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Keizer Family Dental Care January 2018 Newsletter
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10 Ways You Can Wreck your Teeth - Part 1
We all want to have healthy teeth, but many of us may not be aware that we are sabotaging our tooth health with little daily mistakes. Brushing and flossing are good, but read on if you want to learn about the first five ways that you might be wrecking your teeth.

1.  Baby Bottles at Bedtime: Chances are, if you are a mother you have let your baby fall asleep with a bottle in her mouth. But beware! The longer bacteria are allowed to sit still on baby teeth, the more likely tooth decay will start in your little one. So take the bottle away when she is ready to go to sleep.
2.  Chomping on Ice: Before you stick a piece of ice in your mouth, remember that each time you chomp down you risk cracking your teeth and damaging the surrounding gums.
3.  Teeth Grinding: One of the worst things you can do to your teeth is, ironically, out of your control. Teeth grinding happens at night, usually when we are deep in sleep. Wearing a mouth guard every night can help eliminate this problem.
4.  Gummies: Did you ever notice how gummy candy seems to stick to your teeth all day? Eating gummies poses a dual threat: Sugar + Stickiness. So try to stay away from gummies unless you plan to brush your teeth right after eating.
5.  Starchy Snacks: We bet you didn't think that eating potato chips was bad for teeth, but it is. Starchy snacks get caught between teeth and continue doing damage hours after you have eaten the last chip.


How Sleeping with Your Mouth Open Hurts Your Mouth
When you sleep with your mouth open, your mouth gets dry. This means that your saliva does not have the ability to help keep your teeth clean and protected. While you sleep, your teeth are constantly being coated with saliva. The saliva helps to add minerals and nutrients to your teeth. The saliva also prevents tooth decay and fights against gingivitis. By sleeping with your mouth open, the saliva in your mouth dries out, and you become more susceptible to all of these issues. If you constantly sleep with your mouth open, make sure to come in and talk to us about it. We can help!

Things You Can Do Today to Help Whiten Your Teeth
If you want to whiten your teeth, but do not have an appointment to come in and see us in the near future, then you may want to consider some options of at home whitening. Between over the counter products and the foods you eat, you can gradually whiten your teeth each day. Start off your day by brushing with a baking soda toothpaste. This helps polish off slight stains. Then, make sure to eat as much fresh produce each day as you can. This also helps to keep stains from forming, plus rubs off old stains the more you eat them. These simple changes can give you a whiter smile by your next appointment.

Keizer Family Dental Care strives to provide the best possible dental care in a warm and caring environment. We enjoy talking with our patients and would love to hear from you. Just click the "Submit Question" link below.



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