soft drinks bad for your teeth?
Sugar and acids are your teeth’s worst enemies. What are we
talking about? Soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and
candy. Because of the acid content, Mountain Dew seems to be
the worst of the worst. Dentists even have a name for the
damage it does – they call it “Dew Mouth.” These soften the
tooth enamel, making it highly susceptible to decay.
Parents, watch your kid’s consumption of these, because
young children’s enamel hasn’t developed fully. This makes
these drinks even more damaging for kids. As well as
eliminating the above (or at least reducing their
consumption), use a sugar-free xylitol chewing gum after
meals. Also, rinse your mouth with a high-quality dental
My 12-year-old likes to chew
ice. Is this harmful?
Tooth enamel is very hard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t
break it. Try to avoid eating “hard foods” such as popcorn.
Don’t crack nut shells with your teeth or chew on ice.
Opening packages with your teeth can also damage the enamel.
Is fluoride bad for you?
Fluoride is fine…in small amounts. Excessive fluoride can
cause tooth enamel irregularities. Young children,
especially, often swallow too much toothpaste while
brushing. So parents, supervise your young kids while they
brush. Kids (and even adults) often use way too much
toothpaste (a pea-size drop is plenty). A little goes a long
Why is it important to have
regular teeth cleaning?
Did you know “teeth cleaning” does more than just clean your
teeth? Removing plaque is absolutely essential if you want
to preserve your teeth. It builds up on the tooth surfaces
and between the teeth. Brushing and flossing are, of course,
vital, but everyone needs their teeth professionally cleaned
on a regular basis. Remember – only a dental hygienist can
completely clean your teeth.
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 affect your hearing.
If you suspect that you are a bruxer, call us today. Dr.
Schoenenberger may recommend a night guard or other oral
Does the doctor check for oral
Yes, we do. Dentists and hygienists are your first line of
defense in detecting and treating oral cancer. Each year in
the US, approximately 30,000 people are newly diagnosed with
oral cancer. Worldwide, the problem is far greater, with new
cases annually approaching 300,000. In the US alone, a
person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. If you
add the sub category of laryngeal cancers, the rates of
occurrence (about 10,000 additional new cases per year) and
death are significantly higher. However, the good news is,
when found early, oral cancers have an 80 to 90% cure rate.
What is a TMJ disorder?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, your jaw joints. The
pain, discomfort, or tenderness in or around the jaw joints
is called a TMJ disorder.
Signs that you might have a TMJ disorder are:
Facial pain or tenderness
Pain in or around the ears
Discomfort while chewing
Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
Jaw “locking up”
Jaw makes a clicking sound
Teeth that don't come together properly when eating or
There are a variety of
treatment options for TMJ. Be sure to ask us about these.
This is just a sampling of often-asked
questions. Have one of your own? Don’t hesitate to give us a
at (920) 452-8042 so we can assist you.