5 Dental Facts You Might Not Know

For most people, the appearance and health of their smile are extremely important. It can affect how we feel about ourselves and even how well our mouths function. But aside from the importance of caring for our teeth, how much do you really know about the factors that can affect your smile?

Excess Fluoride Can Be Damaging  

Everyone has heard about how important fluoride can be for optimal oral health, but did you know it can actually be damaging to children in excessive amounts? Fluorosis can occur when children ingest large amounts of fluoride, resulting in teeth and bone problems later in life.

Tooth Enamel Can Break 

Has anyone ever told you not to chew on ice? This is for a good reason! Hard things such as ice, kernels and even a piercing can cause chips, cracks, and damage to teeth. You should never chew on anything hard.

Missing Teeth Are Common 

Tooth extractions have become more common over time, leaving much of the population with one or more missing teeth. Being born without certain teeth is also extremely common, wisdom teeth and lateral incisors are the most common to be missing. Missing teeth can occur for various reasons such as injury, decay, disease, and even genetics.

Braces Can Cause Cavities

Due to the wires, bands, and brackets involved with wearing braces, certain debris and bacteria can actually get stuck around the hardware. This can lead to increased risk of decay, demineralization and even cavities. Making sure to thoroughly and properly care for your teeth while wearing braces can reduce the risks.

Acid Can Be Just as Bad as Sugar

We often hear about how bad sugar can be for our pearly whites, but did you know that acidic foods and beverages can be just as bad? Highly acidic products such as citrus, soda, and even wine have been known to soften enamel and also cause erosion of teeth.

For children, the effects of acidity can be even worse due to the fact permanent teeth must mature over time, leaving them softer and more vulnerable until they have fully matured.

Dental Care During & After Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time and one in which it’s particularly important to think about your health. You might wonder whether it’s safe to visit the dentist during pregnancy, and the answer is yes! Here is some important information about dental care both during and after your pregnancy.

Dental Care while Pregnant

You might not think that dental care and pregnancy would go hand in hand, but pregnancy is a great time to visit the dentist. Most dental procedures can still be completed while pregnant, although you might want to postpone any dental treatment that might require medication or sedation until after pregnancy just to be safe. The second trimester is typically regarded as the best time to have dental work done while pregnant.

It’s a good idea to keep up with your regular dental checkups while pregnant, both to avoid any kind of infection in your mouth and because your hormone levels can affect your good oral health, especially your gums—leaving you vulnerable to periodontal disease. X-rays are generally considered safe, but can almost always be postponed until after pregnancy if you’d prefer.

Dental Care After Pregnancy

It’s a good idea to make a dental appointment shortly after you have your baby to address any oral issues that may have cropped up during pregnancy. Your dentist will check your entire mouth, including your gums, to make sure everything looks healthy. Gum disease is known to occur during pregnancy, so your dentist might recommend a fluoride treatment or other safety measures to keep it under control.

If you’d like to make an appointment either during or after your pregnancy, our comfortable office awaits. Call Dental Arts KG at 718-441-0049 today!