Robert and Jamie would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Andres Pappa and Dr. Sarah Carlisle for extending their invitation to the Mississippi Dental Association’s annual meeting. They greatly enjoyed seeing everyone. Gator Ceramics knows the future of the association is in great hands under the leadership of president elect, Dr. Pappa. We look forward to being a part of the exciting things to come, in the great state of Mississippi. Thanks again from all of us at Gator Ceramics!
Indications of Tooth Decay
In order to spot a problem, you must first know what to look for! Tooth decay is a common occurrence in children and adults. It’s caused by plaque forming on your teeth, staying on your teeth and eventually, breaking them down.
Plaque will begin to form if you don’t properly clean your teeth to rid them of starches and sugars. If these substances are left on your teeth, bacteria will begin to grow and form plaque. At this time, you can still clean your teeth with the right products to break down and remove plaque. If you don’t remove the plaque, however, it can harden into something called tartar. This will make the plaque even harder to remove.
If the plaque is not removed, it will continue to cause damage. The acid in plaque erodes and makes holes in the enamel that protects your teeth. These tiny holes are known as cavities. The bacteria can reach through cavities to the next layer of your teeth and cause sensitivity.
If your teeth feel sensitive, this will be a big indicator of a cavity or early sign of tooth decay. You should go to your dentist to see what the cause of the sensitivity is. If left untreated, the bacteria will march on, to the inner tooth material that contains your nerves and blood vessels. This can cause even more pain, as swelling develops and expands within and even outside of the tooth.
Be aware of the food you eat and be sure to properly clean your teeth to stop plaque from forming. If you remove the starches and sugars before they turn to plaque, you will not have to worry about all the troubles that it can cause down the line.
Don’t forget to visit your dentist for a professional cleaning once a year! Some dentists will even recommend that you get a cleaning twice a year to help keep your teeth healthy and plaque free!
Holiday Treats and Happy Teeth!
The holidays are still in full swing! Tis the season for hot cocoa, candy canes and sweet, decadent holiday pastries! While many indulge and worry about the effect these goodies have on our waistline, we forget about the effect our sugary treats have on our teeth.
If you eat solid sugars like pies, cakes and cookies; it’s a good idea to brush afterwards. Chewing foods laden with sugar can leave larger-than-normal amounts of sugar residue on your teeth. You also should remember that liquid treats, such as cocoa, egg nog and carbonated drinks also contain sugar. Sugar consumed in a liquid form can reach every nook and cranny of your mouth and will require a more thorough cleaning.
Your saliva will not wash away sugar residue, so bacteria will begin to eat away at your enamel. Over time, sugar can break down the enamel of your teeth and cause cavities and erosion. In cases of severe erosion, you may even experience extreme changes in your bite, a significant reduction in the size of your back teeth and even tooth loss!
Be sure to follow your daily brushing and flossing routine! If you have consumed a lot of sugar, it is a good idea to step it up a notch and clean your teeth after that sugary snack! In general, you can try and reduce the amount of sugar you eat and drink. You won’t want to cut back on your cleaning because a food label says that it is “low-sugar” or “sugar-free.” Many of these low-sugar or sugar-free products use artificial sweeteners. There are potential health risks associated with use of artificial sweeteners. Research shows they can still create an acidic environment in your mouth.
There are many pictures to take and memories to make this holiday season! Don’t let the magic of the holidays distract you from having a bright smile!
Should I floss?
Last week we discussed the importance of brushing and how you should choose a brush that will access those hard to reach areas. Well, even with the right brush, there are areas between the teeth that can only be reached by flossing. Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease. Flossing will help remove plaque from spaces your brush can’t get to, giving you a thorough cleaning and healthy mouth.
How should I floss?
Now that we’ve established the reason for flossing, you will want to make sure you are doing it properly. Please make sure you are flossing daily, in a gentle sawing motion, between all of your teeth. It does not take much time to do, but you will want to take care in the way you do it. Snapping the floss can cause trauma to the tissue. The floss should be angled so it hugs the tooth in a “c” shape. Gently slide the floss up and down the surface of the tooth making sure it goes slightly below the gum line. You can either brush your teeth before or after you floss. The focus here is not the order in which you floss, just that you clean between your teeth every day.
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