There is a popular saying, you are what you eat. While the saying typically refers to the food that you eat and the effect on your body, the saying also applies to what happens with your oral health when you consume certain foods. Patients with a high level of sugar in their diets are more prone to developing tooth decay than other patients with a healthy diet. Summer is a time when more sugary treats and beverages are typically consumed than other times of the year. We want to share the importance of being mindful of what you eat.
After a long winter in NY, we are thrilled that summer is a few short weeks away! We love talking to our patients about their summer plans and enjoy hearing about all of the fantastic trips they have scheduled. We also know many of our patients are planning to spend the summer days and nights with their loved ones at home. No matter what your summer plans are, we want to ensure that the state of your oral health will not get in the way and negatively impact your plans. We want to share some helpful tips to ensure you enjoy your summer worry free.
At Geoffry E. Hallstead, DMD, we try every treatment we can to save your natural teeth, but unfortunately, it is not always possible, and a tooth may need to be extracted. Some patients, such as those going through chemotherapy or preparing for an organ transplant, may need an extraction to optimize their oral health for a successful medical treatment. Our younger patients may need to have one or more teeth removed before starting orthodontic treatment or to help the adult teeth emerge properly. Sometimes, we recommend extracting severely decayed teeth that are beginning to affect the surrounding teeth and gums. No matter the reason for the extraction, we are here to help you every step of the way.
Did we recommend a dental crown during your last visit to our office and you have been hesitant to schedule your appointment? It is never great news when you learn you need a dental treatment; however, it is important to be diligent in scheduling your appointment. Delaying a needed treatment, especially a dental crown, can result in the need for more extensive and costly procedures. We want to help ease your fears and explain more about this common procedure and why we may have recommended this treatment option. Read on to learn more about dental crowns.
Did we recommend a treatment the last time you visited our office and you have delayed or avoided scheduling your appointment? We know the last few months have been hectic with the holiday season, but now that the new year has begun, it is the perfect time to re-evaluate your oral health. We encourage you to schedule your appointment today for the treatment we suggested. Delaying dental treatment can leave you with the need for additional treatments and added expenses. Read on to learn more about why needed dental treatments should not be ignored.
Do you notice there is always a pink tint to the water when you rinse your mouth after brushing? If so, then you may have bleeding gums. While it is never a good thing to experience this, bleeding gums can occur from time to time, especially if you brush too vigorously or your toothbrush is too hard. It can be concerning when you experience it frequently, and it is usually an indication that something else is going on with your oral health.
Do you avoid eating foods that are extremely hot or cold because it bothers your teeth? If so, you are one of many people who experience tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity can range from a mild twinge on occasion to extreme discomfort when eating or drinking anything cold or hot. This discomfort can make it challenging to enjoy a frozen treat on a hot summer day or a steaming cup of hot chocolate during one of NY’s many winter snowstorms. The good news is that teeth sensitivity can be treated and you can enjoy your favorite hot and cold foods and beverages again.
Are you self-conscious when you speak to others because you feel like you always suffer from bad breath? Everyone experiences bad breath from time to time, whether they just finished a cup of strong coffee or an Italian feast that was loaded with garlic. A thorough brushing of the teeth, a round with the dental floss, and a swish of mouthwash will leave your breath fresh again. The problem occurs when you deal with frequent bad breath and you aren’t sure of the cause. Frequent bad breath is usually a warning sign that there is something more serious happening in the mouth.
Are you or someone in your family a sugar lover? What’s not to love about a good sugary treat or drink every once in a while! Sugar is a delicious indulgence that is best enjoyed in moderation for the sake of your overall health and your oral health. We all know that sugar can cause tooth decay, but did you ever stop to think about exactly how dangerous it is for your oral health? Continue reading to find out. You might be surprised by what you learn.
Do you often feel overwhelmed? If you answered yes, we completely understand. Many children and teens dream of the day that they are old enough to enjoy the freedoms of adulthood. It isn’t until you reach that time that you quickly realize adulthood is not all it’s cracked up to be. With all that we have experienced over the past year, we are sure that many adults have dreamed about the carefree time of their youths. With all of the responsibilities of adulthood, it is not uncommon to feel stressed at times. While many are aware of the effects of stress on the body, we want to make you aware of the impact that stress has on your oral health as well. Continue reading to learn if you are experiencing stress-related trauma in your mouth.