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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

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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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Questions and Answers About Dry Mouth – Part 2

060 - dry mouth from medicationsAt Dentistry with a Woman’s Touch, we know how important our patient’s oral health is to their overall health, and dry mouth is a condition that can be symptomatic of other health issues, which is why it’s a good idea to know what causes it so that it can be treated properly.

Dry mouth occurs due to an insufficient production of saliva, the common causes of which include: dehydration, anemia, diabetes, chemotherapy, nerve damage, smoking, caffeine intake or various diseases or infections. However, the leading cause of dry mouth are medications. Some types of medicines that include dry mouth as a side effect include: allergy medications, antidepressants, pain killers, diuretics, blood pressure medications and decongestants.

In our next part of the series, we will be looking into some ways that you can find relief from the symptoms of dry mouth.

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Questions and Answers About Dry Mouth – Part 1

Millions of people suffer from dry mouth, a condition that has symptoms including: feeling thirsty all the time; having difficulty swallowing certain types of food; saliva that feels foamy or thick.

050 - dry mouth part 1In fact, dry mouth is so common that it affects more than 1 in 4 people. At Dentistry with a Woman’s Touch, we want all of our patients in the Toms River area to have the best oral health they can, so we’re taking this time to explain a little bit about the causes and methods of treating dry mouth.

What is dry mouth?
In the simplest terms, dry mouth is just an inadequate amount of saliva. Important for a number of reasons, saliva is essential to the digestive process, keeps the soft tissue of our mouths healthy and infection-free, and even helps prevent tooth decay. It’s vital to good oral health.

Why is dry mouth a problem?
Not only uncomfortable, insufficient saliva can cause problems for teeth, gums and digestion. Dry mouth has connections to diseases such as diabetes and gum disease, so it’s important to know how to spot and treat it.

In our next post we’ll talk about some of the causes of Dry mouth, so be sure to check back.

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What Options are Available for Changing the Look of My Teeth?

There are many reasons why you may not be completely happy with your smile, be it chips or damage, or the length and shape of the teeth. Fortunately, there are a quite a few cosmetic options available for changing the look of your smile. Here are four of them:

ShapeofTeethLowell,INCrowns – A dental crown is a cap, shaped like a tooth, that is placed over the existing, damaged tooth, covering it completely, all the way down to the gum line.

Veneers – Veneers are thin, tooth-colored porcelain laminates that are custom made to fit over the front of your teeth. These are bonded to your teeth and can be used to cover damage.

Recontouring – Your teeth can be recontoured to correct minor imperfections, such as a chip in the tooth, by reshaping the enamel. This is a process known as enameloplasty, odontoplasty or stripping.

Bonding – If your teeth only have minimal damage, dental bonding may be an option. Bonding applies a resin to the surface of the tooth, which is hardened by use of an ultraviolet light.

If you are looking to change your smile, contact Dentistry with a Woman’s Touch in Toms River. Dr. Swedberg will be happy to discuss the available options with you, and explain the differences in durability, cost and length of the office visit required for each.

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The Purpose of Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are applied to act as a shield over the enamel of the teeth. This thin, plastic coating is painted on the depressions and grooves of the molars and premolars. The plastic coating acts as a barrier against germs, preventing tooth decay. Patients ranging from 6 to 14 are the primary target for dental sealants, as these

The application of dental sealants aide in the prevention of tooth decay.

The application of dental sealants helps prevent tooth decay.

are the cavity prone years. The dental sealants can be beneficial to adults as well if there is no decay or fillings. These sealants are only visible up close and can be clear, white, or slightly tinted.

Dental sealants do not replace the daily fluoride that you receive from toothpastes, mouthwash and tap water. Fluorides and sealants used together can help prevent tooth decay. Having Dr. Swedberg apply sealants in her Toms River, NJ dental office could prevent tooth decay for up to 10 years, but the need for regular dental check-ups with Dr.Swedberg are important to stay up on any chipping or cracking that may occur.

Sealants can help save time and money that may be spent filling a cavity. Sealants will also help you avoid the discomfort of dental work caused by tooth decay, which damages the tooth permanently. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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