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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! 

 

Want whiter teeth? Our Opalescence Go whitening kits are here in the office and ready for you to take them home! Just $45 for a 4-pack kit of both upper and lower trays for bleaching. Get some today!

I am sure you have heard people utter those words. What does that statement mean? What does that statement really imply? Is there a hidden meaning? Is there……..okay, okay, I’ll stop with the questions. Well, there is a happy ending to this, but you’ll have to read on to get there.

We all want some form of stability, some form of certainty in our lives. It stops us from worrying or stressing. Getting our paycheck at the end of the week is a form of stability and certainty as is getting home and sitting in our laz-y-boy and clicking on the television. By the way did you know that recliners are now electric, so we don’t even have to pull a lever to sit back and put our feet up. Just hit the button and we arrive, with certainty at our favorite position. But I digress…..sorry…..just had a moment of certainty. These are all forms of fast food and in proper amounts, they are wonderful.

Just like cheesecake, a little is okay, but beware, too much stability will cause us to become bored and feel that life has no meaning. We love our paycheck, but what happens when it does not buy us what we need. We love our friends and co workers but what happens when they move to another state or stop wanting to interact with us. Enter instability and stress. In my opinion we need a some instability, some stress in our daily routine.
What, are you crazy? Maybe, but that’s another article. You see, stress,  instability and uncertainty  are actually good signs. They are signals that we need to grow. We may need to expand our knowledge or our spirituality or our relationships. But to expand we need to first think and get our minds straight on what we want.  Instability is what spurs growth. And growth, my friends, is the key to happiness. So you can stop visiting those life coaches who are driving around in their ’94 Corolla and telling you what you need to do to become happy.
Happiness is growth and growth is spurred on by some form of instability.
EVERYONE HAS THIS ABILITY TO GROW. We are just attaching the wrong meaning to instability, uncertainty and stress. Just attach the meaning that stress and instability is a sign to use our God given talents and rock on!

Instead of driving to the take out window, why not drive by and create your own meal of exactly what you would like to eat. You can do it, anyone can.

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Those of you who know me personally or those who read my dental blog posts and Denver Post Yourhub articles, get the idea that I live with a lot of intention. In other words, I feel strongly about many things in life. For example, I feel one of my purposes in life is to raise my three children, now adults, to lead very fulfilling and successful lives.

Another of my many goals in life is to stay up to date and on the cutting edge of the dental profession. At our office, Dental Wellness at Dry Creek, we really push ourselves to deliver the latest in treatment modalities to make sure our patients stay healthy. Through the use of dental lasers, digital X-rays and surgical placement of dental implants, we can help keep dental health, and overall health a top priority. We are able to take a picture of the inside of your mouth and place it on a TV screen for educational purposes. We feel so strongly about dental health that we developed a television show, THE WELLNESS HOUR, COMPLETE CARE DENTISTRY, which airs on Monday and Thursday on Denver Channel 59 at 7am starting July 27.  You bet we are passionate about what we do.

But, in my 25 plus years of practicing dentistry, I believe the single greatest advancement that will allow practitioners to deliver the highest standard of care is the 3D IMAGING we offer at our office.  We are proud to be part of an elite group of dental practices in Colorado to offer this amazing technology.

What is 3D Imaging?
3D imaging uses an advanced type of technology to create three-dimensional images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths, and bone. This three-dimensional image only requires one scan to create. These images allow for more accurate diagnosing and treatment planning. And 3D imaging reduces the hazards associated with previously used imaging techniques like CAT SCANS. Our office is proud to use 3D imaging in Centennial Colorado , to provide you with the most accurate, effective dental treatment possible.

When would  3D imaging be used?
3D Imaging is often used in complex cases, including:
• Accurate placement of dental implants
• Inspection of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavity
• Identifying, measuring, and treating jaw disorders
• Determining bone structure and tooth orientation
• Locating the source of pain
• Reconstructive surgery

You bet these are the BEST OF TIMES…. in dentistry.
As always if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 303-773-9400 or email
me, Dr DiLizia, at [email protected].