Summer Citrus Snacks - Great for Your Gums, Hard on Your Teeth

Summer Citrus Snacks - Vitamin C is Good for Your Gums | Imagine Dentistry at the Arboretum

Eating a variety of nutritious food is good for your overall health, including your oral health. Some vitamins in particular have demonstrated benefits to building healthy teeth and gums, namely calcium and vitamin C, so be sure to include foods rich in these nutrients in your diet.


Calcium for Teeth

Calcium has been shown to help build strong teeth, and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that also plays an important role in collagen synthesis, by which it helps you develop and maintain healthy gums. Dairy products, including milk, yogurt and cheese are good sources of calcium. Also, try switching to low-sugar or sugar-free varieties of yogurt, since sugar (and bacteria) can promote tooth decay.


Vitamin C for Gums

Many fruits and vegetables including berries, oranges and cantaloupe, as well as green vegetables including broccoli and spinach are excellent sources of vitamin C. Of course, in addition to eating right, it's important to follow a consistent dental care routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing to promote oral health. And be sure to see your dental professional regularly and talk to them if you have questions about how your diet might affect your oral health.

If you suffer from bleeding gums and your dentist rules out poor dental hygiene, reassess your diet. Be sure to consume plenty of foods rich in vitamin C. They aren't hard to find. Oranges, carrots, sweet potatoes, and red peppers are especially high in vitamin C. Try to get your vitamin C from actual fruits and vegetables, instead of fruit and vegetable juices. Besides being high in sugar, most fruit juices are quite acidic, and they can promote erosion of the tooth enamel. Fruit juices are fine in small amounts, but drink them with meals, or use a straw if possible to minimize the juice's contact with your teeth.

Vitamin C is water-soluble, which means that the body doesn't store it long-term and you need to consume it every day. Multivitamins or vitamin C supplements can help you get enough, especially if you are ill or following a restricted diet and you have problems eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. Many multivitamin formulas contain vitamin C, or you can find it as an individual supplement.


Recommended Vitamin C and Calcium Dosages

The Institute of Medicine recommends 90 milligrams per day for men older than 18 years and 75 milligrams per day for women older than 18 years. Many physicians recommend 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium daily for most adults, so you may want to consider a calcium supplement, especially if dairy products aren't a regular part of your diet.

Want to see what other foods can help and hurt your mouth? Check out this blog!

Gum Treatments at Imagine Dentistry at the Arboretum


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Periodontal - gum - health is the foundation of oral health. If the picture that you envision is a beautiful and healthy smile, then the frame around that picture is your gums.

Periodontal disease can be the silent killer of teeth and can have a significant impact on the overall health of the individual, so we provid a thorough periodontal health screening.

We can manage many levels of periodontal infection through education, in office treatments, medications and enhanced oral hygiene skills training and products.

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Why is My Jaw Clicking?

Why is my jaw clicking? - TMJ Therapy at Imagine Dentistry at the Arboretum
Have you noticed your jaw clicking or popping when you move your head or mouth certain ways? 

If this happens to you, you could have TMD (temporomandibular disorder). We want you to know you aren't alone, and we can fix it!
 

What is TMD?

TMD is temporomandibular disorder. This means the TMJ - temporomandibular joint - or the hinge connecting the upper and lower jaw, isn't working properly. This hinge is one of the most complex joints in the body, responsible for moving the lower jaw forward, backward and side-to-side. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working as it should is called TMJ. Often, TMJ feels like your jaw is popping or clicking or even "getting stuck" for a moment. The exact cause of this misalignment is often impossible to determine.


What are the Symptoms of TMD?

TMJ disorders have many signs and symptoms. It's often hard to know for sure if you have TMD, because one or all of these symptoms can also be present for other problems. Your dentist can help make a proper diagnosis by taking a complete medical and dental history, conducting a clinical examination and taking appropriate X-rays.
Some of the most common TMD symptoms include:
  • Headaches (often mimicking migraines), earaches, and pain and pressure behind the eyes
  • A clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth
  • Pain brought on by yawning, opening the mouth widely or chewing
  • Jaws that "get stuck," lock or go out
  • Tenderness of the jaw muscles
  • A sudden change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together


How is TMJ Treated?

While there is no single cure for TMD, there are different treatments you can follow that may reduce your symptoms dramatically. Your dentist may recommend one or more of the following:
  • Trying to eliminate muscle spasm and pain by applying moist heat or taking medication such as muscle-relaxants, aspirin or other over-the-counter pain-relievers, or anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Reducing the harmful effects of clenching and grinding by wearing an appliance, sometimes called a bite plate or splint. Custom-made to fit your mouth, the appliance slips over the upper teeth and keeps them from grinding against the lower teeth
  • Learning relaxation techniques to help control muscle tension in the jaw. Your dentist may suggest you seek training or counseling to help eliminate stress
  • When the jaw joints are affected and other treatments have been unsuccessful, jaw joint surgery may be recommended

 

TMJ Therapy at Imagine Dentistry at the Arboretum

At Imagine Dentistry, we treat patients that have experienced pain in the jaw joint, headaches, neck pain, teeth sensitivity and more due to TMD.

Dr. Coambs has completed advanced training to treat TMD through Occlusal Equilibration (bite balancing) and splint therapy.


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Your Baby's First Tooth: What To Expect


Do you see a white bud that could be your baby's first tooth? Between four and six months of age, your little angel will begin teething. This is an exciting milestone, but sometimes it can turn your little one's smile upside down, as erupting teeth can be uncomfortable. This rite of passage is a time to collect tips on teething and begin thinking about your child's dental care.

Baby's First Tooth
Even when your baby's mouth is all gums, it's not too early to start planning their dental care. At bath time, try wrapping your finger in a clean, wet washcloth or a cotton gauze square and gently rub your child's gums. This can stimulate the gums and get you both in the habit of daily oral cleaning. You may find that your child begins drooling and mouthing everything in sight. Keep a damp cloth available to wipe his/her chin to prevent irritation or a rash from forming. Having your child wear a small bib will keep his/her clothing dry too. Before long, you will begin to see the baby's first tooth, usually beginning with the lower front pair. Teeth tend to come in sets of two, so look for another pair on top next.

How to Tame the Teething Soreness
The initial clue that teeth are on the way may be changes in your baby's behavior, such as fussiness or sleeplessness. The teething process usually lasts from six months to three years of age, with the first teeth eruptions being the worse. It's possible that babies just get used to what teething feels like after the first teeth arrive. One of the best things parents can do is give their teething child something safe to chew on. Teething rings that are chilled in the freezer are helpful, as the hard surface feels good against the baby's gums and the ice has a numbing effect. Even a cold washcloth can be used to rub over the gums.
If these home remedies don't help your child and he begins to run a slight temperature, check with your pediatrician about giving your child infant-strength acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

With Teeth Come Table Foods
As teeth begin to erupt, a baby's first food can be introduced as well. Up until now, most babies are nursing or given formula with maybe a little rice cereal mixed in. Cold or chilled foods can be offered like unsweetened applesauce, yogurt or prepared baby foods to help alleviate the teething process. Strained foods come next. As he/she begins to get teeth, your child may be comfortable experimenting with new textures in foods. Begin serving him/her tiny bites of soft foods, such as unsalted mased potatoes, bananas, oatmeal, macaroni, and well-cooked vegetables (carrots, peas and sweet potatoes). For protein, cut food into small, tiny pieces so they can pick it up with their hands like chicken, small bites of hard-boiled eggs and moist pork. Choose your baby's first food carefully, picking ones that are easy to handle and don't present a choking hazard.

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