Dentistry Meriden CT 06450Why is it harmful to chew ice and things?
Tooth enamel is very hard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t break it. It’s best to avoid eating “hard foods” such as popcorn. Don’t crack nut shells with your teeth or chew on ice. Opening packages with your teeth can also damage the enamel.

What makes soft drinks bad for your teeth?
Sugar and acids, like those in soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and candy, are your teeth’s worst enemies. Because of the acid content, Mountain Dew seems to be the worst of the worst. Dentists even have a name for the damage it does – they call it “Dew Mouth.” These ingredients soften the tooth enamel, making it highly susceptible to decay. It’s especially important for parents to watch their young children’s consumption of these, because their enamel hasn’t developed fully. This makes these drinks even more damaging for kids. As well as eliminating the above (or at least reducing their consumption), use a sugar-free xylitol chewing gum after meals. Also, rinse your mouth with a high-quality dental mouthwash.

Can tongue piercings cause damage?
Yes, they can look cool, but they can also fracture your teeth as well as make it much easier to get a nasty infection of the tongue and lips. Dentists have estimated that up to 40% of people who have metal rings or other oral piercings have had big problems from tooth fractures and infection.

I’ve heard that fluoride is bad for you. Is this true?
There is no problem with fluoride in small amounts, though excessive fluoride can cause irregularities in tooth enamel. Young children, especially, often swallow too much toothpaste while brushing. So parents, supervise your young kids while they brush. Kids (and even adults) often use way too much toothpaste (a pea-size drop is plenty). A little goes a long way.

Oral Cancer Screening Meriden CT 06450What can be done if I grind my teeth at night?
Do you wake up with pain in your jaws or a persistent headache? If so, you may be grinding (also known as bruxing) while you sleep. Persistent bruxing can damage teeth and shorten them, over time. It can also damage your temporomandibular (jaw) joints and even affect your hearing. If you suspect that you are a bruxer, call us today. Our doctors may recommend a night guard or other oral appliance.

Is an oral cancer screening part of my exam?
Definitely! Dentists and hygienists are your first line of defense in detecting and treating oral cancer. Each year in the US, approximately 30,000 people are newly diagnosed with oral cancer. Worldwide, the problem is far greater, with new cases annually approaching 300,000. In the US alone, a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. If you add the sub category of laryngeal cancers, the rates of occurrence (about 10,000 additional new cases per year) and death are significantly higher. However, the good news is, when found early, oral cancers have an 80 to 90% cure rate.

How does teeth cleaning at the dentist benefit me?
Many patients aren’t aware that “teeth cleaning” does more than just clean your teeth. Removing plaque is essential to preserving your teeth. Brushing and flossing are, of course, vital, but everyone needs their teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Remember, only a dental professional can completely clean your teeth.

Do you have questions we haven’t answered here? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at
(203) 235-5588 so we can assist you.

 

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