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Mission Trip Honduras

Mission Trip – Honduras

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Next Monday, Sarah Kelly, one of our beloved hygienists will be traveling to Honduras for a dental mission trip. She will be leaving the comfort and familiarity of home and family to serve in a foreign country. A country where many of the people live in poor conditions and do not have access to regular dental care. Even though she will leaving many comforts behind, she is thrilled to be heading out to serve others and serve God. Sarah, whose experience in the foreign mission stretches over the years, told us: "My heart is sold out to foreign missions! I was very blessed to grow up in a church that also had that burning desire! I have been on many trips and I am excited to be able to say that I am going back to Honduras for the second time! While in Honduras,...
Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

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Why do we have wisdom teeth? Although formally known as 'third molars', we know them as wisdom teeth. They are called that because they appear much later than the other teeth, at an age where people are presumably "wiser" than as a child, when the other teeth come in. It is thought that wisdom teeth used to help us in grinding down plant tissue when the skulls of human ancestors had larger jaws with more teeth. As human diets changed, smaller jaws gradually evolved, yet the third molars, or "wisdom teeth", still commonly develop in human mouths. The wisdom teeth are the last to come through, at the back of the jaw.  They usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25 but can sometimes appear many years later. Today many people have a jaw that is too small for...
Tobacco and oral health

Tobacco and Oral Health

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By now, we all know that smoking and tobacco use are bad for your overall health. It can cause just as much trouble for your mouth, gums and teeth as it does your other parts of your body. Short Term Effects Stained Teeth - Tobacco juices seep into the porous outer enamel of your teeth creating stains that are difficult to remove without extensive treatments Inflamed and bleeding gums - Tobacco use reduces blood flow to the gums which can cause the tissue to become distressed and more susceptible to the plaque forming bacterias in the mouth. Compromised gums are more likely to become inflamed and bleed especially when brushing and flossing. Gum disease - Unless measures are taken to counter inflamed and bleeding gums, conditions can worsen to the point of having...
Jaw Pain

Jaw Problems, Headaches and Dental Malocclusions

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Do you have persistent mouth or jaw aches? What about headaches? If you are constantly suffering from pain in the neck, jaw or head it may be time to talk to your dentist. You could be suffering from a 'dental malocclusion' or misalignment of your teeth or jaw. Many people suffer from some kind of imperfect occlusion. Most of us unconsciously adjust the way we hold our mouths and the way we bite and chew. This may work in the short term but over time it will only exacerbate the problem as those muscles and bones will wear out become damaged. How can you tell if you are suffering from a malocclusion? Some symptoms might include flattened or worn teeth, broken teeth, fillings and crowns, loose teeth, sensitive teeth or toothache with no evidence of a cavity. Most...
Healthy Foods

Foods That May Benefit Dental Health

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We all know what to avoid when it comes to food and our dental health. What about foods that may benefit our teeth? Ideally, you want to focus on foods that are high in calcium and phosphorous which play a critical role in protecting and rebuilding tooth enamel. The most obvious of foods high in calcium would be dairy products. This doesn't mean we should eat ice cream every day! Low fat versions of cheese, plain yogurt, calcium-fortified tofu, leafy greens and almonds are all great places to start due to their high calcium and other nutrient content. Phosphorous can be found in high-protein foods like lean meats, poultry, fish, skim milk and eggs. What about fruits and vegetables? Great question! Of course we want to eat more fresh fruits and veggies. They...
Harmful Foods

Foods That May Harm Dental Health

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We all love them. Sweets, candies, cakes, muffins, cookies, chips and all other kinds of snack foods. Crunchy. Chewy. Sweet. Salty. Just reading these words makes my mouth water and ready for a treat. Unfortunately, these tasty treats don't just have empty calories, they are a cause for concern when it comes to your dental health. Many of these foods contain the sugars and starches that bacteria love to eat. After eating they 'process' the sugars, leaving acids on the teeth, leading to tooth decay. We can't just point our finger at snack foods, however. Drinks that contain sugar need to be evaluated as well. Sodas, lemonade, fruit juice, sweetened coffee and tea are all much more potentially harmful. When you take sips of your favorite sweetened beverage, you...
Diet and Tooth Decay

Diet and Tooth Decay

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The foods you eat and the beverages you drink can have a direct influence on the incidence and progression of tooth decay, depending a number of factors. Is it liquid, solid, sticky or slow to dissolve? Frequency at which you consume sugary foods and drinks. Frequency at which you consume acidic foods and drinks. Nutritional makeup of the food you eat. Medical conditions like acid reflux or eating disorders which can increase your risk for cavities or weaken teeth. The natural forming bacteria in your mouth use carbohydrates (sugars and starches) for food. As they eat, they turn these in to acids. Bacteria, acid, food particles and your saliva combine to form plaque. Acids in plaque dissolve your tooth enamel to create cavities. When you reduce your consumption...
Snacking

Snacking and Dental Health

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For the best dental health, we recommended that you limit eating and drinking between meals. Of course, sometimes eating between meals must happen. Unfortunately, most people choose foods like sweets and chips for snacks; foods that harm teeth by promoting tooth decay. If you do snack, try making nutritious choices such as low-fat cheeses, yogurt, fresh fruit, vegetables or nuts. This is not just for your dental health as it will have a positive effect for your overall health as well. When you look and feel better, you smile more and we always want to see you smile! Did you know that certain foods can put you at risk for cavities and other oral health problems? Avoid candies, especially hard candies as they are full of sugar and can trigger a dental emergency...
Dental Health

Nutrition and Dental Health

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For the next few weeks we'll be taking a look at how nutrition plays an important role in your dental health. While we all know about the negative effects of sugar on our teeth, and a balanced, nutritious diet is essential to healthy living. But did you know that eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease, too? You may eat with your eyes first, but your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing—the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your...
Dental Sealants

Preventing Tooth Decay With Sealants

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Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often. Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food. Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier,...