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What Dry Mouth Can Do to Your Teeth
Posted on 12/30/2018 by Karl Olson
Dry mouth is an issue that can be caused by a number of different medications and medical conditions. These conditions, which include Parkinson's Disease and Diabetes, can cause various health problems, but most people don't consider how dry mouth will affect their teeth. Dry mouth occurs when there is a little or no saliva in the mouth, leading to many different problems. How Does Dry Mouth Affect Teeth?When you're dealing with dry mouth, it may not be a big deal if it's only a short-term issue. If it's not, though, it will begin affecting your teeth. When you have plenty of saliva, it will help wash away food particles, preventing them from getting stuck in your teeth and causing bacteria growth. Saliva also neutralizes acids that can damage your teeth. Chronic dry mouth will eventually lead to bad breath, but it can also cause more serious issues. Because you don't have enough saliva to wash away bacteria, your teeth will begin to decay. The enamel of your teeth will break down without saliva, which helps to repair enamel following eating and drinking. Eventually, this exposes the inner layer of the teeth known as dentin and, later, the roots of the teeth. When that happens, you'll know it—you'll have pain in the tooth. Dry Mouth and Gum DiseaseBesides leading to tooth decay, dry mouth can also cause gum disease. Without saliva to cleanse the gums, bacteria begin to build up and damage the gums. As more bacteria get stuck around the gum line, your gums can begin to become inflamed and lead to toothache. If you're dealing with dry mouth, don't assume it's a minor issue that won't have any long-term consequences. It can be quite serious, so you should call today to make an appointment. We will help determine the cause of dry mouth and come up with a strategy to combat it....
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What Does the Most Damage to Your Tooth's Enamel?
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Karl Olson
There are many activities, foods, and drinks that can damage the enamel of your teeth. If you want to maintain healthy, white enamel for as long as possible, you'll need to know what they are so that you can avoid them. These are some of the most common. Soda Soda is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to enamel erosion. It is highly acidic, containing citric phosphoric acids. When consumed regularly, these beverages can cause erosion or thinning of the enamel. Gastrointestinal ProblemsIf you suffer from acid reflux, you may not realize the toll this condition is taking on your teeth. Stomach acids move into the mouth and wreak havoc on your teeth, causing the enamel to wear away. If you suffer from acid reflux, you need treatment to prevent long-term dental problems. Putting Non-Food Items in Your Mouth Do you have a habit of chewing on pens at work or at school? Do you use your teeth as tools to open packages? If either of these scenarios sounds like you, you may be putting your enamel at risk. The teeth aren't intended for these purposes, and the excess strain could damage your enamel. Teeth GrindingGrinding the teeth either while you are asleep or awake puts considerable pressure onto the enamel. When you grind your teeth, the enamel will begin to wear down, putting them at risk for tooth decay. If you struggle with clenching and grinding, let us know so that we can find a suitable treatment option. Over-WhiteningMost people want whiter teeth, but over-using whitening systems can actually damage the enamel. If you whiten too often with too many products, you may cause the enamel to thin. Eventually this will lead to sensitivity and discomfort. Do you have questions about the health of your enamel? If so, give us a call today to set up your evaluation....
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Common Procedures That Fall Under Restorative Dentistry
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Karl Olson
Restorative dentistry is the branch of our profession that helps people who want to improve the look of their teeth or those who need reconstructive surgery after an accident. There are many procedures we can use to help you reach your goals depending on your specific situation. Types of Restorative Dentistry ProceduresOur goal is not only to make your smile look beautiful to others, but to restore the functionality of all your teeth, so you can improve your quality of life and feel confident when doing everyday tasks. Some of the procedures we use in restorative dentistry are: In general, we can use one or more restorative dentistry procedures to help patients who want to improve their smiles for cosmetic reasons or those who need to have these procedures for health reasons. We offer a free consultation to discuss your dental issues and what methods we can use to help you....
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