How Do Vitamins Help My Teeth?

Vitamins are very important for overall health. However, many people don’t realize the benefits vitamins can have on your teeth!

At Snow Family Dentistry, we know that vitamins can:

1: Build Enamel Strength

The vitamin K2, is critical for getting calcium to the surface of your teeth. Your teeth send out certain proteins when they need more calcium, and vitamin K2 activates those proteins, helping them carry calcium back to the enamel. However, this vitamin is not the only one needed for
calcium absorption. Other vitamins needed for good calcium production include:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C

Vitamins such as vitamin D, A, and C can also help build enamel by improving mineral density and helping your body process and absorb other minerals such as phosphorus, which is another crucial building block of teeth.

2. Provide Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Gum disease is caused when bacteria, plaque, and tartar multiply along your gum line and your body fights back with inflammation. Unfortunately, this often turns into chronic inflammation, which can create pockets where the bacteria can continue to thrive. The more inflamed and painful your gums are, the less likely you are to clean around the gum line thoroughly.

Several vitamins, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E may provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Anti-inflammatory properties can help get the chronic inflammation under control while you and your Snow Family Dentistry dentist work together to eliminate the bacterial proliferation.

3. Build Gum Tissue

A vitamin C deficiency can result in a condition called scurvy, which can cause gums to deteriorate and loosen. Fortunately, you’re unlikely to fall that far behind on your vitamin C intake on a modern diet. But did you know that eating extra vitamin C-filled foods (such as colorful vegetables and fruits) can benefit your gums?

That’s because, in addition to working with calcium and providing antioxidant activity, vitamin C can actually help build connective tissues needed to keep the gums healthy. Vitamin C is an important ingredient when your body is building collagen, which it then uses to maintain and repair gum tissue, periodontal ligaments, and mucous membranes. 

Why Choose Snow Family Dentistry

The beneficial impact of vitamins can be a great complement to ongoing home oral hygiene and professional cleanings. If you are behind on getting your teeth cleaned, or just want a check up- click here to schedule an appointment today!

How Allergies Can Affect Your Oral Health

Spring is often filled with outdoor adventures, especially here in Arizona.  However, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, seasonal allergies affect more than 50 million Americans. If left untreated, allergies can escalate to a sinus infection, which can cause facial pain, congestion, bad breath, coughing, and dental pain.

Snow Family Dentistry Allergy Tips

Try the following options to relieve your allergy symptoms:

  • Antihistamine: This is your typical allergy medicine. Some examples of over-the-counter brands include Allegra, Zyrtec, and Claritin.
  • Decongestant: This medicine will help relieve your congestion. Sudafed and Mucinex are a couple of medicines that can help.
  • Humidifier: Keeping air warm and humid can help relieve the symptoms of allergies.
  • Stay inside: Check your local weather for pollen counts and windy days. These are good indicators of when you should avoid being outside
  • Allergy shots (immunotherapy): If none of the above options work, you may need to take allergy shots. This is a series of shots that slowly allows your body to acclimate to the allergen causing your symptoms.

When to See a Dentist

If your teeth hurt and you have a sinus infection, don’t worry! It’s most likely due to your maxillary sinus cavity not being able to drain properly. This puts pressure on your teeth, causing pain.

While a sinus infection can be the cause of your tooth pain, your teeth may also be the cause of your sinus infection. If you deal with allergies, it may be hard to determine the cause of the pain in your teeth.

If you have a prolonged toothache, we recommend that you go to you a dentist like Snow Family Dentistry for an examination. A dentist will be able to determine whether there is an issue with your mouth that is causing your pain. If we do not find anything notable in your examination, we may refer you to an endodontist who can check for nerve damage.

If you have had tooth pain with or without a sinus infection, click here to schedule your free Snow Family Dentistry consultation today!

 

How Smoking Can Affect Your Teeth

Everyone knows that smoking can wreak havoc on your health, but many don’t realize the level of damage it can also do in your mouth.

At Snow Family Dentistry, we want you to live your best and healthiest life, and therefore want you to realize the danger of tobacco can have on your teeth and gums.

Tobacco use can cause:

Yellow Teeth

The more you smoke, the more likely you are to notice tooth discoloration. In fact, regular tobacco use can turn your teeth yellow or brown. The amount you smoke will also play a role in how discolored your teeth become, as well as how long you smoke cigarettes or use tobacco products.

Tooth Decay

Tobacco can cause tooth decay, which can lead to cavities or broken teeth. Large cavities that exist around the gum line can lead to infections and can weaken your teeth overtime. Broken teeth are very painful and costly to repair.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that occurs in your mouth. Over time, this infection impacts the gums significantly.

The first sign of gum disease is usually bleeding gums, but sometimes a receding gum line can also be noticed.

While the early stages of periodontal disease can often be reversed if you see a dentist, long-term smoking and tobacco use can make it severe.

Permanent Damage

If gum disease is left untreated for too long, the infection can spread into tissue and bone, which can then become weaker. Over time, bone damage can occur.

In severe cases, periodontal disease can get so bad that surgical intervention is necessary. Bone grafts and restorative surgery are sometimes required in these cases.

Why Choose Snow Family Dentistry

No matter what kind of shape your teeth are in at the moment, many of the problems related to smoking and using tobacco can be fixed or stopped.

In many cases, discoloration can be fixed with cleaning, polishing and whitening procedures. Decay can be treated with fillings, root canals and crowns. Additionally, periodontal disease is often reversible via deep cleaning, sometimes referred to as scaling and root planing.

At Snow Family Dentistry, we offer all of these services! Click here to schedule a free consultation today