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By Orange Sky Dental
May 31, 2017
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Protect Your Oral Health and Watch What You Eat

If you want to maintain a healthy smile, not only is it important to practice proper dental hygiene, but also it is important to pay attention to what foods you eat and how often you eat them.  The foods we consume daily not only lead to a fitter physique and a healthier heart, but they also affect the health of our teeth and gums. The more often you eat and the longer foods stay in your mouth, the more damage that occurs.   Bacteria in the mouth convert sugars and carbohydrates from the foods you eat to acids, and the acids then begin to attack the enamel on teeth, starting the decay process. Your dentist in [Location] is available to help you establish a proper diet in order to further protect your smile. 

Establish a Proper Diet

You can improve your oral health and reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease by eating a well-balanced diet based on the well-known food pyramid.  It is recommended that eating a variety of foods from the five major food groups—grains, fruit, vegetables, milk and meat—are highly important.  Vitamin and mineral supplements can also help in the preservation of periodontal health in addition to the boosting of overall health and well-being. Orange Sky Dental and your family physician can help you determine a healthy diet for your individual needs.
By eating in moderation and variety you can develop eating habits that follow the recommendations of various reputable health organizations to protect your oral health as well as your overall health.  Avoid fad diets that limit or eliminate entire food groups, which results in vitamin or mineral deficiencies.  Additionally, always keep your mouth moist by drinking water because your saliva protects both hard and soft oral tissues.  When you have a dry mouth, substitute your diet with sugarless candy or gum to stimulate your saliva.

Frequency of Eating

When teeth are repeatedly exposed to foods and beverages, the chance for decay greatly increases. Eliminating foods high in starch or sugar won’t always be possible, so try to eat them during meals rather than between meals.
To reduce the time teeth are exposed to these factors, it's important to: 
  • Avoid continuous snacking and sipping of drinks;
  • Allow time between meals for saliva to neutralize acids and repair the teeth
  • Avoid brushing teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods, drinks, citrus fruits and juices
  • Avoid eating right before bedtime
It has long been known that good nutrition and a well-balanced diet is one of the best defenses for maintaining your oral health. While choosing healthy foods and drinks are good ways to prevent tooth decay, daily oral hygiene should still remain an integral part for achieving healthy teeth and gums. Visit your [Location] dentist for regular checkups and cleanings as they can help to detect early signs of decay. 
By Orange Sky Dental
May 31, 2017
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Three Easy Steps For A Whiter Smile

Food, smoking and age can all contribute to a discolored smile. Fortunately, there are several affordable at-home and in-office methods available from your dentist in Orange that can be used to removeTeeth Whitening these pesky stains and restore your white smile. Regardless of the severity of staining, there are a number of options available for you to choose from.  

Home Remedies For Brighter Teeth

For mild teeth stains, regular brushing with whitening toothpaste combined with flossing may be enough to eliminate stains. Regular cleaning visits to your dentist are not only important, but can also help enhance the health and whiteness of your teeth. For a cost-effective whitening treatment, mix two to three teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to form a paste. Apply the paste to your teeth for two minutes, and then rinse and brush with your regular toothpaste. 
Although the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) discourages its use due to potential gum damage, over-the-counter bleaching kits have proven to be effective and can be purchased at most drug, discount and grocery stores. Instructions should be followed carefully, and use should be discontinued if pain or discomfort is experienced. 

Advanced Whitening Treatments

In less than an hour, your dentist in Orange can bleach your teeth by applying a special gel to the stains. A light is then applied to activate the solution. Depending on the degree of staining, the procedure may need to be repeated over several appointments. Tooth sensitivity may occur within a few hours to a few days of the treatment, but is the only noticeable side effect of this in-office procedure. 
Also available are at-home bleaching trays that you purchase from your Orange dentist. Similar to other over-the-counter bleaching kits, an at-home kit from your dentist requires trays.  Bleaching solution is simply spread into the trays, and the trays are placed on your teeth for the noted amount of time. Trays for these kits are custom fit in your dentist’s office to fit your smile and do a better job of distributing the gel among all areas of your teeth. 

Options For Severe Staining

If your teeth are severely stained, veneers will be your best option for a whiter, brighter smile. Although it is the most expensive and invasive whitening treatment, veneers can last up to 20 years and will cover your misshaped or damaged teeth. The process involves applying resin, a custom made porcelain, over your stained teeth, providing you with a natural, sparkling smile. 
Improving your smile is a great way to look healthier and younger. Luckily, there is a tooth whitening solution for everyone depending on the severity of your stains and the amount of money you are willing to spend. You can ensure the longevity of your bright, new smile by avoiding foods, beverages and habits that stain your teeth. Consider consulting with your Orange dentist at [Name of Practice] about the best at-home and in-office treatment for you.
By Orange Sky Dental
April 06, 2017
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Welcome to the Blog of Orange Sky Dental

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Orange, CA area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health. 

As always, feel free to contact our Orange Sky Dental office with any dental questions or concerns.

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