Those healthy foods that are getting your
body back in shape for summer may be awesome for your diet, but unfortunately,
not so much for your teeth. According to Gentle Touch Family Dentistry, some healthy
foods that you enjoy may not be the best for your teeth and gums.
Are those healthy carbs really healthy?
You may have cut out white flour, white
bread, potatoes and white rice, but the wheat and whole grain alternatives are
just as bad when it comes to your teeth. Because you metabolize carbs into
sugar through your saliva, you are still producing acids that will wear away
the enamel on your teeth. Whole grains are just as damaging as they can become
stuck between your teeth.
You may have eliminated tea, coffee, and red
wine from your diet because of staining, but that curry sauce that is helping
you lose weight could be just as bad. Blueberries, cranberries, strawberries,
and even barbecue sauce can cause stains on your teeth.
Grapefruits, Kiwi, oranges, limes, lemons, tomatoes
and apples, yes apples, are loaded with natural sugars. However, it is the
nature of the fruit itself that can cause the majority of the damage. Eat
citrus fruits with other foods and rinse after enjoying.
Great for the waistline, but bad for your
teeth, dried apricots, papaya, figs, dates, and dried mango's can cause serious
damage to your teeth. Just like gummy bears, sticky fruits will stay lodged
between your teeth and can be just as bad as that saltwater taffy you gave up
to lose weight.
Energy drinks and those sports drinks that
you like to consume after a workout may be your favorite treat after pumping
iron, but the truth is, they are packed with tooth eroding acids and sugar.
Drink water after your aerobics class and leave the energy and sports drinks on
Healthy teeth and
gums begin with good oral hygiene, and if you are a bit lazy when it comes to
brushing, flossing, and dental checkups, you could be doing more harm than you
realize. According to Gentle Touch Family Dental, plaque can cause serious
problems for the rest of your body.
The American Dental
Association explains that there is a real connection when it comes to the
health of your mouth and the health of your body.
Gum disease is the
leading cause of tooth loss; however, periodontal disease can also cause heart
disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s
Gentle Touch Family Dental
explains that sticky film that accumulates on your teeth when you sleep, eat,
and drink can get into your bloodstream. That unhealthy bacterium will attach
itself to the arteries in your heart causing blockages. Your mouth is loaded
with healthy bacteria, but without good oral hygiene, it will become overrun
with the unhealthy stuff.
If your teeth and
gums are unhealthy and you suffer from periodontal disease, the inflammation
will weaken your ability to control your blood sugar. Gum disease complicates
diabetes as the inflammation impairs insulin utilization. The high blood sugar
in diabetics is ideal for gum and other infections. Thankfully, by scheduling regular dental appointments with Gentle Touch Family Dental and practicing good
oral hygiene, you can manage the problem.
Although it is not
fully understood why, heart disease and gum disease seem to go hand in hand
with as many as 91 percent of patients with heart problems suffering from
periodontal disease. Scientists believe that the mouth inflammation causes
blood vessel inflammation increasing your risk of a heart attack in several
Blood vessels that
are inflamed allow less blood flow between the body and the heart Not only does
this raise your blood pressure, but it can also put you at risk for a stroke or
heart attack if that fatty plaque breaks off a blood vessel and travels to your
Protection Month and that means custom-made mouthguards for the whole family.
Spring has sprung and if you and your family love to spend time in the great
outdoors playing sports, it’s time to call Gentle Touch Family Dental for custom-made
According to the Academy for Sport Dentistry, everyone who plays recreational sports should be
fitted with a mouth protector. Even if you are at the park with your kids, a
mouthguard is a great idea, especially if you want to prevent a trip to the ER
because of an unfortunate accident on the monkey bars. In a study done from
2001 to 2008 it was discovered that the five most common injuries in children
The American Dental
Association estimates that about 12 millions kids, teens, and young adults were
under a doctor’s care or landed in the hospital because of a sports related
injury. That resulted in 20 million school days lost and about $33 billion in
emergency healthcare costs. However, according to Gentle Touch Family Dentistry, some of the injuries could have been prevented with a custom fitted
Although there are
three types of mouth protectors available, there are some things to consider.
mouthguards are made to fit everyone, and because they are not custom made can
be bulky and uncomfortable making it tough to talk and even breathe. You can
find stock mouthguards at pharmacy or sports store.
Boil and Bite-These
types of mouth protectors are available from your local sports store or over
the counter at your local pharmacy. Before use, you heat it up and place in
your both to fit your teeth.
Mouthguards-The best of the bunch, these types of mouthguards are made by Gentle
Touch Family Dentistry and will fit your teeth perfectly. Dr. Ahmed will take
an impression or mold to make your new mouth protector that is comfortable and
easy to wear.
mouthguards really can prevent an unexpected trip to the emergency room. Call or click now and participate in Facial Protection Month.
That sticky plaque
that is left on your teeth after you eat and when you get up in the morning
could turn into tartar. According to Gently Touch Family Dental, tartar, also called calculus, is hard plaque that has
actually calcified. Unfortunately, once the plaque has turned to tartar it is
virtually impossible to remove yourself. No amount of brushing or flossing will
get rid of the tartar.
Plaque and tartar is
a growing epidemic with billions of people all over the world being affected.
If you are one of those billions who are dealing with gingivitis, or
periodontal disease, chances are you have plaque and tartar as well.
Your mouth is full of
bacteria, and while most of the bacterium is good bacteria, harmful bacteria
will start to overpower the good stuff if you do not practice good oral hygiene. The beverages and food that you consume will quickly convert to
bacteria and plaque and can even affect your dental restorations.
Gentle Touch Family Dentistry explains that brushing twice, flossing once each day along with
regular checkups and professional cleanings can help prevent plaque and tartar
build up. Make sure you watch your diet as well by avoiding sugar, acidic and
Tartar forms underneath
your gum line and will irritate your gum tissue. Unfortunately, unless a
dentist, who may recommend tooth scaling and planing, removes it the vicious
cycle will continue as the tartar gives the fast growing sticky plaque a larger
surface to grow on.
The Dangers of Plaque
and plaque are dangerous, but can also be detrimental to your smile. Tartar
absorbs stains, and if you drink coffee or tea, or smoke, you will have yellow
or brown stains on your teeth and along your gum line. Tartar and plaque can
also cause gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.
Conventional braces have changed over the
years, but unfortunately, those old school wires and brackets can still cause
pain and discomfort. However, these days, you don’t have to deal with two years
worth of pain thanks to the revolutionary tooth straightening system,
Invisalign. The clear answer to conventional braces could the answer that you
have been looking for.
Pushing and Pulling-Conventional wires and
brackets cause pain and discomfort because your mouth is being pushed and
pulled 24 hours a day seven days a week, and in some cases, this could go on
for 2 years. You will have to see your dentist or orthodontist regularly who
will make the manual changes by tightening your wires and brackets according to
your orthodontic plan.
Cuts and Abrasions-People who wear braces
have a difficult time getting used to the new hardware. Cuts to the tongue, cheeks,
and lips are common in people who wear braces. If a breakage occurs, you may
also be injured.
People who wear braces have a higher risk of
tooth decay. Because it is impossible to brush under the wires and brackets,
plaque and acid will wear away the enamel eventually causing a cavity or two.
With the Invisalign Tooth Straightening
System, you don’t have to be concerned with pain or discomfort. Invisalign is
virtually pain free, convenient, and nearly invisible. The only people who will
know you are having your smile fixed will be you and Gentle Touch Family Dentistry.
Invisalign is worn between 20 and 22 hours
each day. You will take your aligners out when you brush and eat. Your clear
plastic custom made aligners will be swapped out every week for your entire
treatment time, which could take between 6 to 18 months. You will visit with
Gentle Touch Family Dentistry every 6 weeks.
Although fluoride has been raising concerns
as of late, you cannot argue with the research. In fact, studies have shown
that fluoride not only helps reduce dental caries in both children and adults,
but can also help repair and prevent tooth decay in its earliest stages, even
before the tooth decay is visible to the naked eye. According to your Farmington Hills Dentist,
fluoride is one of nature’s best cavity fighters and can help keep your entire
family’s teeth strong and resilient to tooth decay.
When a small township in Michigan added
fluoride to its municipal water supply more than 40 years ago, it became the
first in the United States to do so, with others falling suit, it because the
most effective and single public health measure, according to the ADA, to help
prevent tooth decay.
Therefore, why the big uproar now, well, it
seems that some people are beginning to doubt the safety of fluoride and how
effective it actually is. However, the American Dental Association stands by
its support of fluoride in community water supplies based on extensive
scientific research. The FDA discredits claims of its safety and recommends
that communities keep fluoride it their water supplies. The optimum level is
1.4 to 3.4 mg of fluoride per day for a single adult. It is possible to check the
levels of your own community’s water supply by contacting your water supplier.
If you have a well, you need to have a professional come out and test it for
you. If it contains less than 1ppm of fluoride, talk to your dentist who will
discuss other options.
With people opting for bottled water instead
of tap water, the recommended amount of fluoride is not being met as brands of
bottled water do not contain fluoride. If you only drink bottled water, you are
not getting any of the vital mineral for your teeth. If you insist on drinking
bottled water without fluoride make sure that you use a fluoridated toothpaste
and mouthwash or ask Gentle Touch Family Dentistry about fluoride supplements.
If you are more susceptible to cavities, talk
to your Gentle Touch Family Dentistry about fluoride treatments that will help
prevent tooth decay.
Cosmetic Bonding with
Gentle Touch Family Dentistry is the affordable way to a new smile, and if you
are unsure about porcelain veneers, both because of the cost and the fact that
they are permanent, it could be time to schedule a complimentary dental bonding
consultation with the dental professionals from Gentle Touch Family Dentistry
in Farmington Hills. Your Farmington Hills Dentist can determine what cosmetic
procedures would be best for your needs, including cosmetic bonding.
If you are a good
candidate for cosmetic bonding Dr. Fawaz M. Ahmed will thoroughly examine your
teeth and gums to make sure you are healthy enough for dental bonding. If you
suffer from tooth decay or gum disease that will need to be taken care of
If you are healthy
enough for cosmetic bonding, a color will be chosen to match the rest of your
teeth. Once a color of resin has been chosen it will be applied to the teeth
that are discolored, chipped or cracked. If you have a small space between your
teeth, your dentist in Farmington Hills can repair and fill that as well.
During the cosmetic
bonding process, your Farmington Hills dentist will etch the surface of your
teeth before applying a conditioning liquid. This helps the resin adhere to
your teeth. Once applied, Dr. Fawaz M. Ahmed will apply the resin sculpting it
into place. After sculpting and once satisfied with the results, your dentist in Farmington Hills will cure or harden the resin with a laser or light. Once
hardened your new restoration will be polished to match the rest of your smile.