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Indulging in delicious sweets is a common tradition of the holiday season. If you too are looking forward to eating pumpkin pie, candy canes, and other special holiday treats, dentists warn that you should also be aware of the damage they can do to your teeth. Many sweets contain sugars that can contribute to tooth decay. By following these dietary guidelines, you can lower your danger of cavities during the holidays:
Refrain from Sticky Treats
When presented with a choice of holiday sweets, avoid treats that may contain chewy or gummy ingredients. Fruitcake in particular can bring on considerable oral health problems, as candied and dried fruits are both high in sugar and very sticky. The reason why chewy sweets can lead to tooth decay is that they linger on and between the teeth. Their gummy consistency makes it very easy for sticky treats to stay attached to your teeth for hours at a time.
Wash Down Your Sweets with Water
No matter what type of sweet pleases your palate, always be sure to have a tall glass or bottle of water nearby when eating it. When brushing or flossing your teeth is not an option, rinsing your mouth with water is the best way to decrease the presence of decay-causing bacteria. Especially when you decide to eat sweets that may stick to your teeth, drinking plenty of water may mean the difference between healthy and cavity-ridden teeth.
Enjoy Desserts Immediately After Dinner
Does your family usually wait an hour or more after dinner to serve dessert? If so, you may want to start a new tradition this holiday season. Like water, saliva can aid in cleansing your mouth of bacteria. When you eat a meal, your mouth typically produces more saliva. So if you intend to enjoy a piece of pie or cookie after dinner, eat it right after your meal when your saliva production is high.
Do you suffer from chronic toothaches? Can you see dark spots on your teeth? If so, call The Smile Design Center of Baltimore at (443) 275-9821 for an appointment. Our Lutherville office can alleviate your cavity concerns with our fast, safe, and effective tooth filling options.
Last updated 11 days ago
Dental crowns provide dual benefits for patients. They offer essential protection for teeth weakened by cavities and can restore the natural, healthy look of damaged or decayed teeth.
Getting a crown is an easy process that your dentist will complete within two dental visits. The first visit entails all the steps necessary to prepare and fashion the crown. To make sure that your new crown perfectly fits your tooth, your dentist may create an impression of the tooth and surrounding area. This model is then used as a guide for the creation of the crown. Once the crown fabrication is complete, you can return to your dentist for your second and final visit. During this appointment, your permanent crown will be cemented to your tooth and evaluated to guarantee its fit and function.
The Smile Design Center of Baltimore offers crown services for residents in the Towson, Timonium, Lutherville, Pikesville, and Baltimore regions. If you require dental restorations to correct cavities or old fillings, we can help. Call us today at (443) 275-9821 to schedule an appointment with a dentist.
Last updated 17 days ago
For the health of your teeth and gums, brushing and flossing on a daily basis are the most important steps you can take. However, using additional measures such as fluoride treatments can further protect your teeth from tooth decay. If you have a history of cavities, or if your dentist deems you at risk for tooth decay, you may want to increase your fluoride usage. The following information highlights why fluoride has been an effective tool for oral health for so many years.
Do you brush your teeth every time you have a snack or consume a beverage? If not, your teeth likely suffer from minor damage with each treat or drink. If the foods you eat and beverages you drink contain sugar, the bacteria in your mouth can feed upon those sugars and begin attacking your tooth enamel in just minutes. Though you may not develop cavities, you may sustain minor deterioration of your tooth enamel. Undergoing fluoride treatment can reverse the effects of bacterial damage. When applied to the teeth, fluoride can restore sections of harmed enamel to its former strength. This remineralization of the enamel can lessen the occurrence of cavities in the future.
Dentists strongly urge patients to undergo fluoride treatment to prevent tooth decay before it starts. Over time, fluoride treatment can result in stronger teeth, fewer cavities, and lower dental costs. Several decades of studies have proven the effectiveness of fluoride as a preventative oral health treatment, both when used topically and ingested. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider properly fluoridated water an invaluable benefit for communities. If your tap water is not fluoridated, or if you drink primarily bottled water, your dentist may recommend fluoride treatments to strengthen your tooth enamel.
Would you like to learn more about getting fluoride treatment for your oral health? Call The Smile Design Center of Baltimore at (443) 275-9821. Our team of dental professionals can help you enjoy a lifetime of oral wellness with our preventative dental services.
Last updated 24 days ago
For several decades, the use of fluoride in water distribution and dental treatment has helped countless individuals avoid the problems of tooth decay. This video explains why fluoride should be an essential component of your oral health regimen.
In the last century, dentists discovered that fluoride could successfully fight off tooth decay. This natural substance fortifies teeth in two ways. First, it strengthens tooth enamel, making it less susceptible to the damage that bacterial acids can cause. Second, it can restore enamel already deteriorated by minor tooth decay. For these reasons, dentists recommend that patients drink fluorinated water and receive fluoride treatment if necessary.
The Smile Design Center of Baltimore can help you attain a healthy and beautiful smile. To learn more about our fluoride treatment options for patients in Lutherville, Pikesville, Timonium, Towson, and Baltimore, call (443) 275-9821.
Last updated 1 month ago
Do you wonder what your life could be like with straight teeth? Few people naturally have perfectly even teeth, and those with only a slight malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth, may have considerable oral health complications. No matter your age, though, you can have the smile you want with orthodontic treatment. If any of the following reasons speak to your desire for straighter teeth, consult your cosmetic dentist about undergoing orthodontic care.
You Want a More Appealing Smile.
When it comes to first impressions, many people focus on the smile before any other physical feature. If your teeth suffer from wide gaps or an overbite, your smile may not create the effect you would like. Should your teeth cause you to hide your smile or avoid in-person interactions, they could significantly hinder your professional standing and social life. Straightening your smile could remove this obstacle and give you the confidence you want when engaging others.
Your Malocclusion is Causing Tooth Damage.
Do your teeth chip or crack frequently? This could be the result of your tooth placement. When your teeth do not align as they should when you eat or speak, they could hit against one another and cause damage. If severe enough, this misalignment may lead to tooth breakage, infection, and a higher incidence of tooth decay.
You Want to Avoid Gum Disease.
A large number of Americans suffer from gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss. If you want to prevent the development of this condition, consider orthodontics. When teeth are out of place or crowded, they can make thorough brushing and flossing difficult, leading to plaque and tartar buildup. When the bacteria found in plaque get out of control, gum disease can result. Straightened teeth can lower this risk.
The Smile Design Center of Baltimore wants you to enjoy a healthy smile you can be proud of. If you have been considering orthodontic work, call our Lutherville office at (443) 275-9821 to set up a consultation. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry services as well for Pikesville, Timonium, and Towson residents.