EVERYONE KNOWS that snack time is one of the best times of the day! Getting a tasty treat in the middle of the workday or grabbing a snack after school can be just the pick-me-up you need to tackle the rest of your day with a smile.
But before you reach for the chips or chocolates, we have a few smile-friendly suggestions!
Eat More Of These
Leafy Greens: Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens have calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, and magnesium; all essential for healthy teeth and gums. Cheese, Milk, and Yogurt: Dairy is a delicious source of calcium, which supports strong bones and teeth. Kiwi, Oranges, And Other Vitamin-C-Rich Foods: Vitamin C boosts your body’s ability to fight infection that causes gum disease.
Eat Less Of These
Soda And Energy Drinks: These acidic, sugary drinks attack and gradually deteriorate your protective tooth enamel. Sticky Candy, Gummies, And Dried Fruit: These foods stick in your teeth and continue to bathe your teeth in sugar for hours after eating. Highly Processed Carbs: This includes crackers, white bread, and pastries, which feed decay-causing bacteria in your mouth.
Keep In Touch To Learn More!
Now that we’ve shared our favorite healthy snacks, we want to hear from YOU! If you have any healthy recipes you make make at home, share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page! We’d love to see what kinds of creative snack ideas you’ve come up with.
Thank you for CHEW-sing our practice!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SEASON will soon be upon us! With so many great movies coming out this year, we decided we wanted to share some of our team’s all-time favorites!
Our Team’s Top Movie Picks!
We love movies in our practice, so we asked our team members to share what their favorite movie was and why. Here’s what they said:
Dr. Renee Kurtz– Dr. Kurtz favorite movie is Stand By Me. She says this is her favorite because of the era it takes place in and the soundtrack. She is big into music, so this movie stands out in her head most due to that.
Jennifer- Jenn’s favorite movie is A Bronx Tale. Jenn has a secret obsession with organized crime. She says organized crime fascinates her, and she loves to read about it or watch documentaries about it.
Zina- Zina says her favorite movie is The Notebook. When asked why, she says she just loves the love story. Shes a romantic at heart.
Justyna– When we asked Justyna her favorite movie- she says it is Dirty Dancing. Patrick Swayze is her favorite actor, and there is just something about his role in this movie that she fell in love with.
Gina- Gina told us her favorite movie is also The Notebook. She says its her favorite because the life long love story inspires her.
Michelle- Michelle’s favorite movie is Matilda. Michelle says she just watched it last night and loves a feel good ending.
Speaking of great movies, check out the video below to see whether or not you’ve been correctly quoting these iconic films!
What’s Your Favorite Movie?
Now that we’ve shared some of our favorites, we want to hear from you too! Whether you enjoy goofy comedies, gripping suspense films, or insightful documentaries, we’d love to hear what your favorite movies are. Who knows, maybe one of them will become one of our new favorites! Leave your movie picks in the comments below or on our Facebook page!
VISITING YOUR DENTIST every six months is an important part of maintaining your oral health. Not only does it keep your smile clean, but it can help you keep an eye on your overall health too!
For some, it may have been a while since your last visit or you or a loved one may be apprehensive about visiting the dentist. Knowing what to expect can help relieve much of this anxiety, so today we want to explain the basics of what happens during your bi-annual cleaning and how you can prepare for your next appointment!
Gather Necessary Information Beforehand
Discussing your family history may not be the first thing you think of when scheduling your dental appointment, but being familiar with your family’s medical history allows us to better care for your oral and overall health.
Like many other conditions such as heart disease and certain forms of cancer, periodontal disease has strong genetic ties that can run in your family. Knowing your family’s medical history can help your dentist keep an eye out for oral health issues such as gum disease or other conditions which present symptoms in the mouth, such as diabetes.
Aside from gathering any relevant personal or family medical information, be sure to to review your dental insurance benefits as you prepare for your appointment. Knowing your level of coverage will help you understand what costs will be associated with your care. If you have any questions about using your dental insurance in our practice or if you would like information about paying for care without insurance, give us a call!
What Happens During Your Appointment?
Although this varies from patient to patient based on their individual needs, a dental check-up generally consists of a professional cleaning, a comprehensive dental examination, and potentially X-rays.
How frequently you need dental X-rays relies largely on your medical and dental history, your age, and your current oral health. New-patient examinations often include X-rays as well.
If required, dental X-rays are generally taken at the beginning of your dental appointment. Dental X-rays allow us to detect and diagnose tooth decay between teeth, on hard-to-reach surfaces, and under existing dental work. X-rays can even be helpful in identifying dental and orthodontic issues that exist beneath the gum line.
Once it’s time for your cleaning, your dentist or hygienist uses a small metal instrument known as a scaler to scrape off tartar above and below the gum line and in between teeth. Next, they polish your teeth using a polishing tool and a lightly abrasive paste to deep clean your pearly whites and remove any tartar left behind after the previous step. Last but not least, they’ll finish your cleaning with a thorough flossing.
After your teeth are clean, your dentist will perform a comprehensive oral examination to ensure your oral health is in tip-top shape. They will:
examine your teeth for signs of decay
check for gum swelling and redness, and measure the depth of your gingival pockets to check for signs of periodontal disease
test how your top and bottom teeth come together and check for signs of teeth grinding or other potential orthodontic issues
examine your neck, lymph glands, and oral cavity for signs of oral cancer
Based on your exam, we’ll discuss any necessary treatment recommendations and offer helpful tips on how to improve your oral hygiene before your next appointment.
Check out the video below for more information on the importance of regular dental exams!
What Should You Do After Your Appointment?
Whether your next appointment is in 6 months or even sooner, we’re looking forward to seeing your smile! Be sure to maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow any additional instructions provided by your dentist before your next visit. If you have any questions about what to expect from a visit in our office, let us know!
A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is the best prevention for illness and chronic disease. It can also be just as effective as any medicine a doctor could prescribe. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, or simply live more healthily, the good choices you’re making not only do wonders for your body and overall health, but they also have a beneficial impact on your smile!
Congratulations On Making Better Food Choices
Oral health depends on more than how many times a day you brush your teeth, it also depends on your diet! As you choose healthier foods for your body, you are also choosing better foods for your teeth.
If you’re trading chips and fruit snacks in for healthier snacks like cheese, veggies and nuts, you’ve made the right choice! A diet low in sugar and processed foods can help you trim your waistline, fend off illness and prevent cavities.
We See You’re Drinking More Water… Great Job!
Perhaps before you made your goal to live a more healthy lifestyle, you would reach for your favorite soda rather than water at mealtime. Did you know that one in four Americans get at least 200 calories a day from sugary drinks like soda? Not only can frequent soda consumption lead to weight gain, it also contributes to tooth decay!
Eliminating soda from your diet, or at least consuming it in moderation, is a good way to cut back on calories and cavities. And now that you’re starting to drink more water, you’re probably realizing how good it makes you feel, especially since it is calorie-free!
Keep Up The Good Work With Regular Exercise
By maintaining a healthy weight, you are protecting yourself from health conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes, to name a few. As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, these diseases often go hand in hand with periodontal, or gum disease. In fact, 91 percent of patients with heart disease and 22 percent of those with diabetes have gum disease.
So keep up the good work! Regular exercise does wonders for your body’s health and your smile reaps the benefits too!
One Last Tip For Our Wonderful Patients
It is widely known that almost nothing tastes good after you brush your teeth. So we recommend that you let good oral hygiene help you stem cravings!
If you’re experiencing a craving and want to avoid it, brush your teeth! Or even pop a piece of sugar-free gum into your mouth. Not only will this help your craving pass, but you’ll be less inclined to eat after making your mouth minty fresh! Added bonus? Your pearly whites stay squeaky clean. Oh and did we mention that two minutes of brushing burns around 5 calories? It’s not much, but it’s something!
Do you have any other questions about your dental health or a topic you’d like us to write about? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!
Happy Friday all! We hope everyone had an amazing week and is geared up for a fun filled weekend. We know we are!
We have teamed up with an amazing organization called Save a Suit to host a suit drive. These suits, (and other business attire ), will be donated to our amazing veterans to aide in his or her job search. We feel this is our chance to be able to give back to those men and women who have already given us so much.
Please help us by stopping in with any items for donation. You can refer to the flyer below for details, but as always feel free to call the office with any questions or concerns.
Welcome to our brand new blog! Here you will be able to follow us here at the office, and be kept up to date with all office news and announcements! Our antics should keep you smiling! With that being said…
Its official! Spring is here! We all associate spring with longer days, warm weather and flowers! Lots and lots of new blooming flowers! We love our flowers and plants here at this office! But this spring, we have one plant that has been the talk of the town!
This plant is called the Senetti Blue. The Senetti thrives in low temps, so it blooms very early into the season. The Senetti is available in a variety of colors, and blooms from early spring until summer.
Feel free to stop by and take a look at this beauty!
That’s all for today folks! Stay tuned for more to come…..
A toothache often feels like a sharp pain or a dull throbbing ache. The tooth involved may be sensitive to pressure, heat, cold, or sweets but in cases of severe pain, identifying the problem tooth is often difficult. Toothaches may result from any of a number of causes.
Patients who are experiencing any of the following possible toothache symptoms should consult with a dentist: • Significant, persistent pain in the tooth that is often sharp or throbbing – this is the main indicator of a toothache. • Noticeable puss at the site of the discomfort – this may indicate the presence of an abscess, which not only causes pain but can increase the patient’s risk of developing a systemic infection. • Swelling around the problematic tooth – this also may suggest the presence of some sort of infection. • Fever – This is yet another sign of infection. Continue reading What Causes a Toothache?→