Top 9 Foods That Damage Your Teeth

Not only does breaking or cracking your teeth hurt, it can really hurt your wallet as well, there aren’t a lot of people who want to spend their day getting a tooth fixed.  Thankfully, there are many things you can do to help protect your teeth, especially when deciding on what to eat! These 9 foods are the most likely to give your teeth a problem, be careful and choose your foods wisely!

Always remember to care for your teeth and be careful with what you eat.  If you do damage any of your teeth don’t panic, we can help! Contact us today to set up an appointment!

Want to learn more or fix that tooth that’s broken?  Call our office today and we will set an appointment for you and your family!  

 

How to Be Healthier by Sealing Out Tooth Decay

After brushing and flossing religiously, and steering clear of sugary foods and drinks, you or your child may find yourself still prone to tooth decay. What dreadful outcome does that make you susceptible to? You guessed it: cavities.

We understand your pain and frustration. You go to all the hard work to improve your oral hygiene and prepare for your next dental appointment. The last thing you want is for the day to arrive when you sit back in the chair and get diagnosed with yet another cavity.

Thus, the feelings that follow are feelings of being judged for not doing your job correctly. And, as if that weren’t enough, you get the pleasure of enduring the numbing shot, the sounds of the drill that make you tense up, and the non-enticing aroma from the procedure.  

It’s not something any of us look forward to. So, how can you keep your mouth healthy and seal out tooth decay (and ultimately cavities)?

Well, that’s a popular question we get asked a lot. That’s why we’re here to share the answer. Here’s a hint: it involves dental sealants.

What are dental sealants?

As the American Dental Association (ADA) explains, think of them as raincoats for your teeth. They’re painted on as a transparent or tinted liquid to prevent decay, which then hardens, forming a protective shield over the enamel on the tooth’s chewing surface.  

And, they’re frequently applied to your back teeth—or, what are otherwise known as your premolars and molars. These teeth especially need extra protection because, thanks to the rough and uneven surfaces, it’s difficult for you to clean every nook and cranny of them with your toothbrush.

Therefore, germs and food can easily become trapped and stay comfortable in those small pits and grooves for a long period of time. That’s the moment tooth decay creeps in and lowers your chances of hearing these words at your next dental appointment, “No cavities! You’re good to go.”

Who should get them?

When it comes to dental sealants, many often associate them with patients who are children or young adults. Why? Because your first molars often appear around the age of six, and second molars around the age of 12. So, the earlier these teeth are sealed, the better the chances of keeping them decay-free during the cavity-prone years.  

Despite that, adults can benefits from sealants too. That is, as long as your molars show little to no signs of decay and have yet to be in need of fillings.

How are sealants applied to teeth?

The process of applying the sealant to your teeth is generally quick and painless, and can be done within our office. Here are the exact steps as explained by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR):

  1. The tooth is cleaned.
  2. The tooth is dried, and cotton is placed around the tooth so that it remains dry.
  3. A solution is then placed on the tooth, which makes the surface slightly rough. Reason being, it makes it easier for the sealant to adhere to a somewhat rough surface.
  4. The tooth is rinsed and dried. After that, new cotton is placed around the tooth so that it continues to remain dry.
  5. Finally, the sealant is applied in liquid form, which hardens in a matter of seconds. Occasionally, a special blue light (known as a “curing” light) will be used to set the sealant.
  6. Once that happens, the sealant is in place and ready to begin doing its job—fighting off tooth decay and cavities.  

Are sealants safe?

In recent years, it’s been said that exposure to BPA (bisphenol A) can be harmful and pose a variety of health risks. While some dental sealants may contain this industrial chemical, research conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) Professional Product Review has proven that the BPA release is particularly low—.09 nanograms to be exact, which is well below the limit advised for a six-year-old child by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1 million nanograms per day) and the European Food Safety Authority (80,000 nanograms per day).

Additionally, that same research shows that a six-year-old child is exposed to more BPA from food and drinks; sunscreen, shampoo, body wash and other cosmetics; and air and thermal paper (such as cash register receipts) than from the amount that is in dental sealants.

All that to say, dental sealants continue to provide health benefits to children and young adults who are more susceptible to advanced decay and cavities despite good oral hygiene.

How long will they last and how much do they cost?

As soon as your sealants have been applied, the NIDCR estimates they can last you up to 10 years—with proper care, of course. There’s no need to worry about having them removed as they’ll wear down, bit by bit, over time. And, because of their hardened shell, they’ll hold up fairly well.

But, there are certain precautionary measures you can take to extend the life of them such as:

  • Refrain from chewing on ice cubes or opening packages with your teeth. Doing these things will not only damage your pearly whites, but also your sealants!
  • Don’t miss your regular checkups. That way, we can closely examine the sealants and reapply them if they appear to be wearing down more quickly than anticipated.

As for the investment of this preventive procedure, fortunately, some dental insurance plans will take on the cost of sealants. Be sure to check with yours to determine whether or not you’re covered!

Are there other ways to prevent tooth decay?

While sealants are evidently a superior way to prevent tooth decay, it’s important to remember that they’re not the only way. And, most notably, they’re not to be used as a replacement for your daily oral hygiene routine.

If you discover that you or your child is more prone to tooth decay and cavities, we recommend following these tips from the American Dental Association:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
  • Eat nutritious and balanced meals, and limit snacking on sugary sweets and beverages.
  • Drink fluoridated water (water is fluoridated in about half the cities and towns of the United States).
  • If your water isn’t fluoridated, check with us about the use of supplemental fluoride (in the form of a gel, mouth rinse, or tablet), which can strengthen your teeth.
  • Visit us regularly for professional cleanings and a proper oral examination.

Most importantly, as the NIDCR confirms, sealants + fluoride can prevent almost all tooth decay.

If you’d like to take this preventative measure to maintain good oral health, but are wondering whether or not you or your child are the right candidates for dental sealants, be sure to ask us during your next checkup. Or, call us today to get yours scheduled! Sealants may just be the solution you’re looking for to seal out tooth decay and keep your pearly whites sparkling.

US Adventure – People Exploration – Day 35 – Alexia, Mike, Leo & Josh – met at Country Corner Cafe in Simla, CO

Every day is a great day when it starts with clear blue skies and warm sunshine. I left Colorado Springs rather early and headed east. For some strange reason, I was hungry for breakfast.

So … winging it … I turned right onto Highway 24 and then looked for every non-franchise mom-and-pop type cafe continuing my mission to – Meet People, Make Friends and See if I can Help Make a Difference in People’s Lives.

In Simla, CO, I at first drove passed the Country Corner Cafe, but then I made a quick U-turn. There I went inside and was greeted by Alexia.Stan - Leo - Mike Alexia - Josh

Alexia thought it was great … that I was traveling alone, all the way from Arizona and California through Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, New York and all the way to Maine. She especially liked that I was not on any timetable and that I could do things as I wished – stopping where I’m wanted and eating where I wanted.

She said, “The reason I like Simla – it is small town and I’m comfortable walking to the park.” Alexia was excited when she said she’s been living in the town since she was 6 yrs old.

If she was ruler for a day, Alexia would like the people of the world to be kind to each other no matter what color their skin was.

What she wanted more of – she would like more of her family to live around her, or at least in the nearby area. She has relatives in Hawaii and CA that she doesn’t get to see much of.

But less of – how about ‘less drama’?

At the cafe, I also met Mike Kurtchi originally from Athens, Greece. He came as a 25 yrs old and cooked for a prince for a while in San Diego. As for being ‘ruler for a day’ Mike would not be responsible for if he was.

Leo – the public works director of Simla. Leo came from Lewiston, Maine but he’s been in Simla for 28 yrs. Ruler? – no thank you.

Josh – the chef cook worked there since 9 yrs old. No comment about being ruler.

I forgot to ask them if they’d be open to talk with successful mentors who could show them how they could make more money without devoting a lot of extra time to the business. There’s always excitement about ‘living the dream’ that could come to anyone … just by turning spending into earning.

US Adventure – People Exploration – Day 39 – Len – Semi-retired Entrepreneur – former CFO of Calvin Klein – from CT – met in Austin, MN

Incredible Day – it started with a heavy rain as I left Ames, Iowa. Heavy rain … and so I adjusted my travel plans to stay more to the main routes. I wanted smooth sailing (driving). For some reason, Spam (as in meat products) has kept coming into my life since I heard of a Spam Festival in Hawaii. Huh? I know …?

So on the fly … I mentally changed my route to go through Austin, Minnesota. That’s where the Spam Museum and the Hormel meat processing factory is. For some unknown reason, I meandered through the rural roads of northern Iowa and southern MN.

Since I’m on a mission to – Meet People, Make Friends and See if I can Help Make a Difference in People’s Lives – I was excited as dodged the scattered drops of rain while into the Spam Museum.Len and Stan at Spam Museum in Austin Minnesota_2

That’s where I met Len – who was taking photographs of exhibits – to take a photo of three ladies I had met (more on that in another blog).

He was on his way to Denver where he was going to deliver all kinds of things and household products and other stuff to his daughter Michelle. She teaches equestrian horseback jumping. on my way to Denver to deliver household product stuff still having same problems and as for my daughter Michelle who is teaching. His other daughter is a second-year resident at Columbia-Presbyterian, studying and focusing on Family Medicine, with a specialized focus on helping young women.

His wife Renee of 35 years packed all kinds of stuff that he was going to deliver. He mentioned that she sent him on his way with love in her heart. Len had worked hard all his life, in which he built his career rising to CFO of CK … and then retired early. He laughed when he said it gave him something to do. I interpreted what he said … as – I think – he hinted that she was giving him something to do and kindly get rid of him for a while. LOL …maybe.

He spoke lovingly of small town hamburger joints and quaint mom-and-pop cafes. He was specific about a great place he had found in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania – where there is a Rootin’ tootin’ hot dog place right off of Route 80.

Len told me he has a backpack in his SUV riding as a shotgun. Also, he has his camera bag handy and a ‘cat scratch’ pole for his daughter’s cat in the back seat.

I enjoyed talking with Len and we exchanged contact information. I might be so lucky to visit him when I pass through Connecticut in August. Wouldn’t that be absolutely great?

If you’re reading this … maybe join us?

US Adventure – People Exploration – Day 27 – Dora – Owner of Dos Hermanos restaurant in Antonito, NM

Wow – I have to go back in time – I’m meeting so many real cool people and I have to go back a some days. Going to 50 states is really tougher than I thought.

But I’m on a mission to – Meet People, Make Friends and See if I can Help Make a Difference in People’s Lives.

Stopping for a late breakfast in Antonito, I met Dora who has been in the small town in Colorado for 22 years.Dora and Stan at Dos Hermanos in Antonito CO

She loves cooking and she likes the customers that come into the restaurant. Most of the people who come in are her friends and there are several she’s known for 22 years. Dora likes being busy. She’s been waiting on tables since she was very little.

What she doesn’t like is … cleaning the deep fryer and … after a brief pause, she also admitted that putting groceries away wasn’t a favorite either.

Dora’s parents helped her at the restaurant from the beginning and it’s been about 2 years that they were no longer were able to. It was on a sad note when she said her father passed away about 3 months ago. She smiled saying her son helped her in the business too.Smothered chicken enchiladas at Dos Hermanos

I had a great meal which Kayla the waitress served.

About the area – Dora likes the mountains and the weather is just fantastic in the summer. There’s usually a lot of wind in the early spring. The economy is really not that good.

She would like to have more people to move up here because it is just really beautiful and she just enjoys living here.Norm

 

Norm played himself as a regular customer.

 

Dora says that as ruler of the world she would have everyone be kind to everyone.