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Eating Right—For Your Teeth


gum diseaseNo doubt you’ve heard that eating too much dessert can expand your waistline. You know that certain kinds of substances are addictive. And it’s no secret that too much cholesterol can cause heart issues. But did you know that certain foods have an effect on your teeth? Here’s a quick list of foods to avoid and those to include in your diet, for the health of your good old teeth.

Pickles. What makes a cucumber into a pickle? Vinegar, which is full of acid — which is harmful to your teeth’s enamel. In a 2014 study, eating pickles more than once a day was associated with an 85% increase in tooth wear. So it’s okay to enjoy these snacks once in a while; just don’t overdo it.

Sticky candy. If you have to chew for a long time, and if you literally can feel the candy sticking to your teeth, you can guess it’s probably not great for you. Chewy candies like taffy and caramels stick to teeth for a long time, giving the bacteria in your mouth a chance to digest the sugar and turn it into acid. Acid then bores holes into your enamel, causing cavities.

Wine. If you’ve ever spilled a glass of red wine on a white tablecloth, imagine a similar effect on your white teeth. Red wine causes staining and darkening of teeth. But even white wine can stain your teeth. Why? The erosive acid in any kind of wine allows stains from other food and drink to penetrate deeper into your teeth.

So we’ve established a couple of foods that aren’t amazing for your teeth. But there are some foods that not only can prevent problems, but they can also even reverse some of the ill effects of the aforementioned foods. Pretty great, right?

Leafy vegetables. These and other high-fiber foods are not only great for your body — they’re great for your teeth, too. The extra time it takes to chew these foods creates extra saliva, which helps wash your teeth clean and gets rid of food particles stuck to your teeth.

Water. Drink your H2O and find that the liquid helps rinse away sugars and acid from your teeth. Not to mention most water has naturally occurring fluoride, which strengthens enamel. So if you have a glass of red wine at dinner, wash it down with a few mouthfuls of water.

Sugar-free gum. This is a great choice to chew after meals, because it generates saliva to help clean out your mouth. Many sugarless gums also contain an artificial sweetener called xylitol, which reduces bacteria and helps enamel remineralize.

At Crown Council, we hope this list has helped you gain a greater appreciation for some of the foods you are already eating and how they are helping your oral health. If you have dental concerns including cracked teeth, stained teeth, misshapen teeth, or even if you are just in need of a thorough cleaning, we hope you’ll consider your local Crown Council dentist to serve you with exceptional general and cosmetic dental services.

Information was used from “Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth,” accessed 02/13/2015. <http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20687551,00.html>


Who Is A Candidate For Dental Implants?


dental implant dentistMany savvy dental patients who are missing a tooth would like to learn more about how dental implants can help restore their smile. While implant dentistry is a great solution in many cases, there are some factors that may disqualify you from being able to receive an implant.

Age: If you are a child or teenager, your bones (including your jawbone) are still growing, so placing a permanent post in your jawbone is not advisable until you are older.

Pregnancy: If you are currently pregnant, your Crown Council dental implants dentist will most likely recommend waiting to receive a dental implant until after the baby is born.

Smoking: The rate of success for a dental implant is considerably lower for smokers than for non-smokers.

Disease: Chronic diseases like hemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes, and significant immune deficiencies could put you at risk if you undergo dental implant placement. You may still be a candidate if you have one of these conditions. Your Crown Council dentist can assess your individual case and let you know.

The most effective way to learn whether or not you would be a good dental implant candidate is to contact a dental implants specialist near you (use our handy tool to find a Crown Council dentist), and schedule a consultation. Our dentists have the knowledge and experience to assess your oral health needs and help you find the best solution for restoring your beautiful smile.


Laugh Away with Cosmetic Dentistry


cosmetic dentistryBenjamin Franklin once quipped the following:

“She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.”

It’s true that people who are confident in their smiles are more likely to smile, laugh, and even talk—because they aren’t afraid that others will notice their teeth.

We at Crown Council find that our patients feel self-conscious about several different dental issues. The most common ones tend to be yellow or grey teeth, crooked teeth, missing teeth, and misshapen teeth. It is incredibly gratifying when our patients walk out of their Crown Council dentist’s office with the smiles they have wished for for years!

If you deal with discolored teeth, most Crown Council dentists offer teeth whitening right their comfortable offices. Some tooth stains are too aggressive for teeth whitening to completely remove, and in these cases porcelain veneers can be the answer. No matter the stain, we have the solution.

Nobody has to live with missing teeth. With bridges, crowns, and dental implants, you can have full chewing ability restored and avoid the embarrassment of that gap in your smile.

Crooked teeth can be fixed in a variety of ways. If teeth are only superficially misaligned, porcelain veneers can give you the perfect, white, straight smile you’ve longed for. If teeth need further straightening, your Crown Council cosmetic or general dentist can refer you to an excellent orthodontist for treatment.

Sometimes the shape of teeth makes our patients self-conscious. If your teeth are too small, too large, or have been broken or chipped, you can still have the smile you desire! Crowns, veneers, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can remedy any of these maladies.

We hope this article gives you an idea of the vast capabilities cosmetic dentistry offers to restore and revitalize your smile. If you feel that your smile needs some rejuvenation, contact your local Crown Council dentist to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. We can analyze your smile and help create an all-encompassing plan to restore your smile’s va va voom!


The Domino Effect of Tooth Loss


choosing a dentistSo you’ve lost a tooth. Those wonderful, enamel-strong little pearly friends who are supposed to serve you for the rest of your life—you’ve lost one! What now?

You may be tempted to leave the gap in your mouth alone, especially if the tooth was in the back of your mouth and can’t be seen as easily as a front tooth. You wouldn’t be the only one; many folks have chosen to ignore tooth loss. Some leave it be, others get a bridge, and still others who have lost many teeth may opt for a denture.

The problem is that losing a tooth comes with a myriad of implications that you might not think (or even know) about right now.

  • Proper dental hygiene. It can be hard to keep the space between teeth clean, especially if the spot is tender. Food can easily get trapped, flossing becomes harder, and brushing may not completely clean the area. This can lead to bad breath (halitosis), gum disease, and a host of oral health issues.
  • Discomfort. There’s a reason that babies don’t chew their food until they have teeth. Chewing on raw gums is downright uncomfortable. Because of this, many dental patients end up only eating on one side of their mouth or avoiding certain foods. Not only is this inconvenient, but it can even cause nutritional deficits.
  • Bone loss and altered face shape. When a tooth is lost, the jaw can atrophy over time. Eventually and especially with multiple tooth loss, the face can actually take on a sagging appearance, even with a bridge or denture.
  • Further tooth loss. This can happen for several reasons. Because maintaining oral hygiene is more difficult with gaps in your mouth, gum disease can result and eventually end up in tooth loss. Teeth can also be harmed by receiving a bridge. When a bridge is placed, the adjacent teeth have to be prepped by having some enamel removed and being reshaped to allow room for the bridge appliance. This damage can sometimes lead to tooth loss as well.

The truth is, with modern technology such as dental implants and implant-anchored dentures, the domino effect of tooth loss can be curbed. Implants are easy to clean and just as strong and comfortable as natural teeth. They help you keep your jaw bone nice and strong, and help you avoid losing any more teeth.

Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option out there, and many of our Crown Council dentists specialize in placing and restoring dental implants. Use our Crown Council dentist finder tool to find a dental implant specialist near you. Scheduling a consultation is the first step to learning about the implant options available to you and getting on your way to a healthy and beautiful smile!


Visualize Yourself Out of Dental Anxiety 


Elderly coupleCrown Council dentists do their best to provide patients with the best in restorative, cosmetic, and general dental care. They not only want to provide patients with the care they need, but they want patients to feel comfortable while they are receiving treatment. Most patients are surprised by just how little pain or discomfort is involved when they are receiving dental treatments done by their Crown Council dentists.

Many times, patients’ nerves have already kicked in before they are anywhere near the dentist office. If you are one of these anxious patients, try some visualization and picture yourself in a very pleasant spot. Try closing your eyes and picturing yourself there, whether it’s on the beach or on a mountain—or anywhere that makes you feel good.

This is a great mental strategy to help dental patients stay calm. They also need to keep in mind that their treatment—whether it’s dental implants to restore a missing tooth, teeth whitening to brighten up your smile, or a thorough cleaning to keep up on oral hygiene—is going to lead them to better oral health.

If you are like many and struggle with dental anxiety, many Crown Council dentists have several options for sedation to help ease those nerves and diminish pain. Ask your Crown Council dentist about oral analgesics, nitrous oxide, conscious sedation, or IV sedation.

You don’t have to suffer through dental anxiety. We want all of our Crown Council dentists’ patients to have a positive experience, so please ask your dentist about sedation options, relaxation techniques, and strategies to help you remain calm and enjoy your time with us.

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Brush Your Teeth like a Pro


brush your teeth like a proHello, and welcome to the Crown Council dental blog. Here we discuss many of the treatments and procedures our Crown Council dentists offer, like dental implants, oral sedation, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and orthodontia. We also want to make sure our patients understand the importance of dental health and oral hygiene.

Our dentists often get asked by patients if they’re “doing it right” when it comes to oral hygiene.
If you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day, you are on the right track. There are some techniques to brushing, though, that many of our dental patients just haven’t learned. Here are a few tips to get you brushing your teeth like a professional:

1. Angle your toothbrush. Your toothbrush should be at a 45-degree angle when brushing the inside and outside surfaces of your teeth. This allows the bristles to penetrate the gumline and remove plaque that can otherwise get missed.

2. Use the “toe” of the brush (the top bristles) to clean the insides of your front teeth. This is a spot where tartar tends to accumulate because it takes a different kind of brushing technique to properly clean these surfaces. Tilt your toothbrush vertically and gently brush up and down.

3. Brush your tongue! Don’t just brush back and forth vigorously. You want to “sweep” particles off your tongue by brushing in a sweeping motion from back to front.

4. Time yourself. It takes 2 to 3 minutes to get your mouth clean, focusing at least 30 seconds on each section. You can’t make up for short brushing by brushing extra hard. In fact, hard brushing can damage your gums and tissues.

We hope these tips will help you feel confident about your dental hygiene. Remember, proper brushing can help with gum disease, bad breath, and the health of your teeth.

If you are looking for a cosmetic, general, family, or dental implants dentist, use our search tool on this page to find an exceptional Crown Council dentist near you. Our dentists can fill your dental needs, whether you would like to discuss getting dental implants, refitting dentures, relieving your dental anxiety with sedation dentistry, getting a bi-annual checkup, or any number of dental concerns. Our dentists make sure all patients are informed and educated before making important decisions about your health and your smile.

“How to Brush Your Teeth.” http://www.crest.com/dental-hygiene-topics/how-to-brush-your-teeth.aspx. Accessed 12 Dec. 2014.


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