Five Reasons to Wear a Mouthguard

September 19, 2017

With the month of September nearly behind us, most of us here in south Louisiana have one thing on our minds: Football. Unfortunately, with football also comes injury and we thought it would be a great idea to remind everyone of the importance of protecting yourself during sports.

5 Reasons to Wear a MouthguardAs we stated in our previous post about mouthguards:  More than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented annually in this country by a sports mouthguard, according to the ADA.  

If that statistic still doesn’t convince you to always wear a mouthguard…check out these 5 injury-prone areas that wearing mouthguards help to avoid:

1. Helps to prevent jaw and neck injuries

2. Acts a shield to jaw joints

3. Protects teeth during impact

4. Cushions soft tissues

5. Lessens the risk of concussions.

Have questions about your restorative dental options? Give us a call at our Gonzales, LA office today if you are in the area, including Baton Rouge and Prairieville!

 

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The Part of Your Teeth You Forget to Brush

August 20, 2017

Forgetting To Brush Teeth Part

Via Carly Ledbetter of the Huffington Post

Despite most of us thinking that we’re brushing our teeth correctly or flossing frequently enough, dentist visits are often full of surprises.

Irritation, cavities, gingivitis ― the list of our maladies goes on and on.

It’s always important to go back to basics and make sure that you’re brushing your teeth with proper technique. When it comes to ways people are brushing their teeth incorrectly, Jessica Hilburg, DDS and associate dean for clinical affairs at the NYU College of Dentistry, is the expert.

She told HuffPost that there’s one important part of your mouth that too many people skip over.

“Sometimes people forget to brush the insides of their teeth, the surfaces that face the tongue and the palate,” Hilburg told HuffPost. ”Sometimes people forget these areas because we don’t see them when we look in the mirror. Food and plaque can buildup in these areas so it’s just as important to brush there as it is on the front of our teeth where we can easily see.”

Hilburg also said not brushing your teeth long enough (she recommends brushing for at least two minutes twice a day) and using the wrong amount of pressure while brushing is also incorrect.

“Applying too much pressure while brushing could damage gums and be abrasive to the teeth,” she said. “Applying too little pressure while brushing just isn’t as effective and will not remove the plaque as well as using gentle pressure. [Also] just rubbing the toothbrush back and forth in long strokes will not do as good a job as the short strokes because the short strokes allow you to get in between the teeth much better.”

She added, “The ‘right amount of pressure’ is pressure that feels comfortable, does not crush the bristles of the toothbrush (too much pressure) and of course leaves your teeth feeling and looking clean.”

If you want to double check your brushing techniques and times, Hilburg suggests following the instructions on the American Dental Association’s website.

“It should take two minutes to brush your whole mouth ― 30 seconds for top teeth surfaces that face the lip and cheek, 30 seconds for top teeth inside surfaces and same for bottom teeth ― a total of two minutes. The chewing surfaces should be brushed while doing the sides,” Hilburg said.

“Regardless of the technique used even if you aren’t as organized as I’ve described, tooth brushing should touch upon all surfaces—inner, outer and chewing surfaces.”

Or you can just watch this handy video:

Hilburg also gave HuffPost suggestions about the right type of toothbrush and toothpaste people should use ― and what to avoid.

“Using a soft toothbrush is recommended, as bristles that are too hard can damage gums and may not be flexible enough to remove the plaque,” Hilburg said. “Soft bristle toothbrushes are best whether they are manual or power brushes. Choose a size toothbrush that feels comfortable and isn’t so large that it won’t fit on the sides of your teeth comfortably.”

Hilburg added, “A toothpaste with fluoride will help decrease the risk of decay and cavities. If any toothpaste felt irritating then of course a person should avoid it.”

In order to maintain good oral hygiene, Hilburg also recommends flossing daily, brushing your tongue and using an interdental cleaner (a small pointy brush) as well. And don’t forget the inside of your teeth!

 

 

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Grinding Your Teeth: The Long-Term Impact

July 25, 2017

How Grinding Your Teeth Affects Your Health

WHEN life and work stresses take their toll, symptoms can manifest themselves in our sleeping habits.

Compared with five years ago, dental and orthodontic practice, elleven, has seen a 30 per cent increase in the number of people coming to the practice with teeth grinding complaints.

Whether people have woken up with an aching jaw, or have been told by their partner they have been grinding your teeth at night, studies have found that nearly 70 per cent of bruxism cases are caused by anxiety.

With cases on the rise, Orthodontic Specialist Dr Shivani Patel from award-winning dental and orthodontic practice elleven reveals everything people need to know about the habit.

1.  What is it called?

Bruxism is the medical term for the condition, characterised by grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. On average it affects between 8-10 per cent of the UK population and often symptoms manifest themselves in the form of an aching jaw, facial pain or increased teeth sensitivity.

2. How common is the condition?

Bruxism affects both children and adults but is most common in 25-44 year olds.

“The fact that we are seeing 30 per cent more cases than we were five years ago is worrying; it could be down to work-related stress as many current day jobs are increasingly pressurised and target driven,” said Dr Shivani.

3. Why do I grind my teeth at night?

There are two reasons why people grind their teeth at night: the first reason is stress, particularly for women. When we sleep, any worries or concerns we have, even if only in our subconscious mind, can lead to clenching, nocturnal grinding and, in some cases, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD, pain and dysfunction of the jaw muscles). The second reason is genetics. Grinding your teeth can be something we inherit from our family.

4. Are there any other factors that make teeth grinding more likely?

Bruxism is also more prevalent in individuals who regularly use alcohol, tobacco and caffeine (6 cups or more per day) so cutting back on your vices can be one way of reducing symptoms.
 
5. How do you know if you grind your teeth at night?

Although there are some physical symptoms associated with teeth grinding (as outlined above), most people are not aware that they grind their teeth until their dentist notices tooth wear, or their partner complains of the noise. This highlights the importance of having regular dental checks, so problems.

6.   Is Bruxism connected to any other conditions?

Significant connections have been found between night Bruxism and other sleep conditions such as sleep talking, hypnagogic (state of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness) hallucinations and violent or injurious behaviours during sleep.

7.   How can teeth grinding change my appearance?

When done excessively, teeth grinding can lead to an increased use of the masseter muscles at the back angle of the lower jaw.

Continued clenching can cause these muscles to bulk-up, which can give the face a wider appearance. Grinding can also lead to enamel surface loss, making the teeth shorter and in some cases sensitivity. Shorter teeth can cause the look of an over-closed mouth, which we associate with old age.

8.  Can teeth grinding affect my general as well as oral health?

Teeth grinding can cause headaches and earaches and often means sleep is not as restful as it should be – this will take a toll on someone’s general health and well-being.
 
9.  What can I do at about it at home?

If the problem is stress related, relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation can help to soothe before going to bed. It might also be worth seeing your GP if you suffer from anxiety to help manage symptoms.

10. How can my dentist help?

A mouth guard can and should be worn to prevent the teeth from wearing down. Mouth guards must be custom-made and fitted by a dental professional to ensure it correctly fits the shape and size of your mouth and teeth. They will not necessarily eradicate the grinding problem completely. They can, however, preserve the longevity of the teeth and prevent sensitivity, and the need for fillings, early on.

11.What should I do?

Often people’s fear of the dentist inhibits them from seeing a specialist about teeth grinding.

Dr Patel said: “We often don’t discover the patient has been grinding their teeth until they have an appointment for something else. It is very important that people visit a dentist regularly, and if they have bad memories from years gone by, that it doesn’t deter them from visiting.”

Author: Olivia LercheVia: Express 

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Dental Tips for the Fourth of July

July 3, 2017

Happy Fourth of July from our Foote Family to yours! We love these tips from the staff at Barranca Dental and thought we would share!

Fourth of July Dental Tips

Stay Away from Hard Foods

Ice and Pretzels are common at Fourth of July BBQs. Try to avoid chewing on ice, and if the pretzels are a bit stale try dunking them in some water before you chow down. If you do chip your tooth, read our article for some tips to keep the pain down until you can visit the office the next day.

Bring Sugarless Gum

Daylong snacking is a common event at Independence Day celebrations. To help keep your teeth clean without bringing a toothbrush, try chewing on some sugarless ADA approved gum. It will remove food particles and stimulate saliva production.

Drink Water

Beer and Soda are popular beverages at BBQs, so make sure to alternate drinks with water. This will help keep your teeth clean and the pH normal in your mouth. As an added bonus, water helps avoid hangovers.

Eat These!

Cheese, celery, and onions all help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, and they should be in easy supply at your celebration.

Don’t Open Beer Bottles With Your Teeth

This may sound ridiculous, but it happens more than you might think. When the bottle opener disappears, people resort to crazy tactics, and your teeth are often involved. Beer bottle related tooth injuries actually make up a large percentage of BBQ-related dental problems. Avoid it!

After the Fourth

After you make it home safe and sound, make sure to finish the night with brushing and flossing. The few minutes you spend can fight off unnecessary dental work down the road. Also consider scheduling a cleaning if you are due. Regular dental cleanings help fight off cancer, protect your teeth, and fight off heart attacks/strokes.

 

 

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5 Tips for Healthier Teeth Now That We Are Officially In Summer 2017

June 6, 2017

Via: Delta Dental 

This summer, stay hydrated and healthy. But think carefully when you choose your beverage – some drinks can increase your risk of tooth decay.

Healthy Teeth This Summer | Foote Family Dental Care

1. Drink water.

Keep your mouth moist by drinking water throughout the day. This helps wash away plaque-causing bacteria and can even improve your breath.

2. Choose tap.

Fluoridated tap water strengthens your enamel, making your teeth more resistant to decay.

3. Skip the bubbles.

The acid in carbonated drinks can wear down your enamel.

4. Use a straw.

If you drink acidic beverages, reduce their contact with your teeth by using a straw and finishing the drink quickly, instead of sipping over a long period of time.

5. Try tea.

Tea contains compounds that suppress bacteria, slowing down tooth decay and gum disease. Just remember: Don’t add sugar!

 

 

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Easter Candy: The Do’s & Don’ts.

Easter baskets are normally filled with the sweetest of treats from fruity favorites to rich, chocolate covered bunnies.

Via: Ask the Dentist

Watching our daughters hunt for eggs Easter morning are some of my fondest memories as a father.Easter Candy Do's And Don'ts

But it always freaks me out to go into the grocery store around the Easter season. There is so much junk out there! Marketing Easter candy has become big business, and it’s really our children who lose.

I think it’s easy to think “oh, just this once.” But that mentality has a lasting effect. Even “just this once” candy can alter our taste buds, making us crave worse foods in the following weeks and months. It’s these “just this once” holidays where children learn what’s normal and where they develop habits they keep for the rest of their lives.

Sugary, refined carbohydrates also change the development of the bones and structure of our children’s faces and airways. The earlier children begin to have dental issues like cavities, the more complicated their oral health gets in adulthood.

This all might sound very serious, but I promise this doesn’t have to put a damper on the Easter holiday. I have a sweet tooth myself and don’t think you have to sacrifice any of the fun just because you want to model moderation and healthy habits during the holidays.

This is my guide for everything to know about Easter candy — the good, the bad, and the ugly, as well as healthy swaps you can make.

Quick Tips to Prevent Cavities After Eating Candy

You can minimize that acid attack by the bacteria by doing a few things when you eat candy.

 

Eat candy with plenty of water.

Water helps neutralize the acids produced by the bacteria.

Swish vigorously with water afterward.

This can help shake loose bits of sticky candy that get stuck in between teeth. When candy gets stuck in your teeth, those bacteria can have a heyday of a feast and continue excreting acid all day long until you get home to floss and brush that chunk out.

Don’t snack all day.

Eating a lot of candy all at once is better than spreading it out over days or weeks. If you’re going to expose your teeth to acid, do it for as little time as possible.

Wait to brush.

all that acid in your mouth, you’ll want to wait to brush and floss for at least 30 minutes to one hour, depending on how much water you’ve had to neutralize the acid. Enamel is strong, but it wears away with acid, and brushing with all that acid in your mouth could easily wear away more enamel.

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Happy St.Patrick’s Day Weekend!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend from the office of Foote Family Dental Care!

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Tips

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Read what the American Dental Association has to say about the history and importance of celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month:

February is National Children's Dental Month“National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) began as a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 3, 1941. The American Dental Association held the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949.  The single day observance became a week-long event in 1955. In 1981, the program was extended to a month-long observance known today as National Children’s Dental Health Month.  Since 1941, the observance has grown from a two-city event into a nationwide program. NCDHM messages reach thousands of people in communities across the country and at numerous armed services bases. Local observances often include displays of posters provided by the ADA, coloring and essay contests, health fairs, free dental screenings, museum exhibits, classroom presentations by dentists and other members of the dental team, and dental office tours

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Whether you’re a member of the dental team, a teacher or a parent, the ADA has free online resources that can help you with oral health presentations, ideas for the classroom, and activity sheets that can be used as handouts. We also have booklets, videos and other materials available for purchase through our ADA Catalog.

Please direct all questions to ncdhm@ada.org.”

 

Here at the office of Foote Family Dental Care, we celebrated by offering free Sonicare toothbrushes to children under the age of 10!

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Five New Years Resolutions For Healthier Teeth

2017 is just around the corner and our staff here at Foote Family Dental are offering a few tips for ringing in the new year with a healthier smile!

New Year's Dental Resolutions

Check out these five new years resolutions for your teeth that you should keep in mind:

1. Brushing and Flossing Teeth At Least Twice Daily.

It’s important to brush and floss your teeth each and every day to ensure your teeth stay healthy,  maintain good breath, fewer cavities, and avoid potential dental problems in the future.

2. Maintaining a Healthy Diet.

Not only is eating a balanced diet and exercise good for your body, but it’s also a must for maintaining that beautiful smile!

3. Chewing Sugarless Gum.

By switching to sugarless gum in between meals, not only can you minimize you actual sugar intake, but it also helps with the prevention of tooth decay.

4. Choosing Water with Fluoride.

Fluoride is a great way to help your teeth with the natural prevention of cavities.

5. Visiting our Foote Family Dental Office Regularly.

Regular visits to our office will help you gain and maintain that beautiful, healthy smile all year long!

Schedule an appointment today!

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12 Holiday Dental Tips

Via: Dr. Brad Judy

No matter what you celebrate at this time of year, be it a traditional Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule or Festivus, we want you to be safe and enjoy your family at this important time of year.

To help keep your smile bright and healthy during the busy and party-filled season, here are 12 days of holiday dental tips to see you (and your teeth) safely through the season-

#1 Be cautious of candy canes –

Hard candy is tasty and readily available at the holidays from candy canes to peppermints, but it can crack your teeth if you bite down wrong. It may be better to let candies dissolve to prevent any chipping or other damage – but be sure to brush thoroughly after eating candy of any kind.

#2 Stay clear of soda –

Holiday parties are rife with soda and this sugary substance is never good for your teeth. Read more here. If you want something bubbly, try fizzy water rather than soda. If you must drink soda, use a straw to keep most of the acid off your teeth.

#3 Watch the wine –

If you like a nice red, be mindful of how this can stain your teeth. White wine is less of a risk to your white smile. If you do drink red, do so with food to mitigate how much of it gets on your teeth. Be sure to brush well if you do indulge in reds.

#4 Take more turkey –

One holiday food that’s great for your chompers is turkey. It’s a great source of phosphorus and protein – both of which can help your body fight tooth decay and keep your teeth strong and healthy.

#5 Stock your stockings well –

Christmas stockings are often chock full of sugary treats that can cause your kids to get cavities. Instead, consider eliminating candy altogether or stick to one sweet item. Also consider giving them a cool new toothbrush as part of their holiday loot.

#6 Dip into veggies –

At holiday events, skip the trays of Christmas cookies and brownies and instead fill your plate with veggies. Broccoli and carrots are great treats for your teeth because they’re loaded with Vitamin A which strengthens your enamel.

#7 Chomp on cheese –

Choose cheese to snack with if you’re drinking alcoholic drinks at parties. The pH balancing effects help neutralize the acid that’s in boozy beverages and the calcium is great for your tooth health as well.

#8 Carol while you clean –

Optimal tooth brushing last about two minutes so if you hum a few verses and choruses of your favorite holiday song while you brush, you’ll likely brush long enough to clean up your teeth and gums (be sure to brush your tongue too).

#9 Don’t use your teeth as a tool –

The holidays come with packages to open, tape to apply to presents and loads of other things you may be tempted to break open or cut with your teeth. Don’t do it! Using your teeth as a tool can cause chips and breaks.

#10 Fill up on fruit –

Instead of piling on sugary desserts at your holiday meal, turn to fruit instead. If you’re having a big dinner or party, rather than prepping a number of cakes and pies, try sticking to one sweet dessert and then prep a big fruit plate to satisfy your sweet tooth.

#11 Forego the grazing –

At the holidays, we often have spreads of food left out all the time. Grazing all day can put your teeth at greater risk for decay. Instead of leaving out things to nosh on, only put out food at mealtimes and then stash the food away.

#12 Make the holiday meaningful –

We often structure our holiday events around food, but this is good for your teeth or your waistline. To take the focus off of food, set up activities like board and card games, craft projects or holiday movie marathons.

Happy Holidays!

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