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Dairy Defender: Dairy Can Help Protect Your Teeth

Did you know that June is National Dairy Month? Dairy and dentistry go hand in hand- because not only does drinking milk lead to strong bones, but the calcium in milk and other dairy products has great benefits for the teeth, too. Dr. Caracioni encourages patients to get the recommended amount of calcium per day to have strong, healthy teeth.

Calcium is Critical

The recommended daily intake of calcium for adults and children over the age of four is 1000 to 1300 milligrams each day. Calcium keeps the bones and teeth strong. In fact, the teeth and bones store 99 percent of the total calcium of our bodies. Pregnant women pass on their calcium to their unborn babies- which strengthens the teeth forming in the baby’s developing jaw in. Consuming enough calcium and dairy products helps protect patients from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes brittle bones. The condition can impact the teeth in later life when it causes the jawbone to become weak and teeth to become loose.

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Your Smile Version 2.0

Searching for the perfect smile, but tired of whitening gels and kits? Do you want to avoid lengthy and costly orthodontic programs but want straight teeth? Do you want to see your new smile soon rather than later?  Dr. Caracioni can give you the smile of your dreams with high-quality porcelain veneers.

Why Pick Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain attached to your teeth to improve your smile cosmetically. But don’t be alarmed- porcelain is extremely durable and very much like tooth enamel, which makes it an optimal material for use in the mouth. Porcelain is also highly customizable, which means it can be shaped into specific shapes or sizes of teeth, and even customizable for a color to match your other teeth, so your smile will look natural.

Porcelain Veneers are Personalized

Every mouth is different, so when you come in for your smile makeover consultation, Dr. Caracioni will do a full examination of your mouth first to ensure the health of your teeth. If anything needs to be addressed to improve your oral health, it is important to have it done before you get your veneers or any other smile makeover procedure. This is to ensure your beautiful smile lasts and that your mouth is healthy.

After ensuring your oral health is on point, Dr. Caracioni will create a mock-up image of your smile that will allow you to see what you will look like with your new veneers. Your mock-up image is also to make sure that you like how they look before they are fixed to your teeth.

Porcelain Veneers Function Just like Regular Teeth

Once you give the green light to go ahead, your veneers are designed with your smile goals in mind. Veneers can help give the appearance of straight teeth, cover misshapen or broken teeth, cover gaps between teeth, and brighten smiles. Your veneers are then made from ceramic layers that are glued to the tooth enamel. To ensure a tight bond with the tooth, a small part of your tooth is removed to allow the glue to stick to the surface. This also ensures a more natural look and feel to the teeth, and lets you chew and bite down normally.

After your veneers are installed, you can treat them just like regular teeth. Patients should avoid extremely hard or sticky foods to not damage their smiles. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss twice a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy and your smile looking great!

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Flavored Water May Cause Damage to Your Teeth

Are you a fan of flavored water? If you can’t live without your La Croix- you may want to stop drinking and read this before your next sip. Researchers have found that flavored waters are high in citric and fruit acids- which can lead to damage to your tooth enamel over time. Dr. Caracioni advises patients to skip flavored waters or at least handle with care.

Drinks High in Acid can Damage Enamel

The pH of flavored waters is typically between 3 and 4, placing in the acid range of the scale. Dr. Caracioni says that drinking regular water is much safer, as most drinking water systems range between 6.5 and 7.2.

When enamel becomes damaged by acid, it becomes sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks. It is susceptible to developing cavities and decay. These drinks also may strip calcium away from the bones like the jaw, causing them to weaken and teeth to loosen.

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Get Educated About Enamel Erosion

\Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. This bony, dense material needs to be strong in order to protect the sensitive living nerves and tissue deep inside the teeth during chewing. Enamel also keeps out bacteria and other pathogens that cause infection and inflammation in the tooth’s living tissue, known as the pulp. Although tooth enamel is extremely durable, it is subject to damage and deterioration caused by bacterial tooth decay and acid erosion. Enamel erosion is a serious dental condition that impacts over half of American adults and one-third of children in the United States, according to the National Institute of Health.

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Sjögren’s Syndrome Causes More Than Dry Mouth

Dry mouth conditions that are caused by Sjögren’s syndrome are not only uncomfortable, but greatly diminish sufferers’ quality of life, says an article published this month in Dentistry Today.

Most notable symptoms of the this autoimmune disorder include extreme dry mouth and dry eyes caused by the disorder’s impact on the salivary glands, tear ducts and other mucus producing membranes of the body. Other symptoms of Sjgren’s syndrome include extreme fatigue and joint pain.

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Know the Signs of TMJ Disorder

Do you know the signs of TMJ disorder?

TMJD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, refers to a range of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joints of the jaw, the muscles of the jaw, and the nerves of the face. Although researchers estimate that about 10 million people in the United States have TMJD, many individuals suffer from the condition without even knowing it. Dr. Caracioni treats patients with TMJD who have experienced pain and other uncomfortable symptoms of the disorder.

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Dry Mouth Often Occurs at Night

Are you waking up with dry mouth? Dry mouth is a common condition, and for many people, it frequently occurs during sleep. Dry mouth happens when the glands that produce saliva do not produce enough saliva to hydrate the mouth. Dry mouth can be an annoyance, but moreover, it can have negative effects on your oral health. Dr. Caracioni often talks to patients about their dry mouth symptoms to find effective treatments and to also find out if other underlying symptoms may indicate a more serious health problem.

Saliva is an important part of the mouth. It lubricates the mouth to allow you to speak easily, and chew and swallow your food. Saliva is also important at the start of digestion, helping to break down the food we eat. It also serves to neutralize acids and bacteria in the mouth that cause tooth decay, enamel erosion, and periodontal disease.

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Don’t Skip Dental Checkups

It may be that time of year – time for a dental check up. This particular type of office visit may fill some individuals with dread and despair. As a result of their fear of the dentist, these patients may put off their visit to the dentist until absolutely necessary. While dentists understand that dental phobia is a very real thing, all dentists would agree that a trip to the dentist is one of the most important things to safeguard the health of the mouth and the body.

At regular dental cleanings, dentists are able to help patients prevent cavities by physically cleaning teeth to remove plaque. Plaque is the sticky, white film that builds up on the teeth and other structures of the mouth in between brushing. Plaque is a biofilm, which means it is a host for a wide range of bacteria, both good and bad. Plaque is the leading cause of gingivitis and tooth decay, and if left untreated will calcify into tartar. Tartar fills in the spaces between the teeth and grows below the gum line. Tartar cannot be brushed away; it has to be physically removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and dentists around the country are raising awareness by sharing information about this disease and encouraging their patients to have an oral cancer screening performed at their next dental checkup.

According to the American Dental Association, oral and oropharyngeal cancers account for 2.9 percent of or 49,750 cancer diagnoses in the United States. Oral and oropharyngeal cancers are responsible for 1.6 percent of or 9,750 cancers deaths in the U.S. each year, killing one person every hour of the day. Oral cancer deaths number over 450,000 worldwide.

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Do You Really Know How to Brush Your Teeth?

Chances are you have been brushing your teeth for a long time- but are you brushing correctly? You may find that your oral hygiene routine is missing something.

You may be surprised to learn that the American Academy of General Dentistry advises that people brush their teeth at least twice per day. Brushing less than the twice per day AAGD recommendation leaves you at risk of developing tooth decay and gingivitis.

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