How Pregnancy Affects Oral Health

The human body changes when a woman is pregnant. Pregnant women need to take care of their bodies to make sure their baby is healthy. However, many pregnant women forget about the importance of protecting their oral health. In reality, if pregnant women don’t care for their teeth well, they could experience a number of potentially serious issues.

First, if you’re pregnant, you could find yourself at an increased risk for gum disease. You see, while you’re pregnant, you’ll produce more estrogen and progesterone than normal. Sadly, these hormones can actually make your body react more aggressively to the plaque that’s in your mouth–which can lead to inflammation and gum disease. To make matters worse, if you have these issues, you may be more likely to give birth prematurely.

Pregnant women are also more prone to enamel damage and cavities, partially because morning sickness increases the acidity in the mouth. Please note that brushing your teeth right after vomiting may actually be more harmful than helpful. Because acidity can weaken enamel, brushing may damage your enamel further. We recommend waiting about 30 minutes before brushing. You may also want to consider swishing your mouth with water to reduce the acidity.

You should of course remember to brush and floss daily. Eating a healthy diet can also help you keep your mouth healthy. We also recommend scheduling an appointment with our dentist at the beginning of your pregnancy. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Walter Davis at 918.682.1961. We’re eager to hear from you.

What Are Inlay and Onlay Fillings?

Have you ever heard of dental inlays and onlays? What do you know about the benefits of these treatments? Briefly, these treatments are especially useful because they can be used to repair damage that a crown or filling isn’t the best option for. But there is more to them than that.

At times, a dental crown may be recommended because it can be used to repair extensive and even structural damage. Inlays and onlays may be useful if you have a cavity that is too large for a filling to repair. While inlays and onlays are both designed to repair cavities or tooth decay, inlays are specifically used to deal with damage that does not extend past the center of your tooth. Onlays, conversely, are typically used for damage that does extend beyond the center of the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are useful because they preserve as much of as your natural tooth as possible. This makes cleaning your teeth easier. Similarly, some fillings–such as composite and traditional fillings–may shrink with time. Inlays and onlays don’t shrink, and are also extremely durable and stable. Finally, inlays and onlays won’t stain and can last for up to 30 years.

If you’re interested in learning more about inlays and onlays, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Dr. and our team will be happy to answer any question you have. We’re eager to hear from you soon!

What Caused Your Cracked Tooth

You know that choosing healthy foods can help your body stay healthy and strong. Similarly, you may know that choosing the right foods can help you keep your teeth healthy and strong, and that choosing the wrong foods could damage your teeth. It is true that certain foods can crack your teeth, but do you know which foods you should avoid?

There are several foods that can crack your teeth. Would you be surprised to learn that popcorn is one of the foods that are most likely to crack your teeth? Now, popped popcorn probably won’t damage your smile, but if you unknowingly chomp down on a kernel, you could easily damage your teeth.

Did you know that bread can actually crack or chip your teeth, too? Soft breads are fine, of course, but hard breads, such as baguettes, biscotti, or pretzels, are more dangerous. If you are eating these foods, please remember to take small bites to protect your teeth. In addition, candies could also lead to a number of issues, especially if you decide to chew on hard candy. However, please remember that hard candies could hurt your teeth even if you don’t chew on them. Hard candies can leave residue that sticks to your teeth, which may lead to tooth decay. Biting into hard nuts can also lead to a number of issues if you aren’t careful.

Having cracked teeth can leave you more vulnerable to infection and tooth decay. In addition, cracked teeth can’t heal on their own. If you’re worried about cracked teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re excited to hear from you soon!