Chewing: The Most Important Reason to Take Care of Your Teeth

Proper oral health care is important for a variety of obvious reasons, but one of the most important is chewing. Chewing is more than a process that breaks your food into smaller pieces; it is the way to ensure that your food is properly digested and that your body reacts properly to the food that you eat. How Your Teeth Play a Role Your teeth play an obvious role in chewing. If your teeth are in poor health, it could become more difficult or even painful to chew your food properly. When this begins to occur, you might unconsciously chew your food less. This could lead to a decreased sense of taste in your mouth as you hurriedly digest food. Chewing properly also promotes the production of saliva, which helps to decrease the risk of tooth decay by washing...

How Should you Deal with TMJ?

If you suffer from TMJ, you could be suffering quite a bit. Some people find it difficult to chew certain foods, others wake up with an aching jaw from grinding their teeth all night and some hear a clicking noise when they open and close their jaw.  Regardless of the level of your TMJ, it can be embarrassing and painful to deal with on a daily basis. At  River Valley Smile Center it is our goal to help you not only have optimal oral health, but to be comfortable as well. If you suffer from TMJ, there are several ways that you can alleviate your pain. Home Remedies If you prefer to try to handle your pain on your own, there are several methods that you can use at home. Since stress in the jaw is a large culprit in the fight against TMJ, it is important to find...

The Little Known Facts about Gum Disease

Chances are you have heard of gum disease and one point or another, but are you aware of its seriousness?  If you choose to ignore the early signs of gum disease, you put yourself at risk for periodontal disease, which could cause such devastation as losing your natural teeth and suffering from bone loss. These little known facts about this disease can help you to save your teeth in the long run. – There are not always obvious signs that you have gum disease. Some people have bleeding or puffy gums as an early sign, but not everyone does. You might have gum disease and not even know it until you come in for your appointment. – If you have gum disease, there are simple remedies to keep it from progressing into periodontal disease. One such remedy is...

Ways of Decreasing Sensitivity Within Your Mouth

Oral hypersensitivity can be caused by numerous things, including allergies, injuries, and gum recession.  If you are experiencing sensitivity, there are a few things you can do to reduce the sensitivity and allow yourself to enjoy both hot and cold drinks and food again. Rule out an allergy. One thing you need to do is consult your healthcare provider to make sure that you are not allergic to a certain food.  Frequently an allergy to a food can cause you to develop sore spots or hypersensitive spots in the soft tissues in your mouth.  The best way to rule out an allergy is to see your doctor, who will be able to give you more information.  If it turns out that you are allergic to a food and that has been causing the issues, simply avoid the allergen and you...

Holistic Dental Habits That Can Keep Your Mouth Healthy

It’s important for you to establish some regular habits that can help keep your mouth looking and feeling great.  It’s even better if you can do so by using holistic methods.  At River Valley Smile Center, we work hard to educate you on all aspects of your dental health, and holistic habits are no exception.  Here are some things you can do to help keep your mouth healthy for a long, long time. Reduce processed foods. Our mouths were designed to eat food that was grown in the field or taken on a hunt.  They were not designed to eat food that has gone through extensive processing and had dozens of chemicals, sugars, and other compounds mixed in. Remember that your mouth is an amazing ecosystem, with its own system of flora and fauna.  When you eat processed foods,...

Who Should Avoid Sticky Foods?

Sticky foods are never a good idea for anyone to eat as the residue of the foods stick to your enamel, putting you at risk for tooth decay. However, there are certain people that should avoid them at all costs for fear of ruining their dental health even further. Patients with Braces If you have braces, sticky foods are not an option for you. The residue will not only stick to your enamel, but to your brackets as well. If they are sticky enough, the food debris can actually break or damage the brackets of your braces. This could cause you to need an emergency visit to the orthodontist as well as prolong your treatment. In addition, because sticky residue can get in between your brackets, the risk of decay and gum disease is heightened, decreasing the excitement...