Worse Than Candy: Other Foods That Wreck Your Teeth

Watch These Everyday Food and Drinks

We all know that candy is bad for the teeth. The high sugar content of candies can build up as plaque on tooth surfaces, even under the gums. Later bacteria attacks the plaque and turn them acidic, and can eventually lead to cavities and tooth decay. Little did you know that there are far more dangerous food stuffs out there worse than candy.

What’s Worse than Candy?

Just as bad as candies is eating dried fruits; they have a high sugar content and are very sticky, tending to adhere much longer on tooth surfaces. They can also get stuck in-between teeth. Skip the dried variety and opt for fresh fruits instead. Another culprit is soda. A 12-ounce can of soda has 39 grams of sugar, about ten teaspoons. Soda is also very acidic. Bottled juice can also be acidic and often contains added sugars, as much as ten teaspoons per serving. It would be better to make your own fresh fruits instead.

Pasta sauce is acidic. Tomatoes, which make up most pasta sauces, are healthy, but they’re also acidic. Eating tomato sauce with spaghetti enhances the damage to the enamel of teeth. The acid in the sauce can break down the enamel and the carbs in pasta help feed cavity-causing bacteria. Another is apple cider vinegar. While it has detoxifying properties, it is high in acidity and can erode enamel quickly. If apple cider is part of your regimen, always dilute it with water, drink it in one sitting, and rinse well afterward.

Coffee and tea are both acidic and diuretic, which means they can dry your mouth. A dry mouth makes you more prone to cavities and gum disease. Popular blended coffee drinks is even worse because of all the added sugar. Protect your teeth by swishing with water afterward. Beer, wine, hard liquor, and cocktails can also do damage. Beer has carbs which can turn acidic, wine is sugary and so are cocktails. Also, remember, the higher the alcohol content of the drink, the more it can dry the mouth. Check the USDA for the nutrient content of foods.

Other foods that can pose a danger to your teeth that are worse than candy, are gummy vitamins, flavored chips, cough drops and flavored yogurt.

Advising Moderation in Bellingham

Ask Dr. Tetrick, your Bellingham dentist, what other foods and drinks considered to be harmful to teeth and gums. While what we’ve mentioned are favorites, moderation, if not avoidance, is key to oral health.

Taking Good Care of Your Dental Fillings

With or Without Fillings: Dental Care is A Must

Today’s restorative dentistry boasts of several dental filling materials available – gold; porcelain; silver amalgam (which comprises mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper); or tooth-colored plastic, composite resin fillings and glass ionomer (contains glass particles).

Dental Fillings are Common

A study by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care showed that on average, 84% of adults have at least one filling, and a typical adult has an average of 7 fillings. Dental fillings are recommended by dentists; however, recent research published in the Journal of Dentistry claims that teeth on both sides of a new filling run the risk of decaying.

The possibility of otherwise healthy teeth, that are next-door neighbors to a tooth with a filling, running the risk of decay depends on two factors: how well the dentist performed the restoration, and how the patient takes care of his teeth.

Dental experts say that although restorations also have their limitations, in many cases they are the best available treatment for tooth decay. Patients should not postpone or avoid necessary dental treatment. Whether a tooth has a filling or not, tooth decay can be prevented or reduced by maintaining good oral hygiene. Patients and dentist should cooperate to put in place appropriate preventative measures.

Caring for the teeth whether they have fillings or not is the same. Regular dental visits can determine the soundness of a tooth and its filling material. The practice of correct and timely oral hygiene procedures, such as brushing and flossing, is also must. Diet modification may be advised if patients’ diet consists mostly of carbohydrates. Over consumption of these types of food can be detrimental to oral, as well as overall health.

Dentists advise that after a dental filling has been performed, patients must contact their dentist if the patient experiences continuous pain for over 30 minutes, the filling feels too high, or the filling is hit first when the patient bites down. These measures will ensure dental filling soundness at the very start. With the dentist having done a good restorative job, it is now up to the patient to clean his teeth, because no dentist can clean them for him.

Caring for Your Dental Fillings in Bellingham

Over at Dr Tetrick’s dental clinic in Bellingham, we ensure quality restorations for our patients so as to maintain sound fillings integrity and long-term benefits of our restoration materials.

A Dead Tooth: What You Have To Know

Signs, Causes and Treatments

Some people keep a dead tooth or two in their mouths with a large cavity in it, a defective filling, or a discolored appearance. If such a tooth does not bother them, then no dental treatment is sought at all. It is properly known as a non-vital tooth as there is no longer any blood flow to it.

There are two symptoms that can tell you that a tooth is dead – pain and change in color. Pain from a dead or dying tooth is anywhere from non-existent to extremely painful. A dying nerve or an infection usually causes an increase in pain.

And why should there be pain when a tooth is considered dead or dying? Pain comes from very sensitive nerve endings around the outside of the tooth, the periodontal membrane. A combination of bacteria and dead nerve remnants, or pus, builds up in the pulp cavity and puts pressure on the periodontal membrane, which can cause severe pain. On the other hand, an infection may turn into an abscess and produce symptoms like bad taste or smell, swelling, or a pustule on the gums that can be clogged or infected.

A change in color, like yellowish to gray or black, may signify a tooth death. Red blood cells are dying, which is a very similar effect to bruising. If a dead tooth remains untreated the discoloration increases over time.

What causes a tooth to die?

It’s either tooth decay or tooth trauma. Tooth decay starts with an untreated cavity on a tooth surface inviting bacteria to enter and penetrate deeper, as far as the pulp which is rich in nerves and blood supply and cause inflammation. Pressure inside the pulp increases, cutting off the blood supply, starving the nerve, and killing the pulp. This can cause intense pain. Tooth trauma caused by sports injuries, accidents and blows to the mouth can cause blood vessels to burst and blood supply to be cut off. Eventually, nerve and other living tissues in the pulp die.

What are the treatment options?

It’s either one of two: root canal treatment or tooth extraction. Root canal is an effort of the dentist to save the tooth. It’s a long process of clearing the infection, cleaning debris and sealing the tooth permanently. A crown is fitted if extra support is needed. Tooth extraction removes the tooth completely if it is beyond saving.

Doing Something for a Dead Tooth in Bellingham

Don’t do nothing for a dead or dying tooth when you would like to save it. See us right away at Tetrick Family Dentistry in Bellingham, WA.