Best Foods to Eat for Your Smile

Everybody wants to look and feel their best. We search high and low for sure-fire methods and diets to achieve those ends, and it stands to reason that you’d want your smile to be its best, too. What if I told you that not only can you eat to improve your body’s health but you can eat to improve the health of your teeth, guaranteeing that dazzling smile will stay dazzling? Eating the right foods, on a regular basis, has the benefit of helping to protect your teeth and mouth from gingivitis, plaque, periodontal disease, even help whiten and keep your gums healthy, thereby ensuring stronger healthier teeth.

As we go through these healthy foods keep in mind there are some easy ways to determine the best choices for your teeth and mouth. There are foods that have already demonstrated protective properties and/or provide nutrients that remineralize your teeth in a natural way. Also, there are foods high in water content, as in the case of fruits and vegetables. Water tends to dilute the sugars and the acidic properties of certain foods helping to stop or slow the decay process.

Here is a list of some simple things you can start eating right now, quite possibly these items are already in your fridge or pantry.

Foods that aid in remineralizing teeth naturally

Cheese, salmon, eggs, meat, almonds, and leafy greens all provide nutrients like calcium or phosphorus that strengthen and keep tooth enamel healthy and strong. Calcium and phosphorus are naturally occurring minerals that replenish the enamel on your teeth after eating or drinking. Imagine that the minerals from these healthy foods are actually filling in microscopic holes and scratches left behind from the normal wear and tear teeth are exposed to.

When we eat, the food in our mouth may have high sugar or even high acid levels as in the case of citrus, tomatoes, wine, cider, and blueberries. Foods high in acid leave microscopic abrasions on our teeth as we eat. Those tiny scratches become more and more vulnerable to decay over time. Besides having mineral properties to strengthen enamel, cheese has the added benefit of being able to lower pH levels in the mouth after acidic food has been consumed.

Not only can eating foods, like cheese, help lower the pH in your mouth from acidic foods, but they can also help replace minerals leached from the enamel.

Many types of fish, particularly ocean fish, offer a great source of vitamin D. Vitamin D found in salmon and other fish is critical for your body to be able to utilize calcium properly. Natural sources of Vitamin D are found in some types of fish like salmon and mackerel, and in dark green leafy vegetables like kale, chard and the tops of beets. These sources of vitamin D are just as natural and beneficial as getting your vitamin D from the sun.

Lots of other foods offer vitamins, like vitamin A for example, and those vitamins are also needed in healthy tooth enamel. The short list includes; carrot, butternut squash, kale, cantaloupe, mango, red sweet pepper, sweet potatoes, and tuna (just be careful of mercury levels). Eating a regular diet full of foods like these create a synergistic effect making the most of your teeth’s ability to maintain enamel and stay strong

Foods that whiten and protect teeth

The good news keeps getting better: not only are there foods that aid in maintaining the protective enamel of your chompers but there are foods that help to whiten your smile as well. Just about any fruit or vegetable that crunches while you chew is a great choice for your teeth. Apples and Pears, in particular, are high in water content, the natural sugars in them stimulate saliva production the combination ensures that while you’re chewing the abrasiveness of the crunchy fruit and all that juicy goodness will scrub and rinse away stains along with pockets of bacteria.

That same benefit — and a better option — can also be had from not so sweet crunchy foods: carrots, celery, raw broccoli, and raw cauliflower are great examples. While these foods may not stimulate healthy saliva production the same way a juicy apple does, some of them, like broccoli and cauliflower, boast unique characteristics for protecting your teeth. They still do all that whitening scrubbing action that other crunchy stuff does but they leave behind a slippery coating on teeth that forms a barrier for sticky plaque causing bacteria.

A few other foods have the ability to create something of a protective shield on your teeth: sesame seeds, shitaki mushrooms, and onions are among them. Sounds funny but these last three should be considered secret weapons in the quest for a brighter, whiter smile. Sesame seeds can be sprinkled on just about any salad, stir fry, or baked goods and actually have enzymes that soften and dissolve plaque in addition to the calcium they have that replenishes the enamel of your teeth. Shitaki mushrooms tout an enzyme that acts like a seek-and-destroy missile to eradicate specific bacteria in the mouth responsible for cavities.

While raw onions probably won’t make the cut on date night, they actually have antibacterial properties proven to eradicate six specific types of bacteria in the mouth that cause decay and gingivitis. So slice up some onions for your sandwich (and brush your teeth when your done).

Don’t forget…

Water. Its the single easiest thing you can do, after brushing and flossing, to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Drinking a minimum of 6-8 glasses of water and adding water to compensate for hot days, caffeine intake, and activities like exercise that leave you perspiring. Adequate water consumption ensures your mouth stays moist and rinses away bacteria after eating, reducing the acid and decreasing the chance for decay. Saliva is the best thing for your teeth, it dilutes down acids, washes away food particles, fights germs, and carries nutrients to the enamel.

Why Dental Implants are Better Than Bridges

Why Dental Implants are Better Than Bridges

Why dental implants are better than conventional bridges

When it comes to options for tooth replacement patients are increasingly opting for dental implants over the usual dental prostheses such as dentures or conventionally placed bridges. Since an implant sits securely in the jaw and looks like natural teeth, they offer superior durability and outstanding aesthetics when compared to conventional bridges.

There are four major categories of restorations available for tooth replacement:

Bonded dental bridge

Bonded dental bridges use the teeth adjacent to the empty space to help support the missing tooth by using a very thin piece of metal or tooth-colored material to overlay and bond to the back of the adjacent teeth. A tooth replacement is set between these two bonded pieces in order to fill in the empty space. Failure rate is about 25 percent after just five years of use.

Cantilevered dental bridge

A cantilevered restoration uses the closest tooth next to the empty space to support the missing tooth using the either the back of the neighboring tooth or a full crown to help support the missing tooth. Success rate is higher than with a bonded bridge depending on how much pressure the actual replacement endures due to grinding and normal wear.

Conventional dental bridge

This type of restoration uses crowns on the teeth next to the empty space that are hooked together to help support the missing tooth. Unfortunately conventional dental bridges predictably fail at a range from 20 percent over 3 years to 3 percent over 23 years.

Dental implant

A dental implant is created from a high performance material (zirconium oxide) that is inserted into the bone to act like a natural tooth-root. Due to its nonmetallic construction the ceramic dental implant does not interfere with the body’s immune or meridian systems and therefore does not create a potential for rejection. Once anchored into the jaw, the implant integrates directly into the bone to give firm support to the artificial replacement that it is built to hold and should last the lifetime of a patient.

Routine maintenance of a dental implant is exactly the same as a person would follow for normal teeth.

Healthy patients prefer implants

Patients who prefer dental implants say that they are more comfortable and provide a more secure fit than fixed bridges or removable dentures. Dentures tend to make a person feel and look older. They can cause embarrassment in social situations when they slip and click, and hamper the everyday pleasure of eating comfortably.

Reasons to consider a ceramic dental implant:

• preserves healthy natural tooth

• looks and feel like natural teeth

• enhances a sense of self-confidence when eating, talking and smiling

• no gooey denture adhesives to deal with

• no embarrassingly loose dentures

• improves quality of speech

• perfectly natural comfort and fit

Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth may be a candidate for implants. If more than a few of the teeth are missing, implants in supporting a crown or bridge can replace those teeth and function as normal teeth without concern for decay. If all or most of the teeth are missing, then implants may be placed to fix in place a full-mouth fixture.

Conventional Dental Bridge

Getting fitted for a denture bridge requires the manual modification of the teeth on either side the bridge, a process that significantly weakens adjacent teeth. In order to fit a conventional bridge the structure of the existing teeth has to be ground down to support the false bridge. This practice weakens adjacent teeth while dental implants do not affect the health or longevity of neighboring teeth at all.

Once established, implants are firmly set into the bone making them more natural than dentures or conventional bridges, with none of the shifting that dentures normally display.

Some problems with conventional bridges

• since they are bonded to the adjacent tooth with a glue-like substance, bridges more often become loose and fall out

• Cracks and fissures form over time, due to normal wear and tear, causing them to become fragile and prone to breakage

• Improper fit can lead to either tooth decay or irritation to the surrounding sensitive tissue in the mouth

No such problems with implants

Ceramic dental implants are recommended to patients because:

• Chewing is easy with excellent biting pressure provided by implant

• Dental Implants have a good reputation for providing reliable and long-standing service, providing decades of use with few, if any complications

• Comfortable fit and durability because they are well secured and integrated with the bone and gums

Considering the overall advantages patients can expect to benefit from as a result of choosing a dental implant, they are better able to enjoy a healthier lifestyle without the restrictions many denture wearers face. Ultimately, not worrying about dentures becoming loose or falling out when speaking or eating offers a freedom that simply makes sense. The more secure foundation offered by a dental implant improves biting pressure, making it possible to enjoy the foods that a patient probably would not be able to using a dental prosthetic. With improved chewing ability it is more likely for a person to have a better diet and therefore improved overall healthfulness.

About Wholistic Dental Associates

Wholistic Dental Associates is one of a kind dental practice in Houston.

As true holistic dentists we perform dentistry that is good for the body as well as the teeth and gums.

The true differences between holistic dentistry and traditional dentistry is philosophical: traditional dentistry is the practice of treating the symptoms in the teeth and gums and attempting to prevent such problems from reoccurring. Holistic dentistry is the practice of treating the underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth, attempting to eliminate those problems (and, hence, preventing the symptoms from reoccurring) while ensuring the work done in the mouth does not have an adverse affect on your overall health.

Studies have concluded a link between gum disease and heart health, diabetes, and pregnancies. However, many dentists are not trained in the long term effects of what dentistry does (or could possibly do) to the whole body. We at Wholistic Dental Associates educate our patients on the importance of overall health and how dentistry can play a role in the overall health. We put emphasis on a more natural or holistic approach to dentistry.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.

 

 

Are you looking for a friendly and well qualified dentist?

There are many beautiful areas in the city of Houston, but there is none that surpass the aura of the galleria area. The galleria area of Houston is home to the Galleria mall which is the largest mall in Texas. Along with having world class shopping at your disposal, there are hundreds of fantastic restaurants that light up the area surrounding the mall. The galleria area is known to have the best clothes, food, and facilities provided to the people in that area. Finding a dentist in the galleria area is a piece of cake, but finding the right dentist may take a little more work. You want a dentist that is close to the area without being too deep in the heart of all the action. Going to the dentist should be a calm, undisturbed process and not jumbled up with all the action of the city while trying to get your teeth looked at.

Not too far away from the Galleria, away from the entire ruckus, is Dr. Marilyn K Jones office. She has been a very well established dentist in this area for quite a lot of years, and has the experience under her belt that young dentists envy. Being in the galleria area means you deserve the best of everything, and anything. People looking for a dentist in this area should expect nothing short of the best. Dr. Jones is better than all the others in her way, making her the best of Houston.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.

 

 

What To Expect At Initial Appointment With Houston Dentist?

fake-dental-appointmentThere are many things that we are new to in life and we don’t know what we are going to experience until it actually happens. No one knows how they will react to certain things, until those certain things surface and they are acted upon. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just know what to expect even though you haven’t ever experienced such a thing. Well going to a dentist’s office for the first time can be quite a nervous experience if you don’t know what to expect. Here are a few things that you can be ready to expect at your first dental appointment.

Medical History

The first thing that any physician usually wants from their patient is their medical history. Knowing what you have been through medically previously is something that the doctor really needs to know before being able to actually tend to the patient. You wouldn’t want your doctor prescribing you something that you can’t take with diabetes, if you have diabetes.

Actual Meeting with Dentist

This is probably the most obvious of the expectations that you would have when you first go to a dentist. You have to meet the person that will be working on your teeth for however many years to come. As long as they are friendly, cheerful, and inattentive to what is going on, you will be fine.

Visual Check

The dentist will sometimes do a visual check of your teeth. To make sure that you do not have any sort of cavities or diseases the dentist will take a look with a mirror and other various utensils (probe, diagnodent, intra-oral camera, x-ray). Don’t worry, not shots are coming out on this step.

Charting

As the dentist and their assistants are taking a look at your teeth, they will be charting every bit of information that they can of your teeth to better understand what is going in there. You want a dentist to take a good look at your mouth and record everything that he/she is catching on to.

When you walk into the office of Dr. Marilyn K Jones these are things that you should expect the first time. Not only should you expect these things, but you should also expect great top notch service. The staff will be something that you have yet to see in any other office, and Dr. Jones herself is so knowledgeable in her field that you will be swept away. Give her office a call today to set up an appointment at the next available date.

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.