Did you know that there are certain foods that you can eat which help to clean your teeth? We call them "detergent foods." In dentistry, we look at the impact of food in three ways: the kind of food, how often it is eaten, and when it is eaten. Detergent foods should be the last piece of food you consume during a meal for best results. Think of them as the closest you can get to brushing your teeth.
A healthy diet is important for oral health as well as overall health, but here are some particular foods that can help clean your teeth and mouth:
<> Celery Sticks
As you can see, detergent foods are usually foods that are firm and crisp. They act like scrubbers on and around your teeth and gums and bring your mouth's pH to 7.0, which is optimal.
Cookies, cakes, breads, chips, crackers, soft drinks, dried fruit, and candies provide carbohydrates to the bacteria in your mouth causing an acidic environment and increasing the chance of cavities and decay. These foods are sticky and don't rinse easily from your mouth. Avoid letting these foods sit on your teeth after eating them. This is where detergent foods come into play. When you are about to finish your meal, have an apple, celery stick, or carrot. It will act like a "natural toothbrush." Also, try to make these detergent foods the basis for snacks that you have throughout the day!
Always remember, these foods are NOT a replacement for brushing and flossing. You still need good dental hygiene regardless of what you are eating! If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!
Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) refers to a diverse range of disorders that relate to muscular function in the jaw and face - the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). That could mean difficulty opening your mouth, pain in the jaw or face, or any sort of problem with the jaw joint.
TMD can be difficult to diagnose because of the varied causes. Whatever the case, an accurate diagnosis helps to make the treatment as successful as possible. The good news is that most often, jaw problems will resolve themselves within several weeks or months. Surgeries like arthrocentesis, arthroscopy, and open-joint surgery should be a last resort. More conservative and reversible treatments should come first and are in fact the most critical step in the treatment of TMD.
Less invasive treatments like acupuncture and splints can be helpful, but that will depend on each particular case. A combination of treatments will most often produce the greatest relief for TMJ patients. It's a good idea to avoid activities that overuse the jaws. such as chewing gum or clenching your jaws.
Being Proactive in finding relief for TMD can also be achieved by many home remedies:
<> EAT SOFT FOODS: When you eat soft food, the jaw gets an opportunity to rest. Avoid chewy and crunchy food, and food that requires you to open your mouth wide, like apples or corn on the cob.
<> APPLY MOIST HEAT: A hot water bottle wrapped in a moist towel can help reduce symptoms.
<> RELAXATION: Actively try to relax the muscles of the face and lips, and let your teeth come apart.
<> AVOID WIDE YAWNS: Keeping the fist under the jaw when a yawn is coming on, can help to keep the jaw from opening too widely.
You've heard people tell you to say "cheese" when you're having your picture taken, probaby more times than you can count. There is another reason you should be saying "cheese"...or "YES" to eating cheese. Although most people have heard that chewing sugar free gum is recommended if you cannot brush your teeth twenty minutes after eating, most may not know that eating cheese can also provide a dental benefit.
CBS News reported on the results of a study that was published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, a publication of the Academy of General Dentistry. The study showed that cheese increases dental plaque pH, but in this case, the plaque increase is not a bad thing. When a person eats cheese, the increase of the pH of the plaque on your teeth, creates a protective coating that may lower the risk of tooth decay.
An analysis of the story from the General Dentistry journal, including the details of the study and its participants, was published in Science Daily. The study looked at 68 children between the ages of 12 and 15. A similar study was conducted by British researchers who reported their findings in the British Dental Journal in 1999. The conclusion was that cheese has anti-cavity properties. That is not the only benefit, however. In another study, researchers found that cheese may give teeth a protective coating that helps lessen enamel erosion caused by acidic foods, particularly from sugar-sweetened soft drinks.
So don't just say cheese for pictures. If you want to have a happy, healthy and long-lasting smile, go for cheese. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!
Sports are great for children for a variety of reasons. Children can develop their motor skills, learn how to solve conflicts and work together, and develop their work ethics. As a parent, you may recognize the benefits of sports, but also naturally be concerned about your child's health and safety. Your job goes far beyond providing a water bottle and making sure that your child follows the rules of the game.
Although your kid's smile may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are considering their sporting activities, accidents are common and can affect your children's teeth for the rest of their lives. A stray hockey stick, an errant basketball, or a misguided dive after a volleyball are a few examples of the different ways that a child could possibly lose a tooth. In fact, studies show that young athletes lose more than three million teeth each year.
Becoming a better athlete or mastering the skills to compete at an elite level are not just about winning. They are also about safety. Young athletes who are better ball-handlers and who are careful to avoid fouls and penalties are less likely to have harmful contact with the ball, teammates, or other opponents. Children who are better roller-bladers are less likely to take a face plant into the blacktop, and more likely to save their teeth. Being a good sport and avoiding unnecessary contact is also another way to protect teeth.
If your child is in a sport that poses a high threat to teeth, it is essential for your child to wear a mouthguard. Mouthguards fit your child's mouth and consist of soft plastic. If your kid resists wearing a mouthguard because it is uncomfortable, a custom mouthguard can be fabricated at our office for a very affordable cost. The education about the importance of wearing an appropriately fitted moughguard is the parent and coach's responsibilty. Remember, your kid's natural teeth are irreplaceable!
New research recently published in the journal Microbiome now suggests that alcohol consumption "kills off many 'good' bacteria, and allows some potentially harmful bacteria to flourish in the mouth." The study found that "people who drank more had less abundant populations of Lactobacilli, so-called 'good' bacteria," and "drinkers also had more abundant populations of the more 'harmful' bacteria like Steptococcus, Actinomyces, Leptotrichia, Cardiobacterium and Neisseria." These changes "potentially contribute to alcohol-related diseases, including periodontal disease, head and neck cancer, and digestive tract cancers," as the researchers noted.
Although more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between alcohol consumption and the increased risk for dental disease, these new findings do suggest that it is beneficial to limit alcohol consumption. Additional funding has also recently been granted to study the micobiome relationship that may exist between other diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers, and even neurological disorders like Parkinson's disease and autism.
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