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How to avoid staining your teeth!

You’ve finally got those pearly white teeth that the white strips promised! Now how to you maintain that and prevent your teeth from getting stained? We’ve got some expert dental advice that isn’t oh so surprising. Most dentists will recommend very similar tactics to what you’ll read in this post.

We have four tips/tactics today that dentists, Sylvester Family Dental recommend to prevent staining teeth

  1. Brush Mid-day. A lot of people brush after breakfast but then don’t again until bed time. In between that there’s lunch, dinner, possibly coffee or soda and snacks. There is hours for that plaque to start decaying your teeth and bringing back the yellow, brown or black! Sometimes this can be challenging because most people have work and school. Having a travel sized toothbrush and toothpaste bottle and a small bottle of mouthwash at your desk or locker can be a huge teeth saver in the long run.
  2. Watch what foods you eat! There are certain types of food and drinks that are much more dangerous to the color of your teeth than others. Here are some examples of what to avoid. Soda, Coffee, Wine, Tea, many berries especially blueberries are known to stain quickly. Try to be careful on consuming these regularly. Make sure to clean sooner than later after you finish any of these.
  3. Avoid other types of non-food products that can damage teeth. Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco can both stain teeth and damage your body much further beyond just that.
  4. Sip through a straw! If you can’t avoid drinking soda, Straws are great for avoiding some of the contact made with your teeth.

Choosing the right OBGYN

Choosing the right obstetrician for your child’s birth is easily one of the most crucial steps. It may take time, research and some rejecting. There are some criteria and questions you should consider when making this decision.

  1. The first and foremost question is does your gynecologist also practice obstetrician? Many of them do hence, “OB/GYN”. This can cut a lot of time and effort out of the process if so. If you like your gynecologist and the hospital he does births at then you may want to ask him for care during the pregnancy.
  2. If this isn’t the case, then you should start searching around for obstetricians. One of the most important things to consider is compatibility between you and the doctor. There are quite a few questions you should be asking yourself about the obstetrician. Do you feel comfortable with the doctor? Does he seem like really cares about you and your birth process? Is he clear and professional about all the steps and things you need to do or know? Do you respect each other? Do you have the same outlook on certain options for the birthing process? Some OB/GYNs may not be okay with doing a birth without certain things like anesthetics or pain medication. That is something that some people want and is important to clear up during the research stage. If you are looking for a Bloomington OBGYN choice, Dr. Ogunleye of AWHC is a great option.
  3. Will the obstetrician be there for you when the time comes? Doctors can get busy, emergencies can come up, they may not be on call. If your doctor can’t assure you they will be the one delivering, you may want to reconsider them.

Healthy tips for pet owners!

For pet owners, your own health is not the only one you have to worry about. If you have a loved companion, you want to make sure that they are going to live a long and healthy life, just like yourself. We are going to share a couple of the best ways to ensure this happens!

  1. Proper diet. Make sure you are the food you choose for your pet is proper for its age, breed etc. There is usually specific food for baby animals as opposed to adults. Pay attention to that. Also make sure you are feeding it the right amount. Maintaining a healthy weight can also help avoid health issues down the road.
  2. Get regular examinations from the veterinarian’s office. Pets can develop a lot of the same health problems that humans can. This means getting health exams are very important for diagnosing possible problems as soon as possible. Regular checkups can help catch cancer, heart problems, etc. Parasite prevention and control ties into this as well. They can be very problematic and are really important to deal with.
  3. Vaccinations. Keep up with them. A lot of our tips tie together but it is important to mention and elaborate on them seperately to really get the point across. If we lump them all together to “go to the vet” you might end up missing an important task.
  4. Make sure they are in a stimulating and healthy environment. Pet them, take dogs for walks, play with them.

Common oral health problems

When dentists talk about the most common problems that arise with oral health, it is surprising how few people actually know what they are besides cavities. Besides cavities, there are a plethora of other problems that come up, but the main two are enamel erosion and gum disease.

  1. Plaque build up on teeth will corrode the enamel and start to create a hold on the tooth. Plaque is bacteria that feeds on the food we eat. It creates acid which causes the corrosion and cavities. Preventing cavities is as simple as getting rid of plaque. Brushing, flushing, mouthwash and visiting your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and exam is the best way to combat this. If you’re in need of a dentist in the bloomington IL, check out Sylvester Family Dental.
  2. Gum Disease. Periodontal disease is also caused by plaque but the damage are referring to is done to the gums instead of the teeth. Gum disease has two stages. The first is gingivitis. Gingivitis symptoms include swollen gums, red gums, gums that easily bleed. Periondontitis is the second stage when the gums start to move away from the teeth, revealing spaces that can become infected.
  3. Acid in food and drinks will cause the enamel on your teeth to erode. Symptoms of erosion are sensitivity, discoloration, cracks, chips and more. Enamel erosion can leave you vulnerable to cavities.

The best way to combat all of these problems is avoid highly acidic food/drinks, brush, floss, drink water and visit your dentist!

The link between diet and oral health

We previously did a post relating your overall health to your oral health. This will be a slight continuation on that with more focus on your personal diet. The main culprit in tooth decay is well known to be sugar. We’re going to look at which foods have sugar that you might not expect and which ones are the worst offenders.

Here are some of the names that sugars can go by when you look at a food’s ingrediants:

  • sugar
  • fructose
  • surcrose
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • corn sweeteners
  • cane juice
  • glucose
  • dextrin
  • syrup
  • honey

Here are some common sources of high sugar content:

  • soft drinks
  • sports drinks
  • energy drinks
  • fruit drinks
  • deserts such as ice cream, cake, pie
  • candy
  • cereals

The common theme in the list above is that many are empty calories and the sugar content is really big. Most of the foods above offer very little nutritonal value on top of that.

What are good food choices for dental health?

Cheese, milk, leafy greens, yogurt, tofu, and some nuts all can be beneficial based on the calcium and other nutrients they provide. Protein rich foods like meat are good sources of phosphorus. Fruits and veggies have a lot of fiber and water which can balance out the sugar and clean the teeth. These 3 nutrients all play a critical role in protecting and rebuilding tooth enamel.

Sugar substitutes can also be a good idea because they taste similar to sugar without the tooth-decaying side effect. The best option would be sugar-free foods.

That’s all for this topic today. If you want more dental tips or need some dental care for yourself, check out Lakewood Family Dental. He is a dentist who focuses on family, cosmetic and preventative dentistry. Be on the look out for the next post in this series! They have locations in Lafayette, IN; Bloomington, IL and Fort Wayne, IN.

Burn Fat With Food

Every diet is a key component to losing weight, getting fit, and feeling better.  There are many different routes you can take to establish your diet, but there are a few key foods that can and should be added to help burn fat.  Here is a great starting list of those foods:

  • Whole grains – Your body has to work harder to burn down whole grains, especially those high in fiber.  Use these grains to burn more calories
  • Lean Meat – Just like whole grains, your body spends a lot of energy breaking them down.  The usual amount is around 30%
  • Green Tea – There are several studies that have been produced about weight loss and green tea.  There is a known compound in green tea that raises metabolism after being sipped.  Drink a few cups a day and you’ll be losing weight in no time!
  • Lentils – lentils pack a huge amount of iron and a lot of the general population are iron-deficient.  If you’re currently low on iron and start eating lentils, your metabolism will rise due to your body running more efficiently.
  • Hot Peppers and Hot Food – Hot food and spices heat up your body and cause it to burn calories.  Putting hot sauce and cayenne on eggs, meat, and other foods can add that small kick to calories.

Although these foods won’t cause you to hit that weight you’ve always been looking for, it is definitely a great start.  Burn extra calories just from what you eat!