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29Oct

Halloween is here! And for many of us, that means an influx of sweet treats and goodies.

You probably already know that sugary snacks are, on the whole, not good for your smile. Our Glendale dentists are here to help you protect your smile while you celebrate the season. Let’s get started!

The first thing to understand is why, precisely, sugar is bad for your oral health. The short answer is that harmful oral bacteria love to feed on sugars—they use the energy derived from sugars to grow and multiply. The more sugar you consume, the easier it is for bacteria to take over.

Obviously, the first step to maintaining a healthy smile is to limit the amount of sugar in your diet as much as possible. Beyond that, there are certain things you can do to minimize the effect of sugar when you do indulge:

Don’t snack continuously

Be mindful about when you enjoy your candy. Remember that oral bacteria stay active and feeding on sugars for about twenty to thirty minutes after you eat. So, if you are constantly snacking on sweets throughout the day, you’re allowing oral bacteria to feed all day long!

Drink plenty of water

Drinking water allows your body to produce plenty of bacteria-neutralizing saliva. Plus, the physical act of drinking helps to dislodge dental debris and bacteria. An easy adjustment to your daily routine is to try and replace just one sugary or acidic beverage with water—your smile will thank you for it!

Rinse your smile regularly

Try vigorously rinsing your smile with water as soon as you finish eating. Don’t let sugars sit on your smile any longer than is necessary!

When you are mindful about consuming sweets, you minimize your risk of developing cavities and gum disease down the road. Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween, and don’t hesitate to reach out to our Glendale dentists for additional advice or support!

 

15Oct

In our years of practice, our Glendale dentists have found that the more our patients learn about the basic principles of oral health, the better equipped they are to manage their smiles and make healthy dental decisions. With that in mind, our dental team has put together this short overview of an especially important component of your teeth: your dental enamel.

The dental enamel is the outermost layer of a tooth—below it sits the dentin and dental pulp. When dental enamel is healthy, it is white, luminous, and minimally porous. However, as time goes on, enamel can change in both appearance and structure.

One common issue is that dental enamel thins over time. Your enamel is therefore less effective when it comes to protecting the inner tooth.

Enamel can become thinner for a number of different reasons:

  • Sugary and acidic substances temporarily soften enamel, and leave it susceptible to damage
  • Bruxism, or chronic dental grinding, puts too much pressure on the enamel and causes it to break down
  • Harmful habits, like chewing on hard candies or ice, create micro-cracks and chips in the tooth surface, which expand over time

In order to protect your smile, it is vital that you take some simple steps to keep your enamel strong and healthy. Seek prompt treatment for bruxism, and refrain from chomping on hard and abrasive substances.

You also want to make sure that you follow of your dentist’s instructions when it comes to caring for your smile. Brushing and flossing as recommended minimizes damage to your smile due to sugar, acid, and bacteria.

Our Glendale dentists are here to help you craft an effective and straightforward oral health care plan to protect your smile for years to come. The best way to get started is to contact our dental team by giving us a call or submitting an inquiry through our Contact Us page

01Oct

As we move into winter and the holidays, we also move into cold and flu season. You may be doing everything that you can to stay healthy day to day, but are you working equally hard to maintain optimal oral health? Today, our Glendale dentists are sharing some tips on how to care for your smile when you’re not feeling well. Let’s get started!

  • In general, drinking plenty of water will help both your whole-body health and your oral health when you are not feeling well. Dehydration is a very real threat when you’re sick, and this can cause you to suffer from dry mouth and an influx of oral bacteria.
  • If you are battling a cold, you may notice post-nasal drip; this occurs when mucus from the nose drips down into the back of the patient’s throat. This can cause throat discomfort as well has malodorous breath. Gargling with salt water and mouthwashes can help to alleviate post-nasal drip, and your doctor more prescribe more potent rinses and saline solutions to incorporate into your routine.
  • One common symptom of the flu is vomiting, which can be particularly hard on your smile. Take special care to rinse your mouth thoroughly while you’re ill, you don’t want acids from your stomach to coat your teeth for any longer than necessary.
  • It may also be beneficial to brush your teeth more often than twice a day when you are sick. Some studies have shown that this can shorten the life-span of your cold.

As soon as you are feeling better, make a point to replace your toothbrush with a fresh and clean one. Remember that pathogens can take refuge in the bristles of the brush and lead to re-infection.

As always, our Glendale dentists are happy to answer any additional questions that you may have. So give us call to speak to a member of our team!