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How Your Resolution to Exercise More Could Mean Your Teeth Need Some Extra Care Too – from Your Dentists in Garden Grove

In an article ran by the New York Times titled Is Excercise Bad for Your Teeth , we’re reminded that vigorous, grunting, sweat-covered, and absolutely exhausting exercise can effectively transform your body into the body of your dreams (with a proper diet of course).

But we also learn something a little surprising – it can also have a decidedly opposite effect on your teeth. That’s right – the surprising new study shows that heavy training can contribute to dental problems ranging from gum disease and tooth decay to erosion.

In a study – researchers from Germany gathered a group of elite triathletes and a control group of individuals who were not athletes. They then collected their saliva at different points – including after strenuous exercise.

It wasn’t sports drinks after all…

What many of the researchers believed going into the study was that the athletes were more prone to dental problems because they were consuming more sugary sports drinks and energy bars than the average person. But this didn’t turn out to be the case.

While the researchers found no difference in the amount or chemical make-up of saliva from athletes and nonathletes at rest – once everyone got moving the story changed.

In both groups – as activity increased, saliva production went down while alkalinity went up. In english: they produced less saliva, and what saliva they did produce was more acidic.

The Moral of the Story: Support Your Spit when You Sport!

While this study was fairly small – it reminds us of a very important truth: your saliva exists in-large-part to help protect your teeth. It actively washes debris away and neutralizes harmful acids in your mouth.

If you are planning to begin a brand new exercise regimen and have sensitive teeth or teeth prone to cavities, don’t think twice about exercising – just “drink twice” to hydrate more and give your mouth an extra hand when it comes to keeping fresh and clean.

Have questions about how your evolving health can impact your teeth? It’s all connected! and our dentists in Garden Grove are here to help.

How to Cure Canker Sores – from Your Garden Grove Dentists

Have you ever experienced a canker sore?  You know, one of those shallow, red, and painful sores that occur in the lining of your mouth and never seem to go away?

While the exact cause of canker sores isn’t well known, it’s often understood that a wide variety of food and substances can bring one about. These can ranging from minor abrasions and physical trauma to certain foods – like citrus, acidic fruits and vegetables, pasta sauce, spicy foods, and more. Sometimes, patients even report experiencing a canker sore when using certain dental products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, the ingredient some products include to create that lovely (but fake) “foaming” sensation.

Then, there are the causes that come down to over-doing it. For example – one popular drink, the Mimosas, is made out of both orange juice and champagne, which are two fairly acidic components. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that patients have reported canker sores after having consumed one (or two, or three). Other possible causes include: Accidental cheek bites, sports injuries, sensitivities to foods like pineapple, mango, and strawberry, allergic reactions, hormones, dietary deficiencies, and some other (more serious) sources.

How you can prevent a canker sore:

When it comes to treating your sore, remember a few things: the pain is worst in the beginning and will get better. But your canker sore might be sticking around for up to a couple weeks. If it’s extra persistent or spreading – you may want to give your dentist a call, who will likely prescribe an ointment or rinse to speed up healing.

It is also safe to use over-the-counter remedies (like bacitracin) to minimize the pain and make eating easier.

How to make sure you don’t get one again…

From making some of your favorite foods hard to enjoy to simply being a pain in the…mouth, canker sores are no fun. The best thing you can do to prevent one from happening again is to figure out your triggers. Make a note of what you ate before experiencing a canker sore, try changing your dental care products,  and see what changes. On top of this, if you’re not using a soft-bristled toothbrush, start! Irritation from a too-hard brush could be contributing to your canker sores.

Having persistent problems with painful canker sores and live in the Anaheim area? Our dentists in Garden Grove can help. Get in touch today to learn more. 

Avoid Cavities for Christmas with some Helpful Dental Hints from your Dentists in Garden Grove

You might love your family dentist. But even still, there’s a great chance that your dentist isn’t someone you want to see because of an emergency over the holidays. So with this in mind – our dentists in Garden Grove have compiled a list of suggestions on how to protect your teeth throughout the holiday season.

Say ‘No’ to Chewy Candy

Many times, holiday candies present the same risks you’d expect from Halloween candies. If it has a chance to be incredibly sticky – it has a good chance of sticking around on your teeth for long enough to be a problem. That means things like caramel, taffy, and other stickiness that can go so far as to pull out your fillings. If you can’t resist these sticky delights – eat them with something else (like a pretzel?) to prevent the stickiness from sticking to your teeth.

Watch out for Ice and Hard Candy

Hard candy like candy canes and the ice cube covered in the sweet or savory remnants of your slowly emptying drink can both seem like the perfect thing to chew on. But do try your best to resist the temptation. Crunching down too hard on a piece of hard candy or an ice cube can easily chip or crack your teeth.

Don’t even think about cracking a nut with your teeth

Just don’t. While nuts are – nutritionally – great for your teeth, cracking through with your teeth could defeat the purpose by defeating your teeth before they have a chance to do any good. You can seriously hurt your teeth and your gums by trying to crack them with your teeth.  The same goes for opening packages, bottles, and gifts. 

Try not to bite your nails over the details…

The holidays can be stressful – and one of the most common coping mechanisms for anxiety can be biting your nails. Just remember: it’s not going to help! Not only that but biting your nails can also contribute to sensitivity, teeth grinding, jaw pain, and clenching. Distract yourself and try to see if the urge subsides. If it doesn’t – you might need to go nuclear with some bittering polish to force your habit away.

As always – if you have questions about your teeth and live in the Garden Grove area, our dentist are here to help. Have you been putting off dental care? Take advantage of our new patient specials 

 

Getting Healthier in the New Year? Do it for your Teeth, too

It’s almost the time of year to start thinking about your new year’s resolution. And – let’s face it – a lot of people are probably going with the same goal they went with last year: to get fitter.

But have you ever thought that simply stating your goal as your goal might be working against you in the first place? What if you instead focused on a couple, small initiatives that pay off in multiple ways. That’s right – what if you try killing two birds with one stone with this year’s New Year’s resolution? You can get fitter and get healthier teeth (and better dental checkup). Follow these tips from our Garden Grove dentists to work your way to a healthier body and a healthier smile.

Eat and Drink Better

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every year, people resolve to adopt a better diet. Most of them do it because they want to look better, feel better, sleep better, and function better – but that includes your teeth too. By resolving to be healthier through your food and drink you resolve to also have better teeth.

Eat fruits and vegetables with vitamins, protein, and fiber – while also getting antioxidants and iron from the good stuff like spinach, broccoli, kale, and – yes – the occasional dark chocolate serving.

Kick Your Bad Habits

Whether it’s a nervous habit like biting your nails or an addictive habit like smoking – if your habit or vice is bad for your health, chances are it’s bad for your teeth. Even if you’re a coffee addict – try to rein it in to minimize the damage. But remember this! Replacing a bad habit with a good one takes time – but there’s no better time than now.

Are you quitting smoking? Our dentists in Garden Grove have helped countless patients do the same – and we’ve helped them get rid of the stains with teeth whitening afterward. The end result? A much happier (and healthier smile).

Need some extra health on the dental side of things? Starting fresh is much easier with some professional advice. If you’re serious about getting healthier in the new year – you should consider seeing your doctor. But when it comes to your teeth – your dentists in Garden Grove can help too. Get in touch with us today to learn about new patient specials that can quickly get you back on your way to a healthy smile.