Archive for November, 2010

Vitamins and Minerals that Keep Teeth Healthy

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

As we age, our teeth and gums change. Proper care of your teeth as well as eating a good diet can keep your smile beautiful and strong. Certain vitamins and minerals also help promote optimal oral health.

Vitamin A

Besides aiding with vision, Vitamin A also helps with the development of healthy teeth and gums. As well, Vitamin A contains beta-carotene, which has antioxidant properties. These antioxidants assist in getting rid of free radicals, chemicals that speed up decay in the body.

Vitamin C

Also called ascorbic acid, Vitamin C assists with the absorption of iron, maintains healthy connective tissues, and promotes strong teeth and gum tissue. Because Vitamin C is water-soluble, it is washed out of the body once it has what it needs, people should take in Vitamin C every day.

Vitamin D

Created after exposure to sunlight, Vitamin D encourages calcium absorption as well as helping keep the right levels of calcium and phosphorous in the blood stream. Children need to get enough Vitamin D so that they will develop healthy teeth and bones, so it is often added to milk.


No matter your age, every person needs to take in enough calcium because this mineral is crucial in the development and maintenance of teeth and bones. In fact, your jaw bone forms the foundation that houses your teeth.

Getting What You Need

Eating a balanced diet will ensure that your body has the vitamins and minerals needed to keep your smile vibrant for a lifetime. Dairy products like yogurt and cheese as well as vegetables such as broccoli and peas are high in calcium. Have lots of egg yolks, fatty fish, and fortified dairy products when you need Vitamin D. Citrus fruits, melons, berries, and tomatoes offer plenty of Vitamin C, and you can find Vitamin A in dark green or yellow fruits and vegetables, eggs, or low-fat dairy products.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Not Just for Women

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Often, advertising for cosmetic dentistry focuses on women. Photos in magazines and on Web sites show attractive females with gorgeous smiles. Although these campaigns often target women, men can benefit from cosmetic dentistry too.

Professionally and personally, men have just as many reasons as women do to look their best. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Having a vibrant, white smile can create a perception of self-assurance, intelligence, and warmth. Men who have cosmetic dental enhancements can enjoy the benefits of looking younger and feeling more confident.

Though you can opt for a total smile makeover, you don’t have to change everything to update your appearance. For a minimal investment, teeth whitening can make you look years younger. If you want to straighten teeth, talk with your dentist about Invisalign clear braces. Porcelain veneers can cover imperfections on front teeth and reveal a gorgeous, new image.

Not only can rejuvenating your smile boost your confidence, but it can also improve your oral health. Crooked teeth are actually harder to clean, which can lead to gum disease or decay. As well, small cavities can lead to the need for crowns or root canals if left untreated.

To enhance your smile, first find a cosmetic dentist you can trust. Talk with friends, relatives, and colleagues to get recommendations. Once you find the right person, schedule a consultation so that you can meet with the doctor and share your ideas. Why wait any longer to enjoy a sensational smile?

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Teeth Whitening 101

Monday, November 8th, 2010

A gorgeous, white smile conveys confidence and vitality. Age, certain foods, dark beverages, and even medication can dull your teeth. In recent years, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Safe and effective, professional teeth whitening can revitalize your smile. If you are considering brightening your pearly whites, several options are available, including:

In-Office Whitening – Imagine visiting the dentist at lunch time and leaving with a sensational smile. With in-office whitening, you can erase stains and lighten teeth up to 10 shades in about an hour. The down sides to the in-office method are the cost, more than other options, and the lack of control over results. Because the dentist will combine bleaching gel with a special light, you can’t really select a desired shade and get that exact color. However, your bright, white smile will dazzle family and friends.

Take-Home Kits – Some people want to whiten their teeth at home and on their own time tables. Take-home kits allow you to do just that. First, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab to create custom trays. Simply place a thin layer of the professional bleaching solution to the trays and wear them as directed until you achieve the desired level of brightness. Often, patients notice a difference right away, but the full impact will appear after whitening ends, usually in two to three weeks.

Over-the-Counter Whitening Options – Available in the form of strips and trays, over-the-counter whitening kits cost about $20 to $50. Although these options will save you money, many of the drug store whitening products won’t produce noticeable results. As well, these kits may irritate your gums and soft tissue because they are not specially designed to fit your mouth.  For a safe, effective white smile, you should schedule a visit to your dentist for professional whitening.

We look forward to seeing you at our Richmond, VA dental office – Brown, Reynolds & Snow.

Fun Dental Facts

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Taking care of your teeth is serious business, but dentistry can be fun as well. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of interesting dental trivia. Some of the answers may surprise you.

1. What famous Revolutionary War figure was a silversmith, dentist, and warned America that the British were coming?

  1. Patrick Henry
  2. Benjamin Franklin
  3.  Paul Revere


Correct Answer

Paul Revere. He sure kept a busy schedule.

2. Which American city first protected the teeth of its citizens by adding fluoride to the water?

  1. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  2. Richmond, Virginia
  3. Atlanta, Georgia


Correct Answer

Grand Rapids, Michigan began fluoridating the water in the mid 1940s. Most cities now add fluoride to their water supplies.

3. What little-known Mexican plant is 1000 times sweeter than sugar, won’t cause cavities, and could become a low-calorie sweetener?

  1. Lippa dulcis
  2. Yucca
  3. Cactus


Correct Answer

Lippa dulcis. If you knew this one, you are a dental expert!

4. Which dairy products actually help keep your teeth healthy?

  1. Milk
  2. Cheese
  3. Yogurt


Correct Answer

Cheese. Although these foods all help make up a balanced diet, research has shown that cheese helps kill bacteria in the mouth, which decreases the chances of tooth decay.

5. True or False. Your teeth are as unique as your fingerprints.

Correct Answer

True. In fact, even identical twins will have different tooth prints.

6. What is the most common disease in the United States?

  1. Tooth decay
  2. Asthma
  3. Common cold


Correct Answer

Common cold. If you guessed tooth decay, you were close. Tooth decay comes in a strong second.

7. True or False. George Washington has his dentures made from wood.

Correct Answer

False. They were actually constructed from hippopotamus, walrus, and cows’ teeth, with an occasional elephant tusk or two.

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