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Woods Family Dentistry September 2021 Newsletter
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Dr. Woods and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.
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We May Need to See You More Often if You Have Anemia
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If you have anemia, you suffer from not having enough red blood cells to deliver vital nutrients to all of the parts of the body that you need. These nutrients are very important for your continued health, and they are key in keeping your oral health in good shape. So, if you have anemia, you are not getting enough vitamins to your teeth and that will lead to increased cases of tooth decay and gum disease. If not treated early enough, you can even have tooth loss and lasting damage to your mouth, throat, and jaw. Some normal symptoms include inflammation of the tongue, a swollen or tender tongue, or red and tender gums.

You can help to gain some of those nutrients back into your teeth by eating the right foods, along with treating your anemia directly. Some good foods for you to eat include oranges, with their high concentration of vitamin C, or foods with added vitamin D such as fish and dairy products. Eating these types of foods helps because they wash over your teeth with nutrients before going into your system. Further, consuming more iron-rich foods, such as seafood and lean red meats will help your oral health greatly as well.

Since there are different types of anemia, there are different ways to help those who are affected by the disease. Make sure that if you are diagnosed with anemia, you tell us about it so that we can better serve you.

Speak with health professionals on how best to treat your anemia, and for all other oral health solutions, come to us!

Is Vaping Equally As Bad for Your Mouth As Smoking?
In short, no, vaping is not as bad for your mouth as smoking, but it has different nuances. Unlike smoking, vaping brings more moisture into the mouth, which leads to excess bacteria. If your teeth are not cleaned well enough or often enough, you may find yourself with more tooth decay and gum diseases. Vaping also is a leading cause of dry mouth once the actual vaping process is done. This is important because our saliva is key to having a healthy mouth and teeth; having a dry mouth puts us at risk for bad breath, tooth decay, and even mouth sores. If you vape and want to know more about how it is affecting your body and teeth, give us a call today.

We Can Tell You Have a Cavity in More Ways Than Just with X-rays
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There are many ways for us to tell if you have a cavity. X-rays are the most common way, since we can see the entire mouth in one shot, but sometimes cavities can be found without them. One of the best ways to find cavities is just by looking around. Cavities have a dark or black coloration, so upon looking into the mouth we can sometimes find them just at a glance. Other times, you may experience a toothache or an acute sensitivity to temperatures in one area of the mouth. This is usually a sign a cavity is developing. Sometimes you can find cavities with your tongue if you probe around long enough. They often feel like small holes or a sharp drop where there shouldn't be. If you believe you have a cavity, give us a call today to stop the decay!

Dr. Woods and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.

Woods Family Dentistry | woodsfamilydentistry.com | (541) 926-8611
1044 29th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321



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