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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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Minimally invasive dentistry(MID) is the new trend in modern dentistry. The basis of MID is to control disease and then use conservative techniques to restore form, function, and esthetics of the teeth and gums.

Examples of MID include: sealants on teeth which do not require any cutting of tooth structure, placement of mini dental implants which can stabilize dentures to minimize bone loss, dental implants to replace missing teeth rather than alter the contour of teeth for fixed bridges, and treatment of early stage periodontal disease with conservative scaling, use of antimicrobial rinses and laser soft tissue treatment.

For cosmetic dentistry, the use of clear aligner therapy (CAT) is available in place of cutting teeth for crowns and veneers. Most people know clear aligner therapy as Invisalign, but there are now many companies that provide this form of orthodontics. CAT uses a series of custom made clear appliances that are worn instead of braces. These aligners gently move teeth to correct crowding, spacing, and crossbite. Treatment time can range from three months to one year or slightly longer for complicated cases.

The use of MID is now becoming more prevalent in modern dentistry and gives the patient more options than before. Minimally invasive dentistry recognizes that conservation of the structures of the mouth including teeth, gums and bones is vital to the long term health of patients.

As always, if you have any questions feel free to call at 303-773-9400 or email me personally, Dr. Camillo DiLizia at [email protected]
You can also visit our blogs at www.dentalwellnessdc.com.

Just a warning, I’m from New Jersey and there could be just a touch of sarcasm added for your reading pleasure.

Yes, its true!. I’ve seen ads that make these claims and I place them in the folder under “dental gimmicks”. As defined by The Oxford Dictionary, a gimmick is a trick or device intended to attract attention, publicity or business. In dentistry, these gimmicks are often used to attract patients and do not have any significant dental benefits for these targeted individuals.

Gimmicks in the health industry have increased across the board, fueled by fountains of misinformation such as by Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil and anyone else who wants to make a dollar by endorsing a product. You now can look younger or cure any disease simply by watching late night television commercials. In dentistry, there is no shortage of gimmicks. Celebrities are endorsing products that stop snoring, and cure gum disease by sucking on coconut oil, to name a few. Price gimmicks are the latest craze in dentistry. You’ve seen them. Blue light special 99 cents for dental implants, cure TMJ pain with a foot massage, meditate before dental treatment and you won’t need Novocaine.

I know, it sounds silly and yes I am being a little sarcastic, but it is out there. In a day when we need to differentiate ourselves, some are using gimmicks to attract attention. My question is why are we buying into it? Could it be the consumer is looking for something different to spend their money on? ( Remember the pet rock?… you want mine?) Could it be these gimmick merchants are saying we are dumb? Maybe Dr. Oz is truly a genius? You decide for yourself.

In a world in which most are now offering gimmicks to earn business, I have gone the other direction. Why? Because following the herd never works. We offer dentistry. We offer state of the art, sterile, dentistry. We offer state of the art, sterile dentistry and really enjoy people. Wait a minute, is that a gimmick? You may have to stop by and see for yourself.

Football season is here, and we want to make sure that you and your loved ones are fully prepared and protected with mouth guards. Without a mouth guard, you or your child is more easily susceptible to concussions and injuries to the teeth, lips, tongue, and soft tissue of the mouth. We have included some research into mouth guards to help make certain you are using the correct mouth guard.

In the past several years there has been a heightened awareness of traumatic brain injuries resulting from contact sports, especially football. We now know traumatic brain injuries have both short and long-term consequences. Research into protective equipment has increased to minimize the risks associated with playing contact sports.

Mouth guards have been shown to reduce injuries in football players. There are two types of mouth guards commonly used. Custom made, properly fitted mouth guards (CMM) and over the counter (OTC) mouth guards. In a research study conducted by Winters and DeMont of 6 high school football teams in western Pennsylvania, three teams wore CMM and three teams wore OTC mouth guards. A key element in the success of the mouth guards is the thickness of the posterior section of the guard. Results showed that the CMM made guards were on average 3.6 mm thick and the OTC guards were on average 1.65mm thick in the posterior region There were a total of 24 incidences of traumatic brain injury/concussion. Eight occurrences in which the athletes were using CMM guards of 3.65 mm in average thickness and 16 incidences in the athletes using the OTC guards of 1.65mm on average thickness. Results showed that custom-made mouth guards may reduce the incidence of mild concussions mainly because of the increased thickness in the posterior region of the more accurately made mouth guard.

If you have any questions regarding mouth guards for any sport, feel free to call us or you can email me personally at [email protected].

Electronic cigarettes have been around for over ten years and were introduced as an aid to help people quit smoking traditional cigarettes.   But the question for the dental profession is:do e-cigarettes pose a risk to your oral health?

Traditional cigarettes cause teeth discoloration, plaque buildup,  bad breath and cancer. Chemicals like ammonia and carbon monoxide are inside the smoke and leave a residue throughout the mouth including the teeth.  These chemicals  present in the sticky residue left behind by the smoke cause health problems, not to mention entire body ailments.

E-cigarettes do not produce smoke, they produce a vapor.  They use a mix of nicotine, distilled water, flavoring agents and certain dangerous chemicals such as diethylene glycol.  Nicotine has been proven to contribute to dry mouth, gingivitis, periodontal disease and increase incidence of tooth loss.  The reason for this is nicotine works to constrict blood vessels, which reduces blood flow to the tissues in the mouth.  This decrease in blood flow also decreases white blood cells ability to combat bacterial infection and also decreases oxygen flow to cells. Therefore, yes, there is a cause for concern in the use of e-cigarettes. 

There have not been sufficient studies on the effects of e-cigs to make a conclusion as to whether the additional chemicals present in them are also harmful to our health.

As always in you have any questions please feel free to email me at[email protected].