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Health Benefits of Tea

According to a new study, having three cups of black tea a day may reduce your risk of gum disease and dental decay. The ingredients in the tea help fight off the bacteria which cause dental decay and gum disease.

Check out the article: http://www.dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/9668-tea-may-thwart-dental-issues

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According to USA Today, the first thing people notice is your smile. Make sure you keep up with your oral health by visiting your dentist regularly. It is recommended that people see a dentist at least twice a year and for some, it may be more frequently.

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Teeth vs Soda

Every one knows that soda is bad for you. The big question is how does soda effect your teeth? Soda contains many sugars and acids that can cause the mouth to become a more acidic environment. On a pH scale, the smaller the number, the more acidic it is and the higher the number, the more basic it is. Ideally you want your mouth be about a pH of 7. Enamel (or the outer shell of your teeth) can demineralize (or break down) at a pH of 5.5. Soda has a pH of 2.4. Check out this link to see how much sugar you are consuming with soda and how acid from soda can effect your teeth.

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Brush up on your at-home flossing technique! If flossing is not apart of your at-home dental care routine already, now is the time to incorporate it! Flossing removes particles of food and plaque from the areas where the toothbrush cannot reach.  Plaque can get left behind between your teeth and under the gum-line if you do not floss daily which can lead to cavities and gum disease.  When flossing remember to:

  • Start with 15 inches of floss, wind floss around each index finger, leaving a two inches of floss to work with
  • Slide it gently up-and-down between teeth
  • Curve floss around the base of each tooth – go beneath the gum-line
  • Lastly, remember to be gentle and floss daily!

For more information on alternative flossing options, visit our dental office and ask us about our Sonicare air flossers!Image

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Nightguards  Why a Night guard might be the right fit for you? The main purpose of a night guard is to protect both your teeth and your jaw joints.  Many of us grind or clench our teeth both at night and during the day subconsciously.  This action can cause wear to the surfaces of your teeth and or soreness to your jaw joints from the excess pressure.

A night guard is made from plastic that is molded to fit snugly over your teeth and can be worn both during the day or night.  It can help to alleviate the pressure caused from clenching and can protect your teeth or any dental work you may have from damage.  And while you can easily purchase a night guard from CVS, having it made in a dental office provides much more comfort as it has been customized specifically for your teeth.

If you notice wear on your teeth or soreness in your jaw throughout the day, visit your dentist and ask about the possible options of having a night guard made.

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Keep that bad breath away by getting a tongue scraper today!  Did you know that 75% of bad breath originates on the surface of your tongue?  Even if you floss, brush, and rinse, this only removes 25% of mouth odor.

Halitosis studies (bad breath) show that the bacteria that builds up on your tongue turns into a coat of plaque.  The white coating of your tongue than releases an odorous sulfur compound.

Mints and gum only mask the odor.  In order to actually remove the plaque coating, use a tongue brush or scraper and by taking off the white coat you’ll not only have fresher breath but also  heightened taste buds. It’s both effective and inexpensive!

So the next time your in our office or your dental office, ask for a tongue brush and keep that bad breath away!

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June 20th marked our official first day of summer! With that 90 degree heat and bright shining sun, don’t forget to use a sunblock to protect your skin.  While a higher SPF means greater protection from the sun’s harmful rays, the most effective sunscreen is actually SPF 30.   After this point the effectiveness of the lotion plateaus and only has a 1-2 percent change in protection if at all.  Protect your skin from aging, burning, and harmful rays that can cause cancer by remembering to apply sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure. Next time your at the store picking up sunscreen, make sure it has both UVA and UVB for the best coverage!

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ImageOrbit. Trident. Chiclets.  There are so many brands of gum on the market that consumers are both buying and chewing on a daily basis.  What’s in your purse or pocket right now?

If you haven’t already heard about Xylitol, now is the time to really consider switching to a sugar-free gum that has the Xylitol ingredient in it.  Regular gum brands are loaded with sugar as it serves as a sweetener and also provides the texture and structure to a stick of gum.  The sugar released from chewing gum fuels bacteria to produce acid which heightens our risk for decay.

What is Xylitol? Xylitol is an all natural sweetener that unlike aspartame and splenda is not chemically enhanced or made.  When you use Xylitol products, this ingredients stops the acid metabolizing process (starves the bad bacteria) in your mouth.  As a result of this, the pH level inside your mouth is regulated and less acidic – an ideal environment to keep you at a low risk for cavities.  Studies show that the Xylitol effect on teeth not only reduces the amount of acid but even raises the pH to a basic level that allows the saliva to release elements that actually strengthen tooth enamel.

Next time your craving a piece of gum or a mint, spring for one that has the Xylitol ingredient in it (we’ve seen them at Wholefoods) or visit the actual Xylitol website here.  Protect your teeth and prevent those cavities, in a natural, no added chemicals, sugar-free way!

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Yogurt, not just a delicious snack!

Did you know that yogurt is not only good for your digestive tract, but has benefits for your oral health as well?  According to the Journal of Periodontology (2008), studies show that eating yogurt on a daily basis can lower your risk for tooth loss and gum disease.  The probiotics in this dairy treat help to promote proper pH balance of the environment of your mouth. Cavities thrive in an acidic environment; therefore, maintaining a well balanced pH is helpful in preventing decay.  Yogurt’s not only has a high calcium content that helps to strengthen the enamel of your teeth, but also has neutralizing qualities that lessen odor causing compounds of bad breath.

The next time you are craving a sweet snack, try a yogurt instead!

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Did you know that it’s best to brush your teeth 30 minutes after eating a meal?  Why?
 Acids formed by the sugar in both foods and drinks weaken
tooth enamel and put you at a higher risk to develop cavities.  Brushing immediately after a meal can be more damaging as the acid penetrates deeper into your teeth increasing the likelihood of erosion.  The American Dental Association recommends rinsing with mouthwash or warm water directly after eating and than brushing after thirty minutes.

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