5 Commonly Believed Myths About Dentistry and Oral Health
November 8, 2022 / DENTISTRY
Dental professionals take the care of your oral health very seriously, and part of that care involves educating patients about things that can make a positive or negative impact on the health of your mouth, gums and teeth.
That’s why your family dentist in Windsor has put together this list of commonly believed myths about dentistry and oral health, explaining why they are incorrect and providing the accurate information you need to make informed decisions and choices.
1. Eating sugar harms your teeth
It’s true – sugar is bad for your overall health and wellbeing, including your teeth. However, while eating and drinking large amounts of sugar can impact other areas of your health, it’s not the actual consumption of sugar that causes tooth decay.
Rather, tooth decay is caused by sugar sitting on the surface of the teeth. The longer the sugar sits, the better opportunity it has to eat through the tooth enamel, causing decay and, eventually, cavities. If you do eat or drink something sugary, be sure to rinse or brush soon afterwards.
2. Sugar-free pop is better for your teeth
While consuming diet sodas does mean you don’t have to worry about rinsing sugar off your teeth, you should be aware that any type of pop, including sugar-free options, are extremely acidic which can be just as damaging to your tooth enamel as sugary foods and drinks.
3. White teeth are healthy teeth
While it’s certainly true that dark discoloured teeth can indicate a problem, it’s important to note that natural tooth colour can vary significantly from person to person.
Just because the natural colour of one person’s teeth is darker or lighter than another person’s, this does not mean that one person’s teeth are healthier than the others. Instead of using tooth colour as an indication of health, dentists pay more attention to factors like odor, history of cavities, and gum health to make determinations about a patient’s oral health.
4. Braces are ugly, and only for young people
Thanks to advances in dental technologies, tooth straightening options have come a long way. It’s now very common for adults to seek out treatment for their misaligned or crooked teeth, often opting for less visible, less invasive, and more comfortable options like Invisalign.
5. If a toothache goes away, you don’t need to worry about it
Pain and discomfort caused by cavities or other dental problems can come and go. If you have a toothache that suddenly disappears, this does not mean that the problem causing the toothache has disappeared as well. It’s important to visit the dentist to find out what caused the pain in the first place.
These are just five of the many commonly believed misconceptions about dental care and oral health. If you have questions about your oral health, call the Windsor dental team at Dr. Dan Foresto’s office today. We’ll schedule a dental checkup and answer any questions you may have.
Why It’s Important to Replace Missing Teeth As Soon As Possible
October 10, 2022 / DENTISTRY
If you’re missing one or more teeth, chances are you’ve discussed tooth replacement options with your general dentist in Windsor. You may have gathered information about dentures, crowns, implants, and bridges and weighed out the pros and cons of each, comparing things like installation process length, how invasive the treatment is, whether it’s permanent, how easy the solution is to maintain and care for, and how much each option costs.
But did you ever stop to think about why it’s so important to replace your missing teeth in the first place?
We’ve put together a list of the top five reasons why you need to replace your missing teeth as soon as possible.
1. To Function Normally
If you’ve had a full set of teeth your whole life, you’ve become accustomed to eating, chewing, and speaking using every one of those teeth. Missing teeth can disrupt each of these actions, making these formerly simple tasks more difficult and less comfortable.
2. Preventing Bone Loss
Chewing your food is about more than just eating. When you chew, the motion and pressure created by the movement of your teeth stimulates the bones in the jaw helping them stay strong and dense.
When teeth are missing, the body begins a process called reabsorption, when it absorbs the bone tissue from the jaw and uses it in other parts of the body. If allowed to continue without treatment, this bone loss can cause significant changes in the shape and bone structure of your face.
3. Maintaining Alignment
In order to have a healthy bite, both the upper and lower jaw must be full of teeth. When there are teeth missing, other teeth will shift to fill in the empty gaps, causing misalignment throughout the teeth which can cause problems eating, chewing and speaking.
4. Maintaining Natural Tooth Length
Similar to how missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift horizontally to fill the gaps, if there is a gap in the lower jaw, the adjacent tooth above it can begin to grow longer in order to fill that gap. The same can happen in reverse – a bottom tooth can grow longer in order to fill a gap in the upper jaw.
5. For Aesthetic Reasons
While there are important medical reasons for replacing missing teeth, the fact is that tooth replacement can significantly improve the appearance of your face and your smile. Your smile is often the first thing people see when they meet you, and a bright smile full of healthy teeth is a great way to make a positive first impression and help give you confidence that will carry through your day.
If you’re missing teeth and would like to speak to Dr. Dan Foresto about your options, call our office to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Dan Foresto is a family dentist in Windsor. Our office is growing and accepting new patients.
Everything You Need to Know About Tooth Sensitivity
August 7, 2022 / DENTISTRY
Do you love ice cream and slushies but avoid them when you can? Does the thought of biting into a popsicle make you cringe?
Many people have teeth that are sensitive to cold foods and drinks. This sensitivity is usually caused by an erosion of your tooth enamel that happens slowly over time. The enamel on your teeth protects the soft tissues inside called dentin. Dentin is full of nerves and pain receptors, so when it’s exposed you are much more prone to pain and discomfort caused by extreme temperatures.
Here are a few ways to manage the sensitivity and continue enjoying the foods and drinks you love.
Address the cause
Brushing twice a day with an electric or soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing regularly is a good way to maintain your enamel to prevent your sensitivity from worsening.
Brush with a special toothpaste
There are toothpastes specifically formulated to relieve sensitivity. Because they contain stannous fluoride or potassium nitrate that creates a barrier over the tooth and soothes the nerves inside, these toothpastes can significantly reduce the level of sensitivity in your teeth.
Make good food choices
Acid decays tooth enamel, so it’s important to continue enjoying the foods and drinks you love, but whenever possible, opt for low-acidic foods like water, legumes, quinoa, melons, chicken, and broccoli over more acidic options like soda, tomatoes, pineapple and processed meats.
This is simple. If you’re drinking a cold drink, use a straw. This directs the cold liquid into the centre of your mouth so it avoids the teeth almost entirely, preventing pain or sensitivity.
When you’re enjoying ice cream or frozen yogurt, try using a spoon instead of a cone for the same reasons as the straw mentioned above. If a cone is your only option, lick the ice cream instead of diving in for a big bite that focuses the cold directly onto your teeth.
Use your nose
A mouthful of brisk winter air can cause a big twinge in your sensitive teeth. When you’re outside on particularly frigid days, try to breathe through your nose as much as possible to spare your teeth exposure to the cold. The popularity of masks can be a big help here as well, as they can act like a barrier between the cold air and your face.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain and sensitivity and would like to speak to a professional, call your family dentist in Windsor today. Our team at Foresto Dentistry will schedule an appointment to assess your condition and provide customized treatment recommendations to address your unique situation. We are always accepting new patients in Windsor and surrounding areas and would love to hear from you.
The Foods We Should (and Shouldn’t) Eat For Our Dental Health
July 11, 2022 / DENTISTRY
“Go ahead and eat sugary, acidic foods,” says no dentist ever… and for good reason! The foods and drinks that we consume on a daily basis have a very real link to our dental health; and those foods high in carbohydrates, sugars and starches have been known to break down valuable tooth enamel leaving us vulnerable to tooth decay.
Your team at Dr. Dan Foresto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Windsor has put together the following list of dos and don’ts for your food and drink choices.
Sticky & Sweet: Foods such as toffee and even dried-fruits act as a glue, keeping bacteria attached to your teeth for long periods of time
Hard Candy: Do we need to say more
Citrus: While loaded with vitamins and minerals that we love, we don’t love the impact the acid in these fruits has on your teeth. Acid erodes enamel leaving your teeth vulnerable to decay and cavities
Alcohol: Reduces your mouth’s ability to produce saliva (read more about the important role saliva plays below)
Bread: This one is sneaky… your saliva actually breaks down the bread’s natural starches into sugar
Potato Chips: Sorry about this one, but like bread, potato chips are loaded with starch that can become trapped between teeth, feeding the bacteria that lives there
It’s important to note that many of the items on the AVOID list are there because of their negative impact on your mouth’s ability to produce saliva, according to our dentist in Windsor. Saliva prevents food from sticking to your teeth, while naturally removing food particles. Your natural saliva production is another reason we recommend waiting at least half an hour after you eat to brush your teeth...let the saliva do the work.
As important as the foods we should avoid, are the foods we should go ahead and enjoy. Our family dentist in Windsor suggests foods loaded with calcium, Vitamins A, C and D, Omega-3 fats and Fluoride, such as:
Water: Water naturally and gently rinses food particles from your teeth and dilutes any acid in your mouth while also increasing the production of saliva. We can’t think of a more perfect drink for your oral, and overall, health
Nuts and Seeds:Nuts, especially almonds, are great sources of calcium and protein while being low in sugar
Carrots, Celery: Fruits and vegetables with a crunch increase the flow of saliva; however, try to select low-acidic fruits and vegetables as acid erodes your tooth’s natural enamel
Yogurt & Cheese: Great sources of calcium and protein, both proven to strengthen your tooth enamel
Leafy Greens: Just plain good… loaded with healthy vitamins, minerals and calcium (hint: there is a reason they appear on every “should eat” list you read)
There are obviously more foods and drinks that our Dr. Dan Foresto dental team could have added to both lists, but you get the idea of what we look for in those foods we love and those we want you to avoid. Now go ahead and make good choices.
If you want a team that cares about your dental health as much as you do, give Dr. Dan Foresto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry a call. We are a family dental practice in Windsor that treats people of all ages.
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