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Medicines to Help with a Tooth Ache Until We Can See You
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Kelly Hong
There is nothing worse than having a toothache while you are away on vacation or on the weekend when you know our office is closed, and you don't have access to treatment. But it never fails to happen, and there are some things you can do to help with the pain of having a toothache until we can see you. Home Remedies for Toothaches An unexpected toothache is a nuisance, and this is why you should see us as soon as you feel discomfort. However, in some instances, a bad toothache can't be predicted and will hit you at the most inopportune times. There are some things you can do relieve the pain in the meantime. You probably have most or some of these items at home, and you can use them to relieve your pain. We do not recommend to use aspirin because of its acidity. While these home remedies can help you control the pain from a toothache when you are away from home or don't have access to our office, we need to see you as soon as possible. It is essential to treat a painful tooth quickly. Things such as a tooth abscess, inflammation of the tooth caused by a pocket of pus and can be excruciating. If not treated promptly, a tooth abscess can become life-threatening. We have emergency hours, and our dentists will be available to see you on a weekend if it's an emergency. If you have a toothache accompanied by fever, please don't hesitate to call. On the weekend our answering service will pick up the call, and we will call you back as soon as possible....
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How Do Crunchy Vegetables Improve Your Oral Health?
Posted on 9/30/2018 by Kelly Hong
Eating vegetables and fruits is good for your body because they have essential vitamins and minerals that help it run like a fine-tuned machine. But did you know that chewing on crunchy vegetables can also improve your oral health? Why is Eating Crunchy Vegetables Good for Your Teeth? Research shows that crunchy vegetables act like a natural toothbrush. Chewing on a carrot or an apple after dinner can help you get rid of plaque, that film that gets stuck to your teeth and destroys the enamel causing cavities and gum disease. The same is the case for root vegetables like carrots or celery. Doing this can be particularly helpful when you don't have access to a toothbrush after a meal, for example when you are at work. Many foods cause erosion of the enamel due to acidity, and the longer this environment persists in your mouth, the more damage to your teeth. Eating crunchy vegetables also stimulate your gums naturally and help your mouth produce more saliva, keeping it hydrated. A dry mouth can bring on all sorts of oral issues from bad breath to increased production of bacteria. Don't forget to drink plenty of water. The Best Vegetables for Your Teeth Some of the best raw vegetables you can eat are root vegetables, such as carrots because they not only do they act as a natural cleanser, but they are rich in beta-carotene, which is essential for bone health. Another group of vegetables that is excellent for your oral health is leafy greens. While these are not crunchy, they have enormous benefits for your teeth. The darker the vegetable, the better. Some of these leafy vegetables include spinach, kale, cabbage, chard, and asparagus. These healthy veggies contain vitamin C, vitamin A, beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous, which is essential for proper calcium and magnesium absorption. There is good crunch and bad crunch, so do something smart for your mouth and chew on a carrot after a meal. You can pack it in your lunchbox!...
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How Certain Types of Gum Can Help Improve Your Oral Health
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Kelly Hong
Your sixth grade history teacher may disagree, but we are here to tell you that chewing certain types of gum can actually improve your overall oral health. Most people believe that like most candies, chewing gum will damage your teeth, however, if you are chewing the right kind of gum, it can be good for your teeth. Sugar Free Gum When you're standing in the checkout line at your local grocery store, the choices for chewing gum can be a little overwhelming. The main things to remember are that you need to choose a sugar free gum. Sugar loaded gums may get the saliva flowing in your mouth, but the sugar is counterproductive as it's food for the bacteria in your mouth. Rather than rinsing the bacteria from your mouth by chewing gum, chewing sugared gum will simply feed it. Secondly, choose a chewing gum that contains a sugar replacement called Xylitol. It's a naturally occurring sweetener that has been shown to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Unlike sugar, it's not a suitable fuel for the bacteria, therefore it leaves your mouth cleaner and healthier. Why Gum? So why do we recommend chewing sugar free gum? Well, the physical act of chewing naturally increases the flow of saliva in your mouth. If you chew gum, even for only 15 minutes, after every meal, the increased saliva flow helps to neutralize and wash away the acids produced when food is broken down and consumed. Essentially, chewing gum is rinsing the bacteria and plaque from your teeth and mouth. If you find yourself facing a sweet tooth after your next meal, grab a piece of sugar free gum and satisfy your craving as you clean your mouth! Please call or stop by our office today to get more information on how you can keep your smile healthy for years!...
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