Posts Tagged ‘tooth decay’

How to Manage Tooth Decay Risk Factors

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
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Do what you can to lower your risk for tooth decay and cavities.

Tooth decay doesn’t happen randomly but is the end result of bacteria feeding on the sugar present on your teeth and producing acid. High acidity then erodes your tooth enamel and creates the perfect environment for cavities and tooth decay. However, you don’t need to wait for cavities to form to address them. You can monitor the following four tooth decay risk factors to prevent cavities from developing.  (more…)

How to Prevent the Loss of Tooth Enamel

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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Follow these tips for preserving your tooth enamel and maintaining a strong smile for years to come.

A key part of keeping your teeth healthy and strong is maintaining your enamel. The enamel is a coating on your teeth, which helps to protect them from decay and discomfort. Your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but it is nevertheless quite fragile. Because your tooth enamel cannot be replaced once it’s gone, it is essential to know how to protect and preserve it. Following the suggestions below will help you protect this valuable component of your dental health.  (more…)

3 Things That Are Putting Your Children At Risk of Tooth Decay

Friday, February 17th, 2017
Children and Tooth Decay

Prevent tooth decay in your children’s teeth by avoiding these practices!

The physical, emotional, and oral health of your children is important to you, and that’s why you take the time to shuttle them to soccer practice, doctor appointments, and pack their lunches every morning. Whether or not you realize it, these seemingly harmless habits could be putting your children at an elevated risk for tooth decay every day. (more…)

What Is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Monday, August 15th, 2016
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Baby bottle tooth decay can cause development problems for your child’s teeth.

When sweetened liquids or those with natural sugars (milk, formula, fruit juice) cling to an infant’s teeth for a long period of time, they can experience what’s commonly referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. While giving an infant a sugary drink or pacifier might be an effective way to get them to sleep, it can also be particularly harmful because the flow of saliva decreases during sleep. Just because baby teeth are temporary, does not mean it isn’t important to keep them in good shape. Baby bottle tooth decay can cause pain and infection, which if left untreated may result in a child developing poor eating habits, speech problems, or crooked and damaged adult teeth. (more…)

The Importance of Drinking Fluoridated Bottled Water

Friday, May 13th, 2016

If you only give your children bottled water, make sure it is fluoridated otherwise you are doing them a disservice.

Many parents who strictly give their children bottled water are unaware of the lacking fluoride levels.  Fluoridated bottled water is your solution.

Have you or your child ever gotten an unexpected cavity? Don’t panic. Even those people who practice impeccable dental care can find themselves subject to cavities. There are several contributing factors to tooth decay, and many parents are shocked to find out that their drinking water could be to blame. Let’s talk about the importance of drinking fluoridated bottled water in regards to dental health.  (more…)

Thirsty? Find Out How Soda Rots Your Teeth

Sunday, February 7th, 2016
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Before caving in next time your child demands soda, remind them that soda rots your teeth! Learn about how soda leads to tooth decay, cavities and 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…)

How To Prevent Tooth Decay

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Tooth decay, as you can probably guess from its name, is the destruction of both the tooth enamel and the dentin layer of the tooth. It occurs when foods loaded with carbohydrates are left on the teeth. The bacteria in your mouth feed on this food, producing acids, which combine with food debris and saliva to form dental plaque. This plaque then begins to dissolve tooth enamel, creating cavities.Affinity_Dec17

Luckily, tooth decay is very preventable!

Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay

  1. Brushing Twice a Day: Most dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush. Ideally, one would brush after every meal.
  2. Flossing Daily: Flossing once a day will help remove food debris that brushing misses.
  3. Eating Healthy: Eating healthy and avoiding carbohydrate-filled snacks, like candy, pretzels, and chips, is your best defense against tooth decay.
  4. Fluoride: Fluoride will help strengthen your teeth. One of the best ways to add extra fluoride to your oral health regimen is by using a mouthwash containing fluoride.
  5. Semi-Annual Dental Visits: It is recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice a year (every 6 months) for regular cleanings and checkups. At Affinity Dental Associates, our dental hygienists provide “dental cleanings”(prophylaxis), “deep scaling”(scaling and root planing), “dental Xrays”, patient education, oral cancer screenings, dental product recommendations, fluoride and local antibiotic therapies and personalized homecare instruction.

If you have any questions about Tooth Decay and Dental Hygiene, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit today!

At Affinity Dental we strive to provide our 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 accomodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule.

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