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Middle Creek Dental February 2017 Newsletter Forward to a Friend   Submit Question
Welcome to Middle Creek Dental! Your bright, healthy smile is our top priority.
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Will an Oral Piercing Impact Your Oral Health?
The instances of getting oral piercings have gone up significantly over the last decade or so. It went from something only a rare few did to something that's become more mainstream. However, the problems with oral piercings are not nearly as well-known. Dentists are starting to see a lot more problems in their offices with injuries to teeth that could have been avoided. If you are determined to get an oral piercing or already have one, make sure you know the dangers you are likely to face.

Oral piercings can bump around near a lot of soft tissues. They may only do a little damage here or there, but that damage does add up. When a post hits a tooth, it can easily crack or chip the tooth. Again, the damage may not be noticed right away, but it can adds up. Oral piercings also increase the instances of foreign bacteria in the mouth, which can lead to increased gum disease, abscesses, and infection anywhere within the mouth.

Getting an oral piercing may look cool now, but a mouthful of chipped or broken teeth won't look so good in a few years. It isn't a matter of if your mouth will get damaged by your oral piercing. It is quite literally a matter of when. Perhaps you will get lucky and it won't happen for a while. However, you may also fall into the group of people who suffer from these problems within a matter of months or less.

Best Crunchy Foods to Snack On
There are a lot of foods that can qualify as a snack. Unfortunately, not all of those foods are good for your mouth. If you want to keep some healthy snack foods on hand that can double as good for your mouth, here are a few really good ideas.

Some veggies are really good for helping to clean your teeth as you chew them up. Make sure you regularly consume celery and carrots as snacks if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Fruits are also a good option if you pick the right ones. Make sure the next time you go to the store, you pick up apples and pears. Fruits with high water content and fiber are great for naturally cleaning your teeth although they are not a substitute for brushing with a toothbrush.

Reducing Sugar in Your Diet Doesn’t Have to Be Painful
There are a lot of sources of sugar that we eat daily. They come in direct sources, such as sugar in our coffee or the occasional donut or cookie. However, sugars also come in some hidden sources. Knowing where those extra sugars lie can help you cut extra sugar out of your diet, which can boost your oral health.

Here are some of the most common sources of hidden sugar that may be hiding in your diet. Are you consuming any?

• Milk
• Coffee creamer
• Yogurt
• Dried fruits
• Juice
• Wine
• Granola and cereals

By cutting any of these out of your diet, you are decreasing how much sugar you get and how much you feed the bacteria that causes tooth decay!

Welcome to Middle Creek Dental! Your bright, healthy smile is our top priority.

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