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Chocolate And Your Teeth

 

UNDER MOST CIRCUMSTANCES, dentists are not fans of candy. The sugar in candy is the favorite food of bacteria that cause tooth decay. However, when it comes to chocolate, certain types may actually be good for oral health!

To be clear, this is not a blog post in which we give you a free pass to eat all the chocolate you want. Only certain types of chocolate have any health benefits, and too much of even the healthiest kinds probably isn’t a good thing.

All Chocolate Is Not Created Equal

How can you tell where any given chocolate falls on the spectrum from most processed to least? It helps to know a little about how chocolate is made. The most important ingredient is the cocoa bean. After fermenting, the beans can either be roasted and made into cocoa powder, or cold pressed into cacao powder, which retains more of the original nutrients. You’ll get the most nutrients from cacao nibs or powder, but the stuff is pretty bitter and the chocolatey taste isn’t as strong.

If you’d rather stick with the chocolate you’re used to, there are still factors to consider. The main ingredients in a chocolate bar are cocoa solids, cocoa butter, sugar, and milk (if it’s milk chocolate). White chocolate is made with cocoa butter and sugar and contains no cocoa solids, so it has none of the beneficial nutrients. Milk chocolate tends to contain at most 10 percent cocoa solids, so the tiny amount of nutrients from the cocoa beans is offset by a ton of sugar. Not a healthy choice. But let’s talk about dark chocolate.

The Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate, particularly 70 percent cocoa (or cacao) or higher, is where you’ll start hearing buzzwords like “superfood.” That’s because the cocoa bean is full of healthy antioxidants–specifically, polyphenols, flavonoids, and tannins–and dark chocolate has enough cocoa in it to keep most of them. Bonus points: there isn’t much sugar.

Antioxidants have all kinds of benefits for overall health, but let’s focus on oral health. Saliva is the mouth’s first line of defense against tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath, and antioxidants play a crucial role in all of those. They help stabilize and strengthen your own oral tissues, protect against cell mutation, and make it harder for harmful bacteria to flourish.

Chocolate Still Isn’t Everything

Like we said before, this blog post isn’t a license for you to eat as much chocolate as you want. No matter how full of antioxidants it is, dark chocolate still doesn’t replace other important oral health habits like brushing, flossing, and regular dental appointments. If you love to snack, however, you might consider swapping a few items heavy in processed sugars for dark chocolate or cacao nibs. Your teeth will thank you!

Your healthy teeth are our pride and joy!

Looking Back On Back-To-School

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SEASON is in full swing! Some parents are sad to have less time with their children, others are ecstatic to have the house kid-free for seven hours a day. But all grown-ups can look back on what it was like to be a child back in school, and that includes our team.
Best Thing About Back-To-School
Melanie’s favorite part about Back-To-School time growing up was shopping for new clothes and getting a new agenda book (some things never change, she still loves when January comes around so she can purchase a new trendy Agenda Book)

Best Back-To-School Memories
Dr. Swedberg loved going back to school to see all of her friends and to catch up on what they all did during the summer.

Does this remind you of your first day back at school?

Favorite Teachers
Melanie and Jeralynn both share a favorite teacher who is now ironically a patient of Dr. Swedbergs. She was their 1st grade teacher and made 1st grade so memorable for the both of them. They love when she comes in the office so they can reminisce about the good old days of being a 6 year old 😉

What About You?
We’ve shared our stories about the excitement of being back in school, but we’d love to hear yours! Either post in the comments below or go on social media and tag our practice when you share your memories. And, of course, you can always tell us in person when you come in for your next appointment!

We love everyone in our practice family!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Dental Anxiety Stats
Fear of going to the dentist is fairly common, with an estimated nine to 15 percent of Americans completely avoiding visiting the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That means up to 40 million Americans are taking a serious gamble with their dental health. Putting off a basic twice-a-year cleaning out of fear leaves patients much more susceptible to tooth decay and painful infection. It’s always better to view dental care as preventative, not just reactive.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentist
If you’re worried about going to the dentist, that might be because history and pop culture have given you the wrong idea. Before WWII made anesthetics the norm, dental procedures were uncomfortable, to say the least, but the field has come a long way since then. Modern dental offices maintain a high standard of comfort and care for patients.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Vacation Tips To Keep Your Smile Healthy!

 

 

 

SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE and you know what that means–family vacations, impromptu getaways and fun trips! Just like you, we couldn’t be more excited. As dental professionals, however, we want to make sure that when you leave on vacation, you don’t leave your oral hygiene behind. Follow these tips to keep your teeth healthy and bright, even when you’re traveling!

 

Have A Dental Checkup Before Leaving Town

Nothing can ruin a vacation quite like a toothache or other dental emergency. And depending on where you’re traveling to, it could be difficult to get the proper treatment required. It’s always best to get your teeth checked before going on a trip to make sure everything is in tip-top shape!

At your checkup, your dentist will have your teeth cleaned, check for cavities or other dental issues, and make sure that any tooth restorations you may have, such as crowns or fillings, are firmly in place. Untreated cavities or weakened dental work can cause pain on flights, so it’s best to take care of them beforehand!

Watch What You Eat When Traveling

One of the reasons that we go on vacation is for the amazing food! Unfortunately, it’s pretty easy to get carried away. Just remember when you’re traveling this summer to eat sweets and snacks in moderation, and make sure to bring some sugarless chewing gum to pop in your mouth after eatingResearch shows that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating can help prevent cavities!

Keep Up Your Oral Hygiene Routine

Vacating your normal life and responsibilities for a short time is what vacations are all about! It’s important that you don’t leave your oral hygiene at home, however. Keeping your teeth healthy is something that requires daily care, so make sure your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss are at the top of your packing list!

Quick tip: When packing your toothbrush, make sure to store it in a case or bag that is ventilated. If you use a brush head cover or need to pack it in a bag without any ventilation, make sure it’s completely dry before storing it. This will help reduce the amount of bacteria on your toothbrush.

Having trouble packing for your trip? Check out this video for a few helpful packing tips:

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Oral Health & Weight Loss Go Hand In Hand

A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is the best prevention for illness and chronic disease. It can also be just as effective as any medicine a doctor could prescribe. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, or simply live more healthily, the good choices you’re making not only do wonders for your body and overall health, but they also have a beneficial impact on your smile!
 

Congratulations On Making Better Food Choices

Oral health depends on more than how many times a day you brush your teeth, it also depends on your diet! As you choose healthier foods for your body, you are also choosing better foods for your teeth.

If you’re trading chips and fruit snacks in for healthier snacks like cheese, veggies and nuts, you’ve made the right choice! A diet low in sugar and processed foods can help you trim your waistline, fend off illness and prevent cavities.

Check out the video below to learn more about where added sugar could be hiding in your diet!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

 

Ever Wonder How Teeth Whitening Works?

IT IS NOT UNCOMMON for your teeth to lose their luster over time, which is why so many people are interested in whitening them!

Teeth Get Yellow For A Number Of Reasons

Teeth becoming yellow over time is as normal as graying hair–it is a natural part of the aging process. As we get older, our tooth enamel begins to thin due to everyday wear and tear. This causes the layer beneath our enamel, called the dentin, to show more, giving our teeth a more yellow appearance.

There are other factors that can cause teeth to yellow other than aging however, such as:

  • Tobacco use
  • Food and drink
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Dental trauma
  • Certain medications

If you want to prevent your teeth from yellowing as best you can, we suggest you change some of your lifestyle habits. If you use tobacco in any form, quit. Consume acidic food and drink in moderation and monitor your intake of beverages that can stain your teeth such as wine, coffee, tea, soda, etc. And as always, brush up on your oral hygiene habits and make sure you’re getting frequent cleanings!

The Way You Whiten Your Teeth Depends On The Stain

There are two types of stains that you can have on your teeth. Surface, or “extrinsic” stains, caused by smoking and diet occur on the surface of the enamel. “Intrinsic” stains are deeper, and happen inside the tooth.

You can remove surface stains on your teeth by using a whitening toothpaste. These kinds of toothpastes usually contain special abrasives that gently polish the teeth as well certain chemicals that can help break down stains. These toothpastes can be tough on tooth enamel, so make sure to always read labels when using them–some should only be used temporarily.

Intrinsic stains can’t be helped by whitening toothpastes. To get that brighter smile, you’ll need to actually change the color of your teeth. You can do this using a bleaching agent. The bleaching agents most products use are hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These chemicals break stains into smaller pieces, making their color less concentrated and leaving your teeth much whiter! Some of the most common ways to bleach your teeth are whitening strips and gels, tray-based tooth whiteners and in-office whitening services supervised by a dentist.

 

We Would Love To See You At Our Office

At our practice, we offer in-office whitening that will get you the white smile you’ve been dreaming of in half the time or less than other whitening options. We will also carefully monitor the whole process to ensure its safety and efficacy.

Or, if you’re looking to use a tray-based whitening system, we can customize your mouthpiece to exactly fit your teeth! This will protect the soft tissues of your mouth, especially your gums, as well as ensure maximum contact between your teeth and the whitening solution.

Either way, we’d love to see you, whether that’s for a cleaning, checkup, or whitening treatment!

Have any questions? Call us or let us know in the comments below. Thank you for reading our blog!

Professional Whitening With Your Dentist

None of the home use whitening toothpastes, strips or gels can come even close to producing the bleaching effect you get from your dentist’s office.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Boost Your Oral Wellness With These Snacks – Part 2

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Cheese is a great provider of calcium.

Moving ahead from our previous post, we will be reviewing four additional foods that can help to bolster your general oral health.

Preferably, you want to stay away from food that combines high sugars, acid and stickiness. When you consume food that is high in sugar and acid, you are not only feeding yourself, but also the plaque that can wreak chaos inside your mouth. The resulting acids from the combo of sugars and plaque will lay siege to your teeth for up to TWENTY minutes after you are done eating!

Cheese is really a great provider of calcium, and low in both sugar and acid. This makes it a great selection. Also, cheese contains a protein known as casein, that is found in milk and is particularly valuable in strengthening the enamel of teeth.

Sugarless chewing gum brands such as Trident, Spry, B-Fresh, Xponent and Xylichew all contain xylitol, a sweetening agent. Take note that not all sugar-free gum include xylitol. In contrast some other artificial sweeteners, xylitol prohibits the bacteria in plaque from metabolizing sugar, behaving more as an “anti-sugar” than just a sugar substitute. Normal sucrose will result in tooth decay and gum disease, whereas xylitol works to prevent them. Gum, in fact, really helps to expunge bacteria and plaque from your teeth.

Tap water, generally, includes ideal quantities of fluoride which helps to stop tooth decay. The explanation for this is straightforward: fluoride helps to remineralize teeth, undoing the detrimental effects of acid, which breaks down enamel. Most bottled water doesn’t contain enough active fluoride to have any real benefit.

Pears help to induce saliva creation, just like all high fiber containing fresh fruit. Pears are a good choice, as they have a larger neutralizing impact on acid than other varieties of fruit, for example, apples, bananas, mandarins and pineapples.

Yogurt, just like cheese, is an additional good supply of casein, calcium and also phosphates that help to remineralize teeth, the same as fluoride does. This is why it is another ideal candidate for fighting against tooth decay.

For even more regarding foods that will help to improve your oral health, pay a visit to the Huffington Post.

Remember to schedule your next appointment with our office in Toms River by calling 732-736-0800. To get further pointers about ways you can sustain excellent oral and overall health, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Boost Your Oral Wellness With These Snacks – Part 1

Food For Oral Health Toms River NJ Dentist

Carrots are a terrific treat that could appeal to both children as well as grownups.

Our patients are often asking for new ideas so as to maximize their oral health. An effective idea to look after a bright and healthful smile is by making optimal total physical health your top priority. Remaining conscious regarding just how we regard our bodies is essential to becoming healthy both inside and out.

Common oral bacteria called Streptococcus Mutans lead to the mouth to get very susceptible to discoloration and decay. This particular bacteria leads to plaque buildup and can cause elevated bacteria generation. To keep your mouth healthy, there are some food items that can be good for your oral and total health.

Carrots are a terrific treat that could appeal to both children as well as grownups. These delicious and crunchy snacks help to promote the saliva inside your mouth which naturally serves to help to get rid of plaque. These additionally are plentiful in Vitamin A, which is great for your eye-sight. Carrots will be able to help make your vision solid and even your enamel luminous.

Celery, while fairly tasteless, is quite modest in calories and may be dipped in peanut butter or ranch dressing for enhanced flavor. Celery calls for chewing which helps to boost saliva in your mouth, which in turn aids in washing away plaque. The sinewy strands in celery additionally serve to organically cleanse your teeth.

Pineapples are really a delicious snack which has plenty of minerals and vitamins. The astringent characteristic of pineapples will frequently help to remove discolorations off of your teeth enamel. They are also abundant in bromelain, a protein-breaking molecule which can also help to keep your teeth clean.

For other food choices that could enhance your oral wellness, check back with our site later on in the next couple weeks!

Have you arrange your upcoming visit yet? Call our office in Toms River at 732-736-0800 now to arrange one!

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Questions and Answers About Dry Mouth – Part 4

We have previously taken a look at exactly what dry mouth is, what a couple of the causes are, and techniques to get relief. The following are a several further treatment suggestions that can help with dry mouth.

080 - dry mouth pic part 4Having so many wonderful spots to eat here in Toms River, it can be difficult to cut down on our favorite food choices, still, in the event that you are having a problem when it comes to it, cutting down on a couple of these will help:
• Alcohol
• Levels of caffeine
• Citric foods and drinks
• Salty food items

In addition, breathing by way of your nose, as opposed to your mouth should help.

Although it can look like dry mouth is nothing but an inconvenience, if untreated, it can actually bring on more severe concerns like cavities and periodontal disease. Around thirty percent of all dental cavities in older adults can be attributed to dry mouth, as reported by the Oral Cancer Foundation, so identifying the symptoms and beginning treatment methods as soon as possible is essential. The more time you delay before acting, the more difficult the damages could be to turn around.

All of us at Dentistry with a Woman’s Touch hope these particular ideas can help develop much healthier mouths and smiles! Feel free to make an appointment online if you need to see us. For even more info on oral health visit the American Dental Association.

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Questions and Answers About Dry Mouth – Part – 3

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In this post, we offer some tips on finding relief for dry mouth.

After examining what dry mouth is, and what causes it, in our next two posts we’ll be suggested some tips on ways to find relief.

Tips on fighting dry mouth:
• Be sure to drink enough water
• Brush and floss regularly
• Chew sugarless gum
• Use a humidifier when sleeping
• Keeps your lips moisturized
• Use a saliva substitute
• Visit Dr. Swedberg regularly

As touched on in our last post, often times the underlying cause of dry mouth isn’t a disease or other condition that can be changed, but is instead caused by medication. In our final post in this series, we’ll be looking at a few more ways of getting relief. Be sure to check back, and follow Dentistry With a Woman’s Touch on Facebook and Twitter.

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