Uses, Dangers, and Side effects of Fluoride – Are Your Teeth Safe?

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You might have heard about fluoride being present in your toothpaste or tap water. Well, who hasn’t heard about it? But what is fluoride? Fluoride comes from the element fluorine, the first halogen of the periodic table. Fluoride is relatively unstable in itself. Therefore, it is usually present as a salt combined with soft metals. In this dental blog, we will be overviewing the advantages and disadvantages of fluoride in water and toothpaste and its possible adverse effects on the body.

Where is fluoride found?
Fluoride is present in almost all dental products, varying from toothpaste to mouthwashes or fluoride gels. In most countries, fluoride is also present in your tap water naturally or due to water fluoridation. Fluoridation of water refers to a process that involves adding fluoride to the public water supply. The most common form of fluoride found in these sources is the salt Sodium Fluoride (NaF).

Uses of Fluoride
Now that we know that fluoride is surrounding our teeth from all sides, we can dive into its uses. Since you are concerned for your teeth, we will focus on the mechanisms regarding fluoride’s role in tooth and enamel protection. Fluoride does it in a couple of ways:

  • Anti-bacterial action – the bacteria present in the mouth are culprits for many diseases, including cavities and dental caries. Fluoride inhibits the excess bacteria growth. First, it enters the bacterial cells and inhibits or stops their enzymes, restricting their growth. Moreover, It maintains an acidic environment in the mouth which is not favorable for bacterial growth. The bacteria, thus, have to use way more energy to fight the low pH and lose their ability to flourish.
  • Enhanced remineralization and reduced de-mineralization – mineralization of teeth simply means adding calcium, collagen, and phosphorus to the teeth’ enamel. Fluoride aids in the new mineralization of teeth and promotes retention of previous teeth minerals. This is also partly due to its antimicrobial properties. Decreased bacterial attachment to the teeth leads to stronger teeth.

Summing up, fluoride keeps you from getting dental caries and enamel loss. You might want to thank fluoride in your toothpaste for your strong and shiny teeth.

Side Effects of Fluoride
While most of us are only aware of the pros of fluoride, there are some cons too. The truth is that water fluoridation is a growing concern among health authorities as it poses health risks. The topical use of fluoride, i.e., via toothpaste and mouthwashes is deemed protective. Conversely, the ingestion of fluoride through fluoridated water brings about conditions such as fluorosis.

What is Fluorosis?
Fluorosis is a condition characterized by excess fluoride in your blood. This excess fluoride, unfortunately, attacks the enamel of your teeth from the inside. Fluorosis is concerning during a child’s development, the time teeth are forming and growing. This condition may appear as white spots or blotches on your teeth.

Apart from the teeth, ingestion of fluoride may cause problems with the gastrointestinal system like nausea, bloating, and diarrhea. Ingestions of excess fluoride salts are also linked with hypertension in some people.

Verdict
Generally speaking, fluoride is an essential element that has documented teeth-health benefits. In most developed countries, the amount of fluoride in water is controlled so it doesn’t cause any adverse effects. However, it is better to use fluoride via topical formulations like toothpaste and mouthwashes.

*If you or your loved ones are experiencing caries, tooth pain, or irritation in your teeth, contact us today (your las vegas smile dentist today). A shiny, healthy smile is enough for making someone’s day better. *

 

References:

  1. Aoun A, Darwiche F, Al Hayek S, Doumit J. The Fluoride Debate: The Pros and Cons of Fluoridation. Prev Nutr Food Sci. 2018;23(3):171-180. doi:10.3746/pnf.2018.23.3.171
  2. Fluoride and healthy teeth. Paediatr Child Health. 2002;7(8):575-584. doi:10.1093/pch/7.8.575

Dry Mouth – Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

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Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition where the salivary glands do not produce a sufficient amount of saliva, thus this lack of saliva gives off a dry and uncomfortable sensation in the mouth.

Saliva contains enzymes and immunoglobulins that are vital to our digestion process; it moistens and breaks down food which makes it easier to swallow. Also, saliva offers a constant washing effect that removes food debris and bacteria away from gums and teeth.

In the following article, we will cover the symptoms of dry mouth, its causes, and treatment options.

Symptoms of dry mouth

  • Constant feeling of thirst, especially at night.
  • Dry sensation in the mouth.
  • Bad breath.
  • Sore throat
  • Problems in speaking.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.
  • Frequent fungal infection.
  • Cracked lips, especially in mouth corners.
  • Red, sore and inflamed tongue.

Causes of dry mouth

  • Dehydration: This is when your body loses plenty of fluids, such as in cases of vomiting or excessive sweating. The salivary glands will try to preserve body fluids by reducing the amount of saliva produced.
  • Tobacco usage: lifestyle habits like smoking and chewing tobacco can further aggravate the symptoms of dry mouth.
  • Aging: Dry mouth is common in seniors; this can be due to health issues or as a side effect of the medication they are consuming.
  • Stress and anxiety: in these states, the body will produce a stress hormone that will negatively impact the salivary gland and lead to less saliva production.
  • Medication: Dry mouth is one of the common side effects of many drugs, such as antihypertensive, antimalaria, muscle relaxants and antidepressants.
  • Health problems: Having a dry mouth can be a symptom of an underlying medical issue such as diabetes, Sjogren syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, and anemia.
  • Radiation therapy: radiotherapy to the head and neck can directly damage the salivary glands, which results in reduced saliva production.
  • Nerve damage: sustaining an injury or having surgery to the head and neck region can cause damage to nerves and lead to dry mouth.

Complications

Dry mouth is a condition that should not be taken lightly and should be checked on your next dental checkup; not managing it can lead to serious complications like developing a sore mouth, gum inflammation, oral fungal infection, increased calculus formation on teeth and poor nutrition due to difficulty in chewing and swallowing.

Treatment options for dry mouth

 First, you need to take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing your teeth and flossing every day. Also, your dentist at Las Vegas Smile will recommend frequent checkups and cleaning appointments to remove calculus and bacteria; this will prevent caries and gum inflammation.

Secondly, you may be offered over-the-counter artificial saliva which will moisten the mouth. If dry mouth was a side effect of a medication you are currently taking, you will be referred to your physician to alter your medication to another type.

Finally, apply simple remedies to elevate dry mouth symptoms such as frequent sipping of water, chewing sugarless gum, avoiding tobacco usage, and limiting salt intake in your diet.

Foods & Drinks To Consume Post Dental Implant Surgery

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Many lives have been transformed by dental implants because of the freedom they now enjoy from the limitations that come with missing or damaged teeth. The delight of being able to consume items that were previously off-limits is one of the most significant changes we observe in our patients’ lives.

We love helping our patients achieve a healthy mouth, but please note that much as with real teeth, there are some things that might be more damaging to your teeth than others, such as beef jerky! There are a number of meals that are put on hold for a period of time following dental implant surgery.

Learning and understanding the long-term dos and don’ts of a diet that will keep your dental implants in good shape, as well as what to expect in terms of nutrition within the first few weeks after your implant surgery. All of this is critical to their long-term viability.

OUR PRIORITY IS TO ENSURE THAT THE NEW IMPLANTS ARE NOT OVER-STRESSED OR OVERLOADED.

In many circumstances, surgery and your new set of teeth can all be done in one day, but for good recovery, you’ll need to be mindful not to over-stress the dental  implants. As the implants heal, take extra steps to keep your mouth clean to help decrease the risk of infection.

As a reminder, even though the implants initially appear to be stable, they will take some time to become fully integrated into the bone. You can eat whatever you want once they integrate and heal. Meanwhile, you may refer to the following:

The Surgery Day
Even though you can eat right away after your dental implants are installed, it is important to note that your gums will be painful and potentially swollen for a few days following your operation. Directly following your operation, you need to eliminate chewy or crunchy meals and stick to soft foods.

You can consume soft meals right away after surgery and for the first several weeks, including:

  • Eggs scramble
  • Crepes
  • Quiche
  • Soft bread
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Meat that has been cooked until it is soft, such as in stews.
  • Macaroni, cheese, and pasta
  • Beans, cooked
  • Cut up cooked veggies to eat with a fork
  • Fish
  • Cooked chicken, sliced into little pieces
  • Smoothies should be consumed rather than sucked with a straw.
  • Strawberry, bananas, blueberries, oranges, and other soft fruits should be mashed during the first several days.
  • Apple sauce
  • Ice cream eaten with a spoon rather than swallowed via a straw
  • Protein shakes and beverages with no added sugar
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice
  • Sweet potatoes, mashed
  • Soft meats, such as meatballs and hamburger patties
  • Small chunks of soft bread
  • Soups

As a precaution for the first 24 to 72 hours, only eat soft foods and drinks. It might take some time for the implants to fuse with the bone and become stable and rock-solid. For the time being, simply keep in mind that softer is preferable.

THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS
All meals that are very crunchy or chewy should be avoided for a period of time following your implant procedure. So, while you may be eager to crunch into an apple, an ear of corn, or a bowl of corn chips and salsa, doing so may likely delay the healing of your implant for the first two weeks. The day will come, so wait for it. Keep in mind that this is a discussion regarding bone mending.

For the time being, avoid:

  • Everything from a straw
  • Crunchy foods like raw carrots, granola bars, and chips should be avoided until you have been given the all-clear to eat them!
  • Everything chewy, including dried fruits and gummy candies, as well as pizza crust and fibrous meats like beef and pork

THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS MAY NEED TO BE LIMITED DUE TO STAINING: COLORED FOOD AND DRINKS

Your new teeth will be able to tell the world what you’ve been drinking. Many of our favorite beverages might damage your newly bloomed pearly whites. The following are some of the most common sources of staining:

  • A hearty glass of merlot
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda in a variety of colors.
  • Mustard
  • Berries with a dark color (blueberries, blackberries)
  • Sauces made with tomatoes
  • Sauces with a curry flavor

To avoid stains, remember to practice excellent home care after ingesting these foods; nevertheless, we’re not recommending that you entirely avoid them. Rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking these items will help keep your teeth clean and avoid stains.

If you have any stains that have developed during your six-month cleaning sessions, our team of experts can assist you to remove them.

(Of course, you’ll still need to make teeth cleaning appointments.)

You will be able to eat everything you want once you have recovered from your dental implant operation!

Maintain a Healthful Diet
In order to have the finest oral health benefits, you should eat foods such as:

  • Meats that are low in fat
  • Fresh produce
  • Fruit that is fresh
  • Whole wheat
  • Legumes
  • Drink a lot of water.

How Eating can Affect the Mouth and Teeth?

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A fresh and glowing smile could be your biggest strength. Where ever we go or whoever we meet, a bright smile seals a good impression. On the contrary, if you experience conditions like pale teeth, broken or chipped teeth, or chapped lips it might be hard for you to make an astonishing appearance. Moreover, you could develop some gross diseases like gingivitis, tooth decay, caries, etc. that might cause you pain and discomfort.

Keeping regular mouth hygiene, along with dental visits and healthy food, is usually the most important factor determining your mouth and teeth health. On the flip side, certain eating habits can harm your mouth and teeth health badly. For instance, eating too much or too little potentially leads to various teeth problems and agony. However, you can read through the following article and know what eating habits can be detrimental to your oral health and how you can avoid them to look crisp and confident.

Not drinking enough water
If you hear someone stressing out about staying hydrated you should take note of that. Staying hydrated helps your lips look plump and fresh, your immune system gets stronger, and drinking water also helps wash the excess buildup around your gums and teeth. Keeping a bottle of water in your backpack will do you wonders.

Snacking too often
According to various surveys most people have a habit of brushing their teeth twice a day i.e., around their main meals. However, most people don’t brush or clean their teeth after having snacks around in the day. If you like to snack a lot for example eating chips, candies, and chocolates i.e., sticky food, you are likely to have a higher DMFT index (decayed, missing due to caries, and filled teeth).

Sticky components of the food like sugar or fats tend to stay around the gums and teeth eventually getting acted upon by bacteria. Inadequate removal of these bacteria and residual matter on the teeth leads to unhealthy mouth and teeth.

Eating at irregular times
Many people face a hectic routine in today’s competitive world making it difficult to meal regularly. Irregular meal times are associated with irregular mouth hygiene practices. Putting it simply, staying up late at night will likely force you to eat something and you are likely to forget brushing or mouth washing. Eventually, your teeth and mouth become unhealthy leading to various problems.

Eating processed food
The fast-food market is one of the ever-growing industries in the United States. Cheap and ready-to-eat meals are available apparently for people’s convenience, however, most of this food is processed and unhealthy. Processed food contains unhealthy carbs, fats, and inadequate amounts of protein. These foods frequently cause a build-up of plaque and debris in your mouth leading to a needed dental cleaning.

Healthy Mouth and Teeth
You can avoid eating processed food by doing meal-preps that include healthy, whole food which supports a healthy oral cavity. Replacing snacks with fruits or dry fruits can improve your oral and overall health. Lastly, meal-prepping instead of eating processed food is life-saving. Having a healthy physical, including oral, and mental body is the key to enjoying moments in life.

Healthier Options & Tips for Valentine’s Day

Dental Tips for Valentines Day

On the year’s most romantic holiday, the most popular gift to bestow your sweetheart is sweets.  Here are a few tips from your local dentist to satisfy your sweetheart without compromising their oral health.

Dark Chocolate & Teeth
Dark chocolate is known for being the “healthier” option, it contains less sugar than milk chocolate.   Studies have shown Cocoa contains valuable nutrients and minerals that may help prevent cavities and decrease the risk of tooth decay. Unlike sticky candies, dark chocolate easily dissolves in your mouth, allowing the chocolate to wash off your teeth.

Consider these additional tips for maintaining good oral health during this upcoming sweet holiday:

Brush immediately 
Brushing soon after eating candy helps avoid plaque and acid formation from sugar.  If a toothbrush & toothpaste are not available at that time you can simply swish and rinse teeth thoroughly using water.  Also using mouthwash is another temporary solution to help avoid tooth decay.

Avoid hard and sticky candy.
Sweets with higher sugar content cling longer on your teeth, causing harmful effects to your oral health. The faster it dissolves, the less time it takes to rinse away leftover sugar debris. Hard candy can chip or even break your teeth.

It is recommended to choose softer foods that provide plenty of nutrients and minerals and are not just sugar chunks. On the other hand, sticky candy can get stuck between teeth and gums, making it harder to remove. Such candies are not easily broken down with your saliva (at times, not even with brushing), staying in your mouth for an unhealthy amount of time.

Make it a one-time event
From an oral health perspective, having sweet treats in one sitting (and then brushing) is better than munching on candy for the entire day, making it more likely for bacteria to produce acid that causes tooth decay.

Moderation is key
The more sugar you have, the risk increases for tooth decay. When considering oral health, limiting sugar consumption is the ideal solution for all. In addition, it is also helpful to avoid extra sugar content that is not naturally found in your food or diet!

As previously mentioned, dark chocolate is the healthier option, although excess consumption is menacing for overall health. Being high in calories, it is recommended to eat one to two ounces of dark chocolate in a day to achieve the best oral hygiene.

Reduce exposure time
Even though the oral damage varies for each candy, it is never a good idea to eat an excessive amount.  Choosing candies that quickly dissolve and melt away limits the amount of sugar exposure in your mouth.

Instead of sugar straws or lollipops, sugar-free candies are a better option for oral health. Plain dark chocolates are preferable over milk chocolates with a sugary filling like cherry or caramel!

Bottom Line
Valentine is the time for celebrating sentimental moments with your significant other. Also, your teeth need extra love and attention to help combat the sweets. Keep your smile bright and white by selecting healthier options, while still your satisfying cravings.

New Year’s resolutions to improve your dental health

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A New Year means another birthday, another favorite holiday and another chance to make that perfect smile a reality!

A New Year is also a time to reflect on past events and look towards the future with positive changes in mind – especially when it comes to overall health. We normally pay attention to the health of our bodies, which is fine, but we easily overlook that our teeth are also a fundamental part of our overall health.

Regular visits to the dentist are great for catching certain conditions in their early stages or even before they present themselves. Conditions like oral cancer or gum abscess can be detected and addressed correctly if taken care of by a dental health professional as soon as possible.

Daily care is most crucial to keeping healthy teeth and gums. Regular daily brushing is a great start! People who brush twice a day tend to have much better oral health as they are knocking out bad bacteria and plaque more often but there is another opportunity to take it one step further!

Some foods and beverages are high in damaging elements – sugar and acid. Sugar and acid are very common in most food items available and are, unfortunately, damaging to dental and oral health. Acid can stain teeth and make them appear yellow while also eroding protective layers of enamel and exposing sensitive parts of the tooth. Sugar can aid the growth of bacteria that can cause bad breath, tooth decay and even gingivitis. A good way to combat these effects is by chewing gum approved by the ADA, the American Dental Association. Another way is to brush after consuming high sugar or high acid foods and drinks.

Increasing calcium intake is a great way to keep teeth healthy and strong. Teeth are bones, plain and simple and thus require all the things bones need to keep themselves doing their best. Consuming the appropriate amount of calcium for maintaining bone (or tooth) strength can help reduce instances of tooth decay, chipped teeth and teeth falling out from being too weak.

Having a straight smile can be attractive and trust worthy but not only that! Crooked teeth can make it harder to chew food and may result in jaw problems later on. Crooked teeth are also harder to brush properly and can be a place for bacteria and plaque to hide away and do more damage.

If a great smile is on the list of New Year Resolutions, getting braces or invisalign will be a great step forward. New years are a great chance to start a new routine with a new, better smile!

Vitamins and Minerals That Help Strengthen Teeth

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There are many ways that you can help strengthen your teeth with proper oral care and regular dental office visits topping the list. However, you can also use vitamins and minerals that will keep your teeth healthier than brushing and flossing alone. After all, nutrition affects every cell, tissue, and system in your body. It stands to reason that vitamins and minerals can help strengthen teeth and minimize the risk of periodontal disease, cavities, chips, cracks, and losing teeth over time.

There are many factors that can lead to tooth decay, but we can maintain a healthy oral hygiene by following a few guidelines and take the right vitamins and minerals. Some people consider supplementation unnecessary if they eat a varied diet, but it is difficult to know if you get all dental health-boosting nutrients or not. Add these vitamins and minerals to your daily regimen and reap the benefits of long-term tooth health.

Calcium
Do you remember a parent or grandparent always telling you to drink your milk so you would have strong teeth and bones? The calcium found in dairy products, leafy greens, and legumes is an important element in building and maintaining strong teeth. After all, this mineral forms the foundation of all tooth parts including the ultra-strong enamel that protects the softer inner portion from infection and damage.

Phosphorus
A popular nutrient in meat, fish, and eggs, phosphorus is a key factor in building or rebuilding strong tooth enamel. While this can help prevent cavities and cracks to begin with, may also be instrumental in protecting teeth that have already been drilled, filled, or otherwise repaired by your dentist.

Vitamin D
Not only is vitamin D important for all body systems, tissue growth and repair, and anti-inflammatory properties, but it is also essential for the proper absorption of calcium. In other words, if you do not take this vitamin with your calcium, the mineral will not be able to do its job effectively. Besides, vitamin D deficiency has been closely linked to gum disease, which is closely associated with weak and cavity prone teeth.

Vitamin C
One of the most common antioxidants helps fight oral bacteria and inflammation. It also promotes collagen production, which positively affects both the softer dentin below the enamel of your teeth and gum tissue. Although you can take vitamin C supplements, it is also commonly found in citrus fruit and dark leafy greens like kale.

Vitamin A
While not closely associated with strong teeth, vitamin A plays a very important role in overall oral health. It provides many benefits for the mucous membranes inside your mouth, helps with healthy saliva production, and encourages healing. All of these things make it much easier for your gums and therefore teeth to stay healthy. It can also play an important role in the healing process after anything from a vigorous dental cleaning to oral surgery.

To maximize the strength of your teeth and promote lifelong oral health, be sure to get sufficient levels of these essential vitamins and minerals. Combined with effective tooth brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist, they offer the perfect recipe for a healthy, attractive, and long-lasting smile.

Protect Teeth While Enjoying Halloween Candy

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Should children give up their trick-or-treat candy for the health of their teeth? No! All the avoiding sugary treats is generally a good idea to help prevent plaque buildup and cavities, Halloween candy is perfectly fine as long as proper dental hygiene rules are followed. These tips will help maximize enjoyment of the holiday without compromising your kids’ teeth and oral health.

Do Not Forbid Eating Candy Completely

Have you noticed that the moment you take something away from your kids, they want it more than ever? If you let your kids go trick-or-treating, taking away all the candy would not be fair. They are more likely to eat it in secret and not practice good dental health afterward.

Instead of refusing treats, limit the number of pieces they can eat per day and only allow them at certain times. This still gives them the enjoyment of picking out their favorites for snack or dessert but you can monitor their teeth cleaning afterward.

Stay Away from Very Sticky or Hard Treats

The absolute worst type of candy for teeth includes any that are hard and sticky like lollipops, Jolly Ranchers, or jawbreakers. These types of sweets have three main problems. Their hard structure may chip or crack teeth if your child bites them. The stickiness attaches to the teeth and can either damaged the enamel or cause physical problems. Since hard candy takes a while to dissolve, the sugar and acid stays on the teeth and gums longer and provides more fuel for plaque growth. Gummy candy also has the two latter problems, so be careful when your children eat this type as well.

Enjoy Sweet Treats After a Meal

While snacks and desserts are usually eaten after meals anyway so they do not ruin the appetite for healthy food, this is also a good idea for oral hygiene. Eating lunch or dinner triggers the production of saliva. This can actually help break down sugars in candy so it is metabolized away from the surface of the teeth and gums instead of sticking around longer.

Drink or Swish With Clean Water

Avoid sugary beverages when your children are already consuming a lot of sweet candy. If they are not able to brush and floss their teeth immediately, at least have them swish a few mouthfuls of water to remove some of the residue. This also helps with proper hydration.

Brush and Floss Right Away

By the time they are old enough to trick-or-treat, children should have begun the habit of brushing and flossing their teeth after they eat anything. The youngest may still need help developing good oral hygiene routines. As soon as the candy is finished, make sure they do a thorough cleaning job. This is especially important if they eat a hard, sticky, or gummy candy as mentioned above.

All children should enjoy their sweets as long as you put some ground rules in place. Schedule an appointment at Las Vegas Smile Dental Center to make sure your child’s teeth and gums are the healthiest they can be.

Causes of a Loose Tooth

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While losing a tooth as a child may elicit positive feelings and a visit from the tooth fairy, this occurrence as an adult has serious negative repercussions. Understand why loose teeth happen and the treatment options that can help prevent tooth loss over time.

Loose Teeth Causes and Dental Treatments to Prevent Tooth Loss

One of the leading causes of loose or missing teeth as an adult is trauma. Of course, if you experience an accident or attack, you may experience dental problems. Possible outcomes include cracked teeth, stretched ligaments designed to hold your teeth in their sockets firmly, and shifting due to the force of the impact. If this happens, contact your dentist as soon as possible for help. There are other preventable or treatable conditions that contribute to these issues, however.

Periodontal Disease

Any type of periodontal disease like gingivitis or periodontitis may cause loose teeth over time. These involve inflammation, infection, or breakdown of the gums, soft tissues, teeth, and supporting bones. In the initial stages when gums separate from the teeth, more spaces and gaps for bacteria and plaque to accumulate speeds up the problem. Any of these situations can progress rapidly and result in losing teeth in the long run. In order to prevent this eventual problem, address the first signs of gingivitis before it advances. Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding, swelling, and pain. Once periodontitis sets in or teeth begin to loosen, your dentist can still offer solutions like scaling, deep cleaning, root planing, or surgery to reduce gum pockets and more.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Pregnant women may experience changes to their dental health due to the increased activity of certain hormones. Gingivitis, which is defined as gum inflammation, is a possible outcome. If you notice streaks of blood when you brush your teeth or floss, speak with your dentist about your options. Untreated pregnancy gingivitis may transform into periodontitis over time. This, in turn, may result in loose teeth and more serious dental issues.

Osteoporosis

Deterioration, demineralization, and weakening of bone that often affects older people also has an impact on the jawbone and its ability to hold teeth securely. As the strength of the alveolar process, the part of the bone that holds teeth, dwindles, it becomes more difficult for the soft tissues to hold them in place. According to the National Institute of Health, the risk of loose teeth increases threefold for women diagnosed with osteoporosis.[i]

If your medical doctor has given you this diagnosis or put you in a high-risk category, make an appointment with your dentist to discuss the possible repercussions. Make sure to tell your dentist about medications you take to prevent potentially damaging side effects like osteonecrosis. This condition can cause teeth to loosen when certain treatments counteract anti-resorptive prescriptions.

If you experience loose or missing teeth as an adult, it is a cause for major concern. In many cases, Las Vegas Smile Center can save your loose teeth with proper treatment. Many options exist for missing teeth these days, too. The most important tip is to make a dental appointment quickly to address the problem before it gets worse.

 


[i] https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/bone-health/oral-health/oral-health-and-bone-disease

Oral Health and Drinks

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A beautiful smile starts with beautiful teeth. However, beautiful teeth have many adversaries found in foods & drinks.  Likewise, there are things that are good for teeth that come from food and beverages as well. The difference between stain and decay or white and shiny can all come down to a single sip.

So, what drinks can be labeled an ‘enemy’ of teeth-kind? First on our list are common breakfast drinks – coffee and citrus drinks like orange juice. Both of these drinks are highly acidic which means that they can cause decay of tooth enamel, increase the risk of tooth erosion and increase the quantity of bacteria all in one go. Coffee is also commonly known to stain teeth and citric beverages often have lots of added sugars which can cling to teeth and cause decay, erosion and encourage the growth of harmful bacteria. Another common beverage that is both acidic and sugary is soda. Soda can cause tooth erosion, decay enamel, increase bacteria and even stain teeth in a single sitting.

On the other hand, drinks like milk, tea and water are beneficial to the health of a beautiful smile. Teeth are bones, despite how much people do not want to think about it. Milk and bones have a special relationship where most of the minerals bones need to grow stronger come from milk.

Black and Green Tea naturally has plenty of things good for the body and soul and also teeth! Chemicals in tea are not corrosive and can help reduce the risk of tooth erosion and gum disease. Water as well is a natural mouth rinse can reduce the risk of dry mouth.

Despite how good something is for teeth, basic dental care such as flossing and brushing and visiting the dentist are still pivotal to a bright and beautiful smile.