Here’s a Winter Fact Sheet with tips and information for keeping teeth healthy this holiday season, brought to you by Roy York Dentistry and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
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I am certain that everyone has heard some sort of coffee humor.
“I will not be seen until I have my coffee.”
“For your protection let me drink my coffee first.”
“Good ideas start with coffee.”
“I will dwell in the house of mochas, forever.”
“Give me this day my daily brew.”
“Caffeine is my shepherd I shall not doze.”
Good News for all you coffee connoisseurs that need your morning “Cup of Joe” in order to get going for the day. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, coffee may help teeth by preventing bone loss in the jaw.
In addition coffee’s antibacterial properties may help protect the gums.
According to research some coffee benefits heap up while it is being roasted. Some of the acids and antioxidant properties are high and can prevent cancer and others diseases.
Bad bacteria in the oral microbiome can also be reduced. Although coffee stains can’t be eliminated, it is recommended to drink and rinse with water after drinking to reduce the risk of staining. It is important that you understand that drinks that are high in acidity such as coffee, wine, and lemonade can soften the enamel. So wait at least 30 minutes after you drink before you brush.
By all means we are not encouraging everyone to start drinking coffee. Coffee in moderation has nutritional advantages. Coffee is a stimulant and you must place a limit to no more than five cups per day. Also make sure you have your last cup early on, so that it doesn’t interfere with your sleep.
(This research does not include information regarding any additives such as sugars, creamers, syrups etc.)
Overall, you must take recommendations provided by your primary health provider as to do’s & don’ts.
Sometimes we procrastinate, or are just too busy with our daily agenda, and ignore symptoms of dry mouth hoping it will go away.
Majority of the time a dry mouth is caused by something very straight forward, such as; dehydration, certain medications, diet and other issues that are treatable once you are properly diagnosed. It is important to act and seek help once you detect any of these symptoms.
Early detection of chronic dry mouth is the best thing you can do for yourself. It could prevent tooth decay, bad breath, periodontal disease and eventual tooth loss.
There are also some medical conditions that cause dry mouth and your dentist can be your advocate and may recommend that you seek medical advice if necessary. Do not ignore symptoms, act today.
Read some more information on Dry Mouth via WebMD, here: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/ss/slideshow-dry-mouth
Contrary to what mom said, sugar won’t directly rot your teeth—but the acid produced when you eat sugar and carbohydrates can. Naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth devour sugar, creating acids that attack tooth enamel, which can lead to decay and a host of other problems, including gingivitis and cavities. The worst thing you can do is leave sugar lingering on your teeth and gums. Eating any amount of candy and brushing and flossing immediately is actually less damaging than not brushing after eating one piece before bedtime.
Just because cough drops are sold in the medicine aisle doesn’t mean they’re healthy. Most are loaded with sugar. So after soothing your throat with a lozenge, be sure to brush well. Whether the sugar comes from a cough drop or a hard candy, it reacts with the sticky plaque that coats your teeth. Then bacteria in the plaque convert the sugar into an acid that eats away at tooth enamel. Hello, cavities.
It’s natural and sugar free, so you might think ice is harmless. But munching on hard, frozen cubes can chip or even crack your teeth. And if your mindless chomping irritates the soft tissue inside a tooth, regular toothaches may follow. Hot foods and cold foods may trigger quick, sharp jabs of pain or a lingering toothache. Next time you get the urge for ice, chew some sugarless gum instead.
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can affect your jaw, cause pain, and even change the appearance of your face. Stress and anger can increase nighttime teeth grinding. Finding ways to alleviate these feelings can help, but it’s also important to see your dentist, who can recommend solutions like a custom night guard.