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How to Store A Dislodged Tooth Safely
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Dentists recommend that in the event of a dislodged or knocked out tooth you get emergency dental treatment within the hour. When your tooth is completely knocked out of place, you may be wondering how you can store it until you get into your dentist's office. These tips can help you to properly store your tooth to maximize your chances of successful re-implantation. Handle the Tooth with Care Once your tooth has been knocked out, try not to handle it too often. Don't touch the root, or the portion that was under the gum. This part of the tooth is extremely fragile and can be damaged easily. Rinse it with Milk If the tooth fell and appears dirty, hold onto the crown and rinse it with milk. Don't wipe it off with a cloth or any other type of material. Place it in a Cup of Milk It is important to keep the tooth as moist as possible. A cup of milk is a good way to do that, especially if the tooth that was knocked out belonged to a child. Put the Tooth Back in Your Mouth If you are able to do so, slip the tooth back into its socket. Many teeth will slip in easily as long as you face it in the correct direction. If it doesn't seem to want to go, don't force it, and instead, focus on keeping it moist until you can see your dentist. You can even put the tooth back into your mouth and store it between your gum and cheek if a cup of milk isn't readily available for transport. We recommend that if your tooth is knocked out you get to our office within an hour of the accident. If your tooth has been dislodged, call us immediately to set up your emergency dental appointment....

Aside from Sugar, What Other Foods Can Permanently Damage Oral Health?
Posted on 9/30/2018 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Most people know that sugar is a big problem when it comes to oral health, as it can cause cavities and decay. However, sugar isn't the only food that can damage the teeth. By identifying some of the other major culprits, you can take the steps needed to protect your dental health. Citrus Fruits Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit are a great source of vitamin C, but when it comes to your teeth, you need to be careful with how much you eat. These fruits are highly acidic and can erode the enamel. They can also irritate mouth sores, leading to discomfort and pain. Dried Fruit Sticky foods are also bad news for your teeth, especially dried fruit. Not only are these snacks high in sugar, but they also cling to the teeth. If you do eat trail mix with dried fruit regularly, be sure to rinse your mouth with water after and also brush and floss regularly. Diet Soda Most people know that regular soda is full of sugar, but sugar-free diet soda should be okay for your teeth, right? Wrong! These carbonated soft drinks are acidic and terrible for the teeth. Those with caffeine will also lead to dry mouth, which can further exacerbate any oral health problems. Crackers Saltine crackers and other starchy foods are also bad for the teeth. They can easily get stuck on the teeth and along the gum line, and bacteria feed off of the simple carbohydrates. Soft bread, potato chips, and other similar foods should also be consumed carefully if you are worried about your oral health. If your dental health is important to you, a healthy diet combined with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits are all essential. Give our office a call today to set up your next appointment....

Are Your Oral Piercings Increasing Your Chances for Gum Disease?
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Oral piercings are very popular among young people because it's a form of self-expression. You are always fighting to prevent the bacteria in your mouth from damaging your teeth and gums and getting oral piercings could create more headaches than they're worth. While body piercings are a way in which people display their personalities, some are safer than others, and oral piercings top the list of unsafe practices. Why Oral Piercings Are Not Safe When you get an oral piercing, someone who is not a dental professional is making a hole in your tongue, lip, cheek or the back of your throat. The first concern is whether the establishment or individual doing this procedure is using sterile tools and the second is the quality of the jewellery. The risk of infection from oral piercings is exceptionally high and can result in other, more severe side effects, such as difficulties breathing. As you probably know because we tell you all the time, your mouth is full of bacteria, and any foreign object inside of it could create a problem. Let's say you get a piercing in your tongue and it gets infected because you don't take proper care of it. Any infection can cause swelling, and if your tongue is swollen, it can be difficult to breathe, which could turn into a life-threatening situation. With any piercing in your body comes responsibilities to care for it as instructed to avoid complications from infections. You may think a piercing in your lip or tongue looks cool, but you must be prepared to assume the responsibilities of taking care of the site correctly. Another downside of getting oral piercings is that the metal used in the jewellery could be rubbing against your teeth causing damage to the enamel. At least one study concluded that people with tongue piercings suffer from gum disease more than those with a lip piercing. The study by Swiss researchers found that those with a tongue piercing suffered from bleeding or receding gums, compared to those with a lip piercing. There are many ways to express yourself, but oral piercings can be outright dangerous. Please let us know if you have a question about oral piercings or concern if you have one....

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