Drinking too many drinks that are acidic can be damaging to your teeth. With so many drink choices it can be hard to determine which ones are good for you. You may be saying, “I’m ok I drink flavored water”. The truth is flavored water can be just as harmful as drinking soda or juices. To determine the acidity, we need to look at the pH, the lower the pH, the more acidic, and the likelier to cause harm and tooth erosion. The American Dental Association recommends minimizing the amount of these drinks we consume, instead the best drink would be plain water. When that thirst kicks in, think healthy teeth and reach for some refreshing water!
Are you an ice cube chewer? If so we encourage you to quit this bad habit! You may think there is no harm in this but because ice is a crystal as is your tooth enamel, when they rub against each other one is going to break. Yes, most of the time it will be the ice, but sometimes it will be your tooth or a filling that will break. To help you break this habit we suggest you drink your beverages with no ice as well as use a straw.
Experts are warning that woman who loose teeth after menopause are at a higher risk of an early death. Major studies done are suggesting gum disease and the loss of teeth are a red flag indicator of severe health problems. For seven years scientists tracked 57,000 post-menopausal women. They found those women with gum disease were 12 percent more likely to die during that study period. The chance of dying increased to 17 percent for those who lost their teeth. Researchers are warning that gum disease may be an indicator of other problems in the body such as type II diabetes and heart disease. These researchers are encouraging women to go and have a dental screening to try to ward off any future problems. Dr. Nichols and her experienced team can screen you for periodontal disease and put you on the right path to maintain healthy teeth and gums! Keep your teeth and body healthy, schedule your dental check-up today!
Stop go get those scissors! Don’t open that bag up with your teeth! Your teeth were made for eating, not to be used as a pair of scissors or as an extra set of hands when your hands are full. Using your teeth as tools puts you at greater risk for cracking your teeth, injuring your jaw or the possibility of accidentally swallowing something you shouldn’t. So do your teeth a favor and ask for help before using them as tools.
According to reports the FDA will be issuing a new proposal for regulating homeopathic medicines. The focus will be on products that pose the biggest safety risks, including those that are used for children with serious diseases. Understandably there are some that prefer to use alternative methods, but it is the FDA’s responsibility to protect you from products that have no real benefit, especially those that may cause harm! The FDA will focus on those homeopathic products that are being marketed for the use of serious diseases and illnesses that have been proven to offer no clinical benefit. Unfortunately many have placed their trust and money into these homeopathic medicines only to receive no benefit or even worse, irreparable harm ! In 2016 the FDA alerted the ADA of homeopathic tablets and gels being used for teething that had the potential to cause harm! We recommend looking for the ADA seal of approval when purchasing products to treat your mouth.
So many of you are putting off scheduling your routine dental check-up. Many think skipping there dental visit will help save them money. Putting off your dental treatment is not only bad for your health, but it will wind up costing you more in the end! Would you skip doing an oil change on your car? I’m sure the answer would be no! Skipping routine maintenance may save you a little money but eventually neglecting these upkeep costs will lead to a breakdown that will become a major expense for you. Similarly keeping up with your routine dental check-ups will help prevent bigger, more expensive problems from occurring. Do not delay call today and schedule your cleaning and check-up!
For those of you who like to snack or graze throughout the day, you are at a greater risk for tooth decay. Cavity causing bacteria feed off the leftover food on your teeth producing an acid that attacks the outer layer of your tooth causing cavities. The more you eat during the day the greater the risk for tooth decay. Eating well balanced meals will help you feel fuller longer and will help reduce snacking. If you do snack try to make it low in sugar. When eating sugary snack’s, you should drink a glass of water to help wash away any left overs. We recommend brushing and flossing daily as well as routine dental check- ups to ensure a healthy mouth!
Did you know that your teeth can get chipped or cracked from you grinding and clenching your teeth? Feeling muscle tenderness, joint pain and not being able to open your mouth wide are also related to the grinding and clenching of your teeth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms there are relaxation exercises you can do as well as having a customized mouth guard made. This will not only help you sleep better but you will experience less soreness, pain and the potential harming of your teeth. Call Dr. Nichols office today for your customized mouth guard!
We encourage you to brush twice daily for at least two minutes. While you are brushing make sure not to brush too hard. We know some are enthusiastic and feel the harder you brush the better. That is not the case when it comes to brushing your teeth. Brushing too hard can damage your teeth and irritate the gums. We recommend you brush with a ADA seal approved soft toothbrush, using a gentle circular motion, think massage.
Many of us do things with our teeth that we really should not be doing. These habits may seem harmless but, they can be harmful to your teeth. How many of you when feeling stressed bite your nails? A very common nervous habit that may not only chip your teeth, but due to the constant protruding position and pressure placed on the jaw, can cause jaw dysfunction. To help hinder this habit you can try using a bitter tasting nail polish. When encountering situations that may cause stress try holding something to keep your fingers busy. Whatever works to keep you from biting your nails do it! Your teeth and jaw thank you.