Thursday, October 31, 2013
Livermore Dentist - Halloween Can Be Scary, Especially for Kids’ Teeth- Smiles By Design in Livermore
Your kids may be ready to indulge in sweet treats this Halloween, but don't let the holiday turn into an oral health nightmare. To keep your children's smiles safe from creepy cavities this season and all year-round, consider these tips from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).
Don't Get Stuck
"Sticky, chewy candies are cavity-causing culprits," says AGD spokesperson Connie White, DDS, FAGD. "Gummies, taffy, caramel—they all get stuck in the pits and grooves of teeth, where it's nearly impossible for saliva to wash them away. The longer that candy remains stuck in the teeth, the higher the risk of developing cavities." Encourage children to brush their teeth following candy consumption. If a toothbrush isn't handy, says Dr. White, give them a glass of water to help swish away the sugars.
If the candy is sour, however, hold off on the brushing. Sour candy is likely acidic, so it's best to wait at least 30 minutes to an hour before brushing. The action of brushing can actually spread the acid onto more tooth surfaces, increasing its erosive action on tooth enamel.
Eat, Then Treat
On Halloween night, allow children to enjoy a few pieces of candy, but only after they've eaten a nutritious meal.
"Chewing during a meal stimulates saliva, which has protective enzymes and minerals to cleanse the teeth and protect against cavities," says AGD spokesperson Mark Malterud, DDS, MAGD. "Plus, eating before treating will give kids nice full tummies, tummies that might have a little less room for candy."
Do Your Part
When trick-or-treaters visit your home, pass out teeth-friendly treats. For example, sugar-free lollipops, hard candies, and chewing gum are better options than their sugary alternatives.
"Sugar-free gum actually can help prevent cavities," says Dr. Malterud. "Not only does it dislodge food particles from between the teeth, but it also increases saliva to help wash away the sugars."
"No matter what season it is, kids should be brushing their teeth for two minutes twice a day and flossing once a day," advises Dr. White. "It's especially important to brush before bedtime. Otherwise, sugars will linger on the teeth all night long, increasing their risk of cavities."
Monday, October 28, 2013
Livermore Dentist - High Tech Toothbrush Promises to Clean Your Teeth in 6 Seconds, Maybe Mess Up Your Face- Smiles By Design in Livermore
Think of all the time you’d save if brushing your teeth only took six seconds. Seriously, just think of all the things you could do with those spare moments. Take up taxidermy? Sure. Learn Latin? Why not.
Say hello to Blizzident, the futuristic toothbrush that, yes, promises to clean your teeth perfectly in six seconds flat. It’s basically a bizarre little contraption that you bite down on, and then it does the rest of the work. The Blizzident website explains:
All Blizzident-bristles are tailored to your own teeth. They are placed on the surface of your teeth in a 45 degree angle. They are also aligned exactly along your gumline in a 45 degree angle.Additionally there are interdental bristles between all your teeth.
Pretty cool in theory, right? But the contraption looks kind of scary, like one of the mean, aggressive fish from Finding Nemo. Do you really want that in and around your mouth? What if it accidentally brushes your face?
Blizzident currently costs $300 and lasts for a year. If you’re interested in looking like a robotic piranha with super clean teeth, check out the below Blizzident video:
Friday, October 25, 2013
Down a couple of glasses of red at a party and you’ll see those stains right away. But spend the evening sipping white and you (not to mention, your friends) will notice stains later on.
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Pleasanton Dentist - Milk may help reduce tooth decay caused by sugary foods - Smiles by Design in Livermore
Drinking milk after eating sweet foods can reduce the damage sugar can do to your teeth, say researchers in the July issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
When you eat food with sugar in it, bacteria in the plaque on your teeth produce acids that attack your teeth and can cause decay (also known as “caries”). Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Dentistry conducted a study to see if drinking milk, apple juice or water after eating a sugary cereal would affect the acidity of dental plaque.
Twenty adult participants visited the study site at University of Illinois at Chicago once per week for six weeks. Based on a computer-generated random order, participants completed different study test search week. At their weekly visits, they either rinsed with a control solution (sugar or sorbitol) or they ate sugary cereal followed by drinking whole milk, apple juice, tap water or nothing at all.
Researchers then measured the levels of acid in the plaque on the participants’ teeth at intervals up to 30 minutes for the cereal only, sucrose and sorbitol groups and up to 35 minutes for the cereal followed by milk, apple juice or ware groups.
They found that found that drinking milk after eating cereal helped lower plaque acid levels the most, followed by water, cereal only and apple juice.
“When discussing the cariogenicity of foods and beverages with patients, dentists and other health care professionals should emphasize that the order of ingesting sugary and nonsugary foods is important and may affect their oral health,” stated the researchers in their article.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Take a deep breath and relax. Stress and anxiety may bring some unwanted oral health concerns, such as teeth grinding—and you may not even be aware of it.
Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is when you clench your teeth, or slide your teeth back-and-forth over each other. Often, it occurs unconsciously while you sleep.
Although it’s not considered a dangerous disorder, it can put pressure on the jaw muscles and tissues, and wear down your teeth, according to the National Institutes of Health. It may lead to jaw pain, headaches and earaches, and permanent damage to the teeth.
While there are various causes to teeth grinding, daily stress may be the biggest trigger for most people. Symptoms include sensitivity in the teeth, sore jaw and insomnia.
To treat teeth grinding, the NIH recommends reducing your daily stress and learning various relaxation techniques, such as meditation. Relaxing your face and jaw muscles throughout the day—to make a habit out of it—can also help.
Often, avoiding hard foods such as candies and nuts, drinking plenty of water, and massaging the muscles of the neck, shoulders and face can help relieve or reduce any pain.
However, there are other possible causes of teeth grinding. These include: sleep disorders; an abnormal bite; misaligned teeth; and in children, irritation in the mouth and allergies. In such cases, dentists may provide you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sleep. Dentists may also recommend a muscle relaxant to be used before going to bed.