Can You Save Your Tooth with Milk?

save tooth with milkEmergency dental visits often increase in the summer. This is because children are out of school. They spend more time in sports and other physical activities. This ultimately means more injuries where someone looses a tooth. Is it true, though, that you can save a knocked-out tooth with milk? People sometimes ask us this question after they recall reading or watching something about it.

How Milk Preserves a Knocked-Out Tooth

Do you know why milk and dairy in general is good for your teeth? Milk has a chemical makeup similar to human bone; this makes it a good temporary preservative for a dislodged tooth. Continue Reading →

The Best Methods for Pulling a Baby Tooth

pulling a baby toothAll Baby teeth eventually come out naturally in due time. However, some parents may choose to pull the tooth out. Many methods are available. Our family dentists explain which ways of pulling a baby tooth pulling are safe and which ones are borderline dangerous.

The Wrong Methods for Pulling a Baby Tooth

We don’t recommend any of the old-time methods you may have heard of. This includes the popular dental floss to doorknob trick. YouTube is also full of off-the-wall DIY videos for yanking out a baby tooth. Some of these methods are totally out-of-the-box. They involve a bow and arrow, a rocket, a Nerf gun, a mini motorcycle, and even a stuffed Pokeball. Just do a YouTube search yourself to see these crazy and sometimes-viral videos.

Creative as these methods may be, we don’t recommend any of them. These tricks may be scary for a lot of adults, much less young children. We don’t advise using any methods that involve props or dental floss. Continue Reading →

Natural Ways To Reduce Braces Pain

reduce braces painSome patients may feel discomfort after a braces installation or adjustment. Not to worry; the pain is often temporary and can be treated at home using a number of home remedies. Our family dentists recommend some DIY quick fixes to reduce braces pain.

5 Remedies for Reducing Braces Pain

1. Apply Anything Cold

Some ice cubes inside a baggie works for sore teeth just like it does for any other part of the body. You can also drink cold water or suck on an ice cube. Even ice cream will work. This makes for a good excuse to indulge in the frozen treat. Just keep it in moderation and rinse afterwards to wash away any sugar lingering on the teeth.

2. Gargle Salt Water

Sores may develop on the gums or cheeks as they adapt to the braces. You can reduce the irritation by swishing salt water in your mouth for 60 seconds.

3. Eat Softer Foods

Gums and teeth may be sensitive after having the braces tightened. They can become agitated when chewing hard and crunchy foods. Opt for softer foods, such as mash potatoes, apple sauce, yogurt. Anything that you can swallow with minimal chewing will be good. Continue Reading →

The Truth About DIY Braces and Gap Bands

Gap BandsThere is an alarming trend among teens and adults, but especially among the former. The trend we speak of is the fad involving DIY braces through the use of gap bands. Our general dentists emphasize that any form of DIY braces is potentially dangerous. You should avoid them all.

What Are Gap Bands?

Gap bands are miniature rubber bands that users place over an section of teeth where pronounced a gap exists. They are supposed to work like regular braces or Invisalign and gradually push the teeth inward to close the gap.

Gap bands are really popular among teens who are at an age when they’re super conscious of their appearances. They want to eliminate the gap, but don’t want to spend months wearing what they perceive to be unsightly metal braces. Continue Reading →

Electric Toothbrush for Kids: Yay or Nay?

Electric Toothbrushes for KidsShould kids use electric toothbrushes, or should they stick to a manual one at least until they reach their teens? Parents ask our family dentists this question all the time. Here is our take on the subject matter.

Kids Can Use Electric Toothbrushes

We generally believe in most methods that motivate your children to brush. An electric brush definitely has a novelty factor that will make kids eager to experiment. While we’re all for it, parents should be aware that they still need to supervise how their kids brush.

Parents must realize that some electric toothbrushes need to be used differently than manual ones. These unusual instruments come with circular heads designed to clean one tooth at a time. You don’t run it across your teeth like a regular toothbrush. Does your child have the patience to carefully go through each tooth?

If you use an electric brush yourself, then brush with your child for the first few days. Open your mouth wide so your kid can see you clean. The tooth you’re cleaning is the same tooth your child should also be on. Continue Reading →

4 Worst Christmas Drinks for Teeth

Worst Christmas DrinksLists of beverages bad for the teeth are readily available. However, we thought it’s worth compiling one of our own, since the yearend holidays are almost on us. This is the time of year when beverage manufacturers release holiday flavors and variants to get consumers to increase their consumption. Here is our own list of worst Christmas drinks for your teeth, ranked in order from worst to just “a little bad.”

Teeth-Destroying Christmas Beverages

1. Soda

Soda consumption increases during Christmas time. Beverage makers create eye-catching, holiday-inspired graphics on the can or bottle. Coca-Cola even releases bottles in the shape of an ornament ball.

Soda is bad for the obvious reason: sugar. A single 12-ounce can contains an insane 30–40 grams of high fructose corn syrup. You think diet soda is a safe alternative? Think again. Diet varieties still contain malic acid, which erodes enamel. Continue Reading →

3 Worst Thanksgiving Treats for Your Teeth

Worst Thanksgiving TreatsAlas, Thanksgiving is here again. This is a moment to reflect on everything you’re grateful for. Not to score some brownie points, but our family dentists are thankful for clients like you. We want you to be happy and healthy this holiday. This is why we compiled a list of worst Thanksgiving treats for your teeth. There are plenty of healthier alternatives.

Our List of Worst Thanksgiving Treats for Teeth

Starchy Bread

Bread rolls and croissants are a Thanksgiving mainstay. A soft bread roll with margarine is certainly a tasty side with with that cut of turkey. Here’s the problem: starch is equally as bad as sugar for your teeth since it converts into sugar in your mouth. We’re not saying you should ditch the bread, but we do recommend whole wheat alternatives.

Dried fruits

Dried cranberries, apricots, and mangoes are common side treats. People also use them as appetizers before serving the main course. Dried fruit still contains all its natural sugars. The fact that it’s dried makes it more likely to stick to your teeth. Instead, you should stick with whole fall fruit, such as cactus pears, crabapples, and passion fruit. Continue Reading →

Best Halloween Candy for Your Teeth

Best Candy for TeethThe title is actually a bit misleading. There really is no such thing as best Halloween candy for your teeth. There are, however, types of candy that are less harmful. Let’s face it; your children are going to be sinking their teeth into candy on Halloween, and you’re probably also going to indulge a bit on your children’s sugary stash. We understand this can’t be helped, which is why our family dentists recommend certain kinds of confections over others.

Best Candy for Your Teeth As Rated by Our Dentists

1. Sugar-Free Candy

Sugarless candy can still satisfy your sweet tooth. Such candy often contains xylitol, which, unlike sugar, is not food for bacteria. Most kids don’t even know the difference anyway. So feel free to swap out that Snickers for a sugar-free York Peppermint Patty.

2. Any Candy with Powdered Sugar

From a dental standpoint, powdered sugar is a bit less harmful because it dissolves more quickly. In fact, you can make some baked powdered treats and offer a trade-off with some of your children’s Halloween candy. Continue Reading →

Is Oxalic Acid Bad for Your Teeth?

Oxalic Acid on Teeth │ Everett │Silver Firs DentalSpinach is one of nature’s superfoods. It’s also rich in oxalic acid. This is the compound that causes that grainy and chalky feeling on your teeth. Other similar compounds, such as the tannic acid found in some wines, cause a similar sensation. Is oxalic acid bad for the teeth, though? If so, does it mean you should limit intake of a vegetable that is otherwise good for you? Find out what our family dentists have to say on this subject.

What Oxalic Acid Does to the Teeth

Oxalic acid is, as suggested in its name, an acid. As such, too much contact with the teeth can erode enamel. Some people believe Oxalic acid causes calcium chelation, meaning that it leaches calcium from the teeth.

Consuming spinach in excess, therefore, can potentially have negative ramifications for your dental health. But—and it’s a big “but”—there’s a caveat.

While spinach contains a high concentration of oxalic acid, the compound is rated around a 6 on the pH scale. This means it’s more neutral than it is acidic. Furthermore, the oxalic content is reduced when the spinach is cooked. On top of that, spinach also contains minerals like calcium and iron, both of which are beneficial for dental health. Continue Reading →

Healthy School Lunches for Better Dental Health

Healthy School Lunch IdeasSummer is winding down, which to your children’s un-delight, means returning to the classroom. If you normally pack your child’s lunch, be sure you include foods that are good for their teeth and their overall health. Here are a few healthy school lunch ideas that our family dentists recommend.

Healthy School Lunch Ideas

The Main Course

The main course in a typical school lunch normally consists of a sandwich. Sandwiches can be healthy or not, depending on how it’s made. For a healthy sandwich, use whole wheat or multi-grain bread. White bread breaks down into sugar and is just as bad for the teeth.

Ham and cheese is a good choice since cheese contains calcium, which is an essential element for teeth remineralization. As for the typical PB&J, the jelly can be a problem since it contains high fructose corn syrup. Consider using only peanut butter or use sugarless jelly. Continue Reading →