Dental FAQ Spring TX Dentistry

FAQ

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?Dental Care Spring TX

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 teeth.
  • 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 infection risk.

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.

Dental Xrays Spring TXAre 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 assist you.

Advance Dentistry of Spring Texas

7000 Louetta Road, Suite A • Spring, TX 77379
(281) 376-1214