Julie R. Fagundes, DDS, LLC

Calcium Supplements: Bad for Your Heart?

Calcium is an important part of everyone’s diet, and it’s especially important as we get older to prevent bone loss or osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can happen in the jaw bone and when it does, may lead to your teeth becoming loose or falling out.

In a recent study, people who got their calcium almost exclusively from supplements were more than twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with those who took no supplements.

Health care professionals recommend most adults get about 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day preferably from foods, including low-fat dairy like milk, cheese and yogurt since they contain other bone building nutrients along with calcium. That’s about 3 cups a day. If you prefer vegetables and leafy greens, try broccoli, spinach, kale, and Swiss chard, which also provide some calcium.

Calcium doesn’t work alone. Other nutrients, like phosphorus, are an important part of the structure of teeth. And vitamin D is needed to help absorb, carry and deposit calcium in the bone that supports your teeth.

Schedule Cleanings in Advance

Maintaining a good dental routine requires more than just eating healthier and brushing your teeth more often. Only a qualified dentist can help protect your smile, keeping it in optimal shape and preventing minor issues from becoming major, more expensive problems. We recommend scheduling a dental exam and cleaning every six months.

Benefits of regular dental checkups:

  • Keep your smile bright and in optimum health.
  • Diagnose gum disease and invisible signs early.
  • Check for and identify signs of potentially serious conditions early, such as oral cancer.
  • Prevent greater costs and problems in the future.

Good hygiene and a healthy diet do not substitute the need for routine dental checkups.
Make your dental appointments more convenient by choosing suitable dates in 2017 and scheduling them in advance.

Three Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Everyone at one point has to deal with their wisdom teeth developing in their mouth. Having the right information can help to catch impacting wisdom teeth before they cause to much trouble. Your wisdom teeth can become impacted when the wisdom teeth do not have enough room to come in. This can cause damage to the surrounding teeth and gum disease. Here are the early warning symptoms so that you can schedule a dentist appointment.

  • Pain In The Back Of The Mouth
    • Most of us make a dental appointment when our teeth begin to hurt. One of the symptoms of a possible impacted wisdom tooth is throbbing and aching towards the back of the jaw where the wisdom teeth are located.
  • Swollen Or Bleeding Gums
    • Swollen and bleeding gums are also a sign. The gums can become tender to the touch especially when brushing. Though bleeding gums could be other things it is still best to schedule an appointment immediately so your dentist can accurately identify the issue.
  • Swelling Of The Jaw
    • Along with swelling on the inside of the mouth, a swelling around the jaw is also a symptom of your wisdom teeth developing incorrectly. The swelling starts out subtly so make sure to be paying close attention your diligence could prevent further complications.
  • Swollen Glands In The Shoulder And Neck
    • It is no surprise that a problem in your mouth can cause other problems; after all, the body is all connected. Often when a patient is suffering from impacted wisdom teeth the glands in their shoulder and neck will swell. As well as suffering from headaches and pain radiating from the face in general.

Experiencing one of these symptoms may not mean that you have impacted wisdom teeth. If you are experiencing multiple of these symptoms then it is more likely that having impacted wisdom teeth is the reason. If you are, in fact, experiencing these symptoms please call our office for an appointment immediately your dental health is important to us!

The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

When you walk into the toothpaste isle where you buy your toothpaste the selection can be overwhelming, no longer is it as simple as gel or paste, spearmint or peppermint. There are so many types of toothpastes all that claim to do certain things better than others. Also, each one of those companies want you to believe that they are better products than the other items they share shelf space with. Meaning the marketing can sometimes get in the way of the important information on choosing which toothpaste is right for you.

Toothpastes With At Least These Attributes: Bad Breath Control, Fluoride, Plaque/Gingivitis Control, Sensitivity Control, Tartar Control, Whitening

Flouride toothpaste is recommended by oral health professionals to maintain a healthy smile. Flouride can remove plaque which causes gum disease and tooth decay and can strengthen tooth enamel.

Enamel building toothpaste cannot build enamel back on the tooth. It can only prevent further enamel loss. Though if you are using toothpaste with fluoride in it you are already preventing enamel loss. Acid will remove enamel from your teeth and it is contained in foods and beverages. Staying away from foods that are highly acidic, like fruit, and beverages like soda and sports drinks will help to reduce the amount of acid your teeth encounter and prevent further loss of enamel.

Tartar control toothpaste can prevent but not remove tartar from your teeth. The best way to have tartar removed is with a teeth cleaning. Ingredients in the tartar control toothpaste can irritate gums; if you have sensitive gums it may irritate your gums.

Sensitive teeth toothpaste is for people with mild to moderate tooth sensitivity. If your sensitivity is from gum disease or cavities, then this toothpaste will not help. If you decide to start using this toothpaste it will take a few weeks to notice the improvements.

Teeth whitening toothpaste is designed to remove some surface stains on teeth. The ADA has found that no toothpaste can lighten the color of your teeth. The only way to truly lighten the color of your teeth is to have a professional teeth whitening.

Once you have decided which toothpaste is right for you then you can go to ADA website here and find a list of all the ADA accredited toothpastes. Now you’re ready for you next trip to the toothpaste isle armed with this new knowledge. If you enjoyed this blog please leave us a comment below and share with your friends.