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Why Your Teeth Love Tea So Much
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
Drinking tea has gotten a bad rap, at least when it comes to dental care. All over the place, you can see expressions such as drinking tea can stain your teeth, or teeth-staining tea. We think tea has gotten a bad rap as far as drinks go, because there are actually elements in tea that can help keep your teeth healthy. The Benefits of Drinking Tea Scientists have researched that the compounds found in black tea may actually work with the teeth, by attacking harmful bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria in your mouth is what causes cavities and gum disease. While researchers have previously noted the benefits of drinking green tea, this most recent study involves black tea, which is what is consumed most often in the West. In fact, black tea may be a wonder drink. Compounds found in black tea can work to attack harmful bacteria. These compounds may even suppress the growth and acid production of bacteria in the plaque found in your mouth. Best of all, black tea also affects an enzyme called glucosyltransferase, which converts sugar into a sticky substance that holds bacteria to your teeth. Black tea drinking means that those sugars somehow lose their ability to form sticky webs on your teeth- how magical is that? One experiment demonstrated that when subjects drank black tea for 30 seconds over a three-minute interval, plaque bacteria stopped growing and producing acids that break down the enamel on the teeth. While all of this research on black tea sounds great as far as your teeth are concerned, it doesn't replace the need for you to brush and floss regularly. But, given the research, it is nice to know that black tea can actually help your teeth rather than hurt them. If you have questions about your diet, and the foods or drinks that might be best for your teeth, why not give us a call? We would love to talk about your teeth with you during an appointment....

Is There Any Cure for Cavities?
Posted on 1/25/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
Cavities or tooth decay is a common dental issue that many of our patients struggle with. Many new patients have the same question: is there a cure for cavities? There isn't any way to reverse or heal a cavity, but we can repair the damage with fillings or even extract the tooth and replace it with an implant. Since there's no true cure, the main thing you should focus on is learning how to prevent cavities from forming in the first place. What Causes Cavities? To prevent cavities, you first need to know what's causing them. Any time you eat, food particles and other bacteria stick to your teeth and gums. Over time, this leads to the formation of plaque, a sticky gunk that clings to the mouth. The bacteria in plaque then create acid that eats through the enamel on your teeth. Over time, this causes the enamel to break down, creating holes or cavities in the tooth. If left untreated, the bacteria will continue creating acid and breaking down the tooth until there's nothing left. As this occurs, it will expose the nerve at the root of the tooth, causing pain. Preventing Cavities The first step to preventing cavities is to brush regularly. Brushing at least twice a day (preferably three times) and flossing daily will help remove plaque, trapped bacteria, and food particles stuck in your teeth. The fluoride in your toothpaste will help your teeth repair their enamel. By coming in to see us for regular cleanings, we can make certain that your teeth are as clean as possible so that there's very little chance of cavities forming. Monitoring your diet is another way of preventing cavities. Cut out as many sugary treats as possible so that bacteria have nothing to feed on. Also make sure you're staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet. If you haven't had a professional cleaning in at least six months, it's time. Call us today to set up an appointment so we can help you prevent cavities....

How to Keep Your Teeth Safe When Struggling with the Flu
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
Your body undergoes many changes as it tries to keep up with recovering from the flu. These changes and the modes of relief that most people seek out can increase the risk of tooth damage but this need not be the case. Avoid Dehydration It is important to increase your intake of water during this time because you may experience dry mouth as a result of the flu itself or medication. Saliva is a natural mouth cleanser, and its absence can mean that your teeth are at higher risk of decay. Pay Attention to the Ingredients in Medication The use of medication is necessary for easing the effects of the common cold, but common medicines contain sugar and alcohol. Both of these can leave your teeth at the risk of decay and damage. Sugars give the bacteria in the mouth something to feed on, releasing acid as a byproduct. This acid corrodes enamel and leaves teeth exposed to decay. Alcohol is known to cause dry mouth. When the mouth is dry, there is not enough saliva to wash away the damaging sugars and acids that cause tooth decay and cavities. Avoid taking medication after brushing teeth or try medicines that come in the form of pills. Sinuses and Tooth Ache When your sinuses experience problems like inflammation or infection as the result of a flu, they can place pressure on your teeth. If you have a cold or flu, there's added pressure in your head, and this sometimes translates to tooth pain. Sinuses can also cause your lower teeth to ache. This is due to referred pain, where a problem in one area leads to pain in another. Swollen sinuses can also force the teeth into different positions, leading your bite to feel a bit different. Use of OTC pain relievers, saline nose spray, a humidifier and lots of rest can help your body compensate for this condition as it recovers. Consult our dental care experts today and ensure better oral health....

All Posts:
Why Your Teeth Love Tea So Much
Is There Any Cure for Cavities?
How to Keep Your Teeth Safe When Struggling with the Flu
Why Could Biting Hurt?
Why Composite Fillings Are So Popular
Why Ibuprofen is Best Following Oral Procedures
When Struggling with Morning Sickness, You Must Protect Your Teeth
Which Types of Juice Are Bad for Your Teeth?
When You Get Cavities Between Your Teeth, They Can Do a Lot of Damage
Are Toothpicks Good at Improving Oral Health?
Are There Benefits to Having Xylitol in Your Gum?
Fiber is Great for Improving Oral Health
Facts You Need to Know About Untreated Cavities
Signs You May Have Gum Disease
How Can You Tell if a Filling Comes Loose?
Why You Should Leave Reviews After Coming to Our Office
Why You Need to Time How Long You Brush
Caring for Veneers Means Keeping Up with Oral Hygiene
Maintaining New Fillings is Important
You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
You Can Make Brushing More Fun By Swapping Toothpaste Flavors
You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
You Can Make Brushing More Fun By Swapping Toothpaste Flavors
Why Your Teeth Suffer When You Get Insomnia
Why Should You Wait After Eating to Brush?
How Long Does it Really Take for a Cavity to Form?
How Do You Build Up Your Tolerance for Oil Pulling?
Dry Mouth is a Problem for Denture Wearers Too
Brushing Immediately After Eating Can Hurt Your Teeth

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