The Relationship Between Sugar And Your Oral Health

Posted on October 13, 2016. Filed under: Dental Care, Dental Cavity, Dental Hygiene Tips, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition | Tags: , , , , |

pumpkin-cookieFall is in the air and it seems you can’t go anywhere without pumpkin-flavored something or other staring you in the face. And around the corner is Halloween, the unofficial kickoff for celebrating all things sweet and sugary. 

Most people think that sugars in their food and drink are what play a major role in the development of tooth decay. But it’s not the sugar itself that does the damage. Certain bacteria feed on the sugars, use it as energy and then release acid, which gradually dissolves tooth enamel. The acid produced by plaque can eventually create a small hole in the enamel. Left untreated, dental cavities can eventually progress into the deeper layers of the tooth to the nerve, causing pain and possible tooth loss.

Dental caries (tooth decay) are the most common cause of tooth loss in young people. While everyone is at risk of tooth decay, children and teens are most at risk. 

One needs to stay on their toes to avoid the negative effects of sugar on teeth. The first step is to pay attention to the amount of time your teeth are exposed to sugar. Eating a cookie is much better for your teeth than drinking a soda or fruit juice, as it is a shorter exposure to the sugar.

• Brush and floss twice a day.
• Avoid snacking on sticky-sugary items (ex: gummy bears, fruit chews)
• Reduce your consumption of sugary drinks.
• Limit sugary foods to mealtimes.
• Rinse with water after eating sugary foods.
• Maintain regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

Add regular dental visits to the mix, and you and your loved ones have the best shot at winning the battle against tooth decay.

Call the Smile Savers Dentistry office in Columbia, MD today to schedule your dental hygiene appointment at 410-730-6460. We want you to keep your teeth healthy for your lifetime. We’re currently accepting new and emergency dental patients in the Howard County area.

Sources:
http://www.actiononsugar.org/Sugar%20and%20Health/Sugar%20and%20dental%20caries/151885.html
http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/cavities/article/what-are-the-effects-of-sugar-on-teeth-1214
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-surprising-relationship-between-sugar-and-tooth-decay-232927761.html

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A Word from Office Scheduler Kelly: Dental X-rays

Posted on June 6, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Treatment, Dental X-ray, General Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry, Teeth | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Kelly Green at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia Maryland
Our patients are always asking “Why do I need to have dental X-rays taken?” The reason for these X-rays is they are another diagnostic tool that the dentist uses to check the health of your teeth and bone. The X-rays allow us to view any possible decay that could be forming between the teeth and how deep it can be, they also allow us to view the surrounding bone that your teeth are in to make sure no changes have occurred. Some examples of X-rays that are generally taken when you come in to the dental office are bitewings, Panorex, and P.A.s.

Our office usually takes four bitewings once a year, these X-rays allow us to view both your pre-molar region on the right and left side up and lower as well as the molar region on the upper and lower right and left side. These are the X-rays mainly used to check for any decay to be forming. The name bitewing refers to the little tab of paper or plastic situated in the center of the X-ray film; which when bitten on, allows the film to hover so that it captures an even amount of the needed information.

The Panorex; or “pan,” is only taken every three to five years. This X-ray gives the doctor a full mouth view and we are able to see all of the teeth as well as your sinuses and the tempomandibular joint. This X-ray is to check overall and to see if any bone changes have occurred. It is also used to check the overall health of your mouth.

And lastly the P.A., which stands for periapical film, is commonly used when patients come in and are having a problem with a certain tooth. With this X-ray we are able to get the full view of the tooth all the way from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root and any surrounding bone.

X-rays are a wonderful tool for the doctor to use to help evaluate and improve your health. If you have questions about your dental X-ray exams, always feel free to discuss them with your dentist.

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