Have you had your oral cancer screening this year? Early detection is the key- schedule an appointment to get checked.
Four ways to have a more kissable Valentine mouth.
*Beware of Bad Breath
Brushing and flossing regularly can keep the bacteria count down in your mouth. Bacteria is a big cause of bad breath. It may also helps to chew sugarless gum or use mouth rinse.
*Share a Toothbrush?
Sharing a toothbrush may seem like a fine idea for you and your love since you share everything else. This is not a good idea since sharing a toothbrush means sharing germs also.
*Smoking and Chewing Tobacco
Smoking and chewing tobacco gives you bad breath and stains your teeth. It also smells bad. People who smoke or chew are twice as likely to have gum disease, not to mention oral cancer.
Regular dental visits can help keep your teeth in great shape. You can also get cleaning techniques along with advice on keeping your smile fresh.
Fluoride has been raising some controversy lately. Should municipal water be fluorinated? How much fluoride is too much? According to the American Dental Academy (ADA), this naturally found mineral can prevent cavities and even repair teeth in the early stages of tooth decay. Here are some basic facts about fluoride.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research has shown that fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, but it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is visible. Fluoride is the best cavity fighter to help keep the whole family's teeth strong — no matter their ages* Fluoride is one of several examples of everyday products fortified to improve our health — iodine is added to salt, folic acid is added to breads and cereals, and Vitamin D is added to milk.
*Fluoride should only be used by children ages 2 and up, or as directed by a dentist
How Does Fluoride Strengthen Your Teeth?
When it reaches your teeth, fluoride is absorbed into the enamel. It helps to repair the enamel by replenishing the lost calcium and phosphorous to keep your teeth hard. This process is called remineralization. When fluoride is present during remineralization, the minerals deposited into the tooth enamel help strengthen your teeth and prevent dissolution during the next demineralization phase. Thus, fluoride helps stop the decay process and prevent tooth decay.
How to Use Fluoride
You can get the benefits of fluoride from different places. It can work from an external source and from the inside of your body. To work the best, you need to get it from both. At home, you and your family should brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day for two minutes, especially after eating breakfast and before bedtime.
If you are at risk for tooth decay or aren't getting enough fluoride in your drinking water, your dentist may recommend fluoride treatments at the office. With these types of treatments, your dentist or dental hygienist will use a foam fluoride that is applied to the teeth for one minute. After a fluoride foam treatment, you can eat or drink thirty minutes later. The dental professionals also use a fluoride gel or varnish that they paint on. The dental professional will recommend that you avoid eating or drinking for up to two to four hours pending on the type of fluoride gel or varnish that is being used.
To learn more about how Fluoride Varnish in the primary dentition can prevent caries Please follow the link below!
The study is available at https://www.iqwig.de/en/press/press-releases/fluoride-varnish-in-the-primary-dentition-can-prevent-caries.8921.html.
*Floss Every Day
Nobody loves to floss but it is an important tool to help reduce gum disease and tooth decay in hard to reach places between your teeth. You will also benefit from fresher breath.
*Brush the Full Two Minutes
Studies have shown that most Americans brush their teeth for significantly less than one minute! Brushing for the full two minutes can improve your oral hygiene. Use a timer or an electric toothbrush with a built in timer. Of course you could also hum the theme of Jeopardy four times. One for each quadrant of your mouth. That will be a total of approximately two minutes.
*Avoid Acidic Foods
Acidic foods can be highly damaging to your mouth. Sodas and sports drinks are among the worst. Try cutting down on the amount of these you drink and remember to rinse your mouth with water after each one.
*Cut Down on Staining Foods
We all love a beautiful white smile. Many foods we consume can be very staining to our teeth. Some of the culprits are coffee, tea, red wine and even berries. Try limiting these food types. For a brighter smile, you could also consider a whitening treatment.
*Less Snacking Between Meals
Cutting down on snacks will protect your teeth and your waistline. Snacking gives oral bacteria additional food that can then turn into acid attacking your mouth. Again try rinsing with water after each snack.
*See Your Dentist
Finally a great resolution for the new year is to see your dentist at least twice a year. If you have been putting off your regular dental checks ups, this is the time to get started. Don't put it off any longer. If it's anxiety that keeps you away, remember...WE CATER TO COWARDS!!
Aligners need to stay on your teeth in order to work!
It turns out the scariest part of Halloween may not be the ghosts and goblins, but microscopic bacteria that causes cavities—not to mention the dental health habits of the U.S. population.
Halloween is fun for families, but certain types of candy combined with poor dental care habits can really be frightening. It’s always good to think about oral health, but Halloween is an especially important time since so many Americans will indulge in sweet treats.
The post-Halloween season is the perfect time to receive a checkup as indulging in sugary foods metabolizes sugar and produces acids that quickly eat away at tooth enamel if not removed.
To reduce the risk, we suggest that people:
Genuine smiles are shown to help you reduce stress. Take advantage of the stress relief benefits of smiling by smiling both during and after stressful activities to help lessen the effects of stress on your body.
By smiling, internal and external positive changes start happening right away. For example, smiling makes you appear more friendly, trustworthy and approachable. By smiling, you become more inviting than when you are not. This simple tweak allows connections with others, leaving you feeling less isolated or alone, which is important in feeling better.
Smiling is good for you and for others. Have you noticed how hard it is to not smile back at a genuine smile? And, in smiling, you might just make some one’s day better.
Some research has shown that when we smile, we train our brains into positive thinking. Smiling on a daily basis, helps create a positive mood and begins to create a habit in your brain to default towards feeling of happiness
There truly is power in a smile!. We hope you SMILE, because smiling is good for you!
WE ALL KNOW THAT FEELING… you wake up in the morning to sun shining, birds chirping and happily lean over to your significant other to say hello! Instead you are greeted by the horrible smell of morning breath. Or maybe you run into friends after work and suddenly become conscious of that bad taste in your mouth.We’ve all been there! Unfortunately, bouts of halitosis, or bad breath, are pretty much inevitable. Today we’re going to explain why that is, what causes that nasty smell and what you can do to keep bad breath at bay!
It All Starts With BacteriaWe’re not the only ones who need to eat to stay alive, so do the bacteria living in our mouths. When they snack on whatever’s left behind from our last meal, they release foul-smelling odors as a by-product, causing bad breath.
What you can do: Clean your teeth after every meal! Brush, floss and pop in a piece of sugar-free gum for good measure. This will eliminate food debris and bacteria from your mouth and prevent bad breath. A clean mouth, is a fresh mouth!
Choose Breath-Friendly Foods And Beverages
Keep in mind that certain foods and beverages can make bad breath more likely, such as sugary foods and drinks, garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol.
What you can do: Choose breath-friendly foods and beverages! Water washes away food debris and increases saliva flow in your mouth, protecting your teeth and mouth from bacteria. Healthy food choices such as carrots, celery and apples are high in water content and actually work as a natural toothbrush, scrubbing plaque bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth.
Good Oral Hygiene Can Reduce Morning Breath
Morning breath seems to be an especially pungent offender. Why is this? It’s mainly because of dry mouth. During the day, saliva works to wash away food debris and keep bacteria in check. When we sleep at night, however, our saliva production goes down, causing our mouths to become dry and allowing bacteria to proliferate. If you sleep with your mouth open, it can be even worse.
What you can do: To make your morning breath less offensive, follow a good oral hygiene regimen. By brushing and flossing your teeth before bed, you’re giving bacteria less food to munch on, which will help your breath be better in the morning.
In addition, we highly recommend cleaning your tongue by either brushing it or using a tongue scraper, since this is where most bad breath-causing bacteria are found. Another tip is to keep water by your bedside. When you wake up at night, take a drink! Keeping your mouth moist will combat the spread of those smelly bacteria.
We’re Here For You
For the most part, bad breath is manageable. If you feel like your halitosis is severe however, especially if you follow the steps above, it can be a sign of something more serious such as gum disease, diabetes, sinus problems, gastric reflux or liver or kidney disease. If this is the case, come in to see us so we can address the issue and find the proper solution. We are here to serve you!
Our patients’ smiles make it all worthwhile!
Baby On Board!
Congratulations on this exciting time of your life! You have so much to think about during pregnancy from nutrition to what color you may paint the nursery, but don't overlook your dental health.
The levels of hormones are increasing during pregnancy. You may notice swollen or bleeding gums, which is known as Pregnancy Gingivitis.
If your already bushing twice a day and cleaning between your teeth once a day, keep up the good work! If not, there’s no better time to start, as poor habits during pregnancy have been associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
Make sure your eating a balanced diet and getting all your vitamins, because your nutrition affects the babies development and their teeth. The babies teeth are forming between 3 and 6 months of pregnancy.
Please come visit us to get tips and get your check up.
It is very common to have anxiety or fear at the dental office.
Most people have experienced horrific and negative times at the dentist, thus, the majority refuses to step foot into a dental office. The online Dental Research Journal provided a questionnaire to 437 of their patients. 58.8% have experienced dental anxiety.
At La Contenta Dental “we cater to cowards”.
Here are some tips and tricks we use to help your dental visit be a great one: