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Signs Your Enamel is Starting to Get Weak
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Winning Smile Dental Group
As you age, you may begin to experience the loss or weakening of your enamel. It is very important that you be able to identify this as soon as it begins to happen. As with so many other things related to your health, the earlier you identify the problem the easier it will be to correct. Here are some signs that your enamel is beginning to weaken. Your Enamel and You First, it is good to understand what your enamel actually is. The enamel is the hardened outer layer of your tooth. It is what enables you to chew so many foods without problems. When your enamel begins to weaken, it can lead to serious problems down the road. Fortunately, it is possible to strengthen your enamel, too, but you need to be able to tell when the enamel is beginning to weaken. Signs of Weakening Enamel One of the earliest signs of weakening enamel is a developed intolerance to extreme temperatures. If hot or cold foods suddenly begin to cause you discomfort, it could be caused by enamel that is beginning to weaken. Of course, this could be caused by other factors as well, so it's best to ask us to investigate if you suspect your enamel is starting to weaken. Another sign of weakening enamel is a change in the coloration of the tooth. The dentin is the softer layer underneath the enamel, and it is often a darker color than the enamel. So, if you notice that a tooth is starting to change in color, it could be a sign of weakening enamel. It could also be a sign of other serious problems, so if you notice this you should see us right away. Keep a close eye on your enamel. In so doing, you can help to extend the life of your teeth....

Do You Really Need to Use a Tongue Scraper?
Posted on 9/30/2018 by Winning Smile Dental Group
There are a myriad of remedies and tools available to help prevent halitosis, commonly known as bad breath. But do you really need them all? There are definitely some practices that you need to follow to reduce the buildup of bacteria in your mouth. Brushing and flossing daily are essential in maintaining excellent oral health and fresh breath. A Clean Mouth is a Healthy Mouth Fresh breath begins at home. Regular brushing and daily flossing keeps bacteria from building up in between your teeth and on the surface of your teeth, but what about bacteria on your tongue? While a tongue scraper is a tool that is used to help clean the surface of your tongue, the jury is out on how effective it is over simply brushing your tongue with your toothbrush. It works by placing the scraper at the back of the tongue and pulling it forward. Does it work? The short answer is yes. The longer version is; yes, it works, but not necessarily better than brushing your tongue with a toothbrush. You may feel that your mouth feels cleaner after scraping it, and that's fine! Basically, it's a matter of personal preference. Whether you choose to brush your tongue or scrape it, as long as you're making cleaning your tongue part of your daily oral health care routine, you're continuing to reduce and eliminate bacteria in your mouth. Remember, to keep bad breath at bay, cleaning your tongue helps to keep your mouth fresh. If you have a coated tongue, which is a buildup of debris, bacteria or dead cells on your tongue, a tongue scraper may be your best option. This is generally caused by smoking, poor oral hygiene, medications or even a yeast infection. If you suspect that brushing your tongue with your toothbrush is not getting it clean enough, give our office a call and schedule an exam....

Do You Need a Fluoride Supplement?
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Fluoride is essential for good oral health because it protects and strengthens your teeth's enamel. This is the reason why your children receive fluoride treatments as needed when you bring them in for their regular cleanings. Fluoride is a funny material because the right amount can significantly increase the health of your teeth, while too much of it is not good since it can weaken the enamel. Are Fluoride Supplements Needed? Most people in the United States use tap water that is enriched with minerals and fluoride. Fluoride has been added to public water for decades, and studies confirm the benefits of doing so. If your child drinks several glasses of fluoridated water per day, he or she doesn't need a fluoride supplement. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend that children between the ages of 6-months to 16-years receive fluoride supplements in their diet or during their dental checkups. You should not allow an infant to use fluoridated toothpaste because of the risk they may swallow it which can cause stomach aches. If you do use toothpaste, let your child use only a pea-size amount. Babies that drink breastmilk do not need additional fluoride supplements, and if you use fluoridated water to make their formula, they are also getting the fluoride they need for healthy teeth. Even before a baby tooth erupts, children need to drink fluoridated water, but at this age, they may also need a fluoride supplement. Once they become adults, as long as they drink plenty of water every day, the supplements won't be necessary. In the past, there have been concerns about using fluoride and some people have theories that conclude fluoride causes cancer. While too much of it can damage teeth, keeping your regular checkup appointments can prevent any further damage. Please let us know if you have any questions about whether you need a fluoride supplement....

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