• Posted on August 6, 2019 9:58 am
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    Understanding the basics of good dental hygiene Taking good care of your teeth isn’t very complicated. You take care of them daily; follow the right dental hygiene, nutrition and regular oral health practices. However, good dental health goes beyond correct brushing and flossing. A well-maintained diet that includes all the nutrition required for overall wellness is the cornerstone for a healthy mouth. The food choices we make an impact on how strong and how decay-resistant our teeth are. Here's what you need to do to keep your teeth healthy The simplest way to assess the health of your teeth, gums and mouth as summed up by most dentists as, "Healthy gums are firm and light pink in colour. Swollen, bleeding and soft gums, bad breath, and loose teeth are common symptoms of oral disease." Clean and strong teeth, healthy gums and a bright smile ensure we are saved from many dreaded dental issues such as cavities, the sensitivity of the teeth, bleeding gums, bad breath and more. A few pointers that must be followed by adults and children alike: Brush your teeth twice a day  Floss your teeth every day and rinse your mouth after every meal Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste Rinsing with a good mouth rinse after consulting your dentist is a great way to maintain dental health. Opt for “oral prophylaxis, a teeth cleaning procedure that should be done routinely. Get regular oral and dental check-ups done, limit your sugar intake and maintain a well-balanced nutritional diet to prevent tooth decay and premature tooth loss.” Take care of your teeth Achieving healthy teeth takes a lifetime of care. Cosmetically having a set of fine, white teeth is great but it’s crucial to make informed choices when it comes to diet, cleanups and regular oral care to prevent problems of the teeth and gums. This means getting the right oral care products, as well as being mindful of your daily habits. Brushing properly, taking time to do it by moving the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. Also, focus on the tongue that can build up plaque. So, every time you brush your teeth, clean the tongue too.  Floss well. Flossing cleans between teeth very well along with stimulating the gums, reducing plaque. It also helps in lowering inflammation in the area. What are the foods to include? Cheese and yoghurt are high in calcium and the probiotics found in yoghurt actually aid in strengthening your teeth. Make sure these are included in your diet. Green leafy vegetables are great for general health and do wonders for your dental health. They are packed with essential minerals and vitamins, making them a must-have in your diet. Apples are high in fibre and water making it a fruit that most dentists suggest. Surely, an apple a day keeps the dentist away! Carrots improve saliva production in your mouth, which reduces your risk of cavities. Celery is packed with antioxidants that give you a shot of good health. Almonds are rich in calcium and protein making it on the list of power foods for dental health. Sometimes, the simplest of things offer the best benefits. When looking for a drink, water is always the best pick, especially when compared to juice or soda.  Now, here is what you shouldn’t be having.  Prevention is better than cure. And the best way is to avoid certain foods or practices that are damaging to oral hygiene. Your diet makes a big difference when it comes to a healthy smile. Avoid junk and refined foods and increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Limit sugary and acidic foods, the sugar turns into acid in the mouth, thereby eroding the enamel of your teeth, which in turn leads to cavities. Say no to this vicious cycle of harm. Similarly, acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also wear down tooth enamel. It is better to avoid or minimize the intake of these foods. Oral cancer is caused primarily due to use of tobacco and alcohol. For healthy teeth and mouth limit or better still, avoid tobacco and alcohol consumption. Also, please remember any growth in the oral cavity must be assessed by professionals as soon as possible. A visit to the dentist for cleanings and checkups, at least twice a year, is crucial to your overall oral health. A dentist will also be able to spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions. Doing so is especially helpful if you have a history of dental issues, such as gingivitis or frequent cavities. If you are concerned about your oral health or thinking about getting a regular dental check-up done, consult with Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental needs. Preserve your natural smile by selecting the best dental solutions. For more information about enamel wear and sensitivity problems, consult our team of professionals. You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/

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  • Posted on July 4, 2019 7:11 am
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    Common Dental Problems

    Oral health is aptly said to be the mirror of general health. The condition of your oral cavity reflects your overall health. For this reason, it is necessary to know the problems related to your oral cavity and it is crucial to know when to seek oral care or visit your dentist. Here are the 10 most common dental problems you should be aware of: Tooth decay It is the most common of tooth problems. Tooth decay, also known as dental caries or cavities, occurs when bacteria in plaque is given the chance to settle on teeth. It produces an acid that slowly eats away at tooth enamel and forms holes. This bacteria is particularly prevalent after eating sugars and starches, so limit exposure by eating a healthy diet. The likelihood of developing a cavity depends largely on your oral hygiene maintenance. The better your oral health routine, the fewer chances you will have of suffering tooth decay. However, older people and children are slightly more at risk, because their enamel is more vulnerable. If a child develops cavities within baby teeth, they will be repaired as soon as the adult teeth emerge, but this does not mean that dental attention isn't important. The best possible approach to dealing with plaque is prevention. Once you have cavities, there is no real way to reverse them (though new technologies may make this a reality soon). The only option is to fill and repair them, so protect your enamel while you still can. Brush and floss regularly, attend routine dental exams and avoid eating too many sugary foods. Gum Disease (Periodontitis) This is a bacterial infection brought about by the accumulation of plaque in the mouth. Gingivitis is the infection of gums. Periodontitis is a more advanced form of infection affecting the gums, ligament and the surrounding bones. The bacteria invade and destroy the gum tissue and ligaments that hold the teeth in place. During the early phases of gingivitis and mild periodontitis, the symptoms can still be reversed with a good dental care routine and immediate treatment for any underlying infections. Once the disease moves on to advanced stages, it becomes much harder to treat, so give yourself the best possible chance and respond early. Risk factors for gum disease are poor dental hygiene, faulty brushing or flossing techniques, and other serious health problems like diabetes are more prone to developing persistent gum infections. Be sure to stay ahead of gum disease with good dental hygiene and care! Tooth fractures Fractured teeth are often common among young children. School-going children that are actively involved in sports are at higher risk of tooth fractures. During an impact, single or multiple teeth can be affected. The treatment for fractured teeth will depend on the severity and the level of the fracture. In most cases, the natural tooth can be saved. If the tooth has come out completely, then you should carry it to the dentist in a container with milk or distilled water. In the case of fall or impact, you should immediately visit your dentist. Tooth Infection  This happens when the root of a tooth becomes infected and fills up with bacteria. If left untreated, it will damage the nerves and the pulp tissue inside the tooth itself. So, get to the dentist right away if you think that you might have this condition. Deep cracks, fractures, or cavities can all lead to an infection. The most severe root infections cause patients to develop painful abscesses. These appear in the form of very sore facial swellings. However, abscesses usually only occur once a root infection has progressed to a more serious state. If you deal with a painful or cracked tooth quickly, this should not happen. Enamel erosion  This is a very common problem and is characterised by round and noticeably discoloured enamel surfaces. It occurs as a result of exposure to corrosive materials like fizzy drinks and sugary snacks. The acid in these ingredients wears down the enamel and gives it a stained and unhealthy look. In some cases, overzealous brushing may also be a factor. The one thing that will lead to enamel degradation faster than anything else is sipping on fizzy and sugary drinks all day, every day. This includes sports drinks, carbonated soft drinks (diet ones too), and most forms of wine. In fact, this is considered to be an occupational hazard for professional wine tasters and reviewers. Like cavities, there is only so much that can be done once a certain amount of enamel has been worn away. You cannot get back material that has been eroded. This means that prevention is always the best cure for enamel degradation. Where possible, swap out soft drinks for water. If you enjoy drinking fruit juices, make sure that you clean your teeth regularly and restrict these drinks to mealtimes. Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) This condition is sometimes called xerostomia, but it is most easily recognized with the simple term ‘dry mouth.’ Unsurprisingly, it is caused by a lack of saliva in the mouth. This can occur for a number of different reasons, but it is a well-known side effect of taking prescription medications. If you are on any kind of medication, ask your doctor whether this could be an issue. Saliva has mild antibacterial properties and it is used to wash away residual plaque from teeth. It also gives your gums and teeth essential moisture, lubrication, and cleansing. Thus, individuals with xerostomia are more prone to infections. The most at risk groups are patients on prescription medications and people over the age of fifty. As the mouth ages, saliva production naturally slows and the friction against teeth increases. Over time, if left untreated, this lack of saliva will contribute to the development of decay and cavities. Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) The long winded condition, TMJ disorders involves a dysfunction of the similarly named joint. It is found a little below the ears, but above the jawbone. The condition usually leads to the grinding or clenching of teeth while asleep. It is more common in women than men and is most likely to appear during the childbearing years. It can also be caused due to psychological factors like stress. Oral Cancers Clearly, this is one of the most serious dental problems that you can develop, so it is vital that you recognize the signs as soon as they appear, if they ever do. Most oral cancers begin as a small, pale, pinkish lump or growth inside the mouth. It is almost always painless. If you have a growth like this or you are worried about a change in your mouth, consult a dentist now. A specialist will be able to gently examine your mouth, head, and neck for signs of trouble. For smokers, this kind of check-up is very important, because smoking significantly increases the chances of developing mouth cancer. It is also more common in people who drink excessively, so keep an eye on your alcohol consumption. Sores Mouth sores are another condition that can often occur. They can be painful and cause a burning sensation while eating spicy foods. Mouth sores could be a sign of infection or vitamin deficiency. It’s best to get this checked by a dentist who can assess it and prescribe an ointment or medication. Tooth sensitivity Seven out of ten people suffer from tooth sensitivity. Each tooth has an outermost covering of enamel. When this wears off, the sensitive dentin is exposed. The dentin has nerve endings and on exposure, makes the tooth sensitive to sweet and cold foods. Your dentist will assess the case and suggest a suitable treatment If you are concerned about your oral health or thinking of getting a regular dental check-up done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental needs. Preserve your natural smile by selecting the best dental solutions. For more information about enamel wear and sensitivity problems, consult Dr. Ron Lo at (253)-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com  You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/

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  • Posted on June 10, 2019 8:53 am
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    Diet & Your Dental Health

    No one likes to be unhealthy. Most of us try to keep our bodies in optimal health and good shape. We often follow diet tips for a healthy body and a variety of diet plans and food charts online which can help you drop those extra pounds. Likewise, our oral health, (the health of your teeth, gums and jaw bones) are also an important part of our overall health. If only there was a diet plan for preserving your teeth and oral health! Can your diet affect your oral health? Yes — our food intake affects our oral health. Obviously, the foods that we eat are chewed and are in close proximity to our teeth. The bacteria present in our mouth degrade food particles and create acid. This acid causes the tooth substance to lose its minerals and the chance of cavity formation is greatly increased. However, the bacteria in the mouth produce more acid with certain foods than others. Therefore it is useful to know the foods that are most harmful to our teeth and to keep them to a bare minimum. Here is a list of diet tips to keep your teeth healthy.            Sugary foods Sugary candies and sweets tend to stay in your mouth. If you eat sweets, go for those that clear out of your mouth quickly. Sticky candies like lollipops, caramels, jelly beans, and hard candies make it difficult for saliva to wash the sugar away. Snacks like cookies, cakes or other desserts contain a high amount of sugar, which can cause tooth decay. If you eat these foods,  try to eat them all at once and brush your teeth afterwards, instead of snacking on them throughout the day.            Starchy, refined carbs Foods such as chips, bread, pasta or crackers can be as harmful to the teeth as candy. Starches made from white flour are simple carbohydrates and can linger in your mouth and then break down into simple sugars. Bacteria feed on these sugars and produce acid, which causes tooth decay. Avoid eating them throughout the day and brush afterward.           Beverages with added sugar Be aware of the amount of sugar in your drinks by checking the nutrition label. Consider alternatives such as water, tea, coffee, and coconut water.            Fruits & Juice Fruits are an important part of a healthy diet. Whole fruits have fiber and are a less concentrated source of sugar (and sometimes acids) than juice. When you drink fruit juice, use a straw to keep it from having too much contact with your teeth or rinse with water afterward.           Lemons, citrus fruits and other acidic foods Citrus foods are acidic, so avoid keeping citrus foods in your mouth for long periods of time. Healthy foods for your teeth:            Green tea Polyphenols have been known to reduce bacteria and toxic products of bacteria in the mouth. Tea also tends to be rich in fluoride, the most well-known tooth strengthener. Thus green tea may help prevent tooth decay.            Chew xylitol gum after meals            Xylitol increases saliva production and prevents the bacteria in your mouth from producing the acids that cause cavities. However, be aware that overuse of gums should be avoided as it can cause gastric problems.            Probiotics Probiotics may help to decrease gum infections and plaque (deposits on teeth); bacteria in fermented foods may also suppress the growth of pathogens in the oral cavity. One study showed that consuming fermented dairy was associated with reduced gum diseases. In turn, this makes your teeth and gums stronger.            Fibrous (Fiber-rich) foods Foods rich in fiber like carrots, cucumbers, celery or multigrain breads are a better choice than starchy foods. High fiber foods have a better rate of clearance from the tooth surface. As the food particles are in contact with the tooth surface for lesser time, tooth decay is reduced.            Cranberries Cranberries and other plant foods like blueberries, red cabbage, eggplant peel, black rice, and raspberries are rich in anthocyanins and may prevent the attachment and colonization of pathogens on host tissues (including teeth). Numerous studies have even shown that cranberry extract-infused mouthwash improves dental health!            Increase the amount of arginine in your diet Eat more spinach, lentils, nuts, eggs, whole grains, meat, seafood, and soy! Beverage choices: The best beverage choices include water (especially fluoridated water), milk, and unsweetened tea. Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar. Also, avoid day-long sipping of sugar-containing drinks as they expose your teeth to constant sugar and, in turn, constant decay-causing acids. ———————————— At Tacoma Dental Group we treat a person using a holistic approach. Patients come with different concerns and requirements, so we treat each patient as an individual. We provide preventive, as well as therapeutic treatment options. If you are concerned about cavities or thinking of getting a regular dental check-up, or cosmetic dentistry, contact Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience and treatment plan, specific to your dental needs. Preserve or recover your natural smile and optimum oral health by availing the best dental solutions. For more information consult Dr. Ron Lo at (253)-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com Or you can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/

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  • Posted on February 15, 2019 6:28 am
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    Tooth Enamel

    We all want to preserve the gifts we naturally have, and our smile with 32 pearls is no exception. Our teeth are made of up various layers known as the enamel, dentin and pulp. Human teeth are subjected to numerous pressures and forces throughout the day. These mainly occur while chewing, biting on hard food, and having sweets, cold or hot food. The enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth, which shields the tooth from the external environment. For the wellness of your teeth, it is essential to preserve it. Here are some important facts and functions of the tooth enamel Enamel cannot regrow The tooth enamel is made during the early phase of life, while we are still embryos. Once the enamel is formed during these stages, it cannot be regrown. This is mainly because enamel does not possess active or living cells. Thus, utmost care should be taken to preserve the enamel. Acts as a protective shield The enamel forms a jacket around the more delicate parts of tooth, which are known as  dentin and pulp. It protects the tooth against heat, cold, external forces and thermal shocks.  Enamel is stronger than your bones and can help the tooth withstand all biting pressures, without getting chipped. Fights tooth sensitivity Dentin is a part of tooth that has abundant nerve supply and is very sensitive to hot or cold food items. Enamel, however, lacks sensation and protects the more sensitive dentin. Healthy enamel will make teeth less vulnerable to tooth sensitivity. Fights acids Acid found in food and drinks is the leading cause of damage to tooth enamel. Many acidic food and drinks make up our everyday diet, like fruits, fruit juices, coffee and wine. Acid is also produced as  digestive juices, which are secreted in the mouth when we chew food. These can weaken tooth enamel over time through  a process called acid erosion. Erosion of tooth enamel is common in at least one in three adults. It is in your best interest to protect your tooth enamel from erosion. Keeps teeth white Enamel, is the reason our teeth look pearly white. If the enamel wears off or gets chipped, the inner layer of dentin will become partially or completely visible, making your teeth look yellowish in colour. So, enamel is necessary to keep your smile sparkly white. In order to preserve your tooth enamel, you should be well aware of the tooth protectors and the damagers. Tooth damagers Sodas and acidic drinks Keep the intake of acidic drinks like sodas, citrus fruits and juices as low as possible. You can also opt for low acid orange juices. Too many sweets.  Bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugar, and they make acid that can eat away at enamel. It is even more damaging when teeth are not cleaned regularly. Sour foods  Sour foods contain plenty of acids, so  it is best to avoid them. This will keep enamel erosion or wear at bay. Dry mouth Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by washing away bacteria and leftover food in your mouth. It also dilutes acids to an acceptable level. Tooth protectors As tooth enamel is irreplaceable, it is best to preserve it. Here are some ways you can protect it... When you are having acidic drinks make sure you have them with meals. This will reduce the frequency of acid exposure. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water right after you eat or drink something acidic. Make sure you use a straw for fruit juices or sodas, without swishing them in the mouth. This will help the acid bypass the tooth enamel. Go for sugar free gums. This will lower the amount of acid in your mouth. If you  have a dry mouth, make sure  to consume plenty of water during the day. Try to finish your meals with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese. This will counteract the effect of acids. Use toothpastes and mouthwash  containing fluoride. This will maintain a positive mineral balance in your  tooth enamel. Opt for a soft bristled toothbrush, rather than a hard one. Receive treatment for  your gastric disorders. Lastly, get a regular dental check-up and maintain dental care to keep your teeth healthy. If you are thinking of getting a dental check-up  done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental condition. Preserve your natural smile by availing the best dental solutions. For more information on enamel wear and sensitivity problems, consult Dr. Ron Lo at (253)-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com  You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/  for more information.

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  • Posted on February 8, 2019 4:22 am
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    tooth enamel

    Have you ever wondered what the strongest parts of your body are? Most of us perceive it to be our bones. However, did you know that your teeth possess something that is stronger than bones? Our teeth are made up of various layers of tissues. Starting from the outermost, enamel, followed by dentin and pulp. Enamel is a mineral containing tissue and can withstand more pressure than we can imagine. Healthy tooth enamel is the strongest substance your body can produce. So strong that the human bite can exert up to 200 pounds of pressure on its back teeth. Here are some  facts you need to know about tooth enamel… It is rich in minerals Enamel is predominantly made up of calcium and phosphate minerals, which are tightly held in numerous lattice structures. It’s mineral content is higher than that present in our bones. This gives the enamel strength and resilience to bear heavy chewing and biting forces. Enamel is formed only once The tooth enamel is formed  during the early phase of life, while we are still embryos. Once the enamel is formed during these stages, it cannot be regrown. This is mainly because enamel does not have active or living cells. These cells are lost once the enamel is fully mature. Thus, utmost care should be taken to preserve the enamel. Your teeth look pearly white…it is because of your enamel Enamel, being white in color, forms the outermost layer of your teeth. If the enamel wears off or gets chipped off, the inner layer of dentin will become partially or completely visible. This results in making your teeth look yellowish in colour. So, enamel is necessary to keep your smile sparkly white. Enamel loss can make your teeth super-sensitive The layer of tooth material lying below the enamel is called dentin. Enamel lacks nerves sensation. However, the dentin has a rich supply of nerve ends, making it very sensitive to thermal changes around the tooth. Enamel can get chipped off, due to very heavy biting forces, or can get eroded due to acids. Once the enamel is lost, underlying dentin is exposed, which causes tooth sensitivity. Your enamel can be lost due to various reasons Our enamel is subjected to a lot of acidic exposure. As we eat our food, enzymes present in our saliva mix with our food and digestion begins. During this process, acids are created, which can lead to loss of minerals from the tooth enamel. Teeth can also be exposed to acid attacks from beverages like carbonated drinks, health drinks or stomach conditions like  gastro-oesophageal reflex disorder. Are you interested in knowing the ways to Protect your Enamel? Here are some tips… When you are having acidic drinks, make sure you have them with meals. This will reduce the frequency of acid exposure. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water right after you eat or drink something acidic. Make sure you use a straw for fruit juices or sodas, without swishing them in the mouth. This will help the acid bypass the tooth enamel. Go for sugar free gums. This will lower the amount of acid in your mouth. If you have  a dry mouth, make sure to consume plenty of water during the day. Try to finish your meals with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese. This will counteract the effect of acids. Use toothpastes and mouthwash containing fluoride. This will maintain a positive mineral balance in your tooth enamel. Opt for a soft bristled toothbrush, rather than a hard one. Receive treatment for  your gastric disorders. Lastly, get a regular dental check-up and maintain dental care to keep your teeth healthy. If you are thinking of getting a treatment for tooth sensitivity or even a regular dental check-up, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental condition. Preserve your natural smile by availing the best dental solutions. For more information on enamel wear and sensitivity problems, consult Dr. Ron Lo at (253)-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com  You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/ for more information.

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