Eating foods that are high in sugars and starches can lead to the destruction of the protective layer around the tooth called enamel. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on foods such as hard candy, chocolate, soda, cake, etc. When these foods are left on teeth these bacteria produce acids which destroy the enamel.
To prevent tooth decay follow these simple steps:
1. Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
2. Clean between your teeth using dental floss.
3. Limit the amount of sweets you eat in your diet.
4. Use supplemental fluoride treatments.
5. Visit Drs. Trunnell, McConaughy or Brummer for professional cleanings and oral examinations.
Your Baby’s Teeth
Developing strong teeth at an early age helps young children to chew their food, speak correctly, and avoid alignment problems later in life. Losing a tooth too early may cause crowding later in life. A baby tooth’s most important job is to hold space open for future permanent teeth. If your child has lost a tooth too early come see us to prevent future problems. Sometimes the permanent front teeth will erupt behind baby teeth. If this happens call to have the baby teeth removed in a timely manner so permanent teeth can move into normal position. Only Sharks get 2 new rows of teeth every time they lose one.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Babies are not exempt from the hazards of tooth decay. Baby Bottle Tooth Decay puts the baby’s upper front teeth at the most risk. Sweetened liquids such as formula, milk, and fruit juice should not be left clinging to an infant’s teeth for long periods of time. Bacteria thrive on these sugars and produce acids that attack the fragile enamel long after bottle is finished.. To avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay follow these simple steps:
1. Do not let your child fall asleep with a bottle of milk or juice. Babies and young children will enjoy a bottle of water during the night.
2. Wipe baby’s gums with a clean gauze or soft wash cloth after feeding. This early habit helps with brushing later.
3. Carefully begin brushing with the 1st tooth showing. It makes a great “game” for your child.
4. Clean gums in areas that remain toothless.
5. Use clean pacifiers, do not dip in sweetened liquid.
6. Avoid filling bottles with sugar water or soft drinks since a child may sip continually throughout the night.
7. If your water supply does not contain fluoride, ask us about alternative treatments. We can provide water tests to determine the presence of naturally occurring fluoride in your area.
8. Start dental visits as early as child’s 1st birthday if you see any questionable areas or concerns Make regular visits!
9. If you think your child has a dental problem come see us immediately! We feel there is nothing worse than a child in chronic or acute pain.
Tips and Tricks
Follow a few simple first steps to try to alleviate tooth pain. First rinse the mouth out with warm water to try and clean the area. Use dental floss to remove any debris that may be caught between teeth. Never apply aspirin or other painkiller directly to gums near aching tooth, gum tissue damage may result. If pain continues call us – Cedar Falls: (319) 266-7559 or in Waverly: (319) 352-4488.
What to do if You Break a Tooth
Rinse your mouth with warm water insure area is clean. Apply cold compresses to the area to keep swelling down, do not apply ice directly. Call Immediately – Cedar Falls: (319) 266-7559 or in Waverly: (319) 352-4488.
Tips for Sensitive Teeth
Millions of people unnecessarily endure the sharp pain of hypersensitivity. Pain is caused when the dentin, an underlying layer of the tooth, becomes exposed. This can happen at the gum line as well as the chewing surface of the tooth. Brushing incorrectly, gum disease, or unconsciously clenching/grinding your teeth can lead to hypersensitivity. Choosing a new toothbrush, brushing in a circular pattern, or using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth could help alleviate the problem. Medications are available that when applied to sensitive areas provide more permanent relief. If pain still continues come see us.