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Eating for Healthy Teeth

Article / August 18

While a good dental routine is important to keep teeth healthy and cavity free, food is also a huge factor! Certain foods can affect teeth differently and it is important to know which ones to use sparingly. You can combine any tooth-friendly food to make a delicious meal or snack! What is better than food that tastes yummy AND that is good for your health? Not many things! (Except maybe puppies).

Crunchy foods, like apples or celery, can help to naturally remove plaque from teeth. Have you ever bitten into an apple and your teeth feel a bit smoother? This is because these foods contain water which helps to break down natural sugars and stimulate saliva. Saliva plays an important role in oral health because it works to break down food particles and acid (WedMD.com). Top apple slices with cheddar cheese for a yummy and healthy snack.

Drinking water regularly throughout the day also helps to keep breath fresh! Consume acidic foods and drinks sparingly as they tend to wear away the surface of the tooth. This isn’t TERRIBLE news for coffee drinkers however. Instead of brushing your teeth immediately after your morning brew, drink a glass of water to help prevent surface stains! This can also apply for those who enjoy a glass of wine at night. It is no news that foods high in sugar should be eaten in moderation. Hey, we all like to treat ourselves every once in a while, right?

Foods that are high in calcium are great for keeping teeth and gums healthy. This is because calcium helps to put nutrients back in your teeth (WebMD.com). Cheese (woo hoo!), chicken, milk and nuts are all great to incorporate into your daily diet! Start your morning off with a calcium packed breakfast like this Healthy Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Blueberries and Granola. Also, instead of snacking on chips at work pack a bag of mixed nuts to munch on.

If you keep up with a good dental hygiene routine and have a healthy balanced diet, your teeth are in good shape! You can always ask a Dr. Dental professional if you have any questions or concerns!

 

Sources: WebMD.ComHuffington PostCookin’ Canuck.

Best Dental Practices

Article / August 18

It is important to keep up with a regular dental routine. Visiting your favorite dentists at Dr. Dental twice a year is a part of that routine! A healthy mouth is a happy mouth! Here are some tips to take your dental routine to the next level!

  1. Brushing 2x a day: Spend at least 3 minutes brushing your teeth in the morning and at night. It doesn’t hurt to keep a toothbrush and toothpaste (and floss if you’re ambitious) in your desk or purse and give teeth a nice brush down after lunch!
  2. Scrub your Tongue: A lot of bacteria and plaque can build up on your tongue and cause bad breath. Invest in a toothbrush that has a tongue scraper on the back.
  3. Floss Daily: We know, we know – flossing is no fun, but it is important to get between your teeth to prevent plaque buildup and cavities! It is especially important to floss after eating food like popcorn, seeded bread or roast beef! Once you start flossing regularly, you won’t stop!
  4. Rinse with Mouthwash: Mouthwash is the best way to freshen breath and fight plaque that you might not reach with brushing and flossing alone. Does the intensity of regular mouthwash make your eyes water? Try an alcohol free one like Listerine Zero.
  5. Water with Fluoride: Be sure that the water you are drinking contains fluoride. Fluoride helps to harden the enamel of your teeth and prevent cavities.
  6. Eating a Balanced Diet: Remember that some foods help to fight plaque naturally. Incorporate calcium rich foods into your everyday diet for extra healthy teeth!
  7. Replace your Toothbrush: You should be switching out your toothbrush every 3 months or when bristles begin to fray.
  8. Brighten your Smile: Mix baking soda and lemon juice to create a paste that can help to whiten teeth at home! Looking for more results? Ask us about our whitening options!
  9. Use ADA Approved Products: When
    you are shopping around for new dental products, make sure they are ADA approved for the best results!
  10. Last but not least, stop into Dr. Dental twice a year! It is important to see your dentist every 6 months for a routine cleaning and check-up.

Time To Get Wise About Wisdom Teeth

Article / August 18

It’s summertime and you know what that means…it’s a great time of year for teens or college students to get rid of those dad-gum wisdom teeth while school is out! We know, just what every teen and college student wants do during their summer off. But maybe you can soften the blow to temporary delay in their big summer plans by saying their recovery time will get them out of chores. And, having to sit propped up while taking it easy for a few days equates to an ideal situation for playing video games for hours.

In all seriousness, it’s most advised to go ahead and get your child’s wisdom teeth removed before the pain becomes severe or even worse, an infection sits in. Either of those situations could seriously interrupt involvement in their extra curricular activities during the school year, or worse, make your child miss out on a prom or homecoming. (NO!)

As part of routine exams, which take place every six months, Dr. Dental staff will take x-rays and evaluate whether or not your child’s wisdom teeth are developing, have developed, and if they will create problems for your child. We will educate you on the progress of development and put together a plan of when it’s best to remove your child’s wisdom teeth.

So what kind of problems could they cause? Well, some pretty painful ones. Wisdom teeth were important to cavemen because they were an extra tool to break down really tough things to chew such as bark; yes, back in those days bark was part of a daily diet. As our diets have evolved to softer things, the need for this extra set of chompers has become non-existent and slowly over time we can predict that our future generations won’t even grow wisdom teeth. Until then, our mouths are evolving in shape allowing less room for wisdom teeth when they develop during teenage years. This makes for a crowded environment which is the perfect breeding ground for infections and pain. It’s also not uncommon for wisdom teeth to grow in impacted which means instead up breaking through the gum line vertically like other teeth, they grow horizontally putting a lot of pressure on your molars. OUCHIE! A then layer of gum tissue could also grow over the wisdom tooth and bacteria love to hang out there. And where bacteria lives, cavities form. DOUBLE OUCHIE!

Bottom line is this, more than likely your child’s wisdom teeth will eventually cause havoc on their oral health and could cause serious pain down the road. So why not go ahead and get them removed while your child has some time off from school and prevent any potential pain down the road for them.

If you have any further questions about wisdom teeth, please don’t hesitate to give us a call, send us an email at [email protected] or message us on Facebook. We’d be more than happy to help.

Dental Confessions: We Can Tell If You Don’t Floss

Article / August 18

So you wake up the morning of your dentist appointment and realize you haven’t flossed in months. Perhaps the last time your mouth saw a piece of floss was at your last dental appointment. *Gasp*

You run to the bathroom, brush and then floss your teeth, brush and floss, brush and floss, and for extra measure, you swish some mouthwash around. Phew!

You wipe the sweat from your brow, savor your minty fresh breath and head to Dr. Dental, ready to show just how well you take care of your teeth. As you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair he asks how often you floss.

Hoping to avoid lying you confidently exclaim, “Why I flossed just this morning. I love to floss!” Dr. Dental nods his head and begins to clean.

As he works about removing the plaque and stains from your teeth you wonder if he bought your response.

We believe in telling our patients the truth, so here it is: he didn’t.

Dentists can tell how often and how well you floss based on the overall appearance and health of your mouth. While your dentist was trying to be nice, he knew you were lying. You see, flossing once every few months will not remove the plaque that builds up over time.

While a quick floss removes large food particles, daily flossing reduces the microscopic food and bacteria particles that build up over time and form around your teeth and below your gums.

Don’t let the fact that Dr. Dental is a CTD (certified tooth detective) stop you from visiting us! You’ve heard the saying, “practice makes perfect?” The same applies to flossing. The more you floss the better you get at it. And if you need some lessons in flossing, just ask us.

We’re happy to show you the right way to floss so you avoid the pain that doing it wrong can cause.

Whitening Teeth

Article / August 18

Friends don’t let friends whiten their teeth too often!

We’re fans of reality TV around Dr. Dental and one show that seems to have some great smiles in the cast is Shahs of Sunset on Bravo. Have you guys watched this show? It’s a hot mess…but very entertaining.

Mike has been on the show for a few seasons and gotten lots of attention for his bright smile. Come to find out, Mike’s brother is a dentist! That totally earns Mike some brownie points with Dr. Dental considering he’s kind of “related” to the dental family.

In an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Mike said his bright white smile is due to getting professional whitening treatments once a month. We were shocked by this and wanted to warn our patients that whitening this often could end up doing a lot of damage.

Patients who do this on a monthly basis could suffer from severe nerve inflammation. Dr. Dental recommends having a professional whitening treatment done in our office once a year with the use of at-home whitening trays, which we can create for you, to maintain your bright smile

Obviously, the best way to keep your smile bright after a professional whitening treatment is to steer clear of drinking dark liquids such as coffee, sodas, and red wine. But if you’re like us and enjoy those drinks, heck we serve them in our office, then we recommend drinking them through a straw when possible. We’re kind of digging the straws with mustaches on them because they remind us of Reza on Shahs of Sunset. Again, we’re big fans!

So raise your mustache-strawed drink of choice and toast to whitening in moderation to keep your smile bright and healthy!

Four Superhero Foods for a Healthy Mouth

Article / August 10

Around Dr. Dental, we all tend to have a slight affinity for superheroes. In fact, if you follow our Facebook page, which you totally should be by the way, you’ll often see references to super heroes. Sure, you can tell us they’re not really people but we’ll just look at you with a blank stare and say “don’t spoil it for the little kid still inside of me!” So whether super heroes exist is debatable, but one thing we DO know is that there are some foods we’d like to classify as superhero foods that will help you get closer to that healthy mouth you desire.

First up in our superhero team is yogurt. Research has found that six ounces of plan, sugar-free yogurt a day might help knock out, (Ka-bam!) germs that are hiding between teeth. Yogurt’s secret ingredient, or power as we’d call it, is good bacteria which helps fight, (Boom!) the bad bacteria which causes cavities.

Our next superhero food is a little smelly at times, but has a long list of additional reasons to eat it for overall optimal health. As a hint, we’d like you to start singing “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid; go ahead, sing it louder. Yes, we’re talking about seafood. Redbook recently reported that Harvard scientists have linked omega-3 fatty acids in fish with lower rates of gum disease. So take that gum disease (Zap!). The thinking behind this is that the omega-3 fats reduce the inflammation caused by gum disease.

Third in our arsenal of superhero foods for a healthy mouth are fiber-rich fruits and vegetables like apples, celery, and carrots. These foods stimulate saliva which helps fight bacteria with super power packing antimicrobials. (Zonk!) Crunchy fruits and vegetables also have the additional power of helping massage and improve circulation in your gums because they require more chewing.

And lastly, let us introduce you to the most powerful superhero on our team. This superhero does the most to fight for your oral health long team. It’s the lean, mean, strong bone building…MILK! Downing a glass of milk with give you calcium and vitamin D which are important for building strong teeth. You can get these same nutrients from one of Milk’s grandkids, cheese. There’s even evidence that eating cheddar, gouda, feta, or any cheese will help neutralize the acids that strip away your tooth enamel. It’s like their super strong shield of protection they use to fight off acidic foods! (Pow!)

Well, now that we’ve introduced you to the lineup of our Superhero Foods for a Healthy Mouth…go and eat them. Go on, you can do it. See….YUMMY

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