Your lifelong plan: from baby teeth to permanent teeth.
Tidewater Dental Group wants to welcome your family to our dentistry practice by providing gentle care and the convenience taking care of everyone’s dental needs in one location. Our staff’s attentive, reassuring manner will make even young children feel comfortable having their teeth checked and treated. One of the additional benefits of making Tidewater your family dental clinic is that we will be constantly monitoring your family‘s dental health and keeping an updated record of every member’s dental history.
What and when you eat has a big impact on your dental health.
The foods you choose and how often you eat affects your teeth and gums as well as your general health. Too many sugary sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks raise your risk for tooth decay. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, but the good news is that it is entirely preventable.
Read the nutrition facts and ingredient labels on foods and beverages and try to choose those lowest in sugar. Also, if your diet lacks certain nutrients, you may be at higher risk for severe gum disease, a major cause of tooth loss. Many researchers believe that gum disease progresses faster and can be more severe in people with poor nutrition.
For a healthy mouth, remember that it’s not only what you eat but when you eat that affects your dental health. Snacking and drinking throughout the day constantly keeps your teeth coated with sugar, encouraging decay. Eat a balanced diet and limit your between-meal snacks. Drink plenty of water and eat a variety of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat or other protein sources and dairy products.
If you snack, try to choose something that is healthy like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese. Foods eaten as part of a meal care less harmful to your teeth than eating snacks throughout the day. This is because more saliva is released during a meal to wash foods and acids from your mouth to decrease the risk of cavities. Drinking water with your meals helps, too.
And brush after you eat whenever possible. Don’t let the sugar from sweet and starchy foods sit on your teeth!
Preventing and treating gum disease
Gum disease, or gingivitis, is caused by plaque building up on your teeth, hardening and irritating the gums. This may cause your gums to become swollen and red and to pull away for your teeth creating pockets where harmful bacteria can grow. This can not only lead to tooth loss, but serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory diseases.
There are ways you can prevent or stop gum disease. Brush and floss every day to keep plaque from building up and visit us regularly for cleaning and screenings. Talk to our dentists about the best ways to avoid and treat gum disease.
If a sip of hot coffee or bite of cold ice cream makes you wince, you may have sensitive teeth. Worn tooth enamel or an exposed tooth root is often the cause of this common problem. If your teeth are hyper-sensitive, our dentists can recommend a desensitizing toothpaste or suggest in-office techniques to treat or seal your teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene is the most important thing you can do to prevent and care for sensitive teeth.
Not every family member’s teeth develop at the same rate, but wisdom teeth, also called third molars, usually appear in your late teens. Hard to clean and not really needed for chewing, these teeth may eventually crowd your other teeth or become impacted. Come and visit us regularly so we can monitor the progress of your wisdom teeth and recommend removing them if necessary before any serious problems develop.
We look forward to giving you the best dental experience you’ve ever had. Call Tidewater Dental Group today at 757-424-1976.