The Different Parts of our Teeth and their Functions

We all know the many different functions that our teeth and gums have, however, many of us don’t know the different parts of the tooth and their functions.

The exterior of the tooth consists of the crown. This is what we see when we look at teeth, the upper top part of the tooth. The crown is encased with a thin shell-like material known as enamel. What most people don’t realize, however, is that there is much more to the mouth and teeth!

These are just some of the parts of our mouth. Click here for more information about the different parts of our mouths.

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Preventing Tooth Decay

It is extremely important to take care of your child’s teeth—especially when they are younger. Without proper care, children can develop cavities and more severe oral problems later on. Follow these tips from Dr. Guy B. Hisrich to ensure your child has a strong, healthy smile! 

Feed your children with foods high in Vitamin D and calcium; this will help to build strong and durable teeth. To clean the teeth, use a toothpaste that contains fluoride; however, be careful not to use too many fluoride products for this can damage their teeth. Clean their teeth at least twice daily with a small brush (pea-sized), and be sure to use a soft-bristle toothbrush! It is important to clean their teeth twice daily at the same time each day; this will instill a routine as they grow. Try to keep your child’s head still while you brush in a repetitive circular motion. Keep brushing fun for your child and switch up the flavors! You can even get different colored toothpaste to give them something to look forward to when brushing. Another important step for strong, healthy teeth in your child is to avoid juice. Juices tend to be high in sugar, and it is important not to give a child a sugary treat before putting them to bed. The sugar will sit on their teeth overnight and speed up the tooth decaying process. It is okay for young children to have a small amount of juice, but keep it limited and give it to them during the daytime.

Be knowledgeable about any medications prescribed for your child. At young ages, children are typically given medicine that is high in sugar. These medications are extremely bad for the teeth and contribute to tooth decay. Check with Dr. Guy B. Hisrich if you are unsure about a prescribed medication. 

Teeth enable us to talk, eat, and perform many other vital life functions. If you are concerned with yours or your child’s teeth, contact Dr. Guy B. Hisrich at (330) 493-8400 or click here to schedule an appointment.

Denture Care

Your dentures need to be treated just like normal teeth in order to keep them in good condition. This means following the same routine you would with your natural teeth. The American Dental Association as well as Dr. Guy Hisrich recommends the following tips to help keep your dentures clean and in good condition:

Brush your dentures every day: Just like your natural teeth dentures need to be brushed daily to remove food particles that could stain or get caught in your teeth. You should also rinse your dentures prior to brushing to get off excess food particles. This will help when you go to brush them as well.

While you are brushing your dentures, you should also be sure to brush the inside of your mouth, including the inside of your cheeks, the roof of your mouth and tongue, this will help remove any food particles that may have been left behind as well.

After you have cleaned your dentures you should soak them in water overnight and keep them in a safe spot as well so they aren’t disturbed. This will help keep your dentures clean as well overnight. If you should use adhesive be sure to follow all directions to safely wear your dentures.

You can also visit our website at: ­­www.guyhisrichdds.com to make an appointment or call us today to fix any of your dental needs. We look forward to hearing from  you!

To learn more ways to help keep your dentures clean as well as other dental tips visit: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/02/19/health-tip-take-good-care-of-dentures

8 Causes for Tooth Decay

There are various reasons that a person can get tooth decay. Some of the causes of tooth decay can be poor dental hygiene or genetics. Listed below are the top 8 reasons Dr. Guy Hisrich at their Canton, OH dental practice has found to cause tooth decay in their Canton, Ohio dental patients:

Acidic Foods: Some foods that contain a lot of acid may harm any exposed nerves at the base of your gums and teeth. To reduce the chances of this pain occurring, try eating foods that are less acidic and you won’t feel as much pain on your teeth and gums.

Tooth Grinding: Grinding your teeth at night can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth. This strain on your teeth can lead to tooth decay. Ask Dr. Hisrich about mouth guard options to help you stop from grinding your teeth.

Tooth-Whitening Toothpaste: Tooth whitening toothpaste can help whiten your teeth, but the chemicals in the toothpaste can also wear down your teeth’s enamel and make your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Ask Dr. Hisrich which toothpaste is the right option for you.

Mouthwash: On that same note, the chemicals in certain mouthwashes can also have an effect on your teeth’s enamel. If you should decide to use a mouthwash, you should choose one that has more neutral ingredients in it so as to not wear down your teeth’s enamel.

Gum Disease: Gum disease can have an effect on your teeth as well. As your gums recede, they expose nerve and root endings on your teeth that can be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, as well as vulnerable to bacteria. Be sure to consult with Dr. Hisrich if you think you have the symptoms of gum disease.

Excessive Plaque: Plaque is the sticky clear film that grows on your teeth after you eat or drink. Overtime this buildup can cause cavities to your teeth if it is not removed. Daily brushing and flossing of your teeth will help remove the plaque and keep it away.

Cracked Tooth: If you crack your tooth, contact Dr. Guy Hisrich at their Canton, OH dental practice immediately. Having a cracked tooth can impair you from eating and chewing properly, it can also cause damage to other healthy teeth as well.  Do not wait if you crack a tooth!

Regular Dental Checkups: Maintaining a regular dental schedule with Dr. Guy Hisrich at their Canton, Ohio dental practice will ensure that your teeth stay clean and healthy. Dr. Hisrich will also be able to notice any issues before they can progress and treat you accordingly. Make an appointment with Canton, Ohio dentist Dr. Guy Hisrich by clicking here.

Effectiveness of Taste Buds Hampered by Smoking

A recent study that appeared in the journal of Chemosensory Perception links the toxic chemicals in tobacco to the prevention of taste bud regeneration. While the research team concluded that smoking didn’t have any impact on the way a person tasted things that were sour, sweet, or salty, they couldn’t say the same for bitter things.

Even though coffee and smoking often get paired together, a smoker may be unable to fully taste the bitterness of coffee. The chemicals in tobacco have been proven to create structural changes to the fungiform papillae of the tongue, making smokers lose their sense of taste over time.

Taste buds are largely responsible for conveying sour, salty, sweet, and bitter sensations in the tongue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives the following responsibilities for taste buds:

  • Triggering digestive systems that change secretions of saliva and stomach acids.
  • Enhancing feelings of pleasure and satiety when eating.

Determining quality of foods and determining “good” tasting foods from “bad” ones, which could have potential toxins.

The study, conducted by Nelly Jacob of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital APHP in France, tested 451 people split into groups of smokers, nonsmokers, and formal smokers. They were tested on whether they tasted sweetness, saltiness, bitterness, and sourness.

Low levels of bitterness in things are generally not difficult to taste. However, the study discovered that 20% of the smokers in the study could not pinpoint a bitter taste in the samples.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers determined that tobacco prevents taste buds from regenerating. This results in smokers only being able to detect some tastes but not all.

While the long-term effects of smoking on taste buds are not fully known, Dr. Guy Hisrich and his Canton, OH dental team highly recommends trying to stop before it causes additional damage to your taste buds, your teeth, and your body.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with a Canton, OH dentist, please call Guy Hisrich, DDS today at (330) 493-8400 or feel free to check us out online at http://www.guyhisrichdds.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!