Beverages We Drink To Boost Our Energy But Are Unhealthy

Beverages Boost Our Energy

When you find yourself tired, sleepy, or busy, we usually have the tendency of drinking beverages that will help alleviate some of the symptoms we are experiencing in the day. They are a quick way of “boosting our energy” to help us feel awake and to make us productive in some way or another. Even though the beverages we drink give us the wake-up call we need, they aren’t the healthiest to have and to treat our bodies to.

Some of the beverages we choose to fuel our bodies aren’t the best to serve our body for various reason since they can affect our overall health in some way or aspect. Below we’ve listed beverages we turn to give us the boost we need in the day.

Flavored Coffee

An obvious choice in the morning, however, I’m not referring to regular coffee but flavored coffee. Regular coffee on its own can be less damaging than flavored coffee because you aren’t adding all the sugary substances which add to the flavor of your coffee. The intake of too much sugar can start to affect our bodies such as our mood, sugar levels, and heart. When we have flavored coffee, we are adding more sugar than we should be taking in for the day. The sugar drives are energy up and quickly brings it down also known as a sugar crash which can be followed with jitteriness. If you are looking to boost your energy, it should come without the side effects of feeling shaky and a bit anxious. It can also cause stress on your heart as your blood pressure can be elevated with an excessive amount of sugar in your bloodstream. If you get headaches after drinking flavored coffee consider the possibility it might be time for a change of “coffee”.  

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are popular among younger people. There are many brands we mostly hear about such as Rockstar, Monster, and Redbull to name a few. They are quick to kick up your energy that lasts at least half the day but at what cost? As you know, energy drinks have an excessive amount of sugar along with caffeine which causes your energy to level rise and then fall gradually to where you crash. However, energy drinks can disrupt your sleep, make you gain weight, and raise your blood pressure.

Soft Drinks

Soda, we can’t forget about soft drinks. If coffee and energy drinks don’t fancy your taste maybe soda is what gives you the flavor and boost you need. Soda is good to have with a meal and to keep you awake when you feel the drowse creeping up on you. You’ve probably heard soda is bad for you which is true but for the way it can affect your health. Soda has a lot of sugar and just because it’s diet does not mean that it is better for you. So, what can soda cause? It dehydrates you, can decline kidney function, increases diabetes risk, diminishes your minerals, and can increase heart disease risk. The amount of sugar in a soda exceeds the amount you need in a day not to mention the level of acidity that can cause discomfort to the stomach and erode the enamel of the tooth.

Sports Drinks

Sports drinks are another drink we look for to get the energy. Even though they do provide us with energy, they don’t give us the power we need to do daily tasks. Sports drinks can be beneficial to you if you are doing exercise that’s intense or exercising and doing a sports activity for more than 2 hours, however, if you need it to boost energy to get you through the day, then it is harmful to our body. By drinking a sports drink, you are intaking carbohydrates where the energy is coming from. The potassium and sodium you gain from the sports drink are quickly released in your sweat, and the sugar from the drink is left in your body to break down and can often become unnecessary body weight.   

We know there are some days we wake up to only to feel exhausted and drained from energy, we get it. Sometimes we need to get a little boost of energy from our go-to drinks but, it’s not the best choice for our health. Apart from giving us the rush we need for the day or brief moment, the effects it has on our bodies can be more prolonged and damaging. The drinks we mention all affect our body in some way or another, but they do have a common factor, they can lead to tooth decay. Sugar is food for the bacteria found in our mouth particularly our teeth.

Next time you are feeling drained of energy or tired, try different alternatives to gain some energy such as eggs, fruits, trail mix, coconut water or a power nap. These are some the ways you can earn some of your energy to carry on with the day that involves no to less sugar. Give it a try and let us know which one works for you.

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Drinks that Don’t Erode Your Teeth’s Enamel

Erode Enamel

When it comes to being refreshed this summer, there is nothing as good as a sweet cold soda or lemonade to go with our food. Let’s face it, some foods aren’t meant to have with a glass of water as your main drink, but you also don’t want to drink a beverage that can erode your teeth’s enamel.

Our enamel is essential to keeping our teeth healthy and strong so the less acidic beverages we drink, the better for our teeth. Now, water isn’t the only drink to have; there is plenty we can have that satisfies our sweet tooth and compliments our food. Here are some of the few drinks you can try without causing damage to your teeth.

  1. Mineral water – contains many minerals as the name suggest but the two minerals it has that tap water doesn’t is, calcium and magnesium. Calcium is critical to the bone development, and magnesium is essential for our ability to absorb the calcium we need. Sometimes it is referred to as sparkling or still water, but it tastes nothing like water. Give it a try with your next meal.
  2. Real Fruit Juices – want something with a bit more flavor? How about natural fruit juice without the sugar. Some fruits are naturally sweet without the added sugars which are bad for you, besides juices made of real fruit keeps the nutrients our body needs for energy and to keep our body healthy. Although, try to stay away from the acidic fruits such as oranges, etc.
  3. Clear Tea – for the coffee drinkers, the change in warm drinks would ease the damage to your teeth and stomach. Clear teas are less acidic such as green tea. Not only is it less abrasive on our teeth, but it is also rich in antioxidants and nutrients. Now, just like juices, I mean you can have clear teas without the sweeteners you add such as honey, sugar or lemon slice. Adding those additional ingredients in your drink makes it harmful to your teeth.
  4. Milk – yes, I said milk. Milk is good for the calcium it provides for us as we grow. It is not only good for our teeth but our body. If you have lactose intolerant, try other sources of milk which are healthy and provide the calcium we need such as coconut milk. Chances are we won’t be drinking milk unless in the morning or late at night, so why not mix it up and have it.

Try something new with your meals this time around and see how you like the change of flavor and benefits to your body and smile. Protecting our smile is vital to our digestion process and to keeping our beautiful smile. We need our teeth to speak and break down our food which is why we need to take measures to ensure we protect them from erosion or further damage. Dentists are an excellent source to ask about what you can do today to ensure you keep a healthy smile and mouth.

If you haven’t already seen your dentist for your annual check-up, it is time you do. Prevention treatment is the first line of defense so schedule an appointment with us today by filling out this form here.

Importance of Dental Healthcare: Our Exclusive Program

Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day. A day meant to educate and encourage people and healthcare providers the need to partake in advance care planning. Yes, advance care planning that lets families and doctors know about decisions you’ve made when you’re too sick or unable to make the decisions yourself.

These are important decisions to make as we age yet we don’t always think about it. Besides medical healthcare, what about dental health care? Dental health care is also a crucial aspect of our oral and overall health.

The Importance Dental Healthcare

Why is it important? Oral health is essential to our everyday life. We need healthy teeth and a mouth to speak and eat since it’s part of our digestive system. Our dental health says a lot about our diet, self-care, and is in all a reflection of our body’s health.

Our diet can be a contributing factor as to why we might seek dental health. Our diet can contain many foods and drinks that damage our teeth. Foods that remain in our mouths and cling to our teeth and provide food supply to cavity-causing bacteria. Not only through our diet can we get cavities but they can progress into further dental problems such as tooth decay or tooth loss. Then, there is the possibility of discoloration of your teeth from all the dark drinks containing high levels of acidity, the ones which weaken your enamel. One of the ways we can rid our mouth of bacteria and acid production is by having good oral hygiene.

Do you practice good oral hygiene? Having good oral habits is an aspect of what we mean by self-care. When you remove the food debris from your mouth and teeth, the lower the chances, you’ll have to get dental problems. However, if you practice poor oral hygiene, you increase the risks of developing dental issues such as plaque, cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Poor oral hygiene leaves your teeth vulnerable to what you eat and for the bacteria found in your mouth to progressively damage your teeth over time.

Your dental health is not only saying something about what you choose to eat or your oral habits, but it also gives an insight of your body’s health. Some health problems can show signs based on your oral health. Health problems such as diabetes and leukemia. Sometimes dentists can detect other health that you might want to check with your primary health provider.

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How does it make it affordable? You receive discount rates on preventative and restorative treatment at any of our two locations in Salt Lake City. Each discount rate varies by category ranging from 10% to 60%. It saves you and your family money on dental health care you can be receiving yearly.  

So this month not, only think about planning advanced medical care. Think about your oral health as well. If you interested in more information on our Discount Dental Program, call our office today at 801-505-7125.   

 

Keeping a Healthy Smile During Spring Activities and Sports

Spring is here, and so are the many recreational activities and sports that come with the warm weather of the season. Activities such as baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, outdoor track and field, hiking, and mountain biking. Outdoor activities that are fun to play in and enjoy but can also be the cause of some potential injures.

Part of ensuring we keep a healthy mouth is by taking preventative precautions to protect our smile and teeth.

Our teeth are an essential aspect of our daily life as we use them to speak and chew our food. Keeping our teeth and mouth protected from dental conditions and injuries is crucial to do when playing a sport or participating in a recreational activity. How can we do that?

Mouthguards

Mouthguards are a wonderful tool to have in your sports bag. They aren’t just for kids but adults as well. They provide your mouth with an outer guard and inner cushion to keep your soft tissue and teeth from harsh impacts and from having severe mouth-related injuries. It makes the impact of a ball or falls less forceful and damaging as it would be without it.

Hydration

We need to hydrate when we’re playing or participating in sports. By hydration we don’t mean drinking sports drinks or sugary drinks; we’re referring to water. Water is an essential part of our dental health and overall health.

Water is needed to keep our body functioning by distributing the nutrients we need to get rid of waste and to keep our muscles moving. So what can water do for our teeth? It keeps them clean. It washes away any food debris or residue that can cause damage to our teeth such as bacteria. Not only does it clean mouth it can dilute the acids produced by the acids in our mouth.

Another advantage of water is, it helps with dry mouth. Our saliva is a significant component of our mouth because it’s the first line of defense we have against cavities and tooth decay. Saliva provides your mouth with the nutrition our teeth need and maintain our mouth clean. Having a low flow of saliva puts us at risk of tooth decay and cavities since it removes the protection from our teeth.   

Our teeth and mouth are essential parts of our overall health. While we partake in outdoor activities and sports, remembering to remain well hydrated is important and to put mouthguards to prevent any mouth-related injuries.

The warm weather is among us, and we should enjoy it, but safety is important, especially our smile. This spring, take the measures you need to have a healthy mouth. If you’re in need of a dental check-up, schedule an appointment with us today!  

 

Health Precautions During National Days in April

Easter Sunday has just past which means you probably had some Easter chocolate eggs or marshmallow birds. It doesn’t even have to be candy sweets; it could be sweet desserts that contain a lot of sugar.

Beginning this month with an Easter egg hunt is a great way to kick off the rest of the national days to come this April. National days celebrating foods that are sweet to the tooth but damaging to our smile. What national days are we talking about?

If you didn’t know already, today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. Now, there isn’t anything wrong with having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, however, some products contain more sugar than others. Then, there is National Caramel Day and National Caramel Popcorn Day and many more national days, days of sweetened foods to come and celebrate by eating those delicious foods.

I mean who doesn’t like eating something sugary once in awhile? I know I do, but there are some precautions to take while celebrating national food days especially when it’s foods that can damage our teeth and smile. I’m talking about two types of foods here.

Sticky/Chewy Foods

We are referring to the foods which cling and stick to our teeth and anywhere within our mouth. The foods that overstay their welcome and as a result, help bacteria produce more acid than usual. They are easy to get in between your teeth and can stay there longer.

Acidic Foods/Drinks

As we mentioned before, when food causes bacteria to produce more acid it damages our teeth. Drinking or eating foods or beverages containing citrus or acidic properties are more damaging than you think and can see immediately. Why? Because our tooth enamel is being eroded by the acid. Eroding teeth results in cavities or tooth decay and, in some cases, serious problems like sensitive teeth and discoloration.

These are two of many types of foods we need to keep an eye on especially when Easter has just past and upcoming national days are on the way celebrating foods not so kind to our teeth. When you eat these types of food, it is best to ensure you are rinsing and cleaning your mouth right away to ensure you’re removing any food debris.

Cleaning our teeth immediately afterwards is important to prevent further damage to them from substances that erode our teeth. Flossing your teeth to remove sticky/chewy substances is one way to assure there isn’t more acid production. In addition to keeping up with personal hygiene and self-care, visiting your dentist for a regular clean up and check up is a crucial part of preventative care.

If you’re due for dental check-up soon, make an appointment with our dental office to get your exams with X-rays and cleaning for $97.

What To Do When You Have Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing can be worrisome, so what can be causing your gums to bleed? There are many factors that can contribute to your bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, some are temporary and some are more concerning. Learning about the causes of these can help you better assess what you need to do.  

Causes

What can be causing your gums to bleed? Before making an appointment with the dentist, we recommend you assess and adjust some of the possibilities of why you might be bleeding. Common factors to bleeding gums are:

  • Plaque buildup along the gumline and in between the teeth  
  • Improper dental care and tools
  • Vitamin C or K deficiencies
  • Side effects of medication

Plaque Buildup

By not removing plaque in a timely manner, it can harden into tartar. This leads to gum irritation, bleeding, and into advanced forms of gum disease such as gingivitis or a more serious disease known as periodontitis. Flossing once a day or twice a day can help remove the plaque building up from the food we eat. Once plaque has become tartar you need to make an appointment with your dentist to remove it.

Improper Dental Care and Tools

If your gums are bleeding from brushing or flossing there could be a few things happening. Either you’re dental care regimen needs to change, or the tools you use are  too rough on your teeth and gums. When you floss and notice blood, it can mean you’re using vigorous, aggressive motions with the floss, you need to floss more often, or you’re brushing hard. Being gentle on your teeth when brushing and flossing can help ease the irritation you cause. If you are gentle and regularly brush and floss, you may want to change your medium or firm bristle toothbrush into a soft bristle one.

Unbalanced Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet is important not just for health but for our teeth. We need to have a diet rich in nutrients to keep our teeth and gums healthy. Not eating a meal rich in nutrients can cause vitamin deficiencies particularly vitamin C and K. These two vitamins are pivotal to your oral health since vitamin C is essential to keeping the connective tissues of your gum strong while vitamin K helps block substances from breaking down bone. Having deficiencies in these vitamins can weaken your gums and teeth making them loose and bleed increasing your risk of gum disease.

Medication Side Effects

Over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen are commonly known as blood thinners, which increase bleeding when you cut yourself. If you brush hard and begin to bleed you might bleed more than you should. Prescribed medication can even cause mild side effects like gum bleeding. Noticing if bleeding gums are a side effect of prescribed medication is reason enough to go see you primary doctor for new medication alternative to rule out medication as a possible reason to your bleeding.

What Do You Do?

Bleeding gums can be rinsed with warm salt water to kill bacteria around the infected area and keep it from spreading deeper into the gums and roots of the teeth. In addition to rinsing your mouth, applying pressure with gauze to stop the bleeding. Make sure your hands and gauze are clean to avoid increasing your infection.   

As I mentioned earlier, before booking an appointment with your dentist right away. try to eliminate some possible causes. Once you’ve eliminated some of the causes and there’s been no improvement in your condition, then make an appointment to see your dentist to get further examinations done.  

Keeping a regular dental check-up with your dentist every 6 months is your first line of defense for any oral or dental conditions from worsening. Be sure to visit your dentist twice a year and to be gentle during your oral hygiene. Healthy teeth and gums makes for a great smile. If you need to schedule an appointment for regular cleaning, call us at 801-747-8018.

5 Ways to Survive Braces

Have you recently gone to the dentist to get braces? We know getting braces on is a big change, and we know you’re wondering how you’re going to survive this!

Change can be uncomfortable, but thinking about the long-term benefits of why you’re going through this treatment will motivate you to see that it’s worth it. But let’s be real, we never see the bright side so quickly as we like to think.

So, we’ve come up with 5 ways to SURVIVE YOUR BRACES! These helpful tips are ways to maintain your oral hygiene to prevent further dental treatment after your braces, and to help alleviate the pain you might experience.

  1. Learn to brush your teeth carefully and after your meals. Yes, you may already know how to brush your teeth but having braces means having extra care. You need to brush all of your teeth gently from top to bottom particularly around the braces. With more surfaces for food and bacteria to hide and build up, brushing after a meal will keep your teeth healthy and clean. An interproximal brush can help get in between your braces (it looks like a little Christmas tree). Ask your orthodontist for techniques on brushing with braces.
  2. Floss your teeth or use gum soft picks to avoid food build up. Using floss with braces will be challenging, yet it’s necessary to prevent bacteria build-up. Eating and maintaining your oral hygiene has just gotten a bit difficult, but if you make it a habit of flossing, you’ll keep your teeth clean and gums healthy.  Floss threaders make it easier for you to be able to get the floss in between each bracket and wire.
  3. Carry dental wax with you. Why might you want to use dental wax? When you get a sore in your mouth due to your braces, the dental wax is great to protect it from further damage. Placing the dental wax over the bracket that’s causing irritation in your mouth will protect it and alleviate your discomfort.
  4. Have over-the-counter pain relievers. As an adult, this is no problem, but with a child make sure you’re giving them right over-the-counter medicines. Most common pain relievers are Tylenol and ibuprofen. Verify with your orthodontists which is better to use and when it should you give it to your child. This is usually given as a last resort to alleviate the pain or discomfort you’re experiencing. Having a few on hand can be handy, especially when you’re away from the comfort of your home.   
  5. Numb the pain or discomfort with cold drinks and foods. Experiencing discomfort or pain of any kind is always unpleasant. Drinking or eating something cold like ice cream or a smoothie can help numb the pain which allows you feel at ease. Of course, you don’t want to overdo it with the sugary foods. Try having healthy cold beverages and foods to avoid getting bacteria build up.

Braces can be a pain but the better care you take of your teeth during the process, you’ll see it was worth going through the treatment. You’ll have a beautiful and a healthy smile you’ll want to share. Surviving your braces is always easier when you have a survival kit. When you come in to get braces, you’ll leave with your very own survival kit to help you during your orthodontic treatment! If you’re in need of orthodontic treatment or need consultation, set an appointment with us today.

Dental Travel Tip: When Fillings and Veneers Fall Off

What do you do when your filling or veneer falls off? Panic seems to be the first reaction, but there’s no need to panic. If you take the necessary measures to care and protect your tooth, then you’ll be fine.

It’s difficult to see your dentist when you’re away on vacation, and we are here with some traveling tips on how to deal with your dental mishap. Follow these steps to keep your tooth protected and safe.

  1. Remove the remaining filling or veneer. In some cases, the filling or veneer has broken and left some of the remains. Check that you don’t have any spare parts on your tooth or in your mouth. If you do, carefully remove it without further damaging your veneer or swallowing your filling.
  2. Practice good oral hygiene. An interior of a tooth that’s exposed needs special care and measures to ensure there’s no bacteria growth. Gently brush around and inside the tooth to remove any food debris. As a precaution, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water after eating.     
  3. Protect your tooth with toothpaste, temporary  dental cement, or dental wax. If your veneer or filling has fallen off intact, clean it out and place it back in your tooth with temporary dental cement you can find at the store or toothpaste made for sensitivity. Or you can use dental wax to fill a void. This will protect your tooth from bacteria entering, growing, and accelerating decay. Don’t use home-glue as it can increase your condition to becoming a dental emergency.
  4. Use clove oil to alleviate pain and sensitivity. If you have thermal sensitivity or pain on the surface, you can place dental wax to lessen the pain. But a more efficient method is to apply clove oil to ease discomfort and numb the pain. And you’re in luck, cause we sell it in our office.
  5. Call your dentist. Even though you’re away on vacation, making a dental appointment at your earliest convenience upon your return is important. It will allow you get your tooth examined and taken care of right away.

A fallen filling or veneer doesn’t mean your vacation is at a halt. It just says you have to take precautions to protect your tooth from bacteria growth. Ensuring you clean the area gently or placing dental wax or cement can help decrease your chances of bacteria entering and accelerating tooth decay. Remember to keep your tooth protected until you can see your dentist.

 

Healthy Alternatives to Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is almost here, just 9 days away! Who’s ready? If you’re at a roadblock, we understand what that can feel like. Not knowing what gifts to give to your partner, family, and friends can be overwhelming.

This year why not start your Valentine’s day with a healthy treat? They’re a great way of replacing the sugar sweets with natural sweetness and benefits the body and teeth.

We’ve collected 5 cute, healthy Valentine’s Day treats you can make for your loved ones. They’re easy to make and suitable for kids. So, let the fun treats begin!

Strawberry Roses

Get creative with your strawberries! Roses- who doesn’t want them on Valentine’s day right? Instead of getting flowers make your strawberries into edible roses for an enjoyable snack. This recipe offers a healthy natural sweetness from your strawberries and in a simple arrangement in the form of a planting pot with raisins as dirt.

Ladybug Apples

Now, I know we shouldn’t play with our food, but it’s a lot more fun to make our fruits more appealing to eat than shoving them aside on our plate. Make ladybugs out of your green and red apples! A snack not only for adults but for kids who shy from eating their fruits. Not only will they be fun to look at but they will bring health benefits to your body such as essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that we need, even the calcium our teeth need.

Veggie Bouquet

We can’t forget our veggies! Creating a bouquet of our greens is great food option for a small gathering or party. Adding some green to your diet will increase the functions and maintenance of your body. Fun shape veggies can be more tempting to eat than it’s natural shape and size plus they can be made fit to be snackable bites for children. (If you prefer to have a fruit bouquet, you can always do that too.)

Blueberry-Lemon Tarts

This is a pastry, I know. It’s something for pastry lovers, and different from the other recipes we’ve mentioned. It’s February, and it’s American Heart Month meaning it’s awareness month for heart health. Blueberries are an excellent source of food to promote your heart health and to add flavor to your pastries. Not only will you be eating something delicious but it’ll boost your heart health and contains less than 7 grams of sugar.

Strawberry Ice

For those of us who aren’t that crazy for Valentine’s Day celebration but still want to participate, there’s a way! Consider it a small celebration for you but adds flavor in your water. Strawberry heart-shaped ice allows you to participate in a small way while giving your plain water some sweetness to it. It’s a simple recipe and if you’re struggling to get your kids to drink water add strawberry ices to get them drinking.

This Valentine’s Day give your loved ones something healthy to eat that’ll benefit their body. Have fun making and re-creating recipes you’ll love to use over and time again. Choose to eat naturally sweeten foods and sources of food promoting and increasing the functions of your body and heart health.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day and heart health awareness month, treat yourself and your loved ones to treats made of blueberries and strawberries along with raspberries and blackberries as a source of boosting your heart health. Your body will thank you for it later. What healthy recipes do you make during Valentine’s Day or know of that’ll make a great Valentine’s Day treat?