Thursday, January 22, 2015

Top Foods That Damage Your Teeth

Ever wonder which foods do the most damage to your teeth? According to the American Dental Association, these are the top nine foods that damage your teeth. We also have some good alternatives if you are partial to some of these delightful yet damaging treats.
Hard Candy
Hard Candy puts your teeth in constant exposure to sugar. They can also trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth. Looking for a better alternative? Try chewing sugarless gum.
Ice is made of water and doesn't contain any sugar or other additives, but chewing on hard substances can damage the enamel on your teeth. There's also a risk of chipping a tooth any time you chew on hard substances. Advice? Break the habit and enjoy water in its liquid form.
Frequent exposure to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time. So even though a squeeze of lemon or lime can turn a simple glass of water into a fun beverage, it's not always the best choice for your mouth. Citric fruits can also irritate mouth sores. Make sure to drink plenty of plain water! 
Coffee and Tea
Frequent drinks of coffee and tea may stain your teeth. Caffeinated coffee and tea can also dry out your mouth. If you do consume, make sure to drink plenty of water and try not to add a lot of sugar.
Sticky Foods
Sticky foods are your mouth's worst nightmare! When it comes to picking healthy snacks, many people put dried fruit at the top of the list. But many dried fruits are stick and can damage your teeth since they tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. If you find yourself eating dried fruits or trail mix often, make sure to rinse with water after and to brush and floss carefully.
Starchy Food
Who doesn't love the nice, satisfying cruch of a potato chip? Unfortunately potato chips are filled with starch, which tends to get trapped in your teeth.  If you choose to indulge in snacks like these, take extra care when you floss that day to remove all the food particles that lead to plaque build-up.
When you eat sugary foods or sip sugary drinks for long periods of time, plaque bacteria use that sugar to produce acids that attack your enamel (the hard surface of your tooth). Most carbonated soft drinks, including diet soda, are acidic and therefore bad for your teeth.  Caffeinated beverages, such as colas, can also dry out your mouth.  If you do consume soft drinks, try to drink alongside a cup of water.
 Alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth.  People who drink excessively may find their saliva flow is reduced over time, which can lead to tooth decay and other oral infections such as gum disease.  Heavy alcohol use also increases your risk for mouth cancer.
Sports Drinks
They sound healthy, don't they? But for many sports drinks and energy drinks, sugar is a top ingredient.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, while sports drinks can be helpful for young athletes engaged in prolonged vigorous physical activities, in most cases they are unnecessary.  Before your next sip, check the label to make sure your drink of choice is low in sugar. Not sure? Drink water instead!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

We often sing, "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth," but has anyone ever really received that for Christmas? You might be surprised to know that two front teeth are exactly what one baby was born with just three days after Christmas.

Natal teeth (teeth present at birth) are uncommon, but not unheard of. About one in every 2,000 to 3,000 babies are born with natal teeth, according to the National Institute of Health, and they usually appear on the lower gums. Often the teeth are shaved down or removed as soon as possible to avoid problems with nursing or biting the tongue. They can also present a choking hazard, as they are an extra set and will fall out to allow for the normal baby teeth to come in.

Most babies begin to teethe around 6 months, though some children don't get their first tooth until 12 to 14 months. During the first few years of life, baby teeth will gradually push through the gums one or two at a time until the baby has a full set of 20 teeth. Most children have their full set of baby teeth by the time they are three years old. Common side effects of teething include becoming fussy, sleepless, and irritable, loss of appetite, or drooling more than usual. Diarrhea, rashes, and fever are not normal symptoms of teething, so if your baby is experiencing these symptoms or continues to be cranky and uncomfortable, call your physician.

Info from ABC News and

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Go Hawks!

It's that time of year again when the green and blue comes out in our office!
You may even see some of us coveting fun things like this awesome toothbrush 

Are you a Seahawks fan also? How do you show your team spirit?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Root Canal

This month marks 100 years since the opening of the Panama Canal. While the Panama Canal is integral to worldwide shipping, a root canal can be integral to your everyday comfort.

Sometimes a cavity is just too deep to be fixed and may require a root canal. Root canals are necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or diseased. The pulp contains the blood vessels and the nerves of the tooth, which run like a thread down into the root. The pulp tissue can die when it’s infected or injured. If you don't remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. During a root canal treatment, the dentist removes the pulp, and the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Your dentist may then place a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger and protect it.

Causes of an infected pulp could include:
  • a deep cavity
  • repeated dental procedures
  • a cracked or broken tooth
  • injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)
If you continue to care for your teeth and gums with daily brushing and flossing your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Personalized Tooth Fairy Pillow Ideas

Remember this post on how to make a tooth fairy pillow? If you're looking for a fun summer craft, here are some fun ideas for modifying your tooth and making it your own.
Make one in your favorite color or with your favorite pattern (camo, chevron, etc.)

 Make a black ninja mask for your tooth.

Brush yer teeth or walk the plank!
You could also try a ballerina, cowboy, or super hero.

If you make a pillow, please upload your picture on our Facebook page!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Teaching Kids How To Brush And Floss

For older kids and adults, we have educational posts that illustrate and how to floss and how to brush your teeth. For younger kids, we found a great activity using egg cartons to help them practice!
Sometimes it is hard to see if kids are using the proper technique when brushing. This oversize mouth model helps kids practice, and allows you to show them each area that they should brush on their teeth.  If you don't have time to do the craft, simply have them practice brushing the top, outside, and inside of an egg carton. When flossing, make sure kids remember to curve the floss into a C shape against each tooth when they reach the gums and gently rub the floss back and forth (illustrated example). 

Flossing daily and brushing twice a day for two minutes will help you enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

No Cavity Club Winners

Brothers Connor, Keenan and Caleb are our newest winners from our No Cavity Club! Connor likes swimming and horses while Keenan likes motorcycles and ninjas. Caleb is your traditional boy who likes baseball and Legos. Let's join them in being cavity fighting ninjas and brush those teeth!