Archive for May, 2011

Foods that Stain Teeth

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Everyone wants to attain a brilliant, white smile. Modern dentistry can help you achieve this goal with Invisalign teeth whitening or cosmetic enhancements such as veneers or porcelain crowns. Brushing and flossing will help you keep your smile in prime condition. Your diet can impact your teeth as well. Certain foods and beverages can darken your teeth, including:

• Tea Time
Considered a healthy beverage, tea may not keep your teeth white. In fact, black tea can leave more stains than coffee.

• Saucy Saucy
Yummy extras like soy sauce, tomato sauce, and curry sauce may taste delicious, but they have significant potential in the stain department. Choose lighter cream sauces or brush right away to limit issues.

• Sports Power
Highly acidic beverages, like sports or energy drinks, erode tooth enamel and make teeth more susceptible to stains. Try water when you exercise as a safer choice for your smile.

• A Little Wine
If a drink will stain your linens, it can also alter the appearance of your pearly whites, so limiting your intake of wine can protect your smile.

• Berry Good
Though blackberries, cherries, and blueberries are great for your body, the deeply pigmented molecules in these fruits can stick to enamel and cause discoloration. Pies and juices containing these foods can also stain teeth.

• Bubbling Over
Frequently a cause of stains, sodas and other carbonated drinks have acid and chromogens, which can lead to serious stains. Even lighter colored drinks have enough acid to allow staining from other foods and beverages.

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Oral Cancer on the Rise in Young People

Friday, May 27th, 2011

A 2010 study by researchers at Aberdeen University found that throat, mouth, and esophageal cancers have significantly increased in individuals under age 50. Historically, oral cancer occurred more frequently in adults 40 years and older. This research showed that tobacco, alcohol, and poor diet contributed to oral cancer in younger patients.

Each year, approximately 50,000 Americans receive an oral cancer diagnosis. As well, 43 percent of those diagnosed with the disease will won’t survive past five years. In fact, oral cancer kills more people than cervical cancer, kidney cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, or brain cancer. If detected early enough, oral cancer has a 90 percent cure rate.

Regular checkups can help reduce your risk of oral cancer. During these visits, your dentist will examine your whole mouth and look for anything out of the ordinary. Brown, Reynolds & Snow offers Velscope oral cancer screening. Common signs of oral cancer may include a sore or lesion that doesn’t heal after 14 days, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness that lingers, and a lump or mass in the throat or mouth. Initially, any symptoms you develop may be mild and easy to miss.

Age, tobacco use, gender, and alcohol consumption can contribute to your chances of developing oral cancer. However, up to 25 percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer have no risk factors at all. Tips to minimize your risk for oral cancer include:

• Avoid chewing tobacco
• Contact your doctor or dentist if you experience unusual symptoms
• Eat a balanced diet
• Limit alcohol intake
• See your dentist at least twice a year
• Stop smoking

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Asthma’s Effect on Oral Health

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Estimates suggest that more than 20 million people in this country suffer from asthma. A chronic respiratory condition, asthma causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways. Recently, scientists in Sweden released a study that found a direct correlation between asthma and oral health issues. Patients with asthma reported an increase in bad breath, gum problems, and tooth decay.

Several factors can contribute to dental issues for asthmatics. Often, the medication used to control asthma can decrease saliva production and create dry mouth. Because saliva help remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth, as well as add moisture, asthma patients may develop more cavities or experience bouts of bad breath.

Many asthma patients use inhalers that contain corticosteroids as part of their asthma regiment. Unfortunately, these medications can contribute to oral candidiasis, a yeast infection, also called thrush. As well, these individuals may have trouble with gum disease if brushing and flossing are neglected.

In many cases, asthma patients tend to develop higher levels of anxiety about visiting the dentist. Usually, the body produces chemicals to help you relax and handle stress. Certain asthma medications may stop the glands that produce these hormones from working correctly, which can make dental visits feel very stressful.

If you or a loved one has asthma, these suggestions can keep your oral health in good condition:

• Make brushing and flossing a top priority
• See the dentist for regular exams
• Rinse your mouth after inhaler use
• Ask the dentist about stress-reducing options

Your dental health is our priority at Richmond, VA dental office – Brown, Reynolds & Snow Dentistry.

The Right Diet for a Healthy Smile

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Everyone knows that what you eat matters for your health. Your diet impacts your heart, weight, and other areas, including your oral health. Eating a balanced diet will keep your teeth and gums strong, which protects your smile.

These tips will help you make your diet count:

• Choose foods high in calcium. Low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese offer you great sources of calcium, a mineral that helps your teeth and bones in good shape. Green, leafy vegetables such as broccoli and spinach also provide calcium.

• Limit sugar intake. Though a cookie or the occasional piece of chocolate won’t hurt your smile, eating too many sweets can contribute to cavities. It also important to watch your carbohydrates, like breads, pastas, and potatoes, because these foods may also increase the chance of tooth decay.

• Say no to sodas. Carbonated beverages contain phosphorous and carbonation, acidic substances that can cause enamel erosion. Because sports drinks have a high sugar content, you should limit those as well.

• Go for fruits and vegetables. Apples, carrots, and celery are good options because they are high in nutrients and won’t stick to your teeth.

• Cut back on snacks. When you eat between meals, the food stays on your teeth and can boost your risk for cavities.

• Drink plenty of water. Not only does water have fluoride to strengthen your teeth, but it also helps wash away food and plaque from your teeth.

• Chew sugarless gum. Studies have proven that chewing sugarless gum increases saliva production. Saliva naturally reduces plaque build up and rinses away food particles that encourage the development of tooth decay.

Everyone knows that what you eat matters for your health. Your diet impacts your heart, weight, and other areas, including your oral health. Eating a balanced diet will keep your teeth and gums strong, which protects your smile.

These tips will help you make your diet count:

• Choose foods high in calcium. Low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese offer you great sources of calcium, a mineral that helps your teeth and bones in good shape. Green, leafy vegetables such as broccoli and spinach also provide calcium.

• Limit sugar intake. Though a cookie or the occasional piece of chocolate won’t hurt your smile, eating too many sweets can contribute to cavities. It also important to watch your carbohydrates, like breads, pastas, and potatoes, because these foods may also increase the chance of tooth decay.

• Say no to sodas. Carbonated beverages contain phosphorous and carbonation, acidic substances that can cause enamel erosion. Because sports drinks have a high sugar content, you should limit those as well.

• Go for fruits and vegetables. Apples, carrots, and celery are good options because they are high in nutrients and won’t stick to your teeth.

• Cut back on snacks. When you eat between meals, the food stays on your teeth and can boost your risk for cavities.

• Drink plenty of water. Not only does water have fluoride to strengthen your teeth, but it also helps wash away food and plaque from your teeth.

• Chew sugarless gum. Studies have proven that chewing sugarless gum increases saliva production. Saliva naturally reduces plaque build up and rinses away food particles that encourage the development of tooth decay.

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