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Nail Biting

Why You Should Stop Biting Your Nails

Nail biting is a common and universal bad habit that dentists discourage in their patients. It’s an easy habit to pick up and a hard one to break, but stopping nail biting is very beneficial to oral health. Quitting the bad habit of nail biting may not be easy, but there are solutions that can help people stop so they can improve and maintain healthy teeth.

Risks associated with nail biting

When you bite your nails, it places pressure on your front teeth that they’re not designed to withstand. Shearing is the name for this kind of pressure on the front teeth. Teeth are highly durable and can handle different stresses, but shearing from nail biting may lead to a chipped tooth or teeth. A majority of nail biters use their front incisors to bite, and this can damage these highly visible teeth.

Dental treatments for nail biting damage

Although a dentist can repair a chipped tooth with a filling or dental bonding, continued nail biting could break the dental repair and require further treatments. Repeated dental treatments of damaged teeth can lead to the need for a more permanent solution like a dental crown.

Prevention is the best treatment

The best treatment for nail biting damage is to avoid it all together by remedying the bad habit. Even if your dentist has told you that you’re risking damage to your teeth, or you’ve already damaged your teeth, lifelong habits are hard to break, especially if you bite your nails to deal with stress. You need to be persistent in your efforts to stop biting your nails and utilize other available tools as necessary. Stores sell polishes that have an unpleasant, non-toxic flavor to discourage nail biting, but they may not work for you. A good way to start is to replace the bad habit with a better habit that keeps your mouth occupied such as chewing sugar-free gum. If you chew sugar-free gum after meals that can further help your oral health as it increases saliva production, which helps wash away food residue and bacteria.

Biting your nails may seem harmless to you, but it’s not as it can damage your teeth to the point of requiring dental repair. You should also never use your teeth for opening packages, chewing on pens or pencils or chewing ice as that can also damage teeth. If you’ve chipped a tooth biting your nails or want to find ways to break the habit, contact Creative Dental today so they can ensure the health and beauty of your smile for a lifetime.

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Stress and Oral Health

Reduce Holiday Stress for Better Oral and Overall Health

The holidays can be both joyful and stressful as people deal with entertaining, shopping and traveling. Stress has a negative impact on overall health, oral health and mood as it makes people feel depressed, anxious, tired and restless and can lead to indigestion, jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Dealing with stress effectively during the holidays and year-round can benefit your well-being, including the health of your teeth and gums.

Make time to relax

Some people feel so stressed out by the holidays, work, and school that they may unconsciously clench their jaw during the day or grind their teeth at night. A good way to deal with this type of stress is to make time to relax every single day. Something as small as relaxing one’s breathing, listening to favorite music and taking a soothing shower or bath before bed can help alleviate stress and avoid issues with jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Quieting the mind and relaxing the body benefits overall health and can improve your healthy smile.

Engage in physical activity

Even just 30 minutes a day can improve physical and mental health and reduce stress. Although the holidays make it feel like there’s even less time to accomplish tasks, when people fit some physical activity in their day, it can give them the endorphin boost they need to tackle their routine efficiently and stave off stress and anxiety. If 30 minutes is more than seems possible, even a short walk on lunch break or after work can help.

Prioritize personal health

It’s easy for people to become so caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle that they neglect their health by not eating or drinking the right foods, feeling overstressed and forgetting daily dental hygiene. Making personal health a priority isn’t selfish, it’s essential and can prevent becoming ill. Stress along with neglecting personal health can weaken the immune system and lead to sickness during a time of year when people would much rather be healthy and with loved ones. By eating healthy, drinking ample water, washing hands frequently, keeping up with oral hygiene and finding time to relax, people can improve their overall health and not miss a moment of the holidays.

Don’t let the holidays stress you out to the point where your overall and oral health suffers the consequences. Contact Creative Dental today for a professional cleaning, oral exam and even pamper yourself with a teeth whitening for those holiday parties.

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A great smile can get you a better job

A Great Smile May Improve Job Outlook

The Academy of General Dentistry conducted a poll of 289 consumers and dentists that revealed that men are less likely than women to visit the dentist. Some of the reasons for this were found in the poll as 45% felt men don’t feel like they need to go to the dentist, 30% felt men may be too embarrassed to go, 18% thought men just don’t have the time, and 5% said that they thought many men didn’t even have a regular dentist. The results of the poll may be somewhat surprising, but thankfully, new developments in the workforce have more men returning to the dentist to improve and maintain their oral health.

Cosmetic improvements for a better job?

A healthy, attractive smile can have a positive impact in today’s business world. More men are heading to the dentist for cosmetic dental treatments including bleaching, bonding and veneers because a winning smile improves self-confidence and can make a person appear more trustworthy and successful. While in the past most men worked for only one or two companies throughout their career, with today’s layoffs and uncertain job market, that’s no longer the case. Now men seem more aware that their appearance affects their professional life. Anything that gives middle-aged men an advantage over the competition full of younger men can be beneficial.

Better oral health equals better overall health

With the growing awareness that good oral health leads to better overall health, men are paying more attention to their mouth and what they put in it. Maintaining proper oral hygiene reduces harmful bacteria in the mouth that can lead to plaque, tartar and gum disease that may compromise the overall health of a person. Eating healthier food improves gum health, can strengthen teeth and helps avoid issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. The simple act of smiling offers health benefits in itself including lowering stress, boosting mood and increasing endorphins. All it takes to obtain and keep a stunning, healthy smile is regular visits to the dentist for cleaning and polishing or additional visits if the dentist finds that needs treatment. Elective cosmetic dentistry treatments are an added touch that may improve a man or woman’s chances of landing that new job or promotion.

Whatever the reason for resuming regular visits to the dentist, everyone can benefit from proper oral care and professional exams and cleanings. To improve the way you feel about your smile and reap the benefits of healthy teeth and gums, contact Creative Dental.

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Coffee and your teeth

Coffee and Your Smile

A large percentage of people enjoy a cup of coffee or two as part of a daily routine or a casual retreat. While coffee can be great for a caffeinated pick-me-up, it’s also notorious for causing stains on teeth. However, when people consume coffee sensibly and maintain their oral health, it can provide surprising health benefits beyond the expected morning wakeup jolt.

Teeth Stains

Tooth enamel is extremely porous, which is why dark-colored drinks and foods easily penetrate it and cause stains. To prevent stains, people should brush their teeth after drinking coffee or at least rinse with water until they’re able to brush. Sipping on coffee and other dark drinks all day can not only cause stains, but it can also lead to tooth decay if plaque builds up without removal by brushing or rinsing. For a brighter, healthier smile free of coffee stains, a visit to the dentist for a professional cleaning and teeth-whitening is an ideal solution.

Eroded Enamel

Coffee is a highly acidic drink that can lead to tooth enamel erosion with continued exposure. To minimize the acidic effect coffee has on teeth, a person should avoid sloshing the liquid around in their mouth and drink iced coffee (and hot if they don’t mind the odd looks) with a straw. Rinsing with water after drinking coffee helps remove the acid, but it’s best to wait at least an hour before brushing to avoid damaging vulnerable enamel.

Bad Breath

Coffee has a very distinct aroma, and while that can help wake a person up and draw everyone to the break room, it can also linger on the breath. Coffee tends to dry out saliva in the mouth, which promotes the growth of bacteria and leads to bad breath. Chewing sugar-free gum can eliminate bad breath until a suitable time has passed and it’s safe to brush.

Plaque Bacteria Destroyer

Yes, it’s true, coffee may have oral health benefits when consumed a certain way. A recent study from Brazil found that drinking black coffee might help maintain healthy teeth. The study reported that coffee with its high amount of caffeine could destroy the bacteria that lead to dental plaque. However, those who fill their coffee with sugar, cream or milk won’t get the oral health benefit because such additions counteract the caffeine’s power. Although the study findings reveal a potential benefit of drinking coffee, it’s still a good idea to avoid excessive coffee consumption because of its staining and enamel-eroding properties.

For answers to all your questions about the impact of certain food and drink on your oral health and the best ways to remove stains, contact Creative Dental.

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rheumatoid arthritis and gum disease

Is there a link between rheumatoid arthritis and Gum Disease?

For dental patients who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) maintaining good home oral hygiene can be a daily challenge. This is one of the reasons why RA sufferers have a higher rate of gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in the nation. However, recent studies show that RA patients who receive treatment for gum disease can see an improvement in their overall health.

Signs of gum disease

One of the first signs of gum disease is bleeding gums when brushing. Other signs of gum disease include receding gums, tender gums, and chronic bad breath. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to infections, unhealthy gum tissues, and loosening teeth that may require extraction. Everyone, not just RA sufferers, need to protect their teeth by preventing gum disease or treating it promptly if it develops.

Link between RA and gum disease

When it’s difficult to perform adequate oral hygiene, like it is for those suffering from RA, patients have a higher risk of suffering gum disease. Both arthritis and gum disease are chronic inflammatory diseases, diseases where the inflammation never stops even when the immune system no longer requires it. During a recent study of people suffering both RA and gum disease, researchers treated all participants for RA symptoms but only treated a select group for gum disease as well. At the conclusion of the study, the group who receive treatment for RA and gum disease had a significant improvement in their RA symptoms over those in the study which only received RA treatment.

What the study results mean

Researchers are still analyzing the results, but they haven’t been able to pinpoint if gum disease is the result of RA or vice versa. However, studies have shown that there’s a connection between oral tissues of those suffering periodontal disease and tissues of RA affected joints, and the tissue similarities are too vast to overlook or dismiss. It’s possible that oral inflammation can lead to joint inflammation or that arthritic joints may cause oral tissue inflammation, but whatever the case, the study results reinforce the importance of treating gum disease in RA patients and all patients.

Although researchers still don’t know for sure if resolving gum disease always improves RA symptoms, it’s a good idea for RA patients to maintain their oral health for the benefits it has to their overall health. If you’re suffering from RA and have trouble with daily oral hygiene, contact Creative Dental to schedule an exam and to learn effective ways to maintain an effective home care routine.

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Gums and Oral Health

What Your Gums Reveal about Oral Health

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When you practice good oral hygiene daily, you know immediately if something feels or looks off. This is beneficial because it means you can contact our offices quickly address, treat, and reverse the problem before it escalates. One of the biggest indicators of oral health issues is the appearance of your gums and when you know what to look for, it helps you and your dentist find the best solution.

Swelling

Swelling, puffiness, and redness of the gums are one of the most common warning signs of a problem. Irritated gums can indicate early gingivitis, a bacterial or viral infection or even a change in hormones. Gums do get swollen and puffy if you haven’t flossed in a while, but when such signs happen often, it’s time to contact your dentist for help.

Gum recession

When gums recede, it exposes additional tooth surface and even the root if left untreated. Causes of gum recession include gum disease, aging, teeth grinding or clenching, hormonal changes, and/or brushing too hard. A receding gum line requires prompt attention to prevent damage to teeth surfaces and roots and to address the underlying cause of the condition.

Bleeding gums

It’s never a good thing when your gums bleed as this can indicate gum disease, brushing too hard, or another underlying condition. Gums will often bleed when you first start flossing after a break, but that usually stops within a week. Another cause of bleeding gums is being on medications such as blood thinners and it’s crucial that you discuss all your medications with your dentist to decide on a proper course of action. Bleeding gums can be worrisome, but your dental professional will work with you to find the best treatment and solution for you.

The important thing to remember about any gum issues is that proper treatment starts with prevention and early detection. If your gum health indicates gum disease, our experienced staff is on hand to help you restore your beautiful smile and maintain your oral health.

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benefits of smiling

Smiling Boosts Health and Happiness

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When it comes to improving your social life, succeeding in business and maybe even boosting the romance in your life, the most important part of your wardrobe is your smile. Wearing the latest trends, having an impressive work portfolio, and hitting the social scene aren’t necessarily enough to boost your business and personal life without a great smile to compliment the whole package. Smiling reveals an array of characteristics and emotions to those around you and has added health benefits for both you and them.

Sincerity

There are many reasons why people smile such as embarrassment, confusion, or deception, but when the smile is sincere and positive, it’s much more powerful and effective. Slapping a smile on your face when you’re in a bad mood isn’t going to fool anyone. Your eyes reveal your true emotions. During a genuine, happy smile, the skin around your eyes bunches up, your cheeks rise, and your gaze seems brighter. Seeing this sincerity in your smile helps people gauge your emotions and makes you much more approachable.

Success

Your smile is a powerful tool and indicator of success in your professional life. Studies have shown that people who give genuinely happy smiles live happier lives and have a better sense of well-being. People who smile appear more competent and positive than those who don’t smile or who fake smiles when it suits them. When you project positivity with your smile, you appear more open, flexible, trustworthy, and better able to handle whatever the corporate world sends your way.

Happiness

Smiling boosts your happiness, pure and simple. Researchers have discovered that even when people receive instructions to smile as part of a study, their brain activity shows that they do actually feel happy. Smiling during stressful situations can help calm you down and even lower you heart rate. This is due to the endorphins released during smiling that give you a natural high similar to what occurs during a workout. Try it sometime. When you’re feeling low or stressed, force yourself to smile and chances are, your mood will lift along with the corners of your mouth.

Inspiring

Smiles are contagious and your smile can be enough to inspire others to smile and even improve their mood. When someone sees another person smiling, it triggers an area in the brain that controls facial movement, which usually leads to that person smiling too.

Healthy

Strengthening your immune system is as simple as smiling. When you smile, your body produces white blood cells, which aid in fighting illness. Listening to stories, watching a good movie, spending time with family and friends and anything else that makes you smile improves your white blood cell count, which boosts your health.

Attractive and approachable

Smiling increases your attractiveness to those around you because it indicates that you’re empathetic, personable, and laid back. A smile encourages others to engage in social activities with you, which can start new friendships and improve your romantic status. As an added bonus, if you’re feeling a bit out of place in social settings, smiling can relax you and make your feel more comfortable.

A genuine smile boosts your health, mood and confidence and can even create happiness for those who see you smile. Unfortunately, if you’re uncomfortable with your smile due to cosmetic issues with your teeth, you’re depriving the world of the positive effects of your grin. Creative Dental is here to help you improve your smile with a variety of dental treatments because we understand the importance of a healthy, beautiful smile.

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