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How to Keep Your Teeth Safe When Struggling with the Flu
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
Your body undergoes many changes as it tries to keep up with recovering from the flu. These changes and the modes of relief that most people seek out can increase the risk of tooth damage but this need not be the case. Avoid Dehydration It is important to increase your intake of water during this time because you may experience dry mouth as a result of the flu itself or medication. Saliva is a natural mouth cleanser, and its absence can mean that your teeth are at higher risk of decay. Pay Attention to the Ingredients in Medication The use of medication is necessary for easing the effects of the common cold, but common medicines contain sugar and alcohol. Both of these can leave your teeth at the risk of decay and damage. Sugars give the bacteria in the mouth something to feed on, releasing acid as a byproduct. This acid corrodes enamel and leaves teeth exposed to decay. Alcohol is known to cause dry mouth. When the mouth is dry, there is not enough saliva to wash away the damaging sugars and acids that cause tooth decay and cavities. Avoid taking medication after brushing teeth or try medicines that come in the form of pills. Sinuses and Tooth Ache When your sinuses experience problems like inflammation or infection as the result of a flu, they can place pressure on your teeth. If you have a cold or flu, there's added pressure in your head, and this sometimes translates to tooth pain. Sinuses can also cause your lower teeth to ache. This is due to referred pain, where a problem in one area leads to pain in another. Swollen sinuses can also force the teeth into different positions, leading your bite to feel a bit different. Use of OTC pain relievers, saline nose spray, a humidifier and lots of rest can help your body compensate for this condition as it recovers. Consult our dental care experts today and ensure better oral health....
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Why Could Biting Hurt?
Posted on 12/25/2018 by Crossroads Family Dental
Mouth pain of any kind is uncomfortable and not wanted. When you bite down and there is pain or sensitivity then it is important to find out the cause of this. There are many nerves in the gums and root area of the teeth, which can cause this pain to happen. It is important that the pain is assessed by our professionals to make sure no serious issues are happening in the mouth. These may need to be addressed first. Reasons Why Biting Down Could Hurt There are many reasons why biting down could hurt and speaking with our dentists is the only way to find out what is causing your mouth pain. Some of these reasons might be the cause of the pain, but every situation is different and needs to be assessed by our professionals before a treatment is given. Structural damage to the integrity of the tooth can cause this to happen. When there is a cavity that has gotten too far down into the tooth, it can cause the tooth to have pain in the root area. Every time pressure is put on this tooth, it then sends a sharp pain to the rest of the mouth. Infection from having bacteria in an open part of the tooth can cause this pain. Having the tooth thoroughly cleaned out, filled and protected is the only way to remove the pain. A treatment of antibiotics may be necessary in order to remove the bacteria completely. Give our office a call to find out how we can treat the tooth pain that you're having. No one should have to continue to deal with the pain while biting down. Our professionals are always happy to provide help when it is needed so you can have a pain-free smile once again....
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Why Composite Fillings Are So Popular
Posted on 12/15/2018 by Crossroads Family Dental
Several decades ago, dentists had no option but to use metals to cover up a damaged tooth. Luckily, advancements in technology have led to the development of composite fillings that serve the same purposes but are more convenient and reliable. Here are four reasons why composite fillings are so popular across the globe. Versatility and Strength Apart from filling a tooth cavity, the composite can be used to repair chipped and even broken teeth. More importantly, the fillings chemically bond to the tooth, thereby strengthening it and prevent future damage. Quick Turnaround Time The other materials used to fill teeth cavities can take days or even weeks to harden and become functional fully. Composite fillings are made from a special material that hardens in seconds. Less Drilling Involved When applying composite filling, less drilling is required, that is, your natural tooth structure will not be altered. This is one of the main reasons why this procedure is painless and can be done in less than ten minutes. Also, conserving the tooth structure reduces the risk of gum disease and other related dental health problems that could arise due to bacterial infections. Does Not Alter Appearance of the Tooth The composite filling is white, and so it blends perfectly with the surrounding tooth structure. Concisely, nobody will notice that you have undergone the procedure unless of course to disclose to him or her since it does not change the appearance of the tooth in any way. Finally, it is wise to consider the downsides of getting composite fillings before undergoing the procedure to avoid any challenges. Our team will help you understand how composite filling works and determine if it suits your needs and preferences. More importantly, we will give you tips on how to take care of the restored tooth after the procedure....
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All Posts:
How to Keep Your Teeth Safe When Struggling with the Flu
1/15/2019
Why Could Biting Hurt?
12/25/2018
Why Composite Fillings Are So Popular
12/15/2018
Why Ibuprofen is Best Following Oral Procedures
11/30/2018
When Struggling with Morning Sickness, You Must Protect Your Teeth
11/20/2018
Which Types of Juice Are Bad for Your Teeth?
10/25/2018
When You Get Cavities Between Your Teeth, They Can Do a Lot of Damage
10/15/2018
Are Toothpicks Good at Improving Oral Health?
9/23/2018
Are There Benefits to Having Xylitol in Your Gum?
9/13/2018
Fiber is Great for Improving Oral Health
8/30/2018
Facts You Need to Know About Untreated Cavities
8/20/2018
Signs You May Have Gum Disease
7/20/2018
How Can You Tell if a Filling Comes Loose?
7/10/2018
Why You Should Leave Reviews After Coming to Our Office
6/23/2018
Why You Need to Time How Long You Brush
6/13/2018
Caring for Veneers Means Keeping Up with Oral Hygiene
5/23/2018
Maintaining New Fillings is Important
5/13/2018
You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
4/20/2018
You Can Make Brushing More Fun By Swapping Toothpaste Flavors
4/10/2018
You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
3/27/2018
You Can Make Brushing More Fun By Swapping Toothpaste Flavors
3/17/2018
Why Your Teeth Suffer When You Get Insomnia
2/27/2018
Why Should You Wait After Eating to Brush?
2/17/2018
How Long Does it Really Take for a Cavity to Form?
1/27/2018
How Do You Build Up Your Tolerance for Oil Pulling?
1/17/2018
Dry Mouth is a Problem for Denture Wearers Too
12/30/2017
Brushing Immediately After Eating Can Hurt Your Teeth
12/20/2017

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