Teens’ Fast Paced Lifestyle and Oral Health

 

are-teens-lifestyles-ruining-their-teethA typical and congested day of teens includes shuffling through classes, sports, plays and part time jobs which always keep them on their toes. In trying to keep-up with their fast paced jam-packed schedule, teens are becoming more dependent on quick snacks like carbonated drinks and nutrition bars. These quick snacks keep them alert but they are causing irreversible damage to their oral health.

Jane Soxman, DDS, is of the view ‘Premature loss of tooth enamel and weakening of overall tooth structure are two devastating oral effects of teens’ poor diet that cannot be reversed later in life.”

What are adverse effects of carbonated drinks on teens’ oral health?

Adolescence is a time period for optimal bone growth, so more nutrients are needed to strengthen teeth and bones. But these nutrients and calories begin to counteract when teens’ tend to consume carbonated drinks and the following damages begin to occur to their oral health:

Soda And Tooth Erosion

  • Carbonated drinks are a major reason of increasing cavities among teens.
  • Acids in sodas and energy drinks break down tooth enamel, especially around sealants and previously done restorations thus leading to tooth decay or tooth loss.
  • Phosphoric, citric, tartaric and carbonic acids in various carbonated drinks limit the calcium absorption capacity in the bone structure of the oral cavity. This lack of calcium intake can lead to periodontal bone loss.

 How does snacking affect your teeth?

To-go bars and non-nutritious snacks are affecting teens’ teeth and over the time, they can take a toll on their teeth.

  • When sugar in the nutrition bars or snacks comes into contact with the bacteria in the mouth, it attacks teeth and eventually results in tooth decay.
  • Added sugars in foods may lead to tooth decay. Read the food labels and choose the foods with low added sugars.
  • Non-nutritious snacks or foods make it difficult for tissues in mouth to resist infection and this may lead to periodontal disease.

Contact Dr. Bikram Singh DMD for the best possible and state-of-art dental solutions. Our certified dental expert uses top of the line techniques and as well helps you to fight back dental problems.

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Oral Care Guidelines for the Kids with Braces

Oral Care Guidelines

If your child’s teeth are crooked, overlapping or overcrowded, there is every possibility that your dentist suggests to fix them with braces. When your child wears braces his/her oral hygiene becomes even all the more important. You should help your child clean his/her teeth and braces properly to avoid and prevent any gum disease and cavities. Plaque and food particles easily get trapped between the tiny places in your braces and can cause tooth decay and enamel stains around brackets and bands. Children may find it difficult to brush around the braces, but with little practice and thorough guidance, eventually, it will become easier for them. The following oral care tips will help your child to develop a healthy oral care routine:

  • Help your child to develop a routine of brushing twice in a day when he has his braces on.
  • Ask your dentist for a specialized mouth guard, if your child plays contact sports.
  • Make your child learn proper cleaning techniques and try to supervise him in earlier days.
  • Child can make use of rubber picks to clean around the brace brackets.
  • Child should clean or brush the teeth one by one and most importantly, should clean the backs of their teeth.
  • Find appropriate brush heads for your child and replace them every three months.
  • Make your child floss once a day using specific floss which is specially developed for cleaning around braces.
  • Make him/her rinse  the teeth thoroughly with water or mouthwash after brushing and flossing.
  • Avoid the foods that are sticky or hard like; candy, gum, taffy, caramels, hard pretzels, pop-corn and carrots.
  • Avoid hard-to-bite foods like; apples or bagels.
  • Encourage your child to limit the intake of soda and sweetened beverages as they cause tooth decay.
  • Most of the orthodontists recommend to brush with a fluoride tooth paste after every snack. A fluoridated mouth wash can also be used, as it can reach places where tooth-brush cannot.
  • Child may use a waterpik or airflosser to flush out the stuck food.
  • Schedule regular appointment with dentist for professional cleaning and check-ups’.

 To keep your child’s teeth in good health and shape, it very important that they should follow a healthy and hygienic oral regime. There are lots of ways to make wearing braces an easy experience for your child. Feel free to contact Dr. Bikram Singh DMD if you need to ask any questions related with oral health care of your child. Our dedicated dental health expert will provide you with the best possible solutions to treat any of the oral health related problems and makes it sure that you get the best possible care.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth-Sensitivity

Are your Teeth Sensitive? What makes them sensitive?

When the activities like brushing, flossing and eating or drinking something hot or frozen triggers sharp and temporary pain in your tooth or teeth , it is known as tooth sensitivity .The problem of tooth sensitivity arises, when your gums recede back thus exposing the surface beneath called dentin. Dentin has thousands of tiny tubes which lead to fluid filled nerves. Due to exposed dentin, these nerves get easily stimulated and trigger temporary pain in your tooth or teeth, when you eat or drink something hot or cold, touch your teeth or expose them to cold air.

Why do you experience this tooth malady?

You can experience tooth sensitivity because of the following reasons:

  • Wear and tear of your tooth enamel due to brushing too hard or brushing your teeth with a hard bristled tooth brush.
  • Eating too much of acidic foods can erode your tooth enamel and expose the dentin, thus leading to tooth sensitivity.
  • Gum diseases or gingivitis result in inflamed and sore gums and also in receded gums thus exposing the roots of gums.
  • Using too much mouthwash to keep your breath fresh or minty may lead to sore mouth and may turn your teeth sensitive.
  • Grinding or clinching your teeth may wear down your tooth enamel and expose the dentin.
  • If your teeth are broken or chipped, they get filled with bacteria. These bacteria enter the pulp causing pain and inflammation.
  • Using too much of tooth whitening products and toothpastes with bleaching solutions can lead to teeth sensitivity.
  • Your age can also be a determinant factor. Tooth sensitivity is maximum at the age of 25 and 30.
  • Frequent tooth cleaning, root planning, crown replacement and tooth restorations to keep your smile pearly white can lead to tooth sensitivity.
  • The building-up of plaque at the root surfaces can lead to tooth sensitivity.
  • If your fillings get weakened or fractured and bacteria accumulate in theses cracked fillings, this leads to acid – formulation and enamel breakdown.

 

Contact Dr. Bikram Singh DMD for any of your tooth related problems. Our diligent and compassionate dentists will not only resolve your present problem but also educate you for the future.

Are My Gums Receding? And Why?

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Have you ever noticed you’re often in the dark about having put on weight until the day you need to don that dress or suit that’s been hiding in the closet since last year? Progressive change can be difficult to notice, especially when it occurs to us and not someone else.  Changes that occur along our gum line certainly fall into this category, and given the measurement used to gauge erosion is measured in millimeters, it’s no wonder it’s easy to miss. So, how much erosion is normal, and what causes it? Let’s take a look.

What’s “Normal”?

Unfortunately to most, gum recession is considered to be a normal part of aging.  Even the expression “long in the tooth” stems from the age-old story that as we get older, our gum line tends to recede and expose more of the surface of our teeth. But there really is nothing “normal” about gum recession, and for most of us, it can actually be prevented. So, unless you’re inclined to keep things as they are, and embrace gum recession as the well-paid price of wisdom, we can help.

First things first. There are a host of factors that contribute to the erosion of your gumline. The best part is, the VAST majority of these causes are preventable.

The Biggest Offenders:

  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Over-vigorous, or improper brushing
  • Aggressive flossing
  • Exposure to acids in sports and energy drinks
  • Tobacco use
  • The frequent use of whitening products

All of the above causes of gum loss can be prevented. All of them.  If you grind your teeth at night, you can wear a mouth guard. If you brush as though you’re sanding down the statue of David, learn proper technique from your dentist, or from a video online. Bleeding a lot when flossing? You’re not slicing cheese – go easy, there, friend!  If you smoke, drink too many energy drinks, or chew tobacco, cut back, or stop altogether. None of that stuff is good for you in any way imaginable. And lastly, if you’re actually trying to look like Ross from the show “Friends” by abusing whitening strips, you can stop now, your teeth have got to be super-white already!

Be Proactive

What’s next? How can you tell if your gums are receding faster than the Amazon rainforest? Well, the most proactive step you can take is to visit your dentist. In fact, if you’re going regularly, your dentist has been monitoring your recession for some years now. If you’ve ever noticed your dentist poking around in your mouth with a metal object you can’t see, all while reciting numbers to the hygienist, he’s probably doing two things: measuring the recession of your gums, and the depths of your gum pockets. Both speak to the health of your gum line.

So, the next time you hear your dentist reading off what seem like lottery number choices, just ask how your gum-health is going … they’ll be happy to keep you in the loop.

The first sign of gum recession is usually tooth sensitivity, so be on the lookout for this tell-tale sign. Reduce, or eliminate the above discussed habits, and ask your dentist how you’re doing in terms of taking care of your gums. With a little bit of knowledge and proactive behavior, no one will be saying you’re “long in the tooth” any time soon, and you’ll still be able to maintain your sage status. And, that’s a good thing.