Protect Your Enamel, Protect Your Teeth

Protect Your Enamel, Protect Your Teeth

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This message from Bay Area Kids Dentist is about tooth enamel.

Tooth enamel is uniquely suited to protect your teeth. If you keep your tooth enamel healthy, you will avoid many oral ailments. You won’t get cavities. Your teeth will be less likely to chip or crack. You will avoid many causes of tooth stains.

It’s best to form enamel-healthy habits when you’re young.

 

Teach your child to protect their tooth enamel. There are a multitude of collateral health benefits as well.

 

For Healthy Tooth Enamel, Avoid The Following

  • Eating Sticky Food. Gummy candy, protein bars, and dried fruit can break teeth.
  • Chewing On Hard Foods. For example, beef jerky and pitted fruits.
  • Grinding Teeth. If you grind your teeth, talk to us. Grinding can cause headaches, tooth damage, and gum recession. An appliance can guard your enamel.
  • Drinking Anything Besides Water Frequently. If your teeth are awash in carbonated beverages (sugared or diet), juice, coffee, or sports drinks constantly, your enamel will suffer from the acids and sugar.
  • Playing Sports Without a Mouthguard. Sports pose a major risk of tooth damage. Custom-fitted mouthguards from your dentist are more comfortable than the boil-and-bite type.

 

At Bay Area Kids Dentist we offer complete pediatric dentistry. Parents from Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Morgan Hill bring their youngsters to our practice for preventive dental care. Call for an appointment today!

How Vaping Can Hurt Your Dental Health

How Vaping Can Hurt Your Dental Health

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The use of electronic nicotine delivery systems, commonly called vaping or e-cigarettes, is increasing among young people. At Bay Area Kids Dentist, we remind young patients and their parents that it’s a harmful practice that impacts their dental health and overall well-being.

 

What is vaping?

  • Vaping is an alternative to cigarette smoking
  • Instead of smoking a cigarette, users inhale vapor through an electronic device that contains nicotine
  • The full, long-term effects of vaping are still widely unknown

 

How is it harmful to your body?

Let’s discuss the various ways vaping risks your physical health.

  • Vaping is addictive
  • Vaping can lead to poor lung health
  • Vaping puts you at risk of cancer
  • Vaping can elevate your risk of cardiovascular issues
  • Vaping can increase your blood pressure and heart rate
  • Vaping impacts your dental hygiene

 

How can vaping affect your dental health?

  • It can lead to death of gum tissues
  • It can result in gum recession
  • It often leads to tooth sensitivity
  • It can result in increased risk of tooth decay, and in some cases, tooth loss

 

Health authorities have state in no uncertain terms that vaping is not a safe alternative to conventional cigarettes or other tobacco products. It could be, and should be considered, just as dangerous as cigarettes.

 

If your teenage son or daughter uses e-cigarettes, encourage them to quit. Parents throughout Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Morgan Hill bring their kids to Bay Area Kids Dentist for regular dental exams. We offer pediatric dentistry with an emphasis on preventive care. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

 

Work With Your Pediatric Dentist To Monitor Wisdom Teeth

Work With Your Pediatric Dentist To Monitor Wisdom Teeth

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Even if your son or daughter practices proper dental hygiene and has no known problems, it’s important to schedule regular exams at Bay Area Kids Dentist. One reason for this is so we can keep an eye on wisdom teeth.


Wisdom teeth usually come in during the late teens or early twenties. If one but is blocked by the adjacent tooth, it becomes impacted.


This can cause a variety of issues:

  • It may become inflamed
  • It may become painful
  • It may trap particles of food that lead to tooth decay or gum disease


It’s difficult to clean partially-erupted wisdom teeth. Since they have a high risk of tooth decay, we pay special attention to them.


At Bay Area Kids Dentist, wisdom teeth are one of our specialties. Parents throughout Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Morgan Hill trust our pediatric dentistry. Call for an appointment today!