What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
There are many reasons for tooth discoloration. Some of the reasons we can help, and other we can not. Here are the main reasons for tooth discoloration.
Not Brushing or Flossing
Brushing and flossing daily is the main way to prevent oral disease and tooth discoloration. Not brushing and flossing daily will eventually leads to cavities, infection, or worse. Remember to brush and floss daily and you'll definitely see the benefits of these daily habits.
Consuming Foods that Discolor Your Teeth
Drinking and eating foods that discolor your teeth such as coffee, soda, tobacco, candies and deserts will certainly aid in discoloring your teeth. Remember to avoid acidic or sugary foods that lead to discoloration and decay.
Genetics, Medical Conditions, and Medication
Genetics has a lot to do with oral health. Some people just have healthier tooth enamel than other. Also, medical conditions such as amelogenesis or dentinogenesis prevent proper enamel growth. Still another thing that could discoloring teeth are medications that lead to tooth discoloration as a side effects. Proper education on medical conditions and medications is the best way to know if you are being effected by one of these conditions.
Treatment Options for Tooth Discoloration
Treatment options for whitening teeth can vary widely depending on the cause of the discoloration. Of course, one of the best ways to treat discoloration is regular brushing and flossing. Also, avoiding food, drinks, or habits that damage your teeth is important.
Edgemere Dental has many treatment options for brightening your smile including: regular teeth cleanings, in-office teeth whitening, take home teeth whitening kits, and other forms of cosmetic dentistry. The best way to know which treatment option is right for you is to come in and get an exam, X-rays, and teeth cleaning. That way our dentist can discuss all the best options available to you.
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1. Sugary Foods
We've all been told since childhood that sugary foods are bad for your teeth. Bacteria in plaque feeds on sugars to create acid that cause decay and cavities. This decay eventually leads to infections that could effect your body with harmful inflammation. Sugar in your mouth is often the first step on the road to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Foods with sugars can be anything from cupcakes to ketchup. More foods than you know actually contain high levels of sugar, so it's important to read the label to help you avoid sugar all together.
2. Acidic Foods
Acidic foods are actually even more dangerous than sugary foods. Bacteria eats sugar to create acids, while highly acidic foods already contain the acids that destroy tooth enamel and cause decay and disease. The weakened enamel will eventually lead from discoloration and cavities to infections and abscesses. Examples of highly acidic foods are lemons, grapefruits, pickles, tomatoes, alcohol, and coffee.
Bread and other foods that are made from refined carbohydrates are also harmful to your oral health. When consumed they immediately turn into sugar which bacteria can feed on to cause decay. These starchy foods such as bread, crackers, pasta, and chips easily become stuck in between your teeth creating a breeding ground for bacteria.
4. Sugary Drinks
It shouldn't come as a surprise that soda is bad for your teeth and gums because it is high in sugars and acid that are harmful. But for some, the idea of sports drinks being just as harmful can come as a surprise. These drinks are high in high fructose corn syrup which contains high amounts of sugar. Alcoholic drinks are also high in sugar and acid.
5. Hard Foods
Even though the enamel on your teeth is the hardest part of your body, even it can't stand up against hard foods that can chip, crack, and break your teeth. Many edible products are not meant to be chewed on such as hard candy, ice, un-popped popcorn and even raw ramen noodle bricks can lead to fractures and breaks in your teeth. Do your teeth a favor and also avoid using them as tools to open bottles, or pry open containers.
6. Foods that Prevent Saliva Flow
Your best defense against decay and disease is your saliva which washes away food particles, sugars, acids, and bacteria. Saliva also delivers minerals to your teeth and gums to keep them healthy. While also removing unwanted particles and plaque from your teeth it also repairs tooth enamel and gums back to health. Some examples of foods that dry your mouth are alcohol, coffee, sugary drinks, dried fruit, and popcorn.
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While it's impotant to keep all of these foods and drinks in mind, it's also important to remember to brush, floss, and attend your regular dental visits. Our staff is friendly and patiently waiting for your call. Call us today at 915.921.6200! You can also reach us by visiting our Contact page. We can't wait to answer any of your questions about oral health, treatment, procedures, and financial options available to you through Edgemere Dental located in east El Paso, TX.
What is Preventative Dental Care?
Preventative dental care is the practice of caring for your teeth and gums to maintain them for as long as you possibly can. Dental technology has improved a lot in the last few decades, making dental procedures more effective, accessible, and affordable than ever. So there really isn't any excuses for not going to the dentist for regular dental check ups in our day and age.
Brushing and Flossing daily along with regular dental visits should be at the top of everyone's priorities. These three activities are the foundation for preventative dental care.
Brushing & Flossing Daily
Brushing after every meal, when you wake up, and before you go to sleep is recommended by dentists to avoid plaque and tartar build up. Brushing your tongue is also a good idea to help avoid bad breathe. Each time brushing for at least two minutes to make sure all food particles are removed are not allowed to generate bacteria that develops periodontal disease and tooth decay. There are many different types of tooth brushes and tooth pastes on the market, so make sure to test out different types to see which work best for you.
Flossing at least once daily is another activity that is crucial in preventing oral diseases. Flossing removes food particles that get stuck between your teeth and are difficult for your tooth brush to reach and remove. Removing these food particles will ensure that food is not rotting between your teeth attracting bacteria that create inflammation, decay, and infections.
Regular Dental Visits
To maintain a healthy smile there's no way around it, you have to visit the dentist regularly to check for any new dental problems, get a thorough teeth and gums cleaning, and receive a flossing and fluoride treatment. Regular dental visits ensure that any dental health problems are corrected quickly. Good oral health maintenance also improves your overall health.
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To learn more about preventative dental health or to schedule a dental visit, call us at 915-921-6200, or visit our Contact page to send us a message. Our dental health professionals can answer any questions you have about our dental treatments or procedures. We can also discuss insurance and financial options we have available to our patients. We are patiently waiting for your call to help you achieve your best smile!
Periodontitis & Gingivitis
Periodonttitis begins with bacteria in the mouth and if not properly treated may end in tooth loss, or worse. It causes inflammation of the gums, discomfort, bad breathe, loose teeth, and bleeding around the teeth. It's also the most common disease among adults.
Periodontitis while common, is also preventable. It is the result of poor hygiene and avoiding regular dental visits. Brushing twice daily, flossing daily and attending regular dental appointments will help reduce the chance of developing periodontal disease and also aids in treatment of it.
Gingivitis is also a form of gum disease, but it begins with the build up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a soft, sticky substance that contains bacteria which will cause tooth decay and gum disease. If plaque is not regularly removed from the teeth by brushing, flossing and regular dental visits, gingivitis will result. Gingivitis can also occur from other causes such as stress, poor nutrition, hormonal changes, certain medications, and chronic disease.
Treatment of gingivitis starts with brushing twice daily and flossing daily. Gingivitis is also known to clear up after a professional teeth cleaning by our hygienists. However the condition can be known to return if regular dental visits and good hygiene are not kept. If the disease is severe then scaling and root planing is likely to be necessary. If the periodontal disease is left untreated over a period of time a crown, tooth extraction, dental implant, or dentures might be needed for treatment.
Periodontics is the oral specialty of treating the inflammation of gums and surrounding teeth and bone structures. A periodontist is a dentist that deals in the treatment of periodontitis, gingivitis, and other diseases of the periodontium. Periodontists are also experts in replacing teeth with dental implants.
We here at Edgemere Dental are experts in periodontal disease and even have our very own in-office periodontist, Dr. Jennifer Swedlow, DMD, MS. As a Periodontist, Dr. Swedlow is an expert in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of periodontal disease, oral inflammation, and in the placement and repair of dental implants. She has had extensive training in cosmetic periodontal procedures, soft and hard tissue grafting, and a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures for the treatment of periodontal disease and other gingival conditions.
If you think you might have periodontal disease, periodontitis, or gingivitis, don't hesitate to call our office to schedule a visit with Dr. Swedlow. Avoiding treatment can be detrimental to your health, and can lead to costly dental bills down the road. Call us today at 915.921.6200, or visit our Contact page to send us an email. We look forward to your call!
Many people avoid the dentist for different reasons even though dental appointments are the best way to achieve oral health. Edgemere Dental wants you to understand the reasons behind the missed appointments so that you can overcome your dental anxiety.
According to a new dental survey by the ADA entitled "Why Adults Forgo Dental Care", there are a few reasons why adults will decide to avoid the dentist in the next 12 months. This article will discuss some reasons and help you avoid these obstacles and get back on the road to good dental health.
The cost of dental visits and treatment are the number one reason people avoid going to the dentist. For many Americans dental insurance is not an option. A recent survey found that 44% of the population does not have coverage, and those with medical insurance still have trouble understanding their dental coverage. Some insurance only covers preventative or emergency dental care.
At Edgemere Dental we want to make sure everyone is covered, that's why we accept most dental insurance and offer affordable ways to pay for your dental care if you don't have insurance. No insurance? No problem. We have a Dental Savings Plan that will cover all your expenses, there's no deductible, and you will save at least 25% on all dental care.
We also have CareCredit available to all of our patients. With CareCredit, Dental care includes procedures such as tooth repair, crowns or caps, root canals, dental implants, braces, retainers, bite plates, and headgears.
Above all it is important to remember that by taking care of your teeth with regular brushing and flossing, yearly dental visits won't cost you as much. No matter what the cost, or your situation, our staff will try their best to get you the dental care you need.
Previously Bad Dental Experiences
We've heard them all, not enough sedative, the dentist didn't explain the procedure correctly, or feeling pressured into dental treatment. Bad dental experiences can prevent people from coming in for regular check ups. We're hear to listen to your concerns about your previous dentist, and help you overcome any anxiety by providing you with answers. By understanding what has triggered bad experiences in the past, we can understand what to avoid and how to better serve you.
Our staff and dentist will thoroughly explain the dental procedures from start to finish. We want our communication to be informative, helpful, thorough, and leave no questions unanswered. We will also make sure that we are not aggressive in explaining the treatment. We don't want anyone to feel pressured into anything, but rather be well informed about what treatment our dentist has suggested. Your comfort is our goal.
"I Don't Need to See the Dentist, My Mouth Is Healthy"
For a large percentage of the population, going to the dentist seems unnecessary until something goes wrong. Sometimes people only perceive the need to see the dentist after a tooth has cracked, your gums are bleeding, or visible discoloration has set in. The best way to avoid most dental emergencies is with regular check ups. Seeing the dentist every 6 months will ensure that your oral health remains optimal and free of disease or decay.
Fear of Pain
Dental fear, dental anxiety, dentist phobia, odontophobia, or dentophobia affects 9% to 20% of the population. Usually, these people are also forced to see a dentist only after a dental emergency occurs. It's important to remember that thanks to the many advances in dentistry made over the years, most of today's dental procedures are considerably less painful or even pain-free.
Still some avoid the dentist for fear of personal space, or embarrassment over the state of their teeth or gums. The best way to avoid all of these fears is to speak with our staff and dentists about them. Our staff is friendly and professional and will answer any and all of your questions. If loss of control is your main fear, take back control by discussing the dental procedures and treatments with us.
Inconvenient Office Hours
Incovenient office hours are also a main factor in why people don't go to the dentist. Most of us work full time jobs that prevent us from being able to take time off during the week. Edgemere Dental realizes that hard working people sometimes need to come in on weekends. That's why we are conveniently open on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm. Our staff is here to set up an appointment for you at the time you are available to come in.
Whatever the reason for avoiding regular dental visits, Edgemere Dental is here to address your concerns. Our staff, hygienists, and doctors are available to answer your questions.
Schedule an appointment today with Edgemere Dental. Call us at 915-921-6200, or send us an email through our Contact page.
Edgemere Dental proudly welcomes our newest dentist to the Edgemere family, Dr. Jennifer Swedlow! Dr. Swedlow studied at Oregon Health and Science University, Medical College of Georgia, and Advanced Education in Periodontics. She’s married, has 3 young kids, and her hobbies are working out and spending time with her kids. Her favorite sport to play is cross fit and likes watching soccer.
As a Periodontist, Dr. Swedlow is an expert in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of periodontal disease, oral inflammation, and in the placement and repair of dental implants. She has had extensive training in cosmetic periodontal procedures, soft and hard tissue grafting, and a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures for the treatment of periodontal disease and other gingival conditions.
Dr. Swedlow comes highly recommended to anyone in her area who are seeking the best possible care for their teeth, gums and overall health. Schedule an appointment today to visit Dr. Swedlow at our east side dental office in El Paso, TX. Call us at 915-921-6200 and speak with our friendly, professional staff. We'd love to see your smile!
Edgemere Dental located in far east El Paso is now having new patient specials for $99 Exam, X-rays, and Cleaning, or $50 for Exam and X-rays for the rest of the months of January & February.
Professional dental cleanings are an essential part of your overall dental health. They're also the best way to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best. By seeing your dentist for a cleaning every six months, you can help prevent cavities and gum disease. Regular cleanings also reinforce good oral habits that will promote lifelong dental health. A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit.
Here at Edgemere Dental we are proud to serve the El Paso community. We would love to have you as our new patient. Come in and take advantage of these deals by scheduling an appoinment with our friendly staff. Call us today at 915-921-6200!