Category: Preventative Care

The Top Ten Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

top-reasons-for-tooth-sensitivity-roseville-ca Tooth sensitivity can have many causes, can affect one or several of your teeth, and may be a temporary side effect or a chronic problem. One thing is for certain, everyone wants to avoid that sharp, shooting pain. Read on to find out what may be causing your tooth sensitivity. Brushing Too Hard Applying too much pressure when you brush your teeth, or using too hard of a toothbrush, can cause tooth sensitivity by wearing down enamel and gum tissue, exposing the most sensitive parts of your teeth. Tooth Decay This is a pretty obvious culprit, and probably what most people fear when they start to feel tooth sensitivity. Visit a dentist to treat the decay, and do what you can to prevent decay by keeping up good oral hygiene.

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How Does Gluten Affect Your Oral Health?

gluten-Free-dentist-roseville Gluten is a synthetic protein generally found in grains and wheat. Many people today have developed a sensitivity or intolerance (Celiac disease) to gluten, whereby ingesting it impacts the lining of the small intestine and stops the body from properly absorbing nutrients. Today, it's estimated that around 18 million people in the U.S. alone have a sensitivity to gluten and nearly 2 million people have Celiac disease. For those individuals who suffer with gluten sensitivities and Celiac disease, gluten can have a profound impact on their oral health overall. Research illustrates that for anyone diagnosed with either one of these issues, gluten may cause any of the following: • Inflammatory gum disease • Damaged tooth enamel • Bad breath • Canker sores • Teeth discoloration including yellow or brown spots

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2 Minute Rule? How Long Should You Really Brush?

two-minute-rule-for-brushing-roseville-dentist It may be a while since your grandmother told you to brush your teeth for 2 minutes 3 times a day. Was she right or wrong? It seems like a pretty fair guidepost, but how well does it hold up with the evidence? Dr. Anna Guarna, writing for www.colgate.com, says "Proper brushing technique is probably more important than timing." The thing to remember is that the point of tooth brushing is to get the teeth clean. Many sources say you can't do that in less time than two minutes. Others recommend as much as three. It is important to remember that flossing is just as important. Short strokes around every tooth, emphasis on getting inside surfaces too, and flossing can reduce bacteria left on the teeth. Leftover bacteria can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. Basically, you run the risk of developing diseases of both the gums and the enamel (cavities).

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Why Sports Drink Put Your Teeth at Risk

why-sports-drinks-put-your-teeth-at-risk Advertisements for sports drink make it seem that you really need it to power yourself up during and after your workout sessions, but what they’re not telling you is that sports drinks may cause your teeth to degenerate and weaken over time. Disadvantages of Sports Drinks Sports drinks may be filled with energy-boosting carbohydrates and electrolytes, but what commercials neglect to tell you is that the they contain the high amounts of sugar. The complex blend found in sports drinks are actually a medley of teeth-destroying ingredients, due to acidity and high sugar levels.

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When Should I Take My Child To Their First Dental Appointment

childs first appointment Every child is a parent’s delight. We dote over them, worry when they are sick and celebrate every developmental milestone of their young life. Thus, for their health and general well-being, we have their pediatricians to go to for regular check-ups and for the occasional cold or fever. But one question every parent asks is how early should my child see the dentist? When the best time and what is the ideal age for that first visit? Dental Visits: How Soon Is Too Soon? Ideally, your child’s first visit to the dentist should take place before they reach their first birthday or within six months from the time their first tooth erupts. Remember, tooth decay can happen anytime as soon as your child begins to grow his or her tooth or teeth. However, it is generally acceptable to do this between the ages of two to three but bringing them earlier comes with certain advantages.

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Tea: A Healthier Drink for Teeth and Gums

Tea A Healthier Drink for Teeth and Gums

What is a person to drink if they want to protect their teeth and gums, but don’t want to settle on just water? Sugary sodas can give you cavities and damage the enamel on the teeth. Coffee can leave stains that are difficult to scrub clean with just a toothbrush. New research from July/August issue of General Dentistry suggests that the solution may be tea, with green tea being a top choice.

Why Tea? Anti-oxidants in tea have long made it a favorite healthy substitute for the coffee habit. They are known to reduce free radicals and which can produce symptoms of disease and aging. However, new research shows that tea has the same effect on tooth enamel as water, but it’s ultimately tastier to drink. It also contains nutritional components not available in water. Not only will you fill your body with needed anti-oxidants, but you also won’t be creating any new cavities, as long as you don’t load your cup up with sugar. Catechin is one of those anti-oxidant compounds that are also shown to promote better tooth and gum health too. Catechins are within both black and green teas.
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Whiter teeth may lead to better job success

Whiter teeth may lead to better job success

Your performance at work speaks a lot for what you mean to a company and what you can bring to the table. However, no matter how much hard work you put in or how many hours you slave away at the office, there are some physical benefits that naturally may just lead to better job success. One of those physical attributes includes having a white teeth and a smile that lights up an entire room. And while you may not immediately be promoted to the CEO of your company, you may be surprised to see the way people treat you when you have a beautiful smile. Here are some things to consider when it comes to having a great looking smile and why whiter teeth may lead to better job success.

Self Confidence If you are hiding behind a smile that is stained due to coffee, nicotine or just natural causes, this can be damaging on how you feel about yourself. Rather than approaching
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Worst Beverages for Your Teeth

Coffee Everyone is wary of the kind of tooth damage that is immediately evident. People whose teeth are chipped or cracked usually seek immediate care from a Roseville dentist. However, most people do not realize that no matter how well they take care of their teeth, minor damage and weaknesses will gradually accumulate. No one notices her teeth yellowing from day to day, but it is obvious in photos spanning several years that changes have taken place. One way to keep one's teeth white and strong is to eliminate beverages that weaken or stain tooth enamel. Coffee is the biggest offender when it comes to staining teeth. Most adults consume coffee on a fairly regular basis, with many of them drinking at least one full cup every single morning. Giving up caffeine cold turkey is not something that is possible for a lot of people. To mitigate the damage, one could start drinking her coffee through a straw. As silly as this would look, drinking through a straw would send the coffee straight to the back of her mouth, preventing her teeth from being constantly exposed to it. Adding a little bit of milk or cream to plain black coffee would be helpful as well. The calcium in milk fortifies the teeth, and dairy in general acts as a buffer against acidic substances.

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Bad Breath: The Causes and How you Can Solve the Problem

Bad Breath: The Causes and How you Can Solve the Problem A smile with straight, white teeth is always attractive, but even the most beautiful smile becomes a turn off when bad breath is involved. Bad breath, which is medically referred to as halitosis, is a very embarrassing condition that affects millions each year. Dealing with bad breath is truly frustrating and can lead to embarrassment. Simply brushing your teeth, despite popular belief, is not enough to rid yourself of bad breath. What are the Causes of Bad Breath?  Bad breath is triggered by odor-producing bacteria. People who don’t brush or floss their teeth on a regular basis accumulate more bacteria that makes them prone to halitosis. To avoid this problem, you need to be strict with your dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing after meals and using mouthwash will ensure maximum dental health. However, lack of dental hygiene isn’t the only cause of bad breath. Ingesting foods with foul odor like onions, garlic and pickles can also cause your breath to stink. In order to avoid bad breath, it’s best to avoid foods that have pungent oils that can trigger foul odor. 

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Alternatives to Passing out Halloween Candy – Roseville Dentist

Alternatives to Halloween Candy - Roseville Dentist Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, and you may think the reason is obvious. Candy! But this holiday is about much more than tootsie rolls, sweet tarts, chocolate, and candy corn. Nobody wants to be the house on the block that hands out toothbrushes, but there are plenty of alternatives you can pass out to your Roseville neighbors and their little ones to help prevent unnecessary visits to the dentist. Temporary Tattoos Even though they rub on and wash off, temporary tattoos will last much longer than a single piece of candy. Children love them, and they're just as cheap to buy at a party store or 99 cents shop. You can get Halloween-themed ghost and goblin designs, and even find ones that glow in the dark. School Supplies and Stationery Think Halloween pencils, erasers, stickers, and stamps. Pumpkin-shaped erasers, shiny bat stickers, or rubber stamps to embellish their coloring books will work. Small items that are fun and in the spirit of the season will be even more enjoyable than sweets. 

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