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Top 9 Foods That Damage Your Teeth

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Do you know how important your oral health is for your overall well being? Are you aware of the importance of your diet for your dental health? The saying “You are what you eat” rings true and when it comes to dental health it’s even more important than usual.

 

Here are the 9 top foods that damage your teeth:

 

 

 

What you eat matters

While these hard candies seem harmless, eat too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful to your teeth. Hard candies also put your teeth at risk because, in addition to being full of sugar, they can also trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth. Better alternative? Chew sugarless gum that carries the ADA Seal.

 

Ice is for chilling, not chewing
You’d be surprised at how many people think ice is good for their teeth. It’s made of water, after all, and doesn’t contain any sugar or other additives. But chewing on hard substances can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency and damage enamel. Advice: Break the habit and enjoy water in its liquid form.

 

Watch your citrus intake
The truth is that frequent exposures to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time. So even though a squeeze of lemon or lime can turn a simple glass of water into a fun beverage, it’s not always the best choice for your mouth. Citric fruits and juices can also irritate mouth sores. Make sure to drink plenty of plain water.

 

Not all coffee is good for you
In their natural form, coffee and tea can be healthy beverage choices. Unfortunately, too many people can’t resist adding sugar. Caffeinated coffee and tea can also dry out your mouth. Frequent drinks of coffee and tea may also stain your teeth. If you do consume, make sure to drink plenty of water and try to keep the add-ons to a minimum.

 

Sticky foods are your mouth’s worst nightmare
When it comes to picking healthy snacks, many people put dried fruit at the top of the list. But many dried fruits are sticky. Sticky foods can damage your teeth since they tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. If you find yourself eating dried fruits or trail mix often, make sure to rinse with water after and to brush and floss carefully.

 

Beware of things that go “crunch”
Who doesn’t love the nice, satisfying crunch of a potato chip? Unfortunately, potato chips are filled with starch, which tends to get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in snacks like these, take extra care when you floss that day to remove all the food particles that can lead to plaque build-up.

 

Swap out soda with water
When you eat sugary foods or sip sugary drinks for long periods of time, plaque bacteria use that sugar to produce acids that attack your enamel, the hard surface of your tooth. Most carbonated soft drinks, including diet soda, are acidic and therefore, bad for your teeth. Caffeinated beverages, such as colas can also dry out your mouth. If you do consume soft drinks, try to drink alongside a cup of water.

 

Limit alcohol consumption
Alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth. People who drink excessively may find their saliva flow is reduced over time, which can lead to tooth decay and other oral infections such as gum disease. Heavy alcohol use also increases your risk for mouth cancer.

 

Watch out for sports drinks
They sound healthy, but sugar is a top ingredient in many sports and energy drinks. The American Academy of Pediatrics says sports drinks can be helpful for young athletes engaged in prolonged, vigorous physical activities, but unnecessary in most cases. Before your next sip, check the label to make sure your drink of choice is low in sugar or drink water.

 

Article Source: MouthHealthy.com

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We are moving!

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Don’t worry, we aren’t moving far. We are currently at 849 Suite E on Quince Orchard Blvd. Our new location is 845 Suite H on Quince Orchard Blvd. If you are standing in front of our current office and look to your right, it is right up the stairs on the right. (See picture)

 

Parking will be in the same area and you will still receive the same great dental care you have come to expect. Also, there will be little to no down time for the practice. If there are any concerns or ideas you have for our new space we would love to hear about them.

 

We are expecting to open the doors for our new location in March 2018. We will be posting pictures and updates as the construction starts so you can follow our progress. We are so happy and fortunate to have great patients who have made this expansion possible and we are forever grateful.

 

Here are some great things you guys can expect with the move:

-Our office will be 4800 Square feet compared to our current 2000 square foot office

-A larger reception area

-A separate Pediatric Lounge for our little ones

-Additional Treatment rooms (currently we have 7 and we will have 12)

-More spacious treatment rooms

-Much quieter rooms

-Windows and natural light for every treatment room and throughout the whole practice

-To provide more privacy, we will have additional consult rooms for our patients as well.

 

These are just some of the many updates you have to look forward to at Quince Orchard Dental Care. Please contact us at (301) 527-2727 with any questions you may have and also visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to view the construction progress! Expected start date for the construction is Nov 2017!

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3 Tips for Healthy Summer Smiles

Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine.

 

Here are three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:

 

Stay on a routine QODC2
Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime—or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning. “Don’t forget about your smile over the summer,” says ADA pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes. “It’s important for families to consistently brush and floss, which keeps kids on track for healthy back-to-school dental visits.”

 

No matter how eventful the upcoming months become, supervise that they are brushing twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Simple things like brushing calendars can help everyone stay on track over the summer. Plus, it’s a chance to spend more time together. Brushing alongside your children for 2 minutes, twice a day for the three months of summer gives you 6 extra hours together, so make the most of them!

 

And don’t forget to clean between those teeth once a day. “Your children should be flossing between any two teeth that touch,” Dr. Hayes says. “However, many kids don’t have motor skills to floss until they are over 10 years old.” If your child needs help, try different types of interdental cleaners or put your hands over theirs to guide them and get the job done at the same time.

 

Say no to sugary drinks and snacks
As the temperature rises, it’s common for families to sip and snack during sports tournaments, festivals or nearly any community event. “Watch your family’s intake of lemonade, juice, and soda,” says Dr. Hayes. “Consider sugary drinks treats to enjoy once in awhile, and not often.” Instead, offer water (even better if it has fluoride) to beat the heat, or milk to drink with meals. And, don’t let summertime grazing damage your child’s smile. “Taking a break from snacking is healthy for your teeth,” says Dr. Hayes. “It allows time for saliva to bathe the teeth, wash away leftover food and get stronger.”

 

If you find yourself spending more time at home, snack smarter, and let your children tell you when they’re hungry instead of offering snacks throughout the day. “They’re not afraid to let you know when they want something to eat!” she says.

 

Make your back-to-school dental visit early
Some schools require back-to-school dental visits for certain grades, and these checkups can be a good way to be sure your child’s teeth stay healthy. It is a good idea to make your child’s back-to-school appointment early in the summer to avoid the August rush and help ensure you get the appointment time that works best for you. “We can help spot and take care of any issues, so your child doesn’t have to miss class once school starts,” Dr. Hayes says. “Visiting the dentist regularly can help your child’s smile stay healthy all year long.”

 

Article Source: Mouthhealthy.org

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The Top Reason For Seeing An Orthodontist

The top reason for seeing an orthodontisQODC1t is the same for adults and kids: to treat malocclusion or a “bad bite.”

 

People tend to have low self-esteem when it comes to their teeth. Often times, this stems from neglected dental issues such as misaligned teeth. Orthodontists are dentists specialized in treating misaligned teeth by realigning crooked teeth into a beautiful smile. This can work wonders and lead to a confident smile and a happier you.

 

That said, the top reason people visit the orthodontist is to fix a malocclusion, commonly called “bad bite.” Types of malocclusions include:
– Under-bites
– Over-bites
– Open-bites
– Overjet (or overlapping) teeth
– Cross-bites
– Spacing issues
– Irregular jaw growth (common in children)
– Problematic tooth development (common in children)\

 

Let the Orthodontists at Quince Orchard Dental Care create your perfect smile. Call us at (301) 527-2727 to schedule an appointment today!

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The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

oral cancerOral cavity and oropharynx cancers account for 2.9 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States and 1.6 percent of cancer deaths. You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can screen for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 49,750 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils, and back of the tongue in 2017. Regular visits to your dentist can help you detect such cancers early, and changing a few potentially harmful habits may help reduce your chances of developing them.

 

Gender:
Men are twice more likely to get oral cancer. The American Cancer Society attributes this to higher rates of alcohol and tobacco use by men but says more men of a younger age are being diagnosed with HPV-related forms of oral cancer.

 

Age:
Most people who are diagnosed with oral cancer are 55 or older, according to the American Cancer Society. HPV-related oral cancers, however, are often diagnosed in people who are younger.

 

Tobacco:
Whether you smoke it or chew it, tobacco use increases your risk dramatically. Smoking can cause oral cancer, as well as cancer in other parts of the body. Pipe smokers are also at a higher risk for developing cancer in their lips. Smokeless tobacco, like chew, can lead to many issues in your mouth, the most serious being cancer of the cheeks, gums, and lips.

 

Alcohol:
According to the American Cancer Society, 7 of 10 oral cancer patients are heavy drinkers. Heavy drinking, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is an average of two drinks a day or more for men and an average of more than one drink a day for women. If you are a heavy drinker and a heavy smoker, your chances of developing oral cancer increase significantly.

 

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV):
The sexually transmitted disease is now associated with about 9,000 cases of head and neck cancer (specifically those occurring at the back of the tongue, in or around the tonsils) diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the CDC. People who are diagnosed with HPV-related head and neck cancer tend to be younger and nonsmokers. People with HPV-positive cancers have a lower risk of death or recurrence, even though these cancers are often diagnosed at a later stage because it develops in difficult-to-detect area.

 

Sunlight:
People who have jobs working outside are more prone to developing lip cancer and should use UV protection.

 

Diet:
Poor nutrition also may put you at risk for developing oral cancer. A diet low in fruits and vegetables may increase your chance of developing oral cancer, so add more color to your plate!

 

The American Dental Association recognizes that early oral cancer diagnoses have the potential to significantly impact treatment decisions and outcomes. The ADA also supports routine visual and tactile examinations, particularly for patients who are at risk, including those who use tobacco or who are heavy consumers of alcohol.
The dental professionals at Quince Orchard Dental Care are always willing to guide you along the way. Call us on 301-527-2727 to schedule an appointment today!

 

Article Source: Mouth Healthy by the ADA

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There Is a Right Way to Floss and You’re Probably Not Doing It

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You brush your teeth twice a day, but flossing should be just as much a part of your daily routine. In fact, it’s critical to keeping your teeth healthy. While brushing can help erode the bacteria on some of your teeth, some areas will be overlooked if you don’t floss. This bacteria causes both gum disease and decay, and when it combines with your saliva and food, it creates plaque, a clear, colorless, sticky film that adheres to your teeth.Just imagine that when you don’t feel like flossing: bacteria throwing a house party on your teeth. Yuck! After that, it’s no surprise that it is recommended to floss twice a day, right?

 

So How Do You Do It?

 

1. Wrap the floss around your middle fingers so you can use your thumbs and forefingers to move the floss.

 

2. Gently push it between two teeth and use a gentle sawing motion back and forth until the floss pops down through the contact point, which is the one specific point where the teeth touch together.

 

3. Wrap the floss around the side of one tooth, making a C-like shape, then gently slide up and down. Do this several times, making sure to go slightly underneath the gumline, then repeat on the other side of the tooth.

 

4. Pull the floss out and rotate it so you’re using a clean spot.

 

5. Don’t stop if you start to bleed. Keep at it once a day, and in a few weeks, you’ll probably see an improvement.

 

Not everyone’s mouth is the same; if you have any issues that make it hard to use regular floss, you can buy floss picks, that have the floss pre-positioned on a little handle. If you have really large spaces between your teeth, keep an eye out for superfloss, which has a fuzzy portion that fits in between big spaces in your teeth and gums.

 

And while it doesn’t really make a difference if you floss before or after brushing your teeth, although most people prefer after. When you brush first, you’re getting more gross removal of the bacteria that’s in your mouth, so your mouth is cleaner and the floss just finishes everything off after that.

 

The dental professionals at Quince Orchard Dental Care are always willing to guide you along the way. Call us on 301-527-2727 to schedule an appointment today!

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20 Things You Should Be Cleaning with a Toothbrush

 

Most of us clean using sponges, cloths, dusters, vacuums, etc. but sometimes your most effective tool is sitting right in your bathroom. Ashlee Edie, cleaning expert, shares some tips on how to effectively clean tough places with an old toothbrush.

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The coarse bristles and size of a toothbrush make them perfect for cleaning stubborn, hard-to-reach places in the home like stove tops.

 

 

  • Stove tops

 

“Grime can quickly build up on stoves,” Edie says. “Apply some dishwashing liquid to a toothbrush and use small circular motions to buff away the dirt.” Make sure to rinse and wipe clean with a cloth.

 

  • Grout

“To keep grout in between tiles looking fresh, use a toothbrush to scrub a solution of bleach and water along the grout to remove any stains,” Edie says. Remember to rinse when finished.

 

 

  • Faucets

 

What’s that goo hiding behind and around the base of your faucet? “Mildew and bacteria can grow on faucets so use a toothbrush, with a mixture of soap and water, to thoroughly clean these,” recommends Edie.

 

 

  • Upholstery and carpet stains

 

A toothbrush can be used to tackle small but stubborn stains on carpets and upholstery. “Apply some stain remover to the spot and use a toothbrush to apply pressure to the stain,” Edie advises. “Scrub in circular motions to loosen the stain and repeat until it is gone.”

 

 

  • Removing crayon from the wall

 

“If the kids have been using the walls as a canvas again, a quick tip to remove crayon marks is to load a toothbrush with some shaving foam or toothpaste, apply to the crayon marks, and buff them away. Then, simply wipe the surface with a paper towel,” offers Edie.

 

 

  • Hair dryer, car, and bathroom vents

 

Lint and dust gets stuck in anything that moves air—which includes hair dryers, car vents, and even the bathroom vent. Have you ever looked up at your bathroom vent? They are usually loaded with dust. Make sure the vent is off or disconnected then remove the cover. Take outside to gently brush off or if it’s caked on you can clean it in your sink with a damp toothbrush. For a hair dryer, make sure it’s unplugged from the outlet and gently use a dry toothbrush to remove dust. Same for your car vents.

 

 

  • Computer keyboards

 

Computer keyboards are typically dusty and may even have crumbs or other debris lurking around the keys. A clean, soft, dry toothbrush is perfect to clean these areas. Unplug the keyboard from the computer or, if it’s a laptop, unplug the laptop. Turn the keyboard onto its side and gently brush around the keys into a trashcan or sink. Do not use any type of water or liquid on a computer keyboard.

 

 

  • Refrigerator

 

Using a toothbrush to get into your fridge’s plastic shelves with grooves is the best way to clean those hard-to-reach areas, says Diane Regalbuto, a housecleaning expert and owner of Betty Likes to Clean in Philadelphia and South Jersey. The same goes for the rubber seal between the door and the main part of the fridge where dust, grime and crumbs can gather.

 

 

  • Sink edges and drains

 

Regalbuto recommends using a toothbrush to clean undermounted sinks where the counter goes over the edge of the sink. A lot of gunk and mildew can get up in that area. The same goes for the sink overflow drain, usually a series of small holes opposite the spigot. A toothbrush with cleaner is the perfect tool to clean that area.

 

 

  • Toaster oven

 

Have you looked at your toaster oven lately? It’s probably full of crumbs and burnt-on junk. Regalbuto recommends a toothbrush for cleaning these areas. First unplug the oven and use a dry toothbrush to get the crumbs out and then clean the grill in the sink with soap and water. Rinse and thoroughly dry.

 

 

  • Brush your cheese grater

 

Give the teeth of a cheese grater a good brushing with an old toothbrush before you wash the grater or put it in the dishwasher.

This will make it easier to wash and will prevent clogs in your dishwasher drain by getting rid of bits of cheese or any other item you may have grated.

 

 

  • Clean silk from ears of corn

 

Before cooking shucked corn, take an old toothbrush and gently rub down the ear to brush away the remaining clingy strands of silk. Then you won’t have to brush them out from between your teeth after you eat the corn!

 

 

  • Clean and oil your waffle iron

 

A clean, soft toothbrush is just the right utensil to clean crumbs and burned batter from the nooks and crannies of a waffle iron. Use it to spread oil evenly on the waffle iron surface before the next use too.

 

 

  • Apply hair dye

 

 

Dyeing your hair at home? Use an old toothbrush as an applicator. It’s the perfect size and it will keep the mess to a minimum.

 

 

  • Clean gunk from appliances

 

Dip an old toothbrush in soapy water and use it to clean between appliance knobs and buttons, and raised-letter nameplates.

 

 

  • Scrub under your nails

 

It can sometimes be hard to remove the dirt and grime that builds up under your nails. Pump some soap onto an old toothbrush and use it to scrub your nails clean.

 

 

  • Tame flyaway hairs

 

Spray hairspray on a toothbrush that you don’t use and comb back the small hairs that always get in your face. This simple trick will give you a more put together and clean hairstyle.

 

 

  • Brush away espresso

 

If you’re a fan of espresso, you’re also familiar with how finely ground Italy’s favorite coffee is. To keep it from clogging up the filter screen on your espresso maker, scrub the screen gently after each use with a soft toothbrush. If any bits remain, remove them with a straight pin.

 

 

  • De-pulp juicer

 

It’s easy to forget that electric juicers are traps for all manner of fruit (and therefore, food) particles.

 

Keep it clean as a whistle to prevent bacteria buildup (and illness!) by cleaning it thoroughly: disassemble it, wipe out the pulp and discard it, and fill your kitchen sink with hot, soapy water.

 

Soak everything but the motor casing for 10 minutes, remove the pieces from the sink, and scrub with a soft toothbrush. Dry well, reassemble, and juice for all you’re worth!

 

  • Clean your veggies

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean mushrooms and other sensitive vegetables before cooking. A medium- or hard-bristled brush is more suitable for potatoes.

 

Source: Reader’s Digest

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Natural Ways To Care For Your Gums

 

 

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Your pearly whites may be on point but are your gums healthy? Here are some simple at home tips that will help you get healthier gums before your next dental appointment!

 

 

  • Ginger

 

Ginger root is considered a healing herb. With its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger promotes healthy tissue in your mouth.

 

 

  • Apples

 

Eating an apple can take a while. And that’s a good thing for your mouth. The munching action spurs a cleansing action that shakes up the plaque that clings to gums and teeth. Stock up on apples, but be sure to rinse with mouthwash afterward. Even healthy foods like apples can expose your mouth to acids.

 

 

  • Onions

 

The raw onion is a potent bacteria-fighting food. Yes, bad breath is the enemy. But that’s why sugarless gum and mouthwash were created. Onions have an antimicrobial ingredient that kills bacteria, and, according to one study, completely wipes out four bacteria strains that lead to gum disease and cavities. Sliver them and toss the strips in your salad, on your sandwich and burger or in soups and stews.

 

 

  • Milk & Dairy (Yes, really!)

 

Milk, and other dairy foods such as cheese and yogurt are not only packed with bone-fortifying calcium, but also with the protein casein, which research suggests reduces acid levels in the mouth. In addition, drinking milk can neutralize acids produced by plaque bacteria. Note: Drinking milk with cereal or dessert doesn’t have the same benefit as direct consumption after eating.

 

 

  • Eat Some Cheese

 

No milk around? Eat a piece of cheese instead. If you can’t brush at the end of a meal, try eating a piece of Swiss or other aged cheese. It actually helps to pull away some of the plaque and food particles leftover from meals.

 

 

  • Salads & High Fiber Foods

 

It’s no secret that salad greens pack an all-around healthy punch, but they’re also especially successful at keeping mouths clean because they’re fiber-packed, meaning they require serious chewing to break down. The extra saliva produced by chewing neutralizes mouth bacteria. High-fiber, stringy foods like raw spinach, celery and even cooked beans offer this benefit.

 

 

  • Don’t Forget the Dentist

 

It’s important to visit with us regularly: every six months to be exact. This way we are able to detect any problems early on and help to keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition.

 

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ADA Releases Six Things to Know About Your Tots’ Teeth

Tots’ TeethThe American Dental Association (ADA) has created an essential list of “tooth-truths” to help parents and caregivers stay in the know about the health of their children’s teeth.

 

When Teeth First Appear

Your baby is born with 20 teeth below the gums, and they usually start coming through between six months and a year. Most children have their full set of teeth by three years old.

 

When to Start Brushing with Toothpaste

Decay can happen as soon as teeth first appear. If you see some pearly whites peeking out when your little one smiles, it’s time to pick up a tube of fluoride
toothpaste.

 

How Much Toothpaste to Use

It doesn’t take much to clean your child’s teeth. Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush. If your child is three or younger, use a smear of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice). For children three or older, a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste will do.

 

When to Schedule Your Baby’s First Dental Visit It’s another milestone in a year of exciting firsts. Your child’s first dental visit should take place after their first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday. Why so early? As soon as your baby has teeth, they can get cavities.

 

When to Start Flossing

It doesn’t matter if you floss your child’s teeth before or after they brush as long as you clean between any teeth that touch. You can use child-friendly plastic flossing tools to more easily floss your child’s teeth until your child learns to do it.

 

Water Works
When your child has worked up a thirst, water is the best beverage to offer – especially if it has fluoride! Drinking water with fluoride (also known as “nature’s cavity fighter”) has been shown to reduce cavities by 25 percent.

 

Article source: Multivu.com

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