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Dental Implants Can Provide a Way to Remain Looking Younger
Posted on 3/25/2020 by Crossroads Family Dental
We frequently have patients that come to us presenting with pain in their jaw. You can develop jaw pain for a variety of reasons, but the most common is from temporomandibular joint syndrome or TMJ. The TMJ joint is located at the point where your upper and lower jaws meet. The joint acts like a hinge and is what allows your mouth to open, close, move to the left, and move to the right. It is like a hinge on a door. When you chew food, the joint allows you to open your mouth wide enough to get that beef sandwich or sub into your mouth. Some people have their first clue that there is a problem when they try to open their mouths to bite that fat sandwich and feel pain in the joint as they open it. Sometimes you can simply move it around a little and it will behave correctly and allow you to eat without pain. But other times it won't. When you have pain where your upper and lower jaw meet when you chew your food, it is time to call us. In the meantime, you can take action to minimize the pain. What Helps the Pain? First, you should try to avoid quick motions of your jaw. Slowly open it if you are eating something oversized or cut your food into smaller pieces. If you have a lot of pain when you are chewing, change your diet and try to eat foods that are softer and need less chewing like sausage patties as opposed to sausage links. Try to avoid foods that require your jaw to stretch open wider. You can use an ice pack if you experience pain even when you are not chewing. It will reduce any swelling. Another thing you can try is gentle massage in the area where your upper and lower jaws meet. And, of course, call us and we will assess the problem and recommend treatment options....

Dangers of Drinking Coffee on Your Teeth
Posted on 3/15/2020 by Crossroads Family Dental
Coffee. It is widely known of course that too much caffeine, which is in coffee is bad for your health–but it also causes huge harm to your teeth. Coffee stains your gums. And when you consume large quantities on a daily basis, your teeth will also become discolored. To maintain your teeth, it is advised that you reduce the amount of coffee you drink and maintaining your regular checkups with our professionals is crucial. What Coffee Does to Tooth Enamel Coffee destroys the tooth enamel. Coffee includes acid–acid is well established to weaken the tooth enamel. To help prevent serious damage to enamel and other issues, it is best to brush and rinse with water as soon as possible after consuming the coffee. Excessive coffee causes bad breath. It's understood that massive quantities of coffee weaken the enamel on your teeth. Drinking coffee, every single day actually lowers saliva, and lack of saliva helps bacteria grow faster. The lack of saliva can cause dry mouth, which is what can cause bad breath. Usually, our dentist will recommend that if you drink coffee, limit your intake and chew some sugar-free gum afterwards. You will avoid the dreaded coffee breath. Drinking coffee significantly increases your stress level and negatively affects your dental health. Tension has a lot of negative impacts on your oral health, which can exacerbate a range of dental problems. The strong advice is to limit the amount of your coffee consumption entirely, unless you can take your coffee completely black and strong, if so, the coffee has an ingredient called polyphenols that actually breaks down bacteria. If you are concerned about your oral health and the staining effects of coffee or other drinks may be having on your teeth, please call our office and we will get you scheduled for an appointment....

Some Tea Can Improve Gum Disease Treatment Results
Posted on 2/29/2020 by Crossroads Family Dental
We really don't usually talk about the benefits of tea for our patients. In this case, however, we can say that for some of you, drinking tea may help the effects of periodontal disease. If you haven't heard about the benefits of treating periodontal disease with green tea, keep reading. What Is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease is gum disease caused by bacteria. In the early stage of periodontal disease, you may experience irritation and inflammation of your gums. They might even be painful. You may find they are sensitive to heat and cold. If your gum disease is in the initial stage, and you come in to see us early, we can treat your disease and cure it. However, if you wait to come in and see us, and you don't practice good dental hygiene, you may end up with one of the later stages with periodontal disease, which we can treat but not cure. Treating Periodontitis with Tea There are many treatments for periodontal disease. You will need to have regular deep cleanings to keep periodontitis at bay. During the second and third stages of the disease, we will need to clean out the spaces between your teeth and gums to clear out the infection. There are things that you can do at home as well. One thing you can do at home is to drink green tea. Researchers have found that drinking green tea daily reduces the amount of bacteria in the mouth, which is better for your teeth and your gums. In fact, researchers have found that people who drink green tea regularly have better results while they are being treated for gum disease. For best results, you need to drink the tea without added sugar, because sugar acts to increase the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Do you have questions about how to care for your teeth if you have gum disease? Why not give us a call?...

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Dangers of Drinking Coffee on Your Teeth
Some Tea Can Improve Gum Disease Treatment Results
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Places Sugar May Hide In Your Diet
How Much Toothpaste Do You Really Need to Use to Clean Your Mouth?
The Battle of the Brushes
Should You Use Toothpicks to Clean Between Your Teeth?
What Not To Eat Following An Extraction
Ways Your Dental Health Affects Your Overall Health
How Can Tap Water Improve Your Dental Health?
Reduce Dental Anxiety Without the Use of Medication
Getting Dental Implants Can Help Improve Your Confidence
Foods to Avoid if You Have a Sore Tooth Until We Can Check It Out
The Importance of Always Having Up to Date Dental Records
Senior Teeth Need Special Care to Keep Healthy
Do You Use the Right Amount of Toothpaste?
Decreasing How Much Sugar You Consume Can Improve Your Oral Health
Important Tips for Right Before a Root Canal
How to Manage the Discomfort That Comes with an Abscess
You Need to Let Us Know if Flossing Starts to Hurt
Why Your Teeth Need You to Drink Water Daily
Foods That Can Freshen Your Breath In a Flash
Even Minor Dental Problems Can Lead to Chronic Tooth Pain
Speaking with Us at Each Appointment Helps You Get the Best Care Possible
How Long Can a Professional Dental Whitening be Expected to Last?
Wisdom Teeth Only Hurt When There is Something in the Way
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
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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
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You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
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Brushing Immediately After Eating Can Hurt Your Teeth
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