Hydration and Oral Health

Hydration and Oral Health

Water, glorious water, it’s truly the miracle liquid. Most of us understand that water is good for the body, but did you know water is good for your teeth too? Believe it or not, water offers some powerful benefits for your dental health. The clear liquid has the ability to prevent excessive build-up of bacteria and deliver essential nutrients to your teeth as well. Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental understands that many patients are unaware of all the benefits hydration has on their oral health. Water does all that? The Bala Cynwyd, PA dental team takes pride in educating patients on the many ways that water positively impacts holistic health. This miracle fluid is filled with many natural goodies like fluoride, minerals, calcium, and phosphate. These powerful nutrients help fortify the teeth. In addition, it has many helpful functions. Water effectively: Helps build and maintain strong teeth because it’s nutrient rich Helps wash away food particles and prevent excessive sugar build-up Prevents cavities that can develop from the excessive consumption of sugary drinks because it’s a sugar-free option Helps prevent tooth decay by diluting the saliva Helps prevent dry mouth Water and Holistic Health Your body is sixty percent water. It’s a necessity for many bodily functions as well as beneficial to your overall health. Water is a calorie-free option that helps to lose weight, get rid of waste, and keep muscles strong and supple. However, few of us realize how powerful water can be for our teeth as well. With every sip, our teeth are being washed and strengthened. Drinking water has many holistic and collective advantages that...
Pneumonia and Your Dental Visits

Pneumonia and Your Dental Visits

It’s well-known that pneumonia is a winter worry for lots of people. But it turns out that washing your hands isn’t the only way to avoid developing pneumonia. The recommendation to visit your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist twice a year is about more than keeping your smile healthy and beautiful. A recent study suggests that regular dental check-ups can lower your risk of pneumonia. Pneumonia is a serious illness that affects nearly a million Americans every year. Though there are risk factors, such as age and conditions like lung disease, research has found that people who do not go to regular six-month check-ups are at higher risk for developing pneumonia compared to people who visit the dentist regularly. The study shows that oral health has a strong connection to overall physical health. By taking good care of your mouth (and teeth), you’ll be able to take better care of your whole body. To help keep your smile healthy (and reduce your risk of pneumonia), call Oasis Dental to make an appointment with Dr. Spieler...
Sugar-Free Foods and Drinks Aren’t Better for Teeth

Sugar-Free Foods and Drinks Aren’t Better for Teeth

It’s no secret that sugary foods and drinks aren’t good for you. The alternatives, sugar-free foods and sodas, have reduced calories, but they are very acidic, which isn’t good for your teeth either. If this is news to you, not to worry: Oasis Dental team can help you take care of your smile.   How Sugar-Free Foods and Drinks Damage Teeth Researchers from the University of Melbourne studied the effects of sugar-free drinks compared to sugary drinks, like sports drinks and sodas, on teeth. The study discovered that both types of drinks softened tooth enamel. Enamel is the outer protective shell on the teeth, protecting your teeth from cavities and tooth decay. But bacteria in the mouth feeds on sugar, creating acids that cause cavities and tooth decay. Researchers believe that the chemical additives in sugar-free foods, such as citric acid, can be what cause the damage. Talk to your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist about protecting your tooth enamel from acidic food. Good Dental Hygiene Maintains Your Smile To prevent damage to your teeth, brush and floss after meals and snacks. Make an appointment with Dr. Spieler for annual cleanings and exams. Your smile should last a...
Opioid Abuse: How We Can Help

Opioid Abuse: How We Can Help

The ADA commits to multi-disciplinary efforts toward ending opioid abuse, as do loving, caring dental businesses like Oasis Dental. Did you know that prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl took more than 42,000 lives back in 2016 — more than in other years past? 40% of those deaths involved prescription pain relievers, according to the CDC, but this doesn’t quite account for the nearly two million Americans reported as having abused these products. The ADA has recently begun to include advanced education and training for dentists so that we can assist in fighting the opioid crisis while still maintaining our obligation to managing dental pain. There are numerous complexities surrounding modern pain management within dentistry, even including the very nature of drug addiction, methods for screening patients to glimpse possible substance use disorders, and proven techniques to motivate those at risk who desire the right treatment. In 2016, the ADA last updated its previous statement on opioids use in treating dental pain. For one thing, the statement urged dental professionals to more closely follow the CDC’s “opioid-prescribing guidelines for chronic pain” while using their own state’s prescription-drug monitoring programs, completing continuing education, and using non-narcotics as the primary therapy for this acute dental pain. The ADA also raised greater awareness regarding opioid analgesic abuse through partnering with several outside organizations like the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the DEA, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, and the U.S. Surgeon General as well. And many now pressure Congress to enact funding for a 2016 legislation to authorize multiple activities preventing opioid misuse. Whether you live in beautiful Bala Cynwyd, PA...

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)...
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