Don't Let Dieting Impact Your Oral Health
Like many people who need to lose a few pounds, I try diet after diet in an attempt to find one that finally works for me. I learned the hard way that I need to make sure any diet will not harm my teeth, even if it does help me lose a few pounds. I learned this lesson when following a grapefruit diet. There are many versions of this, but the version I tried had me eat a grapefruit alone several times each day. It was supposed to suppress my appetite. I helped keep me from munching on unhealthy snacks, but the acid in the fruit took a toll on my tooth enamel and I quickly started getting lots of cavities. I created this blog to remind people that change up their diets often to make sure the foods they are eating are not harming their teeth.
Although it's not uncommon for infants and toddlers to suck their thumbs, if the habit persists past the preschool years, it can damage your child's teeth. Prolonged thumb sucking can push the upper teeth forward, causing malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth. If the upper teeth don't fit properly over the lower teeth when your child bites down, he or she is at risk of developing dental or other oral problems.
Do you have issues with aching teeth after eating ice cream and other cold foods, or do you experience sharp pains when brushing your teeth? It could be due to teeth sensitivity. While this is a common problem that millions deal with every single day, it can be caused by many things. It could be thin enamel, gum disease, tooth decay, and even exposed roots. Every one of these problems can contribute to causing pain.
Once the dental implant has been installed, it will begin to osseointegrate with the jawbone. This can take anywhere from two to six months. Until then, the dental implant is still relatively unstable, and too much pressure on its surface can cause implant complications and failure. Successful osseointegration is particularly difficult in patients with bruxism. If you have a tendency to grind your teeth, you might be causing damage to your implants without being aware of it.
When you reach menopause, your body starts producing less estrogen. This leads, most notably, to the cessation of the menstrual cycle and of ovulation, but it also leads to a number of other less-pronounced changes. One of these changes is an increase in your risk of gum disease. Even if your gums have been healthy throughout your whole life, you may now need to make more effort to keep them in good shape.
When wisdom teeth become impacted or begin growing in and shifting other teeth, they typically need to be removed. Wisdom teeth removal is an outpatient procedure, but one should be prepared for a recovery period of at least a few days. If you're going to have your wisdom teeth removed soon, use the following tips to help your recovery:
Schedule Time Off
While wisdom teeth removal is a relatively minor surgery, there may be some pain and discomfort after it is completed.