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8 Things to eat to keep your teeth healthy

March 1, 2015

Filed under: Dental Care,Dental Facts,National Nutrition Month — admin @ 5:09 pm

March is National Nutrition Month and today’s nutritional approaches to oral health go beyond “don’t eat sugar.”

Ongoing research indicates that antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts may strengthen immunity and improve the body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, all of which can help protect the teeth and gums.

And some foods and dietary habits even have distinct effects on the mouth’s ability to handle cavity-causing bacteria attacks.

  1. Cheese unleashes a burst of calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth, protecting them from the acid that causes decay and helping to rebuild tooth enamel on the spot.
  2. Crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like apples, carrots and celery, help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.
  3. Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin C, and other nutrients from fruits and vegetables help protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection.
  4. 4. Folic acid promotes a healthy mouth and supports cell growth throughout the entire body. This member of the B vitamin family is found in green leafy vegetables and brewer’s yeast.
  5. Green Tea – Polyphenols have been known to reduce bacteria and toxic products of bacteria in the mouth. Tea also tends to be rich in fluoride, possibly the most well-known tooth strengthener.
  6. Food rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, sardine, shrimp, soybean, flax seed, walnut) Omega-3 fatty acid are excellent choice  against inflammation and gum diseases.
  7. Cranberries – Cranberries contain polyphenols (just as tea does), which may keep plaque from sticking to teeth, thus lowering the risk of cavities, according to a study published in the journal Caries Research. A caveat: Because the fruit is so tart, many cranberry products have added sugar, which may affect any potential benefits for teeth, so make eat raw unsweetened cranberries or even blend frozen unsweetened cranberries into a smoothie.
  8. Dark Chocolate – The compound CBH, a white crystalline powder whose chemical makeup is similar to caffeine, helps harden tooth enamel, making users less susceptible to tooth decay. Eating 3-4 oz of chocolate a day is a great way to take advantage of this wonder compound and lower your chance of getting cavities.

Finally, limit added sugars from both foods and beverages. This includes soda, fruit juice, energy drinks, candies, etc. Energy drinks are particularly damaging as they combine a high sugar load with an incredibly acidic pH.

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15 signs you should see a dentist

February 24, 2015

Filed under: Dental Care,Dental Facts — admin @ 8:55 am

The American Dental Association has a

Whether you are 80 or 8, your oral health is important.

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Here are 15 signs you should see a dentist:

  • Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
  • Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
  • You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
  • You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
  • You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • You are pregnant
  • You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
  • You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
  • You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, or are HIV positive
  • Your mouth is often dry
  • You smoke or use other tobacco products
  • You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
  • Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
  • You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away.

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Your overall health is directly related to your dental health.

June 17, 2014

Filed under: Dental Care,Dental Facts — admin @ 6:18 pm

Your overall health is directly related to your dental health. 

We encourage you to schedule a dental visit into your summer plans this year.

A professional cleaning is the only way to remove certain types of plaque and tartar build up, which can prevent gum disease.

Additionally, so much goes on in your professional dental cleaning that can improve your overall health as well:

  • Reviewing and updating medical history, including heart problems, cancer treatment, pregnancy, diabetes, joint replacement, medications, surgeries or any other major changes in health history
  • Blood pressure check
  • Oral cancer examination and screening
  • Evaluation of gum tissue
  • Checking biting, chewing and swallowing patterns
  • X-rays, examination of teeth to detect decay
  • Early detection of minor issues can be corrected before they become bigger, more painful issues later.

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Five Exercises You Can Do While Brushing Your Teeth

February 10, 2014

Filed under: Dental Care,Dental Facts — admin @ 10:22 am

Lifehacker.com shared a great tip for incorporating movement while brushing your teeth.

From the blog:

You spend two minutes in the morning and two at night brushing your teeth. Instead of just standing around, make even better use of that time by incorporating a few simple movements for balance, flexibility, and strength.

The five movements fitness coach John Sifferman demonstrates here are:

  • One-legged stand or the alternative 4 corner balance
  • Rock-bottom squat or squat movements (Lifehacker reader Alec Glen sometimes does one-legged squats instead of standing on one leg while brushing his teeth)
  • Calf raises
  • Hip mobility drills
  • Foot massage with a tennis ball

This little fitness hack won’t radically transform your body or count as your exercise for the day, but as Sifferman notes, any time and way you can fit in more movement, it’s a win.

Click here to see the full video.

Your Healthiest New Year’s Resolution

December 29, 2013

Filed under: Dental Facts,Flossing,New Year's Resolutions — admin @ 10:47 am

Here is the the easiest habit to compliment your goals to lose weight, exercise and get healthy in the New Year.

Floss!

Good oral health is really about your body’s overall wellness.

Just like exercise and healthy eating, flossing will also help prevent gum disease which can prevent:

  • Heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Diabetes
  • Low birth-weight babies
  • There have even been studies that indicate flossing can play a role in staving off the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Having healthy teeth isn’t just about looking great (although that’s a nice perk!).

Good oral health is really about your body’s overall wellness.

So brush right, brush often and floss daily!

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The Unexpected Benefits of Good Dental Hygiene

September 5, 2013

Filed under: Dental Care,Dental Facts,Oral Cancer,Pregnancy,Uncategorized — admin @ 5:43 pm

Jessica Cohen wrote a great piece on 8 unexpected benefits of good oral hygiene for Babble.com

From her article:

Good oral care is not just important for being able to flash those big pearly whites and for staying out of the dentist’s chair. While it is necessary for keeping those cavities at bay, it’s important to know that oral care is also absolutely vital to your overall health.

  1. Guard against oral cancer

  2. Reduce risk of head and neck cancer

  3. Ward off potential esophageal and lung cancer

  4. Lower likelihood of pancreatic cancer

  5. Defend against heart disease

  6. Lower risk of diabetes

  7. Lessen stroke risk

  8. Prevent preterm labor

Click here to get all the details.

Top 12 Weapons of Plaque Destruction

August 23, 2013

Filed under: Dental Care,Dental Facts — admin @ 8:41 am

Because plaque can eventually cause you to lose your teeth, it is important to remove it and try to minimize its formation.

OralAnswers.com provides 12 easy ways you can do that: The Top 12 Weapons of Plaque Destruction.

Weapon #1 – Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth not only removes plaque, but some toothpastes also contain antimicrobials. Toothpaste also contains abrasives which can help mechanically remove plaque from your teeth.

Weapon #2 – Flossing

Flossing helps remove plaque that is stuck between your teeth.

Weapon #3 – Fluoride

Fluoride has three different ways that it makes our teeth stronger and more resistant to the bad effects of plaque.

Weapon #4 – Xylitol

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that somehow helps fight plaque.  Xylitol is found in many chewing gums.

Weapon #5 – Anti-Plaque Mouthwash

Many plaque-fighting mouthwashes contain ingredients such as cetylpyridinum chloride (CPC) which can kill the bacteria responsible for causing cavities.

Weapon #6 – Water

Drinking water or rinsing your mouth out with water after eating sugary foods can help wash away food that sticks around in your mouth. Since the bacteria live off the food you eat, you will be starving them by rinsing out your mouth.

Weapon #7 – Saliva

Saliva helps protect the teeth in many ways.  You can read about the six main ways that your spit protects your teeth in the post, How Saliva Protects Your Teeth.

Weapon #8 – Plaque Disclosing Tablets

If you don’t know where the plaque is, it’s hard to destroy it.  Plaque disclosing tablets work by coloring the plaque on your teeth so that you can make sure you’re removing it all when you brush and floss.

Weapon #9 – Chewing Gum

Chewing stimulates your salivary glands.

Weapon #10 – Your Tongue

Your tongue is a big weapon of plaque destruction.  Your tongue (with the help of your saliva – see weapon #7) can help clean sugary food off of your teeth so that you swallow it rather than letting it sit on your teeth and feed the plaque.

Weapon #11 – Certain Foods

Certain foods can actually help your teeth repair themselves after you eat a sugary snack.  Cheese contains phosphates and calcium that your saliva can utilize to help remineralize your teeth after they get “attacked” by the acid from plaque.

Weapon #12 – Sealants

Sealants are mainly used on children’s permanent molars.  Sealants are a strong plastic material that dentists can flow into the small grooves on the biting surfaces of your children’s teeth.  By covering up these grooves, you remove a nice, hard to brush place where plaque loves to hide.  Sealants are very effective at preventing tooth decay on the biting surface of molar teeth.

Dental haikus

August 20, 2013

Filed under: Dental Facts,Uncategorized — admin @ 4:03 pm

Mitch Zientz on the “Mouthing Off” American Dental Student Association blog wrote these clever dental haikus.  Here are a couple of our favorites.

what is your problem?
missing your two front chompers?
that’s on santa, pal

look. x-ray vision
what does the bone have to say
radiology

why won’t you help me?
none of my teeth feel quite right
here, have a tooth brush

relax your tongue please
needing more isolation
lose the spit, sister

apply fluoride trays
no food for thirty minutes
remineralize

Click here to read all of the haikus.

Diabetes: Keep your teeth healthy

August 7, 2013

Filed under: Dental Care,Dental Facts — admin @ 6:53 pm

The Mayo Clinic shares this important advice about Diabetes and your oral health.

Diabetes can cause changes in your mouth that affect the gums and oral tissues. Two common diseases of the mouth are:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis

These diseases begin with bacteria in the plaque on your teeth, which cause the gums to become red, swollen and bleed easily. If untreated, plaques spread and grow between the teeth and gums, forming pockets with toxins that cause the gums to separate from the teeth, leading to tooth loss.

Gingivitis is the milder form of the two gum diseases and is often related to poor oral care. Gingivitis is reversible with good oral care.

What is good oral care?
To properly care for your teeth and help prevent problems:

  • See your dentist twice a year, and let him or her know you have diabetes.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Brush your tongue.
  • Floss daily.
  • Check for signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums, redness and swelling, and tell your dentist if you experience these.

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The toothbrush takes a travel through time

July 19, 2013

Filed under: Dental Care,Dental Facts — admin @ 9:19 am

Where would we be without the toothbrush? Check out this great blog  from the American Student Dental Association that explains the history of the toothbrush!

What would dentistry be without the invention of the toothbrush?
Would you have invented a tooth cleaning device that resembles the toothbrushes we use today?

As future and current dental health professionals, today we tip our hats to the toothbrush. Simple. Elegant. Functional. In honor of the original toothbrush and its development throughout the last several thousands of years, we post this infographic (courtesy of Eric Smith) that summarizes some distinguishable moments in toothbrushing history.

Happy Brushing!

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