When you were a kid, a plate of green beans or carrots probably seemed less appealing than a handful of cookies or a bowl of ice cream. Mom or dad telling you to “eat your vegetables” was the last thing you wanted to hear.
Hopefully, you've made friends with fresh fruits and vegetables as you've grown up. But even if you're just acquaintances, these foods are nonetheless essential to good health, particularly your teeth and gums. Among other things, they're packed with vitamins and minerals that help prevent tooth decay, gum disease or even oral cancer.
Here's a sampling of dental health-boosting micronutrients and the foods you'll find them in.
Vitamin C. Found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, vitamin C boosts the immune system to fight infections like tooth decay or gum disease. It's also an antioxidant that lowers your risk of cancer.
Calcium. This mineral obtained through dairy products, bony fish, greens and legumes, strengthens teeth and bones. It can also improve nerve and muscle function.
Vitamin D. This vitamin helps teeth absorb calcium to make them less prone to decay. You can find this essential vitamin in dairy foods, eggs, fatty fish or sunlight.
Phosphorus. Like calcium, phosphorus also strengthens teeth and bones. You'll find it plentiful in dairy and meats, especially seafood and poultry.
Magnesium. This mineral helps teeth and bones absorb other minerals and can also help with enzyme function needed to avoid disease. You'll find it in nuts, legumes, whole grains, dark leafy greens, seafood and chocolate.
If you don't think you're getting enough of these and other nutrients, you can obtain them through dietary supplements. But do be careful: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can remove harmful supplements from the market, but only after consumer use has provided evidence that they're unsafe. And, you won't be getting fiber or other elements found in regular foods that your body needs to be healthy and function properly.
Still, if you think you need to supplement a nutritional deficiency, speak first with your doctor or dentist about it and what you should take. If at all possible, though, eat your veggies—your teeth and gums, as well as the rest of your body, will be the healthier for it.
If you would like more information on nutrition's role in dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Vitamins & Dietary Supplements.”
Dr. Herman Salzberg, our dentist here at Herman Salzberg, DMD in Palatine, IL, commonly utilizes dental implants as a tooth replacement solution. If you’re considering getting implants, you probably have a lot of questions, so we’ve put together a list of dental implant FAQs for you.
What Exactly is a Dental Implant?
This tooth replacement treatment replaces a missing tooth with an implant made out of a titanium post. In turn, this will bond with your jawbone to build a strong foundation for the dental crown that will be placed on top and serve as the visible tooth. An abutment atop the dental implant will connect the dental crown to the implant, restoring your smile and oral functions.
Multiple implants could be implanted for replacing multiple missing teeth. Additionally, a dental implant could be utilized for securing dental bridges and removable or fixed dentures.
Why Should I Choose Dental Implants Over Other Tooth Replacement Solutions?
Because implants perform and look like real teeth, they’re the only tooth replacement solution that can prevent jawbone loss and even promote further bone development. You can smile, eat, laugh, and speak confidently, knowing that your teeth won’t budge. Doing your oral care habits is also easier because you won’t have to remove, clean, and then put anything back.
Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?
Not at all. Your dentist in Palatine, IL, will use anesthesia throughout the dental implant surgery to make sure that you don’t feel a thing. However, as with most dental surgeries, you will experience some pain after the surgery, which you can relieve by taking OTC pain medications and ice.
How Long Will The Entire Dental Implant Treatment Take?
The entire treatment will take a couple of months. For people who have enough jawbone and excellent oral health, the dentist may consider placing the implant after the tooth extraction. You’ll then have to wait for a couple of months for the implantation site to properly heal so that the dental crown can be installed without issues.
On the other hand, patients who have tooth infections or other dental issues, or those that need bone grafting, would have to address these problems first before starting dental implantation surgery.
How Long Will a Dental Implant Last?
At least 20 years, or even a lifetime, when cared for and maintained properly. As for the crown on top, you can expect it to last for 15 or more years.
Contact Us For More Information or Questions on Dental Implants
Schedule a meeting here at Herman Salzberg, DMD in Palatine, IL, with Dr. Herman Salzberg by dialing 847-359-6766.
Find out the many ways our dental team is crafting a beautiful smile with cosmetic dentistry.
Regardless of where we come from and what language we speak, a smile connects us all. It’s a universal language that welcomes and shows warmth and kindness. Of course, if you are dealing with chipped, discolored, or misshapen teeth then you may find yourself smiling less than usual. Let our cosmetic dentist Dr. Herman Salzberg and his team change all that! We tailor all of our cosmetic dentistry options to fit your needs and goals.
Our Palatine, IL, patients turn to cosmetic dentistry for a number of reasons.
Some of the top reasons to consider cosmetic dentistry include,
- Remove stains and to achieve a whiter smile
- Alter the shape and size of your smile
- Buff away or cover chipped or cracked teeth
- Enhance the shape of the gums
- Improve your oral health
- Bolster and strengthen healthy tooth enamel
- Straighten your smile
- Improve your self-confidence
- Boost your mood
- Improve your social and professional life
Some of the most popular cosmetic treatments we offer include,
- Dental bonding: During bonding, Dr. Salzberg will apply a pliable tooth-colored resin to small gaps between teeth, chips and other small imperfections in order to hide these flaws and improve the appearance of a tooth. This resin is shaped, trimmed, and then hardened directly to the tooth.
- Teeth whitening: Professional teeth whitening is the fastest and most effective way to get a visibly brighter smile and to remove stubborn yellow stains. Whether you choose to whiten at our office or in the comfort of your own home, we can offer custom teeth whitening treatment to improve the vibrancy of your smile.
- Porcelain veneers: These thin, porcelain shells are cemented permanently to the front of several teeth in order to hide a wide range of cosmetic flaws while also improving the overall shape, length, alignment, and color of your teeth. Great for full smile makeovers!
- Dental implants: Want the next best thing to a real tooth? An implant will replace a missing tooth from the roots all the way to the crown, mimicking the look and feel of a real tooth. Implants are the only lifelong tooth replacement.
Are you ready to get a smile that you feel confident in? The next step is to sit down with our Palatine, IL, dental team to discuss which cosmetic dentistry options are right for you.
Call us at (847) 359-6766.
During this time of year, many of us dust off traditional family recipes and make our favorite holiday treats. There is, however, a small price to pay for all that nostalgic goodness in the shape of a few extra pounds to deal with in the new year. We may also be increasing the risk for something even more unpleasant: tooth decay.
The main cause, of course, is a certain carbohydrate integral to many holiday goodies: sugar. We humans love it, but so do oral bacteria that readily devour any sugar lingering in our mouth after eating. This fuels bacterial reproduction, which in turn increases the production of acid that softens tooth enamel.
There are a number of strategies you can follow to reduce this effect. You can remove sugar completely from your holiday preparations—and risk family and friends “voting you off the island.” Or, you can try these tips for easing the impact of holiday sugar on your dental health.
Look for ways to reduce sugar. Just because you're not throwing the sugar bowl out the window doesn't mean you have to go all out using it. Instead, try to modify older recipes (or look for newer versions) to decrease the amount of sugar in candies and baked goods. You may also consider alternative sweeteners like sucralose that tolerate high baking temperatures.
Balance savory with sweet. Not all holiday treats need to be sweet—you can add items that take advantage of more savory seasonings. For example, try offering up popcorn with a sprinkling of cinnamon or other holiday spice, or a creative assortment of cheeses (which in turn promote saliva flow to neutralize acid).
Combine treats with mealtimes. Continuous snacking may be part of the holiday tradition, but it can also raise the risk for tooth decay. Acidity increases when we eat, but saliva normally neutralizes it within thirty minutes to an hour. However, saliva can get overwhelmed during continuous snacking, resulting in longer periods of high acidity that damages tooth enamel. Instead, try to combine snack times with mealtimes.
Don't neglect your oral hygiene. Even though things can get hectic during the holidays, make a point of keeping up daily brushing and flossing. Regular hygiene keeps dental plaque, a thin film of harmful bacteria and food particles (including sugar), from building up on your teeth. Reducing plaque lowers your overall decay risk. Attention to oral health through your day-to-day dental hygiene routine along with regular professional cleanings and checkups is the best thing you can do to avoid dental disease.
The holidays should be a joyous time for you and your family. They can also be a healthy time for your teeth and gums, if you minimize the role of sugar in your holiday treats.
If you would like more information about boosting your dental health, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Nutrition & Oral Health” and “The Bitter Truth About Sugar.”
Ashley Graham has a beautiful and valuable smile—an important asset to her bustling career as a plus-size model and television host. But she recently revealed on Instagram a “confrontation” between one of her teeth and a frozen oatmeal cookie. The cookie won.
Holding her hand over her mouth during the video until the last moment, Graham explained how she sneaked a cookie from her mom's freezer and took a bite of the frozen treat. Taking her hand from her mouth, she revealed her broken tooth.
Okay, maybe it wasn't an actual tooth that was broken: the denticle in question appeared to have been previously altered to accommodate a porcelain veneer or crown. But whatever was once there wasn't there anymore.
Although her smile was restored without too much fuss, Graham's experience is still a cautionary tale for anyone with dental work (and kudos to her for being a good sport and sharing it). Although dental work in general is quite durable, it is not immune to damage. Biting down on something hard, even as delicious as one of mom's frozen oatmeal cookies, could run you the risk of popping off a veneer or loosening a crown.
To paraphrase an old saying: Take care of your dental work, and it will take care of you. Don't use your teeth in ways that put your dental work at risk, tempting as it may be given your mouth's mechanical capabilities.
Even so, it's unwise—both for dental work and for natural teeth—to use your teeth and jaws for tasks like cracking nuts or prying open containers. You should also avoid biting into foods or substances with hard textures like ice or a rock-hard cookie from the freezer, especially if you have veneers or other cosmetic improvements.
It's equally important to clean your mouth daily, and undergo professional cleanings at least twice a year. That might not seem so important at first since disease-causing organisms won't infect your dental work's nonliving materials. But infection can wreak havoc on natural tissues like gums, remaining teeth or underlying bone that together often support dental enhancements. Losing that support could lead to losing your dental work.
And it's always a good idea to have dental work, particularly dentures, checked regularly. Conditions in the mouth can change, sometimes without you noticing them, so periodic examinations by a trained dental provider could prevent or treat a problem before it adversely affects your dental work.
We're glad Ashley Graham's trademark smile wasn't permanently harmed by that frozen cookie, and yours probably wouldn't be either in a similar situation. But don't take any chances, and follow these common sense tips for protecting your dental work.
If you would like more information on care and maintenance of cosmetic dental work, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty as Never Before” and “Dental Implant Maintenance.”
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