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Do Your Gums Change as You Get Older?

Posted on 6/22/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
As we age, our entire body changes. Our metabolism decreases, our body is slower to heal, and we get to the point where we all begin to forget things a little more easily. The same is true for our mouths. The health slowly declines as we get older to some degree, and our gums become less resilient over time. However, that does not mean we are destined to have a mouth of pure chaos. While the mouth does change, there are things that can be done to keep it as healthy as possible along the way. How to Keep Your Oral Health as Optimal as Possible The first thing you can do to help keep your oral health as high as possible is to start early in taking care of your mouth. This means from a young age, take care of your mouth properly on a daily basis. Brush two times per day, floss once per day, and always rinse with a good-quality, alcohol-free mouthwash. This also means seeing your dental professional every six months. Should you develop any type of an issue, as most adults do, come in and see us for treatment. It also means that you take your oral health seriously as you age. If you have an issue with your gums, come in and let us help treat it. Should you lose a tooth, take steps to replace it. Most adults have at least one missing tooth, so it is not unheard of or unusual. You have to make sure to take proper care of your mouth from as young as possible, on. If you didn't care for your mouth properly when you were younger, then start today. It is not a lost cause. If you want help making sure your gums and teeth are as healthy as possible, call our office today!...
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Do Sugar Substitutes Do the Same Kind Of Damage As Process Sugars

Posted on 6/8/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
In the dental world, sugar is considered the enemy to teeth due to the highly negative effects it has on teeth. The bad bacteria that cause cavities love sugar and significantly speeds up the time it takes for them to cause damage. But you don't have to give up sweet things, right? The artificial sweeteners found in diet soda and sugar-free gummy bears eliminate any potential oral health problems, correct? The answer is complicated and isn't a straightforward yes or no answer. We will be briefly going over why sugar substitutes really do to your teeth. The Elephant in The Room The first thing that you are likely thinking of when it comes to this question regarding artificial sweeteners is diet soda. Regular soda is one of the worst things for your teeth due to the high amounts of sugar it contains, which is why we urge people to watch their consumption or ditch it entirely. Sugar isn't the only thing that makes it harmful to teeth, however. The nature of soda itself is acidic due to the carbonation (even plain seltzer water is acidic) which is further amplified by the acidity of the sugar-free sweetener. High acidity wears down tooth enamel creating a different, but still a very problematic set of issues. Not all sugar-free products are bad. We are fans of sugar-free gum around and in fact, many of these products are ADA accepted! In addition to this, sugar-free flavoring found in coffee creamers and protein shakes for the most part won't have the same effects that highly acidic products have such as fruity sugarless candy. If you have any questions you would like to ask. Feel free to call our office using the number provided. Or, if you would like to set up an appointment, we would be happy to have you with us!...
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How to Keep Waking Up with Caffeine but Without the Dental Stains

Posted on 5/29/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
Do you love coffee? If so, you probably already know that this well-loved beverage can stain your pearly whites. In fact, coffee is one of the most common reasons that people have tooth-staining problems. While a stain may not appear immediately after drinking a cup of coffee, the stains do build up over time. Once they start to emerge, you may find it difficult to remove them. The best way to deal with staining is to work at preventing coffee stains. The following tips will help you get the morning pick-up you need without the dental stains. What to Do Naturally to Prevent Coffee Stains To prevent coffee from staining the teeth, add some milk. The milk provides a layer of protection against coffee's staining acids as well as lightens the hue. The protein in milk binds to the polyphenols in the coffee. Instead of producing stains, the polyphenols move into the digestive tract, where they are quickly broken down. Only milk from an animal, however, will prevent the stains. Soy milk, for instance, does not contain the same type of protein as cow's milk. Also, the higher the content of fat in the cow's milk, the better. You can also drink coffee through a straw to prevent staining. You might try this approach when drinking an iced coffee drink Caffeine Impacts the Effects of Staining Caffeine may pick you up in the morning. However, coffee with more caffeine also produces more staining. That is because the amount of caffeine is related to the number of polyphenols in the coffee. If you drink a coffee with less caffeine, you also will drink a beverage with fewer stain-causing polyphenols. Also, the method of brewing, affects staining. Coffee that is brewed in a percolator will stain the teeth less than coffee brewed in some other ways. However, the best brew method is cold brewing. This technique may take longer, but it will ultimately reduce the chance of staining. As you can see, you can prevent the stains produced by coffee. We also recommend that you brush your teeth if you have to drink coffee with caffeine. If you cannot brush your teeth, at least rinse them with a little plain milk or water. Doing so can remove the residue that attaches to the teeth. Just don't do it right after you drink the brew, as the acids can soften the enamel. If you brush right after your drink coffee, you could damage the enamel. For all your dental needs, we are here to help. Contact us today about scheduling an appointment for a cleaning and consultation....
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All Posts:

Do Your Gums Change as You Get Older?
6/22/2020
Do Sugar Substitutes Do the Same Kind Of Damage As Process Sugars
6/8/2020
How to Keep Waking Up with Caffeine but Without the Dental Stains
5/29/2020
Dental Hygiene for Toddlers
5/15/2020
Do You Need to Have a Cracked Tooth Extracted?
4/20/2020
Danger of Not Fixing a Tooth You Can Tell Has Cracked
4/10/2020
You Need to Fix Teeth Even If They Are Not Yet Painful
3/25/2020
Dental Issues That If Left Untreated Could Become Deadly
3/15/2020
What Are the Benefits of Getting Dental Debridement?
2/20/2020
Ways to Remedy a Sticky Mouth When You Wake Up
2/10/2020
How Do Plaque And Tartar Affect Your Teeth?
1/25/2020
Is Cosmetic Bonding in Your Future?
1/15/2020
Why So Few People Brush the Roof of Their Mouths?
12/25/2019
How to Keep from Staining Your Dental Crowns
12/15/2019
Signs of Sweet Sensitivity in Your Teeth
11/20/2019
How Does Saliva Restore the pH Balance in Your Mouth After Consuming Acidic Items?
11/10/2019
How Sleeping with Your Mouth Open Impacts Your Oral Health
10/25/2019
Is There Ever a Bad Age for Dental Sealants?
10/15/2019
Dangers of Not Getting a Numb Tooth Checked
9/25/2019
Can You Leave Ice on Too Long After Dental Work?
9/15/2019
Just How Strong Is Tooth Enamel
8/25/2019
Is There Anything You Can Do if You Lose Your Tooth's Enamel?
8/15/2019
It Is Important to See a Dentist During Pregnancy
7/20/2019
Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Flossing?
7/10/2019
What Does an Oral Piercing Do to Harm Your Oral Health?
6/25/2019
How Can a Dental Filling Leak?
6/15/2019
Tips for Caring for New Veneers
5/25/2019
Things to Avoid if You Have Veneers
5/15/2019
Dangers Associated with a Boring Oral Hygiene Routine
4/20/2019
Cracked Teeth Have Several Restorative Options
4/10/2019
Should Adults Ask About Dental Sealants, Too?
3/25/2019
Reasons Your Teeth May Hurt When You Get Up In the Morning
3/15/2019
Tips for Better Oral Hygiene You Can Begin Today
2/25/2019
How Ice Harms Your Teeth
2/15/2019
Is Alcohol Based Mouthwash Good for Your Mouth?
1/25/2019
How to Relax Before We See You to Avoid Dental Anxiety
1/15/2019
What to Expect Following an Injury to Your Tooth
12/25/2018
What to Do When You Notice Loose Teeth
12/15/2018
Is An Over The Counter Mouth Guard Better Than A Custom One?
11/25/2018
How to Relax Before We See You to Avoid Dental Anxiety
11/15/2018
Tips for Better Oral Hygiene You Can Begin Today
10/25/2018
Times When You May Need a Soft Tissue Graft
10/15/2018
We Want You to Share Your Fears with Us So We Can Help
9/25/2018
We Can Help with Restorative Dentistry
9/15/2018
Why You Never Want to Skip Past Dental Insurance Because of Expensive Premiums
8/25/2018
Why You May Want to Start Oil Pulling
8/15/2018
Managing Acid Reflux Can Help Your Oral Health
7/20/2018
Does Vaping Cause Oral Health Problems?
7/10/2018
Why a Toothache May Start Off as Sinus Pain
6/20/2018
What You Should Have in a Dental Emergency Kit
6/10/2018
Why Your Teeth Need You to Drink Lots of Water
5/20/2018
Why Do You Need to Come See Us Every Six Months?
5/10/2018
Why Gums Often Bleed in Pregnant Women
4/20/2018
What Swelling In Your Mouth Could Mean
4/10/2018
How to Change Up Your Brushing Routine to Make It Less Routine
3/25/2018
How Does Nitrous Oxide Help Relieve Dental Anxiety?
3/15/2018
Why Do So Many People Fear Root Canals?
2/25/2018
What to Do if a Dental Veneer Ever Chips or Breaks Off
2/15/2018
Your Dentist is Not Going to Shame You for Coming In After Years of Missed Treatments
1/25/2018
Your Dentist Can Help You Give Up Nicotine
1/15/2018
Who to Ask for Help From If You Need Assistance Flossing Better
12/25/2017
Bleaching Your Teeth Too Often Can Leave Them in Peril
12/15/2017
What Scuba Diving Can Do to Harm Your Oral Health
11/27/2017
What Orange Lipstick Does to the Appearance of Your Teeth?
11/17/2017
Your Tongue May Be the Harbor of Your Bad Breath
10/27/2017
Tips for Finding the Perfect Toothbrush
10/17/2017
Things to Chew That Will Freshen Your Breath
9/30/2017
Protecting Your Teeth and Gums While Pregnant
9/20/2017
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