The holidays are upon us, and many of us are preparing to celebrate with family gatherings that involve consuming all our favorite seasonal foods.

But with all the excitement, it’s easy to overlook the impact that certain of these foods can have on your teeth. At our Troy, OH family dentist office, we want you to enjoy the holidays in a way that doesn’t compromise your oral health.

Below are 4 delicious holiday foods that are so delicious, but can also be bad for your dental health.

  • Popcorn – Popcorn is a holiday favorite, but at this time it can be drenched with caramel for a sweet, satisfying treat. You don’t necessarily have to pass on popcorn, but be aware that the kernels can get stuck in between your teeth, and are often difficult to remove. As a result, they can lead to bacterial growth and other complications. If you indulge, rinse your mouth and floss as soon as possible.

  • Deeply-Colored Foods –  Some deeply-colored foods can be very healthy, like beets or curry. But the downside is that these types of foods can quickly stain your teeth. Remember to immediately rinse your mouth with warm water or a mouthwash after you consume these foods during your holiday feast.

  • Carbonated Sugary Drinks – Consumption of carbonated drinks has increased dramatically, but the sugar in these drinks linger in your mouth and form acid that eats away at dental enamel and leads to decay. Try substituting with water or water-infused fruit juice to quench your thirst and keep your teeth healthy.

  • Tomato Products (Ketchup, Hot Sauce, Pasta Sauce) –  The acidity level of tomato products can soften the enamel of your teeth, resulting in increased tooth sensitivity. This process can also lead to tooth decay. Tooth enamel is also prone to stains due to the dark color of tomato sauces. Adding water to the sauce can help decrease acidity levels.

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The Troy, OH family dentist is committed to providing you with all the information you need to keep your smile healthy. Please don’t hesitate to call us to learn more!

When most people think about getting dentures, they are usually focused on their teeth and restoring function. But the long-term success of full or partial dentures placed by the Troy, OH family dentist is the health of your gums on which the dentures sit.

Periodontal Disease and Your Oral Health

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection of the gums that attacks the gums and supporting structures. Infections of the gums are the result of the same bacteria that is responsible for tooth decay.

There are three stages of gum disease:

  1. Gingivitis
  2. Periodontitis
  3. Advanced periodontitis

As gum disease progresses, it dramatically increases the potential for tooth loss, further spread of infection, and other serious issues that even affect your general health.

Why Gum Disease is a Problem for Denture Wearers

Both gum disease and gum recession can lead to issues with the comfort and fit of a denture.

With removable dentures, severe gum disease of the loss of gum tissue makes it easier for dentures to come loose and feel uncomfortable when worn.

If your dentures are fixed in place with dental implants, gum disease can decrease the stability of implants, resulting in failure of the implant and serious damage to the jawbone.

Treating Gum Disease 

When it comes to treating gum disease, our dentist usually recommends more frequent cleanings and the use of antibiotic rinses or medication. More severe cases may require a deep cleaning, referred to as scaling and root planing.

If you would like to take steps to prevent gum disease before it damages your oral health, consider these helpful tips:

  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly, at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
  • Do not use tobacco products
  • Clean and soak your denture/bridge as instructed
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups and maintenance

Please Contact Us for an Appointment

Would you like to protect your dentures by improving the health of your gums? Please contact the Troy, OH family dentist to arrange an appointment for exam and cleaning.

If you are thinking about orthodontic treatment, you are probably focused on the esthetic result. It’s exciting to think about smiling again with confidence!

While esthetics are important, you probably haven’t given much thought to the long-term health effects of orthodontic treatment. It’s true that treatment can dramatically alter your appearance, but straighter teeth also result in a healthier smile.

The Problem With Crooked Teeth

You already know that crooked teeth have a negative impact on the appearance of your smile. But many patients of the Troy cosmetic dentist who are interested in orthodontics, may not realize how a misaligned smile impacts overall oral health. Here are a few examples of oral health problems related to crooked or crowded teeth.

Difficulty Cleaning: If you don’t have clean teeth, you don’t have a healthy smile. Proper oral hygiene is essential if you want to enjoy a life free of dental problems. Crooked or crowded teeth make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene because you may not be able to floss between them. This puts you at risk for decay and periodontal disease.

Increased Orthodontic Problems: When one or more teeth are crooked or crowded, surrounding teeth start to shift as well. Your teeth are always moving, and as the root of a crooked tooth tilts to one side or the other, adjacent teeth follow. Putting off treatment may result in increased orthodontic problems down the road.

Dental Bite: If you have untreated orthodontic issues, you can end up with a misaligned dental bite. This means that teeth on one side of your mouth bite down harder on one side than the other. This can lead to a variety of problems including excess wear on teeth, jaw pain, and even TMJ.

Call the Troy Cosmetic Dentist Today!

Why risk your good oral health with a crooked smile? With all the great adult orthodontics available today, there’s no reason to live with a smile you don’t love. Please call our office, and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation with our dentist.

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