Four Dental Facts You Probably Didn’t Know
If you want to be the master of your smile and keep it in great shape for years to come, it is important to know the basics about dental health and how you can keep yours strong. Keep reading to learn four dental facts that you might not know, then contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 if you would like to make an appointment with a dentist.
- Soda is Terrible for Your Smile
- If You Lose a Tooth You Can Usually Save It
- If You Need Help with Sleep Apnea You Need to Talk to Your Dentist
- Skipping Your Vitamins Can Have Huge Oral Health Consequences
Yes, any sugary substance that you swish around your mouth can feed bacteria to cause (or worsen) dental conditions. That said, even if you have a sugar-free soda, the acidity can cause trouble too. How? By deteriorating the enamel on your teeth. The darker the soda is, the worse it is for your teeth – and the more likely it is to do damage.
Does this mean you should never drink soda? Ideally, yes. But if you are going to drink it, consider using a straw. This prevents much of the soda from coming into direct contact with your teeth.
Let’s say you’re hit in the face by an errant volleyball, and your tooth is knocked out. Many people would assume that a dental implant would be necessary – but this is not generally true. As long as you can find the tooth right away and get to the dentist quickly, it can probably be preserved.
The key is to either put it back in the hole it has left (carefully!) or between your cheek and your teeth. This helps keep it moist until you can get to the dentist. If you are not able to put it in your mouth, you can put it into a glass of milk to help preserve it too. Then call the dentist right away.
This is a surprise to most people, but when it comes to sleep apnea, the best person to talk to is your dentist. This might sound strange, but remember that sleep apnea affects the airway, throat, and mouth and is, therefore, an oral health issue.
You know you need to get your vitamins for your overall health, but it is important to remember that your overall health includes your oral health. For example, if you do not get enough Vitamin C, then you could be suppressing your immune system, which can have a huge impact on your ability to fight gum disease and other oral health issues.
One fact that should come as no surprise to you is that it is important to see your dentist twice a year. To get started, contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 right away.