A canker sore can make eating, drinking,
and talking difficult and even painful. Maintaining your oral health by
brushing and flossing may also be difficult with a sore in your mouth, but
keeping up with your daily oral hygiene routine is an important step in the
healing process. We’ve put together a short guide to everything you need to
know about canker sores.
What do they look like?
Canker sores are usually small, round reddish sores. You’ll find them on
the soft tissues of your mouth, such as your tongue, the sides of your mouth,
and at the base of your gums. Occasionally, a sore might have a yellow or white
What causes them?
Among the most common causes of canker sores are injuries. This can happen
from biting your lip or cheek, an injury from sports, or even vigorous
brushing. Certain people are sensitive to toothpastes containing sodium lauryl
sulfate, leading to sores. Foods may also cause canker sores in certain people.
Chocolate, eggs, nuts, and spicy foods have been known to cause the sores. At
times, a diet that is deficient in vitamin B-12 or zinc is the culprit.
What can I do?
Your best defense is to keep your mouth healthy. This means keeping up with
your twice-daily brushing and daily flossing. With a mouth sore, it may be
tempting to avoid the area when brushing your teeth. This can lead to a buildup
of plaque and bacteria. Aid the healing process by keeping your mouth clean and
healthy. You may also try a mouthwash formulated for mouth sores. When in
doubt, or if pain persists, talk to our team.
Brush thoroughly but gently around
sores. Most canker sores heal within a week. If you find you are regularly
getting sores, or they are taking longer than one week to heal, schedule a
visit to our office. We will assess your oral health and provide you with our
For more information about oral health or to schedule your next visit, please contact our office. We look forward to seeing you.
During pregnancy, it is essential that you don’t neglect your oral
health. A fluctuation in hormones can cause drastic changes in your mouth. Oral
health complications have been linked to increased risk in other significant
overall health issues. Here are the most common oral health problems, how they
can affect your pregnancy, and how to prevent them.
Oral Health Problems During Pregnancy
to the Academy of General Dentistry, only 22 to 34 percent of women in the
United States visit a dentist during pregnancy. Regular visits to our office
while expecting can allow us to detect potential issues early. Gingivitis is
the biggest concern during pregnancy. The buildup of plaque is more likely to
cause an expecting mother to have red, swollen, and painful gums that bleed. If
the gums become even more swollen and irritated, it can cause non-cancerous
pregnancy tumors. If oral health problems are left untreated they can lead to
Ways to Prevent Gum Problems
best way to decrease any risk of getting gingivitis is to brush your teeth at
least twice a day. Make sure you brush the full tooth, all the way to the gums.
Flossing your teeth regularly will also keep your gums healthy. Seeing your
dentist more frequently for cleanings will reduce plaque and minimize any
How Bad Oral Health Can Affect Your Baby
Academy of General Dentistry suggests a link between gingivitis and having a preterm
or low-birthweight baby. If an expecting mother has gingivitis, it can cause
bacteria to enter in the bloodstream and travel to the uterus. The bacteria
triggers chemicals that may induce early labor.
Maintaining good oral health is important in combating problems
during pregnancy. Gingivitis is the most common concern that can be managed
with the help of your dentist. Without proper treatment, gingivitis can lead to
other health issues that not only affect you, but also your pregnancy. Keep
yourself and your child safe by having a consultation with your dentist before
or during your pregnancy. We also recommend that you bring your new baby to the
dentist as soon as their first tooth grows in so they can get started on the
path to a healthy life.
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
It usually starts pretty innocently.
You’re biting into your favorite hard candy and suddenly you realize that
there’s one little hard piece in your mouth you can’t seem to dissolve. You
check it out and fear overcomes you when you see it’s a little chipped piece of
Enamel may be one of the hardest
substances in the body but like most things in life, it has its limit. Whether
you are chewing on ice or grinding your teeth at night, there’s always a chance
of putting your teeth at risk. If you have chipped your tooth, there’s no need
to panic. Here are a few things we can do to restore your beautiful smile:
Tooth bonding has many structural uses, and it can
be very helpful for repairing chipped teeth. Tooth bonding is a simple
procedure that doesn’t require any numbing. The bonding materials and porcelain
used are natural in color and can be designed to perfectly match your teeth.
Your smile will look good as new, and people will have a hard time noticing you
ever chipped a tooth to begin with.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that helps
protect your teeth, while at the same time improving its appearance. An AACD
(American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) dentist will likely use a tooth
colored crown made out of porcelain or zirconia to look identical to your
teeth. Crowns will also provide the durability and strength your teeth need to
withstand daily use. You may only need a partial crown if our dentist sees that
the chip doesn’t affect the entire tooth.
Porcelain laminate veneers are made up of
several thin layers of ceramic used to repair chipped teeth. They will be
bonded to the teeth to replace the original enamel of the tooth with a special
adhesive. Dental veneers are a fantastic way to get your tooth to look whole
and healthy again.
If you have a chipped tooth and would like more information on these methods, or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today.