August 16th, 2012
As your children prepare to go back to school, continue to work with them towards developing proper eating habits. Not only do healthy foods keep the body healthy, healthy foods keep your teeth healthy. According to MyPlate, a website from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture, a balanced diet should include:
- Fruits and vegetables. Combined, these should be half of what you eat every day.
- Grains. Make sure at least half of the grains you eat are whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice.
- Dairy. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.
- Lean Proteins. Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. Try and vary your protein choices to include eggs, beans, peas and legumes, too. Eat at least 8 oz. of seafood a week.
When your child begins to snack, help them form good choices by providing them with the appropriate snacks that become a healthy choice. Some snacking tips provided by the American Dental Association are as follows:
- Snacking is hard to resist but you can do your mouth a favor by watching the amount of soda, juice or other sweetened beverages you drink.
- If you want a snack, try and choose something like fruit, low-fat cheese, yogurt or raw vegetables.
- If you chew gum, make sure it’s sugarless. Certain sugarless gums have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for helping prevent cavities by strengthening teeth. Look for the ADA Seal on the package. (Read this blog for more information on sugarless gums)
If you or your child happens to have braces there becomes an increased need of good oral hygiene. Your dentist may recommend avoiding certain foods that could interfere with braces or accidentally bend the wires. These foods may include nuts, popcorn, hard candy, ice and sticky foods like chewing gum, caramel or other chewy candy.
Over the next several weeks I will provide you with 10 tips directly from the MyPlate.gov website. These tips will help you and your child maintain healthy eating habits through the entire school year, whether at home or in the lunchroom.
May 2nd, 2012
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) acknowledges the benefits of cavity preventive strategies involving sugar substitutes, particularly Xylitol. Xylitol becomes an excellent partner in maintaining the oral health of infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special healthcare needs. It is also a wonderful addition to the oral care routine for adults.
Per the AAPD, “Xylitol is a five-carbon sugar alcohol derived primarily from forest and agricultural materials. It has been used since the early 1960’s in infusion therapy for post-operative, burn, and shock patients; in the diet of diabetic patients; and, most recently, as a sweetener in products aimed at improved oral health.” In dentistry, it has improved oral health by reducing plaque formation and bacterial adherence within our mouths. Studies have showed that using Xylitol had helped reduces cavities by 70%.
Tooth decay is caused by certain bacteria rapidly consuming sugars that are placed in your mouth. These bacteria then produce acid within a very short time after the exposure. When this occurs repeatedly, the acid begins to dissolve the tooth structure causing tooth decay. Therefore, the higher the frequency of sugar consumption, the greater the likelihood to develop tooth decay.
The ability then to remove decay causing bacteria from your mouth is also important. Brushing, flossing and rinsing are ways to remove bacteria, and the consumption of Xylitol has also become a tremendous way to fight decay.
Because of our understanding of the positive effects of Xylitol consumption we offer several products containing this sugar substitute for our patients. It is not uncommon for us to provide our patients with Xylitol suckers or Xylitol gum after their visit. We highly recommend Dr. John’s Candies or Spry products for all of our patients. For more information on the products they offer, go to www.drjohns.com & www.xlear.com.
April 12th, 2012
I am sure that many of you have either seen or heard the latest news coverage of a research study that scrutinized dental film x-rays and their link to brain tumors. Rather than using the older film x-rays, I can personally assure you the both Dr. Theisen and I elect to utilize digital x-rays when we clinically feel they are necessary. With the latest advancements in digital imaging, our patients can experience up to 90% less radiation. Your health has been and always will be our primary concern and our job is to partner with you in promoting a positive, long-term, healthy prognosis. Digital x-rays help us maintain those results. They are a much safer alternative to traditional film based x-rays.
The American Dental Association came out with a statement regarding this study and believes that the results are unreliable because they are affected by what scientists call “recall bias.” The results were based on the individual’s memories of having dental x-rays taken years earlier. Studies have shown that the ability to recall information is imperfect and acknowledged that some of the subjects within the study received dental x-rays decades ago. Understanding how technology has evolved and advanced only reinforces the notion that x-rays received decades ago, which utilized older imaging technology, had greater radiation exposure. The ADA does encourage further research on this subject.
The speed at which an x-ray is taken is an important factor. Traditional radiography captured images utilizing slower speed film. The recommendation from the American Dental Association is to use E or F speed film, which are the fastest film speeds available. These recommendations are for film x-rays. Digital x-rays use computerized technology and software to capture x-ray images of your mouth that can be viewed immediately. Because the digital x-ray exposure time is shorter than taking conventional x-rays, the amount of x-ray radiation is reduced by 90%. Beyond converting to the latest technology in capturing digital films, we also use protective aprons in an effort to minimize radiation exposure shielding both the abdomen and the thyroid. In addition, digital x-rays are a healthier environmental alternative as it eliminates the need for caustic chemicals in the office. They provide more diagnostic information that enables us to identify problem areas earlier. Dental disease may develop in the absence of clinical symptoms, therefore, dental x-rays are of utmost importance in detecting disease. They help us detect decay between the teeth or below existing fillings, infections in the bone, periodontal (gum) disease, wisdom teeth, abscesses or cysts, developmental abnormalities, and some types of tumors.
We have promised to educate you about the preventative and restorative side of dentistry to help maintain your smile year after year and we cannot deliver that promise without the latest technology available to us today. Digital x-rays become an integral part in helping us achieve the most accurate diagnosis, which will ultimately lead to the healthy lifestyle we intend for you to lead.
Lisa Henson, DMD
June 30th, 2011
We at Regis Court Dental Associates are serious about educating our patients about their oral health. We developed our website in a way that would be a direct extension of how we educate in our practice. As it is stated in one of our promise statements to our patients, we promise to educate you about the preventative and restorative side of dentistry to help maintain your smile year after year without judgement.
We not only worked hard at using our website as another education tool, but we worked hard at making it easier to navigate. For questions on a list of services under General Dentistry, click here http://www.regiscourtdental.com/regular-checkups.php to learn about everything from regular check-ups to sedation dentistry.
To learn more about restoring your smile with bonding, crowns, bridges and implants click here http://www.regiscourtdental.com/bonding.php. Or, learn more about Cosmetic Dentistry here http://www.regiscourtdental.com/cosmetic-dentistry.php.
Questions regarding your kids, click here http://www.regiscourtdental.com/pediatric-dentistry.php.
Our website is full of information about our office, doctors and practice philosophy and we want you to be more acquainted with our team and our goals. But we also want to educate you about your oral health. With that in mind, we feel that our website does just that. Please take some time and look around, we hope you find it as informative as we do.