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Water - Good For Your Body And Your Smile!

Posted By Kristi DeWitt-Quintero, Delta Dental of AZ, Monday, July 23, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018

 

Water is one of the most important nutrients for the body. It hydrates, detoxifies, and supports many essential chemical processes in your body. But did you know it can also help keep your mouth healthy?

Saliva, which is composed of 98 percent water, lubricates and neutralizes harmful bacteria that could potentially damage your mouth. When your body is not getting enough water, your salivary glands produce less saliva creating an ideal breeding ground for the microbes that can cause bad breath, gingivitis and cavities.

Drinking plenty of fresh water is the best way to stay hydrated.

Many popular energy and sports drinks contain sugar, which can have negative effects on your teeth. If you do choose to drink a beverage containing sugar, consider these smile-saving tips.

  • Drink beverages containing sugar through a straw held at the back of the mouth, away from the teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after drinking acidic beverages.
  • Reduce the frequency of ingesting these types of drinks.

 

Whether you’re working out or just hanging out, be sure to drink plenty of water and take proper precautions if you choose alternative beverages. It’s the best way to do what’s good for your mouth!

 

 

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Protecting your smile in the sun

Posted By Kristi DeWitt-Quintero, Delta Dental of AZ, Monday, July 16, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018

 

July is UV Safety Month, so it’s a great time to read up on the importance
of sun protection. You might be surprised to learn that one of the areas you should pay close attention to is your smile.

Because of the thin layer of skin that contributes to your lips’ red color,9 they’re particularly vulnerable to UV rays. Plus, your lips are low in melanin – a pigment that helps protect skin from the sun.10 Your lower lip has an even higher risk of sunburn due to its shape and angle to the sun.11

With their increased sensitivity, your lips can be affected by sun exposure right away and in the years to come. Immediate symptoms of a sunburn include redness, swelling or tenderness of the lips. They can also develop small, white blisters filled with fluid.12 If you make a habit of not using sun protection, you may increase your risk of developing skin cancer on your lips.13

One of the best ways to protect your lips is to avoid direct sunlight during peak hours when the sun is most intense. These hours range from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. standard time and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daylight savings time.14 If you are going to be in the sun, consider blocking UV rays with a hat, wear sunscreen and apply lip balm with an SPF 30+ rating. SPF lip balm needs to be applied more frequently than sunscreen. Keep it nearby so you can reapply about once every hour or after eating, drinking and licking your lips.15

If you forgot lip balm and find that your lips are feeling the burn, try these options for at-home care.16 First, stay out of the sun while your lips are healing. For treatment, apply aloe vera to relieve the burning sensation, use a cold compress to soothe them, take an anti-inflammatory to reduce pain and moisturize to help the skin heal. If these at-home options aren’t working, you may need to seek medical help. Call your physician immediately if your lips or tongue are swollen or if you develop a rash.

While we often think of SPF protection as a summertime staple, it’s just as important in other seasons. Be sure to keep sunscreen and SPF 30+ lip balm handy all year round for when you decide to head outside.

 

 

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SOURCES

9https://www.livescience.com/32193-why-are-lips-red.html
10https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319004.php
11https://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/a19894584/the-best-way-to-soothe-sunburned-lips/
12https://www.healthline.com/health/sunburned-lips#symptoms
13https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sunburn/symptoms-causes/syc-20355922
14http://playgroundsafety.org/safety-tips/sun-exposure
15https://www.healthline.com/health/sunburned-lips#treatments
16https://www.healthline.com/health/sunburned-lips

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How The Sun Can Be Great For Your Smile

Posted By Kristi DeWitt-Quintero, Delta Dental of AZ, Thursday, July 12, 2018

 

Going outside to bask in the sun isn’t just fun – it also provides a healthy dose of vitamin D! That’s good for both your overall health and your oral health.

Calcium is often praised for its many health benefits like strengthening bones and teeth, but your body won’t experience those benefits if it doesn’t have enough vitamin D to absorb the calcium.1 Getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D helps reduce bone loss over time and may also decrease your chances of losing teeth.2 On the flip side, not getting enough calcium could increase your risk for osteoporosis. Developing osteoporosis can cause the jaw to weaken, leading to possible tooth loss.3

So how do you make sure your body gets the vitamin D it needs? UVB rays from sunlight and vitamin D supplements are the main sources, but they aren’t the only ones.4 Some foods naturally contain vitamin D like cheese, egg yolks, beef liver and fatty fish (tuna, mackerel and salmon).5 Because natural foods rich in vitamin D are somewhat limited, manufacturers sometimes fortify products like milk, margarine and yogurt.6

The amount of vitamin D you absorb from the sun varies significantly based on factors like where you live, air quality, skin color and more.7 Additionally, the amount you need largely depends on your age. Check with your physician to determine if you’re getting enough or if you should take a supplement.8

For the sake of your smile, get outside and enjoy the sun! Just make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen and lip balm with an SPF 30+ rating to protect your skin and lips from sunburn.

 

 

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SOURCES
1http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,HD7
2https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20000927/keep-that-smile-calcium-vitamin-d-prevent-tooth-loss#1
3http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21396
4https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/
5https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/calcium-vitamin-d-foods
6https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/80/6/1710S/4690516
7https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/
8https://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/the-truth-about-vitamin-d-how-much-vitamin-d-do-you-need

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5 Time-Saving Oral Health Hacks

Posted By Kristi DeWitt-Quintero, Delta Dental of AZ, Monday, June 18, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

 

With every June comes Father’s Day – the perfect time to recognize just how much dads do for their kids. Our gift to fathers this year is a list of five time-saving oral health hacks that can make things a little bit easier for dads on the go.

 

Keep oral health supplies in your car.
Stock up with travel-size toothbrushes and toothpaste, floss, healthy snacks and water bottles. Choose mouth-healthy foods that don’t spoil easily like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, beef jerky and almonds. It’s also good to keep a set of oral health supplies in your desk at work in case you need to freshen your breath before a meeting or to get that piece of lettuce out of your teeth after lunch.

Chew sugar-free gum.
Indulged in a sweet treat, but don’t have time to brush afterward? This hack can tide you over until you find a couple spare minutes. Pop in a piece of sugar-free gum after eating sweet or stinky foods. The gum will wash away food particles by increasing saliva and help protect tooth enamel by reducing acid levels.17

Find out if you’re brushing correctly.
The next time you have a dental appointment, ask your dentist or hygienist what parts of your mouth could use more attention during your oral health care routine. Or stop by the store to pick up plaque disclosing tablets. By chewing on a disclosing tablet, plaque that you missed will turn a bright color, so you know where to pay extra attention when you brush.

Eat “detergent foods” after meals or as midday snacks.
No, these have nothing to do with laundry. Detergent foods are crunchy, fiber-rich foods that can partially remove plaque while you chew. They also increase saliva flow to wash away leftover food particles. Some great options to choose are raw carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and apples.

The best hack of all: Avoiding costly and time-consuming dental procedures by practicing good oral health habits daily.
Make sure to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day and visit the dentist regularly

 

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SOURCES
17http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,DD20

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Costs for whitening your pearly whites

Posted By Kristi DeWitt-Quintero, Delta Dental of AZ, Monday, June 11, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 4, 2018

 

Need to prep your smile for a big summer event? Take a look at the most common whitening methods from least to most expensive.

Whitening toothpaste can often be purchased for under $202 and will take two to six weeks to show a noticeable difference. This method works by removing surface stains, such as those caused by drinking coffee or smoking. Since whitening toothpastes don’t alter the natural color of your teeth or lighten stains that go deeper than the tooth’s surface, the effects won’t be as significant as other methods.3

Over-the-counter whitening strips and gels usually fall between $104 and $1005 and can take 10 to 14 days to whiten teeth.6 The bleaching agents used for these products are weaker than those used by dentists, so they require longer application times than professional whiteners to achieve similar effects.7 Each product will be applied differently based on the instructions included in the package.

At-home whitening trays typically cost between $150 and $600 and take full effect in one to four weeks.8 Your dentist will customize a bleaching tray for you to take home and wear as instructed. The bleaching tray looks somewhat like a retainer or mouth guard in which peroxide-based bleaching gel or paste is contained during the whitening process.9 You may wear it overnight or during the day for several hours at a time.10

In-office bleaching can cost between $500 and $1,000 and normally takes less than two hours.11 The process is completed painlessly at the dentist’s office. After applying a bleaching agent, your dentist may also use light, heat or both to enhance the whitening effect. Depending on your situation, you may need to complete more than one session.12

Before choosing a whitening method, consult with your dentist to determine the best option for you. Whiteners may not work on all teeth. For example, teeth with porcelain crowns and composite fillings won’t whiten along with your natural teeth, so their color may no longer match. Your dentist can also advise on the safety of your intended method.13 After or during your whitening process, you may experience a temporary increase in teeth sensitivity. Talk to your dentist if this happens to you.

 

 

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SOURCES

2https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Health-Personal-Care-Toothpaste/zgbs/hpc/3778371
3https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/whitening-toothpaste/faq-20058411
4https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#2
5https://www.consumersearch.com/teeth-whitening
6https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#2
7https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#1
8https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#2
9https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#1
10http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21546
11https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching#1
12http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21546
13Oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21297

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