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We all got together to indulge into our favourite foods this holiday season, where platter overflowed with sweet, spicy and acidic foods. However, when it comes to teeth, sugar isn’t the only culprit that cause tooth decay. High levels of acid in everyday foods and drinks are equally harmful. Lemons to wine, high-acid foods and drinks erode your teeth, causing decay, sensitivity and discoloration. But that doesn’t mean you have to strike all acidic foods and drinks from your diet. The way you consume these items can lessen their damage on your teeth.
It is a type of tooth wear where, the protective surface of your teeth or the enamel wears away exposing the underlying material, called dentin. This leaves your tooth vulnerable to tartar, plaque and bacteria, which cause decay.
Causes of tooth erosion:
Calcium is a key ingredient in building strong teeth. Unfortunately, exposing your teeth to acid can leach calcium from your enamel, causing this protective surface to break down. Foods which have Ph. below 5.0 to 5.7 are acidic. This acid can come from many sources, including the following:
· Carbonated drinks. All soft drinks, including “diet” options, contain high levels of acid that can easily dissolve your enamel.
· Wine. Whether you choose red, white or rosé, drinking wine will soften your enamel.
· Pickles. Which are traditionally seen in an Indian platter
· Fruit juice. The most acidic options include lemon, cranberry, orange and apple.
· Citric fruits. Snacking or sucking on lemons, oranges and limes can wear down your teeth.
· Candy. No sugary sweets are good for your teeth, but you should pay extra attention to avoid sour gummies and candies.
· Sugar. Even though sugar itself does not contain high levels of acidity, it promotes the growth of acid-creating bacteria in your mouth, creating an acidic environment.
· Stomach acid. Vomiting and reflux also can cause serious tooth damage when stomach acid comes into contact with your teeth. If you suffer from an eating disorder, acid reflux or a related condition, seek professional help.
Signs of tooth erosion
Acid wear may lead to serious dental problems. It is important to notice the signs of tooth erosion in its early stages (sensitivity and discoloration) before more severe damage occur, such as cracks, pain and decay.
· Sensitivity. As your teeth’s protective enamel wears away, you may feel a twinge of pain when you consume hot, cold or sweet food and drink. As more enamel is worn away, teeth become increasingly sensitive.
· Discoloration. Teeth can become increasingly yellow as the thinning enamel layer exposes the underlying dentin.
· Rounded teeth. Your teeth may have a rounded or “sand-blasted” look.
· Sharp edges. You might notice thinning of teeth with sharp edges which might cut your tongue and cheeks.
· Transparency. Your front teeth may appear slightly translucent near the edges.
· Cracks. Small cracks and roughness may appear at the edges of teeth.
· Cupping. Small dents may appear on the chewing surface of the teeth, and fillings may appear to be rising up out of the tooth.
What you can do to prevent tooth erosion
Follow these tips to reduce the effects of acid on your teeth.
· Eating higher pH. Food alongside. This helps in lowering the acidity. Includes food like nuts, cheese, oatmeal, mangoes, melons, banana, apples, eggs, vegetables, brown rice and whole grains.
· Eat with meals. Instead of snacking throughout the day, save acidic foods for mealtimes. This will reduce their contact with your teeth and help neutralize the acid by eating it with other foods.
· Wash down with water. Sip water alongside or after the acidic food or drink to wash it out of your mouth.
· Use a straw. While having acidic beverages, reduce their contact with your teeth by using a straw and finishing the drink quickly, instead of sipping over a long period of time.
· Say no to bubbles. Swap out carbonated drinks with water, milk or tea.
· Wait before brushing. Acid softens your enamel, so brushing immediately after eating or drinking high-acid foods or drinks can actually cause damage. Wait at least half an hour and then start brushing. In the meantime, you can always rinse your mouth with tap water.
· Quit smoking. Studies have showed that smokers are more prone to acidity leading to acid reflux and teeth erosion
· Professional help. See your dentist twice a year for dental cleaning and oral screening.
· Sugar free gums. Chewing on sugar free gums increase the saliva flow which, neutralise the acid and help the teeth to stay strong.
We know that coffee can stain those pearly whites, but does tea stain teeth?
The answer is YES.
In fact, tea might be even more likely to stain your teeth than coffee due to its higher tannin content.
If you don't want to give up drinking tea, it is important to look after your teeth in order to keep staining to a minimum.
How to reduce Stains Caused by Tea?
Drinking tea can cause lasting discoloration, but it is possible to reduce staining by developing healthy oral care habits.
At home, simple things such as brushing your teeth regularly can help. Brushing twice a day is good, but brushing immediately after you drink a cup of tea is even better. Drinking water after a cup of tea can help reduce the amount of tannin left in your mouth, too. Switching from black tea to herbal or green teas can also reduce staining, although it will not eliminate the problem altogether.
For added stain fighting, consult your dentist he will recommend you to try brushing with a prescribed toothpaste, which can help to whiten your teeth.
Get Rid of Existing Stains:
Visit your dentist at your earliest, he will recommend you to undergo scaling and polishing. He will also explain you about various teeth whitening procedures which include home or office bleach techniques.
For queries please feel free to ask us at Vista Dental Care.
What type of toothbrush should I use?
Just any old toothbrush may not be the one for you
With so many shapes, sizes and styles of toothbrushes on the market, deciding which kind to buy can be confusing.
Here's what you should look for:
Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth.
Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth
When it comes to the type of handle (such as non-slip grip or flexible neck), shape of the head (tapered or rectangular) and style of bristles (such as rippled, flat or trimmed to a dome shape), pick whatever is most comfortable for you. The best toothbrush is one that fits your mouth and allows you to reach all teeth easily.
Know your bristles, too. If they're really stiff, they can hurt your gums.
For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing, physically handicapped or who have limited manual dexterity
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you've had a cold since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.
Is having spicy food as task for u? Do you often experience burning sensation in mouth?Do you have frequent episodes of mouth ulcers??
Here are a few causes for the above condition:
- lack of essential vitamins, especially B-12, zinc, folate, and iron
-allergic response to mouth bacteria or acidic food
-prolonged irritating fillings
-erupting wisdom tooth
-hormonal changes during menstruation
-emotional stress or lack of sleep
-bacterial, viral, or fungal infections
-inflammatory bowel disease
You can take steps to reduce the occurrence of mouth ulcers. Avoiding foods that irritate your mouth can be helpful. That includes acidic fruits like pineapple, grapefruit, oranges, or lemon, as well as nuts, chips, or anything spicy. Instead, choose whole grains and alkaline (nonacidic) fruits and vegetables. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and take a daily multi-vitamin.
Try to avoid talking while you're chewing your food to reduce accidental bites. Reducing stress and maintaining good oral hygiene by using dental floss daily and brushing after meals also may help. Finally, get adequate sleep and rest. This not only will prevent mouth ulcers, but a host of other illnesses as well.
Some people find avoiding soft bristle toothbrushes and mouthwashes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate also helps.
Also, mouth ulcers also can be a sign of conditions that are more serious and require medical treatment.
Your dentist for a quicker relief, also he can give you wax to cover dental or orthodontic mouth devices that have sharp edges.
What is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal is a layman's term to describe a dental procedure that is performed to preserve a tooth that is at risk of being lost due to deep decay, infection, or other forms of trauma.
Root canal treatment or "Endodontic treatment" are the dental terms to describe this procedure. Root canal treatment is the removal of the infection-prone contents within the tooth and its roots.
Subsequently, the resulting space is filled with an inert material to prevent infection. This treatment thoroughly disinfects the tooth's inner space. Root canal treatment enables a tooth to remain intact to function and serve its purpose in the mouth despite losing its vitality. Vitality is the tooth's ability to sense pain, pressure, or temperature.
This root canal treatment is done by a BDS / general practitioner or requires an MDS Endodontist in complicated cases. It is mandatory to put a cap on a root canal treated tooth to rebuilt the tooth and restore its function& esthetics.
Prior to the implementation of root canal treatment, if a tooth had a large cavity or was abscessed, the only option was extraction of the bad tooth.
I have a problem with my teeth. When I drink cold water and hot tea my teeth pain what I do please sugest me.
Pregnancy gingivitis: Hormone changes during pregnancy can affect gums, making them more sensitive and inflamed in response to bacteria along the gumline.
Pregnancy tumour on gums:A painless bump nay develop on gums pink, red or purple in color. It usually causes no problem. See your dentist if u think you may be having this issue.
X-rays: Avoid x-rays when pregnant. In an event of dental emergency an x-ray may be necessary. Ask your dentist to shield your abdomen with lead apron to protect your baby from exposure to radiation.
Pregnant women with dental diseases may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small.
Calcium: The body provides calcium from bones.Eating enough dairy products and taking calcium supplement will ensure enough calcium without putting your and baby teeth to risk.
Morning sickness: Stomach acid can damage the surface of teeth and promote decay. If u vomit, rinse your mouth with water or use a fluoride rinse.
Dental work during pregnancy is safe. The best time for treatment is between 14th and 20th weeks
Be sure to maintain oral hygiene before and after pregnancy.See your dentist and set up specific dental plan as necessary.
What is Calculus and what dangers does it pose to your oral health?
Calculus (also referred to as tartar) is a calcified, hardened form of dental plaque. When plaque and bacteria are left on your teeth for too long it begins to harden on the teeth and the result is the calculus that can only be removed by your ;dentist or hygineist as it is too thick to remove with a simple toothbrush or floss. Long standing calculus can cause bad breath, pain & swelling of gums and gradually loosening of teeth. Visit your dentist every 3-6 months to maintain optimum oral hygiene.
Can u bite into that ice-cream candy without clenching your teeth? Is sipping hot tea or coffee a task for your teeth? Sipping cold water cringes you?If YES, then u may have sensitive teeth
Causes can be:
Worn out old filling
Tooth decay/ cavities
Hard tooth brushing
Loss of tooth structure/ tooth enamel
A healthy tooth has an enamel layer which protects your tooth by acting as a natural crown on the tooth. Enamel is the part above the gums. The enamel structure is also the strongest in a human body. Below the gums are the roots which are covered by cementum. And the enamel and cementum have dentin underneath them
Dentin is not as dense than enamel and the cementum and it contains microtubules these are small hollow canals. When the tooth loses its enamel or cementum the dentin is exposed, i.e the tubules are exposed allowing heat,cold,acidic or sticky food to reach the nerves and the cells inside the tooth. Exposure of dentin may also lead to receding gums. Thus leading to hypersensitivity.
These sensitive teeth need to be treated. The type of treatment is governed by the cause of sensitivity. Your dentist may suggest you one of a variety of treatments