Foods that Aid in Oral Health | Hoboken Dentist

girl eating appleDid you know that certain foods are better for your overall oral health than other foods? What you eat and drink can have a significant impact on your tooth and gum health.

One of the most important factors is acid: acid wears down the enamel surface of your teeth, so food and drinks high in acid (such as citrus juices, soda, and tomatoes) are likely to contribute to long term problems such as tooth sensitivity. On the other side of the spectrum are foods such as celery – celery is chewy (stimulating saliva) and contain mostly water, so eating celery is great for your oral health: simply eating it rinses your teeth, and the fibers can help dislodge food stuck in the crevices of your teeth. Like celery, carrots are crunchy, will produce saliva, and are low in acid, so they’ll similarly help clean your teeth.

While carrots and celery can help keep your teeth clean, foods like milk and cheese are great for your teeth for other reasons. The calcium within dairy products helps strengthen teeth, they contain very little sugar to contribute to tooth decay, and they do not contribute to acidic environments in your mouth.

Some foods are actually able to counteract the bacteria that leads to tooth decay. Raw onions, cashews, and wasabi all contain chemicals that will naturally fight the microbes that will contribute to tooth decay when left in your mouth unattended.

Finally, one of the easiest and best foods for oral health is simply water. By rinsing bacteria and acid out of your mouth, simply drinking a glass of water after eating can have significant positive impacts on your overall oral health.

For more information about your oral health contact Dental Associates of Hoboken in Hoboken, NJ call 201-795-2111 or visit www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

Dental Associates of Hoboken also proudly accept patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark, and surrounding areas.

The Oral Damages of Thumb Sucking & Pacifiers | Hoboken Pediatric Dentist

Happy friendsA lot of parents are concerned as to whether or not thumb sucking and pacifier use can be harmful to young children’s oral development. The truth is, it can be damaging. Of course there are factors, like how long or how aggressive your childs habit is that determines the level of harm.

Prolonged thumb sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and the alignment of teeth. It also can cause changes in the roof of the mouth and jaw. Children who still suck their fingers or thumbs after their permanent teeth start coming in could be causing permanent changes that affect tooth and jaw structure. Specifically, thumb sucking can cause a misalignment of the teeth.

How can thumb sucking and pacifier use damage children’s teeth?

Pacifier and thumb sucking damage can be quite insidious.  Both can be difficult to assess with the naked eye, and both tend to occur over a prolonged period of time.  Below is an overview of some of the risks associated with prolonged thumb sucking and pacifier use:

Jaw misalignment – Pacifiers come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, most of which are completely unnatural for the mouth to hold.  Over time, pacifiers and thumbs can guide the developing jaws out of correct alignment.

Tooth decay – Many parents attempt to soothe infants by dipping pacifiers in honey, or some other sugary substance.  Oral bacteria feed on sugar and emit harmful acids.  The acids attack tooth enamel and can lead to pediatric tooth decay and childhood caries.

Roof narrowing – The structures in the mouth are extremely pliable during childhood.  Prolonged, repeated exposure to thumb and pacifier sucking actually cause the roof of the mouth to narrow (as if molding around the sucking device).  This can cause later problems with developing teeth.

Slanting teeth – Growing teeth can be caused to slant or protrude by thumb and pacifier sucking, leading to poor esthetic results.  In addition, thumb sucking and pacifier use in later childhood increases the need for extensive orthodontic treatments.

Mouth sores – Passive sucking is much less harmful than aggressive sucking.  Aggressive sucking (popping sounds when the child sucks) may cause sores or ulcers to develop(mykidshometowndentist.com).

Now that we know the negative impact thumb sucking and pacifier use can cause it is imperative to stop the ‘habit’. If you need guidance Dr. Weingarten & The Dental Associates of Hoboken are here to help you.

For more information about pediatric dental services offered by Dental Associates of Hoboken in Hoboken, NJ call 201-795-2111 or visit www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

Dental Associates of Hoboken also proudly accept patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark, and surrounding areas.