Posts for: March, 2017
If you are concerned about tooth decay, and want to do more than just your normal oral hygiene routine, you might want to change your dietary choices.
The team at Royalton Dental Associates in North Royalton, OH wants your teeth to be as healthy as possible. By including these things in your diet, you can increase your chances of remaining cavity free.
1) Eat your fruits and veggies.
Many fruits and veggies are great for your oral and overall health. Pineapples, celery, and pears are especially good for your oral health.
2) Stick to sugar-free sweets.
If you are eating sweets, especially candy, make sure it contains Xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that actually prevents cavities from developing.
3) Chew sugar-free chewing gum.
As with some sugar-free candy, sugar-free gum may contain Xylitol. When you are looking for gum to buy, you should look specifically for a brand that contains Xylitol.
4) Drink wine and eat raisins.
There are studies that show a chemical component in wine and raisins that fights the bacteria that causes cavities to develop.
5) Consume more dairy products.
There is a protein in dairy products called casein that is extremely beneficial to your oral health. Casein is found in yogurt, cheese, and more!
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In our last blog post, we discussed headaches, and what your dentist may be able to do to help you find relief for them. Headaches, a sore jaw, and tooth sensitivity can all be the results of bruxism.
Many people suffer from bruxism—or frequent grinding of your teeth—and it’s side effects. Bruxism comes in two main forms: sleep bruxism and aware bruxism. Dr. Florian in North Royalton defines both of these below.
Sleep bruxism - This occurs overnight, while you are sleeping. If you grind your teeth during the night, you may wake up with a sore jaw or headaches. You will notice that these symptoms subside as the day goes by.
Awake bruxism - This is the exact opposite of sleep bruxism, if you couldn’t guess. When you wake up, you will not notice any symptoms, but will find them starting to present themselves throughout the day.
If you are grinding your teeth, you are likely causing damage to your teeth. The damage caused by both are very similar; tooth sensitivity and discoloration from your enamel being worn away.
Below, we offer some ways to help reduce your grinding:
1. Managing your stress is extremely important. Stress is a huge cause of bruxism, so managing your stress may eliminate your problem. Ways to reduce stress include meditation, yoga, and listening to relaxing music.
2. Stick to a routine sleep schedule.
3. Remember to have fun, laugh, and enjoy good company.
4. Eat healthy.
5. Be conscientious about what you eat before you sleep. Both alcohol and caffeine can cause sleep bruxism.
6. Last, but not least, you may want to contact your dentist to schedule an appointment. Dentists utilize nightguards to relieve bruxism.
Want to schedule an appointment with a dentist in North Royalton, OH? Dr. Florian is always welcoming new patients, and wants to improve your oral health. We welcome new and existing patients to contact us today!