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Healthy Foods For Healthy Teeth

Frequent visits to the dentist is a must if you want to maintain a healthy smile. Visiting the dentist is crucial to your oral health but what about the times in-between your appointments? Flossing, brushing, and using mouth wash are great ways to clean your teeth but is there more you can do to protect your teeth?

Being on a well-balanced diet and getting the proper nutrition is beneficial for your health and wellness. Your diet will also improve your oral health. Even if you have an effective oral hygiene routine, your teeth may not be fully protected unless you watch what you eat. Keeping your nutrients high will help your body fight off any possible dental problems.

How Does Food Affect Your Oral Hygiene?

For the health of your teeth, you really are what you eat. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), one of the first areas to be affected with a less than ideal diet is your oral health. A poor diet can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Although some foods may be harmful to your teeth, healthy food is beneficial to your oral health. It can help prevent cavities and periodontal disease from developing while freshening up your breath and whitening your teeth. Your teeth and gums are part of your body and they need good nutrition to function properly.

You should always read food labels and pick food and beverages that are low in sugar, especially artificial sugar. Milk and vegetables contain sugar but it doesn’t mean you should avoid them because they have important nutrients for your body and teeth.

Crucial Elements For Healthy Teeth And Gums

Tooth enamel is composed of minerals, acidic drinks and foods may cause erosion of the enamel. By putting minerals back and restoring what is lost, it helps make the teeth strong again. Calcium and phosphorous are building blocks of enamel, consuming foods that are rich in those elements are a necessity if you want stronger, healthier teeth.

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12 Recommended Foods for Healthy Teeth and Gums

  1. Yogurt – It is high in calcium and protein. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help the gums because the good bacteria balances out the bacteria that causes cavities and gingivitis.
  2. Water – Promotes saliva production and keeps you hydrated. Saliva is your mouths best defense against tooth decay because of the protein and minerals that naturally fight plaque.
  3. Leafy greens (spinach, broccoli, and kale) – It is rich in folic acid, calcium, important vitamins and minerals.
  4. Cheese (Hard-aged is best) – It helps lower the acid level in your mouth and decreases the risk of tooth decay. It contains calcium and protein that helps strengthen tooth enamel. It also increases saliva production which washes off bacteria.
  5. Shiitake Mushrooms – They contain lentinan, a natural sugar that disrupts the formation of plaque.
  6. Nuts (Almonds, brazil nuts, and cashews) – Almonds are great for calcium and phosphorous which are also low in sugar. Brazil nuts and cashews help fight bacteria that could lead to tooth decay.
  7. Black and Green Tea – They contain polyphenols, which helps reduce bacteria in the mouth. It is also rich in fluoride.
  8. Oranges – Although you may want to avoid acidic foods, oranges have the least acidity and have all the health benefits.
  9. Chewing gum – This helps with saliva production, but make sure it’s sugar free!
  10. Garlic – Contains allicin and has strong antimicrobial properties. It helps fight tooth decay and periodontal disease.
  11. Ginger – It is beneficial in many ways. It helps freshen your breath and inhibit bacteria growth.
  12. Raw Onions – It has powerful antibacterial properties that fight against bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.

Firm and crunchy foods that are high in water will help keep your teeth stronger because chewing produces more saliva which is a natural neutralizer for bacteria. The texture of the food makes them naturally abrasive by gently scrubbing and cleaning the surface of the teeth removing food particles and plaque. Raw fruits and vegetables such as celery, apples, cucumbers are great for the teeth. Celery helps scrape away the food while helping you get vitamin A and C, two antioxidants that boosts gum health.

A healthier meal means a healthier mouth. Protect your teeth better by choosing a more well-balanced nutritional diet. At Advanced DDS, we want to make sure you and your family are aware of all possible oral conditions. Call us today at (516) 825-1100 to reserve your dental care appointment. Advanced DDS is proud to serve the surrounding cities: Mineola, Hempstead, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Uniondale, New Hyde Park, Westbury, North New Hyde Park, Roosevelt, North Merrick, Roslyn, Carle Place, Williston Park, Old Westbury, Albertson, East Meadow, Garden City Park, Floral Park, East Garden City and many more.

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How Diabetes Affects Your Oral Health

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in America, affecting over 1.7 million people (20 years old and older). It has a negative affect on your entire body, it can harm your kidneys, heart, blood pressure, and ability to produce insulin. Did you know it affects your oral health as well? By not taking care of your body (which includes your mouth), you may find it difficult to stabilize your glucose levels. Because of this you will have an increased chance of gum disease. The ADA states that one in five cases of tooth loss is linked to diabetes. At Advanced DDS, we want to reduce this statistic by educating our patients about their diabetes and how it affects their dental health.

How It Affects Your Gums

Gingivitis is the most common oral condition associated with diabetes. Gingivitis is the inflammation of your gums. Having high glucose levels makes you more susceptible to gingivitis which can easily progress into gum disease if left untreated. Gum disease can cause pain when chewing and eventually the loss of your teeth. When your glucose levels are high your ability to fight infections decreases and your recovery speed slows. In fact, as per Preshaw, P. M. et al.1 gum disease is three times more likely in diabetics.

How It Affects Your Teeth

Elevated glucose levels can lead to dry mouth. Besides being uncomfortable, dry mouth can lead to other oral conditions. Your saliva helps wash food and bacteria off your teeth and while regulating your oral ph levels. These bacteria, along with an acidic ph level will eat at your teeth and harm your gums. This can lead to cavities, gum disease, and thrush. Make sure to drink plenty of water to help counteract this.

How It Affects Your Mouth

Thrush is a fungal infection that occurs in the mouth. Symptoms include white or red patches that appear on the inside of the mouth and on the tongue. Thrush also interferes with swallowing, your sense of taste, and can a slight burning feeling on the mouth or tongue. Thrush occurs when the saliva is high in glucose. If you think you may have thrush, make an appointment with your dentist to get treated.

Talking To Your Dentist

It is important to tell your dentist that you have diabetes. They need to be aware if you have been having any hypoglycemic episodes before any type of surgery. Due to the possible slow healing factor caused by high glucose, oral surgery must be planned very carefully. You should plan any surgery around your blood sugar levels. The best way to do this is to make morning appointments. There are ways to help reduce your chances of developing oral conditions when you have diabetes. Do not hesitate to talk to your dentist about how your diabetes affects your oral health.

Tips To Reduce Your Chances of Oral Conditions

-Check your blood sugar level regularly

-Maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine

-Drink plenty of water

-Avoid Smoking

-If you have dentures, clean them everyday

-Floss and brush your teeth twice a day, use a soft toothbrush

-See your dentist for regular check-ups and make morning appointments

At Advanced DDS, we want to make sure you and your family are aware of all possible oral conditions that may occur when you have diabetes. You should know why they happen and how you can help resolve them. We want to keep you and your teeth healthy and clean. Call us today at 516-825-1100 to reserve your dental care appointment. Advanced DDS is proud to serve the surrounding cities: Mineola, Hempstead, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Uniondale, New Hyde Park, Westbury, North New Hyde Park, Roosevelt, North Merrick, Roslyn, Carle Place, Williston Park, Old Westbury, Albertson, East Meadow, Garden City Park, Floral Park, East Garden City and many more.

 

 

References

  1. Preshaw, P. M. et al. “Periodontitis and Diabetes: A Two-Way Relationship.”Diabetologia55.1 (2012): 21–31. PMC. Web. 26 Jan. 2017.

 

 

 

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How to Keep Your Teeth White

Valentine’s day is here and love is in the air. Are you one of many people preparing for your date? According to a study conducted by Match.com, 60% of men and 71% of women rated teeth as being the number one thing they look for in a potential date. At Advanced DDS, we want to help you keep your teeth white.

How To Keep Your Teeth White

There are a few reasons why your teeth may turn yellow. Most of these cases are caused by weakened enamel. Proper oral hygiene is key to maintaining whiter teeth. Be sure to brush twice and floss at least once a day during your daily oral hygiene routine. Poor oral hygiene can cause surface stains and bacteria to build up leading to cavities, which can also discolor teeth.

Possible Causes of Discoloration On Your Teeth

Stained teeth may be caused by certain substances we take in. Here are three common substances that may stain your teeth:

  1. Drinks with a strong colored pigment can stain your teeth such as coffee, black tea, and red wine.
  2. Tar from tobacco can stain your teeth black. When nicotine is mixed with oxygen it turns yellow.
  3. Types of medication such as antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medication can cause discoloration.

Trauma to the mouth, such as a sports injury, can cause your teeth to yellow due to the increase in dentin to protect your teeth. Use a mouth guard when you are playing a contact sport or doing anything potentially dangerous that will harm your teeth.

Age is also a reason for discoloration of your teeth. As we age our tooth enamel thins and our yellow dentin underneath becomes more prominent. While proper oral hygiene is the best prevention, there are ways to give your teeth a whiter appearance.

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Oral Habits: The good habits, the bad habits, the ugly habits

Everyone has habits that they do everyday, whether it is twirling their hair, cracking their joints, biting their nails, not getting enough sleep, being a shopaholic or swearing too often. Here are some bad oral habits that may be harmful to your teeth:

Chewing Hard Items and Using Your Teeth As Tools

Make sure you do not use your teeth as tools by staying away from popcorn kernels, fruit seeds, pencils and your nails. When you chew these things, it can lead to chipped teeth or an impacted jaw. By chewing hard items you put undue stress on your teeth which can cause microscopic cracks in them. Over time, these cracks can lead to a chipped tooth or a more serious problem. Chewing ice cubes is also bad for your teeth; cold temperatures can cause teeth to fracture.  To help prevent the fracturing of your teeth chew crushed ice or baby carrots if you really need that crunch. Biting your nails is also harmful to your teeth. To help prevent yourself from biting your nails you can try using bitter tasting nail polish, holding something to prevent your fingers from going into your mouth, or stress reduction techniques. Make sure you do not open bags, rip off tags, or open bottles with your teeth. Actions such as these can also weaken teeth or cause them to chip or fracture. To prevent temptation of this, try keeping scissors or pliers handy to avoid using your teeth.

Grinding Your Teeth

A bad oral habit people tend to do when stressed is they grind their teeth (also known as bruxism). Grinding your teeth wears down the enamel which can lead to sensitive and painful teeth. It also puts a strain on your jaw muscles. If stress is the cause of your problem, you could try exercising or going to counseling to destress. Caffeine and alcohol are correlated with grinding teeth, cutting back those type of drinks may help. If you catch yourself grinding your teeth, put your tongue in-between your teeth to help discourage it. If you can’t control your grinding, go to your dentist and ask about day and night guards.

Constant Snacking

By constantly snacking on food you are increasing your chances of developing cavities. When you eat food, the leftover food particles are eaten by bacteria and produce acids. These acids attack the enamel and break it down which can lead to cavities. To help this habit try eating a more balanced meal so you will not feel as hungry later, and if you snack, try eating snacks that are low/free of fat and sugar. Another helpful thing to do is to drink water and chew sugar free gum after your meals to help dislodge any leftover food particles.

Poor Oral Hygiene

If you are not brushing, flossing, or rinsing properly, you are increasing your chances of getting cavities and/or gingivitis. You must make sure you are brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, flossing once a day, and using antiseptic mouth-washes. Make sure to check out the ADA suggested guidelines for brushing and flossing. Another thing you should do is make sure you are not using a hard bristled toothbrush. You may think using a hard bristled brush and using pressure is good for your teeth. In fact, it’s the opposite. As you get older, your gums are pushed back and the roots are more exposed. This can lead to an increase in sensitivity. A firmer brush can irritate the gums and lead to sensitive teeth. Therefore, try switching to a soft bristled brush. At Advanced DDS, we realize there are many bad oral habits that can harm your teeth, but we want to remind you that there are good habits you can pick up to help with your oral hygiene.

Healthy Oral Habits

Having healthy oral habits is important, some habits you may be familiar with such as: brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, flossing once a day, and using antiseptic mouthwash. Did you know that brushing your teeth right after a meal is not the best thing to do? Certain foods you eat weaken tooth enamel and by brushing your teeth right after eating them will cause damage to your teeth. The best thing to do is to drink water and wait 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth. Another good habit to keep in mind is chewing sugar free gum after eating or drinking water, it can help lower the chance of getting cavities. Also, remember eating healthy is not only good for you, but it is also good for your teeth. Making a habit of seeing your dentist at least twice a year and will help you prevent or catch oral problems before they happen.

At Advanced DDS, we want to make sure you and your family are keeping healthy habits and lessening your bad oral habits. We want to make sure your teeth are healthy, clean, and producing a beautiful smile. Call us today at 516-825-1100 and reserve your dental care appointment. Advanced DDS is proud to serve the surrounding cities: Mineola, Hempstead, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Uniondale, New Hyde Park, Westbury, North New Hyde Park, Roosevelt, North Merrick, Roslyn, Carle Place, Williston Park, Old Westbury, Albertson, East Meadow, Garden City Park, Floral Park, East Garden City and many more.

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How To Find The Right Dentist For You

Oral health is an important part of your life, even if you do not realize it. Poor oral health can lead to difficulty eating, improper speech, unconfident smiles and it can affect your overall health. One of the best ways to prevent oral health problems is by visiting your dentist frequently. Do you currently have a dentist? If not, here are some areas you should consider when choosing the right dentist for you. Is convenience, comfort, safety, and quality of care important to you? It’s our mission at Advanced DDS to provide our patients with the safest, comfortable, convenient and best dental care possible. We pride ourselves in having the most up to date technology and technique in order to provide our patients with the highest ability of care.

Are You Constantly Busy? Is Time Extremely Valuable?

It is hard enough finding time to get simple chores done, let alone finding time to go to the dentist. Your time is valuable to us and that is why Advanced DDS is open 6 days a week with evening hours available. Sometimes going to the dentist can take multiple trips, even up to four visits. For those four days you may have to take off from work or pay a babysitter, even cancel an important meeting. We offer our patients same-day dentistry with our in office dental lab, we can digitally scan and make dental restorations in one to fewer visits.

Are You Worried That Dental Instruments Are Not Properly Cleaned?

Your safety is our number one priority. Our one of a kind sterilization center will put your mind at ease. All dental instruments are sanitized right after being used. It’s placed in our HYDRIM also known as a powerful washer. Then the dental instruments are wrapped and labeled. It’s then placed in the autoclave which is heated up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring they are completed sterilized. All our treatment rooms are filtered with our a Vistaclear water filtration system which kills 99.9999% of bacteria, microbes and chemicals to reduce any chance of infection. Our  green CT has 60% less radiation than other CT scanners.

Would You Like To Be Pampered During Your Dental Visit?

We know that going to the dentist can be an uncomfortable experience, plenty of people have had bad experiences or developed a phobia of the dentist. To help those of you who have dental phobia, we offer IV sedation and nitrous oxide analgesia. To provide you the greatest comfort, our dental spa is available. Our dental chairs offer back massages and our smart TV is available for you to catch up on Netflix shows or listen to Pandora. Complementary paraffin hand wax is available during your visit. We have eliminated the messy impression materials, we use a 3D scanner to scan your teeth within minutes. The 3D scanner allows for a more accurate result, allowing for better aesthetics and feel

One of the biggest things you should be asking yourself when going to the dentist, is if you are being presented the best treatment plan for you. As an out of network provider, Advanced DDS is not restricted by insurance companies. We provide you with what you need and not what we are told you can have from insurance companies. At Advanced DDS, the quality of your dental care we provide you with is extremely important to us. We are here to prevent future dental problems and address current ones to protect the longevity and health of your smile. Let’s work together to protect you and your family’s oral health. Call today 516-825-1100 and reserve your dental care appointment. Advanced DDS is proud to serve the surrounding cities: Mineola, Hempstead, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Uniondale, New Hyde Park, Westbury, North New Hyde Park, Roosevelt, North Merrick, Roslyn, Carl Place, Willison Park, Old Westbury, Albertson, East Meadow, Garden City Park, Floral Park, East Garden City and many more.

Your Guide to Teeth Grinding

Do you constantly wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches? Has this been happening for a while and you are not sure why? The answer can simply be a problem with your teeth. Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a problem that 30 to 40 million Americans suffer from. Many of these Americans do not even realize they grind their teeth because it usually happens while they’re asleep. Grinding can put about 250 lbs of pressure against your teeth and having them rub against each other at that intensity can do some serious damage. Grinding is terrible for both your jaw and teeth. Grinding your teeth can cause your teeth to be more sensitive or painful and they might crack or become loose. Grinding can lead to loss of tooth enamel or cause gums to recede, which can lead to cavities and gingivitis. Teeth grinding can also weaken the temporomandibular joint causing wear and tear of the joint, which leads to tightness in the area, earaches, and headaches. If you realize you are grinding your teeth, you can get a night guard to help prevent this.

Symptoms of Grinding Your Teeth at Night

  • A dull headache when you wake up
  • A sore jaw
  • Facial pain
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Earaches
  • Fatigue after sleeping
  • Roommate complaining about a squeaking noise at night

Reasons for Teeth Grinding

  • Abnormal bite
  • Misaligned Jaw
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Certain medications

How to Prevent Teeth Grinding

The best way to prevent you from grinding your teeth at night is to use a night guard. Night guards protect the surfaces of your teeth by preventing them from touching each other. They also protect the joint from grinding down by providing your jaw with a cushion. At Advanced DDS, mouth guards are made in our office for your convenience and allows fewer visits. To create your custom fitted night guard, we use our 3D scanner instead of the messy impression material for better accuracy and comfort.

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Other Ways to Prevent Teeth Grinding

A lot of teeth grinding is caused from stress and anxiety. People tend to clench and grind their teeth when they are feeling stressed. This type of grinding also happens while you sleep. A good way of preventing this is to meditate or try deep breathing before bed; yoga can help as well. If you notice yourself clenching your teeth during the day, train yourself to stop that habit and it can help prevent grinding as you sleep. If you’re concerned that your teeth grinding might be associated with a sleep disorder, you should go to a specialist to find out.

At Advanced DDS, the quality of your dental care is extremely important to us. We want prevent future concerns or address any current concerns to increase the longevity and health of their teeth.  We pride ourselves on our convenience, comfortability, and accuracy of our practice methods.  Let’s work together to protect you and your family’s oral health. Call today 516-825-1100 and reserve your dental care appointment. Advanced DDS is proud to serve the surrounding cities: Mineola, Hempstead, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Uniondale, New Hyde Park, Westbury, North New Hyde Park, Roosevelt, North Merrick, Roslyn, Carl Place, Willison Park, Old Westbury, Albertson, East Meadow, Garden City Park, Floral Park, East Garden City and more…

Guide to Teeth Grinding

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