Clues Your Mouth Leaves Your Dentist

Clues Your Mouth Leaves Your Dentist

Many of us fail to recognize the connection between dental problems, lifestyle habits, and seemingly unrelated health conditions. However, our mouths tell a very revealing story. Many dental health issues point to far more than just poor brushing habits. Our mouths are often windows into the overall health of our bodies and our diets. In fact, seemingly common dental issues can sometimes indicate much more serious health issues that run the gamut from chronic health conditions like diabetes to excessive drinking. Inconsistent Flossing Don’t think you’re fooling Dr. Spieler by flossing right before your dental visit–your gums will tell a different story. Our Oasis Dental team can often see the slice marks and other indentations created by the dental floss on infrequent flossers. When you floss consistently, your gums won’t be as sensitive, and will build resistance to slice marks. Excessive Consumption of Soda A diet heavy in soda wreaks havoc on your teeth. The heavy sugar and acid content softens teeth enamel, making them prone to chipping and cracking. Dr. Spieler can recognize the impact of carbonated beverages on your teeth based on the presence of soft weakened teeth. Oral Cancer Fortunately, Dr. Spieler can recognize seemingly common dental issues that actually point to more serious issues. Changes in the landscape of your mouth that include bleeding, colored patches, changes in the way your teeth fit together, swelling, and thickening may be strong indicators of oral cancer. The symptoms don’t stop there, however. Lumps, eroded areas on the lips and gums, as well as other parts of the mouth, can be symptoms as well. This is why Dr....

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...

Various Causes and Treatments for TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders can be caused by a number of things including: Grinding teeth Misalignment of the jaw Arthritis Before TMJ can be addressed it must be diagnosed. This is done through a dental exam, and the dentist will check for unexplained noises, tenderness or problems with jaw movement. Once diagnosed, a treatment course will be recommended. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDR) offers the following basic approaches to start: Using heat to soothe pain Abstaining from hard foods and gum Relaxing the jaw muscles Other treatments that may help are: Using exercise techniques to increase mandibular strength Using a mouth guard to prevent grinding Using various prescription medications In severe cases of TMJ, it may be necessary to fix alignment by addressing an uneven bite. Orthodontic approaches may also help. The final course of treatment will be determined by the dentist taking into account symptoms and...

5 Dangers of Not Visiting the Dentist as Often as You Should

Tooth Loss If you do not regularly visit your dentist, it is quite possible that you can lose your teeth, making eating painful and ruining your smile. Toothaches It is common for people to have teeth that are sensitive to cold or hot foods. If the pain worsens over time, it could eventually develop into a constant toothache. Gum Disease While gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, takes a long time to happen, the effects are serious and could adversely affect your overall health. Dental Visits That Are Costly and Painful Most people who avoid the dentist only finally go when they have constant pain. By then, though, it is likely that the necessary treatments will be expensive and painful. Risk of Developing Other Diseases Evidence has proven that gum disease and tooth decay are correlated to heart disease, diabetes, dementia, certain types of cancer, and respiratory problems....

What Special Oral Health Issues Should I Know About as a Senior?

Your oral health can radically change as a senior. Thankfully, your dentist will be able to help you navigate any new oral health challenges. The odds of cavities developing increase as you age. Continue to floss and use a fluoride toothpaste. Due to your gums receding with age, tooth sensitivity may increase. Try an anti-sensitivity toothpaste. If the problem persists, check with your dentist. Dry mouth may also arise. This can eventually damage your teeth. Your dentist will be able to inform you of the best way to treat dry mouth. You might experience heart disease, diabetes, or cancer as a senior. These conditions can affect your oral health. Always keep your dentist informed of other health issues. Dentures can be a lifesaver for some seniors. However, make sure you take care of them! Follow all instructions regarding denture care, and keep your dentist in the know about your dentures. If you are looking for a new Bala Cynwyd dentist, give us a call today at (484)...

Understanding Beneficial Bacteria & the Digestive System

What we eat impacts our digestive systems. Trillions of beneficial bacteria can reside in our digestive system. They will have a significant influence on a range of bodily functions, including immune systems, 80 percent of which are located in the stomach. Another critical factor in overall health is the ratio between good and bad bacteria. Studies show best conditions are a balance of 85 percent good bacteria and 15 percent bad. An imbalance can put one at risk for a variety of health issues. Less than optimal conditions in the gut flora can make one vulnerable to health problems linked to bad breath. If the breath has a fish-like smell, it could be indicative of kidney issues. A fruity smell can mean uncontrolled diabetes. For optimal health and disease prevention, it is imperative we pay attention to how we seed the gut and produce beneficial bacteria. Before looking further into practical ways to do this, we have to first understand how diet impacts balance of the gut...
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