Happy New Year! Welcome to 2020!
Throughout last year, we discussed numerous dental health topics to help you keep better oral health. Today, we recap a few hand-picked of the articles to ensure this year is filled with healthy pearly whites, not cavities.
The Worst foods and drinks for your teeth
Toothache, increased sensitivity and pain on your gum line can be due to what you’re eating and drinking. Foods that are rich in sugar attack tooth enamel (the protective layer on your teeth.) This leaves your teeth more prone tooth decay. Foods and drinks to avoid include
- Sticky candy and gummy sweets
- Starchy foods such as white bread, crackers and potato chips
- Carbonated drinks
Find out more by reading the full article here.
The importance of using a fluoride toothpaste
Did you know that fluoride is a mineral found in the Earth’s crust? It’s added to toothpaste because it has tooth decay-prevention properties. This is also the reason you’ll find fluoride in mineral water. The benefits of using a toothpaste containing fluoride are because
- It strengthens your teeth
- Fluoride protects tooth decay by demineralisation and remineralisation
However, overexposing your teeth to fluoride can cause dental fluorosis and skeletal fluorosis.
Find out more about fluoride by reading the full article here.
Five tips to strengthen tooth enamel
Did you know that tooth enamel is stronger than the bones in your body? Tooth enamel protects your teeth from acids and plaque, which can weaken enamel over time, leaving them more vulnerable to decay. Here are a trio of tips to keep it strong
- Chew sugar-free gum
- Don’t grind your teeth
- Treat gastrointestinal problems
To find out the final two tips, read the full article here.
What you need to know about bad breath
Bad breath is caused when bacteria that live on your tongue interact with bits of food that have become stuck between your teeth and when your teeth aren’t cleaned correctly, those bacteria build-up at a higher rate, creating smelly sulphur compounds.
Bad breath can also be a sign of medical conditions such as certain cancers and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Symptoms of bad breath can include:
- Dry mouth
- A burning tongue
- Bad breath in the morning
- Thick saliva
- Sour, metallic taste
- A white coating on your tongue
Do you want to know the 12 steps to have a more kissable mouth? Read the full article here.
What is root canal?
A root canal is a procedure whereby injured or infected dental pulp is removed from the pulp chamber and root canals in the affected tooth. Common causes include cavities, cracks as well as other types of trauma to the tooth.
Signs that you may require a root canal include
- Tooth discolouration
- Severe pain when chewing
- Swelling and aching in adjacent gums
Sometimes there are no symptoms at all, which is why you should visit your dentist one to two times a year.
For tips and root canal myth-busting, read the full article here. From all of us at Mathee Dental Studio, we wish you a happy 2020.