The holiday season and Taking Care of Your Teeth

The holiday season can wreak havoc on your teeth. Whether you’re sipping hot chocolate or toasting marshmallows by the fireplace, indulging in wintertime treats can lead to cavities and tooth decay down the line. There’s definitely no shortage of sugary treats this time of year. From candy canes to dreidels full of chocolate coins, sweets are a holiday staple. Unfortunately, eating sugar encourages the development of tooth decay, including cavities. Sugar consumption is also tied to the development of plaque and periodontal disease. Continue Reading →

Baby Teething, Diet and a Baby’s Dental Health

When will your baby’s first pearly white start to poke through? Most babies get their first tooth at around 6 months, but your chompers may appear as early as 3 months or as late as 14, depending on such factors as when Mom and Dad started sprouting teeth and whether or not your baby was a preemie (preemies tend to teethe on the late side). How babies experience teething can vary widely, too. Some have teething symptoms — such as excessive drooling and crankiness — weeks before a tooth actually emerges, while others show no signs at all. Continue Reading →

Tooth tips for 0-2 year olds

Research shows if a child has dental decay at a young age that they are likely to have dental decay as an adult. The health benefits of good oral health are immense; getting children actively involved in looking after their oral health from an early age improves both their oral and general health as adults. When a baby is born, the first set of teeth is already there, just under the gums. The arrival of a baby’s first tooth is always an exciting time! The front teeth usually begin to come through the gums between six and twelve months. Over the next 2 years the remaining ‘baby’ teeth will appear. By the time a child is 3 years old all 20 baby teeth will have arrived. These teeth are very important for eating, talking and smiling. They also keep spaces for the adult teeth. Continue Reading →

How to Care for Teeth and Gums During Pregnancy

You need to take extra care of your teeth and gums during pregnancy because you are more prone to gum disease. During pregnancy the increase in hormone production causes your gums to become extra sensitive to the bacteria in plaque. Poor dental job leads to plaque build up on teeth. Bearing this in mind, it is really up to you to prevent or control this problem. Continue Reading →

Myths and Facts About Cavities

Check the myths and facts below to find out how cavities are caused, prevented, and treated. The truth is, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities. However, these bacteria are triggered to make acid when you eat anything with carbohydrates — and sugar is a carb. Rice, potatoes, bread, fruits, and vegetables are also carbs. Once the acid eats into your tooth, the bacteria have a nice little hole to live in where your toothbrush and floss can’t reach. The bacteria continue to metabolize carbs and produce acids — and your cavity just keeps getting bigger.

Here’s an important fact. It’s not the amount of carbs you eat that causes tooth decay, but the length of time your teeth are exposed. If you eat a lot of carbs for lunch, that’s one big exposure. But if you spend the day sipping sugary drinks, that’s continuous exposure — and much more unhealthy for your teeth. Continue Reading →

Preventing and Treating Gum Problems

Healthy teeth depend on healthy gums. Gums protect the base of the teeth, where connective tissue anchors them to bone. Left untreated, gum problems can lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to keep gums healthy. Gum disease takes two forms: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis occurs when bacteria collect in tiny pockets at the gum line, causing inflammation. The most common symptoms are bleeding when teeth are brushed and persistent bad breath. Gingivitis accounts for about 70% of gum disease. Periodontitis makes up the other 30%. If gingivitis goes untreated, the inflammation can invade connective tissue and even bone. This causes periodontitis. Continue Reading →