Over time, consuming large amounts of tea and coffee can stain tooth enamel and damage teeth. In addition to caffeine, coffee and tea also contain chromogens, darkly pigmented molecules that adhere to tooth enamel. Tannins are also present in coffee and tea, which can stain teeth. Black tea has a higher tannin content than coffee, so black tea presents a more significant staining threat to teeth than coffee.
Although tooth enamel is a tough substance, it can chip and crack in certain situations. Your dental hygienist can provide guidelines to help protect your tooth enamel. Here are some specific recommendations to follow:
Yes, it is safe and advisable to see your dentist when pregnant. Specific oral issues are associated with pregnancy. Be sure to tell your dentist you are pregnant and let them know if you are experiencing any oral problems.
A child should see a dentist as soon as the first tooth appears, and no later than their first birthday.
X-rays are essential because they allow the dentist to detect decay situations in hidden places between teeth and under existing fillings. X-rays can also identify other problems, such as infected areas, the development of gum disease, abscesses and cysts, and some kinds of tumors. The dentist can talk with you about the need for X-rays and when they are necessary.
It is unnecessary to change from a manual toothbrush to an electric one. A manual toothbrush is just as effective as an electric toothbrush if appropriately used. Brush for the recommended two to three minutes. Use short strokes, and implement a brush angle of 45 degrees to the gums. Be sure to brush the chewing surfaces and the outside and inside your teeth.
The bones and tissues of your mouth may atrophy, or shrink, over the years or with weight gain or loss. This situation leads to dentures not fitting correctly. Sometimes a reline restores your dentures to a good fit. However, if you have worn your dentures for quite a few years, or the bases are not in good shape, it may be time for new dentures. Using more denture adhesive to make your dentures fit better may cause more significant bone loss and other issues with how your dentures fit. We advise consulting with the dentist to find the optimal solution.
This is just a sampling of often-asked questions. Have one of your own? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (913) 220-2209 so we can assist you.