Now that Thanksgiving smells fill the air, oven-roasted turkeys star in the show. Around the country, people will set their sights on devouring a hearty holiday feast filled with vegetables, sugary treats, and starchy side dishes. Thanksgiving can present a difficult challenge for teeth. When thinking about eating a holiday turkey, the thought might arise of how turkeys chew. In fact, turkeys use their entire digestive system to help them break down and chew food. The Corona dentists from Dental Associates of Corona discuss how turkeys chew without teeth.
The way turkeys chew involves a couple components of the avian digestive system. First, turkeys use their saliva to efficiently break down food. Humans also use saliva, but do not break down food with same efficiency. Then, the turkeys use their strong stomach acids to continue to break down their food. Sadly, humans still require their teeth to chew, but studies show that over 50% of people will suffer from adult tooth loss at some point. Losing a tooth could signal the presence of gum disease.
As the holidays continue in full swing, more people will begin preparing their holiday feasts. No table should go without a holiday fowl cooked to perfection. Thanksgiving provides families with togetherness, joy, and an opportunity to share in a glass of red wine. As families gather this time of year, the dentists from Riverside Dental Group thought they would develop a short true/false quiz to inform and educate and about tooth stains during the holidays.
Everyone seems to have a friend of a friend who underwent a particularly painful and lingering root canal procedure. Unfortunately, the fearsome reputation of a root canal, or “root canal therapy” as dental professionals call it, is largely undeserved. Root canal therapy is performed under a local anesthetic and will restore the health of your mouth while saving the structure of the affected tooth. If you feel nervous or frightened, your dentist can even offer gentle sedation options. Your Temecula dentists at Oasis Family Dental want to discuss root canal therapy to help patients feel better informed and dispel common misconceptions about this necessary procedure. (more…)
This time of year, many people face an increase in the amount of stress and anxiety they must endure. The holidays generally serve as a time for togetherness, joy, and tranquility. So, why do people experience increased stress levels? Perhaps stained teeth result in stress for people. Feeling inhibited about smiling can negatively impact a person’s mood. Additionally, pitching a beautiful smile with confidence can convey high self-esteem and wellbeing. The Temecula dentists from The Oasis Family Dental discuss how to brighten your smile and your outlook this holiday season.
Holiday Teeth Staining
One common problem that people run into this time of year involves stained teeth. Many people consume coffee on a regular basis, smoke, and indulge in darkly pigmented sodas and other food products like soy sauce. Over the course of the year, these products can leave teeth stained, discolored, or yellowed. Other holiday favorites like red wine can certainly lead to tooth stains. One quick way to fight red wine tooth stains: eat cheese before indulging.
As the holidays approach with increasing quickness, more and more people begin to plan their holiday feasts. Nearly every table throughout Riverside and the rest of the country will feature a holiday turkey or goose. In addition to the holiday fowl, a variety of starches, vegetables, and sweet treat will likely end up on plates everywhere. The dentists from Dental Associates of Riverside discuss how to keep teeth healthy and bright during the holiday season.
Recent studies indicate that compounds found inside cranberries can potentially limit tooth decay. The compounds inhibit the ability of harmful bacteria to cling to the surface of teeth known as tooth enamel. When bacteria receive a dose of sugars or carbohydrates, they launch an all-out assault on tooth enamel. These assaults are commonly referred to as acid attacks. Someday, scientists hope to incorporate these compounds into toothpaste, throat lozenges, and sugar-free gum.
A first date can overwhelm the senses. People’s nerves often run out of control and cause all sorts of stress and anxiety. That perfect meal in a restaurant could take a turn for the worst if dental problems emerge for patients. The dentists from Dental Associates of Moreno Valley discuss how to keep your mouth kissable.
Brush Every Day
Although it sounds simple, twice-daily brushing can serve patients well in terms of dating and kissing. Brushing aids in promoting a healthy mouth and can fight plaque development. Harmful bacteria use plaque as a hideout. Bacteria feed on sugars and carbohydrates to attack tooth enamel and cause bad breath. Effective brushing should last for at least two minutes per session. We recommend that you use a toothpaste and toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association.
As the year starts winding down and the holiday approach, an influx of stress can hit people. Many people simply accept that the holidays represent a time of year filled with stress. Patients need to actively focus on limiting their stress because the signs of anxiety could become present in the mouth of patients. The dentists from Dental Associates of Corona discuss how stress appears in the mouth.
Exercise remains one of the best ways to relieve stress and promote better overall health. Exercise can benefit oral health as well. Studies show that people with higher stress levels typically possess diminished capabilities to fight disease and infections. Unfortunately, stress can also lead to gum disease. All of these symptoms and issues connect. Instead of succumbing to holiday stress this season, make an active attempt to go to the gym or exercise around your house. Twenty minutes of daily exercise can dramatically diminish stress.