15Sep

We’ve all heard that sweets and sugary treats are “bad” for our smiles, but what does that really mean for your day to day life? In this article our Toluca Lake dentists are going to be answering that question, and sharing some tips on ways to minimize the effects of sweet treats on your smile. The first thing you can do is…

Minimize Bad Habits

If you are someone who regularly chews on hard candies or mints, you may be inadvertently creating small cracks and chips in your dental enamel. Our team recommends that you allow these treats to melt as they are intended to; the less stress you put on your enamel, the healthier your teeth will be in the long-term.

Indulge in Short Sittings

Many people do not realize that oral bacteria only stay active and feeding on the foods and drinks we consume for about 20 to 30 minutes after finish our meal, drink, or snack. Armed with this information, you can choose to consume sugary or acidic substances at specific, time-limited sittings during the day. This greatly helps to minimize the amount of time that oral bacteria are active in your mouth.

Rinse Rather than Brushing Right Away

Because many acidic substances temporarily soften dental enamel on contact, you really do not want to brush your teeth right after eating or drinking. Wait for about a half of an hour to brush, because doing so directly after eating or drinking can lead to enamel erosion. Try to get into the habit of vigorously rinsing your smile with water or a mouthwash instead.

Check the Label

As much as is possible, try to avoid foods and drinks with a lot of sugar. The oral bacteria in your mouth absolutely love sugar—it gives them energy to grow and multiply! Xylitol is a great sugar substitute that supports dental health.

Once you develop these healthy habits, you will find that they become second nature in no time. Give our Toluca Lake dental team a call to learn more or to schedule an oral health consultation. 

04Aug

Our Toluca Lake dental team will you make smart choices for your dental health every single day. To that end, today we are sharing information about how refined carbohydrates, in particular, affect your teeth and gums. Once you have read this article you will be able to sip and snack thoughtfully.

How many of these sugary and carbo-loaded substances do you regularly consume?

  • Flavored yogurts
  • Cereal
  • Bagels
  • Pastries
  • Fruit Juices
  • White rice
  • Pastries and sweets
  • Condiments
  • Beer
  • Sauces

This issue is important because the oral bacteria feed on sugars and carbohydrates and then invade your smile through cavities and gum disease. The goal is to make it harder for bacteria to live, not easier. Make your mouth an inhospitable environment for them!

It is very difficult, and for many people unhealthy, to permanently give up carbohydrates. Your body needs some amount of sugar for energy. However, there are a few helpful strategies that will lower your risk:

  • Pre-plan your meals, snacks, and drinks—we often consume carbo-loaded foods and drinks when are forced to quickly reach for something
  • As much as possible, forgo sugary treats for more nutrient-rich food.
  • Minimize bacterial activity by sticking to a short period of time when you eat or drink anything other than water
  • Rinse your mouth with water right after you eat or drink
  • Use floss to clear away dental debris and minimize plaque between your teeth
  • Snack on crunchy, water-rich vegetables
  • Do not brush your teeth right after eating; you want to wait 20 to 30 minutes at least before you use anything abrasive on your teeth

You can learn more about improving your oral health, and optimizing your daily routine by scheduling a personal consultation with our Toluca Lake dentists.  We look forward to speaking with you and helping you achieve your dental goals! 

07Jul

If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentists are here to help you achieve your dental goals. Today, we are going to be talking about simple things that you can do to refresh your smile. Let’s get started…

Start with a cleaning

A professional dental cleaning is a great first step, because your dental team can screen your smile for infections as well as signs of oral cancer. Plus, many people find that their smiles look cleaner and brighter once all of the plaque and tartar is cleared away.

Consider dental whitening

Young and healthy teeth are naturally white and shiny. As time goes on, however, our smiles can accumulate stains from foods, drinks, and tobacco products.  Whitening treatments work to lift stains and discoloration from the dental surface, which makes your smile look healthier. The professional whitening treatments that we offer are more effective and fast-acting than over-the-counter treatments.

Correct damage

Restoring your smile after dental damage is important for both oral health and aesthetic reasons. Dental bonding and personalized restorations both look exceptionally natural, while safeguarding your oral health. Keep in mind that these treatments can also improve aesthetic even if you don’t have visible cracks or chips on your teeth. Dental bonding, for example, can close gaps in your smile and lengthen disproportionately short teeth. Both of these measures help to make your smile appear more perfected and seamless.

There are a number of ways to quickly and effectively improve the appearance of your smile with state-of-the-art dentistry. Our Toluca Lake cosmetic dentists are here to give you all of the information and support you need to achieve your dream smile. You can reach out to our team by giving our office a call or by using the Contact Us page on our website.