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August 23, 2012
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Soda and other soft drinks have lots of refined sugar.  Bacteria in the mouth process the sugar and produce acid.  This acid, plus the extra acid already present in the drink demineralizes your tooth enamel, the outer coating of the teeth that guards against decay.  Tooth decay (cavities) begins when enamel is weakened.  Each acid attack lasts about 20 minutes, and each sip you take resets the clock.  Even diet or "sugar free" drinks may not have sugar, but usually contain harmful acid.   Instead, choose water, limit soda to not more than 12 ounces a day and after having a soft drink brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water.


August 16, 2012
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Halitosis, more commenly known as bad breath, can result from poor dental health habits.  It may also be an indicator of other health problems. 

Bad breath is  caused from not brushing and flossing teeth daily.  This results in food patricles remaining in your mouth, which promotes bacterial growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue.  Smoking is another cause.

Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth may be warning signs of gum (periodontal) disease.  If gum disease is untreated it can damage the gums and jawbone.  

Bad breath can be reduced or prevented if you practice good oral hygiene,  see your dentist regularly, drink lots of water,  and stop smoking.


By colgandental
August 08, 2012
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Dry mouth—also called xerostomia—results from an inadequate flow of saliva. It is not a disease, but a symptom of a medical disorder or a side effect of certain medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers, diuretics and many others.

Saliva is the mouth’s primary defense against tooth decay and maintains the health of the soft and hard tissues in the mouth. Saliva washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth, offering first-line protection against microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease.

Some of the common problems associated with dry mouth include a constant sore throat, burning sensation, trouble speaking, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness or dry nasal passages. Without saliva, extensive tooth decay can also occur.

Your dentist can recommend various methods to restore moisture. Sugar-free candy or gum stimulates saliva flow, and moisture can be replaced by using artificial saliva and oral rinses.


By colgandental
August 08, 2012
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Your teeth are covered with a sticky film called plaque that can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque contains bacteria, which following a meal or snack containing sugar can release acids that attack tooth enamel. Repeated attacks can cause the enamel to break down, eventually resulting in cavities. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. This makes it more difficult to keep your teeth clean.

When tartar collects above the gum line, the gum tissue can become swollen and may bleed easily. This is called gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. You can prevent plaque buildup and keep your teeth cavity-free by regularly visiting the dentist, brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between your teeth with dental floss daily.

 


Why does the Amarican Dental Association recommend visiting a dentis at least twice a year?  Here are four reasons to matain proper health and hygeine for your teeth.

1. Clean teeth:

Brushing and flossing twice a day might not be enough.  For proper oral hygiene you must do it the right way.  Our dental staff can show you the right way to brush to ensure a more effective method to maintain you overall oral health.

2. Early diagnosos for tooth decay: 

By brushing and flossing each day, some plaque removal is possible.  Plaque that is left behind on teeth can harden to form tartar which is the leadng cause of tooth decay and gum disease.   Having the tartar as well as any staining on the teeth can help you maintain a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.

3. Timely diagnosis of severe dental diseases:

Early diagnosis of severe dental diseases such as oral cancer could save your life.  Oral cancer is known to spread quickly, but it can be easily countered if it is detected early.

4. Diagnosis of gum diseases:

Early diagnosis of diseases of the gums such as gingivitis and periodontitis, can be cured with proper treatment.

Prevention is always better than cure.  A twice yearly check up will not only make your teeth healthy, but also save money and time in the long run.

 




Daniel Colgan

 Dr. Colgans office provides gentle, compassionate care to all of our patients at our dental practice in Liberty MO. We make your comfort and dental health our top priority.

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