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The Power of Smiling

July 20th, 2018

Smiling is one of the easiest and quickest things someone can do to not only make themselves feel better, but to also make others feel better. Even when we fake a smile, our body releases the "happy" hormones serotonin and dopamine, which instantly lift our mood.

Another one of the greatest things about smiles is that they are contagious, meaning it's likely that if you smile at someone, they're more likely to smile at another person.

Smiling costs nothing, but it can be worth a million dollars  to someone who is having an off day.  Make a difference in someone's life, Smile :)

Why we recommend the Sonicare Toothbrush

March 10th, 2018

Yes, you will often hear our hygienists Ally and Fariba recommend a Sonicare toothbrush on one of your visits.  It is  one component of Dr. Glenn's five points system  to a cavity free visit.

The saying goes its  "NOT JUST CLEAN , ITS SONICARE CLEAN "

The unique sonic sweeping motion is carefully calibrated to create gentle microbubbles that reach deep between teeth, for a sensational clean feeling.  The strokes move at 31,000 per minute .

In addition, a pressure sensor alerts you if your grip has to much pressure on your gums. The Location sensor will track missed spots for better coverage, and the scrubbing sensor helps improve your brushing technique.

Time after time we see patients return with significant  positive changes in their oral hygiene management.

We agree, Sonicare is the No 1 recommended sonic toothbrush brand by dental professionals world wide.

 

 

Is dark chocolate bad for you teeth?

January 20th, 2018

If you are wondering whether chocolate is bad for your teeth, or if consuming too much of it may exacerbate any existing dental conditions that you may have, such as weakened enamel or cavites, we have some interesting facts.

Dark chocolate is by far the best choice for chocolate  when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy and cavity free.  There are some studies that even suggest that dark chocolate can be a cavity fighter.  Chocolate is made up of over 300 compounds and is a highly complex substance.

Dark chocolate contains polyphenols.  These chemicals can help fight the overgrowth of bacteria and other organisms in the mouth.  They can neutralize organisms that cause bad breath and can prevent some sugars from turning into acid.

Dark chocolate contains flavonoids and antioxidants.  Flavonoids have been shown to slow tooth decay and antioxidants are beneficial to overall health in many ways but when it comes to oral health, having higher levels of antioxidants in your saliva has been shown to help fight gum disease.

So go ahead and indulge but just remember as with most things, moderation is the key.

Chewing Ice

August 12th, 2017

It's a habit many people have and not only can it be annoying to the people around you, it can be detrimental to your dental health.  Chewing ice is so common that it even has its own name, pagophagia.

Although it can appear to be a seemingly harmless habit, from our side of the chair we see the damage.  Chewing on ice can cause:  chipped teeth, damaged enamel, sore jaw muscles, and damage to dental work such as crowns, fillings, or other appliances.

For whatever reason you find yourself chewing on it, it's a habit you need to break.

Next time you find yourself wanting to chew on something , try these alternatives:

Baby carrots, celery sticks or sugar -free (xylitol) gum

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