognito Hidden Braces offer a major advantage over removable systems in terms of the time needed to complete treatment, since the wearer does not have the option to take them out for any length of time. They are bonded to the backs of the teeth and are custom-fit to move the teeth into perfect alignment. Past wearers of Incognito Braces, when asked to review their experiences, often report finishing more quickly than they had originally expected.

Braces have to hurt to work. The notion of “the tighter the better” is incorrect. Yes, you may experience some discomfort as your teeth and gums acclimate to your lingual braces. As the treatment progresses, however, your mouth will adapt, and you won’t even notice your braces any more. Incognito Hidden Braces are customized to the individual, increasing the effectiveness of the treatment with minimal discomfort.

 

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