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To Chew or Not To Chew…Gum, that is!

January 18, 2017

Filed under: General Dentistry,Health,Uncategorized — Tags: , , — atriumfamily @ 7:04 pm

Do you chew gum?  Do you wonder the oral effects gum has on your mouth and teeth?  Have you ever heard that chewing gum can be good for your teeth?  We are here to tell you the ins and outs of gum chewing. But, by no means will you hear us say, gum chewing can replace regular brushing and flossing.

According to the ADA, the physical act of chewing increases the flow of saliva in your mouth. If you chew after eating, the increased salivary flow can help neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on your teeth. Over time, acid can break down tooth enamel, creating the conditions for decay. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel. Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.

The dangers of E-Cigarettes

November 29, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry,Health — atriumfamily @ 10:31 pm

There are many dangers that come along with an e-cigarette. Initial studies show that e-cigarettes contain nicotine and also may add in other harmful chemicals, including carcinogens and lung irritants. Almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive substance. Nicotine inhalation inhibits your ability to produce saliva, which can leave you susceptible to bacteria buildup, dry mouth, and tooth decay.  Some studies show, bacteria and inflammation in your mouth are also linked to other problems, including heart attack and dementia, and may well jeopardize your overall health.  According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, if dry mouth is left untreated, severe tooth decay and gum disease can occur.  30 percent of all tooth decay in older adults is caused by dry mouth.

Ease Your Anxiety at the Dentist

September 25, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry,Health — Tags: — atriumfamily @ 9:25 pm

Are you like 75 percent of American’s who have some anxiety when visiting the dentist’s office? Worry no more, read on for a few good ways to ease your mind before you sit down in our dental chair.

  1. Tell us!  Please, let Dr. Shane Sudman and his staff know that you are anxious about your appointment.  Tell us on the phone. When making your appointment,  make sure to to tell us so we can make you feel comfortable from your first encounter with us.
  2. Don’t schedule your appointment on a tight schedule.  We know everyone is busy these days, but it is far better to feel calm on your way in.  Try not to schedule anything too pressing right after your visit.
  3. Wear comfortable, breathable clothing.  Nothing too tight or restrictive, or anything that will make you more hot and sweaty.
  4. Breathe. Try to get to our office a few minutes early.  Sit down, look at the fireplace, enjoy our comfy chairs and couch. Enjoy our inviting decor, we like to think of our waiting room more of a living room than a stark dental office.
  5. Remind us of your fears.  We are happy to listen to you and help you through your anxiety.  We know it’s tough to voice what you are feeling. Tell us exactly what you need from us, your expectations can be met if you help our staff understand what you need.
  6. Take deep breaths, and close your eyes.  This may be the only time in your day you get a chance to lay down, and not have to talk to anyone….enjoy it.


3 Tips to Better Oral Health

July 11, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry,Health — Tags: , — atriumfamily @ 10:53 pm

Everyone knows to brush twice a day,  and to floss.  But here are 3 tips to better oral health.  And, you can start today.

  1.  Change out your toothbrush.  Try changing your toothbrush every 3 months, or sooner if your toothbrush bristles are frayed.  According to the ADA this is a very good practice.
  2.  Reduce your stress.  We know that stress is hard on your mental and physical health, but think about this…when we get stressed out, we tend to bite our nails or grind our teeth or even clench up our mouths.  Try deep breathing.  Just a few deep breaths can help your overall oral health.
  3. Change up your diet.  Stop drinking sugary sodas and sports drinks.  Load up on nutrient rich veggies and fruits.

These 3 tips should kick-start you into better overall oral health.

Oral Cancer Screening is Important

April 28, 2016

Filed under: Health — atriumfamily @ 11:52 pm

Oral Cancer Screening is Important!  It only takes 3-7 seconds to complete a screening, which might be life saving seconds.  Oral cancer will affect over 43,000 Americans this year.  One person dies every hour from oral cancer. Early detection can have an 80 – 90% survival rate.  When in doubt check it out!

Signs to look for ( but not limited to ) :

Red or white discolorations in the soft tissue of the mouth.

Sores that do not heal within 14 days.

Hoarseness that lasts for a prolonged period of time.

Numbness in the oral region.

Sensation that something is stuck in your throat.

Ear pain on one side only.

A lump or thickening that develops in the mouth or the neck.

Be aware.  Avoid risk factors, which include tobacco in all of it’s forms and alcohol.

Call for your oral cancer screening today.  We are happy to help you keep a healthy mouth, and body!!

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