6 Things You Consume That Damage Your Teeth

Sep 26th, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Since childhood, everyone has been told that sugar rots your teeth.  While this is true, there are many other damaging foods out that that you should be aware of.  Let’s see if you can guess what they are.

  1. Ice

Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you?  No sugar, no additives and it’s made of water so what could go wrong here?  That chomping you’re doing.  Crunching hard substances can lead to small cracks in your teeth and damage enamel.

  1. Citric Fruits

Ever have one of those pesky mouth sores and drink some orange juice?  OUCH.  Over time, constant exposure to acidic fruits can erode enamel which can lead to tooth decay.

  1. Coffee

Bet you’ve heard this one, too.  In their natural form, coffee and tea can be a healthy choice.  Once a person starts adding sugar and creamer, that healthy factor takes a nose dive.  Added to that, coffee and tea can stain your teeth and lead to dry mouth.  Make sure you’re drinking lots of water if this is your beverage of choice.

  1. Sticky, dried fruits

These are a dentists’ nightmare!  Sticky foods stick to your teeth longer and some fruits contain high amounts of natural sugar.  Make sure to drink lots of water, rinse and floss regularly if these are something in your regular diet.

  1. Alcohol

Heavy alcohol use can lead to a myriad of problems.  Dry mouth, dehydration, mouth cancer and gum disease are a few things you can find on the list of problems.

  1. Sports Drinks

On the surface, these drinks are a healthy, post workout choice.  Flip over the label and you might be surprised at what you find.  Most sports drinks label sugar as one of their top ingredients.  Next time you grab one, look for one that is low in sugar.  When in doubt, water is the best choice!

Our Easton Dentists in Columbus want to make mouths happy.  Schedule your next appointment with us and we’ll get you on track to make your gorgeous smile even brighter.

How to Choose the Best Toothbrush

Sep 15th, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

We’ve all been there.  Standing in the dental aisle and staring.  What kind of toothbrush should I get?  I like these little rubber things but do I need a soft or medium bristle?  Do I really want to pay that much for something that scrubs my teeth?  It’s inevitable.  We close our eyes, play a quick game of eeny meeny miny moe and grab a brush.

No one likes that feeling.  Here at Easton Dentist, we want to alleviate your struggles and have come up with a few tips and tricks for picking that new toothbrush.

Manual vs. Electric

This particular argument comes down to your preference.  If using a toothbrush that whistles while it works reminds you to brush your teeth every day, go for it!  Same goes for the toothbrushes with chunky handles – kids and adults with arthritis find these handles easier to grip. Studies show that the best way to brush your teeth is using a back and forth or rotary motion on the tooth itself.

Soft vs. Hard Bristles

Survey says: Medium!  When brushing your teeth, you should be careful not to brush too hard as it can erode the enamel.  The same is true for the bristles on your brush.  Some people prefer the harder bristle brushes, saying that they give more of a clean feeling.  Be careful, though, as this can also erode that enamel as well as damage your gums and root surface.  If your brush is too soft, then you’re not going to get the job done.  For most people, that soft bristle brush is going to be the winning choice.  For extra protection, check that the bristles on your brush have rounded tips.

Ok, but what about all those shapes on that brush?  Do I need those?

Besides needing to use a toothbrush, there isn’t any particular kind of toothbrush you should get.  Toothbrushes that are being manufactured now are being crafted with longer bristles to help get those hard to reach places.  Just be aware of the size of the head of the brush; your brush should maneuver around your mouth easily.  For adults, that size is about a half inch wide and one inch tall.

Still lost?  Ask the experts!  Look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval.  Brushes with this seal have undergone rigorous testing to ensure that the safety and quality of your toothbrush.

Schedule your next appointment with Easton Dentists and we’ll be happy to guide you on your road to success.

Dental Hygiene And Cavity Prevention

Sep 5th, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Good dental hygiene is an important part of cavity prevention.  If you want to reduce the risk of cavities, you should brush and floss every time you eat.  However, dental hygiene and cavity prevention also require regular visits to the dentist.

One way your dentist can help prevent cavities is professionally cleaning your teeth.  A professional cleaning will remove the buildup of plaque and tartar that cannot be removed with your toothbrush.  It will also clean the areas between your teeth so residue and bacteria cannot harm your teeth.

Education is a second source of cavity prevention.  When you have regular visits, your dentist can advise you of the products that are right for you.  As dental floss, toothpastes, and toothbrushes are not all alike, your dentist’s advice can help you prevent cavities.

A routine examination is an opportunity for your dentist to notice problems.  If he finds an issue that can affect the health of your teeth, he will recommend an appropriate solution.

As dental care is easier and more effective than ever before, it is in your best interest to choose a dentist and make an appointment.  Contact the dentists of the Dental Center at Easton today to get started!