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How Your Genes Affect Your Dental Health

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One reason your doctor or dentist may ask you about your family history (rather than just your own personal medical history) is that some medical conditions can run in families. This can be due to shared genetics; someone with a genetic predisposition to a condition may pass down those genes to the next generation.

Your dental health is just as easily affected by genetic conditions and issues as your overall health. Some genetic predispositions can affect oral health directly, while others may cause mental or physical conditions that then create problems for your oral health status.

Here are some of the basics on how your genes can affect your dental health.

6 Types of Dental X-Rays

Regular cleanings and exams are part of caring for your oral health. However, X-rays are also commonly used to catch problems before they arise and to diagnose existing problems. Of course, there are many different types of X-rays your dentist can provide. If you want to be better prepared for your next X-ray, you should understand the different types of X-rays and when or if you may need them.

1. Bitewing X-Ray

Zinc and Its Role in Oral Health

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What nutrients are essential for good oral health? Calcium and vitamin D typically come to mind first. You may also be aware that vitamin C is essential for healthy gums. However, other nutrients also play a vital role in dental health. Zinc, a mineral that your body requires in trace amounts, affects oral health in several different ways. Keep reading for a closer look.

How Does Zinc Affect Oral Health?
Zinc has a number of roles in the body. It is involved in the function of more than 300 enzymes, which are all essential for your body to carry out normal biochemical reactions. It is also involved in immunity, builds certain tissues in a structural sense, and helps with nutrient metabolism. The following are a few ways zinc is specifically known to promote healthy teeth and gums.

Dehydration and Your Healthy Mouth

Can dehydration impact your mouth’s health? From warm weather workouts to salty meals, dehydration sets in when your body loses more fluids than you replace. Take a look at the oral issues dehydration can cause and what you can do to prevent and combat them.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a red flag dehydration symptom. Even though it may seem like it’s only a physical sign, it can also affect your oral health.

Swap Out the PB&J to Protect Your Child’s Teeth

Although children may be picky and refuse to eat many foods, few will turn down a peanut butter and jelly (PB&J) sandwich. This easy-to-make meal has a rich variety of flavors that appeals to the immature taste buds of most children. However, it may cause dental damage in many children. The dangers are listed below, as well as some safer replacement ideas.

PB&J Sandwich Dental Dangers  

Dental Health Tips, Your Child, and Summer Camp

Their bags are packed and they’re ready to go. Your little camper is heading off to their first overnight experience. Don’t let a summer dental slump happen. If your child is going away to sleepover camp, take a look at how you can help them maintain their dental health while they’re away.

Schedule an Office Visit

When is your child’s next dental office visit? If their regular check-up falls during their overnight camp time, you’ll need to reschedule the appointment immediately.

Examples of Preventive Dentistry During Dental Consultation

Many people know that they should get regular dental consultations. The consultations are necessary even for those who don’t have dental diseases. Below are some of the preventive dentistry measures you may benefit from during your regular dental consultations. Disease Screening During your dental examination, the dentist will examine your mouth to look for signs of diseases. Both oral diseases and diseases in other parts of the body may have symptoms in your mouth. For example:

Trapped Food: A Common Cause of Oral Problems

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When eating, most people likely don’t stop to think about the dangers of trapped food. This problem can be a serious dental concern because it may trigger a multitude of issues, including bad breath and even cavities. Fully understanding this problem — and how to manage it — improves the oral health of anybody who follows these guidelines. Here’s what you need to know.

Food May Get Trapped in a Mouth

Although the vast majority of the food a person eats will disappear down their throat, small particles may linger in the mouth. These trapped food bits often work their way between teeth, into spots between the teeth and gums, and into small recesses in the teeth. Even worse, food may end up in cavities in the teeth caused by dental decay.

Use Cheese Instead of Ketchup to Protect Oral Health

Ketchup is a very popular topping but can also be very devastating to a person’s oral health. As a result, people worried about their teeth should use foods like cheese as a topping instead. This step can help support oral health and provide healthier doses of vitamins and minerals in a person’s diet.

Ketchup Is Moderately Damaging to Teeth 

Tomatoes provide one of the more destructive types of acid for dental health. And as ketchup is made primarily of tomatoes, this sauce has some of the same destructive tendencies. However, ketchup contains less acidic components than tomatoes because it is watered down with a multitude of ingredients that do negate some of the acids.

Reduce the Impact of Sugar Intake on Your Oral Health

You probably know that eating a lot of sweets can be bad for your teeth. But even if you’re a relatively healthy eater most of the time, you’ll likely have times when you just need a little something sweet. Here are some strategies to help you reduce the impact of these occasional indulgences on your enamel and gums.

Eat the Treat With a Meal

Here’s a great reason for eating your dessert first: the rest of your meal will help dilute and wipe away the traces of sugar left on your teeth (especially if you have a lot of crunchy vegetables or chewy meats in the meal). But that’s not the only reason to eat sweets with a meal.