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What Causes Receding Gums? (And How To Fix It)

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Blog, General Dentistry | 0 comments

Smile with receding gums causes and solutions

Receding gums refers to gum tissue that has suffered decay and slowly begins to wear away, thus exposing more of the tooth and tooth root. What causes gum recession? Should you be alarmed if it happens to you? And can receding gums be fixed?

Left untreated, gum recession could make the tooth root or even bone tissue completely vulnerable—risking damage to the tooth nerve, losing the tooth, or a more severe infection! In this article, we’ll discuss the causes, symptoms, and real solutions for the condition known as receding gums.

What causes receding gums?

As with any condition, many factors can contribute to receding gums.

Periodontal disease takes home the first place prize of what causes receding gums. This spreading infection of the gingivae slowly eats away at your healthy gum and bone tissue.

Brushing your teeth too hard or too much can cause your gums to wear and slowly decay, according to the Journal of Periodontology.

Inadequate oral hygiene contributes to bad bacteria and plaque buildup—which destroy your gums.

Hormonal changes such as those occurring during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can make your gum tissues more vulnerable to decay. The use of birth control hormones may also have a similar effect.

Tobacco users usually have more plaque buildup that hurts your gums.

Grinding your teeth or a misaligned bite can cause irregular wear patterns on your gums and teeth, resulting in gum recession in the affected areas.

Certain medications or medical conditions can also irritate your gums or cause them to be more susceptible to recession.

How can you tell if your gums are receding?

Now that we know what causes receding gums, what should you do if you suspect your gums are pulling away? Only a qualified dental professional can properly diagnose and help you treat the condition. Healthy gums are a nice healthy pink color and the gum line looks consistent around all your teeth. If your gums are receding, you will likely begin to notice:

  • Gums that are pulling away from the tooth
  • Teeth appear to be longer than others
  • Swollen gums
  • Pockets or gaps between teeth
  • Reddish or bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Teeth that are becoming loose

How can you fix receding gums?

Woman brushing her teeth to prevent what causes receding gums

Do you experience any of the above symptoms? Since gum tissue does not grow back, you need to talk with your dentist about personalized ways you can prevent gingival recession and stop gums from receding further. If you have gum disease, your gums and bone structure may put up a good fight against this progressive decay, but they cannot win the battle without help from a qualified oral health expert!

Depending on the amount of decay caused by gum disease, you may be able to get a deep cleaning and antibiotics to help clear out the infection and finish killing off any bad bacteria. For more advanced cases, surgery or tissue grafting will be needed to regenerate the damaged gum and bone structures.

Remember that gum disease is not the only cause of receding gums. Preventive measures such as aligning your bite, using a custom night guard, quitting smoking, and treating cavities early on will help prevent damage to your precious gums and smile!

You can fight gum recession!

You can prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing at least twice a day, attending regular cleanings and checkups with your dentist twice a year, and eating a well-balanced and healthy diet. We might say this a lot, but prevention is key. Simply knowing what causes receding gums won’t solve the problem. If you suspect your gums are receding, you should contact your dentist immediately to find out the cause of receding gums and prevent further damage.

Healthy gums are the foundation for a healthy smile, so taking care of your gums is tantamount to taking care of your pearly whites!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Giving to Others Can Help You Live a Healthier and Happier Life

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Blog, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Kindness gives us happiness

Who hasn’t heard the adage, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving”Recent studies have shown that not only are givers happier, they are also living longer and healthier lives!

Researchers have recently looked into what is known as the “helper’s high” – that warm fuzzy feeling you get from helping others – and how it affects us emotionally and physically. Since this is a time of the year when people are thinking about gratitude and giving back, let’s talk about some of the ways having a giving spirit can benefit you.

Benefits of giving

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” 
~Winston Churchill

In everyday life, many people volunteer — whether it’s serving at soup kitchens, cleaning up litter, taking seniors to the grocery store, or helping a next-door neighbor. These people are motivated by an unselfish desire to help others with no thought of repayment. Nevertheless, there are dividends to be reaped from having a giving spirit. Here are just a few:

  • Endorphin boost – The good feeling you get from doing something for someone else acts on your body the same way physical exercise does, releasing a flood of endorphins that make you feel good. This hormone rush is the “helper high” that many volunteers report feeling.
  • Feelings of satisfaction – Being able to help someone else adds meaning to a person’s life. This has proven to be especially true for older adults. Those who volunteer in their communities experience less depression, have lower blood pressure, a greater sense of connectedness to others, and feel they have a purpose in life.
  • Deepens the feeling of gratitude – When you give of your time, energy, talents or assets, you can be profoundly affected when you see how it helps someone else’s life. Often, this makes people think about all the things they have in their own lives for which they are grateful. And studies have shown that grateful people are happier people!
  • You forget your own problems – Concentrating on someone else’s needs can help you to get out of your head for a while. You can take a vacation from your day-to-day worries and spend a few hours helping someone else with theirs. In fact, when people with medical conditions  “counsel” other patients with those same conditions, the “counselors” often experience less depression, distress, and disability.
  • Improves your health – Scientific studies have been done to research how helping others affects the body. Acts of kindness lower stress levels. And lowered stress levels are good for your body for many reasons. It can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and enhance the body’s immunity by stimulating the production of antibodies. And it’s been shown that when a person has a pattern of giving in their life, it can impact their lifespan in a positive way!

List of physical and emotional benefits that result from showing acts of kindness to others

Can you give?

Giving benefits both the giver and the receiver. Would you like to experience the “helper’s high” and gain the benefits that come from giving to others?

There are many opportunities available in every community to do something good for someone else. Check with your local food banks, nursing homes, hospitals, or community groups for a need for volunteers. Or look for ways to help others around you at work, home, or in your neighborhood. As we have discussed, the rewards you will get far outweigh any sacrifice you may make!

Do you have favorite ways of giving?  What do you feel you receive? We’ll be interested to read your comments below!


The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Fall Food Favorites That Are Good for Your Teeth

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Blog, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Delicious fall food favorite: Apple cinnamon overnight oats

There are a lot of things to love about the fall season: cooler weather, beautifully colored foliage, and the kids being back in school! But one of the highlights for most of us is the special foods we look forward to enjoying each autumn.

Being honest, we’d have to admit that most of the foods we associate with fall holidays and festivals aren’t very good for our teeth. But did you know there are some delicious Fall foods that are good for you?

Fall food favorites to enjoy

Here are a few foods that will let you enjoy the warm and cozy feeling of autumn while enhancing your oral health!

Apples

Apples have long been known for their health benefits, and we all look forward to enjoying these sweet and delicious treats each fall in ciders and pies. But you can do your teeth a favor by choosing to eat your favorite variety of apple in its natural, raw state. Yes, they are high in natural sugars (about 19 grams per apple), but they counteract that by also being high in water content and fiber.

Apples benefit your teeth in two ways by their crunchy texture:

  1. When you chew crunchy foods, your mouth naturally produces more saliva, which contains bacteria-neutralizing agents that protect your teeth from decay.
  2. Crunchy foods act as nature’s scrubbers on your teeth. They are especially good at getting around and between teeth to clean away plaque and leftover food particles.

So throw some apple slices into your work lunch or the kid’s school lunch and reap the healthy rewards of this sweet and yummy snack.

Pumpkin

When you think of fall foods, one of the first that often comes to mind is pumpkin. We’ve all seen the stampede at Starbucks for their seasonal pumpkin spice latte; and each fall, Pinterest is inundated with the latest pumpkin recipes. But, you may not know how good pumpkin actually is for you!

Pumpkin is a nutrient-dense food, and it’s full of vitamins and minerals that are important for your oral health. Here are just a few of its many benefits:

  • Pumpkin contains zinc, and a deficiency in zinc is associated with poor dental health, weak bones, and bleeding gums.
  • It has magnesium, which works along with calcium to build a hard enamel surface on your teeth necessary to resist decay.
  • Pumpkin has 100% of your RDA for Vitamin A for promoting healing, especially important if you have damaged gums.
  • It provides  20% of your RDA for Vitamin C, needed to build up your immune system and fight off infections and inflammation.
  • It is also a rich source of beta-carotene, which can play an important part in fighting several types of cancers.

As you can see, pumpkin is a vegetable superfood when it comes to your teeth, so eat up! But skip the sugary lattes and opt instead for the soups, oatmeals, quick breads, and smoothies featured in these healthy and tasty recipes.

Enjoy a pumpkin spice “fix” without the sugar and calories with this delicious Pumpkin Spice Smoothie recipe:

Recipe for a fall food favorite - healthy pumpkin spice smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Enjoy!

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are packed with nutrients, too – especially fiber (there’s more than 5g in 1oz of pumpkin seeds) and phosphorus, along with protein, calcium, and iron. Tooth enamel is made of calcium and phosphorus, so eating foods rich in these minerals will help to keep your teeth strong. And iron helps to keep your tongue healthy.

Most nuts and seeds are high in protein and low in sugar, while also providing great vitamins. So next time you are carving a pumpkin, why not try roasting the seeds and harvest the rich nutrient dividends for you and your family!

Cranberries

Cranberries are another seasonal snack good for the health of your teeth. They contain polyphenols that act as a bacteria repellant, blocking the molecules from sugar-causing bacteria from forming a decay-causing sticky layer on your teeth. Cranberries also encourage the good bacteria in your mouth to thrive!

Because cranberries are naturally tart, many times cranberry products are loaded with sugar, so use only unprocessed cranberries or 100% juice with no added sugars. A hot mug of cranberry juice spiced with cinnamon, orange zest, and cloves is the very essence of fall!

Healthy choices

Making healthy choices is easier when we know why they are important and how they will benefit us. Hopefully, this look at healthy fall food choices and how they will benefit your teeth and oral health will help you to make wise choices for you and your family. And we hope you will try some of the recipes we’ve shared!

Let us know in the comments below which recipes your family enjoyed the most!


The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Does Xylitol Prevent Cavities? The Facts You Need to Know

Posted by on Sep 3, 2018 in Blog, General Dentistry | 0 comments

Patient having dental exam but wondering: does xylitol prevent cavities?

What do you really know about xylitol? As a naturally occurring sugar, typically processed from birch trees and corn cobs, xylitol has gained popularity as a sugar substitute and potential dental hygiene game changer. If you’re grasping to understand how anything sweet can improve your oral health and shocked that your dentist is talking about it, you’re not alone. We’re here to give you the facts and answer the question: Does xylitol prevent cavities?

How does xylitol prevent cavities?

Most people don’t realize that dental caries (or cavities) are the result of an infectious and transmittable disease caused by one of the many oral bacteria living in your mouth called Streptococcus mutans. When this particular bacteria feeds on the sugar you eat, it produces acid that contributes to tooth enamel erosion, plaque production, gum disease, cavities, and eventual tooth loss. How does xylitol prevent cavities?

  • Xylitol has properties that make it indigestible to bacteria, which decreases the number of bacteria with negative effects and reduces the instances of cavities.
  • Xylitol raises the pH of the mouth, creating an alkaline oral environment which limits the growth of bacteria.
  • Xylitol creates higher calcium levels in saliva which contributes to the production of enamel.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the amount of xylitol consumed must fall within a certain range (three to eight grams) and be spread throughout the day for maximum benefits. You can find xylitol in the following products:

  • Gum: Be sure to check the amount of xylitol in each piece (not serving) and if there are other sugar additives, like sorbitol or aspartame.
  • Mints and Candies: See a great list of products here.
  • Granular: Can be used for baking to replace refined sugar.
  • Syrups: This may be a better option for children under four years of age to reduce the risk of choking.

These are the scientific reasons why xylitol fights against cavities; however, clinical studies showing that xylitol reduces cavities are difficult to perform, leaving conflicting research on the validity of the claims.

What are the facts you should know about?

Scoop of xylitol with a table of pros and cons

Natural doesn’t mean unprocessed

Although xylitol is found in fruits and vegetables (not chemically produced like artificial sweeteners), it is still highly processed. The best source of xylitol is derived from hardwood birch trees, rather than genetically modified corn products.

Xylitol is not zero calorie

Xylitol is not sugar-free, although it contains 40% fewer calories than sugar. People with diabetes should be aware that although it has a low glycemic index of seven (compared to 84 for refined sugar), it may still affect blood glucose levels unlike other natural sweeteners like stevia.

Xylitol can cause gastrointestinal issues

Like most sugars, xylitol will pull water into the intestinal tract, which can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea. People with IBS should avoid consuming xylitol. To minimize side effects, it is recommended that xylitol is introduced slowly, over a week or more, for the body to adjust.

Xylitol is dangerous for pets

You will want to keep your xylitol away from your dog and avoid sharing food that contains the sweetener. Xylitol will cause their body to produce insulin, leading to hypoglycemia or even liver failure.

A multi-faceted approach to cavity prevention

So to answer the question: “Does xylitol prevent cavities?” – the answer can be yes and no. Your conclusions may be based on your values. Are you looking for a natural, healthier alternative to refined sugar? Are you one who needs evidence-based results from clinical trials? Are you looking for ways to reduce your risk of cavities any way possible?

Xylitol has its place among a multi-faceted approach to dental hygiene. It would be extreme to say that chewing any sugar-free gum will ever replace daily brushing and routine visits to your dentist. And it would be just as unbalanced to claim that xylitol has no benefits to oral care at all. So we leave the choice up to you.

Caring for your family’s oral health involves educating yourself on trending topics, prioritizing regular visits to your dentist, promoting a healthy diet and maintaining a routine of brushing and flossing. What we can say with certainty is that your dentist and hygiene team are always here to put your smile first!

 


 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Affordable Ways to Enhance the Power of Your Smile

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry | 0 comments

Power up your smile!

Did you know your smile can have an impact on the world? Not only does having a healthy, beautiful smile enhance and boost confidence, it can help you feel more apt to smile regularly, which can have a powerful effect on those around you.

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” Mother Teresa

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 92% of people believe a smile is a great way to brighten someone’s day. Smiling can even add years to your life and can boost your immune system! But some individuals hold back because they just don’t love their smile. What about you? Is there anything you dislike about your smile?

If so, there is good news: There are many affordable ways to improve your smile! If you don’t quite have the budget for a full makeover, that’s okay. The following smile enhancement options are inexpensive and can pack a powerful punch for a minimal cost.

Teeth whitening

Achieving a whiter, brighter smile is a great way to improve your self-esteem. While there are many inexpensive at-home treatments available, including whitening strips and whitening toothpaste, you’ll get the best bang for your buck with in-office whitening.

While the upfront cost is a bit more than at-home options, in-office whitening delivers more value: dramatic results (up to ten shades whiter) and long-lasting effects (a year or longer)! When you add up the costs of over-the-counter treatments, you may end up getting better results for less money with in-office whitening.

Bonding

Bonding is a cost-effective cosmetic dentistry option and can be long-lasting with the right care and maintenance. Bonding can repair:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Gaps and spacing
  • Broken teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

Dental bonding is an affordable alternative to veneers for patients who are looking to upgrade their smile on a budget. Bonding requires the removal of less tooth enamel than veneers and anesthesia is typically not required. It can usually be completed in just one visit, making it convenient, conservative, and cost-effective!

Maintain at-home care and regular checkups

Preventive dentistry is the best dentistry! Maintaining healthy dental habits at home can help prevent serious and potentially expensive problems later on. A solid at-home dental routine is one of the most affordable ways to improve your smile. Here are our recommendations for at-home care:

  • Brush teeth twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Don’t smoke or use chewing tobacco
  • Limit sugary sodas and acidic beverages
  • Eat a balanced, healthy diet that includes lots of vegetables
  • See your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings

Maintain healthy dental habits at home to maximize your smile's potential.

Get a Smile You’ll Love

A beautiful smile doesn’t have to break the bank! As you can see, there are many affordable ways to improve your smile. Maintain healthy dental habits at home and see your dental team for cleanings and check-ups regularly. Ask your dentist for personalized recommendations that fit your needs, goals, and budget.


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Vaping – Is it Safe?

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Blog, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Is vaping a healthy alternative?

It seems like everywhere you go nowadays you see someone vaping. That large, white, cloud of steam escaping from their mouth and floating around their head is a common sight. Vaping has been around for many years, but it’s only been in the last few years that its popularity and use has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry.

Why is vaping so popular and just how safe is it for your health?

Vaping 101

Vaping involves inhaling vapor from a small cylinder (similar in size and shape to a cigarette) filled with chemicals and flavors. The vaping pipe has a heating element built in it that changes the liquid in the pipe to steam.

Vaping, or e-cigarettes, are promoted as being a healthy alternative to tobacco-based cigarettes. Some are even encouraged to use vaping as a stepping stone in their struggle to break free from their addiction to nicotine.

How safe is vaping?

For those who really enjoy “riding the mist” and think that they are choosing a safer alternative than cigarettes, it will be disappointing to learn that vaping isn’t really any safer.

Almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the same highly addictive chemical found in traditional cigarettes. Stopping the vaping habit will cause the same nicotine withdrawal symptoms as quitting cigarettes. It will also cause the same dangerous side effects to your health, which is why pregnant woman are warned to avoid vaping.

Many who vape mistakenly believe that steam is safer than smoke. But in reality, the same carcinogenic chemicals are released by both processes. And just as second-hand cigarette smoke is dangerous to others, the vapor from e-cigarettes has been shown to worsen the air quality of a room, mainly by introducing nicotine and other chemicals (including formaldehyde and lead) into the atmosphere. Exposure to this is especially dangerous for smaller children.

One of the most troubling trends with e-cigarettes is their growing use among teenagers – middle school and high school age. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made the statement that nicotine is harmful to the developing teenage brain. And no teenager should be using any tobacco or nicotine-containing products.

Did you know? Vaping increases your oral cancer risk.

 

Vaping and oral cancer

The occurrence of oral cancer has been rising in the U.S. and is a genuine danger with both cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Tens of thousands of Americans die from oral cancer every year. If you use e-cigarettes, here are some of the oral cancer symptoms you should be on the watch for:

  • Sores in the mouth and on the lips that don’t heal
  • Red or white patches of skin in the mouth
  • A persistent sore throat or hoarseness
  • Numbness or swelling of the lips or mouth

If you notice any of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately.

The best prevention would be to just not use e-cigarettes at all, but if you do continue to vape, ask your dentist on your regularly scheduled checkups to screen your mouth for oral cancer. A dentist has special equipment that helps spot cancer in the developing stages when it is more easily and successfully treated.

To vape or not to vape

We hope looking at these facts will help you to make an informed decision about the wisdom of vaping. In the end, it’s up to you, of course, to decide. But, we hope this information will make you think before you inhale!


 

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The Secrets Behind Making Your Age Just a Number

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry | 0 comments

 How can you make your age just a number? Dentistry might be the answer

You don’t feel your age, so why should you look your age? Ask almost anyone over the age of 40 to tell you what people guess their age to be. On average, it’s seven to 10 years younger than their actual, biological age. Do you know what that means? Our sense of age is changing. It’s in your power to redefine the stereotypes of your generation. Grandmothers aren’t in their rocking chairs knitting sweaters and baking cookies all day. They’re on their hands and knees with their grandchildren, cooking healthy meals, taking care of themselves, and feeling great! You can make your age just a number too.

We’ve researched the best ways to stay young at heart and keep the hands of time from turning.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

How you look on the outside is a reflection of what’s happening on the inside. Any steps you take to improve your diet and increase your exercise will help you physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Here are some tips for a sustainable and healthy lifestyle:

  • Get enough sleep. Most people need at least eight hours of sleep every night to regenerate the brain and body. Get out of sleep debt by getting eight straight hours of rest for six weeks straight.
  • Eat healthy at least 90% of the time. Let’s face it, we all need a piece of chocolate cake once and a while! According to a study by the American Academy of Neurology, eating approximately one serving per day of green leafy vegetables can make you up to 11 years younger cognitively.
  • Increase your physical activity. Exercise has the unique ability to reduce stress, burn calories, and re-energize our bodies. Just 30 minutes of exercise that increases your heart rate and breathing can boost your mood and help you think clearly. Strength training that focuses on your lower body and core builds stamina to help you feel younger!

 "Age is just a number for me! A person is as young as he feels" quote by Sunny Deol

Keep a positive attitude

Thinking young can actually make you feel and look younger. Defying your chronological age is all about mind over matter. Keeping an optimistic attitude will give you the positive energy to be active in youthful activities.

Follow these steps to keep your mind (and body) feeling young:

  • Make goals for the future. Goals help us grow at any age. Develop aspirations for personal and professional growth. Why not learn a new language or start a new hobby?
  • Exercise your mind. Do some mental training every day by playing puzzles involving numbers, sequences, and wordplay.
  • Be thankful. Express gratitude for everything that happens to you, good and bad. When you focus on what you have, there will be less room for stress and anxiety.

Maintain a youthful appearance

Nearly half of all adults are not happy with their teeth. Now that your kids are self-sufficient, it’s time to invest in yourself. Cosmetic dentistry presents a reasonable, affordable, and attractive option. With technological improvements in dentistry, there’s no need to look older than you feel. Laser whitening, cosmetic bonding, crowns, and veneers, have made it possible for aging teeth to look young again.

Statistic about 48% of people being unhappy with their smile

What could hold you back from considering cosmetic dentistry?

  • Aversion to dentistry. Dentistry has come a long way, but you may only remember the traumatic dental visits of the past. Don’t let your fear of dentists keep you from a radiant, healthy smile that fits your image and lifestyle. Many dental offices today are more like spas, combining the convenience of modern technology and relaxing patient comforts. If you still can’t overcome your fear, your dentist may offer sedation options to beat your anxiety.
  • Concerns about cost. If your oral health has paid the price in the past at the expense of other priorities, isn’t it time to put your number one asset—your smile—first? Many cosmetic dentists offer financing options, like credit card payments or CareCredit (a healthcare financing credit card that makes the health, wellness and cosmetic procedures you want possible today).
  • It won’t make a difference. You may be surprised to learn that fixing your bite and replacing missing teeth with implant-supported dentures can not only improve your oral health and quality of life but also change your profile and give you a non-surgical facelift! Only your cosmetic dentist can tell you for sure. Isn’t it worth it to find out?

Is your age just a number?

It can be if you preserve your youth through attitude, lifestyle, and, of course, by your Danbury dentist skilled in cosmetic dentistry. You can feel attractive at any age by making minor or profound personal improvements. Schedule your consultation today by calling (203) 743-1972 .

Share what helps you keep your age just a number in the comments below!


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How to Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit for Your Family

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Blog, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Image of items in an emergency preparedness kit

It’s a sobering fact of life that many of us will at some time have to deal with a major disaster. A fire, flood, tornado, earthquake, or hurricane can cause serious or even devastating damage.

Having an emergency preparedness kit is the smart thing to do. But what should you pack in your kit? Here are some important tips from some leading emergency management organizations.

What to pack

There are some basic things that you should have packed and ready in a “Go Bag” in case you need to evacuate your area. When it comes to food and water, packing at least a 3-day supply for each member of the family is recommended. Keep these supplies in something easy to carry such as a backpack (you could pack one for each member of the family) or bucket or plastic tub and keep it someplace everyone can access.

  • Water– It’s possible to buy purified water in cans or pouches online that have a 5 to 50-year shelf life.
  • Food – Pack only non-perishable items. Energy bars are good since they are calorie dense but small and lightweight.
  • Flashlight/radio – A hand-cranked combo of the two is the best choice since you won’t need to pack and carry batteries.
  • First aid kit – Get one with at least basic medicines and first aid supplies to deal with minor injuries.
  • Extra keys – To the house, car, or business.
  • Multi-purpose tool and whistle
  • Extra clothes and blanket
  • Medications – Pack an extra weeks supply of any medications you may be presently taking.
  • Extra cash – Since banks may be closed and ATMs inoperable, have some cash in small bills.
  • Chargers – Pack extra cell phone chargers and backup batteries.
  • Pet food – Whatever pets you have, pack a 3-day supply of their food also.
  • Personal hygiene items – Don’t forget to pack such necessary items as a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, and soap.

Many stores and online businesses sell pre-packaged emergency and food kits so there are several options available for making sure you and your family are prepared for the worst.

 Image of flashlight, batteries, radio and an emergency plan

Have a plan

Create and practice an emergency plan so your family will know what to do in a crisis. Here are the three steps it takes to create a plan:

  1. Discuss with your family how to respond to the different types of emergencies likely to arise in your area. Plan where you will meet in case you become separated. Have a way to notify loved ones that you are safe. You can do this on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website or call 1-800-RED-CROSS and select “Disaster” to register yourself and your family.
  2. Delegate responsibilities to each family member in accord with age and ability.
  3. Practice your plan until everyone feels comfortable with their role.

Having an emergency plan in place has been life-saving in some situations! So don’t put it off.

“Always be prepared”

That old boy scout motto is a piece of very good advice! Being prepared for an emergency does take some extra time and planning but the safety of you and your family is worth any effort it takes, isn’t it?  Why not set aside time this week to work up a plan with your family and get an emergency “Go Bag” ready. You’ll sleep better at night knowing that whatever may arise, you and your family are prepared to meet it!


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The Top 3 Surprising Reasons Why Straight Teeth Matter

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry | 0 comments

Straight teeth improve your confidence and have health benefits

Are you considering straightening your smile with orthodontic treatment? You have good reason to invest in yourself! A recent study revealed that almost 80% of patients who completed orthodontic treatment felt that teeth straightening was one of the most life-changing decisions that they ever made.

For most teens and adults, the primary motivation to correct a crooked smile is improving appearance and boosting confidence. But did you know that there are also significant health benefits of straight teeth?

1. Straight teeth create healthy bites

According to the American Dental Association, the purpose of orthodontics is to create a healthy bite. Malocclusion (or bad bite) occurs when teeth are out of alignment, crowded, or crooked, making the jaws not meet properly. An abnormal bite can cause significant oral health problems, such as:

  • uneven wear to tooth enamel
  • tooth decay
  • impaired speech and chewing
  • chips or cracking of protruding teeth upon injury
  • jaw pain or related TMJ issues

Your dentist or orthodontist will assess your bite and may recommend orthodontic treatment to correct a malocclusion to save your smile from premature wear and prevent future dental issues.

2. Straight teeth are easier to clean

Proper dental hygiene (that means brushing AND flossing) is more difficult when teeth are crooked or crowded. If the bacteria that accumulates between your teeth and at your gum line is not removed daily, you may experience increased tooth decay and develop periodontal problems such as gum disease. Gum disease is a serious health ailment that can lead to:

  • red, swollen and bleeding gums
  • bad breath
  • receding gums
  • eventual tooth loss

A perfectly aligned smile together with a regular hygiene routine and biannual dental visits will keep your smile healthy for a long time!

Straight teeth will help you smile more and contribute to your mental and physical well being

3. A healthy smile contributes to overall health

How can a straight smile improve your whole body health? There are two key areas:

  • Mental Health. Smiling makes us happy! When you have a beautiful smile, you’ll find yourself grinning more than usual. Teeth straightening can give you the confidence to accomplish a personal goal or land your dream job. Especially during adolescence, straight teeth can improve the self-esteem of teens. Orthodontic treatment can even help adults look and feel younger. You’ll never be self-conscious about your teeth and hide your smile in social situations again!
  • Physical Health. The truth is that your oral health impacts your overall health. Neglecting your oral health can lead to bleeding gums caused by periodontal disease, which allows oral bacteria to enter your bloodstream. Oral infections and inflammation can lead to more serious health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and other systemic diseases (find out more from the American Academy of Periodontology).

By taking care of your gums, teeth, and smile, you will be taking good care of your entire body.

How to achieve straight teeth at any age

You may be surprised to learn that the benefits of properly-aligned teeth extend beyond confidence and appearance. A correct bite position, clean teeth, and overall body health are top reasons why straight teeth are important.

Our trained and experienced dental team can help you identify your options for orthodontic care. Achieving a straight smile and maintaining the health of your teeth go hand in hand. Whether you’re a teen or adult, teeth straightening is worth your investment! Start your smile journey today!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

How To Keep Your Teeth White After Whitening

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry | 0 comments

’Tis the season for parties, photos, vacations, time with family, and more! As you prepare for a busy holiday season, don’t forget to schedule your teeth whitening so your smile is bright, beautiful, and camera-ready!

Various forms of whitening, whether via in-office treatment, at-home trays, or over-the-counter products, aren’t permanent. However, there are a few simple post-whitening tips that can help you keep your teeth white after whitening for a longer period of time!

Try a combination whitening approach

For the longest-lasting whitening, many dentists recommend a combination of in-office whitening followed by use of trays at home. An in-office whitening session can whiten your teeth by several shades in just one appointment, and customized trays and bleach solution can help you keep your pearly whites white longer.

Use a combination approach to keep your teeth white longer after whitening

Tips to keep your teeth white and bright after whitening

There are a few simple preventive steps you can take to help maintain your beautiful white smile:

  • Rinse your mouth immediately after eating or drinking.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco.
  • Avoid common staining beverages, such as wine, coffee, or tea.
  • Use a straw when drinking acidic beverages.
  • Enjoy foods proven to be good for your teeth, such as apples, strawberries, celery, and leafy greens.

Maintain your smile’s health to keep your teeth whiter, longer

In addition to the preventive measures you can take to avoid staining, it’s vital to keep your smile healthy to help your whitening last as long as possible. Achieve optimum oral health with simple habits:

  • Brush at least twice a day using a whitening toothpaste.
  • Bring a toothbrush and toothpaste with you to be able to brush after meals on the go.
  • Floss daily to prevent plaque from building up.

Additionally, maintain your 6-month checkups and cleanings with your dentist! Regular, professional cleaning and polishing will help keep your teeth white after whitening. During your appointment, your hygienist will polish away surface stains, which will help you avoid discoloration. The dentist will be able to give you personalized recommendations to help you keep your teeth white so you can maintain your gorgeous, confident smile longer! Call Soams Dental Care today and ask about our teeth whitening services. We have two locations to serve you – our Danbury dentist office or choose our Brookfield location.


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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