3 Health Benefits of Flossing Your Teeth

While flossing may seem like just an extra thing to do to keep your teeth and gums clean it is actually a highly essential part of your dental health. Unfortunately many of us neglect doing it and don’t realize the negative impact of letting food and plaque sit between our teeth. While as a child the effects of this bad habit may go unnoticed as we travel through adulthood the negative consequences begin to show more clearly. Below are the top 3 reasons you should floss each and every day. A Bright White Smile A whiter smile is one of … Continue reading

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Are your medications causing dry mouth and tooth decay?

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MEDICATIONS OFTEN HAVE frustrating side effects. In addition to nausea and headaches, did you know that dry mouth is also a common side effect of prescription drugs?  Saliva Keeps Your Mouth Healthy There are over 400 medications that can affect your salivary glands and increase dry mouth.   And this list grows as more drugs are created. These medications typically include those used to treat depression, pain, anxiety, allergies, urinary incontinence, diarrhea, Parkinson’s disease, and many other conditions. Our salivary glands are extremely important because saliva keeps our mouths moist and breaks down the foods we eat. Saliva also helps keep the bacteria in our mouths under … Continue reading

Can breakfast keep your smile healthy?

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IT’S OFTEN SAID, and studies agree, that breakfast may be the most important meal of the day. In addition, breakfast affects our oral health too! Popular Breakfast Options Can Damage Smiles Given our on-the-go lifestyles, breakfast can become an imbalanced, over-sugary meal! We don’t typically eat candy for breakfast—yet, we choose popular cereals and pastries that are full of sugar. These unhealthy breakfast choices can be damaging to our teeth and gums especially  if we’re not brushing and flossing after we eat them. A Healthy, Balanced Breakfast Can Protect Your Smile Your mouth, like your body, needs nutritious food to stay healthy. … Continue reading

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Dental Myth: The effects of poor oral health only concern the mouth

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Myth 1: The consequences of poor oral health are restricted to the mouth Columbus Ohio expectant mothers may not know that what they eat affects the tooth development of the fetus. Poor nutrition during pregnancy may make the unborn child more likely to have tooth decay later in life. Between the ages of 14 weeks to four months, deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, protein and calories could result in oral defects. In children, tooth decay is the most prevalent disease, about five times more common than childhood asthma. If a child’s mouth hurts due to tooth decay, he/she … Continue reading

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How a Dental Exam can reveal broader health problems

Your mouth is not a completely separate entity from the rest of your body! I just read a very informative article in the Wall Street Journal about the dental/oral health connection. Over the last decade, the connection between oral health and overall health has been the subject of many more studies defining these connections.   We now are seeing that oral health has connection to diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy/child health, and immune disorders. At Grandview Dental Care we recognize the connection and encourage our patients to take the steps necessary to have the best oral health so that their overall … Continue reading

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If I have periodontal disease why doesn’t it hurt?

If I have periodontal disease why doesn’t it hurt?  This is an excellent question, and one that we get a lot at our Columbus, Ohio dental office. I try to relate periodontal disease to how my patients think about monitoring their blood pressure. If you are not checking your blood pressure you may not be aware that your blood pressure is high until it’s really high and you wind up in an emergency situation.  High blood pressure “doesn’t hurt” until it’s too late. Periodontal disease doesn’t hurt either but if you put off dental care until it hurts, you risk … Continue reading

How you can help an older parent keep their teeth

Do you have a parent or loved one that has not been taking care of their teeth?  There are several things you can do to help.  You are never too old to take care of your smile!  For some people eating is one of the pleasures of life.  It’s difficult to eat when your teeth are missing or they hurt. The risk of tooth decay in the population over 65 is greater than the under 14 population.  The elderly are more prone to tooth decay for a variety of reasons. 75% of older adults take at least one prescription medication … Continue reading

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Easy things you can do to keep your smile healthy

Recently we have been sending post-appointment emails requesting feedback and online reviews.  As usual our patients have given us some great reviews and good feedback on what we can do better and we appreciate everyone’s response. One of the recent comments had to do with our promoting cosmetic/discretionary treatments instead of promoting good basic oral health in our e-blasts and signage at the office. In looking around the office, most of posters do talk about Invisalign, Cerec 1-appointment crowns, or Lumineers.  I guess we took for granted that those patients that are in our office are actually doing the #1 … Continue reading

Why do I have that gritty feeling on the back of my front teeth?

Question: Sometimes the back of my front teeth feel kind of “gritty” in between my dental cleanings.  I brush, use mouth rinse, and floss regularly.  Is there a cause or am I just not brushing well enough? Answer: The “gritty” feeling is the tiny pieces of tarter build-up.  The lower front teeth are the most common spot for this to occur because there is a salivary gland that lays at the floor of your mouth.  Your tongue pushes everything up against the back of your front teeth.  Tartar Control toothpastes will help some but it is based on your individual … Continue reading

A trip to the dentist could save your life!

At Grandview Dental Care we focus on the importance of oral health, not only for the obvious positive effects of a beautiful smile, but because of the effect oral health can have on your overall health.  Numerous studies have shown higher risks for heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and pre-term births for people who have periodontal (gum) disease.  Periodontal disease is caused by chronic inflammation that may also link it to other inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, and even certain forms of cancer.   Nearly 35,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year.  Unfortunately, only slightly more … Continue reading