Adjusting to Braces: Food Edition | Mooresville Dentist

When a patient needs braces, one of the first questions is how will my day-to-day life change? And there’s no need to sugarcoat it – it will. It isn’t going to be earth-shaking, but there will be some adjustments made to the way you brush and floss, and your diet will change a bit as well, especially if you choose to have traditional braces.

Before you get too nervous, there is a very good reason for it. Because brackets are attached to your teeth using a basic dental cement, eating foods that are extra hard or sticky can cause the brackets to pop off, which will mean an unexpected dental visit for repair and delaying your treatment. And yes, they are made of metal, but they can be damaged by eating the wrong foods. Not only that, but food that cannot be cleaned off braces with a simple brushing and flossing may lead to discoloration and decay of your teeth. The good thing is, if you stay on task, your experience will go smoothly. So, here is a list to keep on the fridge while you are wearing braces:

  • Absolutely no gum, sugarless or otherwise
  • Chewy foods like bagels, hard rolls and licorice
  • Crunchy foods, such as popcorn, ice and chips
  • Sticky foods, including caramels, taffy and gum
  • Hard foods like nuts are healthy but can break your teeth like hard candy
  • Crispy foods you bite into, like corn on the cob, apples or carrots
  • Also avoid biting into non-food items, such as nail-biting and pencil-chewing habits

For more information about eating with braces, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Time to Bond in the Summer Sun | Mooresville Dentist

Summertime is the ultimate time for active outdoor fun. Whether you are a nature lover or a sporty athlete, getting outside during these hot summer months is the best. The problem with being so physical is that there is a chance that you could accidentally chip your tooth. It’s something that happens to the best of us, but will your tooth ever be the same?

First, get to a dentist. The sooner you get there, the better your odds are to fix your tooth. One of the more popular treatments for chipped or broken teeth is bonding. Your dental professional will repair your teeth by adding a compound that will adhere, or bond, to your tooth. Once bonded, your dentist will design and match your tooth’s natural color to blend in perfectly.

Plastic resin and silica filler join together to create a replica to the material that makes up our teeth. Add in some porcelain and you have yourself a tooth that will rival your natural versions. Ceramics have been used in the dental world since the early 1900’s. as time went on, the compounds have changed to become stronger, more natural look and feel adhered to your mouth. Resin got its start in the 1970’s in order to secure crowns in a patient’s mouth. Over the next couple decades, resin has advanced so much that it can not only bond to the original tooth better but can also be used to make bridges look and function just as the original teeth would.

So, take your hikes and play your sports. Just be careful and make sure you have your dentist’s number handy.

For more information about bonding, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Repair Your Tooth with a Filling | Mooresville Dentist

Now that we are slowly being released from lockdown, it is a good time to contact your dental professional for a quick checkup. After all, who didn’t overindulge while we were stuck at home? If you didn’t keep up with your daily dental hygiene or found ways to rough-house with other family members and you crack a tooth, it’s possible you may have developed a cavity or some other dental malady.  But you need not worry, one of the more common fixes for things like broken or decaying teeth is getting a filling.

Composite fillings may look natural, but keep in mind they are not a permanent fixture in your mouth. Chances are you will need to have it replaced at some point. But don’t worry – they are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile. Here are the common reasons one may need a filling:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Worn teeth

Another great advantage is that composite fillings are done in a day. Once your tooth is numbed, the decay is removed, the space is cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished. It’s as easy as that.

Keep in mind, it is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, but it will subside as your tooth acclimates to the new filling. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

For more information about composite fillings, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Gummy Smiles Aren’t Sweet | Mooresville Dentist

Ask yourself – what is the physical feature you find most attractive? Chances are you said the smile. They come in all shapes and variations but aren’t always what we think of as pretty. And when it comes to cosmetic procedures, our minds automatically go to things like bleaching, veneers and braces. But there is a procedure out there many don’t know about but wish they did – gum contouring. You may not directly relate your smile to your gums, but they are the tools used to keep your teeth in place. Sometimes the gums cover too much of the teeth, giving the impression that their teeth are shorter than they really are. This is known as a gummy smile.

A gummy smile is perfectly acceptable for most people, and uneven gums are a fairly common problem. Some people are just born with it, while there are those whose gums become uneven as they grow older. These are other factors that may lead to developing a gummy smile:

  • Improper brushing and flossing techniques
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Frequent teeth grinding
  • Oral piercings
  • Sensitivity to certain chemicals
  • Shifting teeth
  • Periodontal disease

Gum contouring has long been around as a cosmetic procedure but has begun to gain in popularity since modern dental medicine now allows dental practitioners to completely bypass the use of scalpels. Instead, soft tissue lasers are used to slowly and gently sculpt the gums. This helps speed up the healing process, as well as to prevent any bleeding. So, if you feel gum contouring can improve your smile, schedule a dental visit today!

For more information about gum contouring, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Stay Aware of Oral Cancer | Mooresville Dentist

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Oral cancer refers to cancer that develops in any of the parts that make up the mouth. Oral cancer is one of several types of cancer grouped in a category called head and neck cancers. Mouth cancer and other head and neck cancers are often treated similarly.

While some think this is a rare cancer, mouth cancers will be newly diagnosed in about 115 new individuals each day in the US alone, and a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. When found at early stages of development, oral cancers have an 80 to 90 % survival rate. Unfortunately, at this time, the majority are found as late stage cancers, and this accounts for the very high death rate of about 43% at five years from diagnosis, and high treatment related morbidity in survivors. Late stage diagnosis is not occurring because most of these cancers are hard to discover, it is because of a lack of public awareness coupled with the lack of a national program for opportunistic screenings which would yield early discovery by medical and dental professionals. Worldwide the problem is far greater, with new cases annually exceeding 450,000.

It is important that you see your dentist on a regular schedule. Even though you may be conducting frequent self-exams, sometimes dangerous spots or sores in the mouth can be very tiny and difficult to see on your own. The American Cancer Society recommends oral cancer screening exams every 3 years for persons over age 20 and annually for those over age 40, but you’re in luck – these screenings take place during a typical dental checkup.

For more information about oral cancer, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Your Smile Hates It when You Do This | Mooresville Dentist

No one wants to have a toothache, but if we don’t look after our teeth between checkups, you’re risking the chance of creating dental issues in the future. We need to practice daily dental hygiene, but if you don’t practice good dental habits, you’re at risk of some rough checkups. The following are some things you should avoid in order to keep your smile as healthy as possible:

Soda. Whether it is diet or not, your favorite sugary soda is a total smile saboteur.

Hard candy. Savoring a sweet sucker might seem innocent enough but sucking on these candies exposes your mouth to harsh sugars for longer periods of time, and chewing them can break or crack teeth, fillings, and sealants.

Ice. Ice is just frozen water but chewing on the cubes can cause major damage. Dental experts say nibbling on ice is a major no-no as it can easily crack or break teeth.

White wine. While red wine can cause discoloration, white wine might actually trigger even more damage due to its acidity.

Chewy candy. Sticky candies get stuck between braces and teeth, allowing plaque to build up. Plus, a chewy candy can easily take a tooth out.

PB&J. The high sugar content of all three ingredients means that as soon as you bite in, enamel-eroding bacteria go on a feeding frenzy. And because peanut butter and jelly are both sticky, they allow the bacteria to adhere to your teeth.

Dried fruit. You may think you’re choosing the healthy option bursting with nutrition, they’re also packed with a dense dose of sugar and non-soluble cellulose fiber, which can trap sugars around the tooth.

For more information about dental health, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

A Brush Twice a Day Keeps the Dentist Away | Mooresville Dentist

Yes, that title is misleading – because you will always need your dentist. In fact, you need to see your dental professional twice a year in order to maintain your healthiest smile. But practicing proper dental hygiene will make those visits much more pleasant. So, let’s take a moment to take stock on your dental practices. If you find that there is room for improvement, now is the time to make those changes. You’re one step closer to a bright, healthy smile!

It is no secret that you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and for at least two minutes – in the morning to start the day with fresh clean breath, and before bedtime to prevent any remaining cavity-causing bacteria from settling in your mouth while you sleep. Try rinsing between meals to keep bacteria from settling in.

When choosing your toothbrush, stick to soft bristles so that it is gentle on your gums. Hard bristles don’t mean a better clean and can be harsh on your gums. If you want mechanical, there are pros to them, but it isn’t necessary and won’t give you a better clean. Daily attention given to your teeth will give you those results.

There is one bit of our dental routines that seems to be the most forgotten – flossing. Flossing plays a very important part in our dental routines. Not only does it get stuff stuck deep between each tooth, but it also keeps your gums healthy by preventing bacteria from getting inside and causing infection. Don’t neglect flossing – it can really prevent lots of dental issues in the future.

For more information about dental health, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.