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Alcohol has long been linked to having an adverse effect on health in general and oral health in particular. Alcohol is known to cause accelerated tooth decay and also affect the gums. Fortunately, however, there is one alcohol beverage that has a much better chance at helping than hindering your dental health: red wine.
There are several things we know about red wine that might surprise you:
- Drinking red wine has long been linked to a lowered risk of developing diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Improving overall body health can also have a positive effect on oral health.
- Recent studies have found that wine polyphenols affect the ability of certain harmful bacteria from clinging to the cells of your teeth and gums, causing problems like plaque, gingivitis and dental cavities.
- Red wine is also believed to promote the growth of “good” bacteria, which protects your teeth against decay, rather than hindering your oral health.
All these facts show great promise in the moderated use of red wine in not only preventing dental health problems, but improving oral health as a whole. If you like alcohol, then keeping your habit under control with the choice of a refined red wine and avoiding drinking too much should be the top most important things on your agenda.
Happy New Year's Everyone!
ANOTHER YEAR IS COMING to a close, and that means another year of insurance benefits is about to expire. If you haven’t taken advantage of your dental insurance yet, that’s okay, but the year is almost over, so the time to use them is now. To help you prepare, we’ve put together some information about how dental insurance works at our practice.
What Dental Plans Typically Cover
Depending on the details and coverage of your plan most dental insurance plans usually will have a spending allowance every year. If you don’t utilize the allowance it expires and resets. You may have a treatment plan that requires several teeth or phases of treatment. Depending on your plan we may be able to optimize the coverage of your plan by using all of the supporting funds before the runout. We are happy to review your specific plan with you and show you how to make the best use of your insurance funds available for you.
Do You Have Compatible Insurance?
If you are curious about if we accept your insurance, and if we don’t how much your treatment will cost? Call us today and we will review your options with you.
Getting Everything Done On Time
Although the end of the year can feel far off, often times insurance may not cover portions of treatment if they overlap with the new year. Given that some treatments involve more the one phase – please call us today to discuss any treatment you may have pending.
If It’s Been A While, Let’s Chat!
If you have more questions regarding your insurance and how to use it, just stop by! We can answer all the questions you have and get you on the right path to affordable dental care!
Take advantage of those benefits while there’s still time!
CHEWING IS THE FIRST STEP in digestion! But chewing our food only enough to swallow it down doesn’t count. If you’re rushing proper chewing especially if it’s due to dental distress, you’re robbing yourself of some important benefits! It's our goal is to help you understand that your teeth are more then just aesthetics, they are a key part to your total body health.
Chewing Helps Retain Energy And Absorb Nutrients
Chewing our food does more than simply give us time to taste flavors. The more we chew our food, the more it’s broken down into elements we can absorb and use. When we swallow minimally chewed food, some of the nutrients and energy remains locked in making it more difficult to enter our bodies.
Chewing Aids Digestion
When saliva mixes with the foods we eat, we begin to digest it before we even swallow it. This is because saliva contains digestive enzymes that begin breaking our food down right away. In addition, unchewed pieces of food can cause digestive discomfort.
Chewing Gives Us Time To Notice We’re Full
Often, especially when we’re wolfing down our food, we eat more than we should before our body is able to give us the “full” notification. Eating slower can help us control our portions and feel more satisfied.
If Your Bite Is To Blame, Let’s Visit
If you’re not chewing your food properly, are your teeth to blame? Malocclusion (an uneven bite), tooth sensitivity, missing teeth, or poorly fitting dentures can all cause minimal chewing. You might swallow food down earlier because chewing is uncomfortable. You might even avoid certain healthy foods just because they require more chewing
Breakdowns in our oral health start to affect our overall health. If your teeth aren’t doing their job helping you chew, digest, and absorb nutrition from your food, don’t ignore the problem. Talk with us about it. We can get your teeth back into shape so they can better do their job.
HALLOWEEN is one of the most highly anticipated holidays of the year, and it’s almost here! This holiday sees kids, teens, and even adults consuming far more sugar than they would any other time, coming in second only to Easter. The problem with this is that sugar is the favorite food of the harmful bacteria living in our mouths, which means eating all these treats is very bad for our oral health.
Halloween Treats Versus Our Teeth
Any time we consume sugar, that bacteria in our mouths gets a big tasty meal, after which it excretes acid onto our teeth. If you’ve ever noticed an unpleasant sour taste or gritty feeling a little while after eating dessert, that’s why. The acid can do a lot of damage to our tooth enamel, because even though enamel is the hardest substance in our entire bodies, it is very vulnerable to acid erosion.
Fight Back Against The Sugar Attack
We can, of course, do things to minimize the harmful effects of sugar on our teeth. If we eat small amounts of candy throughout the day, then we aren’t giving our saliva time to neutralize the acids and wash away the sugar, so it’s actually better for our teeth to eat all the candy we want in one go.
Drinking water can help get rid of leftover sugars after eating a treat, and there are also other foods that work as natural cleaners and oral health boosters. Apples, bananas, vegetables, and even dark chocolate help scrub teeth clean and also supply important vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins C and D!
Another essential component of the battle against enamel erosion is a good brushing and flossing habit. Just make sure to wait half an hour after eating candy to brush, so that your saliva has time to neutralize all that acid first.
5 Delicious, Healthy, And Spooky Alternatives
Just because there are ways to minimize the effects of sugar on your teeth doesn’t mean it isn’t still better to choose healthier options for your spooky treats to begin with. Here are a few of our favorite options:
Colby Jack-o’-Lanterns. The cut-out jack-o’-lantern face in the bread and the yummy, calcium-rich cheese in the middle make this one a great, healthy snack!
Monster Apple Bites. Apples are full of fiber and water that help clean our teeth as we eat them, so why not make your apple slices look spooky for Halloween?
Boo-nana. This one is easy. All you need are a few chocolate chips (preferably dark chocolate) and a banana. Bananas are good for the teeth because they are loaded with potassium and magnesium, which help keep teeth and gums strong.
Spooky Spider Eggs. Eggs are great sources of vitamin D and our teeth need it to absorb calcium in order to stay strong.
Clementine Pumpkins. Simply peel the fruit and add a stem! Clementines have a lot of vitamin C, which promotes good gum health.
We Can Help You Protect Your Teeth!
We hope everyone has a great Halloween filled with sweets and scares, but oral health should always be a priority. After you finish eating all your healthy treats and brushing and flossing your teeth, another great way to protect your teeth is to bring them in for their six-month checkup! We look forward to seeing you!
Wishing all our patients a Happy Halloween!