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Our Hidden Superpower: Smiling!

February 23, 2016

SMILING AT SOMEONE can turn their whole day around. But have you ever thought about the impact the act of smiling has on YOU? Smiling is a hidden superpower that can change our lives for the better if we let it!

Smiling Has Numerous Health Benefits

Did you know that frequent smiling can actually make us healthier? Smiling reduces stress and increases health and mood enhancing hormone levels, such as endorphins. Smiling also helps to lower our blood pressure.

Perhaps even more surprising, smiling can extend our lifespan! A study conducted at Wayne State University in 2010 found that baseball players who smiled in their pictures lived seven years longer on average than those who weren’t smiling in their photos.

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CAN YOU SEE MY BRACES?

July 7, 2011

You know the value of having a confident smile. When you are confident, you don’t have to say anything; people can sense it and see it. Whether interacting at work or going out with friends, your confidence to smile speaks volumes.

In my last blog, I explored Six Month Smiles braces for adults.  This blog is all about Invisalign.  Many of my patients choose Invisalign to straighten their teeth because they like the ‘invisible’ factor.

What is Invisalign? Invisalign is a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into position.

How is it different from other treatments? Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to move teeth, they are not removable, and brushing and flossing require attention and effort.  Invisalign are custom trays that can be removed to eat, and for brushing and flossing.  And if you are really self-conscious for a big event, you can remove the aligner for a short period of time and pop them back in when you get home.

Can my teenager have Invisalign instead of traditional braces? Most pre-teens and teens that have significant bite problems are better served by seeing an orthodontist for a complete, or comprehensive, orthodontic treatment. But many older teens with minor spacing or crowding issues are ideal candidates in our office.

What are the health benefits of straight teeth? The benefits of straight teeth it not just for looks.  Properly aligned teeth leads to a healthy mouth. Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems.  Your teeth and gums – and how they look to others when you smile—say a lot about your overall health. If you’re taking good care of both, you’re probably taking good care of the rest of you.

How do I find out more? Call us now at 603.429.2199.  Every Invisalign, Six Month Smile, and cosmetic dentistry consultation is COMPLIMENTARY at our office. And when you do any orthodontic treatment at our office, you get  free teeth whitening!

Visit our website to see real results from our office.  These are people just like you who took the step towards a healthier, happier, confident smile.

Next Up: “My teeth look great except for that one tooth (or two teeth) that is out of line.  What can I do?”

The Hard Facts about Soft Drinks

March 10, 2011

Filed under: Dental Health,Fun Facts — dr_shetty @ 12:23 pm

Gina, one of our hygienists, put together this blog. Check out the end chart, pretty amazing facts!

Soft drinks have become a popular choice for a growing number of people, especially kids, teens and young adults. Too often these drinks are replacing healthy choices such as milk and water in our daily diet. It’s not surprising since the soft drink companies have their products in our schools, stores, gas stations, movie theaters, and restaurants.

Today the standard size of a can of soda is 12 ounces and a bottle is typically 20 ounces. In the 1950’s a bottle of soda was 6.5 ounces. A “Big Cup” has more than five cans of soda in a single serving. Presently, teens drink three times more soda than twenty years ago. That’s a big increase for a drink that has no nutritional value and high calories derived mainly from sugar. And what about the “diet” sodas? Well, what these lack in sugar they make up for with acid. Either way, sugar and acid equals double trouble.

In addition to cavities, heavy soda consumption has been linked to diabetes and obesity. Acid in soft drinks, whether they contain sugar or not, is the primary cause of weakened tooth enamel. When you take a sip of soda, the acid attacks your teeth. Each acid attack lasts around twenty minutes. This happens again with every sip. These continuous acid attacks weaken the  tooth enamel. Once the enamel is weakened the bacteria in your mouth can cause a cavity.

Drinking soda in moderation will help reduce decay. Try to avoid sipping a soft drink for an extended period of time. Ongoing sipping prolongs the sugar and acid attacks on your teeth. After drinking soda, swish your mouth out with water to dilute the sugar. Never give a young child soda at bedtime. The liquid can pool in the mouth coating the teeth with sugar and acid all night. Always use fluoride toothpaste to protect your enamel.

Remember to visit your dentist regularly so she can examine your teeth and check for any signs of tooth decay. Your hygienist will clean your teeth to remove any bacteria or plaque and help you with your brushing and flossing technique. She may also recommend an in office fluoride treatment. As always, prevention is the key to a healthy mouth.

In case you still aren’t convinced to beat that soda habit, here are some interesting results comparing sugar and acid amounts found in some popular soft drinks, juices, and sports drinks. The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry did this study.

                                                         Acid                                                       Sugar
                                                       (low=bad)                                       per serving

Mountain Dew                           3.22                                                      11 tsp

Sprite                                             3.42                                                      9 tsp

Orange  Slice                                3.12                                                     11.9 tsp

Coke                                                 2.53                                                      9.3 tsp

Pepsi                                                 2.49                                                    9.8 tsp

Gatorade                                         2.95                                                     3.3 tsp

Nestea                                            3.04                                                      5   tsp

Diet Coke                                       3.39                                                      0

Diet Pepsi                                       3.05                                                     0

Dr. Pepper                                     2.92                                                      0

Hawaiian Punch                           2.82                                                    10.2 tsp

Battery Acid                                  1.00 (ouch)

Happy New Year !

December 31, 2010

Filed under: Dental Health,Fun Facts,Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dr_shetty @ 9:00 am

This blog is  ‘light and easy’ after the rich holiday season.  We have lots of teachers in our practice, and one of them asked our hygienist Rena about the history of the toothbrush.  Rena put in a lot of research for her answer; so all credit goes to her for this great blog.

(By the way, January 1st is a great time to break open a new toothbrush).

The first identified toothbrush dates back to the year 3000BC.  A twig was frayed between the teeth to create a splayed “brush”.  This ‘chewstick’ was then used between the teeth and chewed on. The use of twigs and sticks continued for many hundreds of years.

In the early 1700’s the use of rubbing rags with soot and salt on the teeth was a common tooth brushing method.  For many years, the use of hair from a variety of animals including horse, boar, and bird feathers was common.  Unfortunately, many people poked their gums with these hairs and developed infections, which led to tooth loss!  Not really an effective method for overall oral health!

William Addis of England thought of the idea of taking a small animal bone and drilling holes into it.  He then tied bristles together to form tufts, and put the tufts into the holes, and glued them in. By 1840 mass production of toothbrushes was common in England, Germany, and Japan.  Pig bristle was common material for the cheaper versions, while badger hair was considered high-end material for the wealthy.

It was not until 1885 that the toothbrush was mass-produced in the U.S.  It was actually not common practice to brush one’s teeth until WWII, when American soldiers were required to brush their teeth to avoid undo medical concerns in the field.

By 1938 DuPont developed the nylon bristle that is commonly used today.  The first electric toothbrush was invented in 1954 in Switzerland.  And ever since, companies have been making variations of the manual and electric brushes that are now common.

Whether manual or electric, remember to keep the bristles soft and use the right technique.  It’s in the way you use it that makes all the difference in the world.

Now, Eat, Drink , Be Merry, and celebrate the New Year (just remember to brush)!

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