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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....

What Gets Left Behind When You Forget to Brush Before Bed at Night
Posted on 10/30/2010 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Everyone is always in a hurry when it comes to brushing their teeth. Sounds familiar? You're not alone in either postponing this vital habit or forgetting it altogether when you're too tired. But this could be a dangerous habit to start. If you fall asleep without brushing your teeth at night, you could be asking for severe problems in your future. Why is Not Brushing Your Teeth at Night Bad When you skip brushing your teeth at night, you are encouraging the growth of harmful bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria fights to get into your gums every day, and it's pretty easy. The mouth is an ideal place for bacteria to grow because it's wet and acidic. Once plaque buildup begins, bacteria quickly finds a place to thrive on the teeth's surface. Think about all the foods you eat during the day and also everything you drink. That soda or candy bar are still affecting your enamel, hours after your last meal. You will also have food particles left behind between your teeth after eating dinner or lunch. If you are at school or work, you usually don't have a toothbrush with you, unless you are very particular about your oral health. So the only time your teeth will get cleaned after getting used all day is before bedtime, which puts you at a higher risk for developing cavities. Cavities can be the beginning of more severe problems such as gum disease and could lead to tooth loss. Once the harmful bacteria penetrates the enamel, it will only encourage more bacteria growth. Let's face it, neglecting your dental care will only create more problems in the future and they will also cost you more money. Many seniors don't have access to dental insurance through Medicare and must pay all their dental expenses out of pockets. Having dental problems is not cheap. If you are really tired at night, consider brushing your teeth earlier, so you don't neglect this important step....

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