Ever seen those videos where someone puts a baby tooth in a glass of soda and watches it decay?
Well, the effect of soda in an actual mouth is a bit different. You have your saliva to help wash away the sugar, you eat other things throughout the day, and brush at least twice a day to remove debris or plaque. Nevertheless, soda is not something we recommend you consume more often than a once-in-awhile treat. Here’s why:
Soda has an extremely high sugar content. The bacteria that cause tooth decay feed off of sugar and excrete acid, which is what causes tooth decay. The more sugar our teeth have to interact with, the more prone to decay they will be.
Think diet soda is a better alternative? Even though it contains zero sugar, it can still contain acids such as phosphoric acid or citric acid. Acid eats away at a tooth’s enamel and leaves it prone to decay.
Caramel color, Yellow 5, etc. Any type of artificial coloring can cause tooth-staining. If you prefer your teeth sparkling white, it’s best to stay away from soda. Instead of soda, we recommend spicing up your daily beverages with other alternatives. How about some sparkling water or plain water infused with fresh fruit?
When you do drink soda, make sure to rinse with water afterwards. And, as always, keep up with regular brushing and flossing to protect those precious teeth!
Years of bad jokes have convinced many people that root canals are painful and to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, that false belief spurs some people to avoid visiting the dentist when they notice signs of trouble. Roseville, CA, dentist Drs. Ibtisam Rashid and Hana Rashid often treat patients who've experienced a few common signs that may occur if a root canal is needed.
Easily overlooked signs
It's easy to overlook early signs of trouble in a tooth. Problems occur when the soft pulp in the core of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. Eventually, an inflammation or infection can cause a variety of symptoms, some which may seem minor at first. Mild pain can occur, but it may seem to go and come, leading many people to hope that it will eventually stop without treatment.
The gum around the tooth can appear red or swollen, but that can be explained away as a temporary inconvenience or the effects of brushing too hard. Either of these signs may indicate that you can benefit from a root canal, a procedure that involves removing the pulp, cleaning the inside of the tooth and the root canals, shaping the canals and filling your tooth with rubber-based material. Although your pulp will be gone after the procedure, your tooth will continue to function normally.
Some root canal signs and symptoms are more difficult to ignore. Has your tooth changed color? Darkening of a tooth is never a good sign and warrants a trip to your Roseville dentist's office. As the inflammation or infection worsens, pain may be more intense or may occur more frequently. You may also notice that pain intensifies after you eat, particularly if you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. In fact, your tooth may feel very uncomfortable for about 30 minutes after you've eaten.
Ignoring potential danger signs can put your health at risk. Fever, severe pain, pus around your tooth, a pimple on your gum, swollen lymph nodes and facial swelling are signs of an abscess. The condition is caused by a bacterial infection. Once the antibiotics begin to work, the next step is a root canal to remove the infected pulp.
Root canals protect your teeth and your health! Call Roseville, CA, dentist Drs. Ibtisam Rashid and Hana Rashid at (916) 780-1955 to schedule your appointment.
Chomp on something your tooth didn’t like? Or get hit in the mouth with a hockey puck?
If you think you may have a cracked tooth, or if you’re holding a piece of your tooth in your hand, follow these steps!
1. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at 916-780-1955. Let us know about your emergency and we will make our best effort to see you right away.
2. If there are tooth fragments that have fallen out, preserve them in a clean container with a moist solution (cold mik, water, saliva), and bring them in to your appointment.
3. Apply a cold pack to your jaw to lessen any pain and swelling.
4. If bleeding, bite down on a gauze pad until bleeding stops.
5. Oftentimes, we see cracks under old fillings, especially metal fillings because they expand and contract against the tooth, creating small cracks that become larger over time. Usually, a crown is recommended to protect the remaining tooth.
It is possible to have a cracked tooth and not know it.
If you have any pain when biting down, or when eating something hot or cold, it’s best to get it checked out. In order to prevent further damage to the tooth or an infection, it’s very important to correct a cracked tooth immediately.
Here are some before and after photos of cracked teeth:
How a professional teeth whitening treatment from your dentists in Roseville, CA, can rejuvenate your smile
Saying goodbye to your dental stains is easier than you think, thanks to professional teeth whitening. If your smile is dull, dark, and uninteresting, it’s time to make your smile beautiful again. Drs. Ibtisam Rashid and Hana Rashid at Beautiful Smiles Dentistry in Roseville, CA, want to introduce you to professional teeth whitening which can take your smile from dull to dazzling quickly and effectively.
There are many everyday habits that can impact the beauty of your smile. Coffee and tobacco use can turn your teeth brown. Red wine and berries can also stain your teeth.
You may already know the changes aging can make on your body. Unfortunately, aging also changes your smile. Your teeth can become yellow because your tooth enamel is getting thinner as you age, allowing you and others to see the yellow layer underneath, called dentin. The overall effect of aging is a darkened, yellow smile.
A professional teeth whitening treatment can bring back your beautiful white teeth and attractive smile. When you choose professional teeth whitening, you will enjoy benefits which cannot be matched by over-the-counter products, including:
- Faster results because the in-office treatment takes only about an hour
- More effective results because you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades
- Long-term results because your white smile can last up to 5 years
You can choose from two safe, highly effective whitening treatments. Consider:
- In-office whitening- If you want a white smile fast, or if you have a special event coming up
- Take-home whitening kits- If you want to whiten at your own pace in the privacy of your home
You deserve a dazzling smile that helps you get noticed, so before you reach for over-the-counter whitening products, consider professional teeth whitening! For more information call Drs. Ibtisam Rashid and Hana Rashid at Beautiful Smiles Dentistry in Roseville, CA. Begin your new white smile by calling today!
Metal braces aren’t the only option out there for getting the smile you want.
While it seems perfectly acceptable for most children and teens to wear braces, it doesn’t seem like a scenario that’s quite as common for adults; however, you would be surprised just how many adults are turning to braces to improve the shape and alignment of their smiles. If you thought you were too old for braces, think again! Our Roseville, CA, dentists, Dr. Ibtisam Rashid and Dr. Hana Rashid are here to tell you how this nearly invisible orthodontic system could get your smile back on track.
How does Invisalign work?
Most people have heard about Invisalign but not everyone understands how this system works. Instead of bonding metal brackets and wires to the front of your teeth to shift them into the proper position, our Roseville, CA, dentist will take images of your smile and along with computer technology create a treatment plan that maps out each tooth’s exact movement.
From there, customized clear aligners are designed and fabricated by a dental lab to apply the proper amount of force to teeth that need to be realigned. Each aligner will gradually shift your teeth over time until you get the results you want.
What is life like with Invisalign?
Most people think about getting braces and worry that it will affect their daily lives. This is a major concern for many older teens and professionals. Luckily, Invisalign makes it easy to finally fix crooked, misaligned teeth without having to change your lifestyle or routine.
Unlike traditional braces, you won’t have to alter your diet to cater to your orthodontic treatment. Metal braces require you to avoid a lot of your favorite foods, but not Invisalign. These aligners are easily removable before mealtimes so you don’t have to nix those foods you love while wearing Invisalign.
Brushing and flossing can also suddenly become a hassle when you have to meticulously and carefully clean around precarious metal wires and brackets. It can be difficult to keep teeth clean with traditional braces but since Invisalign can be removed you can take them out prior to your oral care routine.
It is important that unless you are eating, drinking, brushing or flossing that you wear your aligners as often as possible. A good rule of thumb is to wear them for a minimum of 20 hours each day. This is will ensure that you get the results you want within the projected time frame.
Are you ready to find out if Invisalign is the right treatment option for you? Do you want to get a straighter smile? If you said yes, then it’s the best time to call our Roseville, CA, dental office to schedule a consultation. Let’s help you get that perfect smile.
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