Posts for: January, 2017
Do you have a big event coming up? Wedding, class reunion, award ceremony, first date, or party? Or do you want to just freshen up your look and boost your confidence a bit? Do you want to turn heads with a pearly white and sparkling smile? Fortunately, there are all different types of whitening options that offer very noticeable results in a short amount of time.
There are multiple reasons why our teeth lose their luster. Discoloration and a lackluster appearance can be the result of genetics, age, certain foods and beverages, and or smoking. Fret not though, regardless of the reason, Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness has a solution that is right for you. We have an in-office option, a take-home treatment, a touch up kit, and even help for sensitive teeth.
Philips Zoom Professional Whitening: At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness we offer three different options for teeth whitening.
•Zoom WhiteSpeed is an in-office whitening procedure that uses advanced blue LED technology to whiten your teeth up to eight shades lighter in just 45 minutes. In just one office visit, you will experience dramatic results.
•Zoom DayWhite is an at-home whitening treatment. The user will wear the trays for fifteen minutes a day for two weeks. There is also a formula for sensitive teeth. You won’t be disappointed with your new healthy white smile
•Zoom Whitening Pen: This is an excellent product for touch-ups. Simply twist the end of the pen and paint on the whitening formula directly onto teeth.
On of our favorite products for everyday use is the Sonicare toothbrush. The Sonicare electric toothbrush is a highly recommended and researched backed product that is one of the best ways to keep stains off of your teeth and from yellowing your smile. This is a toothbrush that the Parker Dentistry team completely endorses and believes should be a part of everyone’s oral hygiene routine. This toothbrush removes 10 times more plaque than a manual toothbrush, improves gum health in only two weeks, and helps keep your smile bright.
The combination of eating foods that are beneficial to your oral health, consuming sufficient amounts of water, brushing and flossing at least twice daily, coming in for bi-annual teeth cleanings, and using one of the above whitening treatments, will help to keep your smile bright and radiant all year long. Talk to any of our hygienists or doctors at your next visit to discuss which whitening option is best for you.
As we always say, “a smile makes a face, a face makes a smile!”
It can’t be stressed enough that diet and nutrition are a key contenders in the present and future states of our bodies. Health and nutrition go hand and hand. Last week, we discussed how there are certain foods (along with water) that can help maintain and even improve your oral health. The same can be said on the opposite side. There are foods and beverages that pose a threat to the quality and health of your teeth and gums. It is not to say that you can never consume any of the items that we place on this list (everything in moderation), but it would be wise to avoid, as often as possible, the following food and drinks; not only for the sake of your oral health, but also your overall health.
According to the American Dental Association, the following foods and drinks are on the top of the list because they either contain a high amount of sugar or they put you at risk for a dental emergency, like chipping or breaking; or they are both.
- Hard Candies: Not only are hard candies almost entirely made of sugar, they are also, well, hard. A constant barrage of sugar puts you at a higher risk for cavities. Chewing or clinking around something hard in your mouth can accidently cause a chip or break in a tooth. There are actually zero benefits to eating hard candies. However, if this is something that you love, try a sugar-free version.
- Sticky Food (like dried fruit): While pleasing to the palate, sticky dried fruit is actually terrible for your teeth. Not only are they high in sugar, but also due to the sticky nature of these snacks, they tend to stick to your teeth more and for longer than other types of food, like fresh fruit. If you must indulge, be sure to brush and floss your teeth after you are done enjoying your sticky snack.
- Citrus (too much of it): Citrus is highly acidic, which overtime can make your teeth more susceptible to decay. Citrus and citrus juice, in above average amounts can also irritate your mouth and cause sores. While citrus does have beneficial properties, such as vitamin C, be careful of how much you consume.
- Ice: Break your ice chewing habit! While it is made of water and contains no sugar, regularly chewing ice puts you at risk for a dental emergency. A prolonged ice chewing habit also causes teeth enamel to wear down over time.
- Coffee: Drinking too much coffee on a regular basis can be harmful to your teeth. What makes coffee unhealthy is the fact that most people add sugar or other sweeteners. Coffee is also acidic. Overtime, it can also cause your teeth to brown or yellow. The key is moderation and drinking plenty of water alongside of your coffee intake. Make sure to also brush your teeth after drinking coffee to reduce stains on your teeth.
- Soda and Sports Drinks: Just say no. Both sodas and sports drinks contain inordinately high levels of sugar. Excessive sugar consumption can lead to cavities, tooth decay, plague build-up, and enamel destruction. These beverages are also quite terrible for your overall health. If you must, try and make it an infrequent occasion.
We have control over what we put into our bodies. Remember, you are what you eat (and drink). If you want to feel good, look good, have energy, and show the world your beautiful smile, start with your diet. You might be surprised how much better you feel and perform when you are putting the right things into your body. One of the best changes you can make is to cut down on your sugar intake. Take care of you this year!
For over a century now, health providers have depended on blood and urine samples to diagnose many forms of disease. Very soon, though, we may routinely use a different bodily fluid that's easier and cheaper to collect: saliva.
Secreted by six hundred or more glands in the mouth, saliva performs a number of important functions for digestion and overall oral health. Saliva lubricates the mouth to make food easier to swallow. Its enzymes begin the digestion process breaking down food even before we swallow. It also helps wash out food particles that could build up as plaque on the teeth and harbor disease-causing bacteria.
In terms of dental health, its greatest role is as a neutralizer of food acid. It's natural after we eat for the acid levels in the mouth to rise above normal. If acid remains in contact with enamel for an extended period of time it can soften the enamel's minerals and make it easier for them to erode. Within thirty minutes to an hour after eating, saliva neutralizes acid and restores the mouth's normal pH level. Saliva also contains calcium and phosphate materials, which helps restore some of the minerals the enamel may have lost from the acid contact.
But we're discovering saliva can do even more: we can now use it as an indicator for certain conditions in the body. Like blood or urine, saliva contains molecules that can serve as biological markers for different types of disease. By employing devices calibrated to detect these markers, we can use saliva to uncover cancer, diabetes or other systemic conditions.
As these particular devices are manufactured and become more available, the use of saliva for disease diagnosis will rise. In the future, you may not need a trip to the bathroom or wince at a needle stick — a swab of your saliva will do!
If you would like more information on saliva's role in your health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Saliva: How it is Used to Diagnose Disease.”
Did you know that what you eat and drink plays a considerable role in the health of your gums and teeth? Did you also know that there are foods that actually help promote good oral health?
There is great validity to the expression “you are what you eat.” Your diet can make or break you in terms of your overall health and wellness. Our bodies need certain nutrients in order to function properly. Think of your body as a car, if you run out of fuel, don’t put the correct type of fuel in, or fail to regularly take it in for check-ups and oil changes, it will not run or it will not run very well. Our organs and systems are complex, yet what they require to perform is quite simple.
So, what do your teeth and gums need?
According to the American Dental Association, the following foods and drinks are good for your dental health.
- Water-fluoridated water helps to fight acids that can cause cavities
- Dairy-calcium rich foods help to strength teeth
- Lean Protein-fish, chicken, meat, and eggs contain valuable proteins that keep your teeth strong
- Fruits and Vegetables-chewing stimulates salvia production, which helps wash away acids and food particles from your teeth
- Nuts- contain important minerals that are not only good for your teeth, but your overall health too
There is one more addition to your diet that can have a positive impact on your dental health, Juice Plus+. There have been more than 30 published clinical studies that have shown some of the amazing effects of incorporating Juice Plus+ into your daily routine. Research has shown that Juice Plus+ improves health heart, skin health, and circulation. It also significantly reduces free radicals, increases antioxidants in your body, helps to repair and protect DNA, reduces inflammation, and improves athletic recovery and performance. Juice Plus+ also improves gum and teeth health. Patients who have made Juice Plus+ part of their daily routine have experienced less sensitivity, less bleeding, and pinker, healthier looking gums. The entire Parker family has been taking Juice Plus+ for well over a decade.
Oftentimes, what you do health and diet wise for one part of your body will have a positive impact on multiple other parts of your body. We have this one body and this one life…treat it well! Small changes can make a big difference.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” World Health Organization
We don’t realize how out of shape we are until we try and do something active. We don’t realize how inflexible we are until we try and touch our toes. We don’t realize how important our health is until it’s gone. It is far easier to be proactive about our overall health than to try and regain our health once it has dissipated. Unfortunately, there are things that are beyond our control, but on the flip side, there are a lot of things that we do have control over. It is never too late to take back control.
We can control what we eat. We can control what we drink. We can control how much we exercise. We can control how much we sleep. We can control the people with whom we surround ourselves. We can control the amount of time we dedicate to our passions. We can control our happiness.
We are responsible for our own bodies, our own minds, and our own lives. The first step to taking back control is making the decision to do so. Decide that this year is going to be the year that you start moving, start stretching, start eating clean, fresh, and locally; decide that this year is the year that you treat your body the way you want it to treat you. Don’t accept mediocrity.
Buddha once wisely said that, “every human is the author of his own health or disease.” We are what we eat, we become what we think, and we can make the choice to live strong and well or exist on a threshold of just getting by. One small change can make one huge difference. And a bunch of small changes can literally change your life.
Take the journey with us this year. Throughout this year, the Parker Wellness blog will be sharing a lot of great information regarding health and nutrition, motivational and inspirational pieces to help keep you on your path to wellness and happiness, and also what’s going on in our dentistry practice that is relevant to helping you achieve your healthiest and best smile yet. Make this year about you. The world and the people around you need the best version of you!