As we enter the holiday season, it takes a little more self-control to keep our teeth healthy and cavity free. The holidays are full of delicious candies and sweets, and while it’s okay to enjoy a few delicious treats, it’s important to keep in mind the effect the food will have on your teeth! Continue reading for a few tips for avoiding cavities during this holiday season. (more…)
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While kids eventually lose their baby teeth, oral hygiene is always important even from a young age. Their baby teeth need to survive until the adult teeth grow in and guide them out of the gums, which helps to make sure the new teeth grow in the right way. And while we should be teaching our kids about oral hygiene from a young age, kids can still end up with cavities. Cavity care for kids is similar to cavity care for adults since baby teeth still need to be healthy and preserved. (more…)
As young children, it gets drummed in to us that chocolate equals sugar, which leads to cavities and fillings. And while there’s definitely an element of truth to this, eating chocolate doesn’t necessarily equate to a mouth full of cavities and a painful trip to the dentist. Recent studies even show that chocolate is less harmful than many other sweets because the antibacterial agents in cocoa beans lowers its high sugar levels. It all sounds too good to be true, so why not have a look into the science behind it? Although, even with science on our side, moderation is the key to everything. (more…)
Summers are always full of joy and gatherings of friends and family. From crab feasts and barbecues to ice creams and iced coffees, people get together to bond over food. Some people crave these sweet treats all year round but they prove to be a greater hurdle in the summer time. While these foods are delicious, they can be a major hazard to proper oral hygiene. According to Dr. Sameer Patel these summer treats full of high sugar and high acid levels can have dire effects on your teeth. (more…)
It can seem inevitable. Even when you’ve been following all of your dentist’s recommendations – brushing twice a day, flossing, gargling and scheduling routine cleaning appointments – a day comes when you know you have a cavity. You’ve been so careful – how did this happen? Believe it or not, there are a lot of reasons a cavity can manifest, apparently out of nowhere. More often than not, the smallest changes in your daily routine are to blame. Take a moment to consider your normal habits – diet, brushing style and design of toothbrush and gargle – and then examine of few of these possible causes. Believe it or not, seemingly unrelated changes in habit can negatively affect your oral hygiene and cause multiple cavities. (more…)
You are likely aware that soda is associated with negative health benefits – but did you know the extent of damage they can do to your teeth? Soda and carbonated beverages can cause decay, rotting your teeth. So before you cave and let your child have that soda with dinner or grab another can from the fridge, let Affinity Dental review how soda rots your teeth. (more…)
Cavities are not your friend. They are unsightly and can become quite painful if they aren’t tended to. Now, if you’re wondering how cavities can come about in the first place, then you should keep reading. We’re going to go over the causes and treatments for these invasive little issues today. Are you ready to learn more about cavities and what you can do to save your teeth? Let’s go for it. (more…)
We’ve all gone to the dentist and experienced the dreaded “you have a cavity” from our dentist. Did it come as a surprise? Sometimes you might have had no idea that you had any cavities. Well, we’re here to give you a few tips and a few things to look out for if you’re ever wondering if you have any cavities. Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Do you have tooth pain? Either tingling or throbbing in the tooth can be a sign of a cavity. If you experience this sensation without putting pressure on the tooth, the nerves of the tooth are probably already in the process of dying. Another type of pain can be a sharp or shooting pain when biting down. This can happen while eating, or even if you grind your teeth at night.
2. Do you have sensitivity? If you experience sensitivity to sweets, cold, or hot, it could be a sign of a cavity. You’ll know your tooth is sensitive to such things if you experience a tingling sensation.
3. Do you have bad breath? We all have bad breath in the morning, but if you’re experiencing excessive bad breath, or bad breath even if you practice good oral hygiene, this could also be a sign of a cavity. When your tooth is decaying, there are bacteria present. These bacteria are what cause the bad breath you’re experiencing.
4. Can you see a hole or a dark spot on your tooth? If you can physically see an area on your tooth that is discolored or has a dark spot, this is evidence of tooth decay. If you can actually see a hole, you most likely have a cavity.
If you have some or all of the above problems, you should definitely make an appointment with your dentist to resolve the issue. Take a look at these tips to prevent cavities in the future:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss once per day to remove hard-to-reach plaque between the teeth
- Limit foods and beverages such as soda, candy, sticky foods, and carbohydrates. These are substances that tend to stay on your teeth after eating.
- Talk to your doctor about sealants. Your dentist can place tooth sealants on your teeth, which create a harder surface where you chew. They help to prevent cavities from forming.
If you think you may have a cavity, want to talk to a dentist about sealants, or even if you just haven’t been to the dentist in awhile, schedule your next appointment at Affinity Dental. Located in Catonsville, MD, Affinity Dental strives to provide patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule.
Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website.
Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!