Tips to Cut Down on Sugar

Halloween has come and gone, hopefully without too much overindulgence. That doesn’t mean it’s time to get complacent about sugar, though. The upcoming holidays are full of temptation. Here at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, we’re all about eating less sugar without sacrificing fun. Check out our tips to cut back on sugar:

  • Start with breakfast. Many cereals are chock full of sugar, and that’s no way to start the day! Opt for healthier options without sweeteners.
  • Sugar can masquerade as sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, molasses, hydrolyzed starch, corn syrup, and many others. Avoid these ingredients when you’re avoiding sugar–you’ll find that it’s harder than you think!
  • Practice moderation. Do you really need dessert every day? Save cookies, cake, etc. for one day a week. You’ll consume less sugar, plus do your budget a favor, and these treats will feel more like treats.
  • Swap out sugary snacks for healthier options like fresh veggies, a handful of nuts, frozen fruits, or sugar-free snacks.
  • Drink more water! No matter how careful they are with food, many people ignore a crucial source of additional sugar: beverages! Obviously, sodas are a huge culprit here, but don’t forget about coffees, teas, and even fruit juices. Swapping these for milk or water is better for your teeth, your body, and your wallet.

Sugar is a cause of the majority of poor oral health and disease. Don’t let it play havoc with your beautiful teeth! Follow these tips and contact Jordan Dentistry for help and support in your journey towards a healthy, happy smile for you and your family.

Tricks for a Healthy Mouth After Halloween Treats

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Halloween is a magical and mischievous holiday. It gives kids a chance to express their uninhibited creativity in the form of fun costumes and it gives them a chance to fill their candy coffers in a way that only comes once a year. But with all that candy, how do you keep your kids’ teeth healthy?

Jordan Dentistry in Cummings, Georgia, has some helpful tips to keep the cavities away when your little one indulges their sweet tooth this October.

All Things in Moderation

Every kid we’ve ever known loves to eat sweets. There are thousands of types of sugary treats that can make their way into your child’s trick-or-treat basket this Halloween, but that doesn’t mean they should have free reign over the haunting haul. Setting up a daily limit for candy consumption is a great compromise that will keep your kids’ happy and their smile shining bright!

Dole it Out Early

If your kids had their way, they’d probably eat their Halloween candy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One of your jobs as a parent is to make sure they eat their candy responsibly, though! Consider setting a cutoff time in the evening to keep the sugar buzz from interfering with normal sleep times. You can also put a piece of two into their lunch before they go to school as a mid-day treat. Just try not to go overboard.

Don’t Forget to Brush

Whether you want to restrict the amount of candy your kid eats or let them go wild, it’s important to remember is that sugar eats away at tooth enamel. Make sure your kids brush their teeth after eating their candy allotment and be sure to schedule regular teeth cleanings with us a Jordan Dentistry!

For more information about regulating your child’s candy intake and how to keep their teeth in great shape during the Halloween season, give us a call today.

4 Bad Habits That Hurt Your Teeth

No matter how excellent your at-home dental hygiene or how regularly you see your dentist, there are still little habits that can harm your teeth. Are you guilty of any of these?

  1. kid clenching teethGrinding or clenching your teeth isn’t just bad for your teeth, it can also cause jaw pain and joint dysfunction. Often this happens at night without us realizing it. In that case, speak with your dentist about solutions. They may have a trick or tool to help you out. If you catch yourself doing this during the day, just relax!
  2. Biting your fingernails can damage your tooth enamel, and it’s especially bad for fillings. Not only that, but your fingernails carry bacteria, germs, and dirt, so biting them isn’t just bad for your teeth, it’s bad for your health. Bitter-tasting nail coat, available at most drugstores, can help break this habit.
  3. Chewing ice cubes and very hard candies like jawbreakers should be a no-brainer when it comes to teeth health, but just in case, here’s the official word: don’t do it! These can play havoc with your enamel, and even break your teeth! If you absolutely crave something cold to chew on, stick with soft treats like low-sugar popsicles.
  4. It may be tempting to use your teeth to open packages, tear tape, hold or open things, but DON’T! Use the correct tool for the job and save your teeth for eating.

At Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, we care about your dental health. If you’re having trouble with any of these habits, or have already sustained damage from them, come talk to us and let’s fix it!

Can Sinuses Cause Tooth Pain?

As the seasons change and fall allergens kick into gear, sinus problems become more common. Whether a cold, something more serious like a sinus infection, or just uncomfortable sinus pressure from congestion, did you know that sinus pain can cause tooth painsinus pain causing tooth pain

It’s true: your teeth can sometimes hurt because of sinus pressure. This phenomenon is sometimes called “referred pain” and can also happen in other parts of the body. The sinuses and the molars are only separated by a little bit of bone and tissue; congestion in the sinus cavities can easily press on the nerve endings in your teeth, causing pain.

How do you know if your tooth pain is sinus-related? First, consider how much it hurts. Sinus pressure will usually cause mild to moderate tooth pain, generally described as a dull ache, and you will probably feel pain in multiple teeth. It may be difficult to pinpoint which specific tooth is in pain. Moving your head, or bending over and then standing up quickly, will likely make the pain worse. It is unlikely to be severe or very sharp pain.

If you think your tooth pain is related to sinus pressure, try at-home remedies. Decongestants (and antihistamines if the congestion is allergy-related), hot showers with lots of steam, warm compresses on your face, and staying hydrated can all help. If you have a fever, green mucus, or other symptoms of a sinus infection, see your doctor.

If you’ve ruled out sinus pressure and are still having tooth pain, come see Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA. Together we’ll get to the bottom of this!

Brushing with Braces – Don’t Let it Get You Down

We know proper at-home dental care is important, but when you add braces to the mix, things can get more complicated. How do you brush your teeth with braces?

First of all, know that you’ll need to invest time in brushing your teeth when you have braces. Plan to spend at least two minutes brushing, twice a day. Two minutes is longer than you think! A timer can be helpful here: set it for one minute for the top teeth, and then one minute for the bottom teeth. smile with braces

When you brush, make sure to hit each section of your teeth twice, once from the top and again from the bottom. Angle your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the brackets each time, so you brush as much of the tooth surface as possible. Use short strokes. An electric toothbrush is a great choice for braces. Look for models specifically designed for braces, and ask your dentist or orthodontist for recommendations if you’re unsure.

Don’t forget to floss! Braces are likely to catch food particles, so don’t skip this step. A waterpik will help you efficiently and gently clean between teeth and brackets. Waterpiks are easier, quicker, and more effective than floss, so they’re a great investment for braces!

Good brushing and flossing are crucial to the success of your orthodontic treatment and the health of your teeth afterwards. If you’re not careful, your orthodontist may have to remove your braces to let your teeth and gums heal. If that happens, you’ll have to start all over again. Don’t hesitate to contact Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA for information, resources, and regular in-office cleanings!

What’s That Smell? Hopefully Not Your Breath!

Nobody wants their breath to be stinky! But what causes bad breath? Normally it’s one of two things: bacteria in the mouth, or particularly pungent foods like onions or garlic. However, bad breath can also be the sign of medical conditions like dry mouth, gum disease, sinus problems, liver or kidney disease, or acid reflux. And of course, smoking is not only dangerous to your health, it’s killer on your breath! bad breath

Treating and preventing bad breath depends on the cause, but in general, it begins with good dental hygiene. Brush at least twice a day with an ADA Seal toothpaste and floss daily. See your dentist regularly. And don’t forget to pay attention to your tongue! Whether with a tongue scraper or your toothbrush, make sure you clean your tongue because a lot of bacteria gathers there. If you wear dentures, make sure to clean your dentures nightly, as well as the inside of your mouth.

If bad breath persists even with good dental hygiene, it may be the sign of a more serious condition. Come see us at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, to rule out any of these potential conditions and put together a treatment plan. We can check for signs of gum disease and dry mouth. And finally, if you’re a smoker, remember that quitting is the best choice for your health, including your mouth.

Bad breath doesn’t have to be a fact of life! Contact Jordan Dentistry today and let’s start you on a journey to your best smile.

Who Wins the Toothpaste Wars?

By now you know how and when you should (and shouldn’t) brush and floss your teeth. But what kind of toothpaste should you use? Here at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, we’ve got the details on how to pick the right kind of toothpaste for your needsfluoride

First of all, you definitely want to pick a toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Approval. The American Dental Association has stringent testing requirements before a product gets the Seal, including clinical and lab testing, so you know you’re getting products that will help your dental health.

Next, ask yourself what you’re trying to achieve. Obviously, we all want clean, healthy teeth, but what other issues do you care about? Are you hoping to subtly or dramatically whiten your teeth, decrease sensitivity, strengthen enamel, or take extra action against cavities? There are toothpaste varieties for each of these things, and even combinations.

Don’t forget about taste and flavor! Toothpaste flavoring has come a long way–you can get all kinds of different tastes nowadays, including lemon, fruits, and almost every different kind of mint. Experiment to see what tastes you like, and don’t be afraid to branch out, or even to get rid of toothpaste you hate. There’s no need to punish yourself with something gross!

Remember, the tools you use are only as good as the way you use them. The best toothpaste in the world won’t help if you don’t use it every day and visit your dentist regularly! Come see us at Jordan Dentistry and let’s work together to create your healthiest smile.

Don’t Floss Like That!

We all know flossing is good for dental health, and at Jordan Dentistry we strongly encourage it. If you’re flossing at all, you’re doing pretty well! But if you want to take your flossing game to the next level, consider these four common flossing mistakes. Are you guilty?dental floss

  1. Not Flossing Regularly. When you don’t floss regularly, bacteria can build up and make the gums more sensitive, which can cause bleeding when you do floss. This is probably most common flossing mistake, and the simplest to fix: just floss at least every other day!
  2. Being Too Rough. There’s no need to punish your poor gums! Too much aggression can lead to gum recession over the years, so take your time and be gentle but thorough. Keeping your floss a little slack and easing it between teeth will help with this.
  3. Reusing Floss. Use enough floss to make sure that every tooth gets a fresh piece, or you may wind up spreading bacteria around your mouth.
  4. Zoning Out. Flossing isn’t just a time to clean your teeth–it’s also a time to keep track of what’s going on with your mouth. Is any part of your gums tender or sensitive? Do you notice bleeding anywhere? Dental health is a team effort; the more you pay attention to these things, the better you can help your dentist know what to look for.

At Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, we’re all about finding good solutions to your brushing and flossing problems. Don’t hesitate to call us with your questions or concerns!

Put Down that Toothbrush!

We’ve all been told that we should brush our teeth twice a day, and at Jordan Dentistry we definitely agree with that. However, did you know there are times brushing your teeth can actually be harmful? They’re rare, but it’s true! Here are three times you shouldn’t brush your teethBrushing teeth

  • After Vomiting. While it’s tempting to follow this unpleasant activity with toothpaste to remove the taste, don’t! All that stomach acid will have weakened the enamel of your teeth, and brushing now can really cause damage. For best results, swish gently with water a few times, and then brush later.  
  • Before Acidic Foods. Not only does following up toothpaste with orange juice taste gross, it’s bad for your teeth. Brushing teeth removes plaque, which is usually a good thing, except that when it comes to very acidic foods or beverages. In those cases, plaque can actually act as a buffer between acid and enamel.  In general, give yourself about 20-30 minutes between brushing teeth and drinking a soda.
  • Immediately After Eating. Brushing after a meal is not a bad idea, but it’s best to wait about 20 minutes. During that time your saliva will build back up and have time to restore pH, normalize a healthy balance, and remove food debris.

Again, brushing your teeth regularly is important, but there can be too much of a good thing. If you have questions about when you should and shouldn’t brush, contact Jordan Dentistry in Cumming GA! We can help you create a dental care plan that meets your needs.

Back to School with Braces

Going back to school is always an adjustment, and adding braces to the equation can make things really difficult. At Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, we want your family to be as comfortable as possible with your teeth. Here are some tips for dealing with braces at school.

  • Pack a Lunch + Snacks. With so many food restrictions, make it easier on your child by making sure they pack lunch with foods that are braces-approved, easy to eat, and tasty. Don’t forget to include snacks, especially those that will help with cravings for sweets.
  • Make a Kit. Pack all the essentials of daily braces care in an easy-to-carry bag. Make sure to include toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, wax, lip balm, and a small mirror. Take the bag to lunch for easy after-meal maintenance. The easier it is for kids to carry their cleaning supplies, the more likely they are to use them! This will help prevent embarrassing mishaps–nobody wants food stuck in their teeth. smile with braces
  • Ask for Help. Especially with new braces-wearers, speak with teachers about the situation. Chances are your child isn’t their first student with braces! Politely explain that your student may need more frequent bathroom breaks or a little extra time. And don’t forget that your dentist and orthodontist are here to help too.
  • Pack Extras. Mouth guards, lip balm, wax–make sure you have extras of anything kids are likely to lose!
  • Schedule Smart. The very beginning of the school year may not be the best time to get braces put on. And remember, new braces and adjustments can make cause some pain. Opt for a lower-stress time like school breaks, so kids have time to practice caring for their teeth and parents have time to help them deal with soreness and headaches.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Jordan Dentistry. We’re here to help!