We often hear about how important at home and professional dental care can be to achieve and maintain optimal oral health, but what about what we consume? Here are various foods you can consume daily to clean your teeth and improve your dental health naturally.
When it comes to eating celery, most people tend to complain about the pesky “strings” found in it. But did you know those strings can act as a natural dental floss? The crunchiness of the celery is also good for naturally scraping away leftover particles and bacteria in the mouth. Can’t brush your teeth after lunch at work? Pack a few pieces of celery!
Almonds are another naturally abrasive and crunchy food that can be great for cleaning debris and bacteria from your teeth. Almonds are also a great source of calcium and protein which are essential for optimal oral health. Looking for a healthy snack? Pack ¼ cup of almonds to bring along with you!
We’ve all heard how an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but did you know they can also naturally clean your teeth? The fibrous texture of apples helps remove debris, particles, and bacteria from the mouth and can also product saliva to wash it away. Pack a few slices in everyone’s lunches for a natural way to scrub their teeth after lunch.
Much like celery and apples, carrots are crunchy and extremely fibrous making them an excellent snack to naturally clean teeth. Eating carrots can also increase saliva production in the mouth, assisting in washing down particles and bacteria and reducing your risk of cavity formation.
Yogurt has been back in the spotlight quite a bit lately due to its numerous “health benefits” courtesy of probiotics (a beneficial kind of bacteria), calcium and protein. Protein and calcium are essential for optimal health, and the probiotics found in yogurt can actually reduce the “bad” cavity-forming bacteria in your mouth. We recommend selecting a no sugar added option to ensure it is as healthy as it can be.
While water is not a “food,” it is necessary for our oral and overall health. Water is a sugar-free, calorie-free option that can help remove debris, particles, and bacteria from the mouth. We recommend drinking a glass after each meal (including snacks) to reduce your risk of decay and naturally clean your smile.
Just hearing the words “root canal” can cause pain. Typically, the root canal is thought to be the absolute worst dental procedure you can ever hope to avoid. But what happens when your root canal fails? And what does that even mean?
Believe it or not, however rare, root canals can fail. When this happens, it’s time for endodontic retreatment.
What Causes a Root Canal to Fail?
A root canal can fail anywhere from months to years after the original procedure is done. Here are some of the common causes of a root canal failure:
- Too much saliva in the procedure area
- Possibly some of the infection was missed
- There was a long delay in placing the dental crown
- A crack in the crown or tooth allows a new infection to enter the tooth
When it comes down to it, the root canal fails in one of three ways: the dentist made a mistake during the procedure and failed to remove all of the infection, something prevented the tooth from healing properly, or the tooth has become infected again because something caused it to become unprotected.
What is Endodontic Retreatment?
Endodontic retreatment is your only hope to save the tooth if retreatment is an option at all. You can recognize a failed root canal by new pain or a visible crack in the tooth or crown.
The endodontic retreatment goes like this:
1. The tooth is reopened and cleaned
2. Your dentist will carefully look for roots in the tooth that are infected again or were overlooked the first time
3. The infection will be removed
4. A temporary filling is placed in your tooth
5. A new crown is fitted over your tooth to protect it