This week marks the beginning of National Dairy Month. People have long known that incorporating dairy into their diets can benefit their health. Milk makes bones strong and healthy and even aids in weight loss. Dairy products also benefit oral health. In honor of National Dairy Month, Dr. Brad Greenfield explains little-known facts about dairy’s relationship to dental health.
Nutrients in Milk Protect Tooth Enamel Against Acid Attacks
Some foods that have refined sugars also contain fermentable carbohydrates that lower the pH (acidity level) of saliva. When saliva’s pH drops below 5.5, minerals that strengthen teeth, including calcium and phosphates, are sapped by acids. Tooth enamel softens and becomes vulnerable to bacterial invasion, which leads to tooth decay. Minerals and proteins in milk (and other dairy products) re-mineralize tooth enamel, making it strong again.
If your diet does not allow you to consume whole milk, don’t worry. Lowering levels of proteins, fat, or lactose (i.e. low-fat or reduced-lactose milk) does not affect milk’s protective capacity against demineralization. (more…)
Summer is full of smiles—pool parties, relaxing vacations, and friendly get-togethers—but is your smile ready for all the memories? Dr. Greenfield suggests whitening and brightening your teeth so you can enjoy summer with a beautiful grin.
Zoom! Advanced In-Office Bleaching
Dr. Greenfield offers the Zoom! whitening system to produce instantly brighter results. Zoom! uses a hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel and an ultraviolet lamp to erase stains and lighten your teeth up to ten shades in just one hour. As you soak in ultraviolet radiation during your summertime sunbathing, keep in mind that the Zoom! Advanced Lamp emits ultraviolet radiation, but it’s much safer than the UV exposure you receive from the sun. Dr. Greenfield will keep your mouth and body healthy during the procedure by protecting your lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, and eyes. In-office teeth whitening will leave your smile beautiful in an instant.
In the next few months, you’ll probably be spending more time outdoors soaking in the summer sun. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, swimming pool accidents—like running on slippery surfaces and diving into shallow waters—cause the majority of dental emergencies during the summer. Additionally, practicing sports, playing at the park, and other outdoor activities may damage your smile. Dr. Greenfield encourages you to wear a mouth guard during strenuous and physical activity.
When you fall or get hit in the face, your upper and lower teeth may slam together, resulting in chipping, breakage, or pain. Additionally, about five million teeth are knocked out each year as a result of injury. Hitting the ground without proper protection can cause fractured teeth, knocked out teeth, jaw injuries, lip lacerations, a bitten tongue or lip, or nerve damage. Furthermore, when you get knocked in the jaw or chin, the force and vibration expels upwards toward your skull, which may result in a concussion.
The Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation reports that approximately 30 percent of people avoid visiting the dentist due to fear or anxiety. Fortunately, recent sedation techniques have changed the way many people feel about the dentist. In honor of Mental Health Month, Dr. Greenfield would like to discuss how sedation dentistry has been providing mental wellness since the 1840s.
A Connecticut dentist named Horace Wells convinced his partner, John Riggs, to use nitrous oxide to extract his troublesome tooth. The extraction was a success and Wells felt no discomfort. He then attempted to demonstrate the use of nitrous oxide as an anesthetic at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1845. However, during the demonstration, the gas bag was withdrawn too soon and the patient experienced pain. The audience booed Wells and left the room unimpressed, leaving Wells to face a lifetime of embarrassment.
If your baby is unusually fussy, he or she may be teething. Teething is when baby teeth first begin to erupt—usually around six months of age. Dr. Greenfield can keep your child’s mouth healthy from the first stage of development.
What Happens During Teething?
During teething, primary teeth push up through the gums. The two bottom front teeth are usually the first teeth to appear. Teething can make your infant’s gums sore and swollen. As a result of the pain and discomfort, your child may become cranky or irritable. Babies may also drool more and bite on toys to relieve the tension on their gums. Dr. Greenfield offers these tips to relieve your infant’s teething discomfort and keep erupting teeth healthy:
As summer approaches, you will need to drink more water to keep your body hydrated and healthy. In honor of National Drinking Water Week (May 6-12), Dr. Greenfield wants to see if you know the benefits of drinking water.
1. How much of the human body is made up of water?
A. Ten percent
B. 60 percent
C. 90 percent
2. What is dehydration?
A. Lack of water
B. Too much water
C. Brain freeze
3. Which of the following is found in tap water?
4. Which of the following is a benefit of water?
A. Energize body
B. Moisturize skin and mouth
C. Both A and B