Posts for tag: Untagged
Foods don’t only fuel your body, they can help clean your teeth and keep them healthy between brushings too. What foods do this?
- Water: An often overlooked component! Saliva contains about 95% water. Saliva (commonly called spit) helps wash way leftover food particles that settle on your teeth. Water helps hydrate your body so it can produce saliva. If you use tap water, you also get the benefits of fluoride both across the surface of your teeth and from within your body.
- Yogurt (pick a low-sugar or no-sugar variety) : natural probiotic bacteria in yogurt may help fight oral bacteria that cause plaque buildup and gum inflammation. Dairy foods are also high in calcium, and calcium is a building block for teeth.
- Strawberries: the malic acid in strawberries is a natural astringent that helps remove surface-level tooth stains that result from eating sugars.
- Eggs (especially the yolks): the yolks contain vitamin D which helps your body absorb calcium and phosphate—two minerals that are needed to build and protect tooth enamel.
- Crunchy Vegetables (carrots, celery, cucumbers, broccoli): act like a natural tooth brush to scrap away plaque from your teeth and dislodge trapped food from your teeth. Remember these often lose their crunchiness if cooked, so find ways to eat them raw.
- Apples: their highly fibrous construction makes them great tooth polishers. They also make your mouth produce more saliva, which as we learned above, helps wash away food particles from your teeth.
- Sunflower Seeds: contain folic acid, which reduces gum inflammation and gingivitis.
- Cheese (choose cheese sticks over melted cheeses): as a dairy product, cheese contains calcium, which as we learned above, is a building block for your teeth. Cheese sticks will force you to chew harder, which creates more saliva, which, as we also learned above, will rinse away food particles and bacteria from your teeth.
You can also combine these foods if you prefer. Put strawberries in yogurt or serve apples with a yogurt dip. Some of these foods can be combined with other foods: sunflower seeds can be put on oatmeal, cereal or salads, for example.
Eating these foods won’t solve all your dental problems, but some are a good way to clean teeth if you can’t brush after a meal.
We hope that these food choices will help you choose healthy snacks that are good for your teeth too!
*Note: Information in this article is not meant to replace the judgment of your healthcare professionals.
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who sees both adults and children.
1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053
If you’re faced with the choice of replacing a missing tooth or teeth, chances are your dentist will discuss dental implants with you. Dental implants are fast becoming the standard of care to restore health and function for single and multiple tooth replacements. Here are several commonly asked questions about dental implants and the answers.
How long do dental implants last?
They can last the rest of your life if you take care of them. Dental implants have a 98% success rate. (Compare that to the other replacement options which often need to be redone 5-10 years after the first placement!)
How long does getting a dental implant take?
Placement of your dental implant takes10-20 minutes. After your dental implant is placed there will be a waiting period of 3-6 months before your dental implant is restored. This time allows for your jaw bone to grow around the dental implant and anchor it in your jaw so that it can hold the final restoration.
Is the dental implant process painful?
There is very little pain with dental implants. Our patients tell us the implant placement is the least painful part of the process. The restoration is often accomplished without the need for numbing.
How much does it cost?
Currently we advise patients to plan on $3000 for the dental implant placement and another $2000-3000 to restore the implant (after the 3-6 month wait for it to be ready to restore). I know it sounds expensive but remember if you take care of this, it will last the rest of your life. For all other tooth replacement options, replacement is needed after about 5-10 years. So after about 7 years the implant actually becomes the least expensive of the tooth replacement options.!
If a dental implant is an option for you, we strongly encourage you to consider it.
*Note: The information in this article is not meant to replace the clinical judgment of your healthcare professionals.
Jennifer G. Robb, DMD is a general dentist who restores (but does not place) dental implants. She and her team will assist you in finding and scheduling with a specialist who places dental implants.
1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053
Many people have a phobia about visiting the dentist. Are you one of them? Research suggests that millions of people have at least some dental anxiety and many are so frightened that they experience unpleasant physical symptoms.
Such fears usually stem from a bad dental visit early in your life. Sometimes it can be helpful to determine why you dislike going to the dental office and communicate that to the dental office that you choose. That way, they can be sure to address those concerns to try to make you more comfortable.
Fear prevents a lot of people from seeking out good dental care that they need. This is especially tragic considering that going to the dentist today can result in a good experience. Dentistry has changed quite a bit in recent years. In some cases, drilling and “Novocaine” are not needed because bonding and laminating materials now allow you to retain more of your natural tooth structure. Some dental lasers (such as the Waterlase MD) create their own numbing effect without the need for “Novocaine” injections.
Positive self-talk might be the easiest way to build your courage. Tell yourself “I can handle this” and remind yourself of other times you did well despite your fears. Here are some other things you can try to relieve your anxiety:
- Bring someone you trust with you to your visit to make you feel more secure
- Set up an early morning appointment so you have less time to worry beforehand
- Keep your upcoming appointments to yourself—don’t give others a chance to feed your fears
- Share your concerns and apprehensions with your dental team so that they can tailor their options to best help you have a positive experience. If there’s something you know might help you, don’t be afraid to ask to see if it is an option.
- Do your best to relax. Negative emotions affect your pain threshold.
- Bring an iPod, mp3 player etc. and headphones if listening to music relaxes you.
There are many ways we can help to reduce your anxiety and hopefully help put your dental fears to rest.
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who is accepting new patients at 1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Lorain, OH. Call 440-960-1940 to schedule your appointment. If you are anxious, we can schedule a simple exam and consultation appointment to discuss your options for comfortable treatment.
Are you aware that your mouth can be an early indicator of serious health problems? Many people are not aware that their teeth and mouth can show signs of medical problems. Your dentist is trained to recognize these signs and refer you to your medical doctor for follow up. Finding problems early is the key to maintaining your best health—both medical and dental! This is one reason why it is important to keep your recall dental visits.
For most people, once every six (6) months (or twice a year) is recommended. If you have gum or periodontal disease, you need to come more often (usually three (3) or four (4) times a year) because periodontal disease can worsen rapidly and with little warning.
Routine check ups are especially important for children. The mouth and facial structures of your children change quickly as they grow—so quickly that frequent appointments are necessary to monitor your child’s development.
While our focus is the health of your teeth and gums, your mouth can often alert us to health problems. Your dentist is on the front lines of early detection for a number of potential health concerns, not the least of which is oral cancer. Putting off dental care may result in more costly and more involved dental procedures. Please make a dental check up part of your routine!
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who is accepting new patients at her 1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Lorain, OH location. Call 440-960-1940 to reserve your time! You can read more about Dr. Robb at www.drjrobb.com or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DrJenniferRobb
Lately, I’ve seen some commercials from dental insurance companies showing wallets trying to run away when they hear dentists telling their owners about needed dentistry. (If you haven’t seen it, you can view it here: https://www.ispot.tv/ad/Itb6/physicians-mutual-dental-insurance-scared-wallet )
I have to admit that it’s very difficult to hear someone say that they can’t afford a needed dental procedure when in the next breath they’re telling me they’re going on a vacation they’ve always wanted to go on—a vacation that often costs more than what they’d need to spend on their mouth! They say people buy what they want over what they need—consider:
Do you like your teeth? Do you like the lifestyle they give you?
Think about it:
- Are you able to eat what you want to eat or do you have to limit your diet because you can’t chew properly? Healthy teeth are the best choice for being able to eat whatever you want to eat.
- When you smile, what do people see? Do they see nice teeth that show that you care about your appearance? Or do they see gaps and discolorations that may indicate the opposite to them? (Whether that’s what you mean to convey or not, that’s how many people unconsciously view your appearance.)
- When you talk, how do you sound? Teeth are a very important part of our speech. Just listen to any child who’s lost his or her front baby teeth to hear the difference. Cute when you’re young—not so cute when you’re older.
These are just a few of the benefits that your teeth and mouth provide to you. It’s time to realize that healthy teeth and gums are a want as well as a need. For the best health and function. your teeth, gums, bone and titanium must live in harmony in your body. We’d like to help you achieve this!
**Note: The information in this article is not meant to replace the clinical judgment of your healthcare professionals.