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Managing Acid Reflux Can Help Your Oral Health
Posted on 7/20/2018 by Water's Edge Dental
If you have been diagnosed with gastroesophageal acid reflux or GERD, you can be at risk for potential dental health issues. Even if you have acid reflux sporadically, it could affect your oral health because of the acids from the stomach that back up into the esophagus and mouth. How Can Acid Reflux be Treated?Treatment for acid reflux can include prescription or over-the-counter medications, as well as eating smaller meals and avoiding foods that are acidic such as tomato, citrus, raw onions, spicy foods, alcohol, coffee, or chocolate. How is Acid Reflux Diagnosed with an Oral Exam?Our dentist can be the first professional to notice if you have acid reflux because there can be tooth erosion or other signs in the mouth. Since the acid from reflux is in contact with your teeth, it can demineralize or remove layers from them. Patients that suffer from GERD, can also have dry mouth, which contribute to increased plaque production. Dental Problems from Acid Reflux It is important to get your acid reflux under control with proper treatment because, it not only affects your body, but it can create some serious problems with your oral health....

Does Vaping Cause Oral Health Problems?
Posted on 7/10/2018 by Water's Edge Dental
You might think that you've made a healthy decision if you decided to swap out cigarettes for vaping. However, there are still some risks to your health with vaping, including your mouth. By staying informed, you can make the best decision for your body. Effects on Gum TissueA recent study from Oncotarget looked at the effects of e-cigarette vapors on the gum tissue. They found that these vapors can trigger the release of certain inflammatory proteins in the gums. This stresses the cells, resulting in damage that could cause oral diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health complications. Some of the most common symptoms and signs of periodontal disease include: Most e-cigarettes contain flavorings to enhance their appeal. Unfortunately, these flavors can make the effects of vaping even worse on the gums by enhancing cellular damage. Effects on Saliva ProductionDespite what some people believe, e-cigarettes do still contain a certain level of nicotine. In its liquid form, this nicotine turns to vapor when inhaled. While it won't lead to bad breath, plaque buildup, or discoloration, it can inhibit your body's ability to produce saliva. This can leave you susceptible to dry mouth, cavities, bacterial buildup, and decay. The good news is that you can choose just how much nicotine you want your e-cigarettes to contain, so you do have some control over these effects. Stopping all forms of smoking is the best thing that you can do for your body, including your mouth. Add in a good dental hygiene routine and regular trips to the dentist, and you'll have healthier teeth in no time. Call us today to set up your next cleaning appointment....

Why a Toothache May Start Off as Sinus Pain
Posted on 6/20/2018 by Water's Edge Dental
Believe it or not a toothache may start off as sinus pain from an infection. How is this possible? The maxillary sinuses are located inside the cheekbones, above the upper jaw. When an infection is present in the maxillary sinuses, pressure builds, and you can feel a lot of pain in your tooth. This condition is what we call a sinus toothache. Should You Call the Dentist or the Doctor?If you feel pain in your teeth and have a sinus infection, it is very possible that the pressure from your sinuses is causing the tooth pain. It can be a good idea to call our office and get your tooth checked out. If our dentist rules out any oral conditions such as a cavity, gum disease, and abscess or any other problem, you should call your physician. How is a Sinus Infection Treated?Most sinus infections are viral and should not be treated with antibiotics. The only option in this case if waiting for the infection to run its course. If there is a high fever with nasal drainage, your doctor may order antibiotics. Thing You Can Do to Relieve the PainIf your doctor sends you home, but you still have pain there are some things you can do. Stop at the pharmacy and get an over-the-counter medication for your symptoms, you can talk to the pharmacist and they can recommend the best choice. Drink plenty of fluids, take a hot shower and let the steam clear your sinuses, eat spicy foods, and get plenty of rest. If you're tired, taking a nap or going to bed early can do a world of good. Now that you know why a toothache may start off as a sinus infection, you can be better prepared if you have some symptoms that may cause you concern. If you're not sure, just call our office....

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Managing Acid Reflux Can Help Your Oral Health
Does Vaping Cause Oral Health Problems?
Why a Toothache May Start Off as Sinus Pain
What You Should Have in a Dental Emergency Kit
Why Your Teeth Need You to Drink Lots of Water
Why Do You Need to Come See Us Every Six Months?
Why Gums Often Bleed in Pregnant Women
What Swelling In Your Mouth Could Mean
How to Change Up Your Brushing Routine to Make It Less Routine
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Your Dentist is Not Going to Shame You for Coming In After Years of Missed Treatments
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What Orange Lipstick Does to the Appearance of Your Teeth?
Your Tongue May Be the Harbor of Your Bad Breath
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