Get A Fit Smile!

by MikeMeehan 2/7/2018 11:49 AM

We talk about staying fit, working out and eating healthy, so why not consider the “fitness” of your teeth? Your dental health is an important part of your overall health. Along with building strong muscles, take these steps to build strong enamel. Limit sugary foods and drinks – Bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugars found in certain foods and drinks. These bacteria then create acids that attack and wear down tooth enamel. Looks like that root beer float isn’t so sweet when it comes to your teeth. Eat foods high in calcium – Calcium-rich foods counter these acids by rebuilding enamel and helping bones and teeth stay strong. To help get your daily calcium fix, reach for snacks like cheese, broccoli or yogurt. Use fluoride – To protect teeth, fluoride helps strengthen enamel and repairs the first stages of tooth decay. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. You can also get a dose of fluoride through certain mouthwashes, fluoride treatments at the dentist and from most tap water. Don’t brush too hard – Resolve to brush for the full two minutes – just don’t brush too fast or too hard. To avoid wearing down the enamel, brush gently, use an oval-shape motion and stick to a soft-bristle toothbrush. Treat conditions that cause decay – Treating heartburn and certain eating disorders can help diminish the enamel-eroding effects of stomach acids. Teeth aren’t the only things to consider. Healthy gums are just as important when it comes to oral health. Here’s how to keep yours in good shape. Brush and floss daily – Brushing twice a day and flossing once daily can help prevent and sometimes even reverse gum disease. Pay attention to the gumline when doing both. Visit the dentist regularly – Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar and reach plaque that you may have missed. Your dentist will also be able to identify signs of gum disease early so you can treat it effectively. Last, but certainly not least, stop or avoid smoking. Smoking makes it harder to fight gum disease by weakening the immune system and makes it more difficult for gums to heal when they’ve already been damaged. With these tips, you can have a winning smile all year round.

Smile Snacks for Your Football or Oscar Party

by MikeMeehan 1/31/2018 11:07 AM

Whether you’re hosting an awards show party or throwing a game-day bash, you can help your friends take care of their smiles as well as their taste buds. Reconsider the trend Rosé, champagne and prosecco may be a trendy choice and a fun idea for an award show party or to celebrate your favorite team winning the big game, but these drinks can be hard on tooth enamel. Prosecco, champagne, and rosè have high acid levels, so opt for sparkling water or even a dry martini instead. Cheese – both appetizing and helpful A fancy cheese tray – or even just slices of good ol’ cheddar – is an easy choice. It can also protect your teeth if you do decide to indulge in champagne and the other celebratory drinks described above. Cheese is always a crowd pleaser, and you can dress it up with a charcuterie board including prosciutto, salami and chorizo. Throw in some healthy garnishes, such as almonds and pickles, and you’ve got a spread that’s sure to impress. But skip the crackers and crostini. Foods that are high in carbohydrates break down into sugars that can harm your enamel just like the sugars in cookies and candies. A veggie tray will save the day Instead of opening a bag of chips, which are also high in carbohydrates and starches, put a veggie tray on the menu. Vegetables will provide the same satisfying crunch your guests crave while keeping their smiles healthy. If you’re looking for something different than the usual celery, carrots and broccoli, try parsnips, jicama, snap peas, artichokes and asparagus. Berries for sweetness For a little something sweet, opt for berries drizzled with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has lower sugar content than milk chocolate and white chocolate, so it’s a good choice for dessert.

Sugar and Your Teeth

by MikeMeehan 1/15/2018 10:47 AM

When you reach for a cookie or a piece of candy and you place that sugar-filled food in your mouth, you might only think about how wonderful and delicious it tastes. Now I’m going to challenge you to think of it from a different perspective. Here’s what happens to your teeth when that sugar enters your mouth. Bacteria in your mouth There’s good bacteria and bad bacteria in your mouth. The harmful bacteria uses the sugar from the cookie or piece of candy to create acid. Acid hurts your enamel The acid that was just formed from the bacteria and sugar in your mouth will now work to destroy the enamel of your teeth. Enamel is like a protective coating on your teeth. But the acid removes important minerals on your enamel, and eventually causes it to weaken and form a hole in your tooth, also known as a cavity. A cavity forms With the destroyed enamel and hole in your tooth caused by the acid, that cavity can actually continue to spread into the deeper layers of your tooth. This is when you will feel pain or sensitivity. Reverse the damage Even though this process is happening when you eat sugar, there are other things going on in your mouth to fight against a cavity. Saliva is working hard to repair your teeth through a process called remineralization. The minerals in your saliva, calcium and phosphate, help to replace the minerals attacked by the acid. Fluoride in your water or in your toothpaste do the same thing to help your enamel. Other steps to take Besides cutting back on sugary foods and beverages, there are other steps you can take. If you’re eating sweets, try to do so during a meal. Avoid sticky foods because they will stick to your teeth and that gives them more time and opportunity to do damage. Sticky foods include starchy foods like crackers and chips. Drinking and rinsing with water can help. Choices like cheese or other dairy foods have calcium and phosphates. Those minerals help your enamel, like described above. Also, chewing sugarless gum or eating fresh fruits and vegetables, like celery, increases saliva production. And, of course, there is our ever constant reminder to brush twice a day for two minutes to prevent cavities. We care about the health of your smile and sugar is a big deterrence from keeping your smile cavity-free. Remember what’s going on in your mouth when you chew on that candy bar!

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