Healthy Living Tips

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  • If you experience pain or sore muscles in the jaw joint area (TMJ – in front of your ears) or even headaches, you may be grinding (bruxism) or clenching your teeth in your sleep. Some people even clench their teeth during waking hours due to stress. Speak to your dentist about being fitted for a night guard (occlusal guard), which will protect your teeth and the joint area.
  • Caution – If you are diagnosed with problems with your jaw joints (TMJ), it is recommended to avoid chewing gum as it can irritate the joint and can even make the problem worse.
  •  Gums should not bleed upon brushing. This is an indication of periodontal disease. Your dentist should do a thorough exam to evaluate the extent of the disease and prescribe an appropriate regimen.
  •  Consume plenty of calcium-rich foods, such as low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Calcium is essential for strong teeth and bones.
  •  Avoid sticky sweets, such as taffies, toffees, soft candies and pastries. These types of foods stick to your teeth and feed decay-causing bacteria. When you do eat sweets, eat them after a meal. When candies are eaten alone, they are more likely to remain stuck between your teeth. If you chew gum, try to chew sugar-free gum.
  •  Do eat crunchy foods that naturally clean the teeth (apples, carrots, and other raw vegetables) and foods with ample vitamin C, like citrus fruits and broccoli.
  •  Be aware that excessive amounts of coffee, tea, red wine and other beverages can stain your teeth.
  •  Don’t chew on ice, popcorn kernels, lollipops, hard candies, or other hard foods. Doing so can crack or otherwise damage your teeth or restorations.