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At Gage Dental Care, we believe you should take advantage of the holidays in every possible way. This time of year is magical, it’s sweet, and it’s so much fun, and it only happens once a year. However, we know you’re worried about your teeth this time of year. Beginning with Halloween, your life is filled with candy, sweets, and other sugar-filled treats. It’s delicious, but you know how much it affects the health of your teeth. Since we love the holiday treats you find everywhere this time of year, we want to help our patients learn how to keep your teeth as healthy as ever without sacrificing a little sugar here and there. 

Indulge Wisely

Remember it’s not just your teeth you should worry about this time of year. It’s also your waistline. Too many sugary snacks can have a lasting effect on more than just your mouth. Do yourself the biggest favor during the holidays and try to indulge wisely. Don’t bother with the sweets you can get all year. Eat what’s only available this time of year to keep the guilt minimal, and to prevent you from snacking too heavily on too many good things. 

There are different reasons why your Bell CA dentist might recommend teeth whitening instead of porcelain veneers. As your Bell Gardens dentist will tell you, veneers are relatively expensive. However, when you see your favorite celebrities on the red carpet wearing veneers, you will wish you had asked your Huntington Park dentist to install veneers instead. Veneers hold their beauty for many years, up to 30 years if your take good care of them. Though they will require you to pay your Bell CA dentist a visit for at least three days, they are worth the time. 

Teeth whitening is easy and inexpensive, but it does not do the trick for everyone. To some people, teeth whitening will not work and only lasts a few short years and then you are back to stains. Porcelain veneers will not stain and your Bell Gardens dentist will recommend them for a long lasting solution. 

Dental crowns, also called caps, are used to restore your teeth. If your teeth are chipped, cracked or have been eroded, a dental crown comes in handy to restore its shape, size, and function. A crown also corrects teeth alignment and bite especially after you have been through surgery or root canal. You can also use them to enhance the appearance of your teeth especially if you have yellow, small, or stained teeth. The Bell CA dentist will help you choose the best crown for your teeth between ceramic, gold, porcelain-metal alloy, and base metal crowns. When you work with a qualified Bell Gardens dentist, you will have a good crown that will last long. 

How long do crowns last?

After a Huntington Park dentist installs a dental crown, it can last for up to 15 years, especially if you maintain it well. Some, as a Bell CA dentist will tell you, can last up to 30 years with great care. There are a number of factors that will affect the life expectancy of a crown including your oral hygiene habits and conditions that you expose your teeth to. You can talk to your Huntington Park dentist to learn the best way to take care of your teeth and the crown.

Wine tastes great and when taken moderately, it has metabolic benefits. But is it safe for your teeth or will it increase your visits to a Bell Gardens dentist? Red or white wine will result to unimpressive stains on your teeth, just like those left by coffee and other beverages. Not only that, but it can also have a number of other negative impacts on your teeth that might necessitate visits to a Bell CA dentist. Here is how wine affects your teeth:

Wine and Your Teeth

It does not matter whether you take red or white wine – all have effects in equal measure. Some of the properties of wine that affect your teeth include:

Colors
Red wine has added colors, or as they are christened, chromogens. These substances produce pigments that adhere to the enamel of your teeth and stain them. Red wine also has tannins, which facilitate the binding of chromogens on the enamel. When you have stains, you will need teeth whitening or dental crowns from a Huntington Park dentist. 

There is a misconception that people should not get dental x-rays for more than a few times on the same spot. However, you can take an x-ray and a full mouth scan, FMX, every year or as your Huntington Park dentist advises. While it is recommended that you take x-rays every year, you can take additional x-rays if you experience pain or dental conditions in between x-rays. There are radiation risks involved with dental x-rays, but in most cases, the risks are mild. You can reach out to a Bell CA dentist to assess whether you should get x-ray. 

Nowadays, dental x-ray machines generate extremely low radiation, making them safer for patients. Matter of fact, dental assistants stay in the x-ray room with the patients and this does not affect them. The radiation you are exposed to, therefore, is low and harmless. Taking a banana exposes you to 0.1 µSv while a single tooth scan exposes you to 0.2 µSv. Full mouth scan will expose you to 3.9 µSv of radiation while you get exposed to about 400 µSv each year from food. A Huntington Park dentist will tell you that the radiation is insignificant. 

Even though radiation from x-ray machines has reduced significantly, there are a number of factors that should determine how often you have x-ray. You should work with a Bell Gardens dentist to ensure you meet the needed factors. Factors include: 

Fillings and Restorations in your Mouth

If you mouth has already had a number of restorations and fillings, you might need to have more x-rays than a person with their natural teeth. This helps keep the state of your teeth in check to ensure they are well aligned and functioning okay. You also need to ensure that the surrounding teeth are not susceptible to decay. A Bell CA dentist will advise you on how to take care of your teeth and when to have x-rays. 

Age and Health

Certain ages are prone to certain complications and as such, they need to have x-rays taken often. Teenagers around the age of 17, a period when the wisdom teeth develop, need more x-rays to check whether there are complications arising from the development of the wisdom teeth. Children are more prone to dental cavities and they need more frequent x-rays.

On that note, some people will often get cavities and other dental conditions and, therefore, need x-rays taken often. If you, however, do not get cavities and you experience long periods of good dental health, you can stay for longer in between x-rays. You can talk to a Bell Gardens dentist to assess your health. 

Previous Dental Conditions

Have you gone through dental surgery or other serious dental restorations? If you have, you need to have frequent x-rays to determine the overall state of your teeth. An x-ray scan will show different dental conditions such as bone degeneration, cavities, and any other irregularities. 

If you have been through surgery or other teeth restoration processes, you might still be taking medication. Certain medicine may exacerbate teeth conditions necessitating frequent x-rays. A Huntington Park Dentist will assess your teeth to tell how often you should have x-rays. 

Residence

Your residence will influence the condition of your teeth. Some areas have high amounts of fluoride in water. Fluoride strengthens teeth, thereby, promoting your dental health. If you grew up in a neighborhood with less fluoride, your teeth might be relatively weak and you will need x-ray often. In your visits to a Bell CA dentist, you should get the strength of your teeth examined. 

Cancer Treatment

After having cancer treatment, the condition of your teeth might be affected. A Huntington Park dentist will advise you to get tested to ensure that the teeth are in tip top shape. 

The benefit of visiting a Bell Gardens dentist for x-ray is to maintain your oral health and detect dental issues before they get serious.