Happy June!

With the start of summer, a lot of us have become more conscious of the foods we've indulged in over these past winter months. Unfortunately, the fit of our pants isn't the only impact that a poor diet can have on our bodies. One of the first areas to decline when our diet isn't the most ideal is our oral health, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). So to help keep your mouth healthy, we have compiled a list of the seven most common foods that can be beneficial for your teeth, as well as your waistline. 

1. Leafy greens such as kale and spinach are high in calcium and contain folic acid which is thought to improve gum disease in pregnant women. 
2. Cheese has been found to lower the risk of tooth decay and to improve the pH levels of our mouths. It is thought that the chewing required to eat cheese increases salivary flow in the mouth, and the calcium and protein found in the cheese helps to strengthen tooth enamel. 
3. Yogurt is a good addition to the diet, as the probiotics found in yogurt help to overrun the bad bacteria in our mouths, which is the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Just make sure to choose the plain variety of yogurt, with no added sugars. 
4. Apples are beneficial to your dental health as they are high in fiber and water and the crispy texture of the fruit helps to stimulate the gums. The act of eating an apple increases saliva flow in your mouth and helps to rinse away food particles and bacteria.
5. Like apples, carrots are crunchy, high in fiber, and contain copious amounts of vitamin A, which is shown to increase saliva production in our mouths, in turn aiding against cavities. 
6. Celery is of course, high in water, and the texture of the vegetable acts almost as a toothbrush between actual toothbrushing sessions, helping to scrape food particles and bacteria away from your teeth. 
7. Almonds are a good choice for a snack as they contain high amounts of calcium and protein and are low in sugar. This crunchy snack will also aid against dry mouth symptoms.

Of course, nothing can replace regular dental checkups and cleanings, so we are here to help our lovely patients of all ages! 


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By Dental Wellness at Dry Creek
January 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Regular dental visits are just as important for healthy teeth and gums as daily brushing and flossing. Not only will these visits reduce the amount of hidden or hard to reach bacterial plaque (the main source of dental disease), but they'll also boost the chances problems with teeth and gums are caught early and treated.

A lifetime habit of dental visits should begin around your child's first birthday, but children can be stressed or even frightened by trips to the dentist. This could stick with them, causing them to avoid regular dental visits when they become adults. The absence of professional dental care could prove hazardous to their dental health.

Here then are some things you can do to “de-stress” your child's dental visits.

Begin and sustain regular visits early. By not waiting a few years after age one, your child has a better chance of viewing it and subsequent visits as a normal part of life.

Choose a “kid-friendly” dentist. A pediatric dentist is trained not only for dental issues specific to children, but also in creating a comfortable environment for them. Some general dentists are also skilled with children, taking the time to talk and play with them first to ease any anxiety.

Stay calm yourself. Perhaps you've discovered, often in an embarrassing fashion, that your children are watching you and taking cues on how to act and react. Be sure then to project a sense of ease and a “nothing to this” attitude, rather than nervousness or anxiety. Your child will follow your lead.

Set the example. Speaking of following your lead, your children will intuitively pick up whether you're serious about your own dental health, which could influence them. So be sure you practice what you preach: daily oral hygiene, a dental-friendly diet and, of course, your own regular visits to the dentist. Your actions about your own dental care really will speak louder than words.

If you would like more information on effective dental care for your child, 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 “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”

By Dental Wellness at Dry Creek
December 31, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.

First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.

Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?

Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.

Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.

So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.

If you would like more information about mouthrinses and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule a consultation.

By Dental Wellness at Dry Creek
December 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: oral surgery  

Learn more about oral surgery from your Centennial dentist.

Oral surgeons are dental specialists who diagnosis and treat injuries, diseases and defects of the head, gums, teeth, mouth, jaws and oral surgeryneck. Dr. Camillo DiLizia of Dental Wellness at Dry Creek, located in Centennial, CO, offers oral surgery services. Here are five reasons you may need oral surgery.

#1- Fix Jaw-Related Problems
In some individuals, the upper and lower jaws fail to grow properly. Severe cases require oral surgery to move all or part of the jaw into a new position that is more balanced and functional. Dysfunction of the Temporomandibular joint, is also a common source of pain. Surgery is an option for advanced cases. 

#2- Treat Sleep Apnea
When nonsurgical methods such as dental splint appliances and positive pressure air machines fail to cure sleep apnea, surgery can be tried. Surgical procedures involve removing excess tissues of the oropharynx or the lower jaw. 

#3- Replace a Missing Tooth
Dental implants are your best option for replacing one or more missing teeth. Implants are small anchors made of titanium that are placed into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth roots.

#4- Treat a Facial Infection
Swelling and pain the face, neck, or jaw may indicate an infection. An infection in this area of the body can develop into a life-threatening emergency if not treated promptly. Oral surgeons can assist in treating facial infections. Surgery, if needed, may include cutting into and draining the area and extracting any teeth that may be involved.

#5- Remove Wisdom Teeth
If your wisdom teeth are causing problems, or X-rays show they might down the line, they need to be removed. Just because that extra set of molars isn't a source of pain doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong. Your wisdom teeth could be impacted, or stuck. That set of molars can push your other teeth around, causing bite problems and pain.

Now is the perfect timeto make a wise decision. If you need oral surgery, call Dental Wellness at Dry Creek in Centennial, CO at (303) 773-9400 today to schedule an appointment. Our world-class dental team is committed to providing you and your family with the best treatments possible.

By Dental Wellness at Dry Creek
December 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants require a surgical procedure. But don't let your imagination run wild — the procedure is relatively minor and easy for most people to undergo.

Implants are unique among restorations because they replace a tooth's root. A metal titanium post, substituting for the root, must be surgically placed into the jawbone. While the procedure itself is simple and no more involved than a tooth extraction, it does require careful attention to detail before, during and afterward.

Our first step is to examine the target site with x-rays (often CT scanning) to pinpoint the best location for placement. This is critical because where we place the implant will have a huge bearing on how attractive and natural the implant finally appears. From this evaluation we frequently create a surgical guide.

Surgery begins with a local anesthesia to completely numb the site. You will feel no pain during the procedure and only minimal discomfort for a few days afterward. We then make small incisions in the gums to access the bone and create a small channel or hole.

Using the surgical guide, we then initiate a drilling sequence that gradually increases the size of the channel until it's the size and shape of the implant post. One thing we must do at this point is take our time: we use gentle pressure and water-cooling to avoid overheating and damaging the bone.

Once we're finished with drilling we remove the implant from its sterile packaging and imbed it directly into the prepared channel. It's then a matter of verifying the location with x-rays and then closing the gum tissue with self-absorbing sutures if necessary.

Most patients only need mild pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen to manage discomfort afterwards. You won't even notice it in a week or less. After several weeks in which the bone grows and adheres to the implant (a process called osseointegration), you'll be ready for the final step, attaching the life-like porcelain crown to the implant.

Although the process can take several weeks to months, your discomfort should be minimal at any stage. In the end, your patience will be rewarded with a new, more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on the process of obtaining dental implants, 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 “Dental Implant Surgery.”

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