You brush and floss regularly and see your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings and checkups. Good for you! Diligent oral hygiene is the cornerstone of a healthy smile. But for all your positive effort, you may be doing other things in your daily life that are putting your pearly whites’ welfare at risk! Here are 10 behaviors that can cause either immediate damage to your teeth (like chipping and cracking) or damage over time (like erosion of the tooth’s protective enamel coating or gum recession). Using the Wrong Toothbrush Using a brush that’s too hard can cause your gums to recede and abrasion damage to tooth root surfaces. A soft-bristled, multi-tufted brush is ideal. Brushing Too Forcefully and Frequently Even with the right brush, you can still damage teeth and irritate gyms by applying it too forcefully. A gentle whisking is all that’s needed to break up bacterial plaque buildup on tooth surfaces. Ask your dentist about the proper technique if you’re not sure. Brushing too often can also be damaging over time. Twice a day — morning and night — is sufficient. And, brushing immediately after eating can erode tooth enamel, which is weakened by acidity in foods and beverages. Wait at least 30 minutes. Nail Biting This nervous habit exerts “parafunctional” (outside what’s normal) bite forces tha
Tooth pain can range from mild and fleeting to throbbing and constant but the mechanism behind what you’re feeling is often the same: the nerves in the pulp chamber at the center of your affected tooth or teeth are responding to stimuli and sending out a warning in the form of a disagreeable sensation that something’s not right. Here are the top 10 reasons your teeth might be causing you discomfort: 1. Dental Caries (Cavity). Certain oral bacteria feed on food particles trapped in your mouth and produce acid that over time can eat through the protective tooth enamel into the sensitive dentin below. 2. Enamel Erosion. Acids in your diet and gastric acids from acid reflux (GERD) and vomiting can wear away tooth enamel. 3. Gum Recession. Gums can recede over time, exposing the sensitive tooth roots. Brushing too vigorously and/or using a toothbrush that’s too hard can contribute to gum recession. 4. Recent Dental Work. Dental work can inflame pulp tissues and cause temporary sensitivity that should subside as the pulp heals. 5. Loose, Old, or Lost Filling. Fillings seal off areas of past decay. If they don’t fit right or are dislodged, air, food particles and bacteria can infiltrate and irritate exposed nerve endings. 6. Chip, Crack or Fracture. Teeth may be weakened over time due to pressure caused by biting and chewing as well as teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenchin
Did you know February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? This month is dedicated to educating kids and parents about the benefits of great oral health. According to the CDC, cavities are the most common chronic disease among kids aged 6-19. In fact, a kid between the ages of 14-17 is 4x more likely to have cavities than asthma! With all that in mind, here are 5 things parents and kids can do: Use fluoride: If your child is over age 2, make sure their toothpaste contains fluoride. Also, check to see if your tap water has fluoride in it. If not, talk to your dentist about fluoride supplements. Dental sealants: Talk to your child’s dentist about dental sealant. This is a thin plastic coating applied to the surface of the teeth, which acts as a barrier to help prevent cavities. Follow the “2×2” rule: Make sure your child is brushing their teeth for a full two minutes twice a day. It may help to make a brushing chart and use a timer. Eat right: Explain to your child how sugary and acidic foods can cause cavities and weaken tooth enamel. Educating children about how foods impact their health will give them the knowledge they need to make better food choices. Visit the dentist: Your child should have their first dentist visit by their first birthday. After that, they should continue
One of Dr. Kessler’s patients decided it was time for “her”. After it was all said and done she looked in the mirror and started to cry, she had the whole office in tears! She could not stop smiling! This is one of our favorite parts of our job! 58 year woman , who always wanted to show her smile and be proud of it. After Dr. Kessler did his magic again… Job well Done DR.K!
Orthodontics is a special branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting irregularities of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontics can correct bite problems such as: • Overbite: When front teeth extend over the bottom teeth • Underbite: When bottom teeth stick out over the front teeth • Crossbite: When one or more upper teeth or side teeth bite down on the inside of the lower teeth • Open bite: When there are spaces in the front or sides of your teeth when the back teeth are together • Misplaced midline: When the center of the top teeth do not line up with the center of the bottom teeth Untreated bite irregularities can lead to problems with the jaw and joint, TMJ, speech and chewing, gum disease, and premature wearing down of certain teeth. Orthodontists can also correct dental problems such as: • Spacing irregularities: Gaps between the teeth, which can leave the gums at higher risk of periodontal disease • Crowding: When the jaw isn’t big enough for the teeth, which can result in crooked teeth that are difficult to clean and may lead to cavities and gum disease If you feel that you or your child could benefit from orthodontic work, ask your dentist what they recommend.
It seems like cookies, pies, and sweets are everywhere you turn this season. While indulging now and then is all part of the holiday fun, it’s important to avoid overloading on sugar. Be conscious about what you put on your plate. Load up with healthy options first and then put a few sweets on the side. Only put on your plate what you feel comfortable eating and don’t go back for seconds. Keep healthy options available. Make fresh fruits or veggies as accessible as the cookie jar. Often we gorge on sugary foods simply because they’re available during the holidays. Instead, stock up on healthy alternatives. Bring better choices. At holiday parties, bring a healthy dessert instead of adding to the pile of sugary sweets. Try dark chocolate-covered strawberries, homemade pumpkin pie, or fruit tarts. Take a walk after meals and before dessert. It typically takes 20 minutes for your brain to process that your stomach is full. If you take a walk after dinner, by the time you get back you may realize how full you are and eat less dessert. As an added bonus, walking has also been shown to increase metabolism.
By the time you hit 30, you and your teeth will have been through a lot together. Here are a few of the milestones to celebrate getting through with your pearly whites: • Braces: Between 50-70% of American kids wear braces, typically between ages 1014. However, many adults (even well past 30) still seek ways to straighten their teeth. Invisalign is a popular choice among adults seeking a straighter smile. • Cavities: Some people get cavities as a kid or in their teen years, and others don’t get their first cavity until adulthood. By the time you hit 30, many people have had a least one cavity. Cavities can happen to even the best brushers, no matter how good you are at keeping up your oral hygiene routine. If you have any cavities that have not been filled, visit your dentist as soon as possible! If the tooth decay continues you may need a root canal procedure. • Wisdom teeth removal: Wisdom teeth are the molars in the very back of your mouth that typically come in between ages 1725. Approximately 85% of people need to have their wisdom teeth removed because they are impacted or are having a negative impact on the surrounding teeth, the jaw or bite alignment. If you or your kids are encountering any of these milestones, be sure to book and appointment today with your Kessler Family Dentistry!