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    29Oct

    Halloween night is a lot of fun, but as soon as it is over, we’re faced with a problem—candy everywhere! Our Cheney dentists are here to help you make sound decisions and protect your smile post-Halloween. Keep reading to get some quick and simple tips for your family.

    Minimize temptation

    One of the biggest issues with Halloween candy is that there is so much of it and it is everywhere! With so many sweets around, you may find yourself mindlessly snacking, and eating way more candy than you mean to.

    Go through the candy in your house and keep only your favorites; look for donation programs around town for excess sweets. Then, place the candy you keep in an out-of-the-way place, like a high cabinet, so that you’re forced to be mindful about consuming treats.

    Plan out your candy consumption

    The reason that candy is so harmful for your smile is because oral bacteria love to feed on sugars and refined carbohydrates. Here’s the deal: oral bacteria remain active and feeding for only about 20 to 30 minutes after you finish eating. So, if you make it a point to schedule your treats, and keep indulging to once or twice a day, you’re actually minimizing the amount of time that oral bacteria are active.

    Stay hydrated  

    Water helps you stay healthy in all kinds of ways, but specifically with dental health it clears away accumulated bacteria and dental debris, while jump-starting saliva production. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and try to get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water after you snack.

    We hope that you have a safe, fun, and trick-free Halloween! Please don’t hesitate to contact our Cheney dentists by phone or through the Contact Us page on our site if you have questions, or you need to schedule a personal consultation!

    15Oct

    When it comes to maintaining oral health, one of the absolute best things that you can do for your smile is to take care of your dental enamel. Enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth—it protects more sensitive dental layers like dentin and dental pulp.

    Today our Cheney dentists are sharing some helpful information to empower you to take control of your oral health, starting now!

    A number of different issues can thin and weaken enamel:

    • Sugary treats: sugars and refined carbohydrates help harmful oral bacteria thrive, thus producing oral acid.
    • Acidic foods and drinks: any time that you sip or snack on something acidic, you temporarily weaken your enamel. Soft drinks, coffee, fruit juices, and wines are just a few examples of popular acidic treats.
    • Hard and abrasive substances: while your dental enamel is strong, it isn’t indestructible. Frequently chewing on hard candies, ice, and cough drops can diminish your enamel over time.
    • Bruxism: this condition, which is characterized by dental grinding or clenching, essentially harms your enamel through tooth-to-tooth contact. Bruxism can occur temporarily, in times of stress, or it can be chronic issue.

    As your dental enamel is diminished you may notice:

    • Dull or yellow teeth: dentin, which is the tooth layer below dental enamel, is naturally yellower in color than enamel. So, as your enamel becomes thinner, more of the yellow dentin will show through the surface of the tooth.
    • Increased dental sensitivity: because it is the protective tooth layer, dental enamel doesn’t contain nerves. However, as enamel becomes more porous, irritants are able to reach the more sensitive dentin and dental pulp layers.
    • More cavities: diminished dental enamel allows oral bacteria to take root in the tooth, leading to dental cavities. Vulnerable spots in your enamel essentially serve as pathways for oral bacteria to take root in your tooth’s dentin and dental pulp.

    Have questions? Ready to schedule a personal consultation? Our Cheney dentists are here to help! Give us a call to get started.

     

     

    01Oct

    It’s that time of year again, when illnesses run rampant. What many people don’t think about is that when they are dealing with whole-body health issues, their smiles are also affected. Today our Cheney dentists are talking about a few simple things that you can do to support oral health even when you’re not feeling your best.

    When you’re ill, you may deal with any of these commonly experienced problems:

    • Post-Nasal Drip

    We all know that head colds create an excess of mucus, and sometimes this can drip down into the back of the patient’s throat—this is known as post-nasal drip. This not only contributes to throat irritation; it can also cause bad breath.

    • Vomiting

    Because stomach acid is so acidic, it can be really damaging on your smile. When you are sick and vomiting, you want to make sure that you are rinsing your mouth with water regularly.

    • Dehydration

    If you become dehydrated you’ll likely notice that your mouth feels grittier, and that it is harder for you to maintain fresh breath. A dry mouth is an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive, which is why it’s particularly important to keep your oral tissues moist when you’re sick.

    There are simple steps that you can take to protect your oral health when you’re not feeling well:

    • Increase water consumption: keep a water bottle with you throughout the day, and beside your bed for easy access.
    • Rinse your smile: rinsing your smile with either water or a formulated rinse helps to jump-start saliva production, clear away dental debris and bacteria, and clear away mucus.
    • Keep some dental tools by your bed: sometimes, when we are not feeling our best, it feels almost impossible to get through our daily routines. Try keeping some floss and mouth rinse on your nightstand, so that everything is within arm’s reach.

    You can always reach out to our Cheney dentists to learn more about caring for your smile throughout the winter—we are here to help!