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Decreasing How Much Sugar You Consume Can Improve Your Oral Health
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
Sugar is bad news when it comes to your teeth. Since childhood, you've probably been told that candy will rot your teeth, and while this isn't entirely true, sugar can contribute to cavities. Fortunately, by decreasing the amount of sugar that you consume, you can improve your oral health. The Mouth is a Bacteria Breeding Ground Your mouth is home to many different bacteria types. While some are good and even necessary, others can damage the teeth. Those harmful bacteria love sugar, which they quickly digest as soon as they encounter it. A byproduct of this process is the production of acids, which can remove minerals in the enamel – a process known as demineralization. Cutting Out Sugary Snacks You should always think before you grab a sugary snack, as studies have found that cavities are often the result of frequent sweet consumption. Frequent snacking on high-sugar snacks increases the amount of time that your teeth are exposed to acids, which lead to tooth decay. A recent study found that school children who snacked on chips and cookies were four times more likely to have cavities than kids who did not. Skipping Sugary Beverages Soft drinks, juice, and energy drinks are all liquid sugar, and combined with high acidity, these drinks are a main cause of decay. A Finnish study found that drinking 1-2 sugary beverages a day was linked to a 31% greater risk of cavities. Additionally, even the occasional sugary drink was connected to a 44% greater risk of losing 1-5 teeth, meaning that cutting back on your sugar intake could help you retain your natural teeth longer. Do you have questions about how sugar or your diet are affecting your oral health? Let's discuss it at your next dental cleaning and evaluation! Call us today to set one up....

Important Tips for Right Before a Root Canal
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
If you are coming into our office for a root canal, it is important to prepare well beforehand. While root canals are straightforward procedures and we will do everything in our power to keep you comfortable, there are steps that you can also take to make the process go smoothly. Talk to Us about the Dental Procedure We want you to be well informed about exactly what will happen during your root canal procedure. We also want you to ask any questions that you might have so that you can feel better prepared. During this conversation, we will also examine your tooth and may recommend antibiotics if an infection is present. Take Ibuprofen We recommend that you take ibuprofen before your procedure, as this is an anti-inflammatory medication. Not only will it help to alleviate potential discomfort, but it will also ease some swelling that might be present in your mouth. You'll feel more comfortable throughout the procedure. Don't Drink Alcohol or Smoke We recommend that you don't smoke or use alcohol for at least 24 hours before your appointment, but holding out even longer is better. Additionally, you'll need to refrain from smoking for at least 72 hours after your root canal, so make a plan for how you will cope. Eat Well Before Your Procedure Don't fast before your root canal procedure. Instead, enjoy a satisfying meal. Your mouth will likely feel numb after the procedure, so you won't be able to eat for quite some time until the numbness subsides. Even so, you'll have to stick to soup and soft foods for the first few days of your recovery, so take the opportunity to nourish your body before the root canal. Do you need a root canal, or do you have questions about your upcoming appointment? If so, give our office a call today....

How to Manage the Discomfort That Comes with an Abscess
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
Abscesses are infections that are found along the gum line to the side of the tooth, or sometimes can come from inside, or under the tooth. These are problems that need to be taken care of right away. You shouldn't ignore the pain that comes with them and you should always give our office a call as soon as you notice that you have an abscess because you want to make sure that the problem is handled sooner, rather than later. Managing the Discomfort of an Abscess When you have discomfort that comes from an abscess, you want to make sure that you speak with us about ways to reduce the pain until we can get you into our office. Use over the counter medications to reduce any pain and swelling that might occur in the mouth. You want to reduce the swelling, as this is what is causing all of the pain. By placing a warm, wet tea bag on the infected area, you can help to relieve some of the pressure, allowing the mouth to relax. Another thing to do is place a cold compress on the outside of the mouth. This can be anything from an ice pack to a bag of peas. This reduces the amount of swelling in the gums and helps the face relax. Always, always give our office a call first. Give our office a call to find out when we can get you in. If you let us know that you have an abscess that needs to be handled, we will get you in as soon as possible. This is because it is important that this problem is handled before the infection becomes any worse than it already is. Call us today for this serious problem so we can lend a hand to get you covered....

All Posts:
Decreasing How Much Sugar You Consume Can Improve Your Oral Health
Important Tips for Right Before a Root Canal
How to Manage the Discomfort That Comes with an Abscess
You Need to Let Us Know if Flossing Starts to Hurt
Why Your Teeth Need You to Drink Water Daily
Foods That Can Freshen Your Breath In a Flash
Even Minor Dental Problems Can Lead to Chronic Tooth Pain
Speaking with Us at Each Appointment Helps You Get the Best Care Possible
How Long Can a Professional Dental Whitening be Expected to Last?
Wisdom Teeth Only Hurt When There is Something in the Way
Why Your Teeth Love Tea So Much
Is There Any Cure for Cavities?
How to Keep Your Teeth Safe When Struggling with the Flu
Why Could Biting Hurt?
Why Composite Fillings Are So Popular
Why Ibuprofen is Best Following Oral Procedures
When Struggling with Morning Sickness, You Must Protect Your Teeth
Which Types of Juice Are Bad for Your Teeth?
When You Get Cavities Between Your Teeth, They Can Do a Lot of Damage
Are Toothpicks Good at Improving Oral Health?
Are There Benefits to Having Xylitol in Your Gum?
Fiber is Great for Improving Oral Health
Facts You Need to Know About Untreated Cavities
Signs You May Have Gum Disease
How Can You Tell if a Filling Comes Loose?
Why You Should Leave Reviews After Coming to Our Office
Why You Need to Time How Long You Brush
Caring for Veneers Means Keeping Up with Oral Hygiene
Maintaining New Fillings is Important
You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
You Can Make Brushing More Fun By Swapping Toothpaste Flavors
You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
You Can Make Brushing More Fun By Swapping Toothpaste Flavors
Why Your Teeth Suffer When You Get Insomnia
Why Should You Wait After Eating to Brush?
How Long Does it Really Take for a Cavity to Form?
How Do You Build Up Your Tolerance for Oil Pulling?
Dry Mouth is a Problem for Denture Wearers Too
Brushing Immediately After Eating Can Hurt Your Teeth

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