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Vegetables That Can Reduce Dental Stains
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Ralph Becker
A diet rich in vegetables is an important part of good oral health. However, some vegetables go further than others when it comes to maintaining healthy teeth that are white and free of stains. If you want a whiter and brighter smile, consider adding these vegetables into your diet. Carrot and Celery Carrot and celery sticks are a great way to keep the teeth healthy, and their oral health benefits can keep the teeth white and bright. Chewing on these highly fibrous vegetables stimulates production of saliva and rinses away stain-causing bacteria and acids. Snacking on these vegetables is the equivalent of an extra brushing session each day. Leafy Green Vegetables Another type of vegetable that can help reduce dental stains are leafy greens. Collard greens, cabbage, and chard are all packed with the nutrients that helps to improve oral health. These include vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous. Healthy teeth are less likely to stain and decay, so you'll be more likely to show off a beautiful, white smile when they are a regular part of your diet. Broccoli Broccoli is also a great option for a whiter smile. The secret is to eat the florets, as this portion will stimulate saliva production that can keep your teeth healthy. Broccoli is also a good source of iron, which helps to create an acid-resistant barrier to protect your enamel and prevent against stains. Brussel Sprouts For strong and healthy teeth, you need to get enough calcium in your diet. Brussel sprouts are a good source of calcium and vitamin C, making your teeth strong and resistant to stains. Remember that what you eat affects your teeth, so good oral hygiene is a necessity to keep them white and healthy. Regular dental cleanings are also crucial for good oral health, so call us today to set up your next appointment....

Does Tooth Pain Cause Migraines?
Posted on 9/30/2018 by Ralph Becker
Everything in the face and head is interconnected. When something hurts, it usually means that it will affect another area of the face. So, it is possible that having tooth pain can cause a migraine or a headache. Depending on how severe the tooth pain is, it can turn into an even worse migraine, and anyone who suffers from these debilitating headaches will tell you, they leave you feeling weak. In many patients, having a migraine can mean missing work or school because it hurts to move, let alone get out of bed. Migraines Caused by Oral Health Problems There can be several reasons why tooth pain can cause a migraine. One of the most common ones is due to a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or TMJ). People who suffer from bruxism, the grinding, and clenching of the teeth at night, can also suffer from chronic headaches or migraines due to the pressure in their jaw. A migraine can also develop from an abscess, a severe dental infection that causes severe pain and swelling and should be treated as soon as possible. The reverse can also happen. Many times, when you suffer from a sinus infection, you could get a migraine from the pressure in the nasal passages. If you think about it, the root of the upper teeth are found very close to the nostrils and any pressure there could result in a headache. If you have an unexplained migraine along with a toothache or fever, you may want to call us, so we can examine you and make sure your headache is not related to an infection in the mouth. On the other hand, if you have a sinus infection that is causing your tooth pain, you can try taking over-the-counter decongestants to relieve the pressure on your head. Chances are that once the medication kicks in, you will start feeling better....

Does Pregnancy Change Your Dental Needs?
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Ralph Becker
Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman's life, but it also presents challenges with her oral care. This is a time when many changes are happening to your body, including your mouth. There are hormonal changes that will affect your dental needs, and they can also affect the outcome of your pregnancy. As we have told you many times in the past, your oral health is closely linked to your overall health. Oral Health During Pregnancy According to some data, as much as 50-percent of women develop gingivitis between the second and eighth months of pregnancy. The hormone changes are to blame here, and in most cases, the condition goes away after your baby is born. Hormones are to blame here because they may increase the irritation in your gums and some patients are more susceptible than others to gum disease. Moreover, the old wives tales about losing a tooth with each new baby are not entirely accurate. However, there is an increased risk of having loose teeth during pregnancy. Progesterone and estrogen production can loosen the bones that keep your teeth in place. Morning sickness can also contribute to decay. It's a vicious circle because many women who suffer from morning sickness during pregnancy develop an aversion to the taste and texture of toothpaste. The stomach acid from vomiting can cause tooth decay. While the reaction is to brush your teeth immediately, we recommend you wait for about 30-minutes until the acid in your mouth goes away. If you feel nauseous from toothpaste, you can rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash or water. You can also brush without toothpaste if you can't tolerate it. It is critical that you not skip your dental cleanings and regular checkups when you are pregnant because your needs will change, and you may develop certain conditions due to your pregnancy. Let us know about any other concerns during this special time in your life....

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Ralph J. Becker, D.D.S., P.C.
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