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By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
September 03, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Coffee  

Whether you enjoy a cup of coffee every morning or only on occasion, your coffee habit may be harming your teeth more than you know. Before you reach for your next cup, be sure to read over these facts about coffee and your smile from Laurel dentist John N. Kim, CoffeeD.D.S., P.A.

Coffee Causes Discoloration

While your teeth may feel strong and solid, the truth is that teeth are porous, which means that they are full of tiny holes and spaces that bacteria and food particles can find their way in. When you drink coffee, small coffee particles get inside the tiny grooves in your teeth, causing them to discolor over time.

Coffee Wears Away Tooth Enamel

Coffee doesn't just hide in the small spaces in your teeth, either; it also creates new ones. Coffee is an acidic beverage. Drink it too frequently, and the acids can gradually begin to wear away at your tooth enamel over time, weakening your teeth and leading to further discoloration.

Coffee Can Lead to Cavities

If you are one of the many coffee drinkers who likes cream or sugar in your coffee, another drawback of coffee is the fact that all of that sugar and creamer can lead to an increased risk for cavities, especially when your tooth enamel is already weakened.

The Damage is Treatable

The research is clear. Too much coffee is not good for your teeth. The good news, however, is that even if your teeth are badly damaged by past coffee drinking, the damage is treatable when you visit your Laurel dentist. Dr. Kim can provide all of the necessary procedures you need in order to make your teeth look amazing again, including teeth whitening, fillings, bonding, veneers and even dental implants.

If your coffee-loving habits have taken a toll on your teeth, it's time to reclaim your smile. Call your Laurel dentist, Dr. Kim, to set up an appointment for a consultation today.

By John N. Kim, D.D.S., P.A.
June 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothaches  

Toothache Find out what you should do to properly treat a toothache.

At some point in many of our lives we will have to deal with a toothache. While some reasons are more minor, most of the time tooth pain warrants a trip to see your Laurel, MD dentist Dr. John N. Kim. Learn more about the telltale signs that it’s time to come into our office for treatment.

Classic Signs of a Toothache

While a toothache might seem like a pretty obvious symptom in and of itself, those with toothaches may experience a nagging or throbbing pain while others may experience sharp or shooting pains. Your toothache may come and go throughout the day while others may be more persistent. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then you need to talk to your Laurel, MD dentist right away.

Causes of a Toothache

The main cause of a toothache is dental decay. If you’ve gotten to the point that you are experiencing a toothache then you’ll need to seek treatment from your Laurel, MD dentist Dr. Kim. The quicker you address the issue the more likely you’ll be able to preserve the majority of the tooth.

Other causes of a toothache can be due to a sinus infection, ear infection or even gum disease.

What to do About a Toothache

The only way to stop a toothache altogether is to see your Laurel, MD dentist Dr. Kim as soon as possible. A toothache is considered a dental emergency and should be treated right away. Don’t put off treatment! When you call our office be honest about the severity of your pain and condition. We are here to accommodate dental emergencies.

In the meantime, you can find relief from your tooth pain by opting for over-the-counter pain medications and anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or aspirin. While this alone isn’t the way to fix the cause of your toothache, this can be a great temporary relief until you get to our office.

Another way to ease swelling and discomfort is to ice the side of the face where your toothache is. Just be sure to wrap ice in a towel before applying it to your skin.

Rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water rinses can also help reduce your symptoms. Add ¼ tsp of table salt to an 8 oz. glass of warm water. You can rinse your mouth out with salt water several times throughout the day to keep pain and swelling down.

Suffering from a toothache? Don’t suffer in silence. Call your Laurel, MD dentist Dr. Kim today and get the relief your smile needs.

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