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Check out our blog below for some toothy tips!
Many different types of food cause decay in kids, not just candy. Foods high in carbohydrate juice boxes,peanut butter, chips also attack children’s teeth- think about it when they eat crackers and smile and you see all that smush on their teeth-it isn’t good for their teeth!
What about soda? Daily prolonged exposure to soda can cause decay. Sipping a pop all afternoon is more harmful to the teeth then drinking a large soda with your meal.
Drinking fizzy or carbonated drinks – over a long period of time- contributes to the erosion of tooth enamel. If erosion spreads beneath the enamel pain and sensitivity may result and can cause a nerve infection and then removing the tooth or a root canal is necessary
In the Neolithic period humans once believed the stabbing pains of toothaches were caused by a “tooth worm”. If the pain was severe then the worm was wriggling; if it stopped it was resting.
In Ancient Greece they used donkey milk as a mouthwash to strengthen the gums and teeth. However then they applied a frog to the cheek or head on that side to absorb the pain or spit into the frogs mouth to transfer the pain to the frog.
In the Middle Ages people actually used honey to coat the tooth and waited with a tweezers ready to snatch the tooth worm. And those who could stand it applied a raw onion to the sore side of their face.
21st Century-Fortunately modern dentistry has made colossal strides since the Middle Ages Equipped with the latest technology and anesthesia you wont find a frog on your face ….unless that is your thing
Not brushing isn’t pretty and it doesn’t smell good!
- The right toothbrush can save your teeth with a little help from flossing. Remember the softer the better- they are easier on your gums- they are not the kitchen floor.
- There are “natural” toothbrushes that are brown bristled or made from an Araak tree- there has been little research on anything other than nylon bristles- until we know more it is best to stick with nylon.
- Get a heads up. When it comes to toothbrush head, you might think bigger is better- that is not always the case -especially if you have small mouth, a toothbrush with a big head may make it difficult to brush hard to reach areas.
- Choose a handle with care – don’t be fooled into thinking that bright and shiny is all you need. Look for a handle that feels comfortable in your hand and is easy to maneuver. if you have arthritis look for a non-slip surface.
- Don’t forget your brush will wear out – change it after an illness or when the bristles fray.
- I love electric toothbrushes- especially ones with a timer like the Sonicare or Oral-B They and brush 250 times a minute and you feel like you just got your teeth cleaned!
This is my nephew Winston with his electric brush
Do you gag on x- rays? I know I do! Children can develop a gag reflex and so can parents. – Fortunate we can do many things at the dentist and reduce potential fear of embarrassment. For example We can use mouth rinses and sprays that dull the sensation to help the x-ray process. Panoramic e-rays are also available, where no dental film is placed inside the mouth at all. In worst case scenarios, all x-rays can be taken while the patient sleeps under sedation.
If you or someone you know suffers from a sensitive gag reflex give us a call for an appointment for an initial consultation which learns the needs of the patient and begin to develop a plan of care so they can experience dental care in comfort!
As your dentist , I hope you will always feel comfortable to tell us how you feel and so we can make you as comfortable as possible . We have nitrous oxide to make you more relaxed , comfy blankets, music from Pandora where you can pick anything you want, Netflix where you can watch a show, squishy balls and characters to squeeze on- the gingerbread man is Sarah’s favorite -and if you prefer you can listen to Dr Patty and Sarah hum while we work. Call us today for the most comfortable appointment ever !
Dr Al Danenberg a nutritional Periodontist, once asked his grandson what makes potato chips so good- he replied that they were crunchy and salty. But they are over -processed carbohydrates, unhealthy fats and have excessive salt and chemicals and do not have most nutrients!
How can we get crunchier healthy snacks?
Crunching can come from apple slices, celery sticks, cucumber or carrots- they could be dipped into organic peanut butter or organic almond butter or organic coconut butter for added nutrients and taste.
Another crispy choice is Jicama slices. Jicama is a root vegetable, with the texture of a firm pear and the flavor of a sweet apple- they are great for dipping too!
Candy is just not healthy- it is all sugar with some added chemicals- Try substituting with a handful of nuts, seeds, raisins- they are loaded with good nutrients!
What about something cold? Ice Cream is loaded with sugar and chemicals: Organic, unsweetened, full-fat yogurt is a healthy substitute- They even have it at Uncle Ray’s Dairy-land
!- Add slices of whole fruit like berries!
Want some thing to drink? – Avoid all sodas- they are all loaded with unhealthy chemicals and acids- Sugar and acids cause tooth decay as well as gut problems. Artificial sweeteners by themselves can damage healthy bacteria in the gut. Instead of sodas consider water, teas seltzers that have no chemicals. If you want to use a sweetener try organic stevia or organic monk fruit (Luo Han Guo)