It’s no secret: a healthy, well balanced diet is the basis for good health. But if you’re like most people, when you think ‘diet’, you probably look at your waistline and not at your smile. Like the rest of your body, teeth and gums need nutrients and minerals to help them stay in shape and ward off disease. A common enemy, snacking, can undermine both.
Even though you can’t eliminate sugar from your diet, and snacking may just be too tempting to pass up, there are some simple things you can do to reduce your sugar intake and protect your teeth:
Remember honey, molasses, glucose and fructose are all forms of sugar, too.
When you do eat candies and sweets, avoid gooey ones that stick to your teeth. Try to eat them with a meal. Why? Because a meal gives your mouth time to produce saliva, and saliva will dilute the sugar and help wash it off your teeth.
Of course, you should always brush after eating sweets. If you can’t, rinse your mouth with water or follow the candy with something fibrous, such as an apple or raw vegetables. This will help to dilute or remove some of the sugar from your teeth.
If you have any questions about tooth-friendly snacking, give our office a call. We’ll be glad to show you other ways to keep your “sweet tooth” from tarnishing your smile.
The average person consumes a staggering 88 lbs. of sugar each year!
That’s almost half a cup a day!
We would like to work with you at keeping your dental bills as low as possible, and have come up with the following suggestions:
...but if have a dental condition or are in middle of a course of treatment, there is more to it than that.
So here’s some advice to help you enjoy a happy, healthy vacation:
Schedule dental appointments and treatments (such as adjustments to braces) a week or two in advance of leaving. That way, if complications arise and follow-up treatment is needed, it won’t mar your vacation.
If you are undergoing root canal treatment, complete it before you leave. This is particularly important if you plan to fly, since changes in cabin pressure can cause severe pain in a vulnerable tooth.
If you require prescription medication for gum problems or other dental conditions make sure you have sufficient medication to last for the duration of your vacation, plus another week to 10 days (in case your return is delayed).
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How to be smart about a dental craze.
Are you considering bleaching or whitening your teeth? You’re not alone. According to a survey by the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry, Americans spent $1.4 billion on whitening products in 2006. It’s not difficult to understand why: we’re inundated on a daily basis by images of attractive celebs with smiles Photoshopped brighter than an arc welder.
So, let’s take it for granted that we’re obsessed: how can we be smart about it? We did a little research and talked to a dental professional, Dr. Genoveva Caminschi, to get some illuminating tips about teeth whitening.
Understand your expectations. Be realistic about what you want and what you’re willing to spend. Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products (gels, toothpastes and strips) are not imbued with the Ark of the Covenant’s holy power; if they were, we’d all have perfectly white teeth. In-office solutions like energy-activated peroxide bleaching are great, but a single session can run you up to $150.
Consult with your dental professional. This seems like a no-brainer: find a trustworthy dentist and ask them what the best solution is for you. Then, make sure that none of your current dental issues make you unsuitable for whitening, because...
You absolutely must be cavity-free. Whether you’re getting a dentist-administered bleach or just using whitening strips, whitening products can cause tooth sensitivity and even exacerbate decay.
According to Dr. Caminschi, a bleach at the wrong time can turn a cavity molehill (filling) into a mountain (root canal).
Other than that, bleaching is safe. Mostly. Once you’ve reached adolescence and all of your adult teeth have come in, bleaching—even in-office bleaching—is a safe and reasonable option.
However, Dr. Caminschi warns against rushing into new argon laseractivated treatments. It’s an emerging science, and the side effects aren’t fully understood yet.
Follow the instructions carefully. According to Caminschi, any OTC product will work to some degree so long as it’s used punctually and as part of an overall regimen of oral care.
Be aware of what’s causing your tooth discolouration.
Again, consult a professional. While whitening treatments can be very effective against discolouration caused by aging or food, they may not be enough to combat the results of medications or conditions like fluorosis. Depending on the severity of the problem, whitening may need to be combined with veneers or other cosmetic dentistry.
Finally, beware the medication issue. Acne medications like tetracycline and minocycline can lead to tooth discolouration.
Many professionals recommend they be taken in tandem with vitamin C and/or whitening solutions; again, consult both your doctor and your dentist.