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Most people brush in the morning and then again just before bedtime. But what happens at lunch time when you are at work? Statistics show the majority of Americans are neglecting daytime dental care even when they spend about 35% or more of every weekday at work.

Many of us eat lunch on the go while at work. This leads to poor choices whether it be sugary soft drinks or a meal loaded with carbohydrates. These meals and snacks contribute a lot of food debris and plaque, which can significantly increase the chance of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing after lunch can definitely reduce the food debris and plaque build up, creating a healthier environment.

Recent survey’s by the Academy of General Dentistry found that only 14 % of us brush every day while at work. The survey also found that having an extra tooth brush at the office increases your chances of brushing at work by about 65 %.

Tips To Maintain Dental Hygiene At Work

-Post a Reminder. Sticky post-it notes can be a great way to remind yourself to brush your teeth after lunch. Place a note on your desk or computer reminding you to brush and floss.

-Brush Immediately after Lunch. Make it a habit to brush and floss immediately following lunch. The reason is once you go back to work you get lost in the rest of the day and you will forget to do it.

-Travel Container. Store your tooth brush in your desk or office in some type of travel container container to keep it clean. Also, make sure you dry your tooth brush after each use.

-Replace work tooth brush often. Replace your office toothbrush more often than your toothbrush at home to avoid bacteria buildup, and always change your toothbrush after an illness.

Dental Hygiene Products for the Office

-Colgate Wisp Max on-the-go. A full size tooth brush is the way to go if possible but these work well, and are quite small to fit in any desk.

-Travel Container. There are various types of these on the market to make it easy to store your brush at work. A good choice is the standing toothbrush holder with microbahn, which can be found at the container store.  Plastics  infused with microbahn  inhibit  the growth of odor and stain causing bacteria.

-Reach Access Flosser. These make it easy to floss after lunch. They come in a convenient package that can be thrown away after each use. No need to spool out a long piece of floss. You can literally floss your entire mouth in under 15 seconds with flossers.

-Listerine Strips or Closys spray to eliminate bad breath. These can be used following lunch and before a big meeting to give you confidence and avoid that embarrassing bad breath.

-Periogen. An easy way to keep our mouth clean after a meal. Periogen powder is added to water to make  an oral tartar dissolving rinse that can be used as a rinse following a meal. The periogen will help keep tartar, plaque, and stain from forming on your teeth between professional cleanings.

-Xylitol gumIf you can do nothing else, at least chew gum. It will help remove some sticky debris, freshen breath, and stimulate saliva flow to neutralize bacteria.

Conclusion

Anyone in the business world knows how important appearances are to getting ahead. Studies have shown that one of the least attractive traits of co workers is bad breath. Do not let yourself be that person at work. Brush, floss, and rinse following lunch at work and you will have a happier, healthier smile to impress your boss and clients. As always visit your dentist regularly for dental examinations and professional cleanings to ensure your smile lasts a lifetime.

Cosmetic dentistry includes a number of dental procedures aimed at improving the appearance of the teeth and smile.  A very common cosmetic procedure is the dental veneer.

Dental veneers are wafer thin, custom fabricated shells of tooth colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your overall smile and appearance. These custom fabricated shells are adhesively bonded to the front of the teeth. This allows the cosmetic dentist the ability to change your teeth’s color, shape, size, or length.

Dental veneers can be fabricated from dental porcelain or from composite (resin) materials. Dental veneers can be used to create bright, white smiles with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. Dental veneers also protect the surface of broken or damaged teeth, and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. Other advantages of dental veneers include durability, an improved smile, and the need for much less tooth structure removal compared to traditional or porcelain crowns.

Why are Dental Veneers Needed?

Dental Veneers are utilized for a variety of reasons in cosmetic dentistry. These reasons can include:

-Crooked Teeth. Some minor modifications can be done, which may eliminate the need for orthodontic movement.

-Genetics. Certain people are born with abnormal sized/shaped teeth, or gaps between their teeth that widen with age.

-Wear and Tear.  Teeth wearing down is a natural part of aging. Aged teeth are more likely to be small,  have chips, fractures, cracks or a generally uneven appearance.

-Worn Enamel. Over time, the thin, hard translucent substance covering your teeth (enamel) may become worn, see through,  dull, or discolored. Such wear and discoloration may be natural or result from a genetic predisposition. However, it often results from consuming soft drinks, tea or coffee, smoking, using certain medications, etc.

Material Used for Dental Veneers

The most commonly utilized materials for dental veneers are composite resins and dental porcelain. Porcelain veneers are the more appropriate answer for severe cases involving dullness, wear, tooth discoloration, extensive chipping, cracking, gaps in teeth or uneven teeth. Composite bonding or just dental bonding is an inexpensive, effective and minimally invasive way to restore and correct small chips, cracks and discoloration in the teeth. Porcelain veneers generally require some reduction of the enamel tooth surface, while bonded dental veneers can oftentimes be done without tooth modification. Porcelain veneers are very strong, and do not change color. Bonded veneers tend to chip and pick up stain over time.

Techniques Used in Dental Veneers

Indirect Technique – This technique means that the composite or porcelain veneers are fabricated outside the mouth by a dental technician in a laboratory.

Direct Technique – This technique means that the composite veneers are created directly on your teeth by your dentist during your appointment.

When are Veneers Good Treatment?

The removal by a dentist of any natural tooth structure is permanent, so modern cosmetic dentistry has moved to offer patients the most minimally invasive options first. If your natural teeth are functionally and cosmetically adequate, dental veneers may not be the right treatment for you.

On the other hand, if you have any of the aforementioned cosmetic issues, your treatment options may  include veneers. Dental Veneers do have the advantage of a proven ability to enhance the appearance of the mouth, smile and other facial features that are better supported by properly shaped teeth.

If modification of the tooth surface is necessary to achieve optimum results, some cosmetic dentists will recommend less invasive alternatives to dental veneers. One such alternative would be, teeth whitening for people with mildly discolored teeth who only want a whiter and brighter smile. If crooked teeth or alignment issues are involved, the teeth whitening alternative may also be combined with orthodontic treatments. Invisalign, full braces, or use of an orthodontic appliance for minor tooth movement may be all that you need to acquire the smile you desire.

Care of Dental Veneers

Care must be taken not to abuse dental veneers because the wafer thin porcelain shells or composite layers can be damaged or break. Your dentist may advise you against grinding, fingernail chewing, and biting directly into things such as carrots or pizza crusts. If you grind at night your dentist  may recommend you wear a night guard while sleeping. It is even more important to have excellent dental hygiene, so that you do not get tooth decay forming under your dental veneer. You should also see your dentist for regular cleanings.

Dental Veneers Conclusion

Dental veneers, whether porcelain veneers or composite veneers, are a great option for those who wish to change their smile. Dental veneers give the cosmetic dentist and patient the ability to change color, shape, and size in an easy manner. As always, before pursuing dental veneers of any kind, please have a thorough dental examination and professional cleaning performed to ensure your mouth is healthy and able to withstand the new treatment.

 

We all have heard the old saying, “We are what we eat”, but did you know it is just as important for your teeth as it is your body? Your choice of drink has a big impact on your waistline as well as your dental health. Most of the focus regarding the consumption of sugary soft drinks, sport drinks, and fruit juices surrounds obesity and diabetes. It is important to realize that these same drinks can contribute to tooth decay and possibly dental pain if untreated.

The average American consumes over 50 gallons of soda and other sweetened drinks each year. Statistics show that almost 20 percent of all children under the age of 19 have untreated cavities. The sweetened soft drinks and the like are wreaking havoc on our dental health. They work by constantly washing your mouth with sugar and acid allowing for the perfect acidic environment and constant supply of sugar for the bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria then produce more acids that lead to tooth decay by dissolving the enamel that protects our teeth. Sugar also dries your mouth out and makes you thirstier, causing you to drink much larger sized beverages to satisfy your thirst.

Worst Drinks for Your Dental Health

Soft Drinks

The most obvious of the bad drinks for you. This is probably not new information to anyone. Soft drinks are bad for you for two reasons. One is the sugar, but the other is the acidity. Carbonated drinks like Coke and Pepsi use phosphoric acid in their ingredients (Mountain Dew and Sprite use citric acid). The acid breaks down the enamel in our teeth. The enamel is the outer protective layer of our teeth and it also gives us an attractive, shiny smile.

Sports Drinks 

These drinks include Gatorade, flavored water, as well as others. These drinks are not acidic like soda but these come with a double does of sugar. Most of these drinks are great for their intended purpose…recovery from activity. These drinks are

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generally not used for their intended purpose of severe re hydration, they are consumed as a regular beverage. Over time, when too often consumed, they can easily stain your teeth and cause tooth decay.

Fruit and Energy Drinks

Fruit drinks, and beverages like red bull, also pose a threat to your pearly whites. These drinks are also damaging to your teeth and need to be used in moderation as well. Fruit drinks like Hawaiian Punch and Sunny Delight are nearly as acidic as Coca-Cola. Combine the acid levels with the sugars already in the ingredients and you have a recipe for catastrophe.

How to Minimize the Damage from These Beverages

-Brushing. Tooth brushing after every meal is the best way to decrease the chance of developing tooth cavities.

-Rinsing. Swish your mouth out with water after drinking these beverages can help decrease the amount of acid contacting the teeth.

-Chew Gum. Chewing sugar-free gum or xylitol gum will also help minimize the damage caused by these drinks by increasing saliva production.

-Drink at Mealtime. Drink sugary and acidic beverages with meals, and never before bedtime unless you plan to brush your teeth before heading to bed.

-Use a straw. This also helps decrease contact of these sugars and acids with the teeth.

-Other drinks that contribute to tooth decay (sugary, acidic, or both): dairy milk, soy milk, energy drinks, protein shakes, wine, beer, tea, coffee, smoothies, all fruit juices, some bottled waters.

Conclusion

Yes, we are what we eat! Be smart about what you choose for yourself and for your family. Many health issues can be circumvented by choosing healthier options and using your educated judgement to make the best choices. Use sweet drinks in moderation, and take care of your dental hygiene in between drinks. As always visit your dentist regularly for dental examinations and professional cleanings for better dental health.

Hope everyone has a Safe and Happy Halloween!!

 

Facts About Halloween:

-Over 35 million pounds of candy corn will be made this year alone. This equals nearly 9 billion pieces. That is enough candy corn to circle the moon 4 times if laid end to end.

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-Candy makes up only about 6% of the added sugar in the average Americans diet. Soft drinks and fruit juices account for almost 45% of total.

-Only about 5-7% of children do not go trick-or-treating each year.

-Chocolate is a better choice for your teeth than hard candy. It rinses more easily from the mouth by saliva, leaving it in contact with teeth for a shorter time. Chocolate also contains tannins. Tannins are known to inhibit the action of cavity-causing bacteria.

-American adults eat almost 65% of all candy produced every year.

-During the week beginning Halloween night, we will eat about five percent of the candy we will eat all year.

-About 30% of children sort their candy when they get home from Halloween trick-or-treating