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November 30, 2016

Oral Health During the Holiday Season

Filed under: Oral Health — Tags: , , , , , , , — Dr. Halpert @ 3:27 pm

It’s no secret that this time of year brings lots of sweet and sugary treats. It’s never easy staying healthy during the holidays since edible temptations seem to pop out at every turn. Being on top of your oral health during the holiday season helps to ensure your teeth and gums will be in tiptop shape come 2017. Take a look below at some of our tips for a healthy and happy smile in the new year.

Limit the amount of sugary snacks you eat

An excessive amount of sugar is the number one way to wreck your teeth over the coming months. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar, creating acid. This acid can eat away at tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay and cavities. The more your expose your teeth to sugar, the higher the risk that your will face dental problems in the future.

Oral Health During the Holiday Season

Oral Health During the Holiday Season

Know what type of sugar is best

Although no sugary snack is good in excess, certain type of candy and sugar are better to ingest than others. Hard and sticky candies, such as taffy and caramel, can be worse for teeth than other treats such as cake and cookies. Chewing on hard candies can lead to chipped or cracked teeth, which are painful and pricey to treat. Letting the candy dissolve naturally in your mouth is a better option than crushing it with your teeth. Sticky candies and substances cling to teeth even after they are ingested, encouraging tooth decay. In addition, thick candies like taffy and caramel can even rip out fillings.

Cracking nuts with your teeth is a no-no

Limiting the amount of sweet treats for you and your entire family is important, but not the only way to make certain teeth and gums stay strong.

Snacking on nuts is a great and healthy alternative to candy, but cracking nuts with your teeth can be just as harmful. Attempting to shell nuts with your pearly whites can lead to serious tooth and gum damage or even cracked teeth. Shelling nuts before snacking on them is your best bet to keep from an emergency dental office visit. 

Never attempt to open packaging or bottles with your teeth

You may be excited to rip into that gift from your great aunt, but your teeth are not the right tools for the task. Gripping a bottle cap or package with your teeth can crack them and possibly require a root canal or crown fro repair. Reach for scissors or a bottle opener instead of using your teeth to opening packaging.

Brush, brush, brush!

The most obvious, but also most important, tip to keeping your smile healthy this holiday season is brushing your teeth. Brushing teeth in the morning and at night, as well as after eating sugary treats, will help combat the damage this time of year can do to your oral health.

If you have any questions about how to keep your smile healthy this season, don’t hesitate to give our office a call. We’re happy to help!

November 14, 2016

Transform Your Smile with Dental Implants

Filed under: Oral Health — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Halpert @ 3:53 pm

Do you ever hide your smile because of missing or damaged teeth? Losing or breaking a tooth can wreak havoc on your smile, and in turn, your self esteem. More than 35 million Americans are missing teeth in one or both jaws. If you are one of them, you may be able to transform your smile with dental implants.

What exactly are dental implants?

Dental implants are metal posts, usually made of titanium, that act as substitute for a tooth’s natural root. Implants are placed into the jawbone, and fuses with the natural bone, becoming a sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth. A false tooth is then screwed into the implant. Implants can be used in conjunction with a bridge or denture containing multiple teeth, or it can simply be a replacement for a single tooth. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 3 million Americans have implants, and that number is growing by an average of 500 thousand per year.

What is involved in the process of getting a dental implant?

Placing and completing a dental implant takes time. First, a consultation will take place. The staff at our office will take note of the current state of your smiling and we will tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs. After a plan of action is determined, the implants will be made, and placed into your jaw, a process that usually takes an hour or two depending on the scale of work. Once the implants are placed, the jaw must be allowed to heal. The healing process can take as long as six months. It is important that the jaw has time to heal, and fuse with the implant to ensure they will last for many years to come. While the implant is healing, a temporary tooth can be placed on top in order for you to eat and speak normally. When the jawbone is healed, the permanent tooth with be placed on the implant and can immediately function as a normal tooth.

Transform Your Smile with Dental Implants

Transform Your Smile with Dental Implants

It may take some time to get used to new dental implants. Some people may feel slight discomfort or a variation in their chewing or speech. The majority of the time, these changes are temporary and will correct themselves in a couple days to weeks. If problems persist, you should make an appointment to allow us to determine if there is a larger underlying factor.

How should I care for my implant?

Dental implants can be cared for in the same way as normal teeth. It’s important to brush implants twice a day, as well as floss in between them daily. The number one reason implants fail is because of poor hygiene. To ensure your implants are being cared for correctly, regular dental visits and cleanings are necessary.

If you have questions about dental implants, or want to set up a consultation, call our office today. We will be happy to help determine if dental implants are right for you and your smile.

 

 

August 15, 2016

Is Red Wine Good For Your Teeth?

Filed under: Oral Health — Dr. Halpert @ 8:24 am

I often get asked the question ‘is red wine good for your teeth?’. Red wine does have a number of health benefits. It aids in lowering cholesterol, and getting plenty of antioxidants into the body. But can red wine really be beneficial to your pearly whites? Believe it or not the answer is yes, sipping on red wine can be good for your teeth.is red wine good for your teeth?

Research suggests red wine slows down the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Cavities, gum disease and tooth loss are caused by the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. By lessening the growth of harmful bacteria, red wine can actually lower your chances of getting cavities and other harmful mouth ailments.

How exactly does red wine kill bacteria? Red wine contains antimicrobial elements that kill hard to penetrate ‘biofilms’. Red wine contains antimicrobial elements that kill hard to penetrate ‘biofilms’. Biofilms are a thin, slimy layer of bacterial that adheres to the surface of teeth. They contain communities of disease-causing bacteria that turn into plaque, and then produce acid, breaking down the enamel in teeth. This breakdown of enamel is associated with both cavities and gum disease.

While that glass of red wine you pour to help promote your heart health may also be helping fight off tooth decay, it can have the effect of making teeth appear red in color. Be smart about your wine consumption and subsequent tooth care. Brushing your teeth after your glass of wine with dinner ensures your pearly whites don’t take on an unwanted red tint, and helps brush away the sugar that is inevitably found in all wine.

Ensuring you are seeing your dentist twice a year for cleaning also helps to prevent any harmful effects from any food or drink you consume. Call our office today to schedule your bi-annual cleaning.

June 14, 2014

Oral Health: Electric Toothbrush Benefits

Filed under: Oral Health — Tags: , , , — Dr. Halpert @ 8:45 pm

Manual toothbrushing doesn’t remove as much plaque as you might expect. Electric toothbrush benefits are numerous, and when compared to traditional toothbrushing, quite surprising.

Toothbrushing is the number one way to reduce plaque and keep oral health on par, but the type of toothbrush you use can be more important than the actual act of brushing your teeth. Studies show that manual toothbrushing removes less than 50 percent of plaque that has formed on teeth. This fact remains true despite the numerous toothbrush designs and configurations that all claim to get your teeth cleaner than the rest.

What if I brush my teeth harder with my manual toothbrush? Aggressive brushing is not synonymous with effective plaque removal, and can actually end up hurting gums. Electric toothbrushes remedy aggressive brushing by moving in a way that gently and effective rids the mouth of plaque build-up. Electric toothbrushes are also run on a timer, so you can get an effective two minute brushing.

Electric toothbrushes can be found at your local pharmacy store. An electric toothbrush head needs to be changed out with the same frequency as a normal toothbrush is changed, every 4 – 6 months.