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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>


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.


The Numbers on Gum Disease


preventative dentistryThink you know all there is to know about your gums? Here are some interesting facts about periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as “gum disease.”

64.7. The number of Americans who have periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease. 1 That’s half of all adults over age 30! Think you might have gum disease? Look for swollen or red gums, tender gums, gums that pull away from teeth, or your teeth feeling loose. Of course, a visit to your Crown Council dentist can tell you the state of your gum health—and what you can do about—right away.

13.5. The percent of the country that flosses every day. 2 Yikes! Brushing and flossing daily is vital to keeping your gums healthy and avoiding the painful consequences of periodontitis.

4,500. The age of the oldest periodontal disease patient we know about. 3 Scientists recently discovered a mummy over 4,500 years old that showed clear signs of gum disease. So even though dentists haven’t been diagnosing it that long, periodontal disease is as old as the pyramids!

55. The number of grams you should eat of lactic acid-containing foods every day. 4 A study in the Journal of Periodontology revealed that people who at this much (which is a little less than four tablespoons) per day of foods with lactic acid (think dairy products like yogurt and cheese) had less gum disease than those who skipped their dairy.

2007. The year things turned around for teeth! A study was released in 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that more Americans than ever are keeping their natural teeth these days. 4 That means that gum disease is being taken care of and people are seeking dental treatment to avoid losing teeth or having them extracted. Good news for teeth around the country!

Crown Council dentists offer the full gamut of periodontal services. We screen our patients for gum disease, help them avoid it in the first place, and have a multitude of strategies for treating gum disease when we do encounter it. Use our search tool to find a periodontal specialist near you and set up an appointment to discuss your unique situation and concerns.

As a sampling, many Crown Council dentists offer periodontal maintenance, scaling and root planning, crown lengthening, and osseous surgery. Wonder what we’re talking about? Give your Crown Council periodontal specialist a call today!

Information used from the following website, accessed 05/20/2015: 1. http://www.perio.org/newsroom/periodontal-disease-fact-sheet
2. http://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-myths
3. http://www.therabreath.com/articles/blog/fresh-breath-happenings/the-long-gross-history-of-periodontal-disease-5638.asp
4. http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/22,DD110


Dental Health and Overall Health: What You Should Know


dental hygieneHow are you feeling these days? Are you exercising regularly, eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep? The research just keeps flooding in about how a healthy lifestyle can add years to your life, keep you out of the hospital, help you feel more energetic, and even relieve depression and anxiety. Did you know that another important part of your overall health is your oral health?

It’s easy to think that tooth troubles stay in your mouth. The truth is, though, that oral disease can lead to sickness in other parts of the body, too. The latest studies have been showing a strong link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. That means someone who doesn’t take care of their gums is at a higher risk of heart attacks, heart failure, and chest pain.

WHY is gum disease linked to heart disease? We’re not sure, but research suggests that the bacteria in your mouth can get into your blood stream when you have gum disease and cause your body to respond defensively, increasing inflammation. The bacteria can travel from the mouth to the heart or to other vital organs in the body, causing inflammation where they land.

Don’t worry, though. Gum disease is easy to prevent. Here are a few tips:

1. Brush your teeth every day, twice a day, with a soft toothbrush. Try to brush for at least two minutes. Not sure how long you brush? Set a timer—you might find you brush for less time than you think.

2. Floss every day. It’s okay to only do this once a day. Use an interdental cleaner like floss, a water flosser, or an inter-dental toothbrush.

3. Don’t forget to pick toothpaste with fluoride in it. Many kinds of toothpaste are specifically formulated with anti-inflammatory properties, and these are great for fighting gum disease.

4. Visit your Crown Council dentist every six months for a regular cleaning and checkup. This is crucial to get a thorough cleaning that you can’t do at home, to review oral hygiene and tips, to discuss worries or potential issues that have arisen, and to get your dentist’s mark of approval. It’s the only sure-fire way to know that you are free of gum disease and have a healthy mouth.

If you think you might have gum disease, it’s important to make an appointment with your Crown Council dentist right away to get treatment and avoid serious oral and systemic health complications. Common symptoms of gum disease include the following:

• Chronic bad breath
• Gum tenderness
• Bleeding gums
• Gums that seem to pull away from teeth
• Teeth feeling loose

To learn more about oral health and what you can do to fight gum disease, visit the Crown Council website at http://crowncouncil.com/why-visit-a-family-or-general-dentist-regularly/periodontal-disease.

Information was accessed on the following website on 06/02/2015: http://www.colgateprofessional.com/Professional/v1/en/us/locale-assets/docs/OSH-CardiovascularHealth-Healthy-Mouth-Healthy-Body.pdf


Get Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth


Wisdom Teeth Removal Crown Council dentistWisdom teeth are pretty common – it’s been estimated that up to 90% of the population grow them – so what are they, really?

The Name
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, usually erupt from the gums between 17 and 25 years of age. Thus, they could be considered a sort of sign of maturity – or “wisdom.” They are the last of your teeth to come in.

The Facts
If you have wisdom teeth (your dentist can tell you this with routine x-rays), you can plan on them coming through – or at least trying to. The problem is wisdom teeth often don’t have room in your mouth to come through normally. Wisdom teeth can cause damage to adjacent teeth as they try to force their way in, and they can become “impacted,” meaning they don’t come in in the right position.

Impacted wisdom teeth can be “mesial,” meaning angled toward the front of the mouth; “horizontal,” meaning lying sideways in the mouth; or “distal,” meaning angled toward the rear of the mouth. As you can imagine, any of these positions can cause serious problems in your mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, infection, cysts, and even gum disease.

The Point
Why would your body grow teeth that don’t even fit in your mouth? Well, if you think about our history, it makes sense. Humans evolved eating tough, rough foods, and our ancestors didn’t have access to dental care. (Aren’t you lucky!) It used to be common to lose teeth, and so the extra set of molars in early adulthood not only fit, but really came in handy. Not only do we tend to keep all of our teeth these days, but we have also evolved smaller jaws that don’t fit as many teeth.

The Solution
Your Crown Council dentist can give you a thorough examination and discuss the options with you. Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, depending on how they are coming in, how the rest of the teeth are positioned, and how healthy the teeth are. Keep in mind that changes in your mouth over time may affect the bottom line on whether or not you can (or want to) keep your wisdom teeth.

Many Crown Council dentists are trained in wisdom teeth removal, and those who are not can direct you to a specialist. Don’t ignore your wisdom teeth. Be wise and talk to your Crown Council dentist about the best care for your mouth.

Experience the confidence and contentment that comes with choosing a Crown Council dentist. Our dentists are passionate about their fields and their patients. Use our Crown Council dentist locator on this page to find a qualified dentist in your area.

Information was used from the following website: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2014/05/23/the-survival-guide-to-getting-your-wisdom-teeth-removed. Accessed 10/31/2014.


What Are Your Aching Teeth Trying To Tell You?


toothache pain treatmentHave you ever had one of those “lightbulb” moments when you just knew that something wasn’t right? Your body gets those too. They’re called pain.

Pain can be your body’s way of telling you something’s wrong! And if you’ve ever felt the sharp pain or the dull throbbing of a toothache, you know that tooth pain can be hard to ignore. But if you search the country and get 100 toothache sufferers together, you might get 100 different stories about how, where, and even when the pain starts.

Some toothaches get worse at night. Some can be exacerbated by traveling on an airplane. Some are aggravated by eating certain types of foods or just by chewing. A lot of toothaches are made worse by extreme temperatures or hard foods. (Ever made the mistake of chewing on ice with a toothache? Ouch!)

Because toothaches can be caused by so many factors, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment for this common problem.

Your Crown Council dentist can find the right treatment for your ache. Whether it’s a constant soreness or an occasional pang, a slight discomfort or a cause of serious misery, we have the solution for you.

Some toothaches respond to over-the-counter pain medication. Others are a sign of a more serious issue, like a cavity or even a cracked tooth. Your Crown Council dentist will be able to get to the root of the problem and develop a treatment plan.

So, are your teeth trying to tell you something? Why don’t you call your Crown Council dentist and open those lines of communication?

When your teeth talk, listen!

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What Is Gum Disease And How Can I Prevent It?


Many people think that having their gums bleed when they brush or floss is normal. Can you imagine if other bleeding body parts were treated as carelessly? “My hair bleeds when I wash it. It’s probably fine!” No one says this. So what makes gum disease so accepted? Probably a big part has to do with not understanding what gum disease actually is. Family Dentist

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a result of bacteria found in dental plaque. Your gums become red, inflamed and may bleed as your body tries to fight the bacteria in the dental plaque. Good oral hygiene is the key for fighting gum disease. Proper brushing, correct flossing techniques and regular visits to your family dentist for teeth cleaning are all great ways to prevent gum disease and keep your mouth happy and healthy.

In a 1999 study, researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that half of Americans over 30 had bleeding gums.


Don’t be part of this statistic. While the main aspect of gum disease is harmful bacteria, other factors can contribute to periodontal disease. These risk factors include:

  • Smoking – in addition to all the other health risks it causes, smoking also increases the presence of gum disease
  • Grinding or clenching teeth
  • Stress
  • Fluctuating hormones (such as menopause or pregnancy)
  • Medication
  • Poor Diet

It’s important to know about gum disease so you can spot the early warning signs and get the correct dental care from your Crown Council dentist. If left untreated, the bacteria from gum disease can enter your bloodstream and cause serious medical issues in other areas of your body including loose teeth, stroke, heart disease and more. Contact a Crown Council dentist today to maintain a healthy mouth and body.


Visit You Dentist Frequently To Ensure Your Oral Health


Visit You Dentist Frequently To Ensure Your Oral HealthWhy are your routine dental check-ups so important? Your dentist will tell you that by getting frequent exams, you can avoid many costly procedures in the long run. Not only will it save you money but it can also increase your quality of life by preventing rampant dental disease that can eventually lead to tooth loss – aka denture needs. Here are some problems that routine check-ups with your dentist can prevent:

Root Canals – cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth. Often, patients have cavities that they don’t know about. Many people believe that if they have a dental issue, they will feel pain. This is true if you want to wait until you need more aggressive and expensive treatment options (i.e. a root canal). However, your dentist can detect early stages of decay and prevent the need for root canals with simple fillings. Sometimes, no dental work is needed at all, just simple fluoride treatments.

Deadly Oral Cancer – Did you know that oral cancer is one of the more deadly forms of cancer? Statistically, only 50% of victims survive for more than five years after diagnosis. Oral cancer is an important malignancy to catch early on. Visiting your dentist regularly will ensure that any unusual growths are detected. If you smoke and consume alcohol, you are at greater risk, so be sure to get checked at least once a year. If you notice any firm growths that lack sensation, be sure to get an oral cancer screening right away.

Gum Disease – By getting a dental cleaning every 6 months to a year, patients can avoid gum disease which can cause the loss of many teeth. This is also a great time to review your oral hygiene habits and determine which areas of your mouth may need more attention.

This is only a short list of the issues and complications that you can prevent by not being a stranger to your dentist.  If you have extreme dental anxiety but know visiting your dentist is important, perhaps sedation dentistry is just the thing for you. Whatever your dental condition is, there is one certainty: you should be visiting your dentist at least once a year.  So be sure to contact them today!


Your Dentist Can Help You Detect Deadly Forms of Oral Cancer


Your Dentist Can Help You Detect Deadly Forms of Oral CancerChoosing a dentist with knowledge of the entire oral environment is important.  Some dentist focus only on the teeth and if there is nothing wrong with that, they pat you on the back and tell you to return in six months, but there is so much more to it than that.  Many patients are surprised to hear that oral cancer rest in the top ten list of most deadly cancers.  It is very important when choosing your dentist to ask if they will screen you for cancer and take biopsies if suspicious tissue is present.

Thankfully, many of the predisposing risk for oral cancer are activities that individuals can choose to avoid or stop.  Here is a list of some of the risk:

  • Smoking (cigarettes, pipes or cigars)
  • Drinking heavily (≥2 drinks a day for men and ≥1 drinks a day for women)
  • Smokless tobacco
  • Repeated and prolonged sun exposure (Can cause lip cancer)
  • Diet low in fruits and vegetables

It is also important to note that if a person has the habit of smoking and drinking they have an exponentially higher risk that those that only participate in one of these activities. If you are thinking about getting a screen but are not sure you need one, here is a list of things your dentist looks for when they do a cancer screening:

  • Red or white patchs
  • Sores that bleeds easily and/or will not heal
  • Thick or hard lump
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Tenderness

If you or one you know has any of these symptoms then be sure to visit your local general dentist to have a professional exam and ensure your oral health.  If you would like to learn more visit this link http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/DentalPatient_0510.pdf


Avoid Acidic Drinks, Avoid Tooth Erosion


Dental Health By Avoiding Acid Erosion

When you visit the beach and place your feet in the sand, you notice how smooth it feels.  Likewise if you were to find a rock or pebble, it too would be smooth. This is the case because the ocean waves have constantly washed over the rock, eroding any sharp edges or rough patches. When we drink acidic beverages we are simulating the same thing and over time with enough consistency, we can wash away the protective layer of enamel that keeps our teeth strong and healthy.

You may be wondering how you can completely avoid acidic drinks. The purpose of this article isn’t to convince you to banish all acidic beverages from your life and house (it probably wouldn’t go over smoothly with your family!) However, if you are constantly drinking soda or other acidic drinks, it would be smart to try and restrict your consumption to mealtimes rather than sipping these drinks throughout the day.

Some may think that if they simply brush their teeth after consuming something acidic, they can continue to drink what they want whenever. Not only is this idea false, but in fact, brushing your teeth shortly after acid has entered the mouth can aggravate the erosive power of that beverage. This is because when acid comes in contact with the surface of teeth it will demineralize the enamel and cause the affected surface to become softer than normal. When you brush your teeth it will cause it to remove this now weakened layer.

It is a better idea to wait 45 minutes to an hour before brushing. This is because of saliva. Our saliva can naturally neutralize acid, but it takes time to do so. This is another reason why restricting soda to meals is better than sipping on them all day.  By sipping on a soda throughout the day, the saliva in your mouth never has time to neutralize the acid, so you effectively create an acidic environment in your mouth all day. If left unchecked, dental erosion can lead to restorative needs such as a dental crown. Here is a list of strategies to help avoid procedures like this and know if you need to visit your family dentist:

  • Do you drink acidic beverages throughout the day? Try limiting such drinks to mealtimes. Carbonated sodas and energy drinks are some of the more well known acidic beverages, but even drinks such as orange juice pose a risk of tooth erosion.
  • Do you have acid reflex, more commonly referred to as heartburn? If you only get this occasionally, there probably isn’t much concern, but once a day or even many times a week is a significant problem.  You may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which not only can cause severe dental erosion, but has also been linked to increased esophageal cancer risk.  It’s important to visit your physician to get the right medications if needed.
  • Are you or anyone you know Bulimic? By repeatedly vomiting, the natural acid produced in the stomach will eat away the back sides of an individual’s teeth.

By paying attention to these strategies and signs, you can increase the oral health of you and your family and avoid costly dental work.