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ARE YOU SURE, YOU DON’T HAVE A TOOTH DECAY?

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay (caries) is the unfortunate result of poor oral hygiene. Between teeth are accumulating food and bacteria day after day. If these spaces are not cleaned well every night, teeth start to demineralise and this is what we start to call caries. Caries is a highly prevalent infectious disease of the oral cavity. It can start on visible tooth surfaces, which is obvious to a patient, but if it starts between teeth, which is unfortunately in most cases, it can pass quite a long time, before patient can see it. When it becomes visible, it means it is now deeper and more dangerous for the health of the tooth. Tooth decay between teeth can be in the beginning asymptomatic, which may represent a late reacting to the hidden problem. However, sometimes that kind of teeth can be sensitive to external stimuli, such as temperature change or by ingestion of sweet and sour food. Read more

ARE YOU CHEWING ICE?

Do you chew ice cubes?

Some people chew ice cubes from their drinks. Such habit seems harmless, because ice is just a solid form of water, but unfortunately it’s not so simple. Do you simply love crushing and cracking feeling of ice between your teeth and you are chewing ice just for fun, when it unwaveringly became a habit? In such case it is better to chew apples or carrots, which less harmful to the teeth. If you are still unable to resist ice cubes, it is better to lick them, than chew. Try to eliminate this habit, because it is not doing any good for your teeth on a long run. Read more

FLU AND COLD

How cold and flu affect oral health?

Cold and flu can have a negative impact on oral health. Do not forget about good oral hygiene, even though you do not feel well. Try to avoid sugary medicines and prefer taking those without added sugar. During cold and flu we frequently drink sour drinks. For example, orange juices, tea with lemon and various drinks designed to relieve the symptoms of a cold and flu. They can be good for our general health and can help us to get well. Read more

WHAT FORMS OF FRUIT ARE GOOD FOR A TEETH?

Is fruit good for your teeth?

It all depends on the type of fruit we eat. Fruit in its composition varies, so it can leave different effects on your teeth. People often prefer fruits than vegetables, because of sugary taste. There are different ways you can eat fruit (fresh, frozen, canned, dried, in the form of juices or jams). Read more

SOUR FOODS AND DRINKS

Are sour foods and drinks harmful to teeth?

If you often crave for this type of food and drinks, it can start the processes of tooth erosion. The tooth enamel begins to decompose under the influence of acids. In the food and beverages you can find a variety of acids. An important factor is the number of times per a day such food is eaten. If food contains acid, you can check in the ingredients table on the back of the packaging. Even fruits and vegetables may contain acid. Teeth are made in a way that they can withstand a variety of oral pH. Teeth  are remineralised with saliva, which protects teeth. Despite consuming acidic food and drink, we can maintain healthy teeth. Like everywhere, even in the diet, there are some limits, which should be taken into consideration, so that we do not start the detriment of our own teeth. There is no need to absolutely avoid acidic food. You should just take into account that it is not consumed to often during a day. Read more

ARE SWIMMING POOLS HARMFUL TO YOUR TEETH?

Can pool water stain your teeth?

The optimum pH of the pool water is between 7.2 to 7.6 (nautral pH). Substances can be dissolved in the acidic environment and they become solid again in alkaline environment. In the pool water calcium and other minerals rather strengthen enamel, than dissolve it. High pH of pool water in combination with antimicrobial substances can form hard yellow or brown coating mainly on front teeth. This often occurs in professional swimmers who train in the pool for several hours per week. Such coverings can be removed by a dentist. Their formation can be repeated, so regular dental visits are recommended. Read more

SPARKLING MINERAL WATER

Is sparkling mineral water harming your teeth?

Carbonated mineral water contains carbon dioxide and some also variety of flavoring agents and colors. Unlike some other carbonated beverages (Coca Cola, etc.). Sparkling water still has acidic pH due to carbonation, which occurs when adding carbon dioxide into pure water. In some studies has been measured a pH between 3 and 4, which is near the acidity of an orange juice. The addition of gaseous carbon dioxide into the pure water initiates the formation of carbonic acid, which lowers the pH of the drink. Carbon dioxide is the source of bubbles in a sparkling drink. These drinks can have an adverse effect on teeth and can cause erosion of enamel, if it is consumed several times a day. Flavored sparkling water can have even bigger erosive effect on teeth than orange juice, which is considered very erosive. Read more