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Your diet can affect your teeth almost as much as your dental care routine. Eating sugary, acidic, and starchy foods exposes your teeth to decay-causing bacteria and softens tooth enamel, but you can choose foods that avoid, or even counteract the harmful properties of foods like sour candy.
A Dose of Dairy
Both cheese and yogurt contain casein, a protein that helps to fortify the surface of teeth so well that dentists prescribe casein-containing treatments to patients with cavity problems. Cheese and yogurt are also high in calcium, a tooth-healthy element, and cheese can even neutralize the acidic effects of some foods.
Fibrous vegetables are low in sugar and acid, and they require more chewing than soft foods, which stimulates saliva production. Saliva helps keep teeth healthy and clean, and the vegetables lend a hand. Fibers in vegetables such as to celery help scrape plaque off teeth as you chew.
The xylitol found in some kinds of sugarless gum is a friend of teeth. Unlike sugar, which eats away at teeth, xylitol eats away at sugar, stopping bacteria from reproducing in your mouth. Chewing gum also pushes and pulls build-up off your tooth surfaces.
Most public water sources are fluoridated. Fluoride consumptions allows teeth to replace minerals they lose to acid attacks from various foods, so drinking this element in your water is another great reason to work towards your eight glasses a day.
Sesame seeds and oil help strengthen your teeth and kill gingivitis-causing plaque buildup. Try sesame oil as a cooking oil, or use it just like mouthwash for its bacteria-killing properties.
A good dental diet needs to be paired with regular dental care. Comfort Care Dental in Chandler offers cosmetic, family, and orthodontic dental services that keep your teeth healthy. You can find out more by calling us at (480) 719-7944 or by visiting us on the Web.
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Regular dental cleanings are a vital part of good oral and overall health. While brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled brush and flossing each night before bed go a long way to keeping your smile healthy and white, only your dentist can treat more serious problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. During your dental cleaning, your dentist will also provide an oral cancer screening and create a customized treatment plan for any oral health problems. Regular dental cleanings also keep your mouth free of stains from coffee, berries, tea, and tobacco.
Whether you need to schedule a dental check-up or want to learn more about your cosmetic options for whitening or straightening your teeth, give Chandler’s Comfort Care Dental a call at (480) 719-7944. Our dentists provide orthodontic care, cosmetic services, and general dentistry to patients throughout Arizona. You can also visit our website for more information about our services.
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For children, losing a tooth is an exciting event. Unfortunately, tooth loss as an adult can affect your cosmetic appearance and self-esteem. In many cases, tooth loss indicates a more serious oral health problem or is a side effect of a chronic illness. Protect your oral health by reviewing these common causes of tooth loss.
When gingivitis, a form of gum disease, becomes more advanced, dentists refer to this serious condition as periodontal disease. If left untreated, the painful, bleeding, and swollen gums associated with gingivitis develop into periodontitis, a more advanced form of gum disease. Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults today, and can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth and the bones surrounding your teeth to weaken. If you have chronic bad breath, red or painful gums, sensitive teeth, or loose teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away.
Diabetes is another major cause of tooth loss, and patients who suffer from type 2 diabetes are at an especially heightened risk for oral infections and periodontal disease. Diabetes can cause a loss of bone and connective tissue in the mouth, leading to tooth loss. In some studies, chronic high blood pressure has also been linked to tooth loss.
Serious injuries are another common cause of tooth loss. Trauma to the face may occur during an athletic competition, in an automobile accident, or even after a physical altercation. If you have had a tooth knocked out, seek emergency dental care immediately. While your dentist may not be able to save the original tooth, they will be able to guide you through your restorative options and ensure that your wound does not become infected.
Thanks to recent developments in modern cosmetic dentistry, an experienced dentist can restore your smile after tooth loss. Comfort Care Dental is proud to offer a wide range of treatments, including crowns and bridges, dental implants, dentures, and veneers to remedy missing or chipped teeth. Call our Chandler, AZ office at (480) 719-7944 to learn more.
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Cavities are holes in your tooth enamel caused by acids. As you will learn in this video, it’s important to visit your dentist at the first sign of tooth decay to avoid infection or even tooth loss.
During the process of breaking down food, the bacteria in your mouth naturally form a sticky, colorless film called plaque on your tooth enamel. If plaque is not cleaned away, plaque acids can attack tooth enamel. One of the early signs of tooth decay is the appearance of tiny white spots on the teeth where the enamel has lost mineral.
If your tooth decay has progressed into a cavity, visit a dentist to discuss your treatment options. Comfort Care Dental of Chandler offers our Arizona clients a wide range of general dentistry and cosmetic services. Call us today at (480) 719-7944 to schedule an appointment.