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Archive for April, 2016

Apr27

Social Anxiety and Teeth Grinding

Thousands of people suffer from anxiety; in fact, it is fairly common for people to suffer from an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders usually affect the lives of sufferers in many ways and can be very difficult to manage. But, something that anxiety sufferers may not have realized is that their anxiety could be affecting their oral health.

Roughly one in six adult Americans are affected by an anxiety disorder, and this number encompasses anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder. A new study done by Tel Aviv University researchers found that anxiety experienced within social circumstances increased the risk of bruxism, known as teeth grinding.

If you have social anxiety, then talk to your dentist about ways to treat bruxism. They may be able to help you find a treatment plan before your anxiety causes serious damage to your teeth.

Apr20

Coffee Stains Got You Down? Perk Up!

Love your morning cup of Joe but want to preserve those pearly whites? Here is some valuable information for you caffeine fiends out there!

That perfectly blended aroma, that warm sensation stimulating our tongues, how could we live without it? We all know how important it is to have our daily dose, but also how essential it is to have a white, confident smile.

So how exactly does coffee stain teeth one wonders? If you’re an occasional coffee sipper this will not entirely apply to you, but if you are a regular “daily doser” there are some ways to disrupt the buildup that causes stains. According to research conducted by dental experts at Colgate, “the pigments from dark colored drinks can embed in the enamel of our teeth,” and if not cared for correctly, can cause permanent discoloration.

There are ways to easily correct this! Even simply changing the type of water we use in our coffee can help to prevent these stains. Try using a straw or gulping down your drink all at once versus casually sipping on it throughout the day—this way, you have a lower risk for continued discoloration.

Research states: “staining molecules like to stick to our teeth because they have an affinity for calcium ions and proteins on the surface.” Because of this, the “staining molecules” mix with the “calcium ions present in the water you are using to brew, leading to potentially yellow teeth.” By switching to filtered mineral water when making your daily brew, the water will become “hard,” be naturally infused with minerals, and help to kill off the staining molecules.

We all know it would be hard to survive those 9 to 5 days without this delightful and extremely helpful caffeinated substance, so make the small changes to allow you to continue on with your daily doses of deliciousness. Ongoing research continues to show that coffee may have more health benefits than we’ve realized too! Always remember to chew sugar free gum and rinse with water to get rid of staining molecules after that coffee fix. If discoloration continues to occur, set up a time to meet with your dentist to discuss in-room, or at-home whitening treatments, or a stronger teeth-whitening toothpaste.

Sources –

http://healthiack.com/beauty/how-can-you-continue-drinking-coffee-and-prevent-your-teeth-from-getting-stained
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/foods-stain-teeth-feature?page=2

Apr11

Straighter Teeth in a Snap

Turns out you can have straighter teeth by mail! Well, at least that is what a few by-mail-only orthodontia companies believe. In an effort to help patients save money, some orthodontic companies are having patients send their impressions to them by mail instead of going in for a dentist’s consultation. While this approach may save patients money, it could cause harm to their teeth.

The way that companies like SmileCareClub and CrystalBraces work is that for a small fee they send you putty and trays that look like mouth guards for you to use to take impressions with. After the patient takes an impression with their teeth they then send them back to the company. The impressions are looked over by a dental professional and then sets of plastic dental trays are sent back to the patient to wear daily to help straighten teeth.

While these trays work similarly to the Invisalign dental straightening system, they are missing one key component, a dentist’s stamp of approval. Many orthodontists and dentists warn that if you try to get teeth straightening trays without first seeing a dental professional then you can face serious oral health risks. One of the major issues that orthodontists have with this no-visit system is that patients cannot be checked for oral health issues and barriers to straightening.

One doctor argued that you couldn’t check for gum disease without an in-person visit. Gum disease typically needs to be treated before any type of orthodontic work is started. Other specialists argued that for some patients will not benefit from teeth aligners and that they are wasting money by getting these aligners that will not work.

While buying straightening trays online may seem like a great opportunity to get the smile you want while saving money, it can harm your oral health. Visit your dentist or orthodontist to discuss what teeth straightening method could be right for you.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/01/a-trip-to-the-mail-box-not-the-orthodontist/

Apr4

Going Sugar Free…The Right Way

You may be considering cutting back on sugar intake and replacing the sugar with artificial sweeteners in order to cut the number of calories you take in. But even when you want to cut back on sugar there are certain things to watch out for.

1.Sugarless isn’t always so- A product may claim to be ‘sugarless’ or ‘no sugar added’ but that doesn’t mean that there is no sugar, it just means they didn’t add any refined sugar to it during processing. Have a look at the nutrition information to see how many carbs are in the food to get a better idea of how much sugar there is in the food.

2.Sugar alcohols are a good replacement- There are certain ingredients that are described as ‘sugar alcohols’. These aren’t actually alcohol and they won’t cause intoxication. The FDA has said they don’t cause cavities and in fact one of them, Xylitol, actually protects teeth!

3.Artificial sweeteners- The widely used sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose haven’t shown to be dangerous for human consumption. You do, however, need to watch out for impacting the flavor of a dish if you are using it in your own cooking. Aspartame for instance, can’t be used for baked goods since it degrades at high temperatures.

http://www.simplestepsdental.com/SS/ihtSSPrint/r.WSIHW000/st.32218/t.32498/pr.3/c.350076.html

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