Russell and Bode Family Dentistry
Dry mouth is more than a nuisance, it can lead to dental problems and can interfere with sleep.
Dry mouth is usually caused by one of the following:
- Sjogrens Disease (a condition where the body attacks the fluid producing cells, affecting the saliva producing cells in the mouth)
- Radiation to the head/neck
- Use of an apnea machine
Xylitol Melts are a simple product that you can buy online that will deliver immediate results. Xylimelts are little discs that stick to the inside of your gums and slowly melt, delivering a natural sugar called Xylitol to lubricate the mouth and prevent bacterial growth. It is safe with all medications. Simply place a disc on the inside of your gums as needed. Two discs at night before bed on opposite sides of the mouth will provide a moisturizing effect during sleep.
Allison comes to us with twenty years of experience in dentistry. After graduating from the Dental Assisting Technology program at South Puget Sound Community College in 1998, she worked as a dental assistant before moving to the administrative team as a patient coordinator. Allison loves being a part of the team at Russell and Bode Family Dentistry where she oversees the schedule for the doctors and hygienists.
Outside of the office Allison enjoys raising her 16 year-old daughter and hiking the Pacific Northwest. She is crazy about traveling the world, running, and loves a good wine tasting event. You may run into her downtown shopping for the perfect new vintage-inspired fashion or a quirky antique for her home
Ever notice a white or brownish coating on the back of your tongue? That, my friend, is a combination of various debris, dead cells and bacteria. We know, we know….gross. But keep reading. You see, our mouths act as a natural “hothouse” for bacteria growth. And when we eat, the bacteria on our tongue feed on the food left behind, emitting an unpleasant smell and that not-so-great taste in your mouth. In other words, that coating on your tongue is a major cause of bad breath!
So what can you do about it? Call on the help of your new oral hygiene superhero: The tongue scraper! Available in either plastic or metal designs, the tongue scraper is an easy to use tool. Just draw the blade gently from the back of your tongue toward the tip, rinsing the blade between passes. Repeat this motion a few times until the coating is gone and your tongue has returned to its natural pinkish red color. You will be amazed how much fresher your mouth feels.
While a lot of us are in the habit of brushing our tongues when we brush our teeth, it’s not quite as affective at removing this coating. By adding a tongue scraper to your regular flossing and brushing routine, you are helping to maximize the removal of the bad breath-causing bacteria. We’d call that a win!
So kick that coffee breath to the curb and add a tongue scraper to your dental care toolkit today.
Heavy soda and sugary drink consumption has been linked to health concerns like diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. But did you know it is also one of the leading causes of tooth decay? One of the reasons is because milk intake has decreased during the past generation, while juice and soda intakes have increased. The sugar in soda feeds the bacteria in your mouth, this forming an acid that drops the PH level and attacks the teeth in the form of decay. Each attack lasts about 20 -40 minutes and starts over with every sip not allowing the PH level to return to normal. Kids and teens are most susceptible to this because their tooth enamel is not fully developed.
This does not mean you cannot ever drink soda! But it is important to limit your intake, rinse with water when you are done and not sip it all day. And of course remember to brush twice a day, floss daily and use a fluoridated toothpaste.
Have you ever wondered why you “say cheese” before taking a picture? The purpose of saying cheese is so that your teeth will be visible, giving the appearance of a smile.
Having bad dental hygiene can make it difficult for anyone to say something as simple as cheese or to smile.
Are you tired of keeping your lips tight shut in social circles? Or perhaps you know someone having some serious dental nightmare? Here are some dental hygiene tips to ensure that you always you maintain good healthy, white teeth.
Why do teeth yellow?
- Eating Foods with pigments that stain your teeth, including: Red wine, coffee, tea, Curries, Tomato sauces, Berries, Soy sauce, Balsamic vinegar
- There are other foods and drinks which, although they don’t cause staining themselves, contain acids that eat away at your tooth enamel. This reduces the ‘whiteness’ of your teeth and also leaves them more susceptible to staining. Watch out for:
o Citrus fruits and juices, Sports drinks, Sugary foods & beverages, Artificial sweeteners, White wine and many other alcoholic drinks, Fizzy/carbonated drinks
- Poor oral hygiene – If you notice a yellow buildup on your teeth, it’s probably plaque or tartar. Plaque forms when bacteria from food and drink particles aren’t cleaned properly from your teeth. Over time, plaque hardens to form tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist.
o This yellow coating can form on or around your teeth if you don’t brush often enough or thoroughly enough. Not only does it look bad, it contributes to bad breath and a whole load of other oral health complications.
- Cigarettes – Smoking makes your teeth yellow because of the tar, nicotine and other chemicals carried in the smoke. These seep into the pores in your tooth enamel, staining its natural color.
o There are other oral health problems associated with smoking, too. For example, nicotine causes gums to recede and can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. Receding gums also expose root surfaces, which is darker than the enamel of your teeth, causing your teeth to appear more yellow or brown.
- Genetic predisposition – Genetic variances can affect tooth color and enamel porosity – and more porous enamel is more liable to stain.
- Prescription medications – Some antibiotics such as tetracycline and amoxicillin can affect the color of teeth, especially in younger children. Drugs prescribed to adults for allergies and high blood pressure may also have this side effect. Speak to your doctor if you’re concerned about this. Certain illnesses, particularly those that affect the liver, can result in discolored teeth. Patients who undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer may also find their teeth turning a brownish hue.
- Natural aging – This is because the protective enamel layer becomes thinner, revealing more of the yellow dentin underneath.
o Nourish your whole body. Good diet, restorative sleep, and managing stress will slow down the aging process of all the living tissues in your body, including dentin.
- Enamel defects –These usually occur when the enamel does not form properly during childhood
- Some Mouthwashes – Avoid stannous fluoride and cetylpyridinium chloride containing mouthrinse, as they may stain your teeth.
- Trauma from accidents – Have you ever seen someone with just one yellow tooth? Very often, a tooth that gets knocked hard during childhood ends up yellowing much faster than the other teeth, which stay white. That’s because the tooth that got hit is dying faster than the others.
- Grinding your teeth – As a tooth naturally ages, the inside living tissue shrinks. If you grind your teeth or clench, you’re putting your teeth under duress with strong vertical forces. A nighttime grinder can put as much as 250 pounds of force per square inch on teeth — enough to crack a walnut! These strong forces speed up this shrinkage and aging, eventually killing the tooth. A prematurely aging tooth is a yellow tooth.
o You can treat bruxism (clenching/grinding) by wearing a professional night guard to protect your teeth, ask your dental provider if this may be necessary for you.
Foods that help keep your teeth white:
- Firm, crisp foods such as apples, pears, raw carrots and celery, etc…
How to adequately remove stain from your teeth through daily oral hygiene:
- Change your tooth brush (or toothbrush head for electric toothbrushes) every 3-4 months or if the bristles become frayed before 3 months.
- Angle your toothbrush towards the gumline at a 45 degree angle and brush for 2 full minutes 2 times per day.
- Floss at least once per day, using a “C” shaped method, hugging the floss around each tooth and swiping up and down the side of each tooth.
o Helpful hint: when you brush your teeth and skip flossing, you are missing 40% of your tooth surface!
- Whitening toothpaste
o Some may say whitening toothpaste is too abrasive for your teeth. It will not damage the enamel but should be avoided long term with moderate to severe recession.
o Avoid brushing your teeth directly after eating sugary and/or citrus foods/drinks, wait at least 30 minutes as the enamel is softer during this time period.
Should I whiten my teeth?
- The most effective way to brighten your smile is with professional whitening.
- Over the counter whitening solutions can be effective, but some are more effective than others.
· Discontinue whitening products if they make your teeth sensitive. Ask your dental hygienist about whitening and ways to overcome sensitivity with whitening products.
Joey Robello, RDH & Tina Frazier, RDH
Children can suffer a variety of oral health injuries when playing sports that include chipped, cracked, broken or knocked out teeth. Depending upon the age of the child, these types of injuries can cause permanent damage to a child’s oral health, especially if they have already developed all of their permanent teeth.
Fortunately, parents can take the neccesary precautions to protect their child’s oral health through the use of a mouth guard.
Mouth guards look like U-Shaped plastic molds that fit protectively around your child’s upper teeth. Mouth Guards perform the dual funtion of protecting your child’s teeth from blunt trauma, such as a blow to the face, and offers cushioning in case the upper and lower jaw should slam shut.
Dentists recommend kids wear a mouth guard while participating in any kind of sport, not just contact sports such as football, to help prevent dental injury. However, not all mouth guards offer the same level of protection. To help you find the right fit for your child, here’s what you need to know about the different types of mouth guards available.
- Stock Mouth Guards or Boil-and-Bite-These types of mouth guards are prefabricated and bought at sporting goods stores or drug stores (Walgreen’s). These are typically found in both adult and child size. Stock mouthguards can be bulky and may be a little uncomfortable. Boil and bite guards form more to your child’s teeth and therefore can be more comfortable. Either of these options are better than no mouth guard.
- Custom made mouth guards-Constructed by your dentisit by making molds of your childs teeth to ensure a precise fit. Custom guards offer by far the most protection to your child’s teeth, but do cost significantly more than store bought alternatives.
- Orthodontic mouth guards-For children undergoing orthodontic treatment, your dentist or orthodontist can provide a loose fitting mouth-guard that provides enough room to fit over the braces, while still offering protection and support.
This Holiday Season we have remembered all our wonderful memories with my father, celebrated all his favorite traditions, and begun new traditions of our own. Merry Christmas from the entire Bode Family.
The bell still rings for me.
I spend a lot of time decorating my tree as I cherish many of the ornaments I have been given over the years, such as my boys’ “First Ornament” given to me by my aunt, a porcelain angel given by a dear friend, and many more beautiful ornaments that have been given to me by special people in my life over the years.
Also I love the artist “Charles Wysocki” and so my sister knowing this gave me a beautiful Wysocki Christmas bowl which sits on my mantel every year along with my Christmas print.
Also, I get to bring out my special lighted glass block that my father made for me years ago; so many wonderful memories with him on Christmas and always; this is very special to me and my family as my father has since passed and it makes us feel as if he is still with us during the holidays.
I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and hope that your home is filled with memories you have cherished as well as the new ones you make with your family and friends.
May God Bless and take care of you during this holiday season.