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Back to School: Add Nutrition to School Supply List

It’s that time of year again. School supplies are piling high. From crayons, notebooks, and binders to a new book bag and lunchbox, we know you are getting stocked up for the new school year. As you juggle the school supply list and some last minute summer reading, we want to remind you not to drop the ball on your health and nutrition.

This school year we want to remind you to put some extra effort into your lunches. Nutrition is very important not only to your dental health, but also to your overall health. When you head into the grocery store in preparation for the school, consider what types of foods you will be purchasing. Are you taking care of your oral health and choosing nutritious options?

The best source for information on nutrition and how to create and maintain a balanced and healthy Diet is MyPlate, a website from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We wanted to share with you some of the things we learned from their website.

Nutrition Facts

We hope these helpful facts guide you in what to and not to pack in your lunchbox this school year. A few simple changes can have a big impact.

  1. Fruits and Vegetables should be half of what you eat everyday.
  2. Choose low-fat and fat-free dairy products like low-fat cheese.
  3. At least half your grains should be whole grains.
  4. Use a variety of lean proteins such as eggs, beans, peas, fish, and poultry.
  5. Great snacks include fruit and yogurts.
  6. Avoid excess sugar from sugary drinks.

These few simple tips can not only boost your nutrition, but also help you to boost your oral health. For more oral health care tips, visit our Masters Dental blog or contact us at Masters Dental.

Dental Anxiety

Do you or a person that you know suffer from Dental Anxiety (Dentophobia)?

Have you ever met a wealthy person with bad teeth? Often, you will run across a poverty stricken person with bad teeth, simply because they could not afford to care for their teeth, or visit their dentist. If money is a factor in good oral hygiene, then what is the deal with those who have money and have bad teeth? Immediately, you will be surprised at how many people avoid going to the dentist due to Dental Anxiety, despite their financial status.

None the less, most of us have had a positive experience at the dentist office. However, we would not place it on top of our list of fun things to do. For some people, a trip to the dentist office can be very frightening, and they would rather pull a tooth than visit their dentist. If you or a person that you know suffers from Dental Anxiety, here are some questions that you may have…

What causes Dental Anxiety?

Most people who suffer from Dentophobia have experienced a bad day at the dentist office as a child. Those experiences were usually caused by a painful procedure, equipment appearances, sounds, smells, or because of their dentist had a bad bedside manner. To be exact, there are many reasons that triggered the fear of dentist visits. If a person does not overcome these issues soon enough, he or she will end up with tooth decay, tooth loss, and serious gum diseases.

How does a person overcome Dental Anxiety?

Research has estimated that all but 25% of adults have experienced Dental Anxiety. For many, overcoming their fears of visiting a dentist may be something that a sufferer will put on the back-burner. Significantly, getting over Dental Anxiety is actually easier than one would think. The number one cure for Dentophobia, is to first realize the problem, then find out where the fear originated.

Finally, if you feel that you are suffering from Dental Anxiety, talk to your dentist before your procedure. Also, be sure to ask your dentist any questions that you may have. Most Dental offices practice techniques to ensure that your visit is a relaxing one.

What are some tips to help ease symptoms of Dental Anxiety?

• Research local dental office reviews
• Listen to the office’s soothing music
• Share your fears and concerns with your dentist

If you would like to learn more tips on how to combat Dental Anxiety, click on this link. For more information on how to take care of your dental health, check out our blog.

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants Protect Molars from Cavities and Tooth Decay

Many people protect their car’s paint by waxing their car every three to six months. In most cases, people will use plastic covers to protect their cars from debris and weather erosion. The question is: what do people do to protect their back molars from harmful bacteria and acids? In the modern dental world, Dental Sealants are on the rise to protect your teeth.

These sealants protect your teeth the same way that wax protects the paint on your car. While brushing and flossing are key to good oral hygiene, it is difficult to cover all the surface area in your mouth. This extra protection serves to reduce risk for tooth decay and cavities. If you have yet to hear about how this procedure can help prevent your teeth, continue reading for more information.

What are Dental Sealants?

They are another method of protecting the tooth’s surface from cavities, when brushing and flossing fails. Primarily, they are placed on the back molars, due to their hard to reach locations. According to the American Dental Association, “sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars.”

What are Dental Sealants made of?

They are made with a liquid based resin that adheres to the biting surface of the back molars. After that, the resin quickly dries, and turns into a hard plastic-like material. Actually, Dental Sealants are invisible, and do not feel any different than the natural tooth, and can last up to ten years.

Who can benefit?

Although Dental Sealants are not for everyone, most dentists will only recommend them to patients who are prone to getting cavities. In other words, children and adults can both use them to help protect their teeth. However, dentist suggests that the earlier in life they are used, the better.

What are the Pros and Cons?

Alike most things, there are always pros and cons. If you would like to dig deeper, and find out more about Dental Sealants and procedures, read this article for more information.

To learn more about about tooth decay and how to protect your teeth from decay, check out other articles on our blog or view our educational videos.

Braces

Regular Dental Checkups Important for Patients with Braces

Most people who wear braces often think that because of their regular orthodontic checkups, they will not have to visit their dentist. As a matter of fact, it is very important that patients with braces continue to visit their dentist for regular checkups.

Why is it important to visit your dentist while wearing braces?

Braces have a tendency to catch food particles around the wired brackets, causing tartar and plaque to build up. As a result, cleanings and proper daily dental care are extremely necessary, more than ever.

What may happen when patients with braces don’t visit their dentist?

While at home, it is very important to brush, floss, and use a water pick, because if your teeth aren’t properly cared for, one or all of the following problems may occur …

  • Bad Breath
  • Tooth Decay
  • Gum and tooth pain
  • Cavities
  • Gingivitis

If you would like to learn more about dental checkups, and cleaning your teeth while wearing braces, read here for more helpful tips on how to properly care for your teeth.