• Dr. Andrea Barone, Jr. Shares information on the Consequences of Losing Teeth

    New Providence, NJ – Many consequences of losing teeth are noticeable, like the changes in the way you look and speak. Those results often cause low self-esteem and a lack of confidence that can make it difficult to develop new relationships or find jobs that require interacting with the public. You may suffer from embarrassment and insecurity because you look older than your true age and feel that people seem to notice your teeth more than they notice your attractive features.

    However, some consequences of tooth loss are not so apparent, and those are even more serious due to the impact they have on your health. Bones must have a certain amount of stimulation to retain their solidity and shape, and supplying that stimulation to your jawbone is one of the important functions performed by your teeth. The brief contacts your teeth have with each other every day produce a continuous regeneration of bone. Therefore, loss of a tooth or teeth usually results in some loss of jawbone, an eventual partial collapse of your lower face, sagging lips and risk of jaw fracture. You may also develop joint pain in your jaws as well as bite problems because your remaining teeth may partially move into spaces formerly occupied by your missing teeth.

    Dental implants can restore your confidence, re-establish your self-esteem and prevent the negative health consequences of losing teeth. You may be reluctant to smile now due to the fear of revealing gaps in your teeth, but implants can take away your fear and make you appear to be more friendly and happy.

    Your teeth can have a profound effect on many areas of your life. Raw vegetables and fruits and other healthy foods may become difficult or painful to eat because of missing teeth. If you avoid certain nutritious foods because they are hard to chew, your health may decline, but with dental implants, you can comfortably enjoy eating a wide variety of foods again. In addition to better health, dental implants can help give you a positive outlook and a dramatic improvement in your quality of life.

    A dentist uses local anesthesia and a minor surgical procedure to place a dental implant in your mouth. The implant itself is a plate or screw that acts as the root of your new tooth when inserted into your jawbone. Because it is made of titanium, one of the metals used for joint replacements, the implant actually fuses to your living bone and becomes a permanent part of it. After allowing time for healing, the dentist tops your implant with a dental crown that has the same appearance, function and feel as that of your natural teeth. Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth or all your teeth, dental implants are normally the ideal, permanent solution to the problem. For more information or to schedule a no obligation consultation to discuss your dental health call Dr. Andrea Barone Jr. today at (401) 247-2200

  • Dental Erosion and the Effects of Soda and Sports Drinks From Dr. Andrea Barone, Jr.

    New Providence, NJ – If you’re thirsty, you might think there’s no harm in drinking a soda. The caffeine will wake you up, and you’ll enjoy the refreshingly sweet taste. You could opt for a sports drink instead, reinvigorating your lost nutrients. Did you know that you could be damaging your teeth? Sugar, acidic chemicals and food coloring cause dental erosion. Sodas and sports drinks are among some of the worst offenders.

    Enemies of Enamel
    Your teeth are coated with a natural enamel to protect them and help them last longer. Enamel is a barrier from cavities and tooth decay. According to a study published by the Academy of General Dentistry, non-cola soft drinks are more likely to erode the teeth than cola drinks. A separate dental study showed that colas are more acidic than sports drinks, but both types of beverages reduce the enamel layer and can cause poor dental health.

    Soft drinks and sports beverages contain chemical-based acids that erode tooth enamel. Long-term exposure to acid results in a thinner and softer barrier, changing the texture and color of your teeth. This eventually results in nerve sensitivity and even cracked teeth. Sports drinks and sodas usually contain citric acid or phosphoric acid. Acid adds tanginess to balance out the sweetness of the sugars.

    Another enemy of your teeth is sugar. Plaque that forms on your teeth turns to acid when it comes in contact with sugary substances in your mouth. It attacks your teeth for up to 20 minutes, which can eventually lead to tooth decay. The American Dental Association recommends limiting or eliminating sugary drinks from your diet to lower your risk.

    Colorful Additives
    Food coloring makes sports drinks and sodas more interesting. It’s a common marketing tool to make beverages more attractive. Darker colors stain your teeth more quickly than lighter ones. Avoid swishing colored drinks in your mouth to decrease the likelihood of stains. One way to minimize discoloration is to use a straw. Slip the top of the straw into your mouth between your upper and lower teeth.

    Alternate Uses for Sodas
    If you have sports and soft drinks that you’re no longer interested in drinking, you can put them to use in other ways.
    • Auto technicians recommend soaking your car’s battery terminal bolts in a small cup of cola to remove caked on acid.
    • Clean the scorch marks from the bottom of your uncoated kitchen pans by letting them soak in root beer or cola for 20 minutes.
    • Set flowers such as white carnations in sports drinks to make them change colors.

    Sodas and sports drinks can taste refreshing. They can also harm your teeth. Lessen the damage they do to your teeth by avoiding them when possible. Don’t drink them in between meals, and brush your teeth soon after you finish. Need more information or have questions on your dental health? Call Dr. John Corino at 908-645-0536 Today.