“Personalize Your Plate” is the theme for this year's National Nutrition Month in March, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It means there isn't a single diet for all of us: We're each unique with differing body types and tastes, and our diets need to be unique as well. Still, though, you'll want to be sure to include basic nutrients that are generally good for all of us—including for our teeth.
As you “personalize” your daily diet, be sure it includes dental-friendly vitamins and minerals. Here are some of the more important ones that contribute to strong and healthy teeth, and the kinds of foods in which you'll find them.
Vitamin D. This vitamin is a key element for growing and maintaining healthy teeth and bone, mainly by helping the body absorb calcium. You'll find vitamin D in milk, eggs or fatty fish—and you'll also gain a little strolling outdoors in the sunshine!
Vitamin E. As an antioxidant, vitamin E helps the body fight free radical molecules that contribute to cancer development, including oral cancer. You'll find vitamin E naturally in seeds and nuts (and derivative cooking oils), wheat germ and whole grains.
Calcium. When included with vitamin D and phosphorus, calcium is an important “construction material” for building strong teeth and bones. You'll find calcium in dairy products like milk and cheese as well as greens, legumes and tofu.
Phosphorus. Eighty-five percent of the body's phosphorus, a companion mineral to calcium, is found in teeth and bones, where it helps to keep them strong and healthy. You'll find this important mineral in meats, milk and eggs.
Magnesium. This mineral helps mineralize teeth and bones, giving them strength and protection against disease. You can get magnesium by eating nuts, legumes, whole grains, dark leafy greens, seafood and—if you limit the added sugar content—chocolate.
Fluoride. Most people are familiar with fluoride added to drinking water or toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel against tooth decay, but the mineral also occurs naturally in some foods. You can obtain low amounts of fluoride in seafood and black or green tea.
One last thing! While we're promoting foods that you should eat for healthier teeth, there's also one you'll want to cut back on: processed sugar. This carbohydrate is a major factor in oral bacterial growth that causes tooth decay and gum disease. So, eating foods low in sugar and high in these key vitamins and minerals will help ensure your teeth stay healthy.
If you would like more information about the importance of nutrition in dental care, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Nutrition: Its Role in General & Oral Health.”
How a root canal from your dentist in Noblesville, IN, can save your smile
If you have tooth pain, you may be wondering if you need a root canal. The truth is, only your dentist can tell for sure if you need a root canal. Chronic tooth pain is an excellent reason to visit your dentist for an examination and x-rays, to see if you and your smile can benefit from root canal therapy.
Dr. Jaclyn Ridder of Cumberland Pointe Dental in Noblesville, IN, offers comprehensive dental care services, including root canal therapy to save your smile.
You might need a root canal if you:
- Have experienced trauma to your face, jaws, or mouth
- Are suffering from untreated tooth decay
- Have chronic habits like grinding or clenching your teeth
You need a root canal if the innermost layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp chamber, has been bruised or damaged. The pulp chamber is where the blood supply and nerve supply to your tooth are located.
When the pulp chamber is damaged, inflammation begins, followed by a buildup of fluid inside your tooth. Fluid buildup leads to pressure and pain, and it’s a bit like a teapot getting ready to boil. Your tooth is getting ready to boil too!
You may experience signs and symptoms like these when you need a root canal:
- Acute dental pain when you bite down on something
- Increasing dental pain when your tooth is exposed to hot or cold foods or drinks
- Dental pain that radiates to other areas including your jaws or face
- Tooth pain that doesn’t go away or gets worse, even after restorative treatment
You may also notice your gums swelling up around the painful tooth, and a red or white bump appearing next to the root of the tooth. You may also notice drainage coming from the bump.
When you suffer tooth pain, go see your dentist as soon as you can. Your dentist will open up your tooth as a first step, which decreases the pressure and starts drying up the fluid inside your tooth, so you can feel better fast.
To find out more about how root canal therapy can help you and your smile, call Dr. Jaclyn Ridder of Cumberland Pointe Dental in Noblesville, IN, at (317) 770-4783. Call now!
If you often wake up with headaches or a sore jaw in the morning, you might be grinding your teeth at night. Habitual night grinding, a condition known as bruxism, can cause teeth to become worn down and damaged. The stress of grinding can also aggravate the temporomandibular joints that connect the jaw to the skull. Dr. Jaclyn Ridder, the skilled dentist at Cumberland Pointe Dental in Noblesville, IN can help you protect your teeth from night grinding with a custom night guard.
Bruxism is a condition associated with habitual teeth grinding, often occurring at night while sleeping. There can be many reasons why some people grind their teeth, but some common causes include stress and anxiety. Chronic bruxism can lead to several problems, including headaches, jaw discomfort, and tooth pain. Regularly grinding the teeth also causes the protective enamel surface to wear away, which makes teeth more vulnerable to staining and decay.
Another problem that can develop in conjunction with bruxism is a condition known as TMJ disorder. This condition can result when the temporomandibular joints connecting the jawbone to the skull become irritated. Some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder include a locked jaw, difficulty chewing, jaw pain, and clicking of the temporomandibular joints. Protecting your teeth from night grinding can help prevent TMJ disorder from developing.
Custom Night Guards
Night guards or a highly effective method for treating night grinding. The guards are worn at night over both arches of teeth so they cannot touch. By preventing the top and bottom rows of teeth from coming into contact with each other, night guards prevent the teeth from grinding. When night grinding is prevented, jaw pain, headaches, and other symptoms should disappear.
Custom night guards are the best way to go since they offer a perfect fit. The experienced dentist at our office in Noblesville can have custom night guards made for you based on an impression of your teeth. With your new custom night guards, you can be free from night grinding.
Night guards can protect your teeth from night grinding and alleviate the side effects associated with it, such as jaw pain. Dr. Ridder can help you obtain custom night guards. To schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable dentist call Cumberland Pointe Dental in Noblesville, IN at (317) 770-4783.
Now that the holidays are behind us and spring is ahead of us, winter doldrums may be setting in. If you are feeling a little blah, it might be time for a pick-me-up—and what better way to lift the spirits than by giving your smile a boost?
There are several ways to achieve a more attractive, confident smile, depending on your individual dental situation. Here are some possibilities:
Teeth Cleaning. If it sounds simple, it is! During your regular cleaning appointment, in addition to getting rid of plaque and tartar that cause dental disease, we use a polishing paste that removes surface stains.Not only will your teeth feel smoother, they'll look brighter.
Teeth whitening. If your teeth are yellowed, they can take the pizzazz out of your smile and make you look older. Professional teeth whitening is an easy way to upgrade a smile, and we can control the level of whitening—whether you want dazzling Hollywood white or a more subtle shade.
Dental bonding or veneers. If your teeth have gaps, chips, discoloration or a poor shape, dental bonding or veneers may be in order. Bonding is a way to repair minor defects in a single visit by applying tooth-colored material to the tooth. Veneers, which can be applied in as little as two visits, are thin porcelain shells that cover the entire front surface of your tooth. With both bonding and veneers, we custom color-match the materials so your smile looks completely natural, only better.
Crowns, bridges or dental implants. If you have a tooth that is not sustainable on its own, a lifelike crown can replace the visible part of the tooth, making it look good as new. If you have one or more missing teeth, a crown or bridge supported by dental implants can look and function like natural teeth.
Orthodontic treatment. If your teeth are not as straight as you'd like, orthodontic treatment can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile and give you newfound confidence. This original “smile makeover” is not just for teens; people of all ages undergo orthodontic treatment. Not a fan of traditional metal braces? Not to worry—you may be a candidate for clear orthodontic aligners, which are nearly invisible and can be removed for meals and special occasions.
Gum surgery. If your teeth seem small or you think your gums show too much when you smile, changing the contour of the gums through periodontal plastic surgery can have a big impact on the look of a smile. Reshaping the gums also helps the teeth appear more prominent.
As you see, there is an array of options for enhancing your smile, and we're more than happy to help you develop a treatment plan that is right for you. So consider sprucing up your smile and boosting your spirits with a tip or two from this list.
Howie Mandel, one of America’s premier television personalities, rarely takes it easy. Whether performing a standup comedy gig or shooting episodes of America’s Got Talent or Deal or No Deal, Mandel gives it all he’s got. And that intense drive isn’t reserved only for his career pursuits–he also brings his A-game to boosting his dental health.
Mandel is up front about his various dental issues, including multiple root canal treatments and the crowns on his two damaged front teeth. But he’s most jazzed about keeping his teeth clean (yep, he brushes and flosses daily) and visiting his dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.
To say Howie Mandel is keen on taking care of his teeth and gums is an understatement. And you can be, too: Just five minutes a day could keep your smile healthy and attractive for a lifetime.
You’ll be using that time—less than one percent of your 1,440 daily minutes—brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque buildup. This sticky, bacterial film is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease. Daily hygiene drastically reduces your risk for these tooth-damaging diseases.
But just because these tasks don’t take long, that’s not saying it’s a quick once-over for your teeth: You want to be as thorough as possible. Any leftover plaque can interact with saliva and become a calcified form known as calculus (tartar). Calculus triggers infection just as much as softer plaque—and you can’t dislodge it with brushing and flossing.
When you brush, then, be sure to go over all tooth areas, including biting surfaces and the gum line. A thorough brushing should take about two minutes. And don’t forget to floss! Your toothbrush can’t adequately reach areas between teeth, but flossing can. If you find regular flossing too difficult, try using a floss threader. If that is still problematic, an oral irrigator is a device that loosens and flushes away plaque with a pressurized water stream.
To fully close the gate against plaque, see us at least every six months. Even with the most diligent efforts, you might still miss some plaque and calculus. We can remove those lingering deposits, as well as let you know how well you’re succeeding with your daily hygiene habit.
Few people could keep up with Howie Mandel and his whirlwind career schedule, but you can certainly emulate his commitment to everyday dental care—and your teeth and gums will be the healthier for it.
If you would like more information about daily dental care, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Daily Oral Hygiene: Easy Habits for Maintaining Oral Health” and “10 Tips for Daily Oral Care at Home.”
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