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Foods That Can Help or Hurt Your Bright Smile

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on August 20, 2015 , Comments Off on Foods That Can Help or Hurt Your Bright Smile

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A smile is often our greatest asset. It can open doors to new relationships or brighten someone’s day. That is why taking care of your smile should be a top priority. The foods we eat can often have a direct impact on our bright smiles. Below are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to taking care of those precious pearly whites.

Foods to Avoid

Sugary Drinks: When bacteria in the mouth break down simple sugars, they produce acids. These can erode tooth enamel, creating pits where cavities can form. Sugary drinks, including soft drinks and fruit drinks, consist almost entirely of simple sugars.

Candy and Highly Sweetened Snacks: Similar to sugary drinks, candy and highly sweetened snacks are loaded with sugar causing acid and tooth decay when the bacteria in the mouth tries to break down the sugar. Sticky and gummy candies pose the biggest threat, since they adhere to teeth, making it hard for saliva to wash them away.

Some Starchy Foods: Foods such as bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes raise acid levels and in turn erodes tooth enamel.

Sugary Breakfast Cereals: Along the same line of sugary drinks and candy, these yummy cereals produce acid causing erosion of tooth enamel. The combination of starch and sugar is more likely to get stuck in plaque between teeth.

Coffee, Tea, and Red Wine: These beverages are known to cause stubborn stains to your pearly whites. Since these beverages are often sipped and enjoyed, the acids remain in the mouth longer and cause more acid build up.

 

Foods to Choose

Water: Plain and simple. Water is the best thirst quencher and removes those harmful acids.

Sugar-Free Drinks: Craving something sweet? This is a good alternative to water, in moderation. These drinks still wash away harmful acids and reduce the risk of cavities. However, these drinks may still result in a trip to your dentist down the road.

Sugar-Free Chewing Gum: Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva, which helps neutralize acids in the mouth, protecting tooth enamel. The flow of saliva also washes food out of the mouth, limiting the amount of time it is in contact with teeth.

Citrus Fruit: Citrus fruit, although acidic, increases saliva flow and actually protects tooth enamel.

Cheese and Milk: This is the ultimate soldier in pearly white defense, and is a dentist favorite. Cheese and milk help protect your teeth in several ways. “First, they encourage saliva production, which neutralizes acids in the mouth. The protein, calcium and phosphorous in cheese and milk also buffer acids, protecting enamel from erosion. Studies suggest that cheese and milk may even help strengthen the protective minerals in teeth surfaces”.

Cocoa: Chocolate not only does tastes great, but it is actually good for your teeth. Substances found within this amazing dessert decrease inflammation and help protect against erosion and decay.

We at Rogers Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork hope this article was informative to you and your beautiful smile. We would also like to remind you to schedule an appointment with our friendly staff to help you keep your greatest asset alive and sparkling! If you have any further questions on obtaining a whiter smile or any other dentistry needs, please feel free to give us a call.

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The Root of Wisdom Tooth Myths

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on July 17, 2015 , Comments Off on The Root of Wisdom Tooth Myths

Most of us have to get a tooth taken out at one time or another. In fact, for a lot of people, getting your wisdom teeth taken out in the late teens or early adulthood is almost like a rite of passage. It’s an inconvenience, it’s painful, and it can put you out of action for more than a week, but it’s something we all have to go through so it’s not usually the end of the world.

Still, though, just because it’s something almost everyone goes through doesn’t mean that it’s not still a scary experience— especially when you consider all the myths and horror stories you hear from friends and from down the grapevine. But that’s the purpose of this blog, to sort out the truth from the fictions.

First there is the dreaded dry socket. I remember being scared stiff before getting my wisdom teeth out when I heard about this painful phenomenon. It seemed like adding insult to injury, after going through involved tooth extraction surgery, to have to worry about painful and mysterious after effects. In truth dry sockets only occur after two to five percent of all patients after a tooth extraction. So that should put most of us at ease.

When a tooth is removed, the socket is the hole left in the bone where the tooth used to be. A blood clot forms in the socket to protect it from infections and interference. When that clot becomes dislodged, the socket is exposed to food, air, and fluids. This can cause intense pain lasting for five or six days. The name “dry socket” comes from the appearance of the socket in the absence of the blood clot.

So yes, dry sockets are painful and scary, but they seldom occur. If you follow the instructions of your dentist and oral surgeon after surgery you should be just fine. If you want to be extra sure not to get a dry socket, then after the surgery you especially want to avoid smoking, but also avoid drinking through a straw and taking medications with a blood thinning effect.

We at Rogers Dentistry are happy to serve Spanish Fork and the surrounding area. We hope that this article has been interesting and informative. If you have any further questions about wisdom tooth removal in particular, or dental care in general, don’t hesitate to give our Spanish Fork dentist a call.

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The Big “G” and You: Gingivitis Facts

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on April 28, 2015 , Comments Off on The Big “G” and You: Gingivitis Facts

A lot of people have gingivitis, many of you reading this may have gingivitis or some other periodontal disease without even knowing— a pleasant thought, right? Gingivitis is very common, so common in fact, that the CDC estimates almost 50% of the adult population suffers from a form of periodontal disease.

So, gingivitis is kind of a scary word. But how serious is it? Is It dangerous? Is it Latin or something? If it is, then why do we insist on using a dead language to formulate medical terminology? It’s time to put those fears at ease and shed some light on what can seem like needlessly obfuscatory language. First, to answer your most pressing question— Gingivitis is Latin. Sort of, it comes from the Latin word gingiva, meaning gums, and the Latin/Greek suffix -itis, which indicates disease.

Okay, now that the lesson in etymology is over, let’s get to your real questions. Periodontal disease is not usually very serious and thus can go unnoticed and untreated for a long time. Gingivitis shows itself in a swelling and redness of the gums, especially around the line where your gums meet your teeth, this is where gingivitis starts to grow. So because gingivitis is common and rarely requires urgent treatment, the best way to prevent it is (you guessed it!) the regular oral hygiene regiment recommended to you by your dentist. That means proper brushing and flossing.

Gingivitis occurs when bacteria gets under your gum line and forms plaque. If the plaque is allowed to accumulate over several days, usually by not brushing thoroughly and neglecting to floss, then it forms a calculus that eats away at the enamel protecting your teeth. In this way, gingivitis can contribute to tooth decay.

The truth about gingivitis is that, despite the intimidating name, it’s not very serious and it requires no magical treatments or cures; it just takes plain-old, boring hygiene. It’s also very common, there’s a good chance half the adult population of Spanish Fork has some form of periodontal disease.

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THE DAUNTING TOOTHPASTE AISLE! HOW TO CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE.

by JJ on February 18, 2015 , Comments Off on THE DAUNTING TOOTHPASTE AISLE! HOW TO CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE.

THE DAUNTING TOOTHPASTE AISLE! HOW TO CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE.

There are as many product claims as there are toothpastes in the toothpaste aisle. The right toothpaste can prevent gum pain, stained teeth, cavities and even more serious dental issues.

 

For tooth sensitivity –

Many people have sensitivity to hot and cold foods on their teeth.  This issue can occur due to serious dental issues such as civilities or infections, but is most likely caused by brushing to roughly.  Sensitive teeth may also be caused by extra sensitive gums or exposed roots, which aren’t necessarily signs of poor brushing or flossing habits.  “There are many toothpastes on the market designed to reduce pain due to sensitivity.  Opt for toothpastes containing a desensitizing ingredient like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate,” suggests Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS, Rogers Center for Dentistry.

For yellowing teeth –

Whitening toothpastes contain modified silicone abrasives designed to help improve the appearance of your teeth.  “The objective of whitening toothpaste is to polish teeth and help prevent stains but they aren’t meant to remove older discolorations, for those you will need to visit your dentist.”  Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS, Rogers Center for Dentistry.

For cavity prevention –

According to the ADA, plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that is continually forming on your teeth.  Plaque interacts with foods especially sugars to produce acids that eat away at enamel.  So how do we fight this evil foe?  Fluoride!  Fluoride coats teeth and protects them from cavity-causing acids. Most toothpaste contains fluoride so any product that features the ADA seal and claims to be “anti-cavity” will do the job.

For tartar buildup prevention –

No one likes the hardened yellow build up called Tarter.  Tartar, which dentists sometimes call “calculus,” comes from bacterial plaque that has hardened.  Once plaque has hardened, no matter how much you brush the tarter will only come off with a dental cleaning.  A tarter-fighting toothpaste can prevent the plaque from hardening. Dr. Rogers suggests looking for a toothpaste that contains the ingredients pyrophosphates or zinc citrate.

For the all-natural product –

Among the myriad of toothpastes on the aisle, you may find a few all-natural products.  “All-natural, herbal toothpastes can be just as effective as anti-microbial based pastes,” Ada Cooper, DDS, a New York-based dentist and spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA).

For denture wearers –

Dentures still need to be cleaned just like any other teeth.  A good toothpaste will work but effervescent tablets or solutions have been shown to clean more effectively than brushing.  Soaking dentures will help maintain a fresh, clean smile.

Dr Rogers does caution, “No toothpaste can make up for the lack of brushing and flossing.  Excellent hygiene and regular visits to your dentists for preventative cleanings will help you maintain a beautiful smile.”

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We will let you in on a little secret!

by JJ on February 12, 2015 , Comments Off on We will let you in on a little secret!

We will let you in on a little secret!

Excerpts from, 8 Secrets Dentists Wish All Their Patients Knew, by Lisa Mulcahy

 

  1. “Psst, We know when you’re lying about flossing.”
    Unfortunately your gums give you away. “I can tell if someone hasn’t been flossing. You can’t hide the inflammation that can be caused by skipping brushing and flossing — the margins of your gums will look red, and if I’m examining your teeth, your gums might even bleed when I touch them.” Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS., Rogers Center for Dentistry. The key is to floss once a day to keep gums healthy and to keep a beautiful smile.

 

  1. One tooth can lead to big trouble.
    “Once during a casual phone conversation, one of my friends said, ‘I broke my tooth — no big deal, right?’ I told him, ‘Call your dentist immediately!’ The truth is, neglecting any dental problem can have serious consequences for your health, however rare. Take my friend’s tooth: Even though the outside of it looked perfectly normal, untreated decay on the inside caused the shell of the tooth to break. Had the fracture also gone untreated, it could have infected the nerve of the tooth, which in some cases can spread infection throughout the body by way of the sinuses. It’s uncommon, but the risk is very real, so never leave an opportunity for infection to invade your body — including cavities. Get in to see your dentist ASAP. My friend did, his tooth was treated, and now he’s getting regular exams to prevent problems down the road.” — Alice Boghosian, DDS, consumer adviser for the American Dental Association

 

  1. Yes, it’s possible to over-whiten your teeth.
    With all the different ideas on how to whiten your teeth as well as the countless products and gadgets to help whiten your teeth, you may begin to wonder if it is possible to over-whiten your teeth. “Tooth enamel can be stripped away with the over use of at-home whitening strips, whitening toothpastes, and brushing with baking soda. Whitening under a dentist supervision will help you get the safest, whitest smile,” Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS., Rogers Center for Dentistry.  It is also possible to whitening your teeth naturally by avoiding stain causing foods and eating foods like strawberries and pineapple that are acidic in a cleansing way.

 

  1. Unhealthy teeth could affect how well you conceive.
    “A number of my friends have struggled with infertility, and they’re shocked when I explain that periodontitis, or gum disease, could be one of the things at fault. Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that can affect many parts of your body. Research shows that women who have periodontitis can take longer to conceive, and unfortunately, those who do get pregnant are at higher risk for giving birth to a preterm or low-birth-weight baby. Your partner’s gum health matters too — a small study found that men with periodontitis may have lower sperm quality. The good news: Gum disease can be treated with scaling and root planing or surgery, depending on the severity. If you’re already pregnant, it’s often fine to be treated for periodontitis as well. I know several women who have gotten pregnant after being treated for gum disease — maybe that’s a coincidence, but seeing a dentist or periodontist certainly didn’t hurt.” — Griselle Ortiz-Ramsey, DMD, MS, Ph.D., diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology

 

  1. It’s okay if your kids wiggle their baby teeth.
    Keeping your hands away from your face and out of your mouth is good health advice to keep germs and illness at bay, but when it comes to baby teeth it is ok to wiggle those little teeth.   We are seeing an increase in kids that don’t lose their baby teeth until age 10 or later! Even if a baby tooth doesn’t come out, the permanent tooth underneath will still try to push through. The baby tooth may cause the permanent tooth to be misaligned, or come in partially, making it difficult to brush either tooth’s whole surface and leading to cavities and infection. “So teach your kids to do the ‘wiggle-wiggle-twist-twist’ — wiggle twice, then twist twice over and over again — while you’re reading them a bedtime story or during TV commercials. Just make sure they wash their hands before and after. And if you’re ever concerned that your kiddo’s baby teeth are taking too long to fall out, make an appointment with your dentist.” — Katherine Graber, DDS, MS, spokesperson for the American Association of Orthodontists

 

  1. Don’t just mask bad breath.
    “Whenever a friend asks me about bad breath, I fire off a series of questions: Is she brushing (including her tongue), flossing, and using a mouth rinse daily? Then: Has she been eating foods like garlic or onion? The problem with these foods is that nothing will eliminate the odor caused by them — you have to wait until they’ve passed through your system. Next question: Does she get food stuck in her teeth, or does she have gum disease, untreated decay, or dry mouth? If she answers yes to any of those, I tell her to see her dentist. And if that doesn’t help, I send her to her M.D. because her bad breath could stem from a condition somewhere else (for example, a sinus infection or gastrointestinal issue). Spending hundreds on gums, sprays, and mints isn’t enough — you have to get to the root cause of your bad breath.” — Tawana Lee-Ware, DDS, MSD, spokesperson for the American Association of Women Dentists

 

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