HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR TEETH IN ADULTHOOD
- by Kelowna Dentist Dr. Klara Burlacu
Besides brushing and flossing daily you can protect and strengthen your teeth with the help of your diet.
Here are some natural, holistic tips you can use to improve your tooth enamel strength.
- Drink green tea, cranberry juice and red wine- these contain fluoride and polyphenols that help enamel.
- Eat cheese at the end of the meal (creates alkaline saliva).
- Eat dark chocolate (cocoa contains theobromines that strengthens enamel).
- Eat pure licorice (kills bacteria responsible for tooth decay).
- Chew gum with Xylitol (stimulates production of alkaline saliva and kills bad bacteria in your mouth).
- Consume foods rich in calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, C, and D.
- Decreasing sugar frequency throughout the day slows demineralization of the teeth.
Wisdom Teeth - Why You May Need To Remove Them - by Kelowna Dentist Dr. Klara Burlacu
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that people get in their late teens or early twenties. Even if your wisdom teeth have not grown through the gum and are not painful, your dentist will check their development by taking an x-ray, and may recommend extraction.
Reasons to extract the wisdom teeth:
1) Damage to the other teeth caused by pushing the adjacent teeth; creating pain, bite problems, crowding or undoing orthodontic treatment.
2) Jaw damage; these teeth can create cysts inside your jaw that can destroy bone, affect the nerve or produce sinus inflammation.
3) Gingiva inflammation and/or cavities, due to improper alignment or difficult access for proper home care.
4) Migraines/headaches due to tension created in the jaw bones.
Our dentist will periodically check the development of the wisdom teeth, so that if extractions are necessary they can be done at the best time possible. The optimal time is when the roots are only 2/3 formed, for best healing and less risk of nerve involvement.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOTHBRUSH - by Kelowna Dentist Dr. Klara Burlacu
- choose a soft or extra soft one
- get an ergonomic handle for your hand
- the size of the bristle portion has to fit easily behind your lower anterior teeth
- Sonic technology is one of the most recommended
- timer incorporated into the brush
- pressure for the gum is minimal
- the removal of stain and plaque is few times higher than with a manual brush