Category Archives: Oral Health

Oral Health & Weight Loss Go Hand In Hand

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!

Thank you for being such wonderful patients!

Thats all for now!

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When Should You Get Dental X-Rays?

Dentist shows a patient x-ray of teethYour dentist may take dental x-rays if your are a new patient, have not been seen in a while, or are in for a follow-up visit after dental treatment. Below are the most common type of x-rays that would be taken and the reasons why:

• Bitewing x-rays help dentists look at bone levels between teeth, cavities between teeth, and the health of the bone between teeth.

• Periapical x-rays help dentists look at the root tips of teeth, the bone around teeth, abscesses, and other pathology. Continue reading When Should You Get Dental X-Rays?

Obesity and Your Oral Health

Dental care versus unhealthy dietThe effects of excess weight go beyond the known health risks like diabetes and heart disease. Obesity is also linked to poor dental health, periodontal disease, and even tooth loss. Surprisingly, studies have shown that men and women who have a BMI of 30 and above experience a higher risk of developing periodontal disease than those who fall within the healthy body weight range. More surprisingly, women who are classified as overweight with a BMI that ranges between 25-30 have a greater risk of gum disease than men. It is believed that fat tissue creates a hospitable environment for macrophages, which can lead to inflammation and degeneration of gum tissue more easily. Continue reading Obesity and Your Oral Health

Create a Nighttime Ritual for Better Oral Health

Three young children brushing their teethMaintaining a good bedtime oral hygiene routine is even more important than your daytime one. A lot can happen overnight while you are sleeping. Food debris and bacteria can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums during sleep time, when there is almost no saliva produced to wash away bacteria. Most of us have more time at night to properly clean our teeth, but wait until we are too tired to do so.

There are many ways to improve and maintain good oral health, even while you sleep. Here are a few helpful tips to get through the night. Continue reading Create a Nighttime Ritual for Better Oral Health

What Is the Difference Between Cavities, Decay & Caries?

Portrait Man with toothache isolated grey wall backgroundGood dental hygiene is important to keep teeth whole and healthy. The idea is to prevent dental caries. Caries is the disease that leads to tooth decay and cavities. That is simple enough to say, but what are caries, tooth decay, and cavities? What do they do to your teeth, and how are they prevented? Here is a look at what they are and how they are related. Continue reading What Is the Difference Between Cavities, Decay & Caries?

iTero Dental Scanning Technology

male doctor or dentist looking at x-rayIn the past, you may have experienced a dental treatment that required the dentist to take an impression of your teeth, a slow, messy process. The iTero digital scanner not only eliminates that process for most procedures, but also it produces a high quality, 3D scan of your teeth. This phenomenal machine takes digital images of your teeth and translates them into a model using CAD/CAM technology, enhancing your comfort, as well as your overall experience.

How Does iTero Work?
The iTero scanner digitally captures the structure of the teeth and gums using the latest optical technology. Continue reading iTero Dental Scanning Technology

The Importance of Dental Health

Portrait of a dentist teamGood oral hygiene and regular visits for dental cleaning is of utmost importance, not only for the maintenance of a healthy dentition but for your overall well-being. Poor oral health can lead to a large number of dental as well as systemic problems in your body. Neglected oral hygiene can cause gum diseases, infections, bone disorders, stroke and cardiac problems.

In most cases, patients do not realize they have a developing oral health issue until it has become either an emergency or is causing additional dental health issues. Continue reading The Importance of Dental Health