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Don't Wait to See the Dentist when Your Tooth Hurts

My molar began to hurt one night so much that it woke me up. I hadn't been to the dentist regularly, so I knew it was my bad habits catching up to me. I took pain relievers for a few days that dulled the pain, and then I developed a big bump on my gum. It scared me enough to finally go to the dentist. He told me the bump was an abscess from a bad tooth infection. He said that if I had waited too much longer, the infection could have spread to my sinuses and even my brain! He gave me antibiotics and in a few days he was able to save the tooth with a root canal. I created this blog to tell other people that if your tooth hurts, then go to the dentist immediately. You probably have an infection that will only keep getting worse.

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Don't Wait to See the Dentist when Your Tooth Hurts

Everyday Foods That Work Against Your Dental Health

by Violet Jensen

Your dentist has often told you about the dangers to your teeth when eating sugary foods. You limit candies, cookies and other sweets in your diet, but there are a number of ways that cavity-producing substances hide in the other foods you eat. Here are some of the foods you may eat every day and how they affect your teeth.

1. Bread, pasta and crackers

Sugary sweets are a danger because they contain the raw ingredient that bacteria feed on - sugar. Other foods create sugar as your body begins to digest them. Starchy carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta, are made from flour. This is a complex carbohydrate which begins to break down into sugar when it comes into contact with enzymes in your saliva. Chewing a piece of bread creates the food source for bacteria. Crackers become a gummy paste that sticks to your teeth, so the bacteria can feed on it all day. Brushing and flossing or just rinsing your mouth out after a meal or snack heavy in carbs will reduce your risk of decay.

2. Soft drinks and energy drinks

Even if you avoid sugary sodas and drink diet versions, you put your teeth at risk. Carbonated sodas contain phosphorous which wears down tooth enamel. This leaves your teeth open to stains and decay. Energy drinks often contain high amounts of sugar. They also contain acids that wear away tooth enamel. One way to limit the damage is to drink these beverages through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth. If you are a frequent consumer of sodas or energy drinks, see a dentist in your area to test your tooth enamel for signs of damage.

3. Fruits and fruit juice

Fruit juice often contains sugar to add taste. Making your own juice from fresh fruit limits the risk of tooth decay somewhat because although it still contains natural sugar, it does not contain added sugar. Dried fruits have all of the water removed from them, making them a more concentrated source of sugar. The sticky dried fruit can stay on teeth where bacteria feed, causing tooth decay. Drink water after consuming fruit juice and rinse your mouth out well.

4. Lemons, grapefruit and tomatoes

These all contain high levels of citric acid. Tomatoes also contain malic acid. Both of these substances can wear down tooth enamel. Even if you don't eat raw tomatoes, you get the acid from pizza, pasta sauce and tomato soup. Brush or rinse your mouth out after eating these acidic foods.

5. Coffee

The caffeine in coffee can damage tooth enamel. The longer the caffeine is in contact with your teeth, the more damage it does. Have a glass of water with your coffee and rinse your mouth out often, especially when you've finish your last cup.

Talk to a dental office, such as East Mall Family Dental Family Dental Care, to learn more about the healthiest choices for your teeth.

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