Monday, November 14, 2016

Top Foods That Might Harm Your Smile

7 Foods That Will Damage Your Teeth

As you sit down with a snack to watch your favorite TV shows or read a book, be conscientious about what you grab to munch on. Whatever you choose, it could be contributing to tooth decay and other mouth diseases. As you know, some foods are worse than others for the health of your teeth. Below, Dr. Landry in Seville, OH outlines some of the worst choices for your dental health.

1. Hard Candy:

Candy is bad enough as is, they contain all kinds of sugars that attack your teeth. However, hard candies are even worse as they can cause a dental emergency. Patients come in all the time who have cracked their tooth due to chomping down on a hard candy.

2. Chewy/Sticky Food:

Foods like gummy bears, jelly beans, starbursts, skittles, and other foods of this nature, have a tendency to get stuck in your teeth for long periods of time.   Due to being stuck on your teeth, these foods assault your teeth and lead to tooth decay. If you do eat these foods make sure to floss and brush after you are done.

3. Crunchy Food:

Foods like potato chips and pretzels contain a lot of starch. Think about this, how often do you find yourself trying to get particles of potato chip or pretzel out of your mouth after you ate them? This is due to the tendency starch has to get stuck in your teeth, especially your molars.

4. Citrus:

Fruits are great for your health, they contain many vitamins that are essential to your health. However, fruits that have high amounts of citric acid may be bad for your teeth. Fruits like oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, and tangerines contain a lot of citric acid. This acid can attack your tooth enamel and cause damage to the tooth.

5. Alcohol:
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Think about this the next time you go to grab a beer or glass of wine. One major side effect of alcohol consumption is dehydration, which leads to dry mouth. Dry mouth prevents your mouth from properly protecting itself from cavities, gum disease, and other infections. Make sure to keep you saliva flow adequate.

6. Caffeinated Drinks:

Like alcohol, caffeine causes you to have dry mouth. In addition to dry mouth, many people add sugar to their tea, coffee, and we all know how much sugar soft drinks contain.

7. Sports Drinks:

When exercising or partaking in athletic events, they are great for your recovery. However, if you consume these drinks on a regular basis, the levels of sugars can cause harm to your teeth and mouth.

So, now you may be wondering what foods you can actually eat. Have no fears, Dr. Landry will examine what foods are beneficial to your oral health in our next blog post, so stay tuned!

Think you might have a cavity or need a cleaning? Please feel free to contact Dr. Landry in Seville, OH serving patients in Wadsworth, Medina, Creston, Chippewa Lake, Westfield, and surrounding areas!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Should I Worry About My Snoring?

Is Snoring Serious?

When you snore, it may keep your wife or husband, kids, and maybe even the dog awake at night. Additionally, you may dread trips with friends or coworkers where you will be sharing a room. Yes, snoring is embarrassing and annoying, but could it be worse than just that?

Snoring Seville, OhioUnfortunately, the answer to that question is yes. Snoring may be an indication of several health concerns. Often, it is a symptom of sleep apnea, a medical condition that negatively impacts your breathing.

There are two kinds of sleep apnea to be aware of: Central and Obstructive.

Obstructive is the more common kind. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in your throat relax and block part of your airway.

Central sleep apnea is less common, but the more serious. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to signal to the muscles that control your breathing.

Both sleep apnea and snoring can be a result of other, more serious, health problems. These health problems include:

- Stroke
- Heart Disease
- GERD (Acid Reflux)
- Irregular heartbeat
- Excessive weight gain

The severity of your snoring does not matter; loud or quiet, it could be a sign of something much worse than just snoring. If you are a snorer, there is hope. We suggest first consulting a physician or sleep therapist.

We welcome you to contact us at 330-769-4470 to schedule a visit with Dr. Landry and the friendly Landry Family Dentistry Team! Our new state-of-the-art facility in Seville is conveniently located minutes from Medina and Wadsworth, as well as Westfield Center, Lodi, Chippewa Lake, and Creston.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Why Do We Develop More Cavities As We Age?

Tooth Decay

One of the greatest protectors against cavities is saliva. The reason for this, is saliva helps to neutralize the acids in our mouths. Our salivary glands are located in our cheeks and under our tongues. These glands make two different kinds of saliva: serous and mucoid. Serous saliva is the more wet and watery of your saliva and your mucoid saliva is thick and sticky. Our serous saliva is the important one when considering cavities and oral health.

Cavities Seville, OhioUnfortunately, as we age, fatty tissue is stored in our serous salivary glands. This means that the area of our mouth that used to create saliva is now being replaced with fat. As a result of this, we start to suffer from dry mouth (xerostomia). Dry mouth means that we are not producing enough saliva, and we have more acids in our mouth than bases. As a result of this imbalance, we start to develop more cavities.

There are other things that can also cause dry mouth for us as we age. These things include side effects to medication and radiation treatment. Many common medications that we use when age are to treat hypertension, heart problems, arthritis, and others. Unfortunately, a side effect of many of these medications is diminished salivary gland production. Additionally, radiation treatment decreases cell multiplication including the cells that make up your salivary glands.

As we grow old, our body goes through many changes that impact our health. Because of this, Dr. Landry in Seville, OH suggests that you continue to see your dentist at least twice per year. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Landry please call us at 330-769-4470 or use our online form.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) - Part 4

Relief For Dry Mouth

Now that we have looked at what dry mouth is, what some of the common causes are, and what some good treatment options are, let’s discuss a few more ways to find relief. Finding relief from dry mouth is not always easy, but avoiding certain foods and activities can help.

Relief for dry mouthUnfortunately, cutting some of your favorite foods and activities out of your life is not easy. However, if you are serious about finding relief for your dry mouth, here are some suggestions of what to eliminate from your diet or daily activities:

- Avoid alcohol consumption.
- Avoid smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products.
- Avoid excess caffeine intake.
- Avoid foods and juices with citrus.
- Avoid consuming too much sodium.

Additionally, you should dry to breathe through your nose as much as possible. When you breathe through your mouth, it can cause your mouth to dry out. However, if your nose is stuffy and you cannot breathe through your nose, please breathe through your mouth instead of not at all!!

If you suffer from dry mouth, please know it can lead to further dental and general health problems and become both annoying and dangerous. If you leave your dry mouth untreated,  you may begin to suffer from extreme tooth decay and gum disease. In a study done by the Oral Cancer Foundation, it was found that roughly thirty percent of cavities in adults were a result of dry mouth. If you can detect dry mouth, and relieve your symptoms, you will not only be more comfortable but also could save your teeth. Unfortunately, the longer you wait to treat your dry mouth - the worse shape you will be in. 

Dr. Landry and his team of dental professionals want you to lead a happy and healthy life. Dr. Landry welcomes you to contact us to schedule an appointment at his office in Seville, Ohio, just minutes from Lodi, Wadsworth, Medina, Creston, and Chippewa Lake to get on your way to a healthy smile.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) - Part 3

Remedies For Dry Mouth

In Parts 1 and 2 of our blog series about Dry Mouth, Dr. Landry discussed what dry mouth is, as well as some of the common causes.  At Landry Family Dentistry, we want everyone in the Seville, OH area to be educated about their dental health. Below are several pointers and treatments to find some relief from dry mouth:

dry mouth Seville Ohio
- Consume more water
- Proper at home oral care (brushing, flossing, and mouthwash twice per day)
- Chew sugarless chewing gum, look specifically for xylitol
- Utilize a humidifier while sleeping
- Keep your lips hydrated
- Use an artificial saliva substitute
- Visit Dr. Landry regularly

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, often has an underlying cause that cannot be treated. It is common that medication you are taking can cause dry mouth, and not a health issue itself. 

In part 4 of our blog series regarding dry mouth, we will discuss other ways to find relief. If you would like to schedule a visit to Landry Family Dentistry, we would be happy to see you. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) - Part 2

Common Causes of Dry Mouth

Everyone at Landry Family Dentistry in Seville, OH understands that maintaining your oral health is critical in maintaining your overall health. You may not know but dry mouth, or xerostomia, can stem from an underlying health condition. Whatever is causing your dry mouth, it is important to understand it and properly treat it.
Dry Mouth Seville Ohio

What are causes of Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth is when you do not produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. But what causes this insufficient secretion of saliva? Common causes of insufficient salivary flow include medications, diseases like anemia and diabetes, radiation therapy, nerve damage, dehydration, smoking, caffeine intake and other various triggers.

While all of the above can cause dry mouth, the leading cause is medications. Many medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, have dry mouth as a potential side effect. Below is a list of several groups of medications that can be involved with dry mouth. The list includes, but is not limited to the following:

- Alergy medications
- Antidepressants
- Pain Killers
- Diuretics
- Blood Pressure medications
- Inhalers
- Decongestants

If you would like to know some treatment tips to prevent and reverse dry mouth please stay tuned for part 3 of our blog series on dry mouth.

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 If you are in the Seville, Wadsworth, Medina, Creston, Chippewa Lake, or Westfield area, please contact us for a visit to discuss ways in which we can address your dry mouth or other dental concerns.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) - Part 1

What is Dry Mouth?

Do you find yourself quite thirsty all the time? Do you have trouble swallowing certain kinds of food? Does your saliva ever feel foamy or thick? You may be one of the millions of Americans that suffers from xerostomia, better know as dry mouth.
Dry Mouth Xerostomia Seville Ohio

25% of Americans are affected by dry mouth, so you are not alone in suffering from this common disorder. Dr. Landry and the entire team at Landry Family Dentistry want the gums, teeth, and mouths of people in Seville, OH to be as healthy as possible. The following is information that Dr. Landry and his team want you to know regarding dry mouth and how it impacts your dental health.

What is dry mouth?

Dry mouth (xerostomia), is an absence or inadequate amount of saliva in the mouth. This can lead to many issues as your saliva is an integral part of maintaining good oral health.

Why is it a problem?

Saliva is one of the most important factors to maintaining your oral health. The reason saliva is so important is due to the many functions it performs like preventing tooth decay, aiding in the digestion process, and helping us fight off infection. If you create an insufficient amount of saliva it can lead to things like periodontitis and cavities.

Keep your eyes open for part two of our series on dry mouth where we will discuss some common causes of dry mouth. If you are in the Seville, Medina, Wadsworth, Creston, Westfield, or Chippewa Lake area please contact us today at 330-769-4470.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Oral Health and Diabetes

Diabetes and Your Oral Health

Did you know that one largely unknown consequence of diabetes is the detriment to your oral health? If you are one of the 30 million Americans who suffers from diabetes you may want to know this.

Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease (Periodontitis) among those with diabetes. This serious disease that affects the gum tissue and jaw bones is in addition to other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.  Periodontal disease is a serious health concern that affects entire body health, potentially affecting blood glucose control and even contributing to the progression of diabetes.
Diabetes Oral Health Seville Ohio

Diabetes may lead to periodontal disease adnd tooth decay for many reasons, including:

- Diabetes decreases your body's ability to fight off infections and recover.
- Diabetes decreases the flow of your blood meaning not as much blood will circulate to your gums.
- Diabetes will cause an elevation of sugar within your mouth.

For these reasons it is important to brush and floss as recommended by Dr. Landry. It is also important to see Dr. Landry for routine oral wellness visits.  Additionally, you can read the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health which reports on how good oral health will lead to improved overall health.

Call Landry Family Dentistry at 330-769-4470 and make an appointment today with Dr. Joseph Landry for a check-up to maintain ideal health.  Like us out on Facebook and follow us on Twitter more tips on proper oral health.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tips To Stop Smoking

Want To Quit Smoking?

Smoking is one of the worst, if not the worst, habit you can form for your health. Not only does smoking effect your overall health but also your dental health by increasing your risk of mouth cancer, causing tooth discoloration, and increasing plaque and tartar build up. Smoking can also cause your to be at higher risk for tooth loss due to diseases like periodontitis.

Dr. Joseph Landry II and the Landry Family Dentistry team are dedicated to the improvement of the oral and overall health for the people of Medina, Summit, and Wayne Counties! We enjoy cheering on our patients in their decision to stop or reduce their smoking habit, and would like to describe some of the encouraging tips we share with them.
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One of the biggest reasons people smoke is in order to relieve stress. This means that managing your stress levels is vital in your attempt to stop smoking. There are many substitutes you can try in place of smoking a cigarette. These things include receiving a massage, listening to calming music, and doing some yoga. Additionally, if there are certain things that calm  you down try those. For example, Dr. Landry loves being out in the fresh air when hiking or fishing.

If drinking makes you want a cigarette, try to stay away from alcohol. According to studies, using the combination of alcohol and tobacco increases the risk of oral cancer.  If you enjoy having a smoke after a meal, try to replace it with sugar-free gum or go for an after dinner walk.  

Identifying your individual smoking triggers can help you reduce or eliminate tobacco much more easily. For more information about why the Landry Family Dentistry team supports our patients in smoking cessation, check out

If you have stopped smoking or are considering stopping and want to whiten your discolored teeth please contact Dr. Landry. If you would like to know more about Dr. Landry's teeth whitening services please contact his office in Seville, OH.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Tooth Sensitivity ‐ Part 3

Dental Sensitivity can be caused by many factors, including these ten examples:

1. Over‐brushing or aggressive brushing: If you brush too forcefully, with a side‐to side technique or with too hard a brush, the enamel may be thinned and the area around the gum‐line is most often affected. If you previously were flexing your muscles while brushing, save that for the gym or beach! Effective brushing is more of a gentle cleansing massage in small circular motions rather than a forceful scrubbing approach. Dr. Landry personally uses and recommends an electric toothbrush with soft bristles, like Sonicare.

2. Abrasive toothpaste: Even more than a hard or medium bristle toothbrush, studies show an abrasive toothpaste can increase abrasion wear on the teeth and cause sensitivity. “Whitening toothpastes” are the most abrasive. Instead, Dr. Landry recommends patients with tooth wear or sensitivity to use an ADA-approved “Sensitivity toothpaste” since these are the most non-abrasive, gentle type available.

3. Periodontal Disease and Gingival Recession: Periodontal disease causes a reduction in the bone height. The gum tissue follows the reduced bone and shrinks back, exposing the sensitive root surface which is not protected by enamel.

4. Poor oral hygiene: This can lead to cavities and/or plaque and tartar build‐up, resulting in gum disease and recession.

5. Clenching and grinding your teeth: This can cause tooth sensitivity due to the constant force being exerted on your teeth. Regularly grinding your teeth can also wear down the enamel on your teeth and expose your dentin.

6. Medical conditions: Bulimia and acid reflux (GERD), for instance, can cause acid to collect in the mouth and erode enamel, resulting in sensitive teeth. If certain medical conditions are uncontrolled and combined with the bruxism grinding habit, enamel and dentin erosion can quickly become severe.

7. Medications: Certain medications, such as asthma inhalers, can cause high acidity levels to occur in the mouth and result in tooth surface erosion.

8. Acidic food: Food with high acid content, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles and tea, can cause enamel erosion with regular consumption.

9. Teeth whitening: Sensitivity is one of the possible side effects of whitening. Proactive preventative steps can be taken prior to whitening to minimize or eliminate sensitivity. However, if someone does experience short-term sensitivity from whitening, this will clear up soon after the whitening has ended.

10. Bad habits: Using your teeth as tools or biting down on objects (i.e., pencils) can wear down your tooth enamel and cause your dentin to be exposed.

To schedule a visit in Seville, OH to discuss your sensitive teeth or other dental concerns, we welcome you to call our office today at (330) 769-4470! For more helpful dental advice, please like us at Joseph G. Landry II, DDS, FAGD on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tooth Sensitivity ‐ Part 2 ‐ Common Causes

This week we take a look at many of the common causes of tooth sensitivity.

1. Trauma – If your tooth has been injured or damage it may become sensitive to even slight pressure. Oftentimes an injury will cause your tooth to "bruise" or crack and cause you to have pain or tenderness when chewing or biting. There are times when getting your teeth cleaned can cause your teeth to be sensitive due to these things as well. Usually a toothpaste designed to treat sensitivity will reverse this sensitivity.

2. Uneven Bite – If you have a bite where your teeth are not aligned and meet too soon or with too much force it can cause you to have pain or sensitivity. An uneven bite can be caused by habits like thumb-sucking, loss of jaw bone, or a tooth being extracted. An adjustment to your bit will usually reverse this source of tooth sensitivity.

3. Dental Decay – Sensitivity to hot or cold, sweets, or acidic food can develop in a tooth if decayed because bacteria have access to the nerve of the tooth. Removal of the decay and a filling is required to solve this issue. If the decay is not addressed quickly, the tooth nerve may be irreversibly damaged from the bacterial presence and either a root canal therapy or extraction of the tooth may be needed.

4. Dental Infection ‐ Extreme sensitivity can occur if there is infection in the tooth. Treatment is needed to clear up the infection or it can not only lead to extreme pain, but serious health issues.

5. Dentinal Sensitivity – The most common cause of tooth sensitivity is exposed dentin. Dentin (the inner layer of your tooth) becomes exposed when your enamel has become too worn down. Maintaining a healthy layer of enamel will protect you from this cause of tooth sensitivity.

Teeth can become sensitive for various reasons, including trauma, tooth wear or dental disease. The first step in treating a sensitive tooth or teeth is to determine the cause. If you have sensitivity, we will be happy to help you find solutions at Landry Family Dentistry in Seville, OH! Please feel free to contact us to make an appointment if you are dealing with Tooth Sensitivity or any other dental care issues.  Stay tuned to our next blog, where we will continue to rev
iew some of the many factors that cause Dentinal Sensitivity.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Tooth Sensitivity ‐ Part 1

It is approximated that nearly 50% of all adults in the United States suffer, to some degree, from tooth sensitivity. This suffering is serious for some and just beginning for others, but should be checked on regardless. The reason you should have this checked on is that tooth sensitivity can be a sign of a more serious dental condition like intense grinding of your teeth, loss of enamel due to acid, trauma, and more. There is a wide range of treatment for tooth sensitivity that Dr. Landry can take advantage of to treat your condition. Regardless of how severe or long-lasting, you should take tooth sensitivity as a sign to visit Dr. Landry.

You may experience tooth sensitivity when:

- Eating something hot or cold
- Eating something sweet or sour
- Pressure on your teeth
- When biting down on something hard or chewy

The Landry Family Dentistry Team in Seville, Ohio, truly enjoys helping our patients from Medina, Summit, and Wayne Counties reduce and eliminate tooth sensitivity, as well as solving other smile concerns. Please call (330) 769-4470 if we can help you as well! Stay tuned for our next blog, where we will review some of the common causes of tooth sensitivity.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Root Canal

Why Dentists Do Root Canals
Root canals get a bad reputation, but their criticism is typically not warranted. Nowadays, root canals can be as comfortable as getting a tooth filled. If your dentist recommends a root canal, otherwise known as endodontics, it is for a good reason: to save your tooth. If you would benefit from a root canal, it is either because you are experiencing pain in the first place, the x-ray of the tooth shows it is infected with an abscess, or trauma to the tooth has occurred. A root canal will make things better in the long run. Ohio dentist Dr. Joseph G. Landry II can save your infected tooth with a root canal. 

A Closer Look at Tooth Pulp
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, it's likely because the pulp is infected. The pulp is found in the center of the tooth. It contains tissues and blood vessels that provide nourishment for the tooth. When the pulp is damaged from a large cavity, bacteria spread and cause an infection. Dr. Landry likes to describe the process of a root canal to patients by asking them to imagine a tooth like a writing pen, with the outside of the pen representing the tooth root and the ink cartridge inside like the pulp with the nerve and blood vessels. A root canal therapy is like when an empty ink cartridge (the dying or dead nerve) is removed and replaced with a new ink cartridge (the sterile, sealed material that is placed after the canal is disinfected). 

Why is a Root Canal Needed?
If you develop an infection, a root canal is needed to clean out the infection and should be done as soon as possible. Otherwise, you can develop the following issues:
  • Inflammation that spreads outside of the mouth and throughout various parts of the body, including the neck, face or head.
  • Drainage issues. The infection may create a hole, called a fistula, and the draining pus could seep into your cheeks, gums, and throat.
  • Bone loss, which could lead to the extraction of the tooth
Save Your Infected Tooth with a Root Canal
Dr. Joseph G. Landry II is an Ohio dentist who is trained to comfortably perform root canal treatment in order to remove bacteria from an infected tooth, utilizing rotary endodontic instruments and state-of-the-art technology and materials. Conveniently located in Seville, Ohio at Exit 2 off Highway 76/224, Dr. Landry serves patients of all ages from Medina, Wadsworth, Westfield Center, Lodi, Creston, and other surrounding areas of Medina, Summit, and Wayne Counties. If you've suffered tooth pain for too long, get relief by calling (330) 769-4470.

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Importance of Deep Cleanings

Everyone puts great importance into keeping up with their oral hygiene, but many of our patients in Seville, Medina, Wadsworth, Westfield Center and Lodi are not aware of what lies beneath the gum line. Although teeth appear small, they are actually much larger than people realize. When periodontal disease begins, regular cleanings are not enough to fully restore your teeth and gums to a healthy state. When your gums develop inflammation from gum disease, deep cleanings are necessary and important.

As a dental professional my patients often ask me what a deep cleaning consists of. A deep cleaning is made up of two parts: scaling and root planing. Scaling is the process or removing tartar and bacteria that may be trapped beneath the gum line in your roots and pockets of your gum tissue. Next, planing smoothes your roots and eliminate the areas where bacteria thrives in your mouth. This two step process will aid your gums in healing and let your gum pockets shrink back closer to normal size. Dr. Landry can also use medications to further your healing process.

Like diabetes and hypertension, periodontitis can never be healed. Once you have it, you have it. This is why having oral wellness visits with Dr. Landry and maintain good oral health habits at home is so important.

Periodontitis is an extremely quiet disease, meaning it does not show many symptoms or sings. Periodontitis can lead to many health issues, deteriorate your gum, roots, and bone, lead to an increased build up of bacteria and tartar, and eventually cause issues like tooth loss. For these reasons it is important to have your gums checked at your oral wellness visits. Once you have contracted periodontitis it is important to have it treated on a regular basis in order to limit the damage that it causes.

For additional information on this topic, visit Oral-B’s website. If you would like to schedule an appointment to visit Dr. Landry and have your gums check please contact us at our office in Seville, OH.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Junk Food and Your Oral Health

Your oral health is more connected to your overall health than many may think. At the office of Joseph G. Landry II. DDS it’s very important to us that we help our patients in Seville, Medina, and Wadsworth live healthy lives. While a little junk food is fine as an occasional treat, too much of these foods can cause problems to your oral health which can ultimately impact your entire body.

Ingesting too much sugar can not only cause cavities, but also increases your risk for gum disease. Gum disease can both weaken your bone structure and cause an inflammatory response that may raise your risk of heart disease and other inflammatory conditions.

Excess sugar (sometimes in the form of corn syrup) is everywhere these days; in all kinds of junk foods, candies and soft drinks. And even the sugar-free diet soft drinks still contain high acid levels that can harm your teeth. The best way to stay healthy is to limit how much of these foods you eat.

To learn more about promoting good oral health, visit the American Dental Association at:, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Brushing Your Tongue Is Important

Good dental hygiene is important, and that's why brushing the tongue is just as important as brushing the teeth. Like dental cavities, bacteria in the mouth can cause gum disease, gingivitis, tooth decay and bad breath.
A toothbrush is the best tool to clean 
your tongue and prevent bad breath.

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can have a negative impact on your daily lifestyle and routine. A clean tongue can prevent halitosis and other foul odors in the mouth.

The best tool to use in order to clean your teeth is a toothbrush. This is because your toothbrush has the ability to break up bacteria on your tongue and prevent stinky breath. Brushing your tongue will also remove bacterias and acid out of your mouth and reduce your chances of contracting other health disorders like cavities and periodontitis.

Effective Tongue-Brushing Skills:
  1. Brush the tongue regularly.
  2. When brushing the teeth, use short back-and-forth strokes to gently brush the inside and outside of each tooth, as well as the chewing surface of each tooth.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and use mouthwash if desired.
At Dr. Joseph G. Landry's dental office in Seville, Ohio, we recommend brushing your tongue every time you brush your teeth, preventing odor-causing bacteria from lingering on your tongue. Dr. Landry also recommends flossing to prevent halitosis.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Food that May Stain Your Teeth

For our Seville, OH patients who are concerned about keeping their teeth their whitest, this post is going to talk about foods that may stain your teeth.

The first thing you need to consider about foods and beverages is that they will probably stain your teeth if they would stain your carpet.

Even though enamel is extremely strong, stronger than your bones, it contains small ridges that have the ability to trap particles of food and beverage. This leads to staining and discolored teeth. Additionally, there are many foods, like colas, that are extremely high in acid content. This acid will wear away the enamel of your teeth and expose you dentin. Your dentin makes your teeth look more yellow.

Processed foods are other foods that will stain your teeth. This is due to food coloring. Foods like fruit juices, popsicles, gummies, taffy, and more contain food coloring to give them color. The purpose of the food coloring is to stain your food - so they will probably stain your teeth also.

Maintaining a good home care routine (regular brushing and flossing) is the best way to keep your teeth bright and free from discoloration. If you're looking for teeth whitening options, make an appointment with Dr. Landry.