Here are some helpful tidbits from the Gregorich Family Dental and Dental Implant Center, Duluth MN.
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. But don’t ever use your pearly whites as a tool. Biting fishing line, bobby pins, fingernails, or chewing on pens will fracture teeth.
Just like fingerprints, “tooth prints” are unique to each individual.
A tooth that has been knocked out starts to die in 15 minutes, but if you put it in milk or under your tongue in your mouth it will survive longer.
Gregorich Family Dental and Dental Implant Center, Duluth MN and other dentists recommend that a toothbrush should be 6 feet away from your toilet to avoid airborne bacteria from the toilet.
If you do not floss your teeth, you miss 40% of your tooth surfaces! Make sure you brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes and floss daily.
More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
Dental diseases (decay and gum/bone) are contagious.
Say cheese! The calcium and phosphorus from cheese is healthy for your teeth.
20% of dental patients wear braces between 20 and 60 years of age.
Baby teeth are important. They hold space for adult teeth. If they are decayed and not treated the decay spreads to the permanent teeth.
Gingivitis is reversible. Periodontal disease (bone loss) can only be managed/stabilized as it is infection and inflammation of the support structures (bone). Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis.
There is a link between dental disease and systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart, strokes, pulmonary diseases, joint infections, Rheumatoid arthritis, and premature births.
Symptoms of Periodontal disease include purple, swollen tissue that is painful or tender to touch on brushing and flossing. Other symptoms include bleeding on brushing and flossing, receding gums and persistent bad breath.
Periodontal disease/bone loss leads to gaps between teeth and gums, which collect plaque, food and create infections. This then leads to inflammation in the body.
Dry mouth (xerostomia) can be caused by over 1,000 medications. Other factors include age, stress, nervous reactions, allergies, sinus problems and mouth breathing.
Many drinks have acidic pH, which leads to erosion. Mineral water, flavored water, juices, pop and energy drinks all can be acidic. Because a beverage is healthy for the body does not mean it is not harmful to the teeth.
Insurance coverage for dental care is assistance to cover your costs. Insurance benefit or reimbursement is not full coverage. It is decided by you or your employer.
Habits that fracture and wear teeth: Not wearing your night guard, grinding teeth, ice chewing and tongue and lip piercings. Crowded or missing teeth that do not come together in a correct relationship may cause more stress and fractures in the teeth. Large fills, decay and age all weaken tooth structures.
Names of dental professionals include General Dentist, Orthodontist, Endodontist, Periodontist, Prosthodontist and Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon.
A parent should brush a child’s teeth as they erupt, which is 5-12 months of age. You may use a wash cloth, gauze or toothbrush to clean a baby’s teeth and gums. Flossing is best introduced as the child’s teeth erupt, to clean between the teeth and start routine care early for prevention.
A child will have 20 teeth, an adult has 32 teeth. This is including the third molar or better known as the “wisdom Teeth”. Teeth may also be removed to decrease crowding or for orthodontic reasons.
If you wear a tongue stud or lip piercing try to wear a plastic vs metal stud. Piercings can fracture teeth and harbor bacteria.
Missing teeth can be replaced with implants bridges, partials and dentures.
Ways to decrease bad breath (halitosis): Brush gum tissue gently for 2 minutes- 2x a day. Floss daily to decrease unhealthy gum tissue. Look at your tongue …if it is not pink –it is harboring bacteria. Use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to clean the tongue. Finally, rinse with an antimicrobial mouth rinse to kill any bacteria missed. Dry mouth, smoking, medical conditions, certain medications and foods will also cause bad breath.
Your mouth and teeth are the gateway to your body. Research has shown unhealthy bacteria of the mouth cause infections that are linked to serious medical conditions. Dentistry is a broad study in the field of the oral cavity. This includes prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the oral diseases or conditions. When you have a problem your general dentist can help you or guide you to the treatment options or specialist. If you are experiencing a problem contact Gregorich Family Dental and Dental Implant Center, Duluth MN to schedule an appointment.
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