How Do Coffee and Tea Affect Your Teeth?

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The temperature is dropping, and getting out of a warm bed in the morning is getting harder and harder!

Sometimes the only thing that can get us up and going in the morning is a big cup of coffee or tea. While that can be a great jump-start to our day, coffee and tea often have negative effects on our teeth and oral health.

We have heard and we know that dark drinks stain your teeth over time.

According to colgate.com, “although the enamel of your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body, it is not flat and smooth. On the contrary, your tooth enamel contains microscopic pits and ridges that can hold particles of food and drink.

Pigments from dark-colored drinks such as coffee, tea, and soda can become embedded in those cracks and ridges and, if the proper steps are not taken, can cause permanent, yellowing stains on your teeth.”

Beyond the staining are there other effects of coffee and tea on our teeth?

Coffee and tea have acids, tannins and chromogens that are harmful to your teeth in more ways than one. The tannins and chromogens are the enzymes that stain your teeth. The acid breaks down the tooth enamel and weakens your tooth and makes it more susceptible to staining and other damages.

The caffeine that is in coffee and most teas also dries out your mouth and can lead to dehydration.  Dry mouth also contributes to tooth decay and even gum disease.

Coffee and tea are great in moderation and are still great ways to wake yourself up, or give you a mid-day pick me up.  Herbal teas are a great alternative that have no caffeine and often contain less acids and tannins. Green tea has often been known to boost your dental health, while still giving you that hot drink for the morning!

Still have questions about the effects of coffee and tea? Give us a call at (801)747-8018 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to sit down and talk about your teeth and set up a treatment plan for a brighter, stronger smile!

Is Arthritis Preventing You From a Healthy Smile?

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Is Arthritis Preventing You From a Healthy Smile?

By David L. Steed

As we all get older, maintaining proper care of our teeth can seem like a daunting task. Prescription medications and health conditions like arthritis that severely limit mobility in the hands and fingers can quickly deteriorate a healthy mouth. The circumstances of aging don’t have to be detrimental to your health. With the help of a proper Dental Provider, like the Center of Dental Professionals, you can continue to experience a beautiful smile.

The number one recommended practice for adults to maintain a healthy mouth is brushing teeth twice a day and flossing once per day to prevent oral health problems. These problems may include debilitating conditions like gum disease, root decay, tooth loss, dry mouth as well as a variety of other periodontal diseases. When proper tooth care is combined with regular visits to the dentist (every six months) people feel healthier and many individuals are able to sustain longer lives.

In 2008, a combined study by the American Dental Association and Crest/Oral-B found that most American adults believed that regular brushing techniques and visiting the dentist often were the key to proper mouth care. Of those individuals, 25% self-reported not having visited a dentist in the past year and an additional 54% only visited the dentist once.

It is because of this data that The Center of Dental Professionals urge all patients to visit the dentist regularly. With the help of a family dentist that you trust, most oral diseases are highly preventable or at the very least treatable with specialized care. Many healthcare providers are sensitive to the needs of their elderly patients and can make suggestions during consultation to meet individual circumstances. Other ailments such as arthritis, cancer treatments, and prescription medications should be discussed with your dentist to help them suggest alternative treatments to prevent bone loss or tooth decay.

At The Center of Dental Professionals we know that healthcare is a highly individual experience. Our amazing team of dentists, hygienists, and administrative staff want to find ways to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle for years to come. Please visit any of our office locations to discuss any concerns you might have about your oral health in Salt Lake City, Utah.

It's National Children's Dental Health Month

National Children's Health Month

 

February is more than just Valentines, it is also National Children’s Dental Health Month. Little teeth need checkups twice a year to make sure they are growing  healthy. (It’s also fun to see cute little smiles running around the office.)

Remember to make your biannual appointment with A Kids Place Dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have an amazing group of pediatric dentists, hygienists and dental assistants to make your visit comfortable and safe. All of our little patients will also receive a goody bag after each visit.

Call (801) 747-8000 or schedule your appointment online at dentalprosutah.com.

5 Healthy Foods for Valentines Day

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5 Healthy Foods for Valentines Day

David L. Steed

It’s that time of year again. Valentines Day is just around the corner. Every year we remember (hopefully) to get our significant other candy presents and heart felt gifts. This year The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kids Place Dentistry wants you to show your teeth “the love.” Milk chocolate and candy hearts can be harsh on your pearly whites. That is why we are suggesting you try out some of these romantic food ideas from our Pinterest page.

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Image Source: Spend with Pennies.com

1. Strawberry Roses: These cut strawberries make the perfect culinary snack. The rose pattern is fairly easy to make and your friends and family will think you are quite the gourmet chef.

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Image Source: Snapguide.com

2. Heart Shaped Carrots: Top your salad appetizer with some of these festive heart shaped carrots to really set the mood. Simple touches like these are easy to do and only require a little creativity (thanks Pinterest).

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Image Source: blog.celebratethebigandsmall.com

3. Heart Shaped Cheese Platter: This cheese plate is another great idea to host a party or treat as an appetizer before a long romantic meal. You can add hard meats like salami to the mix if it needs some variety.

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Image Source: Ilovetocook.org

4. Mozzarella Cheese Filled Hearts: These delicious cheese filled hearts are made with mozzarella and a roasted red pepper pesto. Yum!

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Image Source: krokotak.com

5. Cupid’s Hot Dog Hearts: We know that hot dogs aren’t a staple of French cuisine, but having something fun for kids can make Valentines Day all the more special!

For more great ideas like this, please visit our Pinterest page or any of our other social media sites.

The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kids Place Dentistry want to encourage you to have a fun Valentines Day and remember to brush your teeth after enjoying any sweets this holiday. Visit any of our wonderful dentists at our 2 office locations in Salt Lake City, Utah for more information on oral health. To make an appointment call (801) 747-8018.

New App Makes Brushing Fun!

 

New App Makes Brushing Fun!

David L. Steed

Brushing our teeth twice a day for 2 minutes takes a very small portion of our time, but even just 2 minutes can feel like an eternity to a child. That is why fun products like the FREE tooth brushing app from Oral B are so much fun!

The new Disney Magic Timer app features your child’s favorite Disney characters as part of an interactive stopwatch. This app (available on Iphone and Android) is cleverly designed to promote a healthy mouth with programmable reminders and an interactive sticker chart. The timer itself allows you to scan Disney and Marvel themed characters on your tooth brush or tooth paste to create scenes that your child can earn every time they brush their teeth. These fun rewards are collected as part of an album that can be viewed and shared with others to incentive brushing twice a day per dentist recommended guidelines.

The interactive timer is an excellent way to emphasize good brushing habits that build a healthy smile. At The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kids Place Dentistry we love to see cavity free kids in our offices. By using this fun new timer you can use positive reinforcement to keep their little mouths clean and healthy. If they are cavity free on their next visit, we will give them a certificate and a prize for being a part of our “No Cavity Club.”

No Cavity Club

For questions about popular ways to get help encourage brushing or to make an appointment, please call The Center of Dental Professionals at (801) 747-8018.

Make Flossing Fun!

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Image Source: ABC and 123 Learning Cooperative

Oral health is one of the most important things that we can teach our children and it can be so much fun! Young kids love to learn about everything that is going on around them.  Learning about their teeth with sensory activities can make future trips to the dentist more enjoyable for parents. Here is a fun project that you can do with your children to help them understand the importance of flossing.

Things you will need –

  • An egg carton or building block piece
  • A soft bristle hair brush
  • Yarn to act as dental floss
  • Play-doh or tissue paper

The first thing you will need a large building block piece or an egg carton to act as your teeth. Show your child how the teeth feel and compare them to the ones in their own mouth. You can then prepare the teeth for the experiment. Take your egg carton or building block and stuff bits of play-doh or tissue paper sporadically through the teeth. These act as bits of food that your child will need to try to remove by brushing the teeth with their pretend toothbrush (hairbrush) that you have given them to use.

After a couple minutes of brushing ask them if they were able to get all of the food out from between the teeth. Hopefully the answer is no so that you can teach them the importance of not only brushing their teeth but how flossing between teeth helps maintain a healthy smile. Give them the piece of yarn and show them how to make soft strokes between the pretend teeth. Carefully remove the bits of tissue paper or play-doh, being mindful to explain that the gums holding their teeth are delicate.

This is a fun and easy activity to do with your kids. For more information about your children’s dental health please visit A Kids Place Dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can make an appointment by clicking here or by calling our offices at 801-747-8000.