doesn’t start until I’ve had my first cup of tea. How bad is this for my teeth?
Tea and coffee are safe to drink in moderation. However, over time, large amounts can cause staining
and damage. In addition to caffeine, tea and coffee contain chromogens, deeply pigmented molecules
that adhere to dental enamel. They also contain tannins, which boost a chromogen molecule’s ability
to attach to dental enamel. Black tea is worse than black coffee, because coffee is lower in tannins.
How can I protect my teeth from damage?
The enamel on our teeth is hard, but as we all know, it can be chipped and cracked. In addition to
following the instructions of your hygienist, here are some other ways you can protect your teeth:
- Avoid chewing ice, cracking nut shells, or opening packages with your teeth.
- Avoid “hard foods” such as popcorn.
- Limit acidic soft drinks and sugary foods that stick to your teeth.
- Decide against tongue and lip piercings, which can fracture teeth and increase infection risk.
I’m pregnant. Is it safe for me to go to the dentist?
Congratulations! Yes, you should continue to see your dentist, as pregnancy can increase certain dental
issues. Be sure to inform your dentist that you are pregnant and if you’re experiencing any changes in
your oral health.
When should my child receive his/her first dental check-up?
Ideally, you should seek a dentist for your child when the first tooth appears and no later than their
Why do I need to have X-rays taken?
You may understand that X-rays allow Dr. Brent to see decay in hidden areas, like between teeth and
under existing fillings. But that’s not the only reason X-rays are important. They can also show things
like areas of infection, gum disease, abscesses or cysts, and even some types of tumors. The earlier we
find such potential problems, the simpler the treatment is likely to be. Dr. Brent will discuss any
questions or concerns you may have and what schedule is best for you to have your X-rays taken.
Should I update my manual toothbrush to an electric?
When used appropriately, a manual toothbrush is as effective as a powered toothbrush. The key is to brush
for the recommended two to three minutes, using short strokes at a 45-degree angle to the gums, and
covering the entire tooth surface – inner, outer, and chewing.
Why don’t my dentures fit right anymore?
The tissues and bones of your mouth may shrink (atrophy) with the passage of time or with the gain or loss
of body weight, causing a change in the fit of your dentures. A simple reline may help them fit snugly
again. However, if you’ve worn your dentures for a number of years, or the bases are too far out of shape,
it may be time for replacements. It is counterproductive to use more denture adhesive to try to make them
hold better, because this may lead to faster bone loss and additional problems with the fit of your dentures.
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.