• 13 MAR 18
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    All About Crowns – the Dental Kind

    When your dentist says “you’ll probably need a crown” after examining a troublesome tooth, what exactly are they talking about and why do you need to be “crowned.” Crowns are a type of dental restoration that involves putting a protecting covering (a crown) over a tooth. There is a wide range of materials that the crown can be made from, ranging from porcelain to metals.

    So what types of oral health issues call for a crown?

    Damage to a tooth is so severe that it cannot be fixed by placing an amalgam or composite restoration (a filling).

    The appearance of the tooth is less than desirable and the placement of a crown can improve the shape, color and in some cases the alignment of the tooth.

    To protect a weak tooth due to decay.

    To protect a weak tooth that has been cracked.

    To hold a dental bridge into place.

    To cover a dental implant.

    How is a crown placed on the existing tooth?

    After a careful exam, your dentist will evaluate your needs and then review your options for repairing or replacing the tooth. If a crown is the best approach for your situation, your dentist at Personal Care Dentistry will initially “prep” the troublesome tooth. This involves removing any decay and readying the tooth for the permanent crown. This may include fabricating a build-up if there is not enough healthy tooth surface left to hold and stabilize the new crown.

    An impression is taken and a “temporary” crown is fabricated after the tooth is “prepped”.  The temporary crown is seated while the permanent crown is being made in the lab.  Once the crown is finished, typically 1 to 2 weeks, the patient will return to get the permanent crown cemented into place.

    So what are the different types of materials used in crowns?

    Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated crowns that are used on permanent teeth primarily as a temporary measure. The crown protects the tooth or filling while a permanent crown is made from another material. They are often used with children’s primary teeth. The crown covers the entire tooth and protects it from further decay. When the primary tooth comes out to make room for the permanent tooth, the crown comes out naturally with it.

    Metals used in crowns include gold alloy, palladium, nickel or chromium. Compared with other crown types, less tooth structure needs to be removed with metal crowns, and tooth wear to opposing teeth is kept to a minimum. Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well and probably last the longest in terms of wear down. Also, metal crowns rarely chip or break. The metallic color is the main drawback. Metal crowns are a good choice for out-of-sight molars.

    Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be color matched to your adjacent teeth (unlike the metallic crowns). However, more wearing to the opposing teeth occurs with this crown type compared with metal or resin crowns. The crown’s porcelain portion can also chip or break off. Next to all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look most like normal teeth. These crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth.

    All-resin dental crowns are less expensive than other crown types. However, they wear down over time and are more prone to fractures than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.

    All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns provide better natural color match than any other crown type and may be more suitable for people with metal allergies. However, they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and they wear down opposing teeth a little more than metal or resin crowns. All-ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth.

    SOURCE: WebMD and American Dental Association



    • 24 FEB 18
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    Why Is Fluoride Important to Your Oral Health?

    Patients sometimes ask us to explain why fluoride is so helpful in preventing cavities and to overall oral health. So we thought in this blog we would provide an overview of fluoride and how it helps protect your teeth from cavities.

    Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral compound that helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making the outer surface of your teeth (enamel) more resistant to the acid attacks that cause tooth decay.

    Fluoride is especially important to young children, since it strengthens the child’s tooth enamel even before the teeth break through the gums. The hard surface of the tooth enamel is what resists tooth decay, so strengthening the tooth enamel makes it easier for a child to resist tooth decay. This benefit is what we call “systemic” because the fluoride is ingested from foods, beverages and dietary supplements that are consumed.

    Once your child’s teeth break through their gums, fluoride will help remineralize tooth enamel (which strengthens it) and reverse early tooth decay. The application of fluoride at this stage is called “topical” since it is being applied directly to the teeth. This “topical” application comes through brushing with fluoridated toothpaste or mouth rinses. You can still enjoy the benefits of “systemic” fluoride through what you drink and eat because it becomes part of your saliva, which is constantly coating your teeth with small amounts of fluoride that help repair tooth enamel that has been weakened.

    Most communities add fluoride to their public water supply to increase the level of fluoride up to a level that will help prevent tooth decay. Before water was fluoridated, children had three times as many cavities. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has proclaimed community water fluoridation one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th century because of the importance it has played in reducing tooth decay.

    For children younger than 3 years, start brushing their teeth as soon as they start to appear in the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. For children 3 to 6 years old, use no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Always supervise your child’s brushing to make sure they use the right amount and try to get your child to spit out most of the toothpaste.

    Mouthwash with fluoride can help make your teeth more resistant to decay, but children six years or younger should not use it unless it’s been recommended by a dentist. Many children younger than 6 are more likely to swallow it than spit it out because their swallowing reflexes aren’t fully developed.

    If you have a good chance of getting cavities, your dentist can apply fluoride directly to your teeth during your dental visit with a gel, foam or rinse.

    Available by prescription only, fluoride supplements come in tablet, drop or lozenge forms. They are recommended only for children ages six months to 16 years living in areas without adequate amounts of fluoride in their community drinking water and who are at high risk of developing cavities. Talk to your dentist, pediatrician or family physician about your child’s specific fluoride needs.

    SOURCE: American Dental Association

    • 14 FEB 18
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    6 Tips to Flossing Effectively

    Using Proper Techniques Are Important if You Want to Be the Boss of Your Floss

    How Often Should You Floss?

    Daily according to the American Dental Association (ADA) if you want to effectively remove the plaque from places between your teeth where you toothbrush can’t reach. Remember, plaque that isn’t removed hardens into calculus or tartar and eventually can lead to cavities. Plus flossing helps fight cavities and prevent gum disease.

    Before or After Brushing?

    It doesn’t really matter if you floss before or after you brush or the time of day when you floss. The important thing is, as Nike says, “Just Do It!” Many people think they should floss just before they go to bed and end up never flossing because they are always too tired at the end of the day. So pick a time when you have a couple of extra minutes every day and floss.

    Nylon or PTFE Floss?

    When you are flossing, you have two types of floss to choose from – nylon floss (multifilament) or PTFE floss (monofilament). Nylon floss is made of multiple strands of nylon, so it sometimes tears of shreds if you have “tight teeth”. You can get it waxed or unwaxed depending on your preference. PTFE floss is more expensive but slides between your teeth easier, especially if the spaces between your teeth are tight. It generally won’t shred. Check with your dentist or oral hygienist for their floss recommendations for your teeth.

    Flossing Flawlessly

    Gum disease begins at the gum line and between teeth. Daily flossing is an important part of your oral health care routine to help remove the plaque from these areas where a toothbrush doesn’t completely reach. But to truly reap the benefits, you need to use proper flossing technique.

    You can floss flawlessly if you follow these four easy steps, according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association:

    Wind: Wind 18 inches of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a one- to two-inch length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.

    Guide: Keep a one- to two-inch length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.

    Glide: Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. Don’t snap floss between your teeth. Contour floss around the side of the tooth.

    Slide: Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.

    Toss the floss once you’re finished. Remember, flossing should not hurt when you do it. If it does, you may be in jeopardy of damaging the tissue between your teeth. You’ll probably feel some discomfort when you first start flossing, but after a week or two the discomfort should go away. Recurring pain means you should get in touch with your dentist.

    Flossing With a Flosser

    Some people prefer to use a flosser for convenience. Hold the flosser handle firmly and point the flossing tip at an angle facing the area you want to floss first (either top teeth or bottom teeth). Guide the floss gently between two teeth, and be sure to avoid snapping or popping the floss. Use the same zigzag motion that you would us with standard floss. Bend the floss around each tooth and slide it under the gum line and along each tooth surface.

    Don’t Forget the Kids!

    If you have a child that has at least two teeth that touch, you should be flossing their teeth regularly. You usually have to wait until they are around 10 years old before they can handle this daily oral health routine themselves.

    Sources: MouthHealthy.org, Oral B, Colgate, American Dental Association

    • 06 FEB 18
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    Give Your Valentine Dark Chocolate This Year and Brighten Their Smile

    If your valentine adores chocolate, make it dark chocolate this year and you’ll not only bring a smile to your loved one’s face, but you’ll be helping them with their oral health. Really? Yes, dark chocolate can help prevent tooth decay.

    It’s not the chocolate that is good for your teeth – it’s the cocoa bean that holds the key to dark chocolate’s tooth-helpful properties. Cocoa beans contain a set of strong antioxidants that benefit your mouth and teeth – polyphenols, tannins, and flavonoids. Tannins are what gives dark chocolate its slightly bitter taste and its dark color. They also help prevent cavities by preventing bacteria from sticking to your teeth. Meanwhile, polyphenols are bacteria-fighters, working to eliminate bad breath, stop gum infections, and fight tooth decay. The final antioxidant in this trio is the flavonoid, which slows down tooth decay.

    A bonus of dark chocolate is that because the antioxidants it contains fight gum disease, it can help fight heart disease. That’s because the bacteria associated with gum disease – also called periodontal disease – can also enter the bloodstream and cause heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.

    There are three kinds of chocolate – milk chocolate, white chocolate and dark chocolate. The one closest to its original form is dark chocolate, because it has been processed less than the other two and thus has lost less of its tooth-friendly properties. Look for dark chocolate that is 70 percent cocoa. You won’t have a problem finding the cocoa percentage on dark chocolate – manufacturers make sure it is very obvious on the packaging. Here are some of the top dark chocolate bars available:

    Lindt’s Excellence Supreme Dark, 90 percent cocoa

    Ghirardelli’s Intense Dark Midnight Reverie, 86 percent cocoa

    Ghirardelli’s Intense Dark Twilight Delight, 72 percent cocoa

    Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate, 60 percent cocoa

    Another benefit of dark chocolate is that it contains less sugar than other varieties, so it’s slightly better for your waistline, too.

    But remember, dark chocolate is not a substitute for a regular diet of vegetables and fruit. While its antioxidant properties are definitely a plus, it’s not what you would call a “healthy food” if over consumed. There is still some sugar and an ample amount of fat in dark chocolate, and both of those can present health issues. A healthy intake would be 1 ounce of dark chocolate daily, or about the size of six Hershey’s kisses (which come in a dark variety). That will add about 150 calories to your daily intake.

    So when you’re shopping for your valentine this year, skip the milk chocolate or white chocolate and head right for the dark chocolate. You’re certain to bring a smile to their face and a boost to their oral health.

    Source: TLC

    • 30 JAN 18
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    Prevent the “Dangerous Duo” From Impacting Your Oral Health

    There are two words related to oral health that you should think of as the “dangerous duo” – plaque and tarter. Together, they work to wreak havoc in your mouth, causing gum disease, tooth decay, and teeth stains. They can be defeated by the “superheroes” of oral health – your toothbrush and floss – but if you skip using them, you’ll more than likely get to know personally the “dangerous duo”.

    An Inside Look at the “Dangerous Duo”

    The more you know about plaque and tartar, the better your odds of winning the oral health war. So what is plaque? It’s a colorless, sticky layer of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on your teeth. It’s the leading cause of gum disease and cavities, and if you don’t remove it daily, its buddy tartar will arrive. You can’t avoid plaque since bacteria are constantly forming in our mouths. These bacteria feed on ingredients in your diet and saliva to grow. Plaque creates acids, which attack your teeth after you eat and eventually cause cavities. That happens because the repeated acid attacks break down your tooth enamel and a cavity may form. Also, if you don’t get rid of the plaque, it can irritate the gums around your teeth, leading to gingivitis (red, swollen, bleeding gums), periodontal disease and tooth loss.

    And what is tartar? Again, it is plaque that had hardened onto your teeth and become a mineral. It is also called calculus. It is fairly easy to spot when it’s above your gumline because it will create a yellow or brown color on your teeth or gums. Tartar can also form at and underneath the gumline and can irritate gum tissues. It provides a fertile breeding ground for additional plaque to adhere and eventually turn to tartar. Plus, your teeth will get stained more easily because tartar is porous and absorbs stains from beverages like coffee or tea.

    Stopping the “Dangerous Duo” From Gaining Traction

    If you’ve let plaque turn into tartar in your mouth, there isn’t much you can do except visit your dentist at Personal Care Dentistry. But you can prevent plaque by using the “superheroes” of oral health on a daily basis. That means brushing twice a day and flossing daily. In addition, you can have an even better chance to win the battle against plaque by watching what you eat.

    Personal Care Dentistry suggests this game plan for taking on plaque and tartar:

    Be sure to brush at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste to get rid of plaque from all of your teeth’s surfaces. Don’t scrub hard back and forth when you brush. Instead, use small circular motions combined with short back and forth motions.

    Use your floss each day to remove plaque from between your teeth and under your gumline, (where your toothbrush may not reach). Remember to ease the floss between your teeth. Snapping it into place may damage your gums. The best time to floss is before you go to bed.

    Another way of removing plaque between teeth is to use a dental pick — a thin plastic or wooden stick. These sticks can be purchased at drug stores and grocery stores.

    Limit sugary or starchy foods, especially sticky snacks. Food residues, especially sweets, provide nutrients for the germs that cause tooth decay, as well as those that cause gum disease. So less is better when it comes to sweets.

    How Do I Know If I Have Plaque?

    Dental plaque is difficult to see unless it’s stained. You can stain plaque by chewing red “disclosing tablets,” found at grocery stores and drug stores, or by using a cotton swab to smear green food coloring on your teeth. The red or green color left on the teeth will show you where there is still plaque—and where you have to brush again to remove it. Stain and examine your teeth regularly to make sure you are removing all plaque.

    How Is Tartar Removed by a Dentist?

    Once tartar has formed, only your dentist or hygienist can remove it. The process for removing tartar is called scaling. During a scaling, the hygienists at Personal Care Dentistry use special instruments to remove tartar from your teeth above and below the gumline.

    Sources: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; American Dental Association; Colgate-Palmolive, Inc.

    • 23 JAN 18
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    Is Bruxism Impacting Your Oral Health?

    Unless you work in the dental profession, the odds are good that you don’t know what bruxism means. But if you suffer from the problem, you definitely know you have it and probably wish you could find effective treatment.

    So what is bruxism? Simply put, it is teeth grinding. A little of it won’t hurt your oral health and is fairly common. But if you are someone who constantly grinds their teeth (primarily at night when you are asleep), you can wear your health down in multiple ways. Because most people grind when they are not awake, it generally isn’t obvious what dental issue is being created by their problem.

    But once you get some insight into what causes bruxism and how to prevent it, you can begin to work with your dentist to address the issue and improve your oral health (and overall health).

    So What Exactly is Bruxism?

    In short, bruxism is a condition characterized by the clenching or grinding of teeth. When it affects you at night, it is called sleep bruxism. However, you may also suffer from this condition during the day when you are wide awake. Symptoms may include:

    Teeth grinding or clenching (often loud enough to wake others)

    Teeth that are chipped, fractured, flattened or loose

    Sensitivity of the teeth

    Tightness or soreness in the jaw or face

    A dull earache or headache

    Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

    What Causes Bruxism?

    Medical science hasn’t quite figured out the exact cause of bruxism. Often health professionals find it extremely difficult to pinpoint a specific reason for bruxism.

    However, a number of physical and psychological causes have been strongly linked to bruxism:

    Emotions – Anxiety, anger, stress or frustration are all triggers of bruxism.

    Concentrating on a Task – Some people grind or clench their teeth to reduce pressure or help them concentrate. Often the person is unaware they are doing this.

    Malocclusion – Poor teeth alignment (malocclusion) may develop bruxism.

    Sleep Apnea – This condition can exacerbate bruxism.

    Additional Complications – Specific psychiatric medications, complications from other medical disorders, and even acid reflux can exacerbate teeth grinding.

    What Treatment Options Are Available?

    Don’t panic if you suffer from bruxism. Often people grow out of the disorder, while others suffer a minimal form of the condition and don’t need treatment. But if you do need treatment, there are a range of options to choose from:

    Dental Approaches – A visit to your dentist at Personal Care Dentistry can give you access to splints and mouth guards to prevent damage to your teeth. Of course, you can also consult your dentist to determine if misalignment is causing your problems and, if it is, you can determine an appropriate treatment solution.

    Therapies – For bruxism due to psychological factors, stress management, behavior therapy, and/or biofeedback may help address the underlying cause and eliminate teeth grinding in the process.

    Medications – Medications aren’t a common treatment for bruxism but in some extreme cases, doctors will prescribe muscle relaxants or Botox injections to relax the muscles and prevent grinding.

    By better understanding the symptoms, causes, and treatments of bruxism, you can ensure that you find the relief you need, protect your smile from damage, and rest easy knowing that grinding isn’t wearing down your health.

    Sources: MayoClinic.org, WebMD.com

    • 23 JAN 18
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    “Everybody’s Different and I Find What Works for That Individual”

    Get to Know Missy Hall, Dental Hygienist at Personal Care Dentistry

    If you read any of Personal Care Dentistry’s patient testimonials and reviews it won’t take long before you come across some glowing praise for a hygienist named Missy. For 15 years Melissa Hall has been providing the highest level of professional treatment with her characteristically compassionate chairside manner. Her winning ways are in part from her training at the University of Minnesota and by following Dr. Walter Hunt’s Golden Rule of treating Personal Care Dentistry patients as they themselves would want to be treated.

    Missy graduated in 2004 with her undergraduate degree and remembers her interview with Dr. Hunt, who founded Personal Care Dentistry in 1977. “We spoke briefly on the phone and he told me to come in at 6 a.m. to chat in person. I remember at 22 years old thinking, ‘6 a.m.? What kind of place is this?’” Missy laughs. Having grown up on a dairy farm she was very familiar with getting up early and hard work. “Dr. Hunt and I spoke for a while and as we were wrapping up he asked what I was doing that weekend. I told him I was baling hay and he hired me on the spot.”

    Her love of academia led Missy to pursue a Master of Science graduate degree which she completed in 2015, teaching undergraduates at the University of Minnesota. “I loved teaching and working with students. It was very rewarding,” she says. The skills she learned while teaching translate into her work with Personal Care Dentistry’s patients. “I’m really focused on preventative care, but I can only do so much. I educate patients, make recommendations and try to empower people to make the best choices in oral health.”

    When asked about how she applies Dr. Hunt’s Golden Rule at the practice she explains, “It’s not something I actually think about – it just comes naturally. I customize treatment plans to the patients needs. Everybody’s different and I find what works for that individual.”

    The dentists at Personal Care Dentistry also look to Missy to work quite a bit with people who have dental fear or anxiety. “I’m a pretty calm person and I try to put them at ease. I’m not about judging people. That’s not my place,” she says. “Much of it has to do with listening to them and finding out what the foundation of their fear is. It’s not a science. They want to be heard, they want understanding and to have their concerns validated. I can empathize with them,” she says, “Again everybody is different. Some people want details about their treatment and some would rather not know and just get the work done. I pushed for hour-and-a-half treatment sessions instead of the standard hour because people who are affected by this need a little more time and it’s appreciated.”

    Missy is quick to tell you that her favorite part of the job is the people. The ones she works with and the people she treats. “Everyone at Personal Care Dentistry is really good about helping each other. We are all great friends. More like family really,” she says. And about working with the dentists, Missy explains, “It’s effortless. The doctors are confident in my recommendations and it’s easy to work with them.”

    • 18 JAN 18
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    “I Want to Give Each Patient a Personal, Caring Experience”

    Get to Know Kim Bruss, Dental Hygienist at Personal Care Dentistry

    Kim Bruss has been a dental hygienist at Personal Care Dentistry for 39 years.

    When Kim Bruss looks back at her 39 years as a dental hygienist at Personal Care Dentistry, she marvels at the changes that she has witnessed during those nearly four decades. She has watched the practice grow from a couple of employees and 500 square feet to the nearly 30 employees and 8,000 square feet that now distinguish the practice. She has seen Dr. Kyle Hunt go from a toddler who would visit the practice with his dad, Dr. Walter Hunt, to being a key member of the care team as a dentist.

    Through all the changes, Kim has also noticed how much the practice hasn’t changed – and that is a good thing. She’s loved working with the dental care team at Personal Care Dentistry – it’s been a “great opportunity for me” she says.

    “The hygiene team has grown by leaps and bounds over the years and it’s refreshing to see that new and experienced hygienists can work together with all of the doctors, assistants, and front desk staff to give our patients quality, professional dental care!”

    Kim Bruss

    The favorite part of Kim’s job is the relationships she has built with her patients.

    “Being a dental hygienist gives me the opportunity to work one-on-one with our patients,” says Kim. “It has been both rewarding and challenging to step up to each new day in the dental office as each patient brings their own ‘story’ into our practice.”

    Kim notes that when she cares for a patient, “they receive my full attention! It is important to me to listen to every patient at every appointment. Different times in their lives present different circumstances to consider in their dental care and treatment. Some patients are very fearful of the dental visit and I want to give each patient a personal, caring dental experience.”

    Personal Care Dentistry’s 40-year focus on practicing the “Golden Rule of Dentistry” – to treat patients as we want to be treated – has helped Kim develop wonderful relationships with what she describes as “our great patients and staff!”

    Another constant in Kim’s years at Personal Care Dentistry has been the never-ending focus on technology in the practice. “As a practice, we’ve always wanted to be on the ‘cutting edge’ for our patients!”

    While Kim loves working at Personal Care Dentistry, she also values a balance between her professional life as a hygienist and her personal life. “My family is top priority. I am blessed to have a very kind and caring husband and together we have two sons who are both married and each has two children. We all enjoy being active and enjoy the outdoors. We love camping, biking, hiking, and kayaking!”

    Kim has no plans on retiring anytime soon. She wants to continue to make a difference in the lives of her patients as part of the team at Personal Care Dentistry.

    “I thank all of our wonderful, longtime dental patients and our awesome staff for the impact that you all have had on my life journey,” Kim says with a smile. “I hope that in some small way I am able to make your dental visits more enjoyable!”

    Keep smiling and enjoy each day!


    • 09 JAN 18
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    Protect Your Smile with These 11 Tips

    Making the right decisions can have a huge impact on your teeth and your overall oral health. Remember, once your adult teeth have grown in, you’re stuck with them for the rest of your life. Lose one and you can’t regrow it. So follow our advice with these 11 tips on how to protect your smile in 2018.

    Cough Drops

    Most cough drops are full of sugar. And sugar is loved by bacteria, which convert the sugar into an acid that damages your teeth. Be sure to rinse your mouth after you take a cough drop, or even better, brush quickly to get rid of the sugar sticking to your teeth.

    Grinding Your Teeth

    Teeth grinding – also called bruxism – wears your teeth down over time. Causes are generally stress and your sleeping habits, which means it can be difficult to control. Your dentist can fit you for a night mouth guard to prevent the damage that comes from grinding your teeth while sleeping.

    Gummy Bears and Their Friends

    You may love gummy bears – or gummy worms – but those sugary treats are tough on your teeth. Because they stick to your teeth, the sugar and resulting acids produced by bacteria in your mouth stay in contact with your enamel for hours. That is trouble for your teeth and can lead to cavities. Eat those gummy bears and worms with a meal instead of as a stand-alone snack. The added food from your meal increases saliva production, which washes away bits of candy and the acids they produce.

    Not Wearing a Mouth Guard While Playing Sports

    If you or your children play a contact sport, wear a mouth guard. There’s no “maybe” on this topic. The mouth guard’s molded plastic will protect your teeth from getting chipped or knocked out while playing sports like football or hockey. You can purchase decent mouth guards at sporting goods stores or your dentist can fit you for a custom-made one.

    Drinking Soda and Pop

    If you want to consume 11 teaspoons of sugar at one sitting, drink a soda. And remember what sugar does in your mouth – bacteria will feel like they hit the sugar jackpot when you drink a soda. Also, all the phosphoric and citric acids in soda eat away at tooth enamel. If you think diet soft drinks are the answer, consider that you may be avoiding the sugar intake, but those artificial sweeteners may be full of even more acids that a regular soda.

    Munching on Ice

    If you’re an ice muncher, beware – those little frozen cubes of ice can chip or crack your pearly whites. Plus continual ice chomping irritates the soft tissue inside your tooth, which may lead to regular toothaches and sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages. Instead of ice, reach for a piece of sugarless gum the next time you feel an urge to munch.

    Beware of Sports Drinks

    Like soda, sports drinks are often high in sugar and create an acid attack on your teeth. Use them regularly and you may be opening your mouth to tooth decay. Chug water in the gym or after a workout to rehydrate your body – and skip the sugar and the calories.

    Chomping on Potato Chips

    Sugar isn’t the only thing that the bacteria in plaque love – they also adore starchy foods. They break them down into acid and attach your teeth for the next 20-30 minutes. Drink lots of water to wash away the acids and floss to get rid of any stray chips stuck in your teeth.

    Fruit Juices

    Sugar is not your mouth’s best friend, remember? Most people know that fruit juices are full of  vitamins and antioxidants. What most people don’t know is that they are also full of sugar. In some cases, they have as much sugar as a soda. So check the fruit juice label to see how much sugar it contains, and look for brands that don’t add sugar but use the natural sweetness of the fruit.

    Drinking Coffee

    If you are a fan of coffee, be aware that you could be yellowing your teeth over time because of coffee’s acidity and dark color. But coffee is also one of the easiest stains to treat with whitening solutions. For the best results, see your dentist for a professional whitening solution.

    Consuming Wine – Both Red and White

    Red wines can be double-trouble for your teeth. But even white wines can impact your teeth. Wines contain acids that are corrosive to your tooth enamel. They create rough spots that make teeth more vulnerable to staining. Red wine also contains a deep pigment called chromogen and tannins, which help the color stick to the teeth. This combination makes it easy for the wine’s red color to stay with you long after your glass is empty. Swishing with water after drinking or using toothpaste with a mild whitening agent can fight the staining effects of red and white wines.



    • 03 JAN 18
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    8 Ideas to Enhance Your Family’s Oral Health

    If tooth decay and gum disease are two oral health problems you want your family to avoid this year, then we have 8 great tips to help your family have a healthy year for their teeth and gums. Remember, most gum disease and tooth decay is preventable if you practice good oral hygiene habits. Make sure you and each member of your family spend a couple of minutes a day flossing and brushing and that you make good choices to enhance your oral health. For a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, that’s not a lot to ask, is it?

    Begin at six months.Start your child’s dental care around six months, which is when their first tooth generally appears. Initially, use a damp cloth or soft brush to wipe your baby’s teeth. Once a child turns two, they can brush for themselves with adult supervision.

    Consider sealants. Just 33% of kids in the United States receive dental sealants, but it is a great way to protect your child’s permanent molars when they come in at age 6. The sealant is applied by your dentist to the chewing surfaces on the molars and provides protection against decay.

    Fluoride is your friend. If you drink water from your tap, the odds are that it contains fluoride, which helps strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay. But if you drink a lot of bottled water, the odds are that you aren’t getting fluoride. Your dentist can apply a fluoride application to your teeth if needed. Many toothpastes and mouthwashes contain fluoride, but be sure you check to make sure.

    The daily duo. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss once a day to avoid gum disease and tooth decay. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, so it’s not something you want in your mouth.

    Finish your meals the right way. Rinse your mouth right after a meal with water and/or an antibacterial rinse. Another tip is to chew a piece of sugar-free gum right after you eat to enhance the flow of saliva, which washes away bacteria and reduces acid.

    Practice smart eating.Be sure to include whole foods in your diet because they will provide your teeth and gums the nutrients they need to stay healthy. That means to be sure to eat nuts, grains, dairy products, vegetables and fruits on a daily basis.

    Say no to soda. Sugary sodas are “double trouble” because of their high sugar content and because people tend to sip them over extended periods of time. Bacteria in your mouth love sugar, because they produce acid when they break down the sugar. Acid erodes the enamel on your teeth, which can then lead to decay.

    See your dentist regularly. Make an appointment for a dental check-up and cleaning every six months if you want to stay on top of your oral health. Your dental hygienist will get rid of built-up plaque on your teeth and check for tooth decay. Your dentist will also check for signs of oral cancer or gum disease.



    • 29 DEC 17
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    Fun Activity Sheets for a Stay-Indoors Day

    • 29 DEC 17
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    Fun Activity Sheets for a Stay-Indoors Day