Dental Tips Blog

Nov
26

4 Dentist-Recommended Steps to Lower Your Risk for Tooth Decay

Are you one of those unfortunate individuals who feels doomed to getting cavities for life?

Some blame it on having “soft teeth” or poor dental genetics.

But you don’t have to accept your fate – you still have a say in whether or not you get cavities.

The following four steps are what most dentists recommend to patients who struggle with a high rate of tooth decay.

Get more fluoride.

This is first and foremost. Fluoride is a mineral essential to strengthening enamel. Once it’s incorporated into an area of enamel, that spot is less likely to decay. Get lots of fluoride in your toothpaste and mouth rinses, and ask your dentist about professional fluoride treatments.

Use a remineralizing toothpaste.

Select a toothpaste that will help strengthen weak spots in your enamel with ingredients like calcium phosphate.

Drink more water instead of soda, tea, coffee, etc.

Most other drinks that aren’t water tend to contain sugars, carbonation, or acids that have negative effects on enamel. Water will keep you hydrated and your saliva glands flowing freely. Saliva neutralizes acids that wear away enamel and start the decay process.

Limit snack times.

It’s not about how much sugar you eat – it’s about how long that sugar is in your mouth. The same goes for other carbohydrates. Carbs fuel cavity-causing bacteria. The longer they’re in your mouth, the longer the germs can burn through enamel. Shorten your snack sessions or limit eating to mealtime, only. Alternatively, swap snacks like crackers and cookies for tooth-friendlier options like fresh apples, carrot sticks, or nuts.

Want to lower your cavity risk even more? Call your dentist today to schedule a checkup.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Aug
21

Boost Your Gum Health from the Inside Out: 8 Superfoods for Healthy Gums

In addition to daily brushing and flossing, here are a few ways you can eat your way to stronger gums.

Celery

The longer you have to process chewy celery, the more cleansing saliva you’ll generate to keep your gums nourished. Celery’s water content makes it a healthy and refreshing snack. Hate celery? Apples have similar benefits, so opt for that alternative if you prefer.

Dark Leafy Greens

Greens like kale are rich in calcium and folic acid, which, it’s suggested, can treat gum disease in pregnant women. Boost your gum-fortifying levels of folic acid by tossing some spinach in a salad or smoothie.

Ginger

Ginger root is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoy fresh ginger in juices and smoothies or steeped in a tea to help reduce gum inflammation.

Onions

Onions in your salad or sandwich may not give pleasant breath, but they do inhibit the growth of bacteria that can cause gum infections.

Aged Cheese

Dairy is an excellent source of the calcium your bones and teeth need and the protein your gums need. A sharp cheese is also good for triggering that mouth-watering sensation that keeps teeth and gums clean. It also neutralizes acidic pH levels, to limit decay.

Green Tea

Load up your day with the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits of green tea. Keep it sugar-free, however, for the sake of your teeth.

Red Peppers

Did you know that red peppers have more vitamin C than oranges? Vitamin C is essential to maintaining a strong immune system to ward off foreign invaders. Getting lots of this vitamin in foods like red peppers will keep your gums healthy.

Remember that regular dental checkups are another key part of maintaining healthy gums. Call your dentist to schedule.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Dec
31

9 Herbs and Spices That Are Good for Your Smile

Ready for something fresh? These nine herbs and spices are great natural sources of smile-boosting factors.

  1. Green tea. Loaded with antioxidants and an excellent natural breath-freshener, a cup of green tea every morning could do you a lot of good. Just take it without sugar so that it doesn’t become a cavity hazard.
  2. Cloves. Did you know this simple kitchen staple is the foundation for a lot of numbing agents in dentistry? You can enjoy clove’s anesthetic properties by chewing on a whole one when something in your mouth hurts.
  3. Cinnamon. Enjoy it in a hot drink, yogurt, or oatmeal every day to experience the way it can regulate blood sugar and cut down your sugar cravings. This is good for lowering your cavity risk!
  4. Fennel, 5. Cardamom, and 6. Parsley. These get grouped together as a trio of powerful breath-refreshers. Munching on them stimulates saliva flow which washes away traces of acid from your last snack.
  5. Rosemary. A tablespoon of this very average herb actually contains about 4% of your recommended daily value of calcium. Add it to a cheddar sauce over steamed broccoli for a calcium-loaded dinner.
  6. Turmeric. This spice is up-and-coming in research in terms of how powerfully beneficial it is. It lends a bright golden glow to Indian foods. Turmeric could potentially work better than the best mouthwash. Enjoy this spice in a variety of stir-fries and curries.
  7. Garlic. While this one may not be the best for breath, it is great at fighting virtually everything else. It’s best eaten raw, so try to incorporate it into salads, dressings, and sauces.

Remember, no natural herbal remedy can replace the help of your dentist so schedule a dental checkup and cleaning soon!

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Nov
29

Getting More Out of Your Dental Insurance

Love it or leave it, your dental insurance can help you keep your teeth strong and disease free for life. Even if you have chronic tooth problems, taking advantage of all of your insurance benefits can help you reduce how much you pay for treatments over time, and cut your number of dental appointments down in the future.

Try these tips:

Maximize Your Preventive Benefits

The #1 rule when it comes to keeping teeth healthy is prevention, prevention, prevention. See your dentist twice a year for a dental checkup, cleaning, and any recommended x-rays. Ask if your plan covers add-ons like fluoride or sealants, which can block out cavities before they ever have a chance to start.

Ask. Don’t Assume

Depending on the type of policy you carry, it’s ok to see a dentist that’s not in your insurance network. Your company may tell you that it “could be more expensive” but until you crunch the numbers, there’s no way to be certain. Get an estimate from your favorite dentist to see if you can still keep going to their office like you always have.

Get Alternative Treatment Options

Let’s say your dentist recommends a specific procedure (it’s what they would want on their own tooth, after all,) but your insurance company says it isn’t covered. Instead of skipping out on the treatment altogether, ask your dentist if there’s another alternative that they might suggest. The 2nd option may have better coverage and reimbursement from your insurance policy.

Talk to your dentist today about finally getting your dental needs under wraps. The earlier you treat them, the more affordable they will be!

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Aug
7

Diabetes and Tooth Decay – What’s the Connection?

If you are living with diabetes, then you likely already know about the slew of complications that can follow. Being diabetic puts you at risk for infections, kidney problems, circulation complications, eye issues, and more.

Did you know that cavities should be on that list, as well?

Tooth decay and diabetes share a common denominator: sugar.

How Cavities Start

Cavities are holes in your teeth that are worn away by acid. This erosion can start with acids in your food, but it’s mainly caused by acid-producing bacteria. These germs feed on the carbohydrates that pass through your mouth and give off a waste product that destroys enamel.

This process affects everyone, with or without diabetes. Really, everyone needs to be alert to the concentration of simple carbohydrates their teeth are exposed to.

Diabetics in particular, however, need to be extra vigilant.

Diabetes Affects Your Decay Risk

Glucose is one of those simple carbohydrates that cavity-causing bacteria love to eat. They thrive in a sugary environment. If your body isn’t processing sugar correctly, then your saliva will also register high levels of glucose.

All that extra sugar makes for an environment ripe for tooth decay. But this is usually only an issue if your blood sugar level is frequently out of control.

Diabetes doesn’t have to rule your life if you can keep it under control. By maintaining the best oral health possible, you can also reduce the impact of diabetes on your smile.

See your dentist on a regular basis for checkups and cleanings. He or she will also recommend products to reinforce your teeth against decay and tools to make oral hygiene a breeze.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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