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Cold Air Can Cause Toothaches
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Ralph Becker
Cold weather is uncomfortable in a lot of different ways, but what you might not know is that cold air can actually make your teeth hurt. By better understanding how this phenomenon works, you can take steps to keep your teeth safe. Temperature Changes and Toothaches Thermal stress on the tooth structure can lead to pain. Depending on the air that we breathe, our mouths will change temperatures. It is estimated that the front teeth can experience temperature fluxes of around 120 degrees Fahrenheit several times each day. To understand how thermal stress impacts the tooth, it is important to understand the tooth structure. The tooth consists of several layers, with the dentin sitting between the protective enamel and the inner pulp. The dentin can expand and contract with thermal changes causing pain, and this sensation can be especially prominent during quick changes. This stress caused to the tooth structure can even lead to cracking. How to Keep Your Teeth Safe in the Cold Fortunately, there are ways to keep your teeth safe even in the coldest of weather. The most important thing is to maintain proper oral hygiene, and if you continue to experience pain after a rapid change in temperature, consider a change to a desensitizing toothpaste. Make sure that you drink enough water so that your teeth and gums are always moist and adjust your diet so that you are getting all of the important food groups. You might also want to limit the time you spend outdoors, especially when it is very cold. If you're able to see your own breath, you should take this as a sign that you need to stay inside. Regardless of the season, it is important to stay up to date with your dental cleaning and appointment. Give us a call today to set up your next cleaning and to discuss your cold weather discomfort....

Chewing Tobacco is Really No Better Than Smoking Where Your Oral Health is Concerned
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Ralph Becker
The dangers of smoking cigarettes are well-known. As more people learn about these dangers, the number of people who smoke cigarettes has gone down. While some people heed the warnings about smoking and give up all tobacco products, others simply turn to a form they think is less dangerous. Many people turn to chewing tobacco if it is less harmful. But when it comes to their oral health, this is not the case. What Does Chewing Tobacco Do to Oral Health? Instead of trying to decide which is worse, chewing tobacco or smoking cigarettes, when it comes to oral health, it is better to look at how chewing tobacco impacts your oral health. It is harmful in a variety of ways. Chewing Tobacco and Cancer Smoking is linked most often to problems with lung cancer. Chewing tobacco is linked to a variety of types of cancer including oral cancer. This is not something to ignore. The dangers of cancer are a problem with any type of tobacco or nicotine use. Some people may rationalize that chewing tobacco is a safer option than smoking, but they are fooling themselves. When it comes to oral health, chewing tobacco is just as bad or possibly worse. It is best to avoid using tobacco products altogether. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact the dental professionals at our office....

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....

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