It's a new year! Are you trying to be healthier? Here are a few tips that will also help your teeth.
1. Chew a piece of sugar-free gum or a eat a sugar-free fiber gummy instead of dessert.
2. Drink water instead of soda, juice, or sports drinks.
3. Choose an apple or banana instead of a sugary or sticky snack.
4. Brush your teeth immediately after dinner--the minty flavor might make additional snacking less tempting.
Don't forget about your regular visit to the dentist. Preventing dental problems or finding them while they are small is always best!
Toothbrushes don't come with an owner's manual, but the American Dental Association has given some important recommendations for caring for your toothbrush:
1. Never share toothbrushes. Toothbrushes used by someone else may harbor bacteria or bodily fluids.
2. Replace your tooth brushes every few months. If you have healthy gums and see your dentist every six months for a regular cleaning and exam and are then given a toothbrush, it's a good idea to replace your toothbrush once between appointments. Be sure to buy a toothbrush labeled as soft.
3. Rinse your toothbrush carefully each time you use it--make sure that any food particles or toothpaste are completely removed. And then be sure to store the toothbrush in an upright position where it can dry completely.
At Creedmoor Family Dentistry, we care about your oral health. Happy brushing!
More information can be found at https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/toothbrushes
What is cracked tooth syndrome? Cracked tooth syndrome is caused by tiny fractures in teeth. Usually these fractures can't be seen, are under the gum line, and are most often in molar teeth.
What are the symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome? Unlike a cavity, which aches constantly, cracked tooth syndrome causes pain intermittently--when you bite something the wrong way or drink something cold.
Who is most at risk for cracked tooth syndrome? Patients who clench or grind their teeth may be more susceptible to tooth fractures. Additionally, teeth that have extensive dental work such as large fillings and root canals are more at risk for cracked tooth syndrome.
How soon should I visit the dentist if I am experiencing pain when I eat? If not treated, cracked tooth syndrome can worsen to the point that the tooth may crack completely or may unable to be saved. It is important to visit the dentist as soon as possible for the best chance of saving the tooth.
Can treatment for clenching and grinding my teeth help to prevent cracked tooth syndrome? No treatment can completely prevent cracked tooth syndrome, but dental treatment for clenching and grinding may help.
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