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...

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...

Top 5 Reasons You Need Fluoride Treatment

You can get fluoride in your drinking water, toothpaste, and mouth rinse, but nothing compares to the professional fluoride treatment offered in our dental office. This quick treatment provides many oral health benefits. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. Topical fluoride helps strengthen your tooth’s enamel, reducing the risk of cavities. As bacteria combine with carbohydrates in your mouth, it eats away at the tooth’s enamel. Topical fluoride helps strengthen your enamel, avoiding enamel breakdown from the combination of bacteria and carbohydrates in your mouth. Fluoride encourages remineralization of your teeth. Your saliva naturally helps your enamel remineralize. Sometimes the calcium and phosphorus in your saliva aren’t enough to strengthen your enamel,...

Caring For Dental Veneers

  Dental veneers help patients fall in love with their smile once again. Knowing the proper care they require can help you get the longest life out of your veneers. Many of our patients have the same veneers for as long as 10 years. Keep reading for the top five ways to preserve your smile for the long-term. Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools Stop using your teeth to bite anything but food. In other words, don’t bite your nails, open jars, or nervously bite on your pencils. Porcelain veneers are like thin sheets of glass. While they are sturdy, they aren’t sturdy enough for non-food objects. Wear a Mouth Guard if you Grind Your Teeth Bad habits can start at any time in your life. If you start grinding your teeth after getting veneers, come see us. Just like...

Straws and Your Dental Health

Drinking your beverages through a straw may help prevent certain oral health issues, but don’t fall for the assumption that they are the answer to consuming unhealthy drinks. Using a straw the right way can be great for your oral health, but incorrect use can cause even more damage than drinking without a straw. The Benefits of Using a Straw If you consume acidic drinks, using a straw may help decrease some of the damage caused to your anterior teeth. The liquid bypasses your front teeth, limiting the stains that soda, tea, and certain juices may cause. Positioning the straw perfectly in your mouth may even help avoid damage to your posterior teeth. Positioning the straw so that the liquid doesn’t touch any teeth and goes right to your throat can help eliminate...