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Does Vitamin C Affect Gum Health?

August 17th, 2017

It’s certainly true that adequate vitamin C is good for your gums. In fact, vitamin C influences gums in a couple of different ways.

VITAMIN C IS NECESSARY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTHY GUM TISSUE. Collagen is an important substance in cell development, and vitamin C is essential to collagen production. Gum tissue is fragile and becomes inflamed easily, so collagen is necessary to help keep the gums healthy.

VITAMIN C MAY BOOSTTHE IMMUNE SYSTEM. Our mouths are one of the main areas where we are exposed to bacteria. Adequate vitamin C can help keep the immune system in condition to fight infection.

STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT LACK OF VITAMIN C CAN HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON GUM HEALTH. Researchers have found an increase in gingivitis in those who have a low intake of vitamin C.  In fact, bleeding gums are a symptom of scurvy, which is directly linked to vitamin C deficiency

Got Floss?

August 17th, 2017

By now, we’re sure you’ve heard that you should be flossing once a day.  What you may not have heard is that not all floss created equal.  When you’re purchasing floss, you want to buy the type that will work best for you so that you’re more likely to use it and use it effectively.

WAXED OR UNWAXED? Generally, waxed floss works well for most people because it slides easily between teeth.  Some people, however, prefer the thinner, unwaxed version.

AVOID SHREDDING If your teeth are very close together, you may have problems with floss getting stuck between the teeth. “Shred-resistant” or ‘shred-proof” floss is often a good choice in this situation.  Look for floss that bears this labeling on the package.

ADDED PROTECTION? Some flosses contain fluoride or advertise themselves as "tartar control." That's fine as long as you floss after brushing and rinsing. If you floss with these products and then follow up with brushing and rinsing, you're just removing all the protection they've given you.

WHAT WORKS FOR YOU? There are many types of floss and even special implements available to help those who have trouble manipulating regular floss. Feel free to experiment to find the floss that works best for you. Talk to us if you want suggestions or need any help in this area.

SPECIALTY FLOSSES Dental floss comes in a variety of colors, materials and even flavors - popular flavors of floss include wintergreen and cinnamon. Some flosses are even impregnated with fluoride!

  • A type of material called dental tape can be effective for people with large spaces between their teeth, or for people with bridge work.
  • Floss can be purchased in small self-dispensing boxes. Floss can also be purchased in special, single-use holders, which are useful for people who have a hard time wrapping floss around their fingers, including those with dexterity problems or arthritis.
  • For those with braces, bridges, implants or large interdental spaces, one product features a unique sponge-like floss with built-in threader to eliminate the need for two separate flossing devices. The threader easily allows you to access hard to reach areas while the thick sponge-like floss follows through to deeply clean between large interdental spaces, under bridgework, and around braces and implants.
  • Lots of people like the little floss picks that consist of a small handle with a short piece of floss attached. Keep a back of these in the car and you can floss when stuck in traffic!

Chunk O’ Cheese

August 17th, 2017

Cheese is good for your teeth. Research has shown that including a piece of cheese with a meal or snack is one way to encourage good dental health.  You are probably saying, “Huh? Please explain this one.”

No Problem. Cheese contains a protein called casein, which actually helps protect teeth from bacteria that cause decay.  The fat in cheese tends to coat your teeth and may further help to keep bacteria away from enamel.  The calcium and phosphorus contained in cheese help strengthen tooth enamel even as you chew.  And finally, cheese is one of those foods that encourages saliva production.  Excess saliva washes away food debris and bacteria, and neutralizes the acids those bacteria produce.

It doesn’t matter what type of cheese you eat, although some researchers believe that cheddar offers the most protection.  Choose from Brie, Gouda, mozzarella, Swiss, blue, or Monterrey Jack, and eat them in chunks, grated, or melted.  It isn’t it wonderful to be able to enjoy something so yummy and know you’re helping your teeth at the same time?

Make Dental Care a Part of Your Prenatal Care

August 17th, 2017

Mothers-to-be often have questions about dental care during their pregnancies. They have concerns about x-rays or anesthetics that may be used  during dental treatment, and many experience changes in their dental health while they are pregnant.

GOOD ORAL HYGIENE Pregnant women have good reason to pay special attention to their dental hygiene.  During pregnancy, many women experience increased sensitivity and bleeding from their gums due to hormonal changes.  Plaque buildup may increase as well due to dietary changes and increased food intake.  For all these reasons, pregnant women should continue with good home-care practices and examinations in our office.

SAFETY FOR MOTHER AND BABY During pregnancy, many women abstain from using any medications.  When it comes to dental treatment, women are discouraged from undergoing any elective procedures during the first trimester.  Routine x-rays should not be taken either.  For necessary dental work and emergencies x-rays can be taken with the protection of a lead apron.  The need for local anesthetic should be discussed with regard to the procedure being performed and at what stage the woman is during her pregnancy.

NO TIME TO SKIMP Pregnancy is no time to skimp on necessary dental care. Although pregnant women should give their oral health extra attention, some studies have found that fewer than 40 percent of pregnant women see a dentist between conception and delivery. If you're pregnant, don't neglect your teeth. Call us to find out what you can do to help keep your mouth healthy throughout your pregnancy.

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