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5 Surprising Ways You’re Ruining Your TeethYou know that it’s important to brush at least twice a day. You know we always recommend that you floss at least once a day. And you know the importance of keeping up with your regularly scheduled visits at our dental office in Erdenheim. But there are some everyday things that you may be doing that could cause damage to your smile, and you don’t even know it!

Your Toothbrush

Yes, your toothbrush can be causing some undesired results if you don’t brush correctly or use the right type. If you brush hard or use vigorous, horizontal strokes, you can actually wear away your enamel. Using a brush with hard bristles can also cause damage. At our Erdenheim dental office we traditionally recommend using soft bristles and brushing in small circles, instead.

Whitening

Teeth whitening is a safe way to get a brighter, whiter smile. The problem arises when the whitening is done too often. Excessive whitening can lead to irritation, sensitivity, and even a smile that’s too white. Yes, it’s possible to have a too white smile! If you’re interested in professional whitening, the best place to start is right here at our dental office in Erdenheim.

Using Teeth as Tools

We’ve all been there; we’ve all done it. That pesky bag of chips that won’t open. The stubborn packing tape that refuses to rip. Instead of reaching for the scissors for safe and easy opening, we pull the troublesome item to our mouths and use our teeth as convenient tools. Using your teeth as tools can lead to broken teeth, damaged restorations, and injuries to the soft tissues in your mouth.

Playing Without a Mouth Guard

If you play a contact sport – professionally, in high school, on an adult league, anytime, anywhere – you need to have a mouth guard. We prefer you use a custom-made mouthguard from your dentist in Erdenheim as they are designed and created specifically for you and protect your smile better than “boil-and-bite” guards found at the store, and are more comfortable.

Chewing Ice Cubes

Ice cubes are hard. Hard enough to chip away the enamel on your teeth or even lead to a broken tooth if chewed. Also, using your teeth to crunch those floating chunks of ice in your lemonade could compromise restorations.

Whether you’re guilty of any of these habits or not, keeping your smile healthy and beautiful requires a mix of a healthy at-home routine, knowing what can cause damage to your teeth and avoiding these culprits, and maintaining visits with your Edenheim dentist. If you’re due for your checkup, or if you happen to have a dental emergency caused by these dental dangers, give our dental office a call. We’re here to keep you smiling!

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The only things you want to be yellow on your wedding day are the things planned to be yellow –  the flowers, the bridesmaid dresses, the linens. One thing you definitely don’t want to be yellow? Your smile!

When you’re the center of attention on the happiest day your life, and thousands of pictures are being snapped by the hour, the last thing you want to draw attention to is a dull, dingy smile. A professional whitening from our Erdenheim dental office can help!

A professional teeth whitening from your Erdenheim dentist is your best option to get the dazzling smile you want in the fastest time, with longest lasting results, and without any unwanted side effects. We can work together to determine the ideal solution to get your smile its best white.

While some of our patients may think it’s easier and cheaper to whiten their smiles using over-the-counter products, we’d like to encourage a visit to us before choosing a smile whitening system. Some smile whitening options can actually damage your smile and can even lead to pain. And we don’t want our patients to experience any damage or pain when they’re preparing for their big event!

Many over-the-counter whitening kits have trays or strips that contain the whitening solution. However, since these trays are not custom fitted, the solution can leak onto gums and cause irritation. Additionally, some over-the-counter whiteners can cause tooth sensitivity, and are sometimes ineffective at giving you your desired results.

With a quick visit to our dental office in Erdenheim, we can figure out how to successfully and safely get your pearly whites bright and ready for all the attention. If a whitening treatment isn’t for you, we can talk about alternatives like porcelain veneers or tooth bonding. Either way, we’ll help get your smile ready for your big day!

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Oran cancer AwarenessAccording to The Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Additionally, oral cancer has one of the highest mortality rates of any cancer. This isn’t because oral cancer is particularly hard to detect, but rather that it’s often found too late. That’s why this April, all of us at Chesheim Dental Associates want to educate the patients of our Erdenheim dental office on the importance of early diagnosis and how you can help keep yourself safe from oral cancer.

Research has shown that there are some risk factors that can make someone more likely to develop oral cancer. Tobacco users, including cigarette or cigar smokers and tobacco chewers, are the most susceptible to oral cancer — and the risk is even higher for those who both use tobacco and are heavy drinkers. Additionally, the human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease, has also been linked to oral cancer.

Aside from protecting yourself from the risk factors above, you should also perform self-checks at home every month. Using a bright light and a mirror, simply look and feel the inside of your lips, inspect the roof of your mouth, and examine your tongue and cheeks for anything that may look or feel abnormal. Some warning signs of oral cancer include white or red patches of oral tissue, a sore that doesn’t heal on its own, a lump or thickening of mouth tissue, and pain or difficulty swallowing. Something that’s so simple to do and only takes a few minutes could, in fact, save your life.

In addition to limiting your exposure to risk factors and performing monthly checks at home, one of the best things you can do to protect yourself from oral cancer is to make sure you keep up with regularly scheduled visits to your dentist in Erdenheim. Our team at Chesheim Dental Associates is trained to catch any abnormalities, so if you’re seeing us regularly, and you’re performing self-checks at home, we have a great chance of catching any problems early.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms discussed, or if you’re overdue for a checkup, don’t wait; call our Erdenheim dental office today. We can’t express enough how important early detection is to survival.

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A lot of our blogs are meant to educate our patients about their oral health and to give advice on how to keep their smiles in the best shape. But sometimes at the Erdenheim dental office of Chesheim Dental Associates, we like to take some time away from the seriousness of dentistry and share some of the fun facts about our profession we find to be so cool.

  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, it’s important to remember that this does not make it all right to use your teeth to open bottles or stubborn packaging! Doing that can lead to broken or chipped teeth in Erdenheim!

  • On average, people spend about 48 seconds a day brushing their teeth. That’s not nearly long enough to remove all of the plaque and leftover food particles. Take our advice and make sure to brush for at least 2 minutes, twice a day.

  • We produce about 25,000 quarts of saliva in our lifetimes. That’s enough to fill 2 swimming pools! And saliva is, believe it or not, a good thing for our smiles as it helps neutralize acid and protect teeth from decay.

  • You know that feeling you get when you burn your mouth with hot food? It has a name. It’s called pizza palate! Also, speaking of pizza, the cheese is actually healthy for your teeth. Since it contains calcium and phosphorous, cheese can reduce the pH level in plaque and can help remineralize enamel.

At the Erdenheim dental office of Chesheim Dental Associates, we’re here to help you get your best smile. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist in Erdenheim, give us a call to schedule an appointment today. We’ll make sure to perform an in-depth exam and work with you to get your smile clean, bright, and beautiful. And we’ll also make sure to give you some fun and interesting advice along the way.

 

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Cavity Myths

At the Erdenheim dental office of Chesheim Dental Associates, we always try to make sure our patients know the truth about their dental health. That includes educating you about what types of things may or may not contribute to dental problems and what should truly be of concern. Cavities are no exception. Let’s separate fact from fiction.

We’ll start with one of the most widely-accepted myths, one that is so close to the truth that it seems like a fact. That’s the idea that sugar is the prime cause of cavities. In reality, the sugar itself isn’t doing the damage. It’s the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth that causes the decay. Here’s what happens: You eat carbohydrates, like sugar; the bacteria are triggered to make acid. The acid, in turn, can eat into your teeth, creating a cavity.

Another misconception is that cavities are harmless in baby teeth. Quite the opposite is true. If cavities in baby teeth are left untreated, they can actually develop into abscesses and can cause some serious pain. If this occurs, not only is the child in pain, they’re also at risk for spreading the infection to other areas of the body.

And lastly, some people think that if they have a cavity in Erdenheim, they’ll know it because it will cause pain. That’s definitely not that case. Mild tooth decay doesn’t really come with any symptoms. It’s when the cavity becomes more advanced and causes damage to the nerve that we typically start to experience the pain associated with a cavity. This is just one of the reasons it’s important to keep up with your oral exams with your Erdenheim dentist.

Regular check ups with Chesheim Dental Associates at our Erdenheim dental office can help catch any decay before it turns into a bigger problem, like needing a root canal. In addition, once a cavity starts, it will always continue to grow. This makes catching a cavity early so important for a healthy, pain-free smile.

If you’re overdue for your dental check up, call Chesheim Dental to set up an appointment today. We’ll perform an in-depth exam to see what’s going on in your mouth and we’ll make sure to get your smile in top shape.

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Kissing Pros and ConsIn honor of Valentine’s Day’s feelings of love, roses, and kisses, the Erdenheim dental office of Chesheim Dental Associates thinks it’s important to cover the pros and cons of kissing. Before you partake in any lip to lip action, take a moment to read up on how kissing is bad – and good – for your oral health.

Taking kissing advice from your dentist in Erdenheim can seem a bit odd. But we are the experts in all things related to your mouth, so there’s really nobody better!

Everybody kisses. It’s natural and it’s good for showing your love and devotion to your partner. However, there are a few dangers that you should be aware of before smooching. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), one kiss can share more than 500 types of disease-causing germs and viruses including cold sores, Mononucleosis (Mono, or the kissing disease), and even gum disease. And as we all know, kissing can also lead to sharing of a cold or the flu.

But don’t ban kissing just yet. There are actually upsides to locking lips with a loved one. Kissing can benefit your oral health by increasing saliva production. Saliva helps wash away food particles and cavity-causing bacteria, and can also protect teeth from decay by neutralizing acids. Additionally, kissing can enhance your mood and strengthen your relationship. So smooch on! Just be careful of any possible oral health dangers.

The best advice from our Erdenheim dental office is to make sure to keep up with your professional cleanings and checkups to limit the chance of sharing dangerous germs or even gum disease with a loved one. If you’re due for a checkup, or if you want to get kissable, fresh breath for all those romantic moments, call Chesheim Dental Associates to set up an appointment today!

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National Toothache DayEvery year on February 9th, we commemorate National Toothache Day. And while having a toothache is no holiday, being toothache free is something we can definitely celebrate.  The Erdenheim dental office of Chesheim Dental Associates likes to use National Toothache Day to remind all of our patients how to stay toothache free and why keeping up with your dental care is so important.

In fact, avoiding toothaches isn’t all that difficult, and it starts with a good dental hygiene protocol at home. By making sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time, and by flossing at least once a day, you’re already taking the first steps to being toothache free. Flossing and brushing away the day’s bacteria aids in keeping your pearly whites clean and germ free. And if your teeth are clean, there’s less chance for plaque and bacteria to get comfortable and start causing problems.

In addition to your at-home hygiene routine, keeping up with professional cleanings and checkups with Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim is just as important for a toothache free mouth. Professional hygiene visits take your teeth to a whole new level of clean, and our hygienists work deep below the gum line to remove anything you may have missed. Your regular checkups are also a great time for us to catch any potential problems before they turn into major issues.

If you are experiencing a toothache in Erdenheim, don’t wait for the pain to pass. A toothache is your body’s way of telling you that something’s not quite right, and you should listen. Don’t live with the discomfort of a toothache. Give Chesheim Dental Associates a call and we’ll work together to determine the cause of the pain and get you back to being toothache free and smiling.

 

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Stress can be caused by a variety of things from your job to your family, to your busy life, and anything in between. Although stress is a necessary part of life, it’s important that you learn how to relieve your stress, not only for your overall health, but also to keep your mouth healthy. At the Erdenheim dental office of Chesheim Dental Associates, we’d like to talk about how stress can affect your oral health.

Bruxism

Bruxism is the technical name for tooth grinding and jaw clenching. Bruxism or this clenching can be caused by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or by stress and anxiety. Often, stress can cause people to begin grinding, sometimes without even knowing it. Bruxism can cause the tips of teeth to appear flat and can lead to extreme sensitivity and tooth damage. Sometimes, grinding can even cause problems with the TMJ (jaw joint).

Canker Sores

Although not particularly dangerous, canker sores can be painful and usually occur inside the mouth. While they often result from trauma, such as biting your cheek, stress can also trigger a canker sore.

Gum Disease

Researchers have shown that stress directly affects your immune system. This is especially concerning for your Erdenheim dentist because when your immune system is compromised, your chance of periodontal disease increases. The risk of gum disease is also increased by dry mouth. Dry mouth is a common side effect of many medications, including those used to treat stress and anxiety.

If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, or tense, or if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms we covered, we urge you to give Chesheim Dental Associates a call. We’ll take a look at what’s going on in your mouth and work together to get you and your mouth healthy.

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For a lot of us, the new year means making resolutions to look better, get healthier, be happier, or improve life as a whole. Whatever specifics your resolutions may include, don’t overlook the chance to enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry from Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim.

There’s a lot to say about a healthy, beautiful smile. Some people are lucky to have been born with one. Others have to battle against genetics, accidents, or aging. When time, or life itself, takes a toll on your teeth, your confidence can dwindle and it’s common to begin hiding your smile. However, you don’t need to hide forever. Chesheim Dental can help.

Our Erdenheim cosmetic dentistry options can get you smiling again, help boost your confidence, and fulfill your New Year’s resolution to look better, feel better, and be happier. Whether you need a professional whitening to brighten your smile, veneers to enhance the aesthetics of your teeth, or a complete smile makeover, we’re here to make it all possible.

There’s never been a better time to get healthy and confident for life. If you’re ready to stop hiding and start smiling, give us a call to schedule an appointment today. We’ll work with you to find the best cosmetic dentistry treatment for you. This is the year, ring in the New Year with a new smile from Chesheim Dental Associates.

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In addition to following a good home oral healthcare routine of flossing and brushing, maintaining biannual dental checkups at Chesheim Dental Associates is the best thing you can do for the health of your smile, and your body.

When you stop in for your six month appointment, we’ll check for any signs of gum disease, oral cancer, cavities, broken teeth, damaged fillings, and more. We’ll also conduct a thorough cleaning and polish and floss your teeth for a clean, fresh mouth.

While we obviously love to keep your teeth and gums healthy, visiting us at least every six months doesn’t only help your smile, it can also help protect your overall health

Oral health issues, like gum disease, can lead to whole-body problems such as cancer, strokes, heart disease, and other scary health problems. By maintaining regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist in Erdenheim, you can help catch any potential problems before they start or before they have a chance to affect the rest of your body.

Visiting Chesheim Dental Associates at least twice a year is essential to your oral healthcare routine. If you’re at risk for certain dental issues, we’ll sometimes recommend that you see us more often to ensure that we’re being proactive with your health.

If you’re due for a checkup and cleaning, give our Erdenheim dental office a call to schedule an appointment today. We can’t wait to see you!