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.
According to a CNN report some people are claiming apple cider vinegar is beneficial in treating diabetes, controlling weight loss, and is good for your teeth. Apple cider vinegar is being used not only as a mouth rinse but some are using it to whiten their teeth. The ADA does not promote such use! Why? Due to the acidic nature of apple cider vinegar, it can cause wear on your tooth enamel, the protective coating that helps prevent you from getting cavities thus increasing your risk for tooth decay. If you want to keep your mouth healthy and have whiter brighter teeth the ADA recommends brushing twice daily while using a mouth rinse and toothpaste that is ADA seal approved!
Activated Charcoal used in emergency rooms to help absorb poison in the stomach as well as prevent overdoses, is now being sold across the nation as a beauty supply. This powerful black, fine odorless and tasteless substance when ingested will bind to anything. Activated charcoal is now being promoted as a health/ beauty product you can drink to cleanse your body or use as a scrub to whiten your teeth. Activated charcoal is so porous that once it’s in the stomach it only attaches to what’s in your stomach not anywhere else, so there are no toxins being pulled from the rest of the body. In fact you may be removing vitamins and healthy nutrients needed to keep your body healthy! If you are taking supplements or medication it may interact with them and flush them out of your body. As far as whitening your teeth with this activated black charcoal there is no proof that this works , in fact the companies promoting the use of it have no before or after pictures supporting such claims. So before you decide to use this product as a detox you should consult with your doctor. If you are looking for whiter brighter teeth schedule a visit with Dr. Nichols , she can show you which whitening system would be best for you!
When we think about what an attractive smile looks like these features may come to your mind: straightness, cleanliness and whiteness! Are you unhappy with your smile? You can have the smile you desire. Dentistry has come a long way with a wide range of cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic procedures include bleaching, bonding, veneers, reshaping and contouring. You may be interested in whiter brighter teeth. At Dr. Nichols office we offer a variety of bleaching systems to choose from even for those you with sensitive teeth. If you have gaps, chipped teeth or want to change the color of your teeth on a more permanent level, then veneers (a thin shell of porcelain placed on your tooth) crowns (a porcelain/gold tooth shaped covering) or bonding (a tooth colored material) may be the treatment option for you. For those patients with healthy teeth seeking a subtle changes in their smile, teeth reshaping or contouring can be done to alter the length, shape or position of the teeth. No matter which dental procedure you may choose to have done, it’s extremely important you floss and brush daily to help maintain healthy teeth and gum tissue. Call Dr Nichols office for your complimentary consultation today and Smile with confidence!