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Foods to Avoid if You Have a Sore Tooth Until We Can Check It Out
Posted on 9/15/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
As you probably know already, if you have a tooth that is causing you some degree of discomfort, it is very important that you come see us as soon as you can. Depending on the situation, delaying could mean further damage to the tooth—or even the loss of the tooth altogether. Until we are able to take a look at your tooth, there are some foods that you should steer clear of. Here are a few foods to keep away from until we have the chance to see you. Overly Crunchy Foods Depending on the situation, you could be dealing with a slight crack in your tooth. Eating foods that are crunchy brings with it the real risk that you could permanently damage your tooth. Stay away from chips, hard candy, any kind of jerky, and other crunchy foods. Your primary focus during this time is to keep from doing any further damage until we can take a look at your tooth. Sugary Foods In addition, keep in mind that if there is a crack in your tooth, you want to minimize the chance that bacteria could get into it and begin creating more damage. As most people know, the bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugars. So do your best to stay away from sweets, desserts, and sugary drinks. If you absolutely must consume them, rinse your mouth thoroughly with clean water as soon as you have finished. Doing this will greatly reduce the amount of residual sugar in your mouth, and will help to keep the bacterial population down as well. We want you to be comfortable during this time. If you have any questions relating to what you should or should not eat, please reach out to us. We are here to help you, and we look forward to talking with you....

The Importance of Always Having Up to Date Dental Records
Posted on 8/25/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
Your dental record is an important piece of information when it comes to maintaining good oral health. If it is your first time visiting our office, we'll request any dental records that you might have so that we can get a complete picture about your oral health history. Read on to learn more about dental records and why they are so important. What is a Dental Record? A dental record might also be called a patient chart. It is the official document that records all information that occurs within a dental office. This includes clinical notes, diagnostic information, treatments, and home care instructions. The dental record contains both personal and dental treatment information. The original document is owned by our practice, but as the patient, you can always have access to or request copies of your chart. Why Are Dental Records Important? Dental records are important for a variety of reasons. First, they allow us to keep track of ongoing dental health issues. When you come into an appointment, we will first review the notes from your last visit to see if there were any problem areas that we were watching. We can also see how your teeth have changed since your last appointment, which allows us to give you the best possible care. Your dental record provides an important means of communication between your dental care team. Complete records contain the information that allows another provider to know what type of dental work you've had in the past. This communication is essential between the staff members in our office. Have you recently moved to the area? Will you be visiting our office for the first time? If so, it is important to us that we have your full dental record, and we can help you to get them. Contact us today to learn more....

Senior Teeth Need Special Care to Keep Healthy
Posted on 8/15/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
As you age, you will need to take special care of your teeth to keep them healthy. This is because, like every other part of your body, your teeth change as you get older. Here are a few changes, and what you can do to counteract them. Thinning Enamel As you get older, the hard outer shell of your teeth will begin to thin out. This shell, called the enamel, is the part of the tooth that is most resistant to decay and damage. As such, you should take care to regularly get dental checkups, which include a fluoride polish. In addition, be sure to use good toothpaste with fluoride added to it. The fluoride will help to strengthen the teeth and replenish the thinning enamel. Reduced Salivary Flow Another change you will notice as you age is the reduction of the flow of saliva in your mouth. You may not realize it, but your salivary glands are constantly producing saliva. The saliva, in turn, washes out the mouth, helping keep bacterial levels to a minimum. As you get older and this flow begins to diminish, it will become easier and easier for you to develop cavities. As such, you should take care to regularly drink water throughout the day. The water will help keep your mouth rinsed out, and the bacteria levels at a minimum. Decay of the Roots During your life, you may notice your gum tissue beginning to recede from the teeth. This can be from a number of factors, such as gum disease or brushing with a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard. Regardless of the cause, the exposed root is much more susceptible to decay than the tooth itself is. If you have receding gums, address the issue right away. This will help keep the roots covered and protected. Following these tips can help keep your teeth healthy as you age. Get in the habit of doing them today, and you'll be glad you did....

All Posts:
Foods to Avoid if You Have a Sore Tooth Until We Can Check It Out
The Importance of Always Having Up to Date Dental Records
Senior Teeth Need Special Care to Keep Healthy
Do You Use the Right Amount of Toothpaste?
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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