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Places Sugar May Hide In Your Diet
Posted on 1/25/2020 by Crossroads Family Dental
Cutting down on your sugar intake levels is a great way to live a healthy life. If you take too much sugar, you risk a variety of diseases and conditions, from obesity to heart disease. Eating less sugar can also be quite helpful in improving your oral health and preserving the appeal of your teeth. However, cutting down sugar isn't as easy as just ignoring all the sugary foods you typically eat. There are many sources of sugar that you need to watch out for other than confectioneries. Here is how sugar can hide in your diet: Processed Foods Sugar can either be naturally occurring or as an additive. In the case of processed foods, sugar is added to ensure that the foods last longer or even taste better after a while of preservation. However, this sugar can still affect your dental health as well as your overall health. Ideally, if you want to reduce your sugar intake, you ought to take more organic foods. If you must take processed foods, be sure to avoid those that have sugar as an additive. Look for ingredients that can imply that there is sugar when purchasing processed foods. Some of these ingredients include sucrose, maltose, lactose, glucose, fructose, dextrose, and molasses. Naturally Occurring Sugars While they can be quite beneficial, foods that have naturally occurring sugars can have the same impact on your weight loss goals as the foods that have additives. The trick is to let go of the foods that you feel you can do without. For instance, maple syrup, honey, and agave nectar do have naturally occurring sugars, but they also have a bevy of nutrients as well as great antioxidants. Your dental and physical health will depend on what you eat. Ideally, you should reduce your sugar consumption levels to items that you need in your diet. Consider the tips above to identify where the sugar is hidden in your diet....

How Much Toothpaste Do You Really Need to Use to Clean Your Mouth?
Posted on 1/15/2020 by Crossroads Family Dental
Have you ever turned on your TV and seen a commercial for toothpaste? If you have, you probably saw a shot of toothpaste being applied to a toothbrush head in a long swirling pattern. If you have ever actually tried to brush your teeth with that much toothpaste, you already know that's far too much toothpaste. Although those huge swirling dollops of toothpaste might look good on TV and might help sell toothpaste, the reality is you need far less than that in order to adequately clean your teeth. Why Use Toothpaste? Before talking about how much toothpaste to use, it might be helpful to remember why we use it. We don't just use it because it tastes good. Rather, toothpaste serves a few important roles. First, toothpaste helps scrub your teeth. As you go through your day, you collect bacteria, food particles, plaque, and other nasty stuff. A good toothpaste will help to scrub all the junk away and leave your mouth feeling clean and healthy. Second, toothpaste is one of the primary ways that your teeth will get the fluoride they need. Fluoride is used by your teeth to strengthen and repair the hardened outer layer (the enamel). Without adequate fluoride, your teeth would be much more likely to break and decay. How Much Toothpaste is Enough? That being said, how much toothpaste should you use? We usually tell our patients to use a dollop of toothpaste that is about the size of a pea. If you want to use more, you can, but be careful that you don't end up accidentally swallowing it. Some people will start off with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and then add more as they go. Others just stick with the initial amount. However you choose, stick with the pea-sized rule of thumb, and you'll enjoy cleaner teeth....

The Battle of the Brushes
Posted on 12/25/2019 by Crossroads Family Dental
Brushing teeth is one of the earliest forms of dental hygiene we have been taught from childhood. It ensures that we have a clean mouth, with fresh breath and ensures that no food particles have been left on the teeth. However, toothbrush technology has really evolved. From the time people used to used boar hair to the present where technology has advanced quite a bit to bring about sonic toothbrushes, it stands that a consumer would want to know which toothbrush is the best and which one they should be using more frequently. As such, let's take a look at the various types currently available. The Standard Manual Toothbrush The standard manual toothbrush has been around since the 1930s. However, scientists are making improvements in design, materials and quality every year. This sort of toothbrush has been around for such a long time because not only is it sturdy, it's also quite reliable. With the advancements that have been made, there are standard manual toothbrushes that are specially designed to reach even the toughest spots in the mouth. The Electric Toothbrush Due to better technology, the electric toothbrush has also been with us for quite a while now. It's often powered by battery cells and provides a through brushing experience for your teeth. The electric toothbrush' bristles have been specifically designed to reach those difficult to reach spaces and are also quite efficient in removing plaque. In fact, they are several times more efficient at this than the manual ones. With the electric toothbrush, you also don't have to worry about brushing too hard and causing injury to your gums. Sonic Toothbrush The sonic toothbrush is one of the new types of toothbrush technology has enabled people to build. Unlike normal electric toothbrushes that vibrate at about 2,500 – 8,000 strokes per minute, the sonic toothbrush surpasses that by a long mark. You can typically expect 24,000 – 40,000 strokes per minute with sonic toothbrushes. This powerful cleaning action ensures that the teeth are properly cleaned, and that plaque doesn't stand a chance! Each of these toothbrushes has its merits. However, it's important to note that they are all just toothbrushes. Without your decisive action to use them at least twice a day, you won't be able to escape from the effects of poor dental hygiene. Ensure that you keep your mouth clean by brushing your teeth regularly and flossing whenever you can....

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Places Sugar May Hide In Your Diet
How Much Toothpaste Do You Really Need to Use to Clean Your Mouth?
The Battle of the Brushes
Should You Use Toothpicks to Clean Between Your Teeth?
What Not To Eat Following An Extraction
Ways Your Dental Health Affects Your Overall Health
How Can Tap Water Improve Your Dental Health?
Reduce Dental Anxiety Without the Use of Medication
Getting Dental Implants Can Help Improve Your Confidence
Foods to Avoid if You Have a Sore Tooth Until We Can Check It Out
The Importance of Always Having Up to Date Dental Records
Senior Teeth Need Special Care to Keep Healthy
Do You Use the Right Amount of Toothpaste?
Decreasing How Much Sugar You Consume Can Improve Your Oral Health
Important Tips for Right Before a Root Canal
How to Manage the Discomfort That Comes with an Abscess
You Need to Let Us Know if Flossing Starts to Hurt
Why Your Teeth Need You to Drink Water Daily
Foods That Can Freshen Your Breath In a Flash
Even Minor Dental Problems Can Lead to Chronic Tooth Pain
Speaking with Us at Each Appointment Helps You Get the Best Care Possible
How Long Can a Professional Dental Whitening be Expected to Last?
Wisdom Teeth Only Hurt When There is Something in the Way
Why Your Teeth Love Tea So Much
Is There Any Cure for Cavities?
How to Keep Your Teeth Safe When Struggling with the Flu
Why Could Biting Hurt?
Why Composite Fillings Are So Popular
Why Ibuprofen is Best Following Oral Procedures
When Struggling with Morning Sickness, You Must Protect Your Teeth
Which Types of Juice Are Bad for Your Teeth?
When You Get Cavities Between Your Teeth, They Can Do a Lot of Damage
Are Toothpicks Good at Improving Oral Health?
Are There Benefits to Having Xylitol in Your Gum?
Fiber is Great for Improving Oral Health
Facts You Need to Know About Untreated Cavities
Signs You May Have Gum Disease
How Can You Tell if a Filling Comes Loose?
Why You Should Leave Reviews After Coming to Our Office
Why You Need to Time How Long You Brush
Caring for Veneers Means Keeping Up with Oral Hygiene
Maintaining New Fillings is Important
You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
You Can Make Brushing More Fun By Swapping Toothpaste Flavors
You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
You Can Make Brushing More Fun By Swapping Toothpaste Flavors
Why Your Teeth Suffer When You Get Insomnia
Why Should You Wait After Eating to Brush?
How Long Does it Really Take for a Cavity to Form?
How Do You Build Up Your Tolerance for Oil Pulling?
Dry Mouth is a Problem for Denture Wearers Too
Brushing Immediately After Eating Can Hurt Your Teeth

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