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We Need to Know if Flossing is Something That Causes You Pain
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
Whenever there is pain in your mouth you should let us know and pain from flossing is no different. If your gums are tender or inflamed and you see blood in the floss' string, this could indicate you suffer from gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to gingivitis or periodontal disease, which in turn can result in tooth loss. When we do an oral examination, we can see if your gums are healthy. If you suffer from gum disease, sometimes the gums bleed, even when slightly poked with our instruments. What to Do if Gums Hurt When FlossingBrushing and flossing are two of the most important things you can do for your oral health. Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush will clean your teeth and get rid of all the food particle buildup through the day or night. Flossing is crucial to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Those smaller particles caught in the crevices between your teeth are hard to reach with a toothbrush, even an electric one and that is why we strongly urge you to floss at least once daily. Flossing shouldn't hurt, though some patients tend to do it too vigorously, which can irritate the gums. However, it is important to note that if your gums bleed or are painful when flossing, you should let us know as soon as possible. The sooner we treat you, if you have gum disease, the better we can prevent the condition from developing into a more severe problem that could lead to tooth loss. Sometimes, pieces of food get stuck and getting them out with floss can hurt. However, if you are flossing correctly, without applying too much force, flossing should not cause you pain. We need to know if flossing is something that causes you pain, so please let us know....

What Can Happen to Your Mouth if You Opt to Chew on Ice Cubes?
Posted on 10/10/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
While your teeth are sturdy and are designed to chew hard things doing so on a regular basis can create problems for your oral health. Whether it's a bad habit or you enjoy the feeling of ice cubes in your mouth, you could be harming your mouth and teeth. Why You Crave Chewing on Ice CubesBelieve it or not, there may be some underlying conditions that could explain why you have the urge to chew on ice cubes. Among them are: Also, a term called Pagophagia, a rare eating disorder called Pica. This illness is when someone regularly craves ice, and other mental diseases such as schizophrenia could accompany it. Dental Problems from Chewing on Ice CubesThe summer months are when many people crave cold drinks with lots of ice. This time also keeps our office very busy with patients who call because they injured their gums or teeth while chewing on a rock-hard piece of ice. One of the problems with crushing ice with your teeth is that it can cause chips, cracks or even broken teeth. When this happens, it can be painful and warrants a visit to our office to fix the problem. When you choose to chew on ice cubes, you can also be damaging the enamel, that outer layer of the tooth that keeps it pearly white and protects the tooth. A tooth with cracked enamel can be the beginning of decay because weakened enamel promotes bacteria growth, which can lead to gum disease or gingivitis. It is not that you can't have ice with your drink in the summer or any other time, but we recommend that you let the ice melt slowly in your mouth. Let us know if you crave chewing on ice cubes because it could be due to an iron deficiency....

Ways of Protecting Your Teeth During Your Sleep
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
Sleep is the body's chance to repair the damage that happens during the day. The body has an amazing ability to fix itself. It also has the ability to cause problems. Some of the problems happen while you sleep. One place where damage occurs while you sleep is your teeth. There are several ways this can happen and there are things you can do to protect your teeth. The Dangers of Teeth GrindingThe biggest danger to your teeth while sleeping is teeth grinding or bruxism. This can damage the teeth in a variety of ways. Broken, chipped or cracked teeth often result from teeth grinding. Worn teeth are another problem. Over time, grinding can lead to tooth decay, lost teeth and gum disease. The best form of protection for bruxism and teeth grinding is a mouthguard. These are custom fit guards that do not let the grinding damage the teeth. They have one big drawback. They only work if you wear them every night. Use a Nightly RoutineWhether you grind your teeth or not, the nightly routine you follow for the care of your teeth is another form of protection. Brush and floss your teeth before you go to bed. You can also use a mouthwash at this time too. Do not eat after cleaning your teeth. It is important to follow this routine and to do it correctly if you want to prevent any damage to your teeth while you sleep. Failing to follow this routine allows the debris that is on your teeth and gums from the day's activities to remain on the teeth. This allows bacteria to grow and plaque and tartar to form. Eventually, this can lead to tooth decay, cavities and gum disease. Your adult teeth are supposed to last a lifetime. Following a few simple habits can help make that happen. They do not require much time or effort and they will reward you. For more information about how to take care of your teeth, contact our offices today....

All Posts:

We Need to Know if Flossing is Something That Causes You Pain
What Can Happen to Your Mouth if You Opt to Chew on Ice Cubes?
Ways of Protecting Your Teeth During Your Sleep
Ways of Responding When a Tooth Suddenly Starts to Hurt
What is Being Tongue-Tied?
What is Dental Debridement?
Different Types of Dental Cracks
Is a Bridge the Best Restorative Option for One Missing Tooth?
The Effects Stress Can Have on Your Oral Health
The Dangers of Not Getting Regular Dental Care
How to Care for New Dental Bonding
How Headaches and Bruxism Are Related
Traveling and Toothcare - What You Need to Know
The Danger of Forgetting Your Daily Flossing
Which is More Effective, an Air Flosser or a Water Flosser?
Where is the Safest Place to Store Your Toothbrush?
Getting More Water Into Your Diet
Ways of Adding Seaweed Into Your Daily Diet
Winter Allergies That Can Affect Your Teeth
Symptoms Your Dental Abscess is Spreading
Why You Need to Have a Healthy Mouth Before Replacement Surgery
What Winter's Cold Can Do to Sensitive Teeth
When to Replace an Old Filling
When Chewing Hurts, We Need To Know About It
Treating Dry Socket
Top Three Causes of Dental Cracks
Managing Pain of an Erupting Tooth When You Get Older
Managing Pain Following a Filling
Can Wearing a Mouth Guard Reduce Mouth Pain?
Daily Ways of Whitening Your Teeth
What You Can Do to Protect Dental Crowns
What Summer Heat Means for Your Teeth
Why Your Dentist May Use a Laser for Your Gums
Why You Want to Avoid Orange Lipstick if You Want a Whiter Smile
What Fiber Offers Your Mouth When You Eat It
What Causes Dental Cracks?
How Can You Get Caffeine without Dealing with Tooth Stains?
How Does Sensitive Formula Toothpaste Help Your Teeth Not Hurt?
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