Oral Health during Pregnancy
The oral health is very important in part of everyone life but it is more emphasized when you are pregnant. Majority of pregnant women have oral health problem including bleeding in gums and tooth ache. In order to avoid risk to both the child and mother, it is important to see your dentist. Following are the most common oral conditions during pregnancy.
- Bleeding. During pregnancy, your gums become sore. The gums are tender and start bleeding. Dr Harmanpreet Kaur from Dental Designer, North Plainfield NJ suggests you make a dental appointment with your dentist immediately without being afraid of dental treatment. Treatment of gingivitis by a dentist is considered safe. Your dentist will guide you about how to safely maintain oral hygiene by teaching you special brushing techniques.
- Bad Breath. Pregnant women may experience increased dryness in mouth due to various reasons. It could be side effect of medications you are taking during pregnancy. A dry mouth leads to not only bad breath but also increases risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Hormonal changes during pregnancy will increase your chances of dry mouth. Dr Harmanpreet Kaur advises her patients to treat the dry mouth condition using prescription mouth wash and saliva boosters.
- Tooth Erosion. Morning sickness during pregnancy can lead to extreme vomiting. Higher acids in the vomit are the biggest reason for erosion of tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth immediately after vomiting makes the tooth erosion only worse. Rinsing your mouth with water will help reduced acidity and prevent dental erosion.
Don’t be afraid of dental check-up during pregnancy. Make dentist your friend for a healthy child. Managing your oral health is your responsibility and Dr Kaur recommends you visit your dentist at least twice during pregnancy.
Common Oral Conditions
Its not just about keeping your teeth strong. Recent survey has made clear that nearly one in ten people have deal with poor dental health. The most common oral diseases are:
- Dental Decay (caries). Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. If bacteria are not removed regularly through brushing and flossing, the bacteria in plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease. Since plaque is a sticky substance, you must brush and floss to help remove it. Mouth rinses alone will not provide enough plaque removal to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Dental plaque + sugar =ACID. Acid weakens teeth and causes cavities.
Easiest way to avoid bacteria in Plaque is to avoid snacking on foods high in sugar and starch. Further, dry mouth increases your risk of cavities. Dr Harmanpreet Kaur at Dental Designer, North Plainfield NJ suggests water or sugarless gum can help cleanse your mouth after a sugary snack.
- Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease!). Gum disease is major cause of tooth loss. Gum disease begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and, if not properly treated, may end with tooth loss. Symptoms of disease are gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing, swollen, red or tender gums and gums that recede or move away from the tooth. Gum disease can lead to persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth. Gum disease should not be ignored as it can affect general health and lead to Cardiac health, diabetes and increase risk of pneumonia. Dr Harmanpreet Kaur, General Dentist recommends every adult to visit his/her dentist to diagnose gum disease. Only a Dentist is capable of checking gum disease by using proper instruments. A Dentist typically check for Gum bleeding, swelling, firmness, and pocket depth.
- Use up your yearly maximum. Do you know what your insurance company will pay for dental work this year? Answer is up to $1,000 depending on your plan. If you are suffering and have not met your yearly maximum find out what you insurance company will pay and schedule that appointment. They will not rollover on January 1, so use those benefits.
- Deductibles will expire. If you are going to pay for dental care make sure you know what your deductible is and if you have met it. Don’t wait to see your dentist if you have already met your deductible. We know dental work isn’t always pleasant but at least it will be more cost effective. Deductibles can average about $50 per year, per person. Also, keep in mind your deductible will start again when your plan rolls over.
- Use up your Premiums. Take advantage of your dental benefits. You pay the premium…right? So even if you don’t have a big dental emergency, take advantage of what you pay for and schedule your routine cleanings and check-ups to prevent potential future dental problems.
- Use up your existing FSA contributions. Now is the time to spend any remaining balance in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA). This account is established through your employer, and you may have elected to have some of your pre-tax pay put into this account. If you don’t use all your FSA contributions by the end of the year, you lose them.
- Don’t delay treatment, it will only worsen. Prevention is always better than treatment. By actively preventing dental disease and decay through regular home care, professional dental cleanings and regular exams, you will maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Effective prevention helps avoid costly treatments to remove decay, restore teeth and treat gum disease.
5 Reasons to visit Dental Designer before the year end
Everyone wants healthy teeth, but some do not always look forward to their routine dental check-ups. If your dental insurance runs on a calendar year basis, there are several reasons to take time out of your busy holiday schedule and make an appointment to see us. We will gladly assist you in finding answers from your insurance company.
Save you and your family some money and don’t delay dental treatment that can be addressed before the holidays.
Please call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Harmanpreet Kaur of Dental Designer by calling 908-756-6623 today.
Keep teeth healthy over the holidays
No matter how much you love your dentist, he or she probably doesn’t top the list of people you want to spend quality time with over the holidays. Follow these five tips to steer clear of emergency trips to the dentist’s office this season. Don’t crack nuts with your teeth. Although protein found in nuts helps keep muscles and bones strong, you shouldn’t test the strength of your teeth by shelling nuts with them. The hard surface of most nutshells can cause serious tooth and gum damage, and may even crack teeth. Your safest bet? Shell nuts before snacking on them. Pass on chewy treats. Holiday candy platters are often loaded with treats that can harm your teeth. Sticky substances cling to tooth enamel and encourage tooth decay, and thick candies like caramel and taffy can even yank out fillings. Eat these sweets sparingly and along with other foods to help keep the treats from sticking to your teeth. Use proper tools to open packages and bottles. We know you’re excited to rip into that gift from your great aunt, but your teeth are not the right tools for the task. Gripping a package or stubborn bottle cap with your teeth can crack them, possibly requiring a root canal procedure and a crown for repair. Give your mouth a great gift – reach for scissors or a bottle opener instead. Avoid chewing on hard candy or ice cubes. Crunching on ice or hard candy can lead to cracked or chipped teeth, which are painful and pricey to treat. Whether you’re enjoying a sweet or finishing the ice in your holiday cocktail, let it dissolve naturally in your mouth. Chewing on hard objects puts too much stress on teeth. Say “no” to nail biting. It’s no secret that the holidays can be stressful, but biting your nails won’t bring relief. Anxious nibbling is bad for both fingernails and teeth. Experts have linked the habit to teeth grinding, clenching, jaw problems, facial pain and sensitive teeth. If you get the urge to chew, distract yourself for a minute or two and see if the feeling goes away. If that doesn’t work, consider buying bitter-tasting polish that’s designed to dissuade you from putting your nails anywhere near your mouth. Be sure to check these tips twice to stay off your dentist’s naughty list this season! Source: www.deltadentalins.com
It’s no surprise that Halloween is one of the worst holidays for your teeth. Candy hits stores weeks before and it can be all too tempting to resist a little late night sugar craving with those cute bite-sized treats. If you are going to partake, just remember: all candy is not created equal. Here’s a list of the worst candies for your teeth: Candy Corn, Taffy and Gummy candies. These types of sweets are sticky and chewy and can therefore be some of the most difficult to clean or remove from your teeth. Sour candies. Soft and hard varieties included, these types of candy are often highly acidic and sugary. Those two elements can eat at your tooth enamel quicker than others. Hard Candy. Think lollipops, jawbreakers and jolly ranchers. Because these candies cannot be chewed, nor do they dissolve quickly, they are in your mouth longer, exposing your teeth to sugar and acidic components that can cause tooth decay. Straight sugar. You know the kind of candy that is basically pure sugar. It disintegrates fast, but coats your teeth in that gritty texture. Be sure to rinse as you eat cookies, cake and candy that are high in sugar content to help remove its remnants and help protect against tooth decay.
This Will Make You Want to Brush and Floss More
One of the very lucky things about being a dentist is knowing that most oral diseases are preventable. Dentistry has improved greatly over the last several decades, and we know that for most people, if you brush, floss and visit your dentist regularly, you’ll most likely be OK. That’s why it can also be frustrating to see statistics like these, from the Centers for Disease Control:
- 15.6% of children ages 6-19 suffer from tooth decay.
- 23.7% of adults ages 20-64 years suffer from tooth decay.
- 4-12% of adults in the U.S. suffer from advanced gum disease.
- 25% of adults ages 65 and older have lost all their teeth.
Most people can avoid being among these statistics by brushing at least twice per day, flossing daily, and visiting their dentist for regularly scheduled check-ups. Doing so will not only help preserve your teeth, but also help keep you out of the dentist’s chair for uncomfortable and costly procedures to fix your teeth. You only have one set of teeth—take care of them! Sources: