Before we discuss what cavities are, we need to talk about how cavities form. Cavities occur when a tooth comes into contact with acid repeatedly. This contact happens when someone eats or drinks foods that contain high levels of starch or sugar. The most notorious drinks are soda or fruit juice. The acid from these foods and drinks cause the enamel that protects your tooth to lose minerals. If too many of those minerals are lost, then the enamel could form a cavity. (more…)

Is It Smart To Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

Is It Smart to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

The quick answer is that it depends on a number of factors.

If your wisdom teeth do not cause you pain and are positioned correctly in the back of your mouth, then it may not be necessary to have the wisdom teeth removed.

If your wisdom teeth are not positioned correctly aka impacted or they are causing pain, infection, or crowding of your other teeth, then you may need to have those wisdom teeth removed. If wisdom teeth are not positioned correctly, they could push into – and cause damage to – neighboring teeth. Other issues caused by wisdom teeth are jaw damage, sinus issues, cavities, inflamed gums, and alignment issues.

Other factors that go into deciding whether you should have your wisdom teeth are the shape of your mouth and your age. If you have a small mouth, you will not have room for you wisdom teeth to grow, so removal may be necessary. There is no right age to have your wisdom teeth removed, but the earlier the procedure is done the quicker the healing process will be. Teeth and bone harden with age, which make the procedure a bit more difficult and the recovery a little longer.

If you have questions about wisdom teeth, please feel to contact us so we can provide you with a consult to discuss your options. We can provide you with a proper examination and treatment plan if wisdom tooth removal is necessary.

You can also ask whether you have wisdom teeth or not. Some people do not grow wisdom teeth. Don’t worry though. Not having wisdom teeth does not make you any less smart!

Fun Fact: Many linguists believe wisdom teeth developed their name because they appear later in life, when a person matures and becomes wiser. This reason is in comparison to how early a person’s other teeth appear.

Three Ways to Stop Grinding Your Teeth While You Sleep

It’s no secret that grinding your teeth at night will lead to tooth damage. Below are three ways to prevent teeth grinding (bruxism):
1. Have us check if you have an abnormal bite. Most people are aware that stress and anxiety can lead to teeth grinding, but something as simple as a misalignment can cause your pain. We have solutions to fix your bite including mouth guards. If you grind your teeth, please schedule an appointment today.
2. Use a Mouth Guard. We can custom make a mouth guard for you to wear at night. A custom-made mouth guard will fit comfortable. A mouth guard will also help protect your tooth enamel.
3. Relieve your stress. Try to relax before you go to sleep if you think your teeth grinding is caused by stress. Some ways to relax are reading a book, exercising, meditating, or take a warm bath.
How to Prevent Sports-Related Dental Injuries
A mouth guard is the best way to decrease the chances of a dental injury during athletic activity. However, a ready-to-wear mouth guard purchased at a store will not suffice. These mouth guards are not custom-made, so there is little protection for your mouth. At Marietta Dental Professionals, we can quickly make a custom-fitted mouth guard to protect you from sports-related dental injuries.

How to Lessen Enamel Erosion after Drinking Soda

We have decided to provide some tips to lessen the acidic erosion that certain sodas have on tooth enamel! Below are three tips to help protect your beautiful smile:

  • Drink soda through a straw. Using a straw will limit the contact that soda will have on teeth. The less contact soda has with your teeth, the less amount of citric acid will come in contact with your teeth. Also, do not swish the soda around in your mouth as that will increase the soda’s contact with your teeth.Do not brush your teeth immediately. You should wait at least one hour to brush your teeth after drinking soda. Brushing before an hour has elapsed could lead to damage to enamel weakened by drinking soda.Avoid soda with sugar and citric acid. Sugar will help feed the bacteria in your mouth, and citric acid will weaken your tooth enamel.