Fact or Fiction: Cavities | Riverside Dentist

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Cavities are perhaps the most treatable and preventable dental issue in the world. That being said, there are a lot of ways in which cavities have been brought upon, and while some are completely true others are myths. Here’s a breakdown on what are facts and what are fiction when it comes to cavities.

Sugar is the Prime Cause of Cavities

This is both true and false. It is actually the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth that cause cavities, however, sugar is a substance that fuels bacteria to keep doing what they’re doing.

Exposure to Acidic Foods causes Tooth Decay

Fact. Acidic foods such as lemons, citrus juices, or soft fruit drink don’t cause cavities, but they put enamel in danger. Acids may cause erosion of the tooth protecting enamel, thus weakening the tooth.

Children are more likely to get Cavities than Adults

Fiction. There has been an increase in cavities found in older people. Some medication dry out the mouth and reduce saliva. Saliva is vital in fighting tooth decay because it helps neutralize acids.

For more information about cavities and cavity prevention, call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit www.gmdental.com.

Dr. Middleton of Riverside, CA also proudly accepts patients from Norco, Ontario, Eastvale, Murrieta, Fontana, and surrounding areas.

Riverside CA Dentist | Teeth Friendly Foods for the Holidays!

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Aside from all of the hustle and bustle from holiday shopping and celebrate, let’s be honest: The serious parts come down to the food. Food plays a very large part in Christmas celebrations. With the usual long standing traditions that run throughout families, how could it not? However, with great food comes a great amount of over indulgence. In order to help you avoid any dental pain this Christmas, here are some tips on what to eat, what not to eat, and if necessary: how to deal with an emergency.

Foods to indulge in:

  • Cheese! Cheese is not only rich in calcium, which promotes healthy teeth, but it also balances out the PH in your mouth which lessens the damaging effects of acid from a festive glass of wine on tooth enamel.
  • Unsalted Nuts. Nuts contain calcium and vitamin D, both in which are vital for oral health as well as general health. Walnuts are oftentimes used in cakes and other desserts, contain zinc fibre, folic acid, iron, thiamine, magnesium, vitamin E, & B6.
  • Vegetables. It is always a good idea to promote the habit of eating vegetables. Broccoli and carrots in particular are great for your oral health.

Foods to stay away from:

  • Sweets! Okay, maybe not all sweets. Let’s face it, the holidays do bring up some of the best sweets ever created, however it is important that you take it easy on sweets.
  • Sodas. Carbonated beverages are usually loaded with sugar and are excessively acidic which can cause teeth to erode away.

Emergencies

If you do have a tooth emergency, such as a fracture or a crack, rinse your mouth with warm water and then use an ice pace or cold compress to reduce any swelling. Take ibuprofen and then schedule to meet with your dentist as soon as possible.

For more information on how to survive the holidays, call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit www.gmdental.com.

Dr. Middleton of Riverside, CA also proudly accepts patients from Norco, Ontario, Eastvale, Murrieta, Fontana, and surrounding areas.