Healthy Foods List: Best Foods for Your Teeth

When it comes to the health of your teeth, you really are what you eat. Sugary foods, such as candy and soda, contribute to tooth decay. One of the first areas to decline when your diet is less than ideal is your oral health, according to the American Dental Association. Use this healthy foods list to improve your diet and the health of your mouth.

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If you are one of the many people who profess a love of cheese, you now have another reason to enjoy this tasty food. A 2013 study found that eating cheese raised the pH in the subjects’ mouths and Read More

Brushing Baby’s Teeth

Family dentists say that from the very first tooth, your baby will benefit from proper dental care. Your baby’s primary teeth may be only a temporary tool for chomping, to be replaced during the early school years by his permanent pearls. However, it is no less important to take good care of them now and to establish the habits that will lead them toward a lifetime of dental health. Decayed or lost baby teeth can interfere with good nutrition and speech development, and by not Read More

Baby Teeth May Be Temporary but Can Have a Permanent Effect on Life

When you think of baby teeth you probably picture them as teeth that fall out as a child which you then gift to the tooth fairy. Did you know, however, that those very teeth set the precedent for the rest of your oral life? Below are five reasons why baby teeth have a permanent effect on your life.

  1. They affect the health of your permanent teeth Your permanent teeth grow closely behind the roots of your baby teeth. These teeth are much smaller in size compared to your permanent teeth and have a thinner layer of enamel. This means cavities that develop on your baby teeth spread quickly and, if left untreated, can cause permanent damage to your adult teeth.
  1. They set the precedent for the alignment of your teeth Baby teeth that are lost early cause the surrounding teeth to erupt into the missing space. Your adult teeth that will later grow into that space now have less room, causing bad tooth alignment. It is important to be cautious of how your teeth move prior to the eruption of your adult teeth so you do not run into the problem of crooked teeth or poor tooth alignment.
  1. Speech patterns Your face muscles, tongue, and lips are used in the pronunciation of sound. The sound is only produced correctly when they are able to move properly across your teeth. If the alignment of your baby teeth are not where they should be, it can create a mispronunciation of these sounds. This can then cause problematic speech patterns to develop as you age.
  1. Self-Esteem Childhood is the pinnacle of self-esteem development. Tooth decay, misaligned teeth, and other forms of dental pain that can develop easily during that time play a huge role in self-esteem. Feeling embarrassed, anxious, angry, and sad because of these problems can cause your child to be less social and to engage less with others at a time when it is most crucial.
  1. Healthy Habits As a child, you learn the proper way to chew your food, brush your teeth, and floss. Some habits you develop while you have your baby teeth are carried into adulthood. If you do not take good care of your baby teeth, you will not develop the proper healthy habits you need to take care of your permanent teeth. This can result in countless oral hygiene issues to develop.

The biggest takeaway: baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth.  They strongly affect early Read More

When Should You Worry about Teeth Grinding?

Occasionally parents will reach out to us because they have been alarmed by the sounds their children make while sleeping.  It is not uncommon for children to grind their teeth, especially during sleep.  In fact, some estimates put that number close to 33%.  Tooth grinding, or bruxism, is most common when baby teeth begin to emerge and permanent teeth come in.  In addition, while it generally goes away, you should be aware of a few Read More

The Importance of Regular Cleanings and Exams

Excellent oral hygiene impacts not only your smile, but your overall body health as well. There are several health conditions that are affected directly by oral hygiene, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. There is also a correlation between good oral health and having a healthy full-term pregnancy. Regular dental exams are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, and much more. Here are a few benefits of regular cleanings and exams:

  • Checking for tooth decay
  • Checking for gum disease
  • Preventing tooth loss
  • Whitening your smile
  • Detecting oral cancers
  • Maintaining your overall health

What is Included with a Cleaning & Exam at Light Touch Dental Care?

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Gum Disease and How to Prevent It

Gum disease is a serious disease that affects the tissue of the gums. It is estimated that as many as 47 % of adults over the age of 30 are affected by gum disease in the United States. This is a condition that is completely preventable with proper oral hygiene and dental care.

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Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue that holds teeth in place and protects the bone the jaw. It can lead to a loss of the tissue and bone that support a healthy smile, putting your teeth Read More

Halloween Candy: Your Dental Health Survival Guide

With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies…and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you are not careful! Toledo area dentist Dr. Natalie Nechvatal sends a warning: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced; that acid is what can Read More

Extraction and Preservation

While Dr. Natalie Nechvatal will focus on helping you maintain your teeth for a lifetime, sometimes certain teeth need to be removed.  Wisdom teeth, extra teeth, or very crowded teeth present situations that may mean emergency dentistry treatments involving removal.  In some cases, severely decayed or cracked teeth, or those missing large amounts of supporting bone leave extraction as the only viable option.

EXTRACTIONS

Despite your Read More