Talking Teeth -with Dr. Reynolds
In this issue: May 2018
-Tips for Sensitive Teeth
-Stress and Dental Health
-Helping Children Care for Their Teeth
We are all sad that Emma is not with us every day, but excited for her and her family. She has decided to be a stay-at-home mom for her 3 children!
We are pleased to announce that Ashley Nail has joined us as our new Office Manager. Ashley is Dr. Reynolds daughter and she is a 2008 graduate of the University of Alabama. She and her husband, Cliff, have a 20 month old daughter, Carson. Ashley looks forward to meeting each of you in the coming months!
How to Help with Sensitive Teeth
Harper's Bazaar (4/11, March) shares tips to help alleviate discomfort and pain from sensitive teeth, such as using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a desensitizing toothpaste, brushing gently, and limiting consumption of acidic foods and beverages, among other tips.
Meanwhile, SELF Magazine lists sensitive teeth as a possible symptom of tooth decay, encouraging people experiencing "unusual sensitivity" and pain to visit their dentist.
MouthHealty.org provides additional information on sensitive teeth. The ADA provides a complete list of toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, including some with sensitivity control attributes.
To read the full article, click here.
4 Ways Stress is Affecting Your Teeth
Harper's Bazaar (4/11, Midwood) suggests that stress is doing more damage than you think.
Your teeth will chip….
"If your teeth appear all the same length, or jagged on the edges, you may be grinding away your enamel," explains Dr. Sole. "Any existing fillings may chip or break, and extreme wear can even cause nerve exposure and subsequent root canal treatment. Teeth can be restored by a qualified restorative dentist."
It can cause neck, back and jaw problems…
"Grinding your teeth can also lead to headaches, neck pain and upper back pain, possibly even developing into migraines. If you consistently wake up with headaches or neck pain you may well be grinding your teeth in your sleep. This can be treated by wearing a splint at night time that does not allow your muscles to fully contract.
It affects your gum health…
"Low immune strength is associated with chronic stress, can result in sore, inflamed gums that bleed every time you brush. To prevent this, simply make sure you're flossing every day, keeping your teeth clean and having bi-annual scaling, cleaning and polishing at your local dentist."
You'll have bad breath…
"Stress can result in dehydration, which leads of lack of saliva flow. Saliva acts as an acid buffer, so any excuses acid will damage your enamel and eventually lead to tooth decay and cavities, which means bad breath! You might also need fillings."
To read the entire article from Harper's Bazaar, click here.
How Do I Help My Children Care for Their Teeth and Prevent Cavities?
Colgate explains that teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in his or her health that will pay lifelong dividends. You can start by setting an example; taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is something to be valued. And anything that makes taking care of teeth fun, like brushing along with your child or letting them choose their own toothbrush, encourages proper oral care.
To help your children protect their teeth and gums and greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities, teach them to follow these simple steps:
- Brush twice a day with an ADA - accepted fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque-the sticky film on teeth that's the main cause of tooth decay.
- Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under the gumline, before it can harden into tartar. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a professional cleaning.
- Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods, which produce plaque acids that cause tooth decay. When you do eat these foods, try to eat them with your meal instead of as a snack-the extra saliva produced during a meal helps rinse food from the mouth.
- Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste.
- Make sure that your children's drinking water is fluoridated. If your water supply; municipal, well or bottled does not contain fluoride, your dentist or pediatrician may prescribe daily fluoride supplements.
- Take your child to the dentist for regular checkups.
*Parents: As we near summer, please remind your college students to schedule their cleanings!*