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How Breastfeeding Affects Your Child’s Oral Health

CHOOSING TO BREASTFEED a child is a personal and special decision for a mother. Not only does nursing provide a valuable bonding experience for mother and baby, it also has many health benefits, such as decreasing the child’s risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and lowering the chances of mom developing breast and ovarian cancer. But what effect can breastfeeding have on baby’s oral health and development? Breastfeeding Aids in Bite Alignment You may not have known that the sucking mechanisms are different for bottle-fed and breastfed babies. Breastfeeding stimulates muscle tone in the jaw because it requires the use of the jaw muscles more so than bottle-feeding. A study published in “Pediatrics” also showed that babies who were exclusively breastfed for six months were 72 percent less likely to have [...]

By | 2017-08-13T15:28:59+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Children, Oral Health|Comments Off on How Breastfeeding Affects Your Child’s Oral Health

Saliva: The Unsung Hero of Oral Health

EVER THINK ABOUT HOW GREAT your saliva is? Probably not. We’d love to enlighten you! Saliva has an all-important role in your oral and digestive health. Saliva Has Many Important Functions Our bodies make two to four pints of saliva a day. That means that over a lifetime, a person will create enough saliva to fill two swimming pools! So, why is saliva important? Well, there’s more than one answer to that. Besides allowing us to give wet willies or make spit wads when we were kids, our saliva has many important functions. First, saliva aids in digestion. It begins the process of breaking down food and helps us chew, taste and swallow. In fact, without our spit, we wouldn’t be able to taste at all! Additionally, saliva is essential to maintaining our oral health. Our [...]

By | 2017-08-13T15:32:01+00:00 May 19th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Saliva: The Unsung Hero of Oral Health

Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Boosts Your Oral Health

GUM ISN’T ALL ABOUT freshening your breath. While it definitely helps after that garlic pasta you had for lunch, did you know chewing sugarless gum can also prevent cavities and improve your oral health? Chewing Gum Increases Saliva Flow and Prevents Cavities According to the American Dental Association, studies show that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after a meal can prevent tooth decay. The act of chewing increases saliva flow in your mouth. The saliva then washes away food and neutralizes acids, cleaning and protecting your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria. You’ll want to make sure your gum is sugar-free, however. While gum that contains sugar also increases saliva flow, the sugar actually feeds the bacteria in your mouth, putting you at greater risk of decay. We definitely don’t want that! Quick tip: Sugarless gum sweetened [...]

By | 2017-08-13T15:34:25+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Boosts Your Oral Health

For Our Mothers

WE ARE ECSTATIC TO HAVE this month to celebrate all the wonderful mothers out there! They fed us, clothed us, read books to us and raised us. But most importantly, they LOVE us! We’d like to return the favor and show all our mothers some love this Mother’s Day. What We Love About Our Moms From Mandy: "Happy Mother's Day to my amazing Mom! Thank you being there and showing me unconditional love. I strive to be like you every day. I hope that one day I will be as strong as you and always have a positive outlook on life no matter what. You are the wind beneath my wings. Love you always Mom."   From Michelle: " My Mom means the world to my brother and me. She is [...]

By | 2016-05-08T07:19:39+00:00 May 8th, 2016|Office news|Comments Off on For Our Mothers

How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health

DID YOU KNOW THAT STRESS can have an effect on your oral health? As if you needed any thing else to stress about! Knowing how stress and oral health are connected can help you combat many problems that might arise.  Stress May Contribute to Teeth Grinding Bruxism is the technical term for teeth grinding and jaw clenching. For some people, clenching and grinding are natural responses to stress and frustration. Teeth grinding, however, usually occurs during sleep, meaning that people are often unaware of the problem. Flatter tips of the teeth, a sore jaw and waking up with a headache or sore neck muscles are common signs of bruxism. Stress Can Worsen Symptoms of TMD TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, affects the jaw joint and associated muscles used in moving the jaw and [...]

By | 2016-05-04T10:26:24+00:00 May 4th, 2016|Oral Health, TMJ|Comments Off on How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health

Are Sports and Energy Drinks Damaging Your Teeth?

DRINKING ENERGY AND SPORTS DRINKS on a regular basis is becoming increasingly popular, especially among young people. But did you know that these drinks can be extremely damaging to your teeth? Sports and Energy Drinks Are Highly Acidic It’s important to remember the purposes of these drinks so you don't consume them more often than you should. Energy drinks may provide a quick pick-me-up during a long day at work, but did you know drinking one or more energy drinks everyday can damage your teeth in the long run. Sports drinks were made to keep your body hydrated and energized during bouts of intense or prolonged exercise. While they may be beneficial during a good workout, these drinks should never take the place of water  Both energy and sports drinks are highly acidic and [...]

By | 2016-04-27T11:59:17+00:00 April 27th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Are Sports and Energy Drinks Damaging Your Teeth?

What to Do About Congenitally Missing Teeth

WHILE MOST PEOPLE HAVE thirty-two permanent teeth that develop (including the wisdom teeth) some people’s permanent teeth never grow in at all. These are called congenitally missing teeth—teeth missing from birth—and it’s actually more common than you think! So, what do you do if you find out you or your child have one or more congenitally missing teeth? Why Would a Tooth Be Congenitally Missing? A lot of factors are at play when it comes to the complex process of tooth formation. Congenitally missing teeth can run in families, meaning that often it is simply an inherited trait. Certain systemic conditions can also result in missing teeth. Whatever the reason for congenitally missing teeth, the good news is that there are effective ways to treat it. What Kinds of Treatments Are [...]

By | 2016-04-20T14:13:10+00:00 April 20th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on What to Do About Congenitally Missing Teeth

What is Gum Disease?  

What is gum disease and how can I prevent it? Two of the most common questions I hear in the office. Gum disease is a very common disease in the adult population of my practice. While most of us will experience it to some degree at some time during our lifetimes, credible estimates of the number of stricken adults run from 75-90%. That’s a lot of potential suffering. Having said that, gum disease is preventable, treatable, and if caught early enough, reversible. It’s what happens when it isn’t caught in a timely fashion that’s the problem. To appreciate why time is so crucial, it’s important to understand that gum disease is progressive and is caused when unhealthy oral bacteria overwhelm the healthy ones, inhibiting your body’s ability to fight them off naturally. [...]

By | 2016-01-30T12:24:43+00:00 January 30th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on What is Gum Disease?  

Happy Halloween

  Its that time of year again, our annual Sweet Swap; bring us your leftover candy for a chance to win an iPad Mini! We want everyone to have a happy, safe Halloween and enjoy your candy but we don’t want to be feeding those “sugar bugs” for weeks to come. Sugar bugs is the term we use for the bacteria (streptococus mutans) that lives in your mouth and uses carbohydrates to produce the acid which causes cavities. Sugar bugs prefer simple carbohydrates like sugar as they break down easier but they can use any kind of carbohydrate as fuel. Your teeth are most affected not by total amount of sugar you eat but by the frequency and timing that you consume sugar. As an exaggerated example, it would be [...]

By | 2015-10-30T09:25:35+00:00 October 30th, 2015|Children, Office news|Comments Off on Happy Halloween

Is Sugar Bad For You?

Sweet Seduction Have you ever heard of the Law Of Unintended Consequences? It’s most commonly used in economics, but it has other applications where the best intentions go unexpectedly awry. Think email/spam, dieting/yoyo weight gain, lower fat/higher sugar for taste. It’s this last one that is of concern to me. Our sugar intake has increased at an alarming rate, and it’s not all because of larger portions and succumbing to ad campaigns. Some of it has arisen due to misguided attempts to improve and streamline our food production and reduce our dietary fat intake. Sugar is often added to food to replace the taste loss when fat is reduced. Is Sugar Toxic?, a comprehensive and rather alarming article written by Gary Taubs and published in the New York Times, explores the confounding and contradictory evidence [...]

By | 2015-10-23T11:31:03+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Oral Health|Comments Off on Is Sugar Bad For You?