Improving Your Dental Care

3 Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask Your Dentist

Do you have a question for your dentist, but find that it's hard to ask when they are working with your teeth? Here are some questions you've likely wanted to ask your dentist.

Is Chewing Gum Good for Your Teeth?

If you have wondered if chewing gum is good for your teeth, the better question to ask is what kind of gum you should be chewing. Gum can be a great way to clean your teeth after a meal when you do not have the opportunity to brush your teeth, but it's important to chew sugar-free gum. If not, you could be putting more sugar on your teeth and cause tooth decay to happen. Look for the ADA seal of approval on your chewing gum to avoid any doubt about if it is recommended by a dentist. 

What Should You Do if You Lose a Tooth?

Many people don't realize that there is a special way to care for a tooth if it falls out of your mouth. For starters, do not grab the tooth by any part that normally is hidden underneath the gums. This can cause the tooth to become damaged and will cause problems with putting it back into your jaw. You also want to prevent the tooth from drying out, but what you use to do it can make a big difference. Water can damage a tooth, while milk is going to preserve the tooth. Don't have milk? Then you can fill up a cup with your saliva, or simply hold the tooth in your mouth while you make your way to a dentist.

How Can You Know Whether You Have a Teeth Grinding Problem?

Teeth grinding is a problem that many people do while they are sleeping, but don't realize they are doing it. Some signs you can look for is if you wake up with a headache, or heat a popping or clicking in your jaw. You may be experiencing pain around your jaw or unexplainable earaches. Some people's partners can even hear them grinding while they sleep, so it is best to just ask if they observe any weird sounds while you are sleeping. All of this can lead to increased tooth sensitivity and tooth pain, which should justify a trip to the dentist to look into the problem further. 

Reach out to a dental clinic like Silver Lake Family Dental if you have more questions about your teeth.