Foods that Cause Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious condition that can result in bone loss as well as tooth loss if it is allowed to progress. For the majority of people, keeping gum disease at bay is as easy as brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and seeing their dentist in Arcadia every six months.

Foods that Cause Gum Disease

With that said, we’re all imperfect people, and there are going to be times where we forget to prioritize our oral hygiene. These little lapses don’t always have major consequences, but they do leave the door open for bacteria to infect our gums. Those risks may be even higher if you’ve been eating some of the foods and drinks most commonly associated with gum disease.

Caffeinated Drinks

Caffeinated drinks including soda, tea, coffee, and your favorite sports drinks all have one thing in common. They dry out your mouth.

When it comes to your mouth’s natural defenses, saliva reigns supreme. Unfortunately, all of these drinks decrease saliva production. The absence of normal saliva levels makes it easy for bacteria to attach to teeth and attack your gums.

Acidic Food and Drink

Acidic drinks like wine, coffee, and many fruit juices actually weaken your enamel temporarily.

It’s really important to not brush immediately after eating or drinking something acidic because your toothbrush may actually do more damage while your enamel is compromised. Instead, you should rinse with water then wait about 20 minutes before brushing.

If you don’t rinse and then brush, you’re giving bacteria better access to your teeth, and you’re more likely to develop tooth decay. Tooth decay is negative enough on its own, but it can also lead to and aggravate gum disease.

Sugary Food and Drink

Candy, sodas, and anything exceptionally sweet is a big problem for your teeth and gums. The bacteria that live on plaque actually feed on sugar and produce an acid as a byproduct. This acid physically weakens your enamel, which makes it easier for bacteria to infiltrate your natural defenses against tooth decay and gum disease.

Sticky Foods

There are a lot of sticky foods out there. But most of them contain a lot of sugar or a lot of starch. Both are problematic, so you need to be careful when you eat things like taffy or dried fruit.

Both starches and sugars eventually break down into sugar, and all sticky foods have a nasty habit of sticking to the tiny crevices in and between your teeth. It’s really easy for them to become safe havens where bacteria are allowed to thrive out of reach of your saliva.

Sharp Foods

The ultimate example of a sharp food contributing to gum disease is popcorn. In most circumstances the snack is relatively harmless as long as you brush and floss regularly. However, there are moments when popcorn can become a real problem.

Those tiny, sharp husks can sometimes get wedged between your tooth and your gum line. Not only is it painful, but it can easily turn into an abscess. If this happens to you, then schedule an emergency appointment with Smiles of Arcadia.

Handling Gum Disease

A surprisingly large percentage of Americans have some form of gum disease, and the number increases with age. Fortunately, treatment options are available to help you restore your health and save your teeth. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Red, irritated gums
  • Bleeding when you floss
  • Gums that seem to have shrunken away from the tooth
  • The feeling that one or more teeth are loose
  • Pain when you drink cold liquids or chew

Then contact your local dentist to set up an appointment for gum disease treatment in Arcadia.

Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Smile: Oral Health in Arcadia

Don't Take Stress Out On Your Teeth ArcadiaWe all lead stressful lives, and maybe that’s why more and more people seem to have stress-related dental issues. That concerns us at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, because stress can really do a number on your oral health.

Mouth sores, teeth clenching and grinding, gum disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.

Anyone who difficulty managing stress needs to realize it can increase the risk of getting mouth sores such as cankers and cold sores. Most canker sores only last 7-10 days, but for relief from the irritation, we recommend an over-the-counter topical anesthetic from any drug store.

Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out folks, and often it’s done unconsciously. At Premier Dental Esthetics, we can determine if a night guard or other dental appliance is appropriate to minimize the effects of grinding.

Gum disease is exacerbated by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque, which in turn contributes to the development of gum disease.

And many people under stress are more likely to neglect their oral hygiene routine. Many also tend to eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.

If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your oral health, schedule an appointment at Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry, gum disease treatment, children’s dental health, and emergency dentistry.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California


Not Happy With Your Gums? Ask About Contouring

Not Happy With Your Gums? Ask About Contouring In Arcadia

If you feel that your gums cover too much of the surface of your teeth, it may seem that your teeth are too small and out of proportion with your mouth. At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, we can help with that.

If you have teeth that appear too long, gum contouring may help with your appearance. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is helpful for people who feel that their gums rest too low or too high on their teeth.

  • Crown lengthening can be a simple one appointment procedure. A soft tissue laser is used to trim back the gums. This is done when teeth are short and gums seemed to have grown over the teeth too much.
  • However, in some cases, bone surgery is required to lift the gums back.
  • Finally, in other situations, the lips need to be brought down to cover more of the gums.

A careful detail evaluation of a trained dentist is needed to diagnose the condition before the appropriate treatment is prescribed for a person.

Also, your dentist may need to treat gum recession, a condition that can lead to periodontal (gum) disease. Gum Disease has also been known to be linked to Cardio-vascular Disease, Stroke, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritics, Respiratory Diseases, Cancer, Osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s Disease and other systemic diseases.

Talk to us at Premier Dental Esthetics about gum contouring. We are currently accepting new patients, so if you are looking for quality dental care in the Arcadia, Pasadena or Monrovia area, call us today for an appointment!


Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California


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Arcadia! Eat More Fish To Prevent Gum Disease!

Pasadena Family Dentists

Who could have guessed? New research is linking diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with a lower risk of gum disease, or periodontitis. At Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia, the lesson seems clear: eat more fish.

Gum disease is an issue for millions of Americans. When gum tissue pulls away from a tooth, it forms a pocket. This pocket is a warm, moist place for bacteria to flourish. If gum disease (periodontitis) goes untreated, the tooth and jaw bone are at risk.

During dental examinations, I carefully measure gumline pockets and examine all teeth for gum disease.

The new research says that people with diets rich in PUFAs were up to 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who ate little or none of that type of fat. Foods high in PUFAs include salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring.

PUFAs can be found in certain vegetable oils, too. These include safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and margarines made from them. Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seeds are also high in PUFAs.

The possible prevention of gum disease is not the only reason to eat high PUFA foods. These foods pack a nutritional punch and have many health benefits. The next time you are stocking up at the grocery store, you may want to add some salmon and walnuts to your list.

Diet alone will not treat or prevent gum disease. It’s essential to have a good dental health routine that includes daily brushing and flossing, and regular trips to the dentist. If it’s been a while, schedule an appointment with Premier Dental Esthetics in Arcadia. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California


How Long Do They Last? Dental Crowns in Arcadia

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Pasadena endodontists, oral surgeons, and general dentists use dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic reasons: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
2. Porcelain fused to metal
3. Gold alloys
4. Base metal alloys

Your dentist can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades.

There is encouraging evidence that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

At Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS in Arcadia, services include dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. We also offer gum disease treatment and family dentistry.

1Bader JD1, Shugars DA., “Summary review of the survival of single crowns,”, 2009,, accessed June 16, 2014

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California


Gum Disease In Arcadia

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Do you know that the most frequent cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? The good news, whether you’re in Arcadia, Monrovia, or Pasadena,  is that gum disease is easy to treat with early detection.

Regular check-ups are vital. But between visits, there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

1. Gums that bleed frequently

2. Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed

3. A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly

4. Detached gums

5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

6. Loose or separating teeth

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, talk to us. Since plaque causes gum disease, removing plaque through regular flossing is the key to healthy gums.

At Premier Dental Esthetics, we take pride in caring for our patients and want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles they can be proud of. In addition to treating gum disease, our practice specialties include cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, dental implants, and family dentistry. Call for an appointment or consultation today.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Contact Premier Dental Esthetics – Peter S. Young, DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301 W Huntington Dr. Ste 217
Arcadia, California