WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER FLUORIDE VARNISH

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Here at Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia we want to encourage all of our patients to be very proactive in their oral health. A great way to strengthen your teeth, prevent cavities, reduce sensitivity and sometimes even reverse some small cavities is with topical fluoride applications such as a fluoride varnish.

The procedure is painless, fast, inexpensive and the benefits are vast! There are many factors that put you at risk for dental caries (or tooth decay), simple things you might overlook, such as the foods you eat (we’re looking at you, sugar), inadequate brushing, previous cavities and decay and the list goes on and on. Don’t worry we’ll be sure to cover causes of dental caries, cavities and tooth decay in another post. Essentially we’re all at risk for tooth decay. One way for you to be proactive in preventing that decay is with a fluoride varnish.

Our Doctors and hygienists highly recommend a fluoride varnish with each cleaning. The process is simple, a small amount of gel material is applied to the teeth for 1-3 minutes. You’re then asked to avoid eating, drinking or rinsing for 30 minutes following the application.This simple step in preventing tooth decay is sometimes passed over but we wanted to let you know that we highly recommend it.

If you have questions please feel free to give us a call or schedule an appointment today and take a step in the right direction for your oral health.

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4 WAYS TO ACHIEVE YOUR BRIGHTEST SMILE YET

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By now you’re probably making serious headway on the resolutions you set at the start of 2015. However, we want to make sure that your list includes something, anything, pertaining to your smile. If it doesn’t, that’s okay! It’s never too late to add to your list or make a change.

We brainstormed and decided on four simple, but highly effective, goals that we’d love our clients to consider implementing for themselves in 2015. We’ll also offer some tips on how to make achieving these goals even easier.

#1 Floss, Floss, Floss!

You had to know this one was going to be on our list, and if you’re anything like most people it should be on yours! After all, Colgate reports that some statistics show up to 80% of Americans do not floss.

We don’t want to sound like a broken record by repeating the benefits of flossing, but just know that your tooth brush cannot reach certain places. Floss also works to keep bad breath at bay.

So how can you remember to floss? Try any of the following:

  • Purchase floss picks or floss holders. They’re easier to handle.
  • Opt for a proxabrush, which has a handle and brush that’s meant to clean between teeth. Highly convenient.
  • Set reminders on your phone. Plenty of people use their phone for medication reminders, among other things. Why not add flossing to the list?

#2 See Your Dentist

Once again, we cannot stress the importance of checking in with us at least twice a year. Not only will we clean and polish your pearly whites, but we can detect and correct any issues that might be occurring.

We know, as a young professional in Philadelphia, you’re very busy. If you need an extra friendly reminder to schedule your checkup with us, please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you!

#3 Get Your Greens

This might already be on your list in the form of “Eat better!” The best way to do this would be to opt for more veggies. Not only are they great for your overall health, but they are super beneficial to a healthy smile.

We recently wrote about 7 foods that boost oral health. So definitely check those out, and at the very least, give these three a try:

  1. Broccoli helps prevent enamel eroding acid.
  2. Spinach is packed with calcium, great for bones and teeth!
  3. Avocados contain lots of folate, which helps in fighting off gum disease.

#4 Smile More!

Smiling isn’t just a physical reaction to happiness or something pleasant. The act of smiling itself can incite happy, positive feelings. Smiles release endorphins while simultaneously reducing the stress hormone cortisol.

And of course, smiling is an attractive expression. It’s what keeps people hooked, happy and coming back for more! So in this new year, you’ll want to take extra care to make sure your smile is healthier and brighter than ever.

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THE ABCS OF BAD BREATH: 10 COMMON CAUSES AND POSSIBLE CURES

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Everyone has their own personal quirks that they are self-conscious about. But if there’s one thing almost everyone gets anxious about, it’s probably bad breath. Now for some, this is just plain paranoia, or maybe something they ate. For others, it’s a serious problem they can’t seem to shake.

There are hundreds of possible causes of Halitosis, both big and small. However, some are more common and persistent than others.

  1. Alcohol: We’re not just talking about beer breath, we’re talking about the mouthwash you use. The large amount of alcohol (up to 40% in some products) dries out your palate almost instantly. This in turn causes bad breath. How ironic!
  2. Allergies: Nasal allergies often cause post-nasal drip. With mucus running down the back of your throat constantly, it can cause Halitosis.
  3. Food & Beverage Choice: There are numerous foods and drinks that’ll cause less than pleasant breath. Garlic, perhaps the most infamous cause of bad breath, is only temporary as your body absorbs it into the bloodstream. Coffee breath on the other hand requires some more work. Diligent brushing and flossing after your cup of joe can help.
  4. Geographic Tongue: If you have deep grooves on your tongue’s surface, you’ll want to pay extra care when brushing. The shape of your tongue makes you all the more susceptible to bad breath causing bacteria. Investing in a tongue scraper is a great idea.
  5. Gum Disease: Even the most mild cases can cause Halitosis. All the more reason to brush often and brush thoroughly! Oh, and floss, floss, floss!
  6. Infection: If you and your dentist cannot find any particular cause for your bad breath, even after tests, there may be another underlying condition at work. You should visit your doctor to try and determine the cause. This Halitosis could be caused by a range of issues, from bronchitis to liver or kidney problems. Definitely do not ignore the issue!
  7. Mouth Breathing: This problem usually persists at night. Sleeping with your mouth wide open dries out your mouth. Without saliva, a dry tongue allows bacteria to run amok, leading to a serious case of morning breath.
  8. Periodontal Disease: This awful oral disease occurs when the plaque and bacteria have made their way down into the roots of teeth. From there, gums become bright red and pull away, teeth loosen and rot, which can lead to tooth loss. Not only does it cause breath that wreaks, periodontal disease can increase the possibility of pregnancy complications and heart disease. If you see any of the signs, get to a dentist immediately!
  9. Tobacco Use: Smoking and/or dipping is dangerous and problematic on a lot of levels. No wonder it’s also the source of seriously rank breath. The best thing you can do for your overall health is to quit.
  10. Tonsils: If you experience tonsil issues, like food trapped by them or you’ve been coughing up tonsil stones, definitely get in touch with your dentist and doctor.

No matter the cause of your Halitosis, there are five things you can always do to better your situation:

  1. Drink plenty of water to flush out bad bacteria and keep saliva flowing.
  2. Eat foods to boost oral health.
  3. Invest in a tongue scraper.
  4. Brush often and brush for the recommended amount of time.
  5. Floss!

If you need help reigning in your Halitosis from a Top Philadelphia dentist, be sure to come in for your six month checkup or a regular appointment! Call to make an appointment today (215) 564-1025!

THE FUTURE OF DENTISTRY: LASER BEAMS & SMART BRUSHES

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As a top dentist in Philadelphia, we strive to be up-to-date on the latest trends. Every year, we are astonished when we look back at all of the advances in technology we’ve witnessed. From smart watches to drones to landing a space probe onto a comet, 2014 has been quite a year! Though, the fields of science and entertainment aren’t the only industries benefiting from new gadgets.

The future of dentistry is looking brighter than ever with the arrival of a laser that could replace drills for soft and hard tissue dental procedures. Cleared by the FDA, the Solea CO2 laser system from Convergent Dental won the Popular Science award, “Best of What’s New” for 2014.

Popular Science Editor-in-Chief Cliff Ransom explained that, “Winners of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New Award tend to change what the future will look like…they are all revolutionary in their respective fields.” And the Solea CO2 laser will do exactly that for the field of dentistry and oral healthcare in general.

What does this laser mean for patients? For starters, it nearly eliminates the need for anesthesia and the use of drills for procedures on teeth and gums. In fact, 95% of Solea users opt to perform procedures without anesthesia. One can expect a virtually painless procedure with little to no gum bleeding at all. Also, the pesky vibrations and noises of a drill are noticeably absent with this invention.

As the first dental laser that incorporates computer controls of the beam, the Solea allows dentists to select the size of the beam pattern, much like they would when selecting the proper sized burr for a dental drill. The laser was designed with the familiar feel of a drill’s hand piece in mind. This makes it an easier transition for dentists who take on this awesome new technology in their practice.

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Don’t Brush Harder, Brush Smarter

You know the basics of proper toothbrushing, but now you can up your periodontal care game. Yet another awesome invention meant to improve oral health is the Kolibree Smart Toothbrush. Previewed earlier this year by many, the brush is said to track the areas of your mouth that you’re brushing via sensor.

An app designed for both iOS and Android devices receives and hosts your brushing data. It tracks your progress by showing how long and how often you’ve been brushing your teeth. It will also highlight areas where you are slacking.

Currently, the electric toothbrush is still only available for pre-order on the Kolibree website.

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Much like the Kolibree toothbrush can help you customize your brushing habits, we are the Philadelphia dentist that can customize a treatment plan for your healthiest smile. Make sure the future of your oral healthcare is in good hands. For more information or to make an appointment, call us at 215-564-1025!

DENTIST-RECOMMENDED CANKER SORE TREATMENT

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Secrets of a Top Philadelphia Dentist: Canker Sore Treatment

‘Tis the season for stress, sickness and as a result, mouth sores. Specifically, we are talking about canker sores, which are not to be confused with cold sores. To clarify, canker sores are small ulcers that appear inside of your mouth. Symptoms of canker sores include:

  • Tingling or burning in an area of your mouth before sores appear.
  • Painful sore(s) inside of your mouth, specifically inside of your cheeks, as well as your tongue or soft palate (back roof of your mouth).
  • Round white or gray sores with a red border.
  • In severe cases canker sores can cause swollen lymph nodes, sluggishness and/or fever.

While the precise cause of canker sores is known, a simple canker sore can appear three to four times a year or more, depending on your lifestyle and body. The primary cause of canker sores is stress, whether from your life or the stress placed on your body when fighting a sickness.

Injury to the tissue in your mouth from sharp teeth or a dental appliance is another primary cause of cankers. Though consuming too much of certain acidic vegetables and fruits, or citrus centric fruits, can also lead to canker sores.

Treating Your Canker Sore

While the primary pain and discomfort caused by your canker sore should subside within a few days, it can sometimes persist. As your dentist in Philadelphia, we can prescribe an antimicrobial mouth rinse or corticosteroid ointment. There are also OTC solutions, but all of these only serve to reduce irritation. They don’t rid your mouth of this dreaded canker sore. For that, you might be interested in this more natural remedy we’ve recently read about.

It starts and ends with this little product known as Alum. Some grocers carry it in the spice isle, but you might just have to find it online (look to Amazon). Either way, to rid yourself of days of discomfort while eating and talking, we’d say it’s worth a try.

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How to do this you ask? First, get yourself to a sink, preferably in the bathroom, then:

  • Locate your canker sore
  • Apply a tiny bit of alum to it
  • Count to 100
  • Rinse your mouth out thoroughly

Note: Do NOT swallow Alum. In an effort to avoid swallowing alum, you’ll inevitably drool (into your sink) while counting to 100, but hey, is that so different than being in our dentist chair for your six-month check up? We think not! It may burn a little during that time and your mouth may feel a bit odd after, but the results the next day should be worth it.

In terms of canker sore prevention, there is no real way to ensure you never get them. Though avoiding foods that can irritate your mouth (citric, acidic, spicy or super salty) and gum chewing, while exercising proper oral hygiene, can help.

If you find that you have a fever or intolerable pain, or that your canker sores are unusually large, spreading, lasting longer than 3 weeks or resisting our recommended treatment options, then you need to speak with us immediately!

For any and all appointments please call (215) 564-1025!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR CLICKING JAW

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There is no scientific evidence to suggest that clicking or popping sounds emanating from the jaw bone are cause for concern. These sounds happen to be quite common throughout the general population. Now, if this popping sound is accompanied by pain, stiffness or limited movement of the jaw then you’ll want to alert your dentist right away. This particular condition is known as “TMJ.”

While painless jaw popping isn’t a serious medical problem, that doesn’t mean it isn’t bothersome to those with a clicking jaw or the people they often eat with. More often than not, when people are experiencing this issue, it’s only on one side of their mouth. The main culprit of this audible annoyance? Chewing gum.

We most commonly see this issue in young adults, especially our patients that are young professionals in Philadelphia. It’s understandable, wanting to chew gum to relax or have fresh breath for a client meeting, but chronic gum chewing is a workout that your mastication muscles (those used for chewing) simply don’t need. It’s also a workout that, in time, they most likely won’t be able to handle.

We of course must eat to survive, and eating throughout the day is enough of a work out for our jaws. The overuse of our chewing muscles is what causes the popping. This in turn, can also trigger headaches and chronic pain of the neck. Down the line, repeated overexertion of the jaw muscles could become less of an annoyance and more of a problem.

If you’re a clicker, you’re probably wondering, “Well, what can I do?” The main answer is quite simple, chew less gum or don’t chew it at all. Sugar-free gum does have its oral health benefits, however we only recommend chewing it occasionally and for brief increments. Our resident Top Philadelphia Dentists of 2014 suggest that chewing gum for five minutes or less can freshen up your breath while cutting back on overworking those particular muscles.

On the other hand, if you are experiencing pain or discomfort when your jaw clicks then there is a possibility you are suffering from TMJ. If there are no further severe symptoms (i.e. facial pain, lock jaw, tooth and gum pain, shoulder pain, earache, facial swelling, neck pain, etc.) then you can take steps to ease your discomfort. Give the following a try:

  1. Eat soft foods
  2. Utilize ice packs
  3. Avoid extreme movement (wide yawning, yelling, loud singing)
  4. Try out relaxation and stress reducing techniques
  5. Practice exercises that stretch and relax your jaw (seek this advice from a professional)

These tactics may also help with painless clicking, though it isn’t guaranteed the clicking will go away. If you have a clicking jaw, seek a professionals advice.

We would be more than happy to discuss this with you and give you our opinion at your next dental visit, whether it be your six month check-up or a visit specifically for this issue.

Call today us at (215) 564-1025 to schedule your appointment if you haven’t already!

HALLOWEEN CANDIES RANKED BY TOP PHILADELPHIA DENTIST

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Aside from the winter holidays, Halloween might just be the most difficult time of year to try to suppress a sweet tooth. However, you can avoid a mouth haunted by cavities by cutting back on your sugar intake. We understand that for most children, and many adults, abstaining from Halloween candy is just not an option. And we can’t say we blame you! That being said, certain sweets and treats are better for your oral health than others. We’ve broken down the most popular types of candy into three categories: Bad, Better and Best. Take a look.

Bad:

Caramels, sour candies and similar chewy candies are the absolute worst for your teeth because they are very high in sugar. Not to mention, they carry an erosive acid. What ranks them as the worst candy for your mouth though, is that you have to spend a good deal of time chewing them, meaning your teeth are exposed to sugar for a prolonged period of time. Additionally, all of this chewing wedges the sugar into the ridges and hard to reach places of your teeth.

Hard candies like mints, lollipops and Jolly Rancher type treats are also very bad for your teeth. These too spend a long time in your mouth, bathing your teeth in sugar while your saliva works to break it down. Being that “hard” is in the name, these candies are also tough on your teeth. Biting down on these can chip or break your teeth, and then you might be in need of a crown or even veneers!

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Better:

As we all know, chocolate is delicious and more often than not, irresistible. While not ideal for your oral health, chocolate dissolves fairly quickly in your mouth. In this case, sugar has less time to come into contact with your teeth, which makes it slightly less harmful than say caramels and hard candies. The calcium in chocolate also can work to your advantage, helping protect tooth enamel. Though you’ll want to avoid chocolate filled with nuts and/or caramel (Snickers, we’re looking at you)!

Powdery candy is also somewhat less harmful than chewier, harder candies. Easily dissolved, the sugar in powdery candies has less time to latch onto your teeth. This prevents it from producing acids and bacteria which can, and over time will, cause tooth decay if not cleaned properly.

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Best:

We’re sure everyone saw this coming, but, sugar-free candy and gum with xylitol ranks as the safest and best overall for oral health out of all the Halloween candy you could consume. Obviously, being free of sugar is the number one benefit of this candy. The added benefit here is that xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar. It can actually counterattack acid formation that causes tooth decay.

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You might read this article and think, it’s only once a year, I’m going to indulge. While it’s okay to enjoy some tasty treats, the trick is to do so in moderation. Like in many other aspects of life, moderation is key.

With that, we would like to say, a Happy Halloween to all! After enjoying your spooky spoils, be sure you’ve scheduled your sixth month check-up! If you haven’t, or aren’t sure, give us a call at (215) 564-1025!

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PURCHASING TOOTHPASTE

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On average, we are bombarded with 300-750 marketing messages from brands each day. All of these brands are vying for our attention, approval, and at the heart of it, our wallets. It can be overwhelming. So how do we do choose? We can’t help you with what type of cereal to buy or what soap to use, but we can guide you on choosing the right toothpaste.

There’s an entire aisle of the pharmacy and grocery store dedicated to toothpaste. With so many kinds, so many brands and so many flavors, it’s about time someone broke it all down. Check out these quick tips and browse our list of toothpaste types on the market today.

3 QUICK TIPS FOR TOOTHPASTE SELECTION:

  1. Look for ADA approval. The American Dental Association’s seal of approval means a product has been deemed safe and effective by their independent review board of scientific experts. Note that all products carrying this seal contain fluoride which is, more often than not, highly beneficial.
  2. Select what’s best for you and your loved ones. The best toothpaste for you and your family is a matter of preference, but more than anything, it should be focused on oral healthcare needs (which we will address below).
  3. Avoid Imposters. The FDA advises against purchasing toothpastes made in China. Back in 2007, some toothpastes imported from China contained diethylene glycol, a toxic substance.

WHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOUR PEARLY WHITES?

BAKING SODA TOOTHPASTES

When it comes to ingredients, the name really says it all for this type of toothpaste. Also, it gives you a different flavor than typical mint varieties.

WHAT IT DOES:

Baking soda based toothpastes are great for cleaning surface stains. Also, baking soda is a weak base, which helps to counteract the acid from bacteria, as well as the more acidic food and beverages that you consume.

WHO IT’S FOR:

People who are looking to possibly reduce their gum irritation and pain, and a toothpaste with less abrasiveness. In some cases, baking soda based toothpastes leave out unwanted chemicals (be sure to check the ingredients).

CHILDREN’S TOOTHPASTES

Younger ones most likely won’t be big fans of mint or baking soda flavored toothpastes right off the bat. You can find many fruit flavored options that will appeal to your kids.

WHAT IT DOES:

Gets the job done, but with less fluoride. Too much fluoride can stain children’s teeth which are still developing.

WHO IT’S FOR:

The name says it all!

NATURAL TOOTHPASTES

This category alone could be its own blog post. Like any natural product, there are so many facets to choosing the right natural toothpaste.

WHAT IT DOES:

These products contain less chemicals, and in some cases absolutely no chemicals. You can still find a variety of toothpaste types, similar to those on this list. For example, there are natural brands that make toothpastes with baking soda and even ones made for whitening.

WHO IT’S FOR:

Those looking to live a more natural lifestyle. If you are concerned with chemicals and would like to look into this type of toothpaste, be sure to do your research (suggestions via Good House Keeping for natural toothpastes).

SENSITIVE TEETH TOOTHPASTES

Two particular ingredients, strontium chloride and potassium nitrate, have been recognized by the ADA as effective in treating sensitive teeth and gums. Also, avoiding sodium lauryl sulfate is best for sensitive teeth, as well as those who chronically have canker sores.

WHAT IT DOES:

This toothpaste is “low abrasion.” In mild cases, after 4-6 weeks of use, you might see a difference in levels of sensitivity. It works to block the pathway to your tooth’s nerves, thus decreasing the ability of your nerves to transmit pain.

WHO IT’S FOR:

If hot and cold foods are often painful, you should consider this type of toothpaste, but also speak to us, your dentist, at your next visit. People with gum disease (receding gums) and exposed dentine of a tooth root definitely should use this. Note that this will not work for sensitivity caused by cavities.

TARTAR CONTROL TOOTHPASTES

Most of these types of toothpaste contain fluoride, although a variety of ingredients are implemented to help prevent further buildup of tartar. Other ingredients include pyrophosphates and zinc citrate, as well as triclosan (a bacteria killing antibiotic).

WHAT IT DOES:

Tartar is the plaque that wasn’t removed from your teeth and has now hardened onto them. This deposit is much harder to remove and can build up. If too much builds up under your gums, it can lead to gum disease. This specific toothpaste works to prevent this kind of buildup on your teeth.

WHO IT’S FOR:

Those with a tartar problem and those who just wish to prevent it from becoming an issue.

WHITENING TOOTHPASTES

These types vary in strength and results. Most whitening toothpastes contain hydrogen peroxide or calcium peroxide which are highly abrasive. Dentists consider many of them as too harsh for teeth.

WHAT IT DOES:

Contrary to popular belief, these products only polish your teeth. They make your teeth appear whiter by getting rid of surface stains. They do not actually whiten them. However, over time, it can wear away tooth enamel and cause a yellow appearance in some cases. Many experts say a toothpaste with fluoride and triclosan might be a better bet.

WHO IT’S FOR:

Those who wish to remove some surface stains, but aren’t in a position to opt for a professional teeth whitening treatment.

This list contains the general categories of toothpaste and information about them. If you have any questions or are looking for more information on what’s best for you and/or your family, please feel free to ask us at your 6 month checkup, or next appointment.

To make an appointment, call 215-564-1025!

7 FOODS TO BOOST ORAL HEALTH

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SAY CHEESE! 7 FOODS RECOMMENDED BY TOP PHILADELPHIA DENTIST TO BOOST ORAL HEALTH

Someone once said, “you are what you eat,” and for some reason that phrase is still around today. No, you are not quite literally a carrot, a turkey, a glass of apple juice or anything else you eat, but what you eat does inherently effect the health of your gums and teeth. Throughout your life, you’ve heard endlessly about the foods that cause cavities, but did you know there are plenty of foods that can actually help you improve your oral health?

We recently discussed how genetics play a role in tooth decay, more so than previously thought. But regardless of whether you have a predisposition for tooth decay or not, it’d be wise for everyone to up their intake of these 7 foods and beverages to boost oral health:

#1 Cheese

Calcium and lactic acid work to strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay by raising the pH level in peoples’ mouths. A 2013 study published by General Dentistry found that participants who were given cheese had a rapid pH increase in their mouths, which suggests anti-cavity properties.

A spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry advocates that dairy products are a healthy alternative to carb- and sugar-filled snacks.

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#2 Red Wine

Enjoy a nice glass of red with that cheese platter you’ll now be snacking on! The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that a young Pinot Noir or a non-alcoholic version of the wine can rid your mouth of dental disease causing bacteria.

The ethanol in wine is known to be antimicrobial, however the non-alcoholic wine was also effective, indicating that other aspects of wine could contain antimicrobial properties. So for all you young professionals in Philadelphia, be sure to raise a glass of red at your next happy hour!

#3 Green Tea/Black Tea

Tea has the ability to absorb fluoride, which helps protect against tooth erosion (note: tap water will yield a higher amount of this mineral in your mug). Consuming tea also helps fight acid levels, bacteria and glucosyltransferase (enzyme that helps plaque stick to teeth).

The British Nutrition Foundation wrote in their 2013 Nutrition Bulletin that drinking 3-4 cups of tea a day helps prevent adhesion and growth of bacteria in the mouth, as well as reduce inflammation. This inevitably protects against tooth loss.

#4 Steak

T-bone, New York strip, rib eye, filet mignon, medium well or rare—it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you eat more steak! The American Dental Association endorses red meat because of its phosphorus levels. Phosphorus works to protect tooth enamel and bone. Not to mention chewing on a tender piece of steak strengthens jaw muscles and the more you chew, the stronger and cleaner your teeth will be (according to journal PlOS One).

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#5 Milk

The Journal of the American Dental Association found that a glass of milk could lower levels of acid in the mouth after consuming the dry, sugar-sweetened cereal known as Fruit Loops. However, adding milk to cereal does not benefit your teeth. It’s important to follow up your bowl of cereal, or sweet dessert, with a fresh glass of milk

#6 Cranberries

Similar to tea, cranberries contain polyphenols which help prevent plaque from sticking to teeth. Keeping plaque off of teeth lowers the risk of cavities, according to the Journal of Caries Research.

Note: Many cranberry flavored products contain sweeteners to offset tartness, which can counteract any oral health benefits of cranberries. It’d be best to stick with natural, fresh cranberries.

#7 Gummy Bears

If you or your kids have a sweet tooth, gummy bears, specifically xylitol gummy bears, may be one of your best bets. BMC Oral Health found that children who ate gummy bears three times a day had less plaque and bacteria in their mouths than their counterparts did. Results suggest that xylitol gummy bears can be considered a more kid friendly alternative to xylitol chewing gum, in terms of dental cavity prevention.

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By implementing oral healthy food and drink in your diet, you can potentially reduce the risk of cavities and increase your overall oral health. In addition to consuming oral healthy items, be sure to keep up on your brushing and don’t forget to schedule your 6 month recall: 215-564-1025!

TOP PHILADELPHIA DENTIST ACCOMMODATES YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN PHILADELPHIA

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In the booming business sector of Center City Philadelphia, twenty somethings and thirty somethings are running here, there, everywhere before, during and after work. It takes a lot of time and dedication to work your way up the corporate ladder, especially when you’re just getting started. While working hard and building your career is your top priority, you also strive to maximize what little free time you have. This time is precious, so why would you ever waste it on something like a trip to the dentist?

We’re sure as a kid you were made to visit your family dentist once every six months. These bi-annual trips helped establish the healthy oral care routine you exercise today. These visits also contributed to those pearly whites you flash in interviews, meetings and around the office. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. In fact, 48% of America believes the smile is a person’s most memorable feature, as mentioned among other smile statistics in relation to the benefits of veneers.

Being that the smile is such an important part of a person’s image, wouldn’t it stand to reason that maintaining it is of the utmost importance for your career? That’s why dentists are so insistent on scheduling your next appointment just as your current one is ending. The six month recall is the key to a healthy, attractive smile.

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If you’ve been pushing your appointments and struggling to find time in your schedule for this important check up, you need a dentist who can accommodate you. Lucky for you one of the top dentists in Philadelphia is conveniently located right around the corner from your office!

Located at 16th and Walnut, Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia is the go-to dentist for young professionals in Center City. Don’t waste a moment, or much, of your free time. Schedule appointments with us before work, after work or even on your lunch break!

We understand and appreciate the scheduling difficulties faced by young professionals in Philadelphia. Call us today and we’ll work with you to schedule an appointment during a time that’s most convenient for you!

Phone: (215) 564-1025

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