May is National Smile Month

May 16th begins National Smile Month, a national campaign to promote good oral health in children and adults. Here are some key points from nationalsmilemonth.org to maintain a health smile:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.
  • Change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if it becomes worn.
  • Clean in between your teeth at least once a day using floss.
  • If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, make sure they are aware of why so they can improve your treatment.

A great smile can improve your self-confidence, create a positive mind set and can change not only your mouth, but your body too.

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We at Brogdon Dental want you to get your smile on. Call us today to make an appointment.

 

 

Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss – and a fork 7

By now you have hopefully read through the 6 points for healthier teeth that we have previously published. So today we will talk about point number 7, Cheese!

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Everyone know that Cheese has calcium and that dairy products are beneficial in building strong bones and teeth, but did you know that Cheese can stop you from developing cavities?

Cavities like an acidic environment, and certain cheeses, like aged cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella and Monterey Jack, help balance pH levels in your mouth.

When eaten alone as a snack or at the end of a meal, these stimulate saliva flow, which clears the mouth of food debris and neutralizes harmful acids.

Furthermore, teeth constantly go through a process of shedding and regaining bone-building minerals, called demineralization and remineralization.

When the calcium and phosphorus in cheese combine with saliva, the reaction restores minerals, thus keeping teeth stronger,says Rhea Haugseth, D.D.S., of the American Academy of Dentistry.

So when you say Cheese for the camera and smile, think of what the real Cheese can do to help keep that beautiful smile!

 

Brighter Smiles

With Spring in the air, photo opportunities abound.  Whether it be the prom, a wedding, a new baby or just a family gathering, you want to look your best for any situation and part of that is your smile.

Have you considered teeth whitening?  One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. A brighter, whiter smile will make you feel better about yourself and sitting in on those photos. If chipped, stained, or crooked teeth are hiding the real you, it’s time for a smile makeover. A beautiful smile can enhance your life every day, both professionally and socially.

What about cosmetic dentistry? Have you put it off thinking it was going to be a big ordeal?Unlike plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry isn’t a major operation. Imagine coming in for a single appointment or two with Dr. Brogdon and emerging with the smile you’ve always dreamed of…with no pain, no strain, no time taken away from your busy life. The results are immediate and dramatic.

Call us today for a consultation or just to schedule a whitening session. We want you to feel good about yourself and look good for all those occasions you want to smile about!

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss and a Fork 6

This month we will discuss number 6 in our list of 12 beneficial foods for healthier teeth and smiles, Vitamin C-Rich Fruits and Veggies. In order to build strong gum tissue, you need a diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially those with a high vitamin C content.

According to research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), people who consume less than 60 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per day had nearly 1-1/2 times more risk of developing severe gingivitis than those who took in 180 mg a day – the same amount you’d find in a half cup of guava. 

A cup of raw broccoli or half a cantaloupe has 75 mg of vitamin C, nearly a full day’s minimum requirement for women (the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) is 85 mg for women 19 and older).

Do you smoke? Then, you’ll need 35 mg more vitamin C per day to ward off gingivitis, because cigarettes reduce vitamin C levels in the blood, according to a 2000 study by the State University of New York at Buffalo, published in the Journal of Periodontology.

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Vitamin C helps prevent gingivitis, which is a disease that caused gums to swell, become red and bleed and eventually leads to tooth loss. Call us at Brogdon Dental today for a check up to see if you might be suffering from gingivitis and find our what we can do to help. In the meantime, eat your melon!

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss and a Fork 3

This month we will discuss number 3 in our list of 12 beneficial foods for healthier teeth and smiles, Beta Carotene Packed Produce.

Orange-colored vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots and winter squash, are loaded with beta-carotene (vitamin A), an essential nutrient for forming strong bones, and healthy teeth and gum tissue. Diets low in these nutrients can lead to increased tooth loss, research shows. 

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Meals high in simple carbohydrates, like rice and sugary foods, and low in vitamin A-rich vegetables resulted in more decay than those with fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene, according to a 2009 study of more than 20,000 Japanese dentists.

Best sources are orange-colored fruits and vegetables like carrots, cantaloupe, apricots, papaya and squash, as well as green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale.

Next time we will discuss a food that you wouldn’t think about in relation to healthy teeth, Mushrooms!  Check back to find out about the good qualities it possesses.

 

The Psychology of the Smile

One thing we have that is common to us all is our smile.  Our smile can be one of the most powerful things we have at our disposal.  A smile is universal and everyone understands the meaning behind it in any language. Many of us smile because we are happy and our smile conveys joy to those around us, but sometimes smiling can make us feel happy even when we’re not.

For a long time, scientists have linked emotions with changes occurring in the body, from an elevated heart rate to flexion of the zygomatic major muscle… that’s smiling to you and me.  It’s called ‘facial feedback hypothesis’. Our brains react to what our body is doing and it can have a knock on affect to our emotions. If we put on a smile, whether we’re genuinely happy or not, our brains will interpret it as happiness and our mood will change accordingly.

Smiles can be sincere, broad, small (a grin), natural, spontaneous and infectious. Scientist have documented about 14 different types of smiles. Even if we don’t feel happy, smiling can make those around us happy and in turn make us feel happier as well.

If you feel your smile could use a little extra help, call us. At Brogdon Dental we want to see you smile and would like to help you have the best smile possible.  Your smile is really one of your greatest gifts, don’t hide it.

National Smile Month

This is National Smile Month and here are some fun facts to think about.

  • It takes 43 muscles to frown but only 17 to smile.
  • The most popular food that makes us smile is Chocolate 🙂
  • Half brush our tongue when brushing our teeth (cleaning your tongue helps to remove bacteria from your mouth)
  • Top of the list of things we could not do without when going on holiday: A Toothbrush.
  • The increase in consumption of sugary drinks is one of the key reasons for dental decay, particularly in kids.
  • Fluoride has been proven to reduce dental decay by at least 40%.

Just reading some of these facts may have caused you to smile.  At Brogdon Dental, we love your smile and want to see it more often.

So don’t hold back, let your smile out!