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Posted by on 10:55 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do You Know What Coffee Is Doing to Your Oral Health?

If you start your day with a cup of coffee, you’re not alone. Over 80 percent of adults enjoy not just one cup of coffee, but around three cups a day. Have you taken the time to consider what drinking coffee might be doing to your oral health? If not, you should investigate. Coffee Can Cause Discoloration When drinking a cup of coffee, the last thing you want to do is spill it on your clothes. If it stains your clothes, rest assured that it’s also staining your teeth. The reason for this is the high acid level of coffee. While enamel naturally wears away overtime, acid only accelerates the process. As your enamel deteriorates, it makes it easier for stain producing substances, like coffee, to travel deep inside the enamel and cause discoloration, leading to yellow or off white teeth. Coffee Can Cause Bad Breath Drinking coffee can also lead to a mini case of halitosis. When you drink a cup of coffee, some of the coffee stays behind by latching on to your tongue. This might seem harmless, but any substance that stays on the tongue will eventually start to smell. If you’re drinking coffee on your way to work, by midday, the coffee probably has your breath smelling less than fresh. If you’re drinking several cups throughout the day, it’s probably even worse. Protecting Your Teeth Fortunately, if coffee is the only thing that’s getting you focused in the morning, you don’t necessarily have to avoid it.  However, you do want to make some changes to limit any negative effects on your oral health.    Drink it First—Try to have your coffee when you first wake up in the morning. When you have coffee on your way out the door or you stop on your way to work, you don’t have a chance to brush your teeth again. Having the coffee earlier gives you ample time to brush which can help reduce the likelihood of staining. Have Some Fruit—If you’re having coffee while out and about, have some fruit nearby to snack on. Fruits like strawberries are rich in fiber and they can help clean your teeth. When you don’t have an opportunity to brush, the fruit can somewhat semi-clean your teeth until you get home. Skip the Creamer—Try to avoid adding creamer and sugar to your coffee. These ingredients only increase the already high acidity of the coffee, which accelerates enamel erosion and staining. If you can’t completely give them up, at least try to cut down your portions or skip it on some days. If you’re concerned about coffee staining your teeth, make sure you’re discussing this topic with your...

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Posted by on 2:44 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Good Oral Hygiene For Expectant Mothers

So much is going on with you during pregnancy that you may not be thinking about teeth – not even yours, much less your baby’s. However, good oral hygiene improves you and your baby’s health. What’s more, certain conditions can develop because of your pregnancy. Take care of your teeth while you’re pregnant, and help develop your baby’s teeth as well. Importance of Standard Dental Care Standard dental care is not only safe, it’s recommended to promote overall good health. This includes deep cleaning because it helps you avoid oral infections and gum disease. Indeed, gum disease can lead to premature low birth weight babies. The bacteria can travel from your mouth, through the blood stream and all the way to the uterus. The bacteria can even trigger premature labor. General Dental Procedures You should postpone cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening until after birth. However, it’s safe to have your cavities filled or crowns implanted during pregnancy. Most typical medications used during routine dental work are safe for developing fetuses. What’s more, according to the Mayo Clinic, a single diagnostic X-ray won’t be detrimental to the baby. Nonetheless, only get an X-ray for emergency procedures – postpone your annual exam until after giving birth. Pregnancy-Related Dental Conditions Your pregnancy can exacerbate or create new dental issues. Many pregnant women experience increased tooth decay. One reason for this is succumbing to cravings, especially for sugary or carbohydrate-rich snacks. Good dental hygiene – brushing and flossing – is the recommended counteraction. If morning sickness is the culprit, make sure you rinse with water after every episode. Likewise, switch to bland toothpaste to avoid triggering nausea. Because of hormonal changes, you can also be more prone to gingivitis. This results in swollen and tender gums which can bleed when you floss. Be gentle in how you care for your teeth. However, you should also talk to your dentist about getting an extra cleaning to prevent gingivitis. Eating Right for the Baby’s Teeth You’ve probably done a lot of research about what you can and cannot eat. You surely also know that a healthy diet is essential in promoting health in your unborn child. That said, your baby’s teeth begin developing three months into your pregnancy. Your diet should include milk and other dairy products such as yogurt and cheese. Dairy products are an ideal source of the minerals that help develop the baby’s teeth and gums. Talk to a dentist like Paul Dona DDS about your pregnancy to get personalized advice for promoting good oral...

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