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How Foods and Drinks Can Affect My Oral Health

How Foods and Drinks Can Affect My Oral Health

Posted on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 11:56 pm.

Have you ever given thought to how what you eat and drink can affect your oral health? Two of the most prevalent diseases, tooth decay, and periodontal or gum disease, may be preventable by changing your diet. Decay is a result of acids produced by oral bacteria destroying your teeth and other hard tissues of the mouth.

 

What Food and Drinks Should I Avoid?

Certain foods and drinks will leave you at a higher risk for dental problems. Although acidic foods, such as lemons and limes, may be delicious, frequent exposure can erode your enamel. The erosion will lead to tooth decay and potentially periodontal disease.

When you are snacking, try to avoid soft, sweet, and sticky foods that will cling to your teeth and promote tooth decay. You may end up at a higher risk of dental problems, such as tooth decay in comparison to other snacks.

Avoid drinks that contain sugar, as they allow the sugar molecules to coat your teeth and hide in hard to reach areas. Limit your alcohol consumption as it causes a reduction in the flow of saliva, leading to tooth decay and other oral infections. Did you know that heavy alcohol use increases your risk for mouth cancer?

 

Preventative Care

To give your body the nutrients it needs to keep your teeth strong, consume a well-balanced diet that is characterized by moderation and variety. Keeping your mouth moist by drinking water throughout the day will allow a greater production of saliva, protecting both hard and soft oral tissues.

The plaque, a mass of bacteria, that grows on your teeth thrives on sugar so do your best to avoid sugary foods and drinks. The times that you cannot avoid sugar, simply brush your teeth after your snack or meal. Try to limit the amount of time sugary treats remain in your mouth!

Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly to prevent dental problems! Don’t forget to get your teeth cleaned professionally to leave your mouth, clean, fresh, and less prone to disease.

 

Your Experts Are a Phone Call Away

At May Conte D.D.S. we believe that preventative care and education are key to optimal oral health! Schedule your appointment with Dr. Conte today to discover more ways to prevent dental problems. Say goodbye to decaying teeth and say hello to a bright and beautiful smile!

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=N&iid=315&aid=1274

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/food-tips/9-foods-that-damage-your-teeth

 

A Kissable Mouth

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 at 9:14 am.

It doesn’t matter if you’re 1 or 101, no one wants to kiss or be kissed by anyone with bad oral hygiene. In fact, you should always keep your mouth healthy and attractive. Here are a few tips:

  1. Brush at least twice a day with toothpaste containing fluoride, floss at least once daily, and rinse with an ADA approved fluoridated mouth rinse.
  2. Reduce the amount of sugary and acidic food and drinks you consume. Examples are candy, sodas, junk foods and sports drinks. Instead, eat a well balanced diet consisting of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and fiber.
  3. To freshen your breath, be sure to select gum or mint products that are sugar free and with xylitol. Studies have proven that xylitol actually reduces your odds of getting cavities (tooth decay).
  4. Drink plenty of water, preferably fluoridated. Keeping your mouth moist and assuring salivary function is important in preventing dry mouth. Dry mouth is one of the key causes of bad breath and increases your chance of tooth decay.
  5. Examine your mouth daily. Although you see your Dentist at least twice a year for exams and cleanings, there are 363 other days in the year. It’s important to note any abnormal changes and follow up with a professional as early as possible.
  6. See your Dentist regularly, at least twice a year for check ups and cleanings. These check ups should include a detailed assessment of your teeth and gums as well as an oral cancer screening.
  7. Complete any dental treatment as early as possible, to avoid the progression of dental disease which can lead to infection or more serious health issues. This will not only eliminate decay but beautify your smile.
  8. Whitening will help brighten your smile. Talk to your dentist about what is best for your situation.
  9. Maintain a balanced stress free environment. Enjoy life, family and work. Find the good in things and know that life is good. Love more, laugh more and smile more.

At any age, we are here to help keep your mouth clean and healthy. Have a Happy Valentine’s.
You can find us at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia 91355 or call us at 661-505-2926. www.maycontedds.com. New patients Welcome! We’d love to have you!

Cocaine

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2017 at 10:19 pm.

Cocaine is highly acidic, and when users rub it on their teeth and gums, tooth enamel erosion and gum irritation are inevitable. Cocaine also causes xerostomia and bruxism, a grinding and clenching of the teeth that can cause teeth to wear down.

Ecstasy

Ecstasy, also called “the love drug”, is a form of speed. Like cocaine, it contributes to bruxism and dry mouth, both of which can lead to worn-down, decayed teeth. Ecstasy also causes nausea and vomiting, which will expose the teeth to stomach acids and present more risk of enamel erosion and decay.

Heroin

Also known as “smack”, heroin is another drug that causes dry mouth and teeth grinding. In addition, heroin users often crave sweets, which can lead to extensive tooth decay if oral hygiene is neglected during drug use.

Cannabis

Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 10:19 pm.

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, weed, pot, grass, maryjane, etc. is made from the cannibus plant. Tetrahydrocannibol (THC) is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that provides a high. THC from cannabis enters the bloodstream and exerts its effects on the almost every system of the body via interaction with certain receptors. THC interferes with the transfer of calcium through the body, a vital ingredient to healthy teeth and bones Long-term use of marijuana affects teeth and makes them more susceptible to rotting and decay. It also causes dry mouth or xerostomia, a condition characterized by a lack of saliva production. Saliva neutralizes acids in the mouth and a lack thereof allows the acids to run rampant and erode your tooth enamel. Acid erosion causes tooth discoloration, sensitivity and decay. Chemicals in marijuana smoke also increase the risk of developing oral cancer.

Your overall health and well being, including your oral health is highly important to us. If you’re using street drugs, we encourage you to seek treatment for your addiction. Repairing the damage done to your teeth is also an important component of your recovery. Coming in for regular dental checkups help to catch early signs of erosion, decay and other oral symptoms from drug use or history of drug use. Early diagnosis and repair along with recovery is important to prevent larger, long-term oral damage. Schedule an appointment to talk with us about your symptoms and concerns. Please call the office at 661-505-2926. Our address is 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia, Ca. 91355 in the plaza on the corner of Magic Mountain Pkwy and Tourney Rd. As always, we look forward to providing you with outstanding health and dental care!

Stay tuned for discussion on other street drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, and heroine.

Meth Mouth

Posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 at 10:18 pm.

You’ve probably heard of “meth mouth”. It’s coined that due to the advanced tooth decay caused by the use of methamphetamines specifically known as crystal meth. This and other recreational drugs create havoc on your overall health including your oral health. This editorial and upcoming editorials will educate you on what you need to know about the most common street drugs, chemicals in them that cause rapid teeth decay, and why its important to avoid them for your overall well-being.

Users with “meth mouth” have blackened, stained, or rotting teeth, which often can’t be saved. It’s also brought on by the side effects of a meth high. Studies attribute the decay to the corrosive effects of the chemicals found in the drug, such as anhydrous ammonia (found in fertilizers), red phosphorus (found on matchboxes) and lithium (found in batteries).

Our mouth needs a steady blood supply to stay healthy, Meth causes the user’s blood vessels to shrink and repeated shrinking causes these vessels to die thereby causing decay and infection. It also leads to dry mouth and without enough saliva to neutralize the mouth’s harsh acids, those acids eat away at the tooth and gums, causing weak spots that are susceptible to cavities. The craving for sugary foods and drink common in meth users, compulsive tooth grinding, and the general neglect of regular brushing and flossing ( the chemicals impair judgment centers of the brain) also contribute to poor oral health, amongst other things.

Stay tuned for discussion on other street drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, and heroine.

Your overall health and well being, including your oral health is highly important to us. If you’re using street drugs, we encourage you to seek treatment for your addiction. Repairing the damage done to your teeth is also an important component of your recovery. Coming in for regular dental checkups help to catch early signs of erosion, decay and other oral symptoms from drug use or history of drug use. Early diagnosis and repair along with recovery is important to prevent larger, long-term oral damage. Schedule an appointment to talk with us about your symptoms and concerns. Please call the office at 661-505-2926. Our address is 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia, Ca. 91355 in the plaza on the corner of Magic Mountain Pkwy and Tourney Rd. As always, we look forward to providing you with outstanding health and dental care!