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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Green Tea: Cheaper, Safer AND works better?

The food and drink you choose to consume can be helpful or damaging to your beatiful smile. Some fight decay and some invite it. We are here to help you learn more about foods to seek out and those to avoid to help keep you smiling for a lifetime!
There are many links between oral health and nutrition. How healthy your teeth and gums are is directly linked to how healthy your heart and other systems are.
Foods that are fiber-rich, like fruits and vegetables, stimulate saliva flow - which is our natural defense against cavitity formation. Saliva washes away food particles, cleans your mouth and neutralizes the acid attack on your teeth. Whole food nutrition and high fiber foods have been proven to slow the progression of periodontal disease. Plant based diets offer a plethera of nutritional benefits like low levels of saturated fats, cholesterol and animal protien (none of which contain fiber) and high levels of fiber, anitoxidants and vitamens.
Next, chewing xylitol-containing gum has been shown to have decay preventing qualities and inhibits the growth of the streptococcus mutans (S. mutans), the plaque-forming bacteria that cause cavities.
Another way to fight cavities and reduce plaque is by consuming black, green or white tea. Studies have shown that green tea is good for oral health because of the high content of catechins (antioxidants). The catechins have anti-microbial effects against the harmful bacteria (S. mutans) that live in our mouth. Studies show that just rinsing with green tea (wihout sugar of course) strongly blocked S. mutan growth and killed about half! Using the tea as a "mouthwash" also prevented the bacteria from adhering to the teeth when sugar was consumed afterward. So regular use of green tea as a mouth rinse or added to toothpaste is a cost effective prevetion that has been shown to work better than antiseptic mouthwashes at reducing plaque. To go a step further, you can add a teaspoon of amla (dried Indian gooseberry powder) to your green tea mouth rinse to prevent the S. mutans plaque forming ability. Another study showed that the polyphenols (antioxidants that detoxify the body from cell-damaging free radicals)in black tea prevent growth of the bacteria responsible for bad breath. (Just remember, while drinking and or rinsing with green or black tea is helpful to your oral health, they can stain your teeth after prolonged use. Having regular cleanings, brushing and flossing daily can lessen the severity of this problem.)
We go into depth about foods and beverages that you should avoid to keep your smile beatiful and healthy in our blog post titled Top Foods That Damage Your Teeth.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Magnesium: A Neglected Mineral Our Teeth & Bones Cannot Live Without.

Both calcium and magnesium are necessary for a healthy body, especially your teeth and bone health. Less than 30% of adults get the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of magnesium. Magnesium works in concert with calcium to regulate electrical impulses in the cells. If the ratio of calcium is higher than magnesium it will cause cell dysfunction. Adequate magnesium is necessary for nerve conduction and is also associated with electrolyte imbalances that affect the nervous system. Signs of a minor deficiency of magnesium are painful muscle spasms, muscle cramps, facial tics, eye twitches, involuntary eye movements, anxiety, times of hyperactivity, difficulty getting to or staying asleep.
How does this concern our teeth?
If we are not getting sufficient magnesium from our diet, it doesn’t matter how much calcium we consume - our teeth can only form hard enamel if adequate amounts of magnesium are available to send the calcium to your teeth and bones. Researchers have found that even a minor ongoing deficiency of magnesium can lead to a significant amount of bone loss. About 50-60% of the magnesium found in the human body is found in our bones and teeth. So you can see just how important sufficient magnesium is for proper function and survival.
Behaviors that can put you at risk for a magnesium deficiency:
Drinking carbonated beverages on a regular basis adds large amounts of phosphates to your system, which will bind to the magnesium in your digestive tract and flush it out of your body.
Drinking caffeinated or alcoholic beverages daily stimulates the kidneys to excrete extra magnesium.
Eating sweets regularly (refined sugars) also causes the body to excrete extra magnesium through the kidneys.
Both physical and emotional stress cause an outpouring of magnesium from cells into your blood stream which help us feel both energized and calm in a stressful situation. The more often we are stressed the more likely we will be depleted of our magnesium stores. This magnifies the stress because our body can’t send more magnesium to calm the situation.
Taking prescription drugs like diuretics, heart medications, asthma medication, birth control pills or estrogen replacement therapy have been shown to reduce magnesium levels in the body by secretion in the kidneys.
Taking a calcium supplement without magnesium or with magnesium in less than a 1:1 ratio. Taking too much calcium can have a negative effect on magnesium levels.
Obesity and high blood sugar levels can exasperate magnesium levels. Low magnesium diets lead to poor blood sugar control which leads to more magnesium secretion by the kidneys.
What can you do?
We’ve made a list of foods high in this nutrient to help you get on your way to total health. An easy way to remember the foods that are beneficial are dark leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Making these foods a part of your daily diet is the best way to lower your risk of a magnesium deficiency.
So how much magnesium do we need? Recommend daily allowances are: 1-3 yrs old 80mg, 4-8 yrs old 130 mg, 9-13 yrs old 240 mg, 14-18 yrs old male-410 mg & female-360mg, 19-30 yrs old male-400 mg & female 310 mg, 31+ need male-420 mg & female-320 mg.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Keep Your Gums Healthy with Vitamin C

Dangerous bacteria may grow in your mouth even if you brush daily. This bacteria can lead to gum (periodontal)disease and if it is left untreated, it can destroy your gums and spread to the roots of your teeth and the bone in your jaw, which leads to irreversible damage and bone loss. Early warning signs that your gum health is not optimal are red, swollen, tender gums that possibly bleed while brushing or flossing. According to the Journal of Periodontology, your diet is likely part of the problem. People who consumed less than 60 mg per day of Vita C were 25% more likely to have gum disease than people who get 180 mg or more. As you can see in the chart below, which details foods and the quantities of vitamin C they contain, it isn't hard to get 180 mg or more.
So how does vitamin C keep your gums healthy?
Your body needs adequate vitamin C to strengthen your bones and blood vessels, to anchor your teeth into your gums and to form the intracellular cement your body needs for growth, tissue repair and wound healing. It can also strengethen weakened gum tissue and make it more resistant to penetration by disease-causing bacteria. Vitamin C combined with proper brushing, flossing and dental check-ups is the best way to achieve your optimal oral health.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

How Soda Damages Your Health & Your Smile

The US ranks 1st among countries in soft drink consumption. Americans consume 50 billion liters of soda/ year. This equates to 57 gal/ person every year! This is alarming because the most common health risks associated with regular soda consumption are obesity, nutritional deficiencies, tooth decay, diabetes, osteoporosis and bone fractures, heart disease, food addictions, blood sugar disorders, neurotransmitter dysfunction from chemical sweeteners and neurological & adrenal disorders from excessive caffeine.
One can of soda a day can add up to 15 lbs to your weight in a single year. Those who opt for a diet version are just drinking a different type of harmful substance because they contain artificial sweeteners instead of caloric sweeteners. Long term soda drinking sabotages your health and oral health.

What this means for your teeth
The high amounts of phosphoric acid found in soda can wear your enamel layer away and then the artificial caramel color stains your teeth a dull brown. The sugar found in soda feed the destructive bacteria that live in your mouth, resulting in decay-producing acids. And that’s just the beginning.

Studies show that too much soda can weaken your jawbone which increase your chance of losing teeth. Soft drinks contain high amounts of phosphorus. This mineral can leach calcium from your bones. This also affects your teeth adversely. Your jawbone may weaken from insufficient calcium and its grasp on your teeth becomes weak. Eventually, your teeth will loosen and fall out.

This especially effects young people. The soda companies spend billions marketing to this generation. Those who grow up having poor dietary habits, like drinking soda and not getting enough calcium, tend to have jaws of much older adults. Also because calcium is such an important nutrient for women, those with poor dietary habits often loose their teeth by the time they are in their 30’s.

Children, especially, should not drink soda. Instead of an empty calorie drinks like soda kids should consume things that are nutrient dense and high in calcium. Of course diary foods contain calcium but we encourage you to look beyond the diary aisle for better health. A bonus to eating your calcium from a plant source is you get a natural dose of folate and vitamin K. Folate is a B vitamin that helps the body make healthy new cells and vitamin K helps the blood to clot and prevent excessive bleeding.

Here are some non dairy examples to help you do so:
Blackstrap molasses
Leafy green vegetables like kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, bok choy and mustard greens
Nuts; especially almonds and hazelnuts
Sesame seeds
Calcium fortified orange juice
Kidney, navy, black, lima and pinto beans
Whole grains
Soy Milk
So how much calcium do we need? Children ages 1-3 need 500 mg/ day, ages 4-8 need 800 mg/day, ages 9-18 need 1300 mg/ day, adults 19-50 need 1000 mg/ day, ages 50+ need 1200 mg/ day. So next time you are thirsty try a glass of plain, pure water, soy milk or orange juice, instead of soda.This way your beverage of choice won't stain your teeth and wear away your enamel. And if you add the foods we’ve listed above, you’ll also be strengthening your bones and teeth to ensure your natural smile lasts you a lifetime!

Call today for you complimentary smile consultation 330-494-6305.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Top 10 Reasons to Smile

1. We are drawn to people who smile - smiling makes you attractive.
2. Smiling changes your mood.
3. Smiling makes you successful.
Studies have found that people who smile appear to be happy & courteous and also more competent in the eyes of others.
4. Smiling can boost your immune system.
When you smile, immune function can improve because you are more relaxed.
5. Smiling makes you look younger.
The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making you appear younger.
6. Smiling releases endorphin's & serotonin.
These things make us feel good... naturally!
7. Smiling lowers blood pressure.
When you smile there is a measurable drop in your blood pressure.
8. Smiling is contagious :)
9. Smiling helps you stay positive.
10. Smiles are the most relatable & recognizable human expression. Smiling is the universal sign of happiness!

Have concerns about your smile or the appearance of your teeth? Schedule a complimentary consultation today! 330-494-6305

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What is Occlusion?

You've heard your dentist say the word but did you know what it meant? In dental terms occlusion is the way the teeth touch when you bite the teeth together. They should touch in a certain way; certain areas of the upper tooth need to hit specific areas of its partner tooth in the lower jaw. When they don't touch or occlude properly, that's called malocclusion or a "bad bite".

The bite or occlusion can also affect the jaw joint - a malocclusion can help cause a dysfunction of the joint which could then cause problems like localized pain to symptoms as remote as back pain. Orthodontics not only treats the bite but the jaw and the joint, so a thorough and studied diagnosis needs to be done before any orthodontics is started.

A Healthy Smile = straight teeth that occlude (fit together) well + harmonious jaw joint

Call today for a free consultation about your occlusion!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Top Foods That Damage Your Teeth

1. Suckers & other hard candies
They may not seem harmful but sucking on something sugary puts your teeth in constant exposure to that sugar. Chewing hard candies can also put your teeth at risk for a dental emergency such as a broken tooth. The Doctor recommends chewing a xylitol gum or mint instead.
2. Ice
While it doesn't contain sugar - chewing on any hard substances can damage your tooth structure and the enamel. The Doctor recommends drinking water as a better option.
Exposing your teeth to acidic foods like citrus can erode your enamel. The Doctor recommends that your drink plenty of water with these foods.
4.Sticky Foods
Foods like dried fruits (because we hope you Don't eat gummy candies!) can get stuck in the spaces between teeth and even natural sugars aren't good to keep on your teeth for any length of time. The Doctor recommends rinsing with water or better yet, brushing & flossing after such snacks.
5. Crunchy Foods
Potato chips and other crunchy snacks also can get stuck in the crevices of your teeth. Anytime a food is in your mouth for a length of time, plaque bacteria can begin attacking your enamel.
6. Sugary Drinks
Soda, energy drinks and juice are examples of drinks that put your teeth in constant exposure of sugary liquids. Soda is doubly dangerous for your teeth because the carbonation it contains is acidic and we already know acid can cause wear to your enamel. The Doctor recommends drinking water to rinse the sugar away after finishing the sugary beverage OR even better drink water instead!
7. Coffee
Coffee not only stains your teeth but can dry out your mouth. When your mouth doesn't make enough saliva, which naturally rinses the mouth, it has more of a chance of letting the plaque bacterias cause problems for your teeth.
8. Alcohol
Use of alcohol can cause dry mouth due to dehydration. The heavy use of alcohol can increase your risk of oral cancer. The Doctor recommends chewing xylitol gum as an effective way to stimulate salivation and it has been shown to significantly reduce tooth decay in adults who use it regularly.

While it's best to avoid foods that can damage your teeth - brushing, flossing or at least rinsing with water after consumption can prevent decay.