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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
May 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health

How Can Chocolate Be Good For Your Teeth?

chocolate is good for your teethOk, you have never heard me say this, I want you to eat chocolate!  Now before you go and gulp down a Snickers Bar, let us make sure you understand what I mean.  There have been multiple, recent international studies stating that the bean in chocolate can prevent cavities in animals.  This bean is called the cacao bean husk and its extract is what does the hard work for your preventing cavities.

This cacao bean is the main ingrediant in Dark Chocolate.  That is something completely different than the sugary milk chocolate you probably eat far more of and is in most candies.  That is the bad news.  The good news is that this cavity fighting action might even be stronger than the fluoride we put into the water.   Want to stop tooth decay, just eat some dark chocolate.  It is thought that 3-4 oz of dark chocolate a day could be enough to do the trick.  That would be nice wouldn't it?

It works by making the tooth enamel harder and so less likely to be affected by mouth acids and getting a cavity.  These have been animal trials and will take a few years to work through to human studies but the results are promising.  Maybe one day we will have chocolate flavored toothpaste and mouthrinses that will be good for you.  Too bad we can't add all the sugar that makes it taste super sweet but time will tell.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentisry
May 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health
NoGleeinToothGrinding

Sure, it’s big news when celebs tweet selfies from the dental office… if you’re still living in the 20th century. But in Hollywood today, it’s harder to say who hasn’t posted snaps of themselves in the dentist’s chair than who has. Yet the pictures recently uploaded to Twitter by Mark Salling, the actor and singer who regularly appears as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the popular TV series Glee, made us sit up and take notice.

“Getting my chipped tooth fixed. Also, apparently, I’m a big grinder,” read the caption. The photo showed a set of upper front teeth with visible chips on the biting surface. What’s so special about this seemingly mundane tweet? It’s a great way of bringing attention to a relatively common, but often overlooked problem: teeth clenching and grinding, also called bruxism.

Although bruxism is a habit that affects scores of people, many don’t even realize they have it. That’s because the condition may only become active at night. When the teeth are unconsciously ground together, the forces they produce can wear down the enamel, cause chipping or damage to teeth or dental work (such as veneers or fillings), or even loosen a tooth! While it’s common in children under 11 years old, in adults it can be a cause for concern.

Sometimes, mouth pain, soreness and visible damage alert individuals to their grinding habits; other times, a dental professional will notice the evidence of bruxism during an exam or cleaning: tooth sensitivity and telltale wear and tear on the chewing surfaces. Either way, it’s time to act.

Bruxism is most often caused by stress, which can negatively impact the body in many ways. It may also result from bite problems, the overuse of stimulating substances (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs), and as a side effect of certain medications. Sometimes, simply becoming aware of the habit can help a person get it under control. Common methods of stress reduction include exercise, meditation, a warm bath or a quiet period before bedtime; these can be tried while we monitor the situation to see if the problem is going away.

If stress reduction alone doesn’t do the trick, several other methods can be effective. When bruxism is caused by a minor bite problem, we can sometimes do a minor “bite adjustment” in the office. This involves removing a tiny bit of enamel from an individual tooth that is out of position, bringing it in line with the others. If it’s a more serious malocclusion, orthodontic appliances or other procedures may be recommended.

When grinding is severe enough to damage teeth or dental work, we may also recommend a custom-made night guard (occlusal guard), which you put in your mouth at bedtime. Comfortable and secure, this appliance prevents your teeth from being damaged by contacting each other, and protects your jaw joints from stresses due to excessive grinding forces.

Whether or not you have to smile for a living, teeth grinding can be a big problem. If you would like more information about this condition, call our office to schedule a consultation for a consultation.


By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
May 13, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Make Kids Love Brushing Their Teeth

I kids love brushing their teethcame across a dental article recently that I just really want to share.  It is by Dr. Mark Burhenne, DDS and he writes a dental blog on Ask The Dentist.com  (http://askthedentist.com/make-your-kids-love-brushing/)    This is  great article about how he got his kids to brush their teeth when they were young and how important it is that as parents we do that.  I encourage you to read the article and work with  your kids to develop good oral hygiene habits.  Please enjoy.

This One Phrase Will Help Your Kids Love Brushing

Getting kids into the habit of brushing and flossing isn’t easy, but it’s perhaps one of the most important habits you instill in your child as a parent — up there with always using a seat belt and always wearing sunblock.

As a father of three girls myself (all grown up now, and all still cavity-free!) I’ve definitely experienced the battle before bedtime to get teeth brushed and flossed and everyone into bed at a reasonable time.

There are some tricks that will definitely make it easier to instill this habit in your children, but there’s one phrase that always seems to really stick with kids.

It makes them laugh and, most importantly, helps them internalize the importance of brushing and flossing so that it becomes a lifelong habit.

The tooth bug is pooping in your mouth.

the tooth bug pooping your mouth

Yup, nothing like a little potty humor to get kids excited about brushing, flossing, and tongue scraping!

It’s true: after a meal, especially a sugary one, the bacteria in your mouth have a feast, which allows them to multiply.

For children too young to understand what bacteria are, I like to invoke “The Tooth Bug” — a bad guy that leaves a mess but who your child can overcome with good brushing and flossing.

Just like humans, after bacteria have a meal, they have to “go to the bathroom” afterwards — and this “poop” is the acidic stuff that causes bad breath and tooth decay.

Have you ever noticed how saltine crackers or Goldfish become sticky in your mouth as you’re chewing them? The tooth bug loves that stickiness between your teeth so he can feast for even longer!

This fact really impresses my pediatric patients and I encourage you to explain it this way to your children as well.

Also, tell your child:

Run your tongue over your teeth.

Ask your child what he feels when he does this.

Does it feel sticky? Rough?

Getting children used to being in tune with how their mouth feels can help with the habit.

People didn’t always know to brush their teeth at least twice a day. The reason you and I brush our teeth twice a day is actually thanks to a 1950s TV ad that told people, “Just run your tongue across your teeth. You’ll feel a film. Why would you keep a dingy film on your teeth? Our toothpaste removes the film!”

This advertisement was able to successfully change America’s brushing habits forever because running your tongue over your teeth and feeling the film invokes a craving along with a clearly defined reward.

Feeling the film on your teeth and knowing that brushing will remove the film is a craving with a clearly defined reward — which, according to habits author Charles Duhigg is critical for forming habits.

By asking your child to run their tongue over her teeth, you create simple and obvious cue — removing the bacteria’s “poop” or making your teeth feel smooth and clean — which will activate the part of their brain that makes it a habit.

habit loop

Remember these two things that will really motivate your child when you’re not there and they’re on their own:

1. Make sure they can differentiate between a fuzzy and a slippery tooth surface.

2. Make sure they know that the fuzzy tooth surface lets tooth bugs poop in their mouths.

Ideally, your child can identify this fuzzy film themselves. Don’t just tell them about it — make sure they can feel when their teeth are fuzzy or slippery themselves. This is the thing that will make the difference and cement the habit.

If your child can differentiate between slippery teeth and fuzzy teeth, they’ll be able to check in at school or at a sleepover and know to brush their teeth.

Being told to do something doesn’t work, but feeling it does.

Mark Burhenne DDS

 

I hope your enjoyed Dr. Burhenne's article.  I certainly picked up some valuable tips.  If you would like to learn more about Bohle Family Dentistry, click here.  To make an appointment, click here.  Visit our Google+ and YouTube pages.  #paducahkydentist
 

 

 

 

 


By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
May 07, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: superglue   broken teeth  

Can I Fix My Teeth With Superglue?

Is Supeglue Ok To Fix My TeethThis is a common problem that we see all too often.  Someone broke a tooth or a denture tooth and instead of coming to see us to fix it, they put superglue on it to attempt to repair the problem.  This is a very dangerous thing to do because it is very difficult to get the tooth back into the exact correct position.  Once you have done this and it is glued and permanent it cannot be fixed correctly with out major work.  If you do that to a denture tooth and don't get it to the correct position, then it is possible a totally new denture will be needed.

Recently a gentleman came into the office who over the week end had a crown with a root canal post come out.  He superglued the tooth back in but did  not get the tooth all the way back down into the correct position.  When he closed his teeth together he only hit on the one tooth he had tried to fix.  Obviously, he was uncomfortable and not able to  properly eat.  When I told him  that what he did was permanent, he was upset.  He could not undertand why I just couldn't remove the crown and post and put it in again.  Now he had just superglued the tooth in.  I don't have a way to un-superglue a tooth.  I shortened the crown so he wasn't hitting on it funny and told him he was going to lose that tooth.  He didn't believe me.  A couple months later the root fratured and the tooth was lost.  Don't do that to yourself!  Let a professional properly repair your tooth so you do not cause worse problems than you already have.

Believe it or not, superglue is not tooth friendlly to a live tooth and its dentin tubules.  When you force the glue down the open tubules of a tooth fracture good things are not going to happen.  First the tooth just plain doesn't like that because it is not a friendly material.  Second, many time glues set with an exothermic reaction, or with heat.  Your dentin tubules really don't like that and will most like die from the abuse.  A root canal or extraction my be needed after that.

So do youself a favor and let the dental professional do your tooth repair.  Refrain from the DIY and the more problems it will cause.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
May 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental health   smile   teth and Gum  

How To Have Beautiful Teeth & Gums

  1. Beautiful teeth & gumsFloss First - It is far more effective in cleaning your mouth if you will floss first and then brush.  Flossing first removes the debris between your teeth then brushing cleans up the rest.  It is key to hold your brush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line.
  2. Careful With The Toothpicks - Toothpicks are a good way to get material out of between your teeth but be careful.  Pressing too hard with the picks can damage the gums and tooth supporting structures.  Also, you don't want to fracture the tip of the toothpick off under your gumline.  Flossing is a better choice.
  3. Replace Your Toothbrush - Your tooth brush can just plain get worn out.  Look at the bristles and if they are flat or bent, replace your brush.  Also change your brush after any illness or cold so those germs are gone.
  4. Eat More Cheese - In cheese are whey protein and casein that increase the pH of your saliva.  So after a meal have a piece a cheese and the chances of getting cavities is reduced.  It also has healthy calcium and vitamin D.
  5. Brush With A Baking Soda Product - Just as baking soda can help clean a stained sweater, it can help clean your teeth.  There are several baking soda tooth pastes that help clean and whiten.  Drinking dark liquids can stain your teeth so watch out for red wine, tea and coffee.  Blueberries can also be a staining cause.
  6. Try To Control Your Acid Reflux - Having acid reflux can be very uncomfortable.  If you have it then you know what foods bother you.  Typically, fried fattty foods, spicy food, citrus fruits, and high acid foods like coffee or alcoho can cause problems.  Acid from your stomach that makes it to your mouth is destructive to the teeth.  Do your best to keep that from happening.
  7. Clean Your Tongue - When you brush your teeth, also brush your tongue.  It is a great way to reduce bad breath.  You can scrape your tongue to reduce the bacteria in your mouth.  Commercial tongue scrapers are available.  This is a great way to freshen you breath especially if you are a smoker.
  8. Don't Have A Dry Mouth - Saliva is what helps keep you teeth, gums, tongue and mouth healthy.  Many medications cause dry out your mouth and cause problems.  To help keep your salivary level correct, don't be dehydrated and use an artificial saliva product.  Several are available.

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