The Long-Term Effects of Stress on Your Oral Health

We’ve all been told to avoid stress at one point or another, but usually, it’s in reference to our bodily health. However, stress can actually cause oral health problems. There are several ways stress can affect our oral health, so there is another reason to keep it in check. Since oral health can be negatively affected by stress, why don’t you sit back, relax, and have a quick read about the detriments of stress to your oral health? Stress Can Cause Bruxism Bruxism is also known as grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw. Stress has been shown to be a cause of bruxism in adults and even children. If you have ever caught yourself with a sore jaw after dealing with stressful events, it may be possible you are a sufferer of teeth grinding. Bruxism caused by...

The Worst Drinks for Dental Health

Most people don’t think of the damage drinks cause to their oral health. After all, you don’t chew a drink, so what can it do to your teeth, right? Unfortunately, certain drinks cause oral health issues, including cavities, stained teeth, and gum disease. Knowing which drinks cause such destruction can help you choose wisely. Soda The sugar in soda works alongside the bacteria in your mouth to create acid. The acid eats away at your tooth’s enamel. Too much erosion and you may experience tooth sensitivities, or have tooth decay. Even without the sugar, soda has an acidic nature all on its own. This means that even diet soda can damage your teeth. Once the acid hits your tooth enamel, it affects your teeth for at least 20 minutes. If you drink soda frequently, you...

The Ultimate Guide to Foods to Eat After Dental Implant Surgery

Anytime you have oral surgery, taking care of yourself in recovery is crucial. A large part of recovery is keeping a proper diet, especially after dental implant surgery. A proper diet helps your mouth heal and helps you avoid digestive issues while you recover. Knowing what you can eat and when will help you have a seamless recovery process. The First Two Days Your diet should consist of liquids for the first couple of days after dental implant surgery. Liquid foods, such as broths, Jell-O, yogurt, pudding, and ice cream help you stay nourished while avoiding damage to the surgical areas. If you eat any food with particles, you run the risk of the particles getting stuck in the surgical site, putting you at risk of an infection. The Next Few Days After a couple...

Benefits You Didn’t Know About Composite Fillings

Having a cavity today doesn’t automatically mean you need an obvious silver (amalgam) filling today. At River View Smile Center, we offer our patients several filling options, including composite fillings. While not the right choice for every situation, composite fillings do have their benefits. A More Pleasing Cosmetic Appearance Composite fillings offer a less obvious way to fill a cavity. Unlike with silver fillings, other than you and our staff, no one will know that you had a cavity. Composite fillings resemble the enamel of your other teeth, so it blends right in with the rest of your mouth, whereas silver fillings stand out when you talk or smile. In fact, we use composite fillings often in front teeth in order to avoid compromising a patient’s smile. Keep...

How to End Bad Breath

More than half of Americans today suffer from bad breath, according to the American Dental Association. Even if you don’t regularly eat garlic and onions (the most common offenders), you may still suffer from bad breath. Luckily, simple techniques can help you eliminate it. Keep up Your Dental Hygiene Brushing your teeth at least twice a day helps keep bad breath away. Brushing your teeth eliminates the food debris in and around your teeth that eventually turns into enamel-eating bacteria. We also recommend that you try flossing at the end of each day. This helps eliminate the debris that sits between your teeth that brushing doesn’t reach. Any food left behind creates a breeding ground for bacteria and causes bad breath. Use a Germ-Killing Mouth Wash A minty...