As you approach the season of goodwill and festive fun, you will also be indulging in lots of delicious holiday foods, no doubt.
Do you ever wonder how much the following sugary treats impact your beautiful smile?
Let’s take a look at the following tasty treats so that you can decide on the ones you would like to steer clear of this year and determine what you are going to make your Christmas naughty but nice secret.
To keep your teeth healthy and strong, and free of any cavities, make sure you drink plenty of water to ensure any sugars are wash away from your teeth enamel, helping to reduce any permanent damage to your teeth. You should also make flossing your best friend and do it frequently whenever you divulge these festive snacks and confectionery treats.
1. Pecan Pie
A little slice of pecan pie may be a delightful treat but beware of the effects of the nuts, which could get stuck in your teeth and gums in addition to that. Your teeth will be fighting damage to protect your tooth enamel after your teeth are being bathed in the high sugar content of syrup and sticky molasses. Make sure you drink plenty of water to flush sugar away from your teeth.
2. Peanut Brittle
This festive treat could cause lots of issues to your teeth. Eating this may see you have to make a quick dash to the dentists, especially if the sticky toffee confection may get stuck on crowns, fillings, and causing all kinds of heavy damage to your teeth.
3. Peppermint Candy Canes
Next on our list of holiday foods that can be bad for your teeth are peppermint candy canes – the confectionary of sugar plum fairies and childhood memories. Sadly they are not very good for your teeth. As these festive treats take a little while to eat, the sugar from the candy cane coats your teeth with a sticky, sugary residue and dye. The bacteria in your mouth combines with the sugar to produce acid, increasing the risk of dental cavities.
4. Dried Fruit
Although you may think that dried fruit may be a healthy substitute for sweets and chocolate, dried fruits such as prunes, apricots, figs, and raisins are incredibly sticky. They get stuck in tiny crevices and dental work, leaving behind a sticky residue on your teeth that eats into the tooth’s enamel over time. You should make sure you brush your teeth after eating these sugary, sticky treats.
5. Mixed Nuts
Even savory holiday foods can cause more harm than good to your dental work. However, they are the healthiest of all of the lovely choices you can see here on this list. Be sure to floss your teeth so that any tiny particles of nuts do not get stuck and trapped, which leads to tooth decay and tooth loss.
Fantastic hot buttery popcorn can be an alternative seasonal savory or sweet treat, especially on a cold winter’s day, in front of a roaring fire cuddled up with the ones you love.
Popcorn may cause a double threat. The thin fluffy layer covering the kernel can get stuck between your teeth or between your tooth and the gum.
This gives bacteria the chance to grow on your teeth and in your mouth, causing tooth decay and dental hygiene issues.
7. Carbonated Beverages
Carbonated beverages are usually packed with high sugar content and quite acidic, damaging your teeth, eating into your teeth’ enamel and dentine. Long term consumption of this type of drink can also be harmful to the whole of your body and put you at risk of severe health issues such as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), weight gain, and sugar intolerances.
8. Egg Nog or Homemade Punch
You may be drawn to enjoy this festive drink of choice that reminds you of cinnamon and winter snows, that conjures up happy memories of your youth. Egg nog is not as healthy as it contains raw eggs, cream, sugar, alcohol (optionally), and spices; this coats your teeth and erodes your tooth enamel. Look for alternatives. For example, you could drink cranberry juice or mulled apple juice instead.
9. Caramel or Chocolate Covered Caramels
Caramel or chocolate-covered caramels, although a lovely little sugar-filled sweet treat, are best if eaten in moderation; the sticky caramel coats your teeth and eats into any delicate dental work. You should make sure your floss regularly and drink plenty of water.
Sure, you still might indulge in these holiday foods for the sugar rush and feel-good factor. Just remember, the downside is that they can cause severe damage to your teeth, both in the short and long term.
You should make sure to drink plenty of water after you eat these types of food. Better yet, add an extra tooth brushing in your day (one more than your regular dental hygiene schedule and routine), and be sure to floss at least once or twice a day.
By doing this, you will have a better chance of getting rid of any unwanted debris trapped in gaps and stray food that is hiding in crevices and combining with bacteria that can cause dental decay.
Enjoy the odd seasonal treat, but also add some fresh fruit and vegetables that are healthier too. Although you should refrain from eating too much as natural sugars can also cause damage to your teeth.
Visit your dentist, and keep up to date with dental appointments to ensure that your mouth hygiene is maintained and your teeth are looked after and free of decay.
Finally, do not ignore any dental issues. Instead, seek advice, and attend to any problems as soon as they appear to prevent tooth loss and anything more serious.
By maintaining healthy teeth, you ensure that you keep your wonderful smile!
In this time of festivity and hope, you might be forgiven if you slightly indulged in a few festive treats to lift your spirits, but be sure to do so in moderation, of course.
Dr. Holly Austgen, DDS of Southeast Family Dental in Indianapolis, Indiana reveals what that weird blue light is that your dentist uses, how it works and if there are any risks to your teeth and gums when using it. https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs [https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs] If you can not see the embedded video above please use the following link: What is that weird blue light my dentist uses? [https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs] Transcript Hi everyone. My name is Dr. Austgen from Southeast Family Dental and today I’m going to talk to you about a question we often get here at the office, and that is, what is the blue light that we use and is it dangerous? So what is it? That blue light is a dental curing light. It’s basically a piece of dental equipment that we use to harden or cure our resin or basically, tooth-colored filling materials, as well as some other materials that we use such as cements and bonding agents that we use to restore your teeth back to health. So how does this light work? When fillings are placed in the teeth, they are very soft so that they can be molded to the correct shape and anatomy. When the dentist or the assistant who is placing the filling is happy with the shape and the contour, they will then set the material to make it hard. That’s where the blue light comes in. We press the light, the blue light shines on it, and it will make the material hard as rock, strong enough for you to be able to chew on as soon as you leave. Okay, so here’s the big question. What about the blue light? Everyone wants to know what it is. So I’ll tell you what it’s not. It is not a UV light and it is not a laser. What it is, is a very strong blue light and it’s blue because it falls into the range of the wavelengths under the blue light spectrum. So like I said, it’s not a laser and it’s not a UV light. So it’s not going to cause any damage to your teeth or your gums. The only danger is if you look at the light for too long. It’s kind of similar to looking at the sun for too long. Dentists and assistants who place fillings are the most at risk. That’s why there is an orange filter on the light to protect our eyes. So no need to be concerned about the blue light or the curing light. It’s been a significant advancement in dentistry for us and allows us to place fillings that are hard, exactly the way we want them to be so you’re ready to use your tooth just like you wanted when you leave. Thanks for listening and remember, at Southeast Family Dental, we love to make you smile.
Do you suffer from fears and anxiety when going to the dentist? Or, maybe a trip to the dentist is a scary event for your child, which also stresses you out? Dental fears, anxiety and phobia are extremely common. It’s estimated that between 5% and 8% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fears. Some people (perhaps up to 20%) experience so much anxiety that they’ll only go to the dentist when it’s absolutely necessary. People experience dental anxiety and fears for various reasons, including: * Previous bad experiences at the dentist’s office. * Fear of pain. * Feeling helpless or not in control of the situation. * Embarrassment about the state of their teeth and gums. Being unfamiliar with the instruments, noises and smells in the dental office. This is especially true for young children. At Southeast Family Dental, we understand how the dentist’s office can cause anxiety and fears. But calming fears isn’t just for kids, some adults need help calming their anxiety at the dentist, too. So a dentist located in Northbrook, IL, has found an ingenious way to do just that. He brings a trained comfort dog into his office. The golden retriever soothes nervous kids and adults alike by comforting them during dental exams. In fact, the golden retriever has a sixth sense when it comes to figuring out exactly who needs him the most. A comfort dog really is an excellent idea to calm dental fears, because animals tend to have a soothing effect on people. Other ideas that dentists may use to calm your fears, include: * Providing you with an iPad and headphones, so you can listen to relaxing music or watch a TV program to distract you. * Offering you a blanket for warmth, comfort and the feeling of security. * Giving you nitrous oxide or other sedatives to help you feel relaxed during dental exams or procedures. If you suffer from dental anxiety and fears, talk to our team at Southeast Family Dental. We can talk to you about what to expect during your appointment and help you find ways to ease your fears. We want to make sure your dental experience is as calm, comfortable and stress-free as possible for you.
Stress is a normal part of life. Everyone experiences it at some point. It can cause you to feel anxious, sad, or stressed about a situation. While the occasional feeling of stress is normal, having feelings of stress all the time can take a toll on your health. IMPACT OF STRESS ON ORAL HEALTH Stress can have a major impact on your health, and it can have a similarly major impact on your oral health. Most people have probably experienced an ulcer at some point in their life, and an ulcer is just one example of the way chronic stress can negatively impact your oral and overall health. * When your body is stressed, it releases cortisol, which is a hormone that increases your blood glucose levels. This increase in blood sugar can lead to inflammation, which can trigger the body's immune response to fight off infection or injury. However, when the immune system is overstimulated, it can lead to an increase in gum disease. * Not only can stress increase the chances of developing gum disease, but it can also increase your risk for more serious diseases, such as cancer. This is because your immune system becomes weakened by stress, and compromised health can make it harder for your immune system to fight disease effectively. * Additionally, stress can cause bruxism – an abnormal clenching of the jaw and grinding of teeth while sleeping. This can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD causes pain in your jaw that can be chronic. And, since it does affect your smile, it's considered part of your oral health. If you are suffering from this, we may be able to help by finding a custom oral appliance you can wear at night to protect your teeth from damage. We can also recommend other ways to cope with stress and advise you on steps you can take to improve your oral health. WAYS TO MINIMIZE STRESS Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the effects of stress on your body. Regular exercise is one of the best options, as it can help keep your body healthy, strong, and balanced. You should also try to stick to a healthy diet, limit alcohol consumption, drink plenty of water during the day, and try to get enough sleep each night. When you're under a lot of stress, you should make sure to keep up with your regular checkup and cleaning appointments. We can work with you to identify problem areas in your smile and take steps to help you prevent symptoms from getting worse over time. If you're overdue for your annual exam and cleaning, then it's time to give us a call to schedule your next appointment. We can be reached at (317) 359-8000. Our dentist's office is located in Indianapolis, IN, and we look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy for many years to come!
Southeast Family Dental is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Bohnert and Dr. Laura Geiger have been selected by a vote of their peers to be Top Dentists, www.usatopdentists.com. and featured in the “Best of Indy” December issue of of Indianapolis Monthly. Indianapolis Monthly December 2018Dr. Bohnert is a 10-year winner and Dr. Geiger is a 3-year winner of the Top Dentist award. This honor is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout Indiana cast votes on the abilities of other dentists and specialists. Inclusion in Top Dentists is considered a singular honor. Dr. Laura Geiger responded to the announcement. “We are thrilled to have been voted Top Dentists. This honor shows us that we are meeting our mission to change the way you feel about going to the dentist, while giving you more reasons to smile.”
Drinking water is essential to your health. Water helps to transport nutrients in your body, regulates your body temperature, lubricates your joints, helps build muscle, digests food and improves your skin complexion. And, yes, water really is healthy for your teeth, especially if it’s fluoridated. Some reasons why water is beneficial to your teeth include: * Tap water may contain fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in almost all water supplies. Also fluoride can be added to a town’s water supply. Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, it has been shown to reduce the rate of cavities by as much as 60%. However, it’s important to note that not all bottled waters contain fluoride. * Water naturally rinses your teeth and keep them clean. When you drink water, especially after eating, it helps wash away food particles and acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. Therefore, if you can’t brush your teeth while you’re out, drink a glass of water and swish the water around in your mouth to help clean your teeth until you can get home and brush. * Drinking water helps to decrease the pH level in your mouth. The neutral pH level in your mouth is 7.0. When you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages, the pH level can drop below 5.0. Too much acid can cause bad bacteria to grow, leading to tooth decay, which occurs when the pH level in your mouth is 5.5 or lower. But drinking water can help neutralize the effects of acid in your mouth. * Water helps alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth. When your salivary glands don’t make enough saliva in your mouth, dry mouth can occur. You need an adequate supply of saliva to neutralize the acids produced by bacteria and to wash away food particles. Otherwise, a mouth that’s too dry can increase your risk of developing tooth decay. Drink water as part of your daily dental health routine As you see, drinking water really is healthy for your teeth. So make drinking water a regular part of your daily dental health routine, in addition to brushing and flossing. But be careful of some seltzer waters. Some are advertised as water, but contain additional sweeteners that make them just as harmful as soda. Also, they are more acidic than flat water so should be limited due to their ability to erode teeth. Also, remember to schedule your biannual dental checkups with Southeast Family Dental by calling us at (317) 359-8000.