This Could Hurt Us More Than It Hurts You?

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

This kind of information could actually be bad for our business, but we want to share it with you anyway.

You see, dental oral hygiene is preventative maintenance for your mouth. The more you practice this, the less you need to come in to see us for painful and costly repairs. We’ve shared this video on our blog before, but we feel it’s important information to know (even if it costs us some business).

Watch this video to see how small daily investments in basic care of your teeth will prevent a lot of pain and expense down the road.

Stop Zombie Mouth!

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

“In terms of keeping it a healthy holiday, from a parent’s perspective, you have to remember that it is a holiday, and there are some indulgences…” – Jennifer McDaniel of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

However, it’s important to establish healthy rules for your child on one of the most candy-filled holiday of the year… Halloween.  These tips are mostly directed towards parents, but could be used by anyone. 🙂

  1. Children’s teeth should be brushed at least twice daily and three times if possible.  If in a situation that makes it impossible to brush, sugar-free chewing gum often does the trick.  (Trident is sugar-free, contains xylitol and is ADA approved)   One important factor to remember is before bedtime is the most vital time to brush.  This is the time when your mouth is undisturbed for several hours at a time and also saliva production is low.
  2. When brushing, make sure children use soft-bristled toothbrushes, toothpaste with fluoride and disclosing tablets are a fun way to make sure kids get their teeth looking bright and clean.
  3. One way to insure that children are getting healthier treats is to give some out yourself.  Some options include popcorn, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, sugar-free gum and candy.
  4. Milk chocolate is probably your best bet in terms of sugary candy as it clears out the mouth rather quickly.
  5. Studies have shown that the more time spent with sugary candy in your mouth, the more likely cavities are to develop.  These candies include Caramels, toffee, taffy, suckers, gummy candy, breath mints, LifeSavers, and Dots.
  6. Limit your children on the amount of candy they can get by providing them with a modest-sized bag.  The more space to fill up with candy, the more they will!

Until next time, Happy Halloween and keep your teeth clean!





Choose food wisely…

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

 Food is necessary for us to survive.  Some foods are excellent for our bodies and others are… not so good.  This is also true for our teeth.  You may not realize it, but our teeth are directly affected by our nutrition choices.


  1. Water: You can’t go wrong with water! 
  2. Fresh or home-canned fruit: Having a high water content helps clean your teeth and gums.  Also, fruit has healthier natural sugars if you’re craving something sweet.
  3. Milk, cheese & yougurt: Dairy products are high in calcium.  Calcium helps to fortify the enamel on your teeth.  Also, the live cultures in yogurt help fight off the bad bacteria that causes cavities and infection.
  4. Nuts: Chewing nuts can help strengthen your teeth and clean the plaque off your teeth and gums. 

Not so good

  1. Tinned fruit:  As opposed to fresh fruit, tinned fruit is high in artificial sugars (corn syrup) and acids.  These both attack your enamel.
  2. Soft Drinks/Soda:  The main concern with soda pop is the quantity of artificial sugars.  High fructose corn syrup is plentiful in these drinks.  Also, the acid can eat away at the surface of your teeth.
  3. White Bread:  Really?  Yup!  White bread is made with bleached flour and contains a surprising amount of sugars and starches.  White bread often becomes sticky as it’s chewed and adheres itself to your teeth causing bacteria to flock to the sugar available.
  4. Candies/Sweets:  It’s common knowledge that candy is not good for your teeth.  The bacteria in your mouth feed on the bountiful sugar available in candy to cause cavities and decay.  The worst candies for your teeth are those you keep in your mouth for long periods to time: suckers, lemon drops, hard caramels, Jolly Ranchers, etc.  One of your safest bets with candy are peppermints and candy with no sugar.

There are certian foods and drinks that have both qualities that affect your teeth. 

  1. Wine:  Studies have shown that having a glass of red wine with a meal is quite good for you and your oral hygiene.  It’s been proved that red wine can help cut down on gum inflammation and that proanthocyanidin (an ingrediant found in red wine) provides antioxidants to combat the bad bacteria.  One downfall of wine, however, is the acid in it and the stains that it produces.
  2. Coffee:  Coffee is a big grey spot for your oral health.  One of the main ingredients in coffee, trigonelline, has been shown to prevent erosion of the enamel and also stopping decay.  It acts as a sort of protective barrier between harmful bacteria and your teeth.  Again, just like with wine, staining and some acid are drawbacks.  A good portion of staining can be taken care of by bleaching and teeth whitening. 

With beverages, mostly soda, you may want to consider limiting your intake and drinking through a straw to deter taking in too much at once or start taking small sips. 

So, keep these tips in mind when deciding on a snack.  And, until next time, keep your teeth clean…

Bad habits = bad teeth

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

It’s a hot summer day and you are thirsty. You have a choice between soda or water. Which would you choose? A good portion of the population would probably choose soda. You are indulging in a bad habit. And, studies show, bad habits lead to bad teeth and oral hygiene.
Soda’s not the only bad habit to avoid:

  • Vigorous teeth brushing
  • Eating/sucking on lemons or limes
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Using teeth as tools

Thumb-sucking usually starts after the first tooth appears and can continue to age 6.  Unfortunately, this “safety blanket” can lead to misaligned teeth and a modified jaw structure.

Vigorous brushing is easily avoided/stopped.  Always choose soft bristled brushes and use gentle circular motions.  Failure to change may lead to damaged tooth enamel.

Lemons/Limes have a high level of citric acid which can erode tooth enamel.  What happens, essentially, is the enamel gets very thin and it exposes the tooth to the elements which causes pain and discomfort.

Teeth are not tools to be used to open packages or bottles or tearing off tags on clothing.  It only takes one little mistake to cause a broken tooth or a fractured jaw.

When eating, bacteria in your mouth turns sugars into acids that cause cavities in your teeth.  The longer you go without brushing, the more chance there is of cavities forming.  Certain foods are good for protecting the enamel on your teeth:

  • Chicken, lean meats, nuts, seeds, dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.)

Other foods can cause cavities quite quickly:

  • Mints, toffees, suckers, dried fruits, candies (especially those you suck on)

Foods that help your saliva cleanse your teeth:

  • Pears, apples, carrots, celery.

Drinks to avoid:

  • Soda, sugary iced tea and fruit juices (high acidic content)

Drinks that are not harmful:

  • Pure water, lowfat (1%) or skim milk, iced tea (without sugar), lemonade (no sugar added), and coffee (again… no sugar).

It can be difficult to avoid sugar in food and drink, but the longer you go without, the better it will taste.

Until next time, keep your teeth clean!



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The costs, risks, and dangers of dental implants

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Dental implants are becoming increasingly more common and popular among patients with missing teeth. Many people ask the question “How much does an implant cost?” That’s a tricky question.
This is because the costs vary depending on a few factors.

  • Location
  • Experience/reputation of dentist
  • Extra treatments needed (bone grafting, gingivoplasty, etc)


This is an important factor in the cost of implants.  Studies have shown that the prices are more reasonable in smaller towns/cities compared to more heavily populated areas.

Anterior (front) teeth are usually more costly than posterior (back) teeth.  This is mostly due to the fact that front teeth are seen more than back teeth and so, need to look more realistic.

Generally, the cost of an implant is not including the crown that will need to be put on the metal screw in your jawbone.  Those are an extra charge that will need to be figured in.

Nerve Damage/Injury

Studies recently done, by the King’s College in London, followed a group of 30 implant patients that were referred to a specialist on nerve damage due to dental implants.

  • 11 of the 30 patients were aware of signing a consent form for the surgery.
  • Of those 11 patients, 8 of them felt they were not explicitly warned about the risk of nerve damage/injury.
  • 64% of patients did not recall providing written consent for implant surgery.

When considering implant surgery, make sure you understand exactly what will be happening and what the risks/dangers are.  Patients need to informed on their health as much as they possibly can.

Until next time, keep your teeth clean…