October 30, 2013
YES, SNACKS AND DESSERTS ARE BOTH TEMPTING AND TASTY! But they can wreak havoc on your teeth. For your smile’s health, when it comes to sweets, consider what and when you eat.
One Option… Don’t Save Dessert For Last!
When you finish off a meal with something sweet, the starch and sugar may end up camping out on your teeth longer while your saliva works to wash it away. Eating other kinds of foods last—such as fruits, vegetables, cheese—speeds up the cleansing process and reduces the amount of time your smile is exposed to potentially harmful substances.
Start Making The Shift To More Smile-Friendly Desserts And Snacks
We understand… Eliminating all sweets isn’t easy! The good news is that it probably isn’t necessary either. However, you can better avoid their negative effects by eating less of them. Try eating snacks that both you AND your smile will like, including:
- dairy products like cheese and yogurt
- hard-boiled eggs, raw peanuts, almonds
- fresh fruits and vegetables
- pumpkin and sunflower seeds
- sugar-free gum
Whether they’re increasing saliva flow, providing smile-friendly vitamins and minerals, or neutralizing acid produced by plaque, the foods above can help prevent tooth decay. And they’re delicious too!
Easy Action Items:
Mom was right…
- Limit the amount of sweets you eat.
- When you DO eat something sugary, eat it before or with something else.
- Clean your teeth after snacks and meals.
- Keep up routine checkups.
Again, thank you for the continued trust you place in our practice. We appreciate you!
October 23, 2013
THE EXACT CAUSE of canker sores is unknown. What we do know is that canker sores can be extremely bothersome! By better understanding some of the possible causes—and some treatment options—we hope to reduce the irritation canker sores may cause you.
Possible Canker Sore Causes
These non-contagious lesions that appear on your gums, lips, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth may be caused by:
- irritation (from harsh brushing, braces, biting the inside of your mouth, etc.)
- high stress levels
- bacterial infections
- improper nutrition and/or vitamin deficiencies
- immune system issues
- food allergies
Tips For Reducing Canker Sore Pain And Duration
There’s no cure-all solution for canker sores. But, there are a few things you can do to reduce their painful impact and possibly reduce your susceptibility.
- A baking soda or salt water rinse can soothe pain.
- A daily dose of Vitamin B12 can reduce sore frequency and duration.
- Certain over-the-counter products can help with pain and healing.
- Do your best to reduce stress! Exercise may help!
- Watch what you eat… Notice if certain foods trigger your canker sores.
- Regularly using an antiseptic rinse may help with prevention.
- Avoid hot or spicy foods that may further irritate sores.
- Check your toothpaste. Some research shows that SLS (an ingredient found in many toothpastes) may aggravate canker sores.
An Important Note
Canker sores usually heal themselves in a week or two. If yours don’t, please call us to set up an appointment! Lingering sores may be an early sign of a more serious condition. Your health and comfort is our number one priority!
Thanks for being a valued part of our practice. We appreciate you!
October 16, 2013
WELCOME TO THE FOURTH and final chapter in our “Healthy Smile Timeline” series. Let’s talk about a few special concerns that may crop up once your smile is a little more seasoned—as well as some cosmetic options you may want to consider. If YOU don’t fall into this particular age category, perhaps you care for someone who does. Be sure to share this post with friends and/or loved ones who could benefit from these ideas.
Today, Modern Dentistry Helps People Keep Their Smiles For Life!
During generations past, lost teeth were considered an inevitable consequence of aging. Now we know how to better care for our smiles as they age. With modern advances, you can have a comfortable, healthy smile for life!
Must-Do’s, Ages 65+:
- For the most part, losing your teeth during your golden years has little to do with getting old and almost everything to do with gum disease. It’s common as we age because our immune systems can’t fight off inflammation as easily. Regular checkups and cleanings greatly help protect you from this problem.
- Many medications precipitate dry mouth, a side effect which can hurt your oral health. Keep us up to date on your medications and any medical issues you’re having.
Should-Do’s, Ages 65+:
- Today’s dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth! If you’re missing one or more teeth, advanced restorative implants may be the solution.
- If limited mobility is impairing your home care routine, ask us about special tools that can help. We might recommend an electric toothbrush, or even little tweaks to your usual tools—like extending your toothbrush, or attaching a little ball to the bottom to make it easier to grip.
- Boost YOUR self confidence! A recent study indicates that nearly 90% of dental implant patients who previously wore dentures say confidence is up, and the procedure was worth repeating.
Could-Do’s, Ages 65+:
- When it comes to cosmetic and restorative dentistry, it isn’t complicated and there’s very little discomfort. More and more seasoned citizens are keeping their teeth AND beautifying their smiles with cosmetic veneers. You can too.
Be An Example Of Great Oral Health
You’re part of an amazing new generation of people proving that we can all keep great oral health well into our golden years! While our ancestors were subsisting on soup by age 50, we’ll still be eating all our favorite crunchy foods for as long as we want. Show everyone what it means to have a lifetime of great dental health!
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the tips and recommendations above. Our team is always here to help.
Thank you for reading and sharing this series! We love working with fantastic patients like you.
October 9, 2013
IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT 40–60 YEAR OLD SMILES in our Healthy Smile Timeline Series! And again, don’t forget that if YOU don’t fall into this category share this post with someone who does—a family member, coworker, parent or friend. Great oral health is important for everyone.
Must-Do’s, Ages 40–60:
- It’s estimated that up to 3/4 of adults over age 35 have some degree of gum disease. This can usually be prevented with flossing and brushing, but if it’s already progressed you may need extra care from our team. Talk to us if you’re experiencing bleeding gums.
- Some research shows that bad oral health may be linked to systemic problems like heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and stroke. Keep your whole body healthy by keeping your mouth healthy.
Should-Do’s, Ages 40–60:
- Restorative treatments (such as crowns and dental fillings) are more convenient, comfortable and affordable than ever before. Do you have old, badly worn dental work? It may be time to replace those old fillings or crowns before they crack and cause discomfort.
Could-Do’s, Ages 40–60:
- Studies show that people look younger when they smile. And the AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) recently reported that most Americans 50 and over believe that a smile overcomes the effects of aging more effectively than any other physical attribute.
- Nothing makes you feel younger than a healthy, vibrant smile. Talk to us about cosmetic dentistry options.
Take Care Of Your Smile And It Will Take Care Of You!
You’re in the prime of life. Stay the course, stick to your great oral health habits, and don’t neglect your regular check-ups. Through preventative care you really can keep your healthy smile for life. Take good care of your smile now to prevent problems down the road.
If you have any questions about tips mentioned in this post, don’t hesitate to ask us about it. Comment below, or give us a call.
As always, thanks for your continued trust in our practice! We appreciate having you as our valued patient.
October 2, 2013
THIS WEEK (as part of our Healthy Smile Timeline Series) let’s address some age-specific dental topics for patients ages 20–40.
Remember, even if YOU don’t fall into this particular age range you certainly know and/or care about someone who does. Pass this post along to extended family members, coworkers and friends! They’ll appreciate it.
We don’t want to overwhelm you… So, to help you prioritize, we’ve divided the information into must-do’s, should-do’s and could-do’s.
Must Do’s, Ages 20–40:
- Never allow regular check-ups to slide just because you’re away from your mom’s gentle (or not-so-gentle) reminders about appointments! You may not see the adverse effects of neglect right away—but it’s SO important to catch early signs of gingivitis, micro fractures, and cavities.
- You may think oral cancer only affects smokers or the elderly, but 20–40 year olds are the fastest growing demographic for oral cancer. Learn more about oral cancer signs and risk factors, and make sure you’re regularly screened.
Should Do’s, Ages 20–40:
- Are your wisdom teeth adversely affecting your bite? Will they be a problem in the future, or a risk factor for infections? Most people have their wisdom teeth removed during their late teens or early 20’s. If you haven’t had them removed, be sure to have them checked.
- Every woman should know that during pregnancy hormonal changes can inflame gums and increase the odds for gingivitis. Gum disease can put women at greater risk for pre-term labor.
Could Do’s, Ages 20–40:
- Your smile is a MAJOR asset as you pursue your career and social life. As you move through this important phase of your independent life, it’s SO important to be confident! Small changes can make a big difference—so if you’re feeling self-conscious about your smile, please talk to us about it.
Take Charge Of Your Youthful, Healthy Smile!
NOW is the time to take charge of your own dental care! Be proactive in caring for your healthy smile. Thoughtful care now can prevent major problems down the road.
Please watch for the future posts about each age group! And if you have any follow-up questions, let us know! Comment below, message us on our Facebook page, or give us a call.
As always, thanks for your trust and confidence in our practice.