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Protecting Your Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is one of those things that most of us rarely think about until it’s gone. Fortunately, as the hardest substance in your body, it’s designed to last a lifetime. Yet, it can erode, and many are surprised to discover that it doesn’t regenerate.

Along with giving your teeth that pearly white sheen that showcases a healthy smile, tooth enamel plays an important role in protecting your teeth from decay. It acts as a barrier to protect the deeper layers of your teeth from acid and plaque and helps minimize sensitivity you would otherwise feel from very hot or cold food.

Although, tooth enamel is made primarily of minerals and is incredibly strong, it can be damaged and even destroyed by a few common habits that many of us have. The following proactive tips can help ensure you’re protecting this very important part of your teeth.

Avoid Hard Candy and Ice Cubes

Chomping on hard foods can cause tooth enamel to chip or crack. While biting down on that piece of ice or candy may be tempting, you’re risking tooth damage. If you do enjoy these hard items, make sure to suck on them instead of biting down. Better yet, avoid them altogether.

Stay Away from Soda (and Diet Soda)

It seems logical that a diet soda would be better for your teeth than one that contains sugar. However, dental erosion also happens in those who consume large quantities of diet sodas. In fact, a study published in General Dentistry showed a similar pattern of dental erosion in avid diet soda drinkers as in drug abusers who use methamphetamine or crack cocaine. The study connected the acid in both soda and diet soda with dental erosion. When enamel eroded  from continued soda intake, the study participants teeth became more susceptible to cavities and other dental problems.

Stop Overbrushing Your Teeth

Many of us think brushing our teeth harder means cleaner teeth. But, over time, it really leads to wearing away tooth enamel, as well as gum tissue. The end result is dental decay, the progression of gum disease and finally tooth loss. The best approach to teeth cleaning is gentle brushing with an ultra soft toothbrush that protects gum and tooth enamel.

Time Your Brushing

Besides soda, there are plenty of other foods and beverages that can erode tooth enamel. Yet, brushing your teeth too soon after eating or drinking these items can be damaging by actually brushing the acid into your teeth, rather than getting rid of it. A better approach is to rinse with water after consuming acidic foods and beverages and wait a half hour or so before brushing your teeth.  

Stay Hydrated

Saliva is a natural protectant of tooth enamel by rinsing away damaging acid and bacteria. Dehydration causes reduced saliva production which means your teeth aren’t getting the cleaning they need to protect enamel. Along with being beneficial to your overall health, drinking enough water each day is important for protecting your tooth enamel.

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Preventing Dental Caries in Adults

Preventing Dental Caries in Adults

Many people believe that dental caries (cavities) only occur in childhood. Unfortunately, adults don’t outgrow the risk of developing this common dental condition. In fact, 27% of American adults currently have untreated tooth decay.

While an individual’s oral hygiene typically improves in adulthood which can help reduce the risk of dental caries, there are often other habits at play that can increase the development of tooth decay. Some dental experts believe that there is even an increasing trend in adult dental caries. Let’s look at some of the reasons why this may be happening.

Diet

Cavities are closely linked to diet. Although most adults aren’t loading up on candy and soda, they are often getting hidden sources of sugar in unexpected places. Some of the sneaky foods and beverages that can promote dental decay include:

  • Fruit juice
  • Vitamin and sports drinks
  • Dried fruit
  • Milk
  • Cereal
  • Energy bars
  • Coffee drinks like lattes and cappuccinos

Over-Brushing

Rigorous tooth-brushing with a nylon bristle brush can also be a cavity culprit. This common habit can lead to receding gums. As roots become exposed, they become vulnerable to decay and the development of dental caries. Gentle brushing around the gum line twice a day can go a long way towards keeping teeth (and gums) healthy.

Old Fillings

Many adults have fillings that are decades old. These often weaken and even fracture which can produce gaps between the filing material and the tooth. Tooth decay can develop in these gaps causing new, larger cavities to form. One of the many reasons why routine dental visits are important is to check old filings for wear and tear. Those that are beginning to weaken should be replaced. In some cases, it may warrant a crown or additional endodontic treatment, such as a root canal.

A Proactive Approach to Preventing Adult Dental Caries

Along with regular brushing, there are other strategies for minimizing the risk of developing dental caries.

  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and rinse
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Eat a well-balanced diet low in sugar and heavy starches
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Minimize coffee, soda and alcohol

Of course, it’s also important to have twice yearly dental checkups. Professional cleaning and polishing can remove stubborn plaque and tartar that leads to cavities. And, with a thorough visual exam and x-rays, a dental professional can detect early signs of tooth decay before they become big problems.

5 Ways to Prevent Toothbrush Disease

It’s ironic that one of the most basic instruments of dental hygiene can also be considered, under certain circumstances, to be related to a condition commonly referred to as toothbrush disease. However, that is the case with our bristled friend, the toothbrush. It might be more accurate to say, in the hands of an overly aggressive or strenuous brusher, the toothbrush can cause real damage to teeth and gums.

What Is Toothbrush Disease?

Toothbrush disease or tooth abrasion is a condition caused by over brushing or brushing too vigorously to the point where enamel is removed from the teeth and aggressive brushing causes loss of gum tissue and gum recession. When gum tissue recedes, it opens the door for root decay to begin. Toothbrush disease is a precursor to gum disease which affects more than 64 million adults in the United States. Toothbrush disease is serious business mainly because so often, the people who have the condition are unaware of the damage they are causing their own teeth and gums.

1. Education and Awareness

The best way to prevent toothbrush disease is to educate yourself on your teeth and gums and increase your awareness of the best techniques for proper brushing and dental care. Consult with you dentist or hygienist and gently insist they go through a brief review with you. It’s especially important to know how much pressure you should apply when brushing.

2. Thoroughness Over Strenuousness

Many people operate under the misguided notion that if they brush harder, they can do a better and quicker job of brushing their teeth. However, plaque is a rather soft substance which does not require exertion but rather persistence to remove it from between the teeth which also requires floss or other devices for cleaning between the teeth. Thoroughness is the best way to approach the twice daily regimen of brushing teeth. Be methodical in your efforts to reach every part of your mouth when you brush.

3. Two to Three Minutes Twice a Day

For those people in the habit of brushing quickly, two to three minutes can seem like an eternity. But one of the best ways to fight toothbrush disease and insure a healthy smile for life is to reserve three minutes in the morning and three more at night (six minute amounts to one-tenth of one hour out of 24) for a gentle and thorough brushing of uppers and lowers, inside and out, front and back.

4. Don’t Overdo It

The most fastidious and diligent tooth-brushers are often the ones most guilty of causing tooth abrasion. This is due to over-exertion and their zeal for clean teeth. You wouldn’t scrub your face until it’s raw and bleeding, but believe it or not, many people do just that to their teeth and gums.

5. Choose Your Toothbrush Wisely

It’s a good idea to consider an alternative to old-school, hard bristle toothbrushes. Standard toothbrush contains nylon bristles that can do damage to delicate gum tissue and teeth enamel. The PeriClean is a smarter alternative with gentle rubber bristles that won’t damage fragile tooth enamel or gums.

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Protecting Teeth and Gums from Bone Loss and Sensitivity

Did you know that both your tooth enamel and gums are extremely thin? Tooth enamel is actually about the thickness of an egg shell, while gums are merely paper-thin!

Due to the fragility that this creates, brushing too hard can break down tooth enamel and wear away gums. If you’ve experienced sensitive teeth, it could very well be due to gum recession, which can lead to bone loss and sensitivity.

However, there is a way you can help prevent this! Brushing with the ultra-soft PeriClean reduces the chances of damage from vigorous brushing, thus protecting teeth and gums.

The Role of the Dental Hygienist in the Management of Dentin Hypersensitivity

Many Americans experience dentin hypersensitivity – or sensitive teeth, as we typically call it – but many do not think to ask their dental hygienist for ways to care for and possibly rehabilitate this painful issue. Dental hygienists can offer advice on brushing techniques, diet, and other factors that may ease sensitivity. Most importantly, if a hygienist is aware of the issue, they can track the progress of dentin hypersensitivity from appointment to appointment. To learn more, click here.

Dentin Hypersensitivity and Gingival Recession

One of the leading causes of dentin hypersensitivity (sensitive teeth) is gingival recession. Gingival recession can be caused by many factors, but the two main causes typically have to do with anatomic factors or oral hygiene habits. While gingival recession is easily preventable, it can also very easily occur, even to the most oral-hygiene-attentive patients. To learn more, click here.

Dentin Hypersensitivity: Current State of the Art and Science

Over the years, the history and causes of dentin hypersensitivity have been thoroughly researched. It has been found that dentin hypersensitivity is frequently found in those with periodontal disease. The factors that can lead to dentin hypersensitivity include loss of enamel and cracked teeth – occurrences that wear down the tooth and expose dentin, therefore making it more susceptible to sensitivity. To learn more about the history and causes of dentin hypersensitivity, click here.