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dental care tipsYou expect your family dentist to have the full extent of training to prevent and treat common dental problems. We do. You can also expect a dentist to know how to address cosmetic concerns, or problems related to your bite. We do. When you visit Royal Dental for a routine exam and cleaning, you may expect your dentist to notice conditions like a small cavity. You probably don’t expect us to notice some of the finer details of your daily living. We can!

There are several “secrets” that your mouth may reveal about you. Here are some of the common details that can be discovered during a routine exam:

  • You drink a lot of soda. For that matter, your mouth will also tell us if you (or your child) consumes sports drinks on a regular basis. You might think that this is because these beverages can cause cavities, but that’s not it. Soda and sports drinks contain more high-fructose corn syrup than sugar. They also contain ingredients that are acidic. These ingredients sit on teeth all around the mouth, wearing down enamel and causing widespread erosion.
  • You’re not a flosser. Flossing is not something to reserve for the morning of your dental exam, nor for the night before. If you do this, chances are we will know. This is because a few flossing sessions is not typically sufficient for preventing inflammation and redness. Regardless of your pre-visit flossing, these symptoms will still be evident if you have gingivitis.
  • You’re feeling stressed. Stress has a number of different effects on the body. In the mouth, stress may present itself through excessive wear on certain teeth that stems from grinding or clenching the jaw. This habit (bruxism) often goes on when you sleep, so you may not be aware of the damage being done in your mouth. Nail-biting is another way in which stress can be “worked out.” This habit wears down the front teeth due to continual grinding, leaving them flat and vulnerable to chips.

Royal Dental offers families throughout Houston and surrounding areas the full spectrum of services they need to look and feel their best. Schedule your visit with us to protect your smile.

Is your Brain Juice also Stain Juice?

dental care houston tx | Royal Dental Brain Juice. Java. Joe. Coffee has so many names we could never know them all. What we do know is that the need for coffee is very, very real. If you view a yawn as a silent scream for coffee, you know what we mean. No coffee, no workie? We hear you. There is good news for avid coffee drinkers, which is fortunate; because the fact of the matter is, that brain juice really is stain juice.

Let’s Start on the Bright Side
Coffee lets us see the bright side of things, so this is where we will begin. There are several advantages that research has pointed out about coffee. These stem from various compounds in that powerful little bean, as well as the effects that caffeine has on the body. One of the major findings of recent research is that drinking a few cups of coffee each day diminishes the risk of liver conditions, including cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. The delivery of caffeine also positively affects the body. In particular, one study found that Parkinson’s patients experience improved movement after drinking coffee.

Where there is Light . . .
We cannot know light without darkness, right? So let’s dive in. During the roasting process, much changes in that little green coffee bean. The process that brings out richness in flavor also brings out pigments that can stain teeth, not to mention the tannins that are present in coffee. Additionally, coffee is said to be a pretty acidic beverage. Acidity and enamel don’t play well together, and the wearing down of enamel can exacerbate discoloration.

What to do
There are simple ways to protect your smile, and the health of your teeth, while also preserving your longstanding relationship with coffee. And, no, this does not include drinking through a straw (who would want to do that!).

  • Cream it up. One idea that had circulated for a time was that cream will dilute the tannins in coffee and thus reduce staining. Additional research suggests that what really happens is that tannins attach to the casein protein in dairy, keeping them from enamel.
  • Water it down. More specifically, water down your teeth. After drinking coffee, swish some water around your mouth. No need to brush; that could damage enamel if done too soon.
  • Curb it. We don’t mean to say drink less coffee. Rather, take breaks in between each cup. An hour or more is ideal.

Reduce the effects of your love-affair with coffee. Call Royal Dental for a cleaning or teeth whitening treatment.


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