13 Most Acidic Fruit

Post by: Gerarda on 21 Nov 2022

Tooth enamel is the outer layer of a tooth and is hard, shiny and white. While it is the hardest substance in the body, even stronger than bone, it is still fragile. Enamel is just a thin layer of minerals that cover the tissue inside the tooth, therefore, it needs proper care.

When enamel, that first layer of defense is worn away from a tooth, it exposes the underlying dentin that is yellowish in color. This is called enamel erosion. This erosion can cause tooth sensitivity, pain, discoloration, indentations in teeth and fractured teeth.

There are many causes of erosion in teeth, but the main culprits of erosion are acidic foods, drinks and bodily fluids – saliva. As teeth enamel erodes it becomes thinner which allows the yellower dentin that lies below the enamel to be more visible through the enamel.

You can stop further damage if it hasn´t already broken through to the layer of dentin by eliminating the foods that caused the erosion in the first place. Even though tooth enamel is very strong, as it doesn´t have any living cells, it is unable to repair itself once it is damaged so you may need tooth bonding or for more severe erosion, a crown or a veneer.

There are many causes of tooth erosion, but as fruit is consumed in such high amounts on a daily basis, below are the 13 most acidic fruits.

  • Lemon Juice
  • Limes
  • Blue Plums
  • Grapes
  • Pomegranates
  • Grapefruits
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapples
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Oranges
  • Tomatoes

Prevent Enamel Erosion

  • Eat cheese after eating fruit as it raises the pH levels in your mouth and increases saliva production.
  • Avoid sucking on lemons or any highly acidic fruit.
  • Use a straw when drinking fruit juices as it keeps the juice from coming in contact with your teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after eating fruit to dilute the acids and wait for 30 minutes to brush to give the dentin time to resettle.
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste.

Visit your dentist regularly to discuss ways to maintain a healthy smile. Practice good oral hygiene.

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Posted on Monday 21st November 2022 at 3:47 pm

Trick or Treat for Your Teeth

Post by: Gerarda on 13 Oct 2022

You want your trick or treat fun on Halloween night, not after the party is over. The last thing you want after a night of fun, dressing up and surgery treats are your teeth playing tricks on you.

Splurging as a one off for Halloween is fine as long as you are a regular tooth brusher and flosser. If, however, you are not, then be prepared for the tricks your teeth can play on you.

Those surgery treats will be all the bacteria in your mouth want for a little thrill. The natural bacteria in your mouth go into overdrive when there is leftover food and drink. Over time and unless you maintain good oral hygiene, that bacteria create mayhem for your teeth. That is when tooth decay happens as the bacteria creates a sticky layer of plaque. It is this plaque that damages the surface of your teeth.

If you are going to indulge then you might want to eat chocolate as chocolate is easier to wash off your teeth. Sticky candy, hard candy, or sour candy, those other popular treats for Halloween stick around in the mouth longer and gives that cavity-causing bacteria more time to work.

Remember, good oral hygiene is always in fashion and not just for Halloween!

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Posted on Thursday 13th October 2022 at 12:55 pm

Flossing Tips

Post by: Gerarda on 05 Aug 2022

Proper flossing can help reduce the risk of gum disease and cavities, and is an important step toward having an overall healthy mouth. In fact, The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends flossing at least once a day in order to achieve optimal oral health.

Daily flossing removes plaque and bacteria from between the teeth — where a toothbrush can’t reach. If you are just learning to floss, you can experience minor discomfort. That usually comes from having the length of floss between your fingers too long and the floss either gets stuck and tears or you cut your gum. It’s important that you don’t stop flossing. If the discomfort doesn’t go away after a week or two of daily flossing, be sure to visit your dental office as soon as possible. Like everything, practice makes perfect.

Flossing Tips for Healthy Gums:

Floss after brushing your teeth
Glide the floss in between each tooth using a sawing motion
Angle the floss in a “c” shape around the tooth and slightly below the gumline
Repeat on each tooth
Unravel the floss from your fingers, supplying fresh floss for each tooth

There is debate on whether you should floss before or after brushing. We suggest that which ever you choose the important thing is that you actually do it.

Even if you do floss routinely and assuming you floss correctly, it’s still very important to have regular visits with your dentist. If you’re in need of a professional cleaning or check-up, or if you just want to show off your healthy gums, call to schedule an appointment today.

 

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Posted on Friday 5th August 2022 at 12:56 pm

If You Only Brush Once a Day

Post by: Gerarda on 05 Jul 2022

Maintaining good oral hygiene takes among other things, regularly brushing your teeth. Tell me something I don´t know, you may say.

Dental associations around the world recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. That means brush after breakfast for two minutes and again at night for another two minutes. That is a whopping four minutes out of your day and yet not everyone follows this recommendation. More people than you might think actually go through the day only brushing once. While that is better than not brushing at all which is essentially 2% of the population, it actually increases your chances of incurring costly dental treatment later on.

Brushing your teeth twice a day as is suggested by dental professionals has a few advantages, it saves the embarrassment of having bad breath and stained teeth.

By brushing only once a day:

1. Cavities are almost a certainty and that increases your risk by 33%. When you brush your teeth, it helps to remove food particles and the sticky substance containing bacteria that forms on your teeth called plaque. This bacteria-containing plaque produces acid which attack tooth enamel and if not removed causes cavities.

2. Increases your chance of getting gum disease – only brushing once every 24 hours creates a feast for the existing bacteria in your mouth. The plaque that isn’t removed hardens and becomes tartar which makes it harder to keep the teeth clean. Tartar build-up on your gums leads to inflammation and bleeding gums that causes gum disease. This is also known as periodontal disease.

3. Can lead to more dental treatment. Needing a one-off filling is one thing and can happen to the best of us, but brushing only once a day almost guarantees more fillings and bigger fillings. Sometimes the tooth is decayed to the point of needing root canal treatment or a crown. Those costs can be avoided by adding another two minutes a day to your brushing routine.

One of the best ways to care for your teeth and gums is simple. Regular brushing. And that means twice a day. After meals.

Adding flossing to your routine is also beneficial, but that is for another day.

 

Three Types of Dental Imaging

Post by: Gerarda on 27 Jun 2022

The most common x-ray is the periapical or intraoral used in all aspects of dental care. It provides a lot of detail about individual teeth and allows the dentist to diagnose cavities and impacted teeth, check the health of the root of a tooth and the bone surrounding the tooth. The dentist can also see the status of emerging teeth and monitor the overall health of teeth and the jawbone. This is the type of x-ray your dentist will use during a dental examination or if you have a dental emergency.

A panoramic x-ray (OPG) is a 2-D dental x-ray that as the name implies is a single image that captures both the upper and lower jaws. It provides a wide view of the teeth, jaws and surrounding structures and tissues. It correspondingly gives valuable information about the maxillary sinuses, tooth position, tumours and degenerative joint disease. This type of x-ray is needed for planning implants, if there are any bone abnormalities, to assess the need for orthodontic treatment or for full or partial dentures. Panoramic x-rays are not good for detecting small cavities.

Cephalometric x-rays show a complete profile (side view) of your head, showing teeth, jaw, and surrounding structures. This type of x-ray helps a dental professional diagnose and plan treatment.

Cephalometric x-rays may be used to assess:

  • Impacted teeth
  • Problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • Broken teeth or jaws
  • Position of the jaw
  • Some cancers & tumours
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Sleep apnea