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When was the last time you drank a can of soda? If you’re like many Americans, it was probably just a few hours ago. Perhaps you even have a glass in your hand right now. Millions of people enjoy soda, but many may not be aware of the damaging effects this seemingly innocuous beverage can have on teeth. Dentists typically recommend cutting out soda entirely due to the following consequences:
If cola is your soda of choice, you may be inadvertently contributing to a dulled smile. Colored sodas of any kind, including cola, root beer, and cherry, can leave deposits on your teeth and cause them to lose their white luster. Even if you refrain from drinking other stain-producing beverages such as red wine or coffee, your soda-drinking habit alone can lead to yellow teeth.
Bacteria are always present in the mouth, waiting for food upon which they can feed. Upon mixing with food particles, bacteria can produce harmful acids, which immediately go to work breaking down tooth enamel. In particular, consuming sugars can be dangerous to teeth, as bacteria thrive on sugary foods and drinks. Most sodas suffer from high sugar content, making them a dental danger to those who consume them.
Even in the absence of sugar, the acids alone in soda can produce significant enamel damage. Sodas are naturally acidic. When you consume them, their acids wash over tooth surfaces and instantly bathe them in a corrosive covering that can wear down enamel. As a result, teeth become more susceptible to tooth decay and nerve sensitivity.
Has a lifetime of soda drinking harmed your teeth? Kahn, Ferrari & Aldieri, DDS, LLC can help. Our Long Island practice offers natural-looking fillings, root canal therapy, and even dental implants for advanced decay and tooth loss issues. Call (888) 829-9575 to learn more about how we can help you regain a healthy and beautiful smile.
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Your toothbrush is a powerful tool designed to help you maintain a healthy smile. Keeping a few factors in mind can make selection of the right toothbrush easier. Both manual and electric toothbrushes can provide the cleaning power needed to maintain a beautiful smile. Patients who have arthritis or difficulty handling a manual toothbrush may benefit from using an electric model. Purchase a toothbrush with a handle that is easy for you to hold and move. The head should fit comfortably in your mouth; toothbrushes are available with a variety of head sizes, so explore your options to find one that fits your needs. Always choose a toothbrush with soft bristles—hard- or even medium-bristled brushes can damage tooth enamel. Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head regularly when the bristles become worn or bent.
Do you have more questions about choosing the right tools to maintain your smile? Your dentist at KFA Dental is here to help you make the right choice for healthy and beautiful teeth. Click through our website or call (888) 829-9575 for the answers you need about your dental health.
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The holidays are a time filled with family, friends, and feasting. Holiday foods and drinks such as sweet snacks, desserts, coffee, wine, and cocoa can pose a hazard to your dental health. Choosing healthy food options and sticking to your routine of regular oral care can help you maintain healthy teeth this holiday season.
Limit Holiday Treats
Holiday parties are filled with sweet foods and drinks that increase your risk of cavities. While it’s okay to enjoy some holiday treats, avoid overindulging your sweet tooth. Choose a few treats you’d like to try and bypass the rest. Have only one glass of alcohol or cocoa rather than returning for refills. Drink plenty of water with your meals and snacks to wash away food particles and help you feel more satisfied so you won’t be as likely to overeat.
Provide Healthy Alternatives
If you aren’t sure whether there will be healthy food options at a holiday party, offer to bring a healthy side or snack yourself. Vegetables, fruits, and cheeses are both delicious and healthy for your teeth and gums. If you are hosting a party, make sure there is plenty of fresh water and milk available in addition to sweet or alcoholic holiday beverages.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Regardless of the foods and drinks you consume, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene this holiday season. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss your teeth once a day. Rinse your mouth out with an alcohol-free mouthwash to reduce bacteria and keep your breath fresh. If you haven’t been to the dentist twice this year for a checkup and cleaning, schedule your next visit before the year is up.
Are your teeth ready for the upcoming holiday season? Whether it’s time for your biannual cleaning or you’d like to explore cosmetic options such as teeth whitening or veneers, call KFA Dental today at (888) 829-9575 to schedule your appointment. You can find out more about how your cosmetic dentist can help you maintain your smile all year long on our blog.
Last updated 4 months ago
Beautiful teeth help you to look younger, healthier, and more confident. When you feel pleased with the look of your smile, you are more willing to share it with others and enjoy your everyday life to the fullest.
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of the teeth and gums. Your cosmetic dentist can help you address damaged, worn, misaligned or discolored teeth with treatments such as veneers, crowns, and teeth whitening. Check out this video to see a variety of examples of the positive changes patients have experienced through cosmetic dentistry.
Are you concerned or unhappy with the look of your teeth or gums? At KFA Dental, we offer state-of-the-art cosmetic treatments to imbue your smile and your life with renewed confidence. Please call (888) 829-9575 or click through our website to find out more about our team of cosmetic dentists.
Last updated 4 months ago
Porcelain crowns, inlays, and onlays provide durable and natural-looking restorations for teeth that have been damaged by cavities or an injury. CEREC technology allows your cosmetic dentist to create your dental restoration while you wait. You can enjoy your beautiful and functional smile immediately after one dental visit, rather than requiring a temporary crown.
How CEREC Works
When your dentist designs your CEREC restoration, he will first take a digital impression of your mouth. An intraoral camera is used to photograph the tooth that requires restoration. These images are sent to a computer, where your dentist uses specialized software to create an exact reproduction of the tooth. The software takes into account the way your teeth naturally fit together to restore a healthy bite. Once the digital model is complete, the information is sent to an in-office milling station that creates your porcelain restoration in a matter of minutes. When your restoration is complete, your dentist will cement it permanently in place.
Benefits of CEREC
CEREC restorations are often called “same-visit restorations” because they can be completed during a single dental visit. In the past, patients requiring a restoration had to wait while impressions were sent to a lab for design and manufacture off-site. A temporary crown was placed until your dentist received the final restoration, after which a second dental appointment was needed. The CEREC system compresses this entire process into a single visit because restorations are designed and milled right in your dentist’s office. Additionally, many patients found the process of creating a physical impression slow and uncomfortable. The use of intraoral cameras to create a digital model of your mouth has replaced the need for impression material.
KFA Dental is pleased to offer the latest in dental technology to our Long Island patients, including CEREC, Diagnodent, and anesthetic-free laser dentistry. Call us today at (888) 829-9575 to schedule your visit and discover how our experienced dental team can help you improve your smile. Visit us on the web for more dental health information and tips.