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Teeth and Calcium
Mom said it when you were in grade school, and she was right on this one: Drinking milk builds strong bones and teeth. Calcium is vital in childhood and through your teens, when teeth are formed, but the value of this nutrient doesn't stop once you get your wisdom teeth. A diet with adequate calcium may preven against tooth decay. When a diet is low on calcium, as a majority of American's diets are, the body leeches the mineral from teeth and bones, which can increase your rist of tooth decay and the incidence of cavities. A study that appeared in the Journal of Periodontology found that those who have a calcium intake of less than 500 mg, or about half the recommended dietary allowance, were almost twice as likely to have periodontitis.
The jawbone is particularly susceptible to the effects of low calcium. It can weaken because of low calcium intake, which in turn causes teeth to loosen, leaving you at greater risk for gum disease.
Eating two to four servings of dairy per day will help you meet the RDA for calcium.
I haven’t been to the dentist in years; what should I expect?
Feeling apprehensive or guilty for not visiting a dentist in over a year is common, but coming back to receive dental care is easier than you may think. Our dental team provides caring, non-judgmental, personalized service, and knowing this you can truly feel at ease making your first appointment back.
During your first appointment back, we will focus on three prominent dental issues including gum disease, cavities, and wear and tear by utilizing a full mouth series of X-rays and a comprehensive exam.
The full mouth series of X-rays are taken every three to five years, or as needed. A full mouth series may be a panoramic X-ray and bitewings (a set of four images focused on your molars that checks for cavities) or a set of X-rays that views the entire anatomy of every tooth. The set of X-rays prescribed will depend on your individual needs.
A comprehensive exam by the dentist will review your medical history and dental concerns, and confirm any periodontal diagnosis. An evaluation of any decay, breakdown or broken fillings, or areas that are at risk for future problems will also be reviewed. This assessment will include both a study of your x-rays as well as a visual examination by the dentist.
After the appointment, a team member will review any recommended treatments, payment options, insurance coverage, and scheduling. The time spent at your first visit back is an important step in the right direction, and we are committed to making this visit as comfortable and easy as possible! Call us today to set up your appointment!
It's time to rethink about what we give our kids to drink!!
Who's coming in for their dental cleaning this month? If you don't have an appointment give us a call, appointments are filling up fast! 360-779-3958
- Which toothbrush should I use?
There’s a breed of people who drive a stick shift, use a push mower and prefer sailboats to motorboats. When faced with the choice of a toothbrush, that purist will certainly choose the dependable, disposable, do-it-yourself toothbrush. But what about those of us who swear by their smartphones, DVRs, and tablet computers? We want the latest and greatest gadgets and tend to be adopters of new technologies.
Regardless of the type of toothbrush you prefer, when used properly, both powered and manual toothbrushes are great options for removing plaque and keeping teeth and gums healthy. So what variables should you consider when deciding on the best toothbrush for you? Here are a few factors to consider:
- Your budget
Electric toothbrushes are pricier. However, while high-end options can cost upwards of $100, you can find some effective powered brushes in the $10 range. Remember that you need to add the cost of batteries and replacement brush heads to your toothbrush budget.
- Your dexterity
People who have limited manual dexterity – including the very young, the elderly, or those suffering from injury or arthritis – may find it easier to reach and clean areas of their mouth with an electric toothbrush.
- Your habits
If you have a hard time brushing regularly, and you find you enjoy the sensation of brushing with an electric toothbrush, then by all means use the brush that will encourage you to brush most often.
- Your patience
Regardless of what type of toothbrush you choose, it’s important to use it correctly. While some brushes may require circular motions to be effective (for example manual brushes) others may require an angled glide over the teeth (for example power brushes). Brush twice a day, for two minutes each time. Cover the inner, outer and top surfaces of your teeth, and brush all the way down to the gum line. Don’t forget the hard-to-reach areas in the back of your mouth. Please ask your hygienists to advise you on optimal brushing techniques considering your toothbrush selection.
Finally, remember that while brushing and flossing daily will help you maintain good oral health, regular professional cleanings are also vital to keeping your teeth in tip-top shape. If you do have questions about brushing habits, please feel free to give our office a call! 360-779-3958