My morning doesn't start until I've had my first cup of tea. How bad is
this for my teeth?
Tea and coffee are safe to drink in moderation. However, over time,
large amounts can cause staining and damage. In addition to caffeine,
tea and coffee contain chromogens, deeply pigmented molecules that
adhere to dental enamel, and tannins, which boost a chromogen molecule's
ability to attach to dental enamel. Black tea is worse than black
coffee, because coffee is lower in tannins.
How can I protect my teeth from damage?
The enamel on our teeth is hard, but as we all know, it can be chipped
and cracked. In addition to following the instructions of your
hygienist, here are some other ways you can protect your teeth:
- Avoid chewing ice, cracking nut shells, or opening packages with your
- Avoid "hard foods" such as popcorn.
- Limit acidic soft
drinks and sugary foods that stick to your teeth.
- Decide against
tongue and lip piercings, which can fracture teeth and increase
Should I update my manual toothbrush to an electric?
When used appropriately, a manual toothbrush is as effective as a
powered toothbrush. The key is to brush for the recommended two to three
minutes, using short strokes at a 45-degree angle to the gums, and
covering the entire tooth surface – inner, outer, and chewing.
I'm pregnant. Is it safe for me to go to the dentist?
Congratulations! Yes, you should continue to see your dentist, as
pregnancy can increase certain dental issues. Be sure to inform your
dentist that you are pregnant and if you're experiencing any changes in
your oral health.
Are dental X-rays safe?
Yes. New digital X-ray machines limit the low-dose radiation to a beam
that targets only the areas needed to be filmed, faster film speeds
allow for shorter exposure times, and the use of film holders prevents
slipping, reducing the need for repeated exposure due to retakes. Stray
radiation is almost non-existent with the use of modern dental X-ray
machines, but the use of lead-lined, full-body aprons protect against
even that possibility. Every two years, federal law requires X-ray
machines to be checked for safety and accuracy, and some states have
even more stringent regulations.
I've heard that my silver-colored fillings contain mercury. Should I
have them replaced?
Dental amalgam (silver) fillings comprise silver, tin, copper, and
liquid mercury, which are combined to form an inert (non-active) alloy.
According to the FDA, CDC, the American Dental Association (ADA), and a
number of other public health agencies, there is no link between this
type of filling and any known health issue. Because of speculation and
controversy, amalgam is the most researched and tested dental filling
material on the market.
I think I grind my teeth at night. What can I do about this?
Do you wake up with pain in your jaws or a persistent headache? If so,
you may be grinding (called bruxing) while you sleep. Persistent bruxing
can damage teeth and cause them to get shorter and shorter. It can also
damage your temporomandibular (jaw) joints and even crack your teeth. If
you suspect that you are a bruxer, tell Dr. Glass. He may recommend a
night guard or other oral appliance.
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Why don't my dentures fit right anymore?
The tissues and bones of your mouth may shrink (atrophy) with the
passage of time or with the gain or loss of body weight, causing a
change in the fit of your dentures. A simple reline may help them fit
snugly again. However, if you've worn your dentures for a number of
years, or the bases are too far out of shape, it may be time for
replacements. It is counterproductive to use more denture adhesive to
try to make them hold better, because this may lead to faster bone loss
and additional problems with the fit of your dentures.
Do you accept patient referrals from other dentists?
We do accept referrals from other dental offices. Many dental offices
prefer not to provide denture services. Also, many times in complex
cases it's difficult to provide the services for a patient who might
have to go to multiple specialty offices for treatment. If you are a
doctor and have a patient who is difficult to treat, needs dentures, or
needs a combination of laser gum therapy (LANAP) and denture, we would
gladly see your patient for a consultation.
This is just a sampling of often-asked questions. Have one
of your own? Don't hesitate to give us a call at (281) 376-1214 so we can