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Dangerous Snacks for Your Smile

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popcornDentists frown on sugary sweets – we all know it. But The Center For Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Chesapeake wants you to know that some non-sugary snacks can be harmful to your smile too!

Teeth are tough and made to help us chew through food. But they do have a breaking point. Hard foods, like popcorn or even ice chips, can be just as bad for your teeth as sugary treats, if not more.

Many people chew ice as a habit and like to enjoy a bucket of popcorn while at the movies, but the consistent crunching of these foods and others like them can not only potentially lead to broken teeth in Chesapeake, it can also create tiny cracks that leave you more susceptible to cavities and weakened teeth.

Sticky foods, and particularly sticky sweets, are also dangerous to your teeth. And it’s not simply the sugar that makes these chewy treats so harmful. While the sugar does play a key role in damaging effects of foods like caramels and taffy, the stickiness is more important to note. The texture of these treats causes them to cling to the surfaces of your teeth and deep in their crevices, leaving the sugar to linger in your mouth and putting your teeth at risk for cavities and decay.

Our Chesapeake dental office is here to help keep your smile healthy, in spite of your snacking habits. If you’re one to crunch your ice, or if you really like your caramel snacks, it’s even more important to maintain regular exams in order to keep your smile healthy and strong. And if you do happen to chip a tooth on a popcorn kernel while catching the latest flick, don’t wait. Contact us as soon as possible.

Prevent Gum Disease, Protect Overall Health in Chesapeake

Dentist Chesapeake

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Now that we’ve covered the basics of periodontal disease, the symptoms, and how the infection can affect the rest of your body, all of us at The Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry want to talk about the importance of prevention.

Preventing gum disease is the best way to keep your mouth, and your body, safe from the harmful bacteria found in periodontal disease. And prevention is actually quite simple.

So how do you care for your gums to prevent gum disease before it starts?

  • Brush 2-3 times a day for 2-3 minutes with a soft toothbrush and an anti-plaque toothpaste.

  • Floss once a day, and rinse twice a day with a good mouthwash.

  • Avoid sticky sweet foods – prolonged contact can damage teeth.

  • Don’t smoke. Using tobacco multiplies your risk of gum disease by six times and makes it harder to treat.

Combining all of these practices will greatly reduce your chances of developing gum disease in the first place. In fact, brushing and flossing – daily habits that take around five minutes – can actually add years to your life!

Most importantly, visiting your dentist in Chesapeake at least twice a year for cleanings and thorough exams is the best way to make sure that periodontal disease is not present and to ensure a healthy overall body. If we do find active periodontal disease, don’t worry. As scary as it sounds, it is relatively easy to treat and even easier if caught early.

If you’re due for a checkup or if you’re concerned about your gum health, call us at 866-861-7962 today. We’ll perform an in-depth exam. And together, we can stop gum disease and keep you healthy for life.