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Which Types of Juice Are Bad for Your Teeth?
Posted on 10/25/2018 by Crossroads Family Dental
We all know how important fruits and vegetables are for your body, so many people believe that juice is a good addition to any diet. The problem is that certain juices are full of sugar that lead to unnecessary calorie consumption and problems with your teeth. By choosing the right beverage, you can get all of the health benefits without jeopardizing your oral health. Avoid Citrus Juice Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, which is important for your immune system, but they are also highly-acidic. The acid in orange or grapefruit juice can wear away at your enamel via a process known as enamel erosion. If you do choose to drink citrus juice, make sure you rinse your mouth out with water afterward to clear the acid away from your teeth before it can do any damage. Dark Juice May Stain While grape, cherry, and other fruit juices may not be as acidic as orange juice, staining may pose a problem. These dark substances can tarnish the enamel, leading to unsightly stains and discolorations. Good oral hygiene and drinking this type of juice in moderation can help. Vegetable Juice May Serve as a Good Alternative Vegetable juices are becoming increasingly popular due to the health and dental benefits. Choose a juice that doesn't contain much fruit juice, as many store-bought options that claim to be vegetable juice often list “apple juice” as the first ingredient. Specifically, vegetable juice that contains green, leafy vegetables will contain calcium as well as vitamins to protect against gum disease. If you have questions about the right diet to maintain beautiful, healthy teeth, give us a call today. With a dental cleaning and a thorough evaluation, we can determine your oral health needs and help you to create a dental plan that will work for you....

When You Get Cavities Between Your Teeth, They Can Do a Lot of Damage
Posted on 10/15/2018 by Crossroads Family Dental
Having cavities is never a good thing, but when treated early your teeth can be healthy with proper and regular visits to our office. However, some cavities are worse than others because of where they are located and how much damage they have done to your tooth. In general, the longer a cavity in your tooth goes untreated the worse it is for your oral health, and the bacteria that is in your mouth can damage that tooth and your gums. Once bacteria find the tiniest hole in your porous teeth, it will fight to get inside and start eating away at the enamel. Cavities between the teeth are particularly dangerous because they are harder to spot with a visual examination. Why Are Cavities Between Your Teeth So Bad? The only way to find a cavity between your teeth or an interproximal cavity is with an x-ray which allows our dentist to determine how much decay there is in that tooth. In general, the depth of these cavities is more significant than what is shown in the x-ray. These cavities usually create more damage to the teeth because of their location and how difficult they are to reach. The decay can also spread to adjacent teeth. Signs of Interproximal Cavities Since these cavities are hard to spot during a visual examination and you cannot see in between your teeth, they go undetected until some of these symptoms appear. It is also hard to feel that there is something wrong with the surface of the tooth as you would with a cavity located in a molar, for example. Cavities between your teeth can be accompanied by tooth sensitivity to hot, cold or sweets and pain in the area. Please let us know if you have pain between your teeth so we can make a diagnosis and start treatment as soon as possible....

Are Toothpicks Good at Improving Oral Health?
Posted on 9/23/2018 by Crossroads Family Dental
If you have a grandpa you have probably seen him using a toothpick to take food that's stuck between his teeth out or (gasp!) chew on it. Both these practices are bad for your teeth and can cause more harm than good. Toothpicks date back to the 19th century and were invented after American Charles Forster saw South American natives use slivers of wood to clean their teeth. There was a time when using a toothpick was seen as fashionable, but that is not the case anymore. Toothpicks Can Damage Your Gums When you eat food, you will invariably get some particles stuck between your teeth. Depending on how deep those crevices in your mouth are, it can be a very uncomfortable situation, and you will not rest until that piece is removed. One of the main problems with using a toothpick is that you can hurt your teeth and gums. If a toothpick breaks while you are using it, it can make your gums bleed. Moreover, chewing on a toothpick can cause tiny slivers to break from it, and those particles can get stuck in your throat. The fragments can also become lodged in your gums and cause an infection. While cleaning between your teeth is essential for good oral hygiene and the prevention of cavities, toothpicks are not the way to do it. If you have bothersome spaces where food is always getting stuck, you can ask us how to close those. We recommend that you carry floss with you in your pocket or purse when you go out to dinner, so you can remove any pieces of food left behind until you can brush your teeth. Nowadays manufacturers make on-the-go or travel size packs of floss that are easy to carry around. Even excusing yourself and going to the bathroom to use your fingernail, is a better choice than using a toothpick....

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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?
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Fiber is Great for Improving Oral Health
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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
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Maintaining New Fillings is Important
You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
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You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
You Can Make Brushing More Fun By Swapping Toothpaste Flavors
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Why Should You Wait After Eating to Brush?
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