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Top 5 Best Foods for Your Teeth

Top 5 Best Foods for Your Teeth

Sure we could rehash the same old fashioned scare-tactics, but let’s stick to the bright side of things. What foods help keep your pearly whites sparkling and healthy and keep your local dentist in Prescott, AZ happy. Below are the top 5 best foods for your teeth.

1. Sugar-Free Gum

Xylitol is the one exception to the negative health claims surrounding artificial sweeteners. Xylitol is a sugar replacement found in most sugar-free mints and gums. Not only is it not as bad as your standard sugary gums, it actually prevents plaque from metabolizing sugar which degrades tooth enamel.

Miriam R. Robbins DDS, Associate Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxiofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine at the New York University College of Dentistry said, “[sugar-free] gum mechanically removes plaque and bacteria from your teeth.”

2. Celery

We’ve all heard the factoid, whether completely true or not, that you burn more calories actually chewing celery than you pack on by eating it. So I don’t think there’s many people pointing to any negative health effects of celery, but it just so happens that celery actually has a cleaning effect because it breaks down into fibrous strands that clean teeth.

3. Pears

Like celery and other fresh veggies and fruits, pears also stimulate saliva creation because their fibrous texture requires a lot of chewing, which is good for teeth. But even more than that, according to one study, pears have a higher acid-neutralizing effect on teeth than other fruits. However, their dried fruit counterparts have the opposite, negative effect on tooth enamel due to their sticky, sugary nature.

4. Tap Water

Conspiracy theories and ethical quandaries surrounding the the mass medication of a population aside, fluoride is indeed found in American tap water. Fluoride reverses damage to teeth by remineralizing enamel that has been dimineralized by acids.

5. Sesame Oil

Last but not least, a less obvious “food” is sesame oil. In some of the oldest medical systems like the Hindu Ayurvedic medicine, a form of gargling sesame oil referred to as “oil pulling” has been used. One recent study concluded washing with sesame oil may be just as effective in fighting gingival scores, bacterial count, and plaque as chlorhexidine mouthwash.

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Summer Smile Makeover Winner

Meet our Grand Prize Summer Smile Makeover Winner Nichole Sequin:

Summer Smile Makeover Winner

Here is Nicole’s inspiring story:

I can’t say that I deserve to win any more than anyone else, but I can tell you why I hope to win. Coming from a large (I have five older brothers) single parent home and my mom’s death when I was 17 years old, I never went to a dentist until age 19. My teeth have always been over crowded and have been a source of ridicule and embarrassment for me. In 36 years, there are probably only about a dozen pictures of me with a full smile because of this. I have always been a “smiley” person but I have always smiled with my mouth closed or with my hand or hair covering my mouth. I have had some dental work done such as extractions, fillings and a crown which were all done in various shades and you can see the color variations. I am a breast cancer survivor and have several other medical conditions that required medications, one of which was Kenalog (a steroid shot that weakens bone density that I was on for a year). During that time, my dental health deteriorated greatly regardless of what I did for my oral care. I still have overcrowding and I have several cavities that need to be addressed. Recently, I chipped two of my teeth in front and I would really like to get those fixed before the damage becomes too extensive to save them.

I recently lost my job and I fear that my smile could be preventing me from finding employment. Also, later this year I have a family reunion and in two years I have my twenty year class reunion and I would love to be able to smile for the first time without being self-conscious about it. Another reason why I would love to have a beautiful smile is because I am engaged to be married (no date yet) and I have always dreaded the thought of my wedding pictures because of my teeth.

I have always believed in the concept of pay it forward and I have volunteered with organizations such as Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ), Habitat for Humanity, AZ Project New Hope, and I am an administrator for the group “I Can Help” on Facebook. I have also been a part of organizing several fundraising benefits for people who have had medical/dental issues that they couldn’t afford treatment for, didn’t have insurance or their insurance didn’t cover their treatment as well as the “Whiskey Row Fire” benefit.

I am very active at my church (Prescott United Methodist Church) where I have gone for twelve years. I am the hospitality chairperson, sing in the Celebration Choir, I was the Director for Lifetree Cafe, I oversee both the Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinners at the church as well as the weekly Wednesday night dinners, play on the church’s softball team and I volunteer with Vacation Bible School and various other events throughout the year.

I am the Founder/Director for Serving Our Soldiers (SOS) which is a program to help past, current, future (ROTC cadets) soldiers and provides support for their families as well. Not only do we send care packages to our deployed soldiers for the holidays, but also to their families that are here stateside. We also help locally with non-medical in home care, minor home repairs and chores, some financial assistance for things (such as ROTC boots, medications not covered by insurance, home repair materials and utilities in times of financial crisis), various transportation needs, provide support to the families during funerals and give the families a display case for the flags that are presented to them during the service and creating defensible fire safe areas around their homes to name a few things that we do.

I consider myself to be a humble person and I have always had difficulty speaking about myself, but I hope that this entry gives you a look into who I am and into my life to give me a chance to have my dream of having a beautiful smile come true.

Thank you for having this contest to makes someone’s dream come true.

Out with the Old – Non-Toxic Amalgam Removal

non-toxic amalgam removal

We’ve delved into the details and advantages of Biomimetic dentistry in past articles; the basis of which is to restore your teeth to their natural strength, appearance, and optimal operative state. Well, like the old adage, “out with the old and in with the new,” it is necessary to remove old mercury-amalgam fillings to reap the benefits of the bio-compatible approach of Biomimetic dentistry. Like all of our provided dental services in Prescott, AZ, the doctors at Prescott Dentistry take all the necessary precautions when engaging in non-toxic amalgam removal along with many other .

Very specific protocols are followed when removing mercury-amalgam fillings to in order to diminish exposure to the material released during the non-toxic amalgam removal. These precautions are based on the health and needs of each individual, keeping in mind that some may have metal toxicities, chemical sensitivity, and other environmental intolerances.

These precautions include the following: protective eyewear and face/nose mask, tooth isolation system that minimizes exposure to particles, vapors, and aerosols by evacuating air from the oral cavity, proper large “chunk” removal techniques instead of pulverization, oxygen through the nasal cavity to assist breathing, and using Chlorella herbal rinse and supplements, and several IV therapies to assist in detoxification after amalgam removal.

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Always Keep your Smile

supercentenarian

Continuing my theme from last weeks article, I was researching interesting and inspirational quotes and stumbled on an interesting little factoid. Have you ever heard the term: supercentenarian? The late Jeanne Calment was the oldest confirmed living supercentenarian, which means one who lived to or is past the age of 110 years old. She lived to the ripe old age of 122 years old and 164 days. Needless to say we might want to heed her words of wisdom over so many years of experience.

“Always keep your smile. That’s how I explain my long life.”

Sounds simple enough. Whether or not Jeanne was referring to the literal teeth behind her smile or the act of smiling itself, I think the same message applies. Of course always staying happy and positive as much as possible can decrease levels of stress, but I think it isn’t too much of a stretch to say that having nice, healthy teeth might just make it a little easier to keep on smiling.

Prescott Dentistry has you covered whether you want the motivation to keep on smiling by feeling more comfortable with the appearance of your smile, or if you simply want to focus on healthy teeth and gums. Whether through teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and general cosmetic dentistry in Prescott, AZ, or Biomimetic treatment methods, laser dentistry, and same-day crowns & restorations.

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Same-day Crowns & Restorations – A Real Life Saver

Same-day Crowns & Restorations

I read a quote the other day that rang very true. “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” Obviously no one at Prescott Dentistry is claiming to have the philosophical or literary chops of the great transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. However, they do certainly recognize of the value of time. Whether it’s work, school, family, or feverishly keeping up to date with this wonderful blog, we’re all trying to spend our life, time, and money as frugally as possible.

Which brings us to one of Prescott Dentistry’s great services: Same-day Crowns & Restorations. Again, time is important, and the combination of cost plus the thought of needing multiple visits can be a little daunting, especially for those suffering from dental fear. Prescott Dentistry’s CEREC (Ceramic Reconstruction) technology provides the ability to deliver quality, biocompatible restorations in one day. This is a great comfort to those of us who recognize the value of quality dentistry, but identify with the “just get it over with” mindset.

Same-day Crowns & Restorations have a very low true “cost”, in that you will have to exchange very little of your “life” on them as Thoreau would put it. And who knows, if you take a little bit of time now to be diligent about your dental hygiene you might just get an added bonus of a longer healthier life to spend as you choose.

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