With temperatures on the rise, the heat can leave you quite thirsty! Recent studies have found that children, specifically 12 – 14 year olds, are consuming sports drinks unnecessarily. These sports drinks are high in sugar and can lead to obesity and tooth erosion and cavities.
Children misunderstand the use of the sports drink and consume them socially instead they are intended for endurance training and intense sporting events. Athletes who consume them should be aware of the effects the drinks may have on your teeth and should practice good dental habits.
Energy drinks also contain a lot of sugar and caffeine and are being consumed by middle-and-high school students too frequently.
Help educate children and teach children to opt for water or milk to keep them hydrated.
We all know that you can build stronger muscles by exercising and lifting weights, but did you know you can also build stronger teeth?
Here are three ways to strengthen your teeth at home:
1. Eat a healthy diet — avoid foods high in sugar and acid that can weaken tooth enamel.
2. Make sure your diet contains enough calcium and vitamin D – calcium helps to strengthen your jaw bone and makes your teeth stronger. Calcium will help protect your mouth against gum disease.Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and can also help to decrease inflammation of gums which is associated with gum disease.
3. Properly brush your teeth two times a day – if you’re unsure if you are properly brushing, ask our staff at your next cleaning.
Eating healthy is easier than you think – here are some foods high in calcium and vitamin D that are healthy for your teeth:
Broken or Chipped Tooth? Keep Calm and Call Your Dentist
Not only is a broken or chipped tooth painful, it may be worrisome and embarrassing. Your teeth can break or chip from a hard fall, biting on a food that is too hard and from a cavity that weakened your tooth. It is important to protect your teeth and mouth from any physical contact as well as keeping them strong and healthy with good oral hygiene.
If you break or chip your tooth, you will want to: rinse your mouth with warm water and clean up any bleeding in your mouth with gauze (if applicable).
Our office is here for you — if you break a tooth after our office is closed, Dr. Frankel is still here for you! You can contact him on his cell phone in the event of an emergency.
Your dentist will be able to repair your tooth. Depending on how much has chipped off, the dentist may repair the tooth with a filing or may use bonding if a front tooth is chipped.
Saginaw, Michigan generously shares the best it has to offer. From timber to Stevie Wonder, it may seem humble but this mid-Michigan city is a resource for the finest. We feel fortunate Dan Green found his way to the Toledo area. It is definitely Saginaw’s loss.
Dr. Green has a strong engineering and design background. Initially an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering his desire to help others drew him into studies in biomedical sciences. Although a transplant he has Toledo area roots. He worked at Champion Spark Plug while a student. Dentistry was a natural fit for his innate talents. Dan Green, D.D.S. is a graduate of University of Michigan Dental School.
While in dental school, it became clear to Dr. Green working with patients hands on while utilizing the constantly changing technology is what he loves to do. Oral Surgery, Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry are of particular interest. He received the Dental Implant Student Award from the American Association Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He excels at what he enjoys!
Dr. Green has been married for three years. He and his wife recently moved to Dundee, Michigan. His wife shares his interests and is currently working toward her doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology at the U of M.
In his spare time, you will find him exercising, woodworking, exploring his automotive interests or watching movies.
Last month we celebrated Father’s Day. June was also Men’s Health Month. Let’s not lose the focus on guys and their health. In addition to checking your blood pressure and cholesterol, it’s important not to forget about oral health as well.
Studies have found that men are less likely to go to the dentist routinely and usually only go when a problem arises
Women are more likely to brush their teeth twice a day than men.
Men are more likely to develop dry mouth.
Men are more likely to develop gum disease.
Twice as many men as women develop oral cancer often from smoking, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol.
Take this month to readdress your oral health care habits and remember to schedule your routine cleaning appointment.
In addition to cleaning your medicine cabinet and cleaning your sinks, don’t forget about the one item that cleans inside your mouth! To make sure you are putting the cleanest brush in your mouth, here are some tips:
Change your toothbrush every 3 months — old toothbrushes can be recycled or used around the house for household cleaning.
After you are done brushing your teeth, rinse your brush off with water to remove any excess toothpaste and food particles.
Store your toothbrush upright and uncovered.
If your toothbrush is stored on your countertop, make sure it’s at least 2 feet away from the toilet.
Avoid sharing your toothbrush.
If you are using an electric toothbrush, it is best to clean the head once a month by soaking it in a water and bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) and rinse thoroughly.