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How Effective Teeth Whitening Can Be

This One Incredible Photo Shows How Effective Teeth Whitening Can Be

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How Effective Teeth Whitening Can Be

Stained and yellow teeth are a real bummer. They can affect your entire appearance and make you feel self-conscious about smiling.

Nobody should ever have to feel bad about showing their smile.

Fortunately, you can get amazing results from professional teeth whitening, just like in this photo!

Whitening treatments applied at a dentist’s office have higher concentrations of whitening agents than at-home whitening kits. That means you’ll get even more dazzling and long-lasting results.

Here’s what to know about professional teeth whitening…

Better results than over-the-counter whiteners

Although over-the-counter whitening products, like strips and gels, can provide results, professional teeth whitening delivers the best results possible. And it doesn’t take much time at all. In fact, you can get it done in a single 60 to 90 minute visit to a dentist.

Getting your teeth whitened professionally is also safer than using products at home. A dentist trained in teeth whitening knows how to protect your lips, gums, cheeks, and tongue from the whitening agents.

How teeth whitening works

Professional teeth whitening is a fairly simple dental procedure. The first step is for the dentist to examine the current shade of your teeth and show you about the shade you can expect when the procedure is complete.

Before applying any whitening agents, your teeth will then be cleaned to remove surface plaque. Gauze and dental retractors may be placed in your mouth to kto keep the whitening agent away from soft tissue areas like the cheeks, lips, and tongue.

eep the teeth dry and They will also place a barrier along your gums to protect them from exposure to the whitening agent.

Then, the whitening solution is applied and left on your teeth for 30 to 60 minutes. The dentist may use a curing light to activate the solution. Finally, the teeth are rinsed off, and the dentist may apply fluoride to reduce sensitivity after the treatment.

What to expect afterward

You may need to schedule additional dental visits until you reach the shade of teeth that you want. How many treatments you will need depends on how stained your teeth are to begin with.

For the first 24 hours after a teeth whitening treatment, you should avoid foods that are known to cause stains:

  •       Coffee
  •       Tea
  •       Tomato sauce
  •       Mustard
  •       Beets
  •       Candy
  •       Red wine

It’s also best to avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, which can tarnish the results. The longer you can avoid these, the more lasting your whitening results will be.

In addition to avoiding foods and products that could restain your teeth, it’s a good idea to avoid extremely hot or cold foods for the first day after the procedure. This is to avoid the pain associated with tooth sensitivity, which is common after bleaching.

Alternatives if professional teeth bleaching is not for you

If your previous dental work or poor gum health prevents you from receiving teeth bleaching treatments, there are some other things you can do:

  •       Get regular dental cleanings done at a dental office to remove plaque and stains.
  •       Get veneers or bonding to improve the appearance of teeth with restorative work.
  •       Use a whitening toothpaste.

Taking steps to whiten your teeth really can make a difference in how you look and feel. Talk to a dentist about your options.

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3 Things You Should Know About Tooth Contouring

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Tooth Contouring

Tooth contouring, a procedure also called enameloplasty) is a way to alter the shape of a patient’s tooth, not to mention the surface, which can start to become stained and experience plaque and tartar buildup over time.

Pits and bumps can also start to develop in the tooth which can lead to bacterial growth and cavities.

The benefits of a tooth contouring and reshaping procedure at Shervin M. Louie, DDS extend beyond simple aesthetics and reach into functional and preventive as well.

Below are a few things you should know about the tooth contouring procedure.

1.) Tooth Contouring is Painless!

Many dental procedures involve the use of novocaine or some other type of numbing agent. But not the tooth contouring procedure. Tooth contouring is simple, fast, and relatively pain-free.

2.) You Have to Have a Sufficient Amount of Enamel

The best candidates for the tooth contouring procedure already have a fair amount of tooth enamel to work with. For those of our patients who are in need of more major dental restoration work or lack the necessary amount of enamel for the procedure will want to consider other options like dental veneers.

3.) Tooth Contouring is an Easy Way to Boost Self-Confidence

A great smile will open new doors you didn’t know existed before. Having a smooth, contoured set of pearly whites will help you stand out in a crowd and leave you with a smile more often — on a daily basis!

If you have any questions about the tooth contouring procedure, please contact Shervin M. Louie, DDS to schedule your consultation today. We have a long track record of giving our patients the celebrity treatment, whether they’re a celebrity or not! Don’t wait another day to achieve the smile of your dreams.

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5 Reasons to Try Lumineers

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Lumineers

Are discolored teeth, chipped teeth, or large gaps in your teeth standing between you and your goal of having a perfect smile? Then perhaps you should consider Lumineers. Lumineers dental veneers can improve your smile and boost your confidence by filling in unwanted gaps, reshaping chipped teeth, and giving you a permanently white, bright smile.

Read on for 5 reasons why you should try Lumineers:

1. Lumineers are the thinnest and strongest dental veneer available.

Lumineers are thinner than standard porcelain veneers and are shaped to fit over your natural teeth. Because Lumineers are very thin and translucent, they reflect light in a way that looks natural and blends nicely with your smile.

2. Lumineers do not require any grinding-down of your natural teeth.

Lumineers are designed to fit over your natural teeth with little-to-no grinding of the natural tooth surface. By preserving as much of the natural tooth surface as possible, patients are less likely to experience temperature sensitivity – a common complaint from patients with traditional porcelain veneers.

3. Lumineers offer patients pain-free cosmetic dental restoration.

Lumineers are applied to the teeth in just a few short visits to the dentist office, often without the need for local anesthetic. And there is no need to wear temporary veneers between appointments. Lumineers are considered prepless, painless dental veneers.

4. Lumineers can last longer than traditional porcelain veneers.

Because of their durability and resistance to chipping and staining, Lumineers can last for up to twenty years – twice as long as traditional dental veneers – with proper dental hygiene. Plus, patients can eat almost anything that they want. They can chew gum, eat hard or sticky foods without worrying that their Lumineers will be damaged.

5. Lumineers can be safely removed without lasting damage to your natural teeth.

Because your natural tooth and its enamel are perfectly preserved during the fitting process, Lumineers are completely reversible.

With Lumineers, the perfect smile is now closer than ever before. If you are interested in learning more about Lumineers and how Los Angeles dentist Dr. Shervin Louie can help you achieve a confident, healthy smile, then contact our office today to schedule your consultation. We have a long track record of creating amazing smiles.

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Tooth-Friendly Snacks for the Super Bowl

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Super Bowl Tooth-Friendly Snacks

Excitement is just around the corner. Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching! The big game attracts fans of the sport alongside those who are hardly aware that football exists. People gather for the entertaining spectacle of the game, but also for the food. While Super Bowl parties can have unhealthy food, you can still make your dentist proud with your choice in snacks, all without sacrificing taste or a good time. These tooth-friendly snack ideas will bring you in for the touchdown!

Vegetables are good for your teeth and dips are an excellent way to incorporate several of them into your diet. Who doesn’t love a good dip at a party, and this white bean dip will surely inspire the taste buds. The ingredients you need are: white kidney beans, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and rosemary–blend them well. Beans are rich in antioxidants and fiber, which will keep you feeling full, eliminating the need for snacking that causes bacteria to build up in the mouth. Find some tasty vegetables for dipping and the field goal will be good!

Sugar-free Chicken Wings

There’s nothing like having some chicken wings to take to the big game. When people think of chicken wings, they may not connect them to the risk of cavities. In general, the meat is fine; it’s the sauce that the meat is marinated in. There are many sweet sauces that are loaded with brown sugar which may exacerbate tooth decay.

Your teeth will thank you if you select a vinegar or mustard-based sauce to coat your wings with. If you are looking to add an element of spice, opt for a yogurt-based sauce with a sprinkle of spice instead of a sauce crawling with sugar. These wings will surely be a hit at the party.

Deviled Eggs

Eggs are rich in phosphorous, making them an enamel-strengthening machine. Deviled eggs can go with anything, and they are a perfect tooth-friendly option for any spread. They can help you reduce their sugar intake while still serving great party food. Greek yogurt is good for you and tastes great, especially combined with mustard (a great alternative to mayonnaise). It also has calcium, which is essential for strong teeth.

Sugar is the enemy of healthy teeth. Look for raw vegetables, fresh fruit, nuts, yogurt, and other options before snacks high in sugar.

 

Sources:
1. https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/3-tooth-friendly-snacks.html
2. https://www.deltadental.com/us/en/protect-my-smile/overall-health/diet—nutrition-for-oral-health/avoiding-sugar-for-healthy-teeth.html

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Why Gum Disease Treatment is Important

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You hear all the cautionary tales about brushing and flossing, how, if you don’t do those two things faithfully, it can lead to tooth decay, even gum disease. But what happens when someone actually gets gum disease?

Treat Your Gum Disease

It’s not a death sentence, though it’s probably one of the things we least want to hear. But once that bad news gets broken, it’s important to take action. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (also called the CDC) asserts that over 50% of Americans over the age of 30 live with some form of periodontitis — which is the advanced form of gum disease. That comes out to about 64.7 million adults in the US aren’t taking the right measures to care for their teeth and gums.

The first measure to take is seeking treatment from a qualified oral health specialist. Dr. Louie is a great place to start.

Don’t Fret About Gum Disease, Take Action!

Having a relationship with your dentist that’s in good standing is one of the best ways to fight and prevent gum disease. It’s certainly the best way to deal with a periodontitis diagnosis.

But what is gum disease? It’s an inflammatory condition that affects both hard and soft structures supporting the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums will become swollen and red, which is your body’s natural response to being attacked by harmful bacteria. Periodontitis is a more advanced stage of gum disease.

More on Inflammation

Scientists are starting to recognize a link between periodontal disease and other inflammatory conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease.

We take a genetic, biological approach to both testing for extant gum disease and treating periodontitis. We’ll consider visible evidence of inflammatory burden, but we’ll also consider the patient’s personal history and distinct genetic susceptibility.

Periodontal Therapy with Dr. Louie

There are numerous ways to restore diseased tissues. Some of the services we offer include:

Scaling and root planing have to do with dexterous plaque and tartar removal using ultrasonic instruments and hand scaling devices. During a gum grafting procedure we aim to replace the lost areas of tissue to protect your tooth roots.

During periodontal plastic surgery we’ll aim to create a more flexible and aesthetically pleasing gum line, while laser treatment entails removing diseased tissue with the added benefits of minimizing discomfort and gum shrinkage. Crown lengthening surgery is a more cosmetic procedure that allows for crown placement, while dental implants have both cosmetic and functional benefits replacing the tooth and tooth root with prosthetics.

If You’re Experiencing Symptoms, Give Dr. Louie a Call

Gum disease might show up in the form of red, swollen, tender gums, bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating, as well as loose, separating teeth. If you have sores in your mouth or find that your breath is often less than desirable, it’s important to take action now. We can help alleviate these symptoms in addition to treating gum recession.

To get started, schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Louie today. It’s our goal to get the whole family’s smile back on track, setting you and your loved ones up for great oral health success in the future. See you at the office!

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3 Signs You Need a Root Canal

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Identifying that you might need a root canal isn’t the easiest task. In many cases, in the early stages of tooth infection and tooth decay, there might not be many (or any) nagging symptoms to tip you off.

The sad reality is that Physical symptoms don’t usually start to reveal themselves until infection is in its more advanced stages.

That’s why it’s important to have a good relationship with your dentist. That’s what Smiles In LA is all about — creating amazing relationships with our patients by providing comprehensive oral health services.

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Read on for a few tell-tale signs that you might need a root canal.

1.) Chipped or Cracked Teeth

Eating hard foods, engaging in physical activities (sports like basketball, martial arts, and more), and not staying up on your oral health can all result in chipped, cracked, or damaged teeth.

When you crack or chip a tooth, this means that the nerves that lie beneath the tooth’s surface are vulnerable when it comes to infection. An untreated infection will certainly lead to the necessity of a root canal procedure.

2.) Sensitivity

If your tooth hurts when you chew, this could be a sign you need a root canal. The same is true if you experience an increased sensitivity to hot or cold beverages. What starts as a dull ache might end up progressing into a sharp pain.

3.) Swollen or Tender Gums Surrounding the Tooth in Question

Swollen gums are a sign of problems beneath the surface. If your gums are painful and swollen or have a raised bump on them, your dentist will examine the swollen gums to see if inflammation is to blame.

In some cases, a root canal is needed to solve the problem of inflamed gums if they don’t improve.

There are additional signs that you might need a root canal. If you experience additional swelling around the face and/or neck area, or if you have an abscess or lesion that has formed on the area of gums surrounding the tooth tooth in question (this might be similar to a small pimple or blister), then you should see an oral health professional immediately.

One more tell-tale sign is the darkening or discoloration of the tooth in question.

If you experience any of the symptoms above, please contact Smile in LA today. We specialize in both cosmetic and general dentistry.

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5 Hazardous Activities for Your Oral Health

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At Smile in LA we specialize in helping our patients get to that A-List smile that seems so elusive to everyone but top-notch celebrities. Achieving the smile you’ve always wanted is not as impossible as it seems, no matter what your circumstances are to begin with.

We provide general and cosmetic dental procedures that help bring out the best in you, while at the same time laying the foundation for a bright future full of good oral health.

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However, there are some activities (whether they be extracurricular or everyday activities) that might be jeopardizing your smile.

Read on for a few activities that put your oral health at risk that you should try to avoid.

1.) Combat Sports

Combat sports can be hazardous to your smile, but not as much as other activities we’ll discuss below. The reason is that, when people box, do MMA, or participate in any of the other combat sports out there, they tend to wear mouthguards and safety gear. But just know that every time you step in the ring or the octagon, you’re putting your smile at risk.

2.) Hockey

If you asked 10 hockey players to flash you their grill, you’ll likely find that more than one of them have a compromised smile — some might even be missing multiple teeth. It’s quite common considering the elbows that get thrown around, the cross-checking involved with the sport, not to mention the fact that the referees (in professional hockey, anyway) still let the players fight each other.

3.) A Hard Night of Drinking

We’ll take it away from sports for a moment and talk about the damage you can do to your smile after a night of drinking. Whether you’re drinking wine, liquor, or beer, whatever you partake in is either laced with sugar or harmful acids that eat away at your enamel and can cause cavities. A big problem is many people go out on the town for hours on end and imbibe adult beverages that mount an assault on our oral health. More than a few weekend warriors out there might also skip their oral health routine at the end of the night and head straight for the pillow. Also, one last thing — no opening bottles with your teeth!

4.) Brushing Improperly

One big mistake many patients make is that they don’t know how to brush properly. A common misstep is brushing immediately after you eat. When we consume food and beverages and brush shortly after, we end up working harmful acids into our teeth that erode the enamel. Instead, wait 20-40 minutes for your mouth to neutralize the acids in your mouth, then go ahead and brush.

5.) Basketball

Even though the sport keeps gaining in popularity, it’s important to be aware that playing hoops can put your oral health at risk. One reason is that people generally shortchange basketball when it comes to physicality. In reality, basketball is one of the most physical sports out there.

Even with rules that some might say soften the game, there’s still an amazing amount of pushing around that goes on in the paint. Players even throw the occasional elbow while jockeying for position for a rebound. Another big problem is that many players eschew the idea of wearing a mouthguard. Luckily, more and more high profile players are wearing mouthguards. It’s the smart thing to do — many of these players spend tens of thousands on their teeth. It’s a good idea to protect the investment!

If you engage in any of the activities mentioned above on a regular basis, it’s important you keep a close relationship with an oral health professional.

Smile in LA is in the business of keeping our patients in the best of oral health. Give us a call today and we can help you make an amazing transformation, or give your smile the routine maintenance it needs to last for the long haul.

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Laser Teeth Surgery – A New Hope?

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We all love a good fad, especially when it involves a technological breakthrough, and laser teeth whitening looks like just the thing for instant pearly whites. This will result in your immediate promotion, a great deal on a new car and getting the girl! Won’t it?

It does look good, but bear in mind that it is a procedure reserved solely for implementation by medical professionals. Simply put, don’t do this at home! It would do you well to have a little look into the procedure and what it actually does.

Bam! Pow! Ka Chow!

The common misconception of laser teeth whitening is actually regarding the laser. Most people have visions of lasers deftly slicing away the yellow and leaving bright white. Star Wars in your mouth – how exciting!
In reality, the laser is the catalyst for the bleach to do its job. Get the right wavelength and it speeds up the process considerably. It’s a get white quick scheme.
If the lasers are the lightsabers, then the teeth are kitted out like stormtroopers. Rubber shields are placed over all the gums, cheek retractors are worn and fluoride is applied to desensitize teeth. They are going into battle.

The bleach is painted on to your teeth, everyone steps back and the laser is activated.
Temperatures go up and the bleach starts to oxygenate the enamel of your teeth, making them up to six shades lighter.

What are the claims?

● In actual fact, the process is under-researched by authoritative bodies. There is little regulation on how it is done and so wavelengths vary, concentrations of bleach vary, session times vary. Generally speaking, it would be wise to do your own research. Find a reputable dentist and speak to them first. The right one will be happy to go through all of this with you and explain how they do it. Here’s what is generally claimed:
It’s the fastest way to white teeth.

● Probably true. But it is also inconvenient – you can’t take the laser home and turn it on whilst you watch TV. You have to have repeat bookings of up to an hour each.
It gets teeth whiter than any other method.

● Again, probably true. Those who have had it done certainly think so, claiming up to six shades whiter, which is definitely more than you can expect from traditional methods.
Reports are also in that you can see the difference after just one session!
It’s perfectly safe.

● This is a hard one to answer. However, the side effects do seem to be minimal. Whilst the scientist argue the (debatable) detrimental effects on enamel and tooth pulp, the only proven side effect is increased sensitivity to temperature, usually only for a reduced time period.

What are the cons?

The main point against it is the cost. As with any cosmetic process, it’s not cheap. But it does seem to be worth it. It looks like it does the job, faster, stronger, better. A veritable tooth Jedi.

As with the path to the Jedi, there is much work to be done. Any dentist will tell you that dental and oral hygiene, good eating and regular checkups are the way to white teeth. Laser teeth surgery can take you to new beginnings, but you still have to put in the work to maintain the standard.

As we age, our enamel gets weaker and needs more attention. You may be prepared to go into the battle and win the whiteness, but you will need to use the force afterward. The dark side beckons all day in the form of wine, raspberries, rogan josh and balsamic vinegar on your healthy salads. You need to be strong, maintain your dental health routine and if you have to eat tooth staining foods, take protective measures.

Laser teeth surgery is not for everyone. You need to consult with your dentist, who will show you your best options. But it is a great concept with potentially high rewards. Think about it.

Resources

Colgate – https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/is-laser-
teeth-whitening-an-option-for-you-0914
The Oral Health Foundation – https://www.dentalhealth.org/tell-me-about/topic/cosmetic-
dentistry/tooth-whitening
National Health Service UK – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/teeth-whitening/

National Center for Biotechnology Information – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4385673/

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Foods To Avoid That Stain Teeth

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It may be surprising that in this day and age, yellowing, stained teeth are still such a problem. Not only in the older generation, either. It is getting more prevalent in adolescents and children. Why? We are in a world full of bright white smiles beaming down on us from adverts and out of our screens. How can we still be tapping our teeth in desperation, looking in the mirror and contemplating expensive toothpastes or cosmetic procedures? And what’s more, how can we stop it?

The Three Stooges of Staining

Firstly, let’s have a look at what causes tooth staining. The three staining agents, as it were, are:

● Chromogens – these little guys are compounds in your food and drink that cause the deep pigmentation. They stick to your tooth enamel.

● Tannins – these plant-based substances found in many drinks also stick to teeth, and what’s more, they help the chromogens stick harder.

● Acids – Anything acidic will wear away at the protective surfaces of your teeth, thus paving the way for the tannins and the chromogens to do their damage.

You could say that the acids strip the walls of their pristine white paint, the tannins prime the stripped surface and the chromogens come along with their tin of yellow paint and have a field day.

Where do they hide out?

Mostly, if it stains the tablecloth, it will stain your teeth. The main foods and drinks that cause staining are:

● Deep colored, tomato-based cooking sauces, and curry sauces full of spices. From bologna to balti, any rich colored sauces are full of chromogens and a fair amount of acid. All in a convenient liquid form to cover your teeth completely. To combat the effect, pair these sauces with dark green, iron-rich vegetables like spinach. These form a protective layer on your teeth. Add a crunchy side salad to your curry dish, with apples or celery. Or switch to lighter, cream based sauces.

● You would think salads are safe, but not totally. Balsamic vinegar and soy sauce are deeply pigmented and sticky, too. All those chromogens sticking to your teeth can be somewhat mitigated by all the crunchy bits in the salad, like lettuce and carrots, but the best thing is to switch to lighter dressing. But not lemon juice! The citric acid in lemons, grapefruit, and oranges will eat away at your enamel.

● Not only the dressing, but some fruits and berries are repeat offenders in the staining game. Any dark berries, like blackberries and cranberries, are full of chromogens and sugar that eat your enamel too. Beetroot is a big stainer, as
anyone that’s spilled the juice knows! Sprinkle your salad with nuts – they are crunchy and contain protein to protect and strengthen teeth. If you just can’t resist a bowl of raspberries – and I know I can’t – then try to keep them away from your teeth. Keep them in your mouth for as little time as possible.

● There are many drinks out there that cause staining. The usual suspects are tea, coffee, red – and white! – wine, cola and energy drinks. And of course, dark fruit drinks concentrate all that fruity color and sugar into a one size stains all
package. It’s the tannins in the tea, even though it’s not as dark as coffee. And white wine is even worse than red, as it is more acidic. When you drink wine, eat cheese. A terrible penance, I know. Cheese contains calcium, phosphorates and protein, which will help protect against the acid.

Prevention is the best cure

So now you know which foods to avoid. Or at least, how to mitigate their effects somewhat. Any dentist will tell you that a great oral hygiene routine will keep your protective layers strong. Rinsing and brushing regularly, especially after meals, will wash as much as possible away.

Today’s society is one of immediacy and ease. Fruit comes in handy juice packages, coffee is on every street corner. Every chef has his brand of pasta sauces for a quick meal. Vigilance is key. Restrict your child’s brightly colored candy. Keep your coffee intake down. Use a reusable straw. Make wise food choices. Your enamel will only get
weaker as you get older, and those stooges will get through the cracks. Keeping your teeth in tip-top shape as soon as they grow is the best protection against staining.

Resources
WebMD – https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/foods-stain-teeth-feature#1
Kids Dental Online – http://www.kidsdentalonline.com/foods-stain-teeth/
Bupa – https://www.bupa.co.uk/newsroom/ourviews/teeth-staining-foods

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Age and Dental Health

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Today’s population demographic is getting older. As improvements are made and new understandings of the human body are achieved as we age, we are pushing our lifespan further and further.

But how does this affect our oral health? Teeth are well known for not being replaced by the body when they are lost – can our teeth stand the test of time? The short answer is yes – with care, our teeth can take us all the way. But as you get older, there are changes in the way your body works that mean you need to stay right on top of your oral health care routine.

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What to Watch Out For

  • Xerostomia – It sounds scary, but xerostomia is simply the drying out of the mouth. Having said that, xerostomia itself can be uncomfortable and leads to worse problems if not treated.
  • Periodontal disease – This refers to infections of the structures around the teeth. Most common is gingivitis or infected gums. There is strong evidence that periodontal disease is linked to other age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
  • Edentulism – Simply put, losing teeth. Losing teeth is inconvenient and effects more than your mouth. There is a loss of social confidence. Edentulism can also lead to malnutrition. We need a certain amount of masticating ‘pairs’ of teeth to chew properly. If we can’t chew, we choose softer foods and start missing out on certain nutrients.
  • Mouth cancer – There are a few different types of mouth cancer, and they are more common as we get older. Often, they are painless until well developed. Regular checks are the only way to catch it in time.

 

Further Reaching Effects

As we age, we get more susceptible to other health issues. Side effects from drugs prescribed for various medical conditions include xerostomia, for example. Our mobility may become impaired, leading to an inability to handle a toothbrush properly. A reduction in cognitive facilities (such as becoming forgetful) leads to interruptions in our oral healthcare routine.

Illness can make us shun foods such as fruit and vegetables because of the effects they have on us, or because they are hard to chew. This, in turn, leads to malnutrition. Malnutrition is a deficiency in essential nutrients, such as fluoride, which will lead to further damage to teeth. We inadvertently fall into a vicious cycle.

We lose nerve sensitivity with age. A lifetime of chewing, talking, maybe smoking, and grinding our teeth means our teeth have probably got less enamel protecting them. They are more susceptible to breakage and caries. Add that to a loss of sensitivity and the problem gets ignored, as it’s not felt, to then exacerbate into greater problems.

 

Get the Best Out Of Your Teeth

No one can stem the flow of years. As we get older, we face new challenges in all aspects of our lives. But our oral health does not need to be a challenge. The key is prevention. Healthy teeth and a healthy diet will go a long way towards warding off many of the issues discussed here. Some key points to remember are:Age and Dental Health

  • Use dental floss and mouthwash. Get all the bits out of the hard to reach places and rinse well. Mouthwash will also help with xerostomia and keep your enamel stronger.
  • Brush well. Twice a day. If you find it hard to use a toothbrush, consider using an electric one, or a velcro ‘harness’ to help you grip. A dentist will be happy to help you find a solution that works for you.
  • Eat well. Missing out on essential nutrients is going to affect not just your teeth, but your whole body. Dental problems leading to poor food choices, or poor food choices, either directly or indirectly, leading to dental problems. It can be avoided if you keep control of your diet.
  • Drink tap water. It has fluoride in. Every time you slake that thirst, you are giving your teeth a mini spa.

 

And Finally… Be Social!

Visit your dentist, get their advice, let them check you out. They can see potential problems before you can feel them.

Get family and friends over. If you are getting on the forgetful side, or maybe you are bedridden, you need your friends around you. They will help you to remember to floss and bring you the bowl to spit in.

Go out! If you are able, get fresh air, see the sights. Staying indoors can lead to loneliness, loss of self-esteem and depression. Meet new people, try new food (chewing properly, of course). Make the most of your smile and it will reward you.

If you have questions or concerns about Sedation Dentistry in Los Angeles, please contact your dentist at Smile In LA at +1 (323) 461-9353.

Age and Dental Health

Resource links:

American Dental Association – https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/aging-and-dental-health

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-over-60/concerns

The National Centre for Biotechnology Information – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4334280/

Harvard Medical School – https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/the-aging-mouth-and-how-to-keep-it-younger

 

 

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