Thanksgiving Oral Health

November 20, 2016

Filed under: Blog — puredental @ 2:13 pm

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and you know what that means! Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and so, so much more! Although delicious, these foods aren’t always the healthiest or the best for your teeth. We’re not saying you have to compromise your entire Thanksgiving dinner, but there are some changes you can make to the menu to help promote oral health and keep the whole family smiling! Check out our tips for a Thanksgiving that’s delicious and healthy for your mouth!

Extra Cheese

Add some cheese cubes to the hors d’oeuvres! Cheese has some great benefits for your teeth, including the fact that it’s full of calcium and casein. Calcium helps keep teeth strong, while casein helps fortify the surface of your teeth and fight cavities. Nuts are also a good source of calcium, so consider throwing them into the mix!

Open Sesame

Sesame oil can help fight plaque and even helps reverse gingivitis. Replace your usual cooking oil with sesame oil to reap some of the benefits! Sesame seeds can be added to many dishes as well. Sesame seeds go well with a lot and are great for your oral health.

Skip The Sugar

Sugary foods are terrible for teeth. Do your mouth a favor and skip the sugary foods! Pumpkin pie, jellied cranberry sauce, and sweet potato casserole (with marshmallow topping) are all loaded with sugar. Try replacing these with some options that your teeth will thank you for. If you must eat these foods, make sure you brush immediately after your meal. The longer sugar stays on your teeth, the more damage it does, so make sure to get a toothbrush in your mouth ASAP!

Wet Your Whistle with Water

Replace sugary beverages like soda and juice with water this Thanksgiving. Water is not only healthier, it is helpful in cleaning out leftover food particles from your mouth after your meal! Don’t undo all the good work you’ve done with a healthy meal by drinking something sugary or something that will stain your teeth—pick water.
No matter what you end up having for dinner on Thanksgiving day, make sure to supplement it with healthy dental habits like brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash! Last but not least, make sure if you haven’t done so twice this year, visit your dentist!

Life After Wisdom Teeth Removal

November 11, 2016

Filed under: Blog — puredental @ 2:05 pm

Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

Impacted wisdom teeth are not only uncomfortable, they can have an adverse effect on the rest of your teeth. Getting your wisdom teeth taken out gets rid of symptoms like headaches, jaw pain, and infections. Wisdom teeth removal surgery is just the beginning, though. If you’re having your wisdom teeth taken out, you should be prepared for the days after surgery, as they are crucial to your well-being.

Day One (Day of Surgery)

You may, unfortunately, feel some discomfort directly after surgery. You will be prescribed some pain medication to deal with this. We would suggest taking this pill with a small amount of food. This will reduce your chances of getting nauseous. The foods you eat should be soft, room temperature, and soft. Do not attempt to suck anything through a straw for a few days, as this can lead to dry sockets. Also avoid small or granular foods which can get stuck in sockets.
Rest as much as you can after surgery. Keep activities to a minimum. Be gentle when transition from either sitting or laying to standing. Do not touch, probe, or otherwise disturb the site of the surgery. The only thing that should touch the surgery site is gauze that will help stop the bleeding. Bite down gently on the gauze and make sure to change them around every 45 minutes.
If you are a smoker, do not smoke during the healing process. If you exercise regularly, refrain from exercise for a few days following the surgery, as exercise can increase bleeding and swelling.

Day Two (Day After Surgery) & Next Few Days

Keeping your mouth clean during the post-operation time period is paramount in avoiding infection. You can keep your mouth clean by gently rinsing your mouth out with warm saltwater at least three times a day. When brushing your teeth, be sure not to hurt yourself by brushing too hard, but don’t be afraid to brush. Keeping your mouth clean will help reduce the risk of infection.
There will likely be some discomfort the day after surgery, including stiff jaw, sore throat, and dry lips. The site of the surgery may also feel bruised. Refrain from too much activity and stick with soft, malleable foods that won’t get stuck in sockets. You will receive a small syringe after surgery that can squirt water and clean out food from sockets.

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