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    An underbite is also called a Class III malocclusion. This means that the lower jaw juts out, causing the lower teeth to overlap (and close in front of) the upper teeth. This is caused by a problem with how the jaw bones are aligned. Alignment problems are often due to a problem with the size of the upper or lower jaw bone, which can be passed down in families. An underbite can make activities, such as eating, speech and closed-mouth breathing, difficult. It can also lead to stress on the jaw bones and muscles. If treatment is needed, it may include braces, other dental work or orthodontics, or surgery.
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    During an intense workout, saliva production decreases. This is significant because saliva production is our bodies’ protective mechanism, bathing the teeth with antibodies and keeping our pH levels neutral. Remember, low pH is acid and this demineralizes teeth and creates an environment for the bad bacteria that cause gum inflammation to thrive.

    When you exercise, your mouth dries out and saliva can’t prevent the pH from dropping. The damaging consumption of sugary, acidic sports drinks during your workout pushes your pH way down into the acidic level. To make matters worse, athletes tend to clench their teeth when exercising, further damaging the surface of their teeth and creating a recipe for disaster.

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    Acids and carbohydrates in the food you eat can directly and indirectly lead to breakdown of the minerals in your teeth. Your body needs to constantly rebuild your teeth to keep them strong and healthy. The natural pH of saliva hovers around neutral in the range of 6.75 to 7.25, which is the perfect range for this process of remineralization. If the pH drops below 5.5, cavity-causing bacteria flourish and demineralization of the teeth accelerates. The body is no longer able to effectively repair the damage, opening up your teeth to occupation by bacteria that cause dental disease.

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    Depending on training and level of experience, a general dentist may perform simple oral surgery procedures. 
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    You might remember from high school chemistry that pH is a measure of acidity or alkalinity, ranging from one (acidic) to 14 (alkaline, or basic). The pH of water, which is neutral, is seven. The pH of the mouth is important because a low or acid pH demineralizes teeth and creates an environment for the bad bacteria that cause gum inflammation to thrive. Pregnant women and people on prescription medications both have changes in mouth pH and need to be even more proactive about their oral health to prevent cavities and periodontal disease.

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    Our bodies produce around two to four pints of saliva every day, the least of which is produced at night (hello, morning breath!). When our mouths are dry, the soft tissues like gums, cheeks and tongue become swollen and uncomfortable. In addition, germs aren’t regularly washed out of our mouths with saliva, so a dry mouth becomes a breeding ground, turning your breath less than fresh.

    If you’re having any issues with saliva production, feel like you always have terrible breath or feel like your mouth is constantly dry, it’s a great idea to talk to your dentist and doctor to find the culprit and determine a solution together.

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    Studies show that people who have lost teeth or wear dentures don't eat as many fruits or vegetables. Watch as Dr. Maria Lopez Howell explains why a balanced diet is important for good oral health.

     


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    Your oral health needs change as your age. Watch as Dr. Maria Lopez Howell explains what happens to your teeth as you age and why regular dental checkups are important.

     


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