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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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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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Pain Remedies till you can get to the dentist

Toothache Cures From Your Kitchen Cabinet

blog 12Grab some clove oil. Oil of clove is an age-old home remedy. It works thanks to the chemical eugenol contained in the oil, which has anesthetic and antibacterial properties. To use it for tooth pain, soak a cotton ball with a mixture made of two to three drops of clove oil and ¼ teaspoon of olive oil. Put the cotton ball in your mouth near the tooth that hurts and bite down to keep it in place. One caution: Don’t go to sleep with the cotton ball still in your mouth. The FDA no longer considers this treatment effective enough to recommend it, although some dentists still believe it has benefits.Clove oil is available at pharmacies and health food stores. Continue reading Pain Remedies till you can get to the dentist

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Why Is there Pain after a Root Canal

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There are a number of possible causes of pain after the completion of a root canal. After a root canal is completed no living pulp tissue remains inside the tooth, but nerve endings remain in the ligaments that attach the tooth to the surrounding bone. These ligaments have nerve fiber associated with them that can feel pain. They are the source of any post root canal pain. Continue reading Why Is there Pain after a Root Canal

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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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