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Winter Mouth Protection

It’s the New Year and one of your resolutions might be to stay more active. The cold winter weather can allow for fun outdoor activities. But before you head outside to play, visit Dr. DeFinnis for a mouth guard to protect your teeth.

When your body gets cold, you begin to shiver and your teeth chatter. Chattering is your body’s response to the cold temperature and its way of warming up. However, if you find yourself too cold, it’s important to go indoors and warm up as soon as possible. Excessive chattering may cause jaw aches, headaches, and tooth aches. In addition, the freezing temperatures outside may make your teeth more sensitive and painful.
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Which of These Holiday Treats Would Your Dentist Eat?

 

Fruitcake with crumbs

Holidays are always a time to indulge in “comfort foods,” most of which are loaded with fat, calories, and sugar. While a little comfort now and then is perfectly fine, your waistline and your wallet will thank you for limiting your indulgence this holiday season. When you’re deciding which holiday favorites to eat, consider how each of these will affect your teeth:

Fruitcake

This traditional holiday treat is incredibly polarizing—people either love it or hate it. If you’re a fan of fruitcake, be aware that it owes its moist, dense nature to an awful lot of sugar and butter. Stay away from the store-bought “doorstop” this year and make your own fruitcake at home.
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What You Didn’t Know About Saliva

What is Saliva?

The saliva in your mouth is continually secreted from salivary glands. The secretion units are called acini, which are clusters of cells. Acini secrete a fluid that contains electrolytes, water, mucus, and enzymes. The fluids flow into the collecting ducts forming the acinus. Once in the ducts, the fluid’s composition is altered. First, the sodium is actively reabsorbed and large amounts of bicarbonate ion and potassium are secreted. Once the fluid is transformed, it is pushed through a series of ducts in a variable pathway depending on the proteins present in the fluid, and then emptied into the oral cavities. A healthy person produces anywhere from 0.75-1.5 liters of saliva every day.
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Does Your Dentist Approve of Coffee?

Latest Buzz About Coffee

Researchers have found that coffee is actually good for you, contradicting over 19,000 previous studies about the negative side effects of coffee. Certain methods of brewing coffee, such as French press or Scandinavian boiling, which increase LDL (bad cholesterol), are not included in the study.

When brewed the American way, however, coffee has a cavity-fighting compound that also has antioxidants beneficial to overall health. Just two cups of coffee a day significantly reduce the risk of cavities, colon cancer, gallstones, cirrhosis of the liver, and Parkinson’s disease. Two cups of coffee daily also improves mood and relieves headaches.  Although coffee isn’t a method for disease and cavity prevention, it can significantly reduce the risk when combined with other preventive methods.
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5 Best Stocking Stuffers for Smiles

If you’re shopping for people who have everything and need nothing, you might appreciate these out-of-the-box ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers. Patient-tested and dentist-approved, these items are sure to make your family members smile.

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Thanksgiving Nutrition

Holidays are a time for celebration, spending time with friends and family, and delicious feasts. Many people have concerns regarding the nutritional content of foods served during this season, but some traditional dishes can actually be healthy for teeth and body!

Pumpkin: This gourd-like squash is low in calories and fat, and is loaded with healthy antioxidants and vitamins A (or beta-carotene), C, and E. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of dietary fiber, protein, and good fats that benefit heart health. The tasty seeds are also great source of iron, niacin, selenium, and zinc. Pumpkin also contains lutein, as well, which promotes eye health.
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November: American Diabetes Month

Since this month is American Diabetes Month, let’s learn more about a disease that affects nearly 26 million Americans today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 17 seconds a person is diagnosed with diabetes. With about 33.8 percent of the American adult population suffering from obesity, it is only natural that the rate of diabetes would also rise.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body does not produce or use insulin to regulate glucose that’s in your blood. Glucose is the main source of energy for your body.

People with type 1 diabetes are either unable to produce insulin or they produce very little. People with type 2 diabetes either produce very little insulin or are unable to use it. In both cases, blood glucose is unregulated. Insulin injections allow the body to metabolize glucose.

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Misconceptions About Oral Health

Myth 1: Cavities are just for children.

False. You can get cavities at any age as long as you still have your natural teeth. Cavities are prevalent among children because they are not as responsible as adults at maintaining good oral hygiene.

Myth 2: If it doesn’t hurt then everything is fine.

Wrong. Just because you aren’t experiencing any pain doesn’t mean you don’t have cavities. Waiting until your teeth hurt to go in for an appointment is a bad idea.  It is very important to go in for a routine checkup and cleaning every six months. Cavities found in the earliest stage may be filled with a tiny filling that doesn’t even require anesthetic! Found later, cavities may need a larger filling, an inlay, onlay, or crown, or even a root canal.
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Is Snoring a Choice?

Does your beloved sleep partner have a problem with snoring? Perhaps you are the snoring partner. Rest assured, snoring is not intentional. Snorers may not even know they do it. In fact, loud snorers may have a more serious condition, known as sleep apnea. Negatively affecting quality REM-sleep, sleep apnea can impact work performance, cognitive ability, frame of mind, and quality of life.

What is the Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

Snoring is the sound created when soft oral tissues vibrate as a person breathes. Sleep apnea occurs when the soft oral tissues completely block airflow, causing an apnea, or lapse of breath. Sleep apnea episodes can last 10-20 seconds or longer and may occur hundreds of time in one night.
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