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Family Dentistry  Laytonsville MD 20882How can I keep my kids from damaging their teeth?
Despite the hardness of tooth enamel, it can still break, sometimes easily. Eating “hard foods” such as popcorn, cracking nut shells with your teeth, and chewing on ice are some ways teeth can be chipped or cracked. Opening packages with your teeth can also damage the enamel.

What kinds of drinks are bad for my teeth?
Anything with sugar and acid attacks teeth. Examples include soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and candy. Because of the acid content, Mountain Dew seems to be the worst of the worst. Dentists even have a name for the damage it does – they call it “Dew Mouth.” These soften the tooth enamel, making it highly susceptible to decay. Parents, watch your kid’s consumption of these, because young children’s enamel hasn’t developed fully. This makes these drinks even more damaging for kids. As well as eliminating the above (or at least reducing their consumption), use a sugar-free xylitol chewing gum after meals. Also, rinse your mouth with a high-quality dental mouthwash.

Tongue piercings look cool. Are they safe?
Tongue piercings are very popular, but they can cause major problems for your oral health. They can fracture your teeth and make it much easier to get a nasty infection of the tongue and lips. Dentists have estimated that up to 40% of people who have metal rings or other oral piercings have had big problems from tooth fractures and infection.

If fluoride is bad for you, why is it in toothpaste?
In small amounts, fluoride strengthens tooth enamel. But excessive fluoride can create irregularities in tooth enamel. Young children, especially, often swallow too much toothpaste while brushing. So parents, supervise your young kids while they brush. Kids (and even adults) often use way too much toothpaste (a pea-size drop is plenty). A little goes a long way.

Oral Cancer Screening  Laytonsville MD 20882Do you have solutions for tooth grinding?
Many patients who wake up with pain in their jaws or a nagging headache could be bruxing, or grinding their teeth, during sleep. Persistent bruxing can damage teeth and cause them to get shorter and shorter. It can also damage your temporomandibular (jaw) joints and even affect your hearing. If you suspect that you are a bruxer, tell your dentist. He or she may recommend a night guard or other oral appliance.

What can I do to prevent oral cancer?
When found early, oral cancers have an 80 to 90% cure rate. This means that seeing a dentist who is trained to detect and treat oral cancer is your greatest method of prevention. Each year in the US, approximately 30,000 people are newly diagnosed with oral cancer. Worldwide, the problem is far greater, with new cases annually approaching 300,000. In the US alone, a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. If you add the sub category of laryngeal cancers, the rates of occurrence (about 10,000 additional new cases per year) and death are significantly higher. We make an oral cancer exam part of every visit.

How does teeth cleaning at the dentist benefit me?
Many patients aren’t aware that “teeth cleaning” does more than just clean your teeth. Removing plaque is essential to preserving your teeth. It builds up on the tooth surfaces and between the teeth. Brushing and flossing are, of course, vital, but everyone needs their teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Remember – only a dental hygienist can completely clean your teeth.

How do I know if I have a TMJ disorder?
The joint on either side of your jaw is your TMJ, which stands for temporomandibular joint. Pain, discomfort, or tenderness in or around these joints is usually diagnosed as a TMJ disorder.

Signs that you might have a TMJ disorder are:
• Facial pain or tenderness
• Jaw pain
• Pain in or around the ears
• Neck pain
• Jaw stiffness
• Discomfort while chewing
• Headaches
• Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
• Jaw “locking up”
• Jaw makes a clicking sound
• Teeth that don't come together properly when eating or chewing

There are a variety of treatment options for TMJ. Be sure to ask your dentist about these.
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6856 Olney-Laytonsville Road
Laytonsville, MD 20882
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