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Brushing Up On Dental Hygiene Basics

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

dentist 60616Maintaining great oral health produces a winning smile as well as contributing to good overall health. Your dentist can provide a list of things we should do to keep our dental health as good as possible including:

Brushing – We need to brush at least twice every day with a fluoridated tooth paste. Each brushing session should last two minutes – an electronic tooth brush offers many advantages from rapid action to remove bacteria and food debris to a timer that signals when we’ve brushed the recommended two minutes.

Flossing – There are many different types of floss assuring you will find one that works best for you … flavored, waxed, tape, or floss picks … use floss at least once every day to help keep plaque build-up limited and gum tissue stimulated.

Dental visits – Every six months we should see the dentist for a thorough cleaning, polishing and exam. Teeth will look their best, but more importantly plaque is removed that can lead to decay and/or gum disease.

These are the actions we should observe, but there are many other factors to consider such as:

Diet – Limiting sugary snacks and beverages is important. The list of healthy foods we are encouraged to consume include fresh fruits and vegetables; protein from lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, and nuts; dairy products like milk, cheese, eggs, and yogurt (just be aware of sugar content); and healthy snacks like popcorn, sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds, or unsweetened cereal.

Tobacco use – There are no benefits achieved from smoking or any type of tobacco use. Patients that use tobacco are more likely to develop gum disease and suffer from premature tooth loss.

Hydration – Water is the ultimate beverage to stay hydrated; soft drinks, juices, carbonated and sweetened beverages are very hard on teeth – if you are going to consume them, use a straw so as much of the harmful beverage can bypass teeth as possible.

Sleep – The amount of sleep you need every night may differ from others; but lack of sufficient rest can contribute to oral health problems.

Tooth loss – Losing your baby teeth is normal; however, losing permanent teeth requires some type of action to allow you to speak clearly, chew normally, and smile with self-confidence (difficult to do if tooth loss has occurred).

Good oral health is important so follow the recommended guidelines provided by your dentist. Call to schedule an appointment with our professionals today!

Can I still drink tea and coffee with Invisalign Clear Braces?

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Invisalign clear braces ChicagoHaving teeth straightened using Invisalign clear braces has many advantages over other traditional methods. One of those advantages is that they are removable – this means you have no dietary limits beyond those which you normally honor to maintain great dental health.

Drinking tea and coffee can lead to stained dentition; however, if you leave aligners in while consuming beverages high on the list known to produce stain, you might be increasing their staining capability. If you find yourself in the position of consuming beverages while wearing your aligners, it is best to excuse yourself as soon as possible to remove the aligners, rinse or brush teeth, and thoroughly rinse the aligner before replacing on your teeth.

If aligners are in place beverages known to stain can actually allow the liquid to seep between the aligner and dentition increasing the likelihood that staining can occur.

With standard teeth straightening methods, braces are cemented in place. The foods and beverages you consume can trap sugars and acids that can lead to dental stain, decay, and/or disease. That is one of the huge advantages with Invisalign clear aligners, in addition to:

  • They are clear – this means teens and adults can enjoy a smile makeover without the stigma of metal bands and brackets.
  • They are comfortable – No wires or metal to chafe soft oral tissue.
  • They are convenient – You simply replace your aligner with the next in the series every two weeks. Each new aligner continues to gently shift teeth until the correct occlusion is achieved. Dental visits are limited to periodic checks to make sure teeth straightening is on track.
  • They are removable – this is the biggest advantage of all. There are no dietary limitations, and braces can be removed for daily oral maintenance. There are no obstacles making flossing easy; and your dentist will be able to thoroughly clean and polish your teeth every six months to keep them bright.

You are required to wear the aligners every day for a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours to achieve the correct occlusion in the designated time frame. The only time aligners should be out is to eat, brush, and floss.

At the end of the straightening process, a retainer is provided that must be worn just like the aligners to allow teeth to form a memory of their new, correct location.

Get a brand new smile with Invisalign and contact our team at Ora Dental Studio today!

Food Friends and Foes For Your Teeth

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

dentist 60654It turns out that the best foods for your teeth are going to be wonderful for overall health as well. Of course, diet alone will not dictate dental health results. Brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist every six months for cleaning and exam coupled with a healthy diet will help lead to great oral health.

The best foods for teeth include fresh fruits and vegetables, as they are loaded with vitamins and nutrients that promote healthy teeth and gums. Their high water content helps to dilute the natural sugars they may contain.

Proteins are good too, and are great sources of protein include meat, fish, and poultry as well as beans and nuts.

Dairy products are a great choice, and there are so many wonderful varieties and ways to consume dairy like milk, cheese, eggs, and yogurt. You need to be mindful of high sugar content in treats like ice cream, pudding, and many dairy based desserts.

You can consume many of these foods during meals or as snacks; other ideas for healthy snacking would include popcorn, unsweetened cereal, pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds. Chewing sugar free gum between meals increases saliva flow, a natural way to reduce the acids on teeth that can result in dental decay.

The list of healthy foods is long, but the things you need to limit or avoid is a lengthy list as well. Products that are processed like chips; crackers; baked goods like cakes, pies and cookies – all are loaded with sugar … the natural bacteria on teeth feed on these sugars clinging to teeth to form plaque. When plaque builds on teeth, decay or disease are more likely to occur.

Candy is another culprit, but there are some that are worse than others. Avoid treats that are gummy that will stick to teeth; hard candy that can break teeth; or candy like a lollipop that you will suck on for several minutes.

Liquid treats to avoid include soda, sweet drinks like lemonade, juice, or sweetened tea, and carbonated beverages. If you are going to consume these drinks, use a straw to allow as much as possible to bypass dentition. Drinking water, unsweetened coffee or tea, or low-fat milk are much better choices.

Daily brushing and flossing, a healthy diet, and twice yearly visits to the dentist all work to promote great dental health. If you’re overdue for your dental cleaning, contact our office today!