Dec 26th, 2014
When you think about teeth, you may not naturally think about the fact that there are different types of teeth. As you run your tongue along the tops of your teeth, you can feel the changes in size and smoothness. What you probably don’t know is that there are four different types of teeth and they each have distinctive functions.
Incisors – These are the top and bottom four teeth in the center of your mouth. These eight teeth are flat and can often be sharp, which is why you might primarily use them for biting into food.
Canines – The canines are the teeth to the right and left of your incisors. These are the sharpest of your teeth and best used for grasping and tearing food. The canine teeth also have very long roots due to their size.
Premolars – These teeth are located behind your canines. There are two on the top and two on the bottom. They are larger and have a flat chewing surface, which makes them best for crushing food.
Molars – The molars are the last teeth towards the back and are the largest teeth in your mouth. These teeth have bigger, flatter chewing surfaces and make chewing and grinding food into smaller pieces easier.
Each one of your teeth assists to make eating possible. It’s important to take proper care of your teeth to prevent cavities and decay. Make sure to brush twice daily and floss regularly. Also remember to schedule a cleaning every six months to check to see if your teeth are cavity free.
Dec 18th, 2014
The holidays are here which means sugary treats are everywhere. Although it’s hard to turn down that delicious holiday cookie grandma just baked, we want to remind you about the effects sweets can have on your oral health. Here are four of the most common treats we suggest to eat and drink in moderation during the holiday season:
Holiday Cookies – It’s enticing to grab one of those delicious holiday cookies that always seem to be available and laying around. Before you reach for the second or third, it’s important to remember the amount of sugar each cookie contains and the amount of damage it can have on your teeth.
Holiday Drinks – There are a number of seasonal beverages like hot chocolate, eggnog, and warm apple ciders that are perfect for the holidays and make you feel warm inside. Whenever you decide to drink one of these sugary drinks, try to keep it to only one cup or a small serving. After you’ve finished, make sure to drink a glass of water afterward to help wash out some of the sugar residue and protect your teeth.
Candy Canes – This minty treat can cause a couple of negative effects on your teeth. The prolonged amount of time these take to dissolve in your mouth leaves sugars lingering. Also the hard and sticky structure makes it temping to bite, which could crack a tooth.
Caramels – Caramels are sticky treats that you find yourself chewing forever. Even after you’ve finished, there always seems to be some lingering caramel left in your teeth. The amount of sugar that is in a caramel treat can negatively affect your oral health.
All of these holiday temptations have a main ingredient, sugar. We all know that sugar is bad for oral health because it mixes with bacteria on your teeth and will produce acid that erodes tooth enamel. When you are enjoying these holiday sweets, just remember to keep your teeth in mind and try to take counter actions. Make sure you are bushing twice daily and flossing regularly. Also after your indulging, try to squeeze in an extra brush to remove the lingering sugar to keep your smile vibrant. Everyone here at Easton Dentists wishes you all a happy and healthy holiday!
Dec 8th, 2014
Over the past few years there has been a rise in awareness surrounding Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. With all the buzz of this disease and the effects it has on an individual, we decided to look into how eating gluten can affect the health of your teeth. When an individual that is affected by Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity consumes gluten, it can prevent their body from absorbing nutrients. It can also directly affect your oral health negatively.
Anyone with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can experience oral health issues that include:
– Damage and deterioration to teeth enamel
– Bad breath or dry mouth syndrome
– Recurrent canker sores or ulcers inside the mouth
– Teeth discoloration with brown or yellowing spots
– Inflammatory gum disease
For any individual that has Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, check with your dentist and ask how to best maintain your oral health. Also if you are someone that is experiencing these symptoms but have not been diagnosed with Celiac disease, your dentist might be able to provide more information on your oral conditions and how to prevent and maintain a proper oral hygiene.