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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....

Do You Use the Right Amount of Toothpaste?
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
If someone asked you how much toothpaste you should use, you probably first think of the most recent toothpaste ad you've seen. These ads show a strip of toothpaste that takes up the entire brush. But that's not exactly the perfect amount of toothpaste. Instead, like many commercials, the amount shown in these ads is very photogenic, but it's actually more toothpaste than you really need to use. A Pea Sized Dab Of Toothpaste Is all You Need Many people follow what the ads show and put a long strip of toothpaste all down their brush, but that's actually much more than what you really need. An adult only needs to use about a pea-sized bit of toothpaste every time they brush. In fact, toothpaste isn't really that necessary at all. While today's toothpastes contain fluoride and other ingredients that help your teeth, originally, all toothpastes did was make your mouth feel fresh. It didn't actually do anything to help your oral health! Kids Need Less Children don't require even that much toothpaste. For infants, all you need is a very small amount. Children over five can use about half of the amount you would use on your own teeth. Using all that extra toothpaste doesn't really hurt anything, but it is wasteful. Toothpaste companies show off that nice swirl of toothpaste because it makes people think that's the normal amount to use. This makes them go through toothpaste more quickly. You do need to be careful that you don't use too much fluoridated toothpaste, though. That can actually over-fluoridate your teeth, which can lead to some issues. Simply stick to using a small dab and you'll not only keep your teeth healthy, but you'll also save money. Have questions about how much toothpaste is “a dab” or want to talk about brushing techniques? Give us a call today....

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....

All Posts:
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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