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Cavities: The Importance of Good Dental Hygiene

  Brushing your teeth is important to do twice a day. After along night of bacteria growing inside your mouth, don’t you think it needs a cleaning in the morning? With a simple routine of regular brushing and flossing, combined with regular dental cleanings, most people can avoid serious issues with oral health and tooth decay. But now we know that you may be doing your health an even greater favor than previously thought. Recent studies ave shown that people with bad dental hygiene have a higher risk of heart disease, limbic system issues, and prenatal health concerns. For many people, the first sign that your oral health may be suffering is tooth pain, often due toa cavity, which is a hole in your tooth. When little chunks of food are not removed from your mouth, they start the process of tooth decay, and create plaque. Tooth enamel starts to get dissolved by acids found in plaque. So what can you do if you end up with a cavity? Luckily, a cavity is not the end of the world. Dr. Spieler has several different ways to fix a cavity, check for further tooth decay, and help with advice to improve your oral health. A healthy smile means a healthier...

How Diet and Nutritional Choices Affect Your Oral Health

Good oral health depends upon making smart dietary choices. Certain foods and beverages can have an adverse effect on the health of your teeth and gums. Foods and beverages containing sugar help to create a bacterial film on your teeth called plaque that causes tooth decay. Failing to brush your teeth after eating produces acids that can damage and destroy tooth enamel. Plaque also contributes to irritated, red and sensitive gums, a leading cause of tooth and bone loss in adults. It’s important to consume the following foods in moderation and ensure that you brush and rinse your teeth after eating to avoid oral health problems. Refined carbohydrates in such foods as pasta, bread, crackers and chips. Chewy and sticky foods that include syrups, honey and caramel that inhibit saliva from naturally washing away food debris from teeth. Sugary snacks containing high levels of sugar. Candy and gum that coat teeth with sugar, making a ripe environment for decay. Carbonated soft drinks containing sugar, phosphorous and carbonation that destroy tooth enamel. Fruit and vegetables juices that bathe the teeth in decay-causing sugars. Sports beverages with high pH levels similar to carbonated soft drinks that erode dental enamel. Acidic foods and beverages that contain phosphoric, citric, malic, lactic, and tartaric acids, including soft drinks, fermented products, wine and...

Smokers Carry Increased Dental Risk

In addition to the well-known health risks of smoking, cigarette use is also associated with a number of lesser-known risks to dental health and oral hygiene. From nuisances like discolored teeth, bad breath and increased tartar and plaque accumulation on one end of the scale to more serious conditions such as gum disease, bone loss and oral cancer on the other, cigarette smoking can impact teeth, gums and tongue just as surely as it does heart and lungs. Smoking poses such a danger to dental health, it is actually the number one cause of tooth loss. Smoking may also lead to higher failure rates for procedures such as dental implants, and slow the recovery from such procedures considerably. Because of these threats to dental as well as overall health, our patients are advised to seek out smoking cessation resources from their physician or through organizations like www.smokefree.gov and www.cancer.org. Smokers should also schedule regular dental and oral health care with Dr. Spieler and our team to ensure they are screened for conditions such as periodontal disease and receive the specialized dental hygiene they need, including more frequent than average...

What to Do in Case of Dental Emergency

Knowing what to do in case of accident or another dental emergency can help save a tooth and prevent further complications. Here are some tips on dealing with common emergency situations: Knocked out adult tooth. Contact a dentist without delay. Continuously the tooth moist while you get to the dental clinic. This can be done by keeping it in the mouth, in milk or in a tooth preservation product. Cracked tooth. Gently clean the area by rinsing it with warm water. Use compresses if swelling occurs. Bit tongue or lip. Rinse the area with warm water, then apply a cold compress to keep swelling down. Object stuck in mouth. Carefully use floss in an attempt to remove it. Never use a pointed instrument. Toothache. Rinse the mouth with warm water and gently floss to remove stuck food. Never put aspirin on the gums or a tooth. In the case of dental emergency, you should see a Bala Cynwyd dentist or go to the emergency room without delay. It’s always better to avoid a dental accident in the first place. To reduce the risk of tooth injury, always wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports, avoid chewing excessively hard foods like popcorn kernels and never use your teeth to cut or open...

Sealants

The best way to prevent cavities is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Even with proper daily cleaning, it is easy to miss food particles and bacteria; especially on those back molars, which we use to chew. These hard to reach teeth are rough and uneven, providing a perfect place for cavity-causing bacteria to hide. Fortunately, there is another safeguard available to help prevent cavities from forming. Sealants are made from dental materials such as plastic and provide a thin, protective coating over the chewing surface of your back teeth. While sealants are not a replacement for brushing and flossing, when used in conjunction with proper dental hygiene, they can help stop early decay from becoming a cavity. Sealants have proven to lower the risk of tooth decay of the molars by nearly 80%. Protecting these teeth is vitally important to your child’s oral health. According to a 2016 report released by the Centers for Disease Control, only 43% of children ages 6-11 have their teeth sealed. The CDC stresses the importance of these sealants in their report, stating that school-age children are at almost three times the risk of cavities without sealants in comparison to those with sealants. If you are looking for a dentist in Bala Cynwyd, give our office a call today at (484)...

No Need To Live With Sensitive Teeth

Pain from sensitive teeth manifests itself when eating or drinking something hot or cold. It can vary from a slight discomfort to a full out “ouch!” moment. Tooth sensitivity is a condition that is quite common and can be caused by a variety of different issues. It could be due to tooth decay, or a cavity, gum disease, worn tooth enamel, a broken or fractured tooth or filling, or an exposed root. Enamel covers the crown of the tooth, or its exposed part. This acts as a natural protector against acid and stains. Underneath the gum line is a substance called cementum, which protects the roots of the teeth. Beneath these protective layers is the dentin of the tooth in which lie canals or tubules that are hollow. When the protective enamel or cementum erodes, the dentin can sense pain Dentists can reduce or eliminate sensitivity by addressing its...
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