Volume 4 Issue 4
Although you may not connect them, losing weight and quitting smoking are linked to your dental health in more ways than one. For example, if you are missing teeth or suffering from uncomfortable gum issues, you may not be able to eat properly, and that in turn can lead to an unhealthy diet and unnecessary weight gain. Resolve to take the first step to healthier eating habits by scheduling regular dental visits this year.
Smoking has a lot of dental downfalls too, from the cosmetic issue of yellow teeth to the social stigma of bad breath to the serious possibility of an increased risk of oral cancer. Again, quitting or at least cutting down on your tobacco habit can only lead to better things. As an incentive, you might even want to plan a “reward” to yourself of some professional teeth whitening to celebrate your success. Once you see how good your teeth look, how your breath improves and how you start to notice food flavors again, (not to mention the extra money you’ll find in your pocket), you will feel more motivated to continue your tobacco-reduced lifestyle. Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down. Smokers usually try several times before they quit for good. You deserve a healthy, smoke-free life!
Here are some other dental resolutions that our office recommends:
- Brush your teeth for the recommended amount of time — a full two minutes each time, every morning and every night.
- Floss every day, not just “some” days.
- Cut down on your sugar intake. Switch to sweeteners in your coffee, substitute soft drinks with water and, if you’re a chocoholic or have an otherwise sweet tooth, make an effort to limit your intake of treats to special occasions.
- Make sure you maintain a regular schedule of dental visits. This is the year to make your dental health a priority!
We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing all about your resolution successes!
Replacing a missing tooth or teeth can be achieved by means of dentures, bridges or dental implants. While all of these methods will result in filling the gap left by the missing tooth, there is only one that will actually help prevent the natural loss of bone in your jaw over time, and that’s the dental implant.
Most people are not aware that once a tooth is lost, the bone surrounding the original tooth starts to deteriorate in their jaw. Over time, the bone loss can cause facial changes, problems with eating and changes in speech. The installation of a dental implant “anchor” – an artificial tooth root placed where the missing tooth was – fills the gap left by the natural root so that this deterioration doesn’t have the opportunity to start. The jaw bone grows around this “anchor” to secure it in place, providing a firmly fixed base for your new tooth, without any of the surrounding teeth being affected.
Dental implants are ideal for people with healthy gums and bones who are looking for permanent, natural-looking replacements for one or more teeth. Please ask us to show you how dental implants work, and if they may be the solution to filling the space left by your missing tooth or teeth.
What Causes Stained Teeth?
Our teeth start off naturally bright, unless we were exposed to certain illnesses, medications or a dental trauma at an early age. Over time though, our daily habits affect our teeth to fade and dull our pearly whites. The whiteness of your teeth have probably been affected by at least one of these culprits:
- Foods and drinks that stain, such as coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce, curry and berries.
- Extremely hot or cold foods or liquids, which cause teeth to expand and contract, allowing stains to penetrate your teeth.
- Acidic foods, which open up the pores in your tooth enamel and allow stains to move more easily into your teeth.
- Thinning enamel, due to age.
- Tobacco, which stains teeth yellow.
Our office has a number of ways to eliminate staining and put a brilliant white smile back on your face. Call us today to discuss which method would be most effective for you.