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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Our annual Dentistry From the Heart event was a big success! Over $6,100 worth of work done for our community. All of our staff participated in this event.
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According to the American Dental Association, one of the first areas to decline when your diet is less than ideal is your oral health. So when it comes to the health of your teeth, you really are what you eat.
Since March is National Nutrition Month, we want to mention some foods that are good for your oral health and a few that you should avoid.
When it comes to drinks, water is the best choice for maintaining oral health. Fluoridated water holds the top spot because fluoride can help strengthen teeth against acid attacks. Drinking water after snacks or meals is a calorie and sugar free way to rinse away remaining particles and prevent them from sitting on your teeth and causing harm.
Dairy products, such as milk and cheese, are low in sugar and high in protein and calcium which help to strengthen your teeth. Yogurt is also a good choice because it contains probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, that help to crowd out the bacteria that cause cavities. Just be sure to check the yogurt label to make sure it doesn’t contain a lot of added sugar.
Lean meat, poultry, fish, and eggs are high in phosphorus and protein which also help to strengthen your teeth.
This one is probably a no brainer, but fruits and veggies are another great choice for your oral health. Although fruits do contain sugar, both fruits and vegetables have a high water content that helps to flush contents out of the mouth and also balances the sugar contained in fruit. The chewing action that comes along with eating fruits and vegetables is also beneficial to your oral health by stimulating the gums and increasing saliva flow to clear bacteria from the teeth.
Nuts are a great choice for a low sugar snack that benefits both oral and overall health. They contain both calcium and protein which we mentioned earlier help to strengthen your teeth and are also low in carbs, which activate the acid-producing bacteria that leads to tooth decay or cavities.
The following foods I talk about have harmful effects to your oral health and should be consumed in moderation.
Citric fruits and juices have a high acid content that can erode tooth enamel which causes teeth to be more susceptible to decay over time.
Caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and tea, can dry out your mouth which is an unhealthy state for the mouth to be in because saliva is the body’s natural way to rid the mouth of bacteria. Aside from leaving stain on the teeth, another downside to drinking coffee and tea is the added sugar that is hard to resist adding in with these drinks.
Pop and sports drinks are very high in sugar and often in acidity also, both of which are very harmful to your teeth.
Sticky foods, such as dried fruits, tend to sit on your teeth longer than other types of food and get stuck in the crevices of your teeth which can make them more susceptible to decay.
Rinsing with water after eating or drinking these potentially harmful foods is crucial to help flush away their harmful effects. Brushing and flossing after meals is the best way to ensure your enjoyment doesn’t lead to negative effects.
Your diet makes a big difference when it comes to a healthy smile, so I hope this information helps you understand the dental pros and cons of your nutrition choices.
Remember, you really are what you eat!
This photo shows the impact certain drinks have on eggs which is comparable to how they can impact the enamel of your teeth. Click the link below to see our full experiement.
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