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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
April 07, 2016
Category: ooral health

These Bad Habits Are Hard On Your Teeth
These habits are bad for your teeth

Do you have a bad habit that is hard on your teeth.  Let's discuss a few of the most common things we see that cause a problem with your smile and are unhealthy.

Tongue Piercings-It might be trendy and your friends think it is cool, but tongue and lip piercings can do serious damage to your teeth.  The most common issue is causing a fracture or broken teeth.  Usuallly this in permanent teeth so it is a serious issue.  If you must have a piercing at least use a plastic stud and not a  metal  one.  I would hate to see you lose a tooth for a fashion statement.

Chewing On Ice-At least it is sugar free but the habit of constant chewing or crunching on ice causes undo stress on your enamel and can lead to crazing or breakage.  Try chewing sugarless gum as a substitute.

Playing Sports With No Mouthguard-Wearing a small piece of plastic covering your teeth can be a lifesaver when it comes to your smile. No one plans on getting a tooth knocked out but it is all too common.  Hockey players are famous for it.  It is mandatory for football players to wear one and now you see more and more basketball and baseball players wearing a mouthguard.  It is certainly cheap insurance compared to the cost of replacing a tooth or repairing a broken one.

Bedtime Bottle For Babies-Bottles do not belong in the crib!  Do yourself a favor and don't let the habit start.  Milk, formula and juices all have some level of  sugar in them and having your baby hold that in their mouth is a path to decay.  This is one of the most unhealthy things we see and it is very sad to see a two year old with a mouth full of cavites.  You are not doing your baby any favors by putting them down with a bottle.  

Teeth Grinding-The formal name for this is burxism and it very much stresses not only your teeth but the gums, bone a jaw joint.  We recommend protecting your teeth by getting a boil and bite mouthguard.  This is an inexpensive fix.  There are more exact ways of dealing with this if the easy nightguard will not work.

Constant Use of Cough Drops or Candy-We see people who are trying to quit smoking have a piece of candy in their mouth at all times.  This can be very destructive if you do not use sugarless candy.  We also see a person with a cold use constant cough drops.  These are two sneaky ways you can harm yourself.  Anything you are doing for a long period of time needs to be sugarless.

Opening Things With Your Teeth-Your teeth are made for biting chewing and helping with speech.  Don't use them to cut fishing line and tear open packaging.  Scissors work much better anyway.  We see lots of front tooth fractures from using your teeth in an incorrect way.

Chewing On A Pencils And Pens-After everything else we have said about how to treatr your teeth this now is obvious but some people have this habit.  This also can be very destructive because of the long term stresses it involves.  Once again, try using sugarless gum as an alternative.

Smoking-There is nothing good about tobacco use and your health.  You mouth is no different.  Besides staining your teeth you run the risk of oral cancer on your mouth, lips and tongue.  This is certainly a habit you need to break.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
March 07, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Protect Your Teeth Like Stephen Curry Does With An Athletic Mouthguard

athletic mouthguardYesterday afternoon I watched a NBA game on TV.  If you like basketball then watching Stephan Curry is must see TV.  He is certainly a remarkable player.  I did notice that he wears an althletic mouthguard when he plays.  He must do that to protect his smile and teeth.  If it is good enough for Stephen then isn't it good enough for you?  He is the 2015 NBA MVP and a 3-time All-Star.  He thinks it is important.  You should to.  Protect your smile by wearing an athletic mouthguard.

If you watch Stephen Curry play it won't take long for you to see the mouthguard.  In fact when he shoots a free throw he usually has it hanging out of the side of his mouth.  He is smart to wear the mouthguard because the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry lists basketball as a leading cause of injuries to the face and teeth! 

There are lots of different kinds of mouthpieces.  Find one that you like and wear it all the time when playing.  This office can fabricate a custom mouthguard but even wearing "boil-and-bite"  guard is much better than nothing.  If you start to notice, more and more top level athletes in all kinds of competion are wearing mouthguards.  It provides that extra level of security and protection for your mouth, face and smile.

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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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