I BRUSH AND FLOSS. WHY DO I KEEP HAVING TEETH PROBLEMS?
As a dentist I get this question all the time! Why do I continue to have teeth problems even though I do a good job taking care of them? I find there are 4 main reasons why this occurs:
- Sometimes people aren't doing as good a job as they think. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of education in proper dental hygiene techniques. That is why, when you come to the office for your check ups, we will review oral hygiene techniques with you and give you a personalized plan for how to take care of your teeth.
- Sugar, sugar, sugar! Many people don't realize that it isn't the amount of sugar you consume, but the frequency with which you consume it that counts. Here's an example:
- I could drink a 2 liter bottle of Coke every day and never get a cavity. How? If I chug it all at once, within a few minutes my saliva will dilute the sugar that decay producing bacteria feed on, and my chance of a cavity goes way down. However, I can destroy my teeth with just a dixie cup full of Coke every day. How? Take a little sip, and a half hour later take another little sip, and do this all day long. What happens is every time my saliva dilutes the sugar from the Coke, I add some more. The decay causing bacteria are eating sugar all day, and destroying my teeth ALL DAY. So, think about your workday.... Wawa or Dunkin Donuts coffee with sugar and flavored creamer... Sitting on your desk all morning... A sip here, a sip there... Get a new one after lunch to keep you awake.. Sound familiar?
Common Dental Problems
- My tooth hurts!
- I feel a hole in my tooth
- A piece of my tooth broke off
- My teeth are sensitive to cold things
- My gums bleed when I brush. Is that normal?
- I'm embarrassed to smile
- I wish my teeth were whiter