Thanksgiving and Your Teeth

Despite Thanksgiving being a time for many to indulge – and sometimes overindulge – in their favorite foods, some of the foods we enjoy the most during the holiday season is bad for our teeth. To keep your mouth happy this holiday season, here are some of the foods you might want to avoid at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner.

Sweets

Now, this is easier said than done. With everything from cookies to pumpkin pie available for dessert after Thanksgiving dinner, it’s hard to say no to all of the different delicious treats. However, these foods are filled with sugars that can be harmful to your teeth and will be sure to accelerate any potential cavities you might have. Not only that, but enjoying too many of these sweet treats will increase your waistline, as well!

Dried Fruits

Fruits such as raisins, prunes and apricots may not the most popular of Thanksgiving foods, but they’re still commonplace. However, while you’d think that being dried would make them better for you, this process actually makes them sticky. This means they are more likely to get stuck to your teeth. That paired with the high sugar concentration in each one makes them a dangerous option for your dental health and gums should you choose to ingest them.

Starchy Foods

For those who may not know, this means foods such as bread or potatoes, which are common staples on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table. Consuming too much of these popular options can lead to having excess starches stuck in your teeth. Starchy foods break down into sugars, which in turn leads to your teeth and gums becoming a breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to tartar, plaque and tooth damage.

As the saying goes, moderation in all things is key. At All Smiles Dentistry Albion, we hope you have a happy and healthy holiday, but if you find your mouth in pain before or after the holiday, let us help. We offer affordable, high-quality dental services in Albion, New York, and we’re sure to get you smiling again.

For more information on our services, call us today at 585-589-0000.

Factors that Can Affect Dental Sedatives

Dental SedativesSo you need to have an oral procedure done – what a bummer! At All Smiles Dentistry Albion, we know that the idea of having a procedure done can make you feel uneasy, especially if your procedure requires sedation. Now, there are some factors that can affect how the sedation affects you. We have compiled a list of tricks and tips to ensure that you have the best experience possible.

Preparing for Your Procedure

First of all, oral sedation may not be the best option. Novocain can be just as effective as sedation in many cases. However, most people choose sedation because they are afraid of needles. We won’t lie to you – certain shots of Novocain can be uncomfortable, depending on the area where it is being done, but it can sometimes be more cost-effective and even be easier for both you and your dentist to complete the procedure.

If you know that you require full sedation, you may need to avoid eating and drinking in the days and hours leading up to your procedure. The amount food and liquid in your stomach will often affect how well sedatives work, and we often will recommend not eating or drinking within the six hours prior to your appointment. Specific foods may also need to be avoided. For example, grapefruit juice has been known to conflict with your metabolism when it comes to breaking down sedation medication, which is why we recommend not eating grapefruit for a 96-hour period – 72 hours prior to the appointment and 24 hours after the appointment – says Dear Doctor.

If you are taking any natural remedies, prescriptions or over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, please discuss this with your dentist prior to the procedure, as well. Your dentist may need to adjust the amount of sedation given to you or even the type to avoid a potential drug interaction.

Smoking and alcohol consumption can also impact how sedatives affect you. Please be sure to discuss your habits prior to your procedure. Pre-existing medical conditions may also affect your recovery. For example, conditions like diabetes or hemophilia can affect your recovery time and should be discussed with your doctor ahead of time to discuss any possible concerns or complications.

Each person is unique and will interact with sedation differently. It is better to be up front with your dentist than to be unpleasantly surprised by a potential risk later.

After Your Procedure

What happens after your appointment? First off, make sure that you arrange for a ride to and from the dentist’s office as you will not be able to operate heavy machinery until the sedative has worn off. Depending on the type of procedure you receive, you may want to take some time off work as well so to give your body time to recuperate from the effects of sedation. You may need to take a half day or even a full day off to properly recover. Each procedure impacts each person differently, and there is no definitive way to say how something is going to affect you. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

It is important to remain hydrated and drink water after your appointment, as well. Remaining hydrated will help your body recover from the procedure. We also recommend getting a good night’s sleep prior to your appointment and the night after. Sleep can help you relax ahead of your appointment and can help your body recover from your procedure.

Before any appointment requiring sedation, our team will discuss your medical history and any concerns that you have with you to make sure that your procedure goes smoothly and without any issues. Sedation can seem daunting, but we can help answer your questions and relieve your concerns.

Of course, the best way to avoid requiring sedation all together is to keep up with your dental health regimen – which includes keeping regular appointments with your dentist. Schedule your next visit to All Smiles Dentistry Albion today by calling us at 585-589-0000 or request an appointment online now.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

Oral Health When it comes to our health, we rarely think about the impact our dental health can have on our overall health. The reality is they are very much connected and by not taking care of your teeth you run the risk of developing other serious illnesses. Let’s look at a few aspects of the mouth-body health connection.

If you don’t take care of the pearly whites in your mouth, you run the risk of developing something like periodontal disease. This condition results in a chronic inflammation of the tissue around your gums, an infection below your gum line and disease-causing bacteria in your oral cavity.

Poor oral hygiene can also increase the effects of any preexisting conditions, which can cause more serious effects to your health. For example, if you have diabetes, developing periodontal disease can lead to an increase in your blood sugar levels, making controlling the amount of sugar in your blood stream even more difficult.

The development of heart disease and incidence of stroke is also connected to your dental health. Some scientists believe that bacteria in the mouth that is associated with periodontal disease can attach to our coronary arteries, which can result in the formation of blood clots and the narrowing of the arteries that could cause a heart attack. Inflammation caused by the disease could also allow plaque buildup to lead to swollen arteries, worsening any pre-existing heart conditions such as heart disease.

However, with proper oral care, these risks significantly drop. That’s why keeping up with your regular visits to the dentist are so important. By seeing your dentist regularly, you can keep an eye on your dental health, ensuring that not only you have healthy teeth and gums, but an overall healthy body.

Whether you haven’t been to the dentist in a while or need to schedule your next appointment, All Smiles Dentistry Albion is here for you. We offer gentle, comprehensive dental care that will help keep your mouth in great shape. To schedule a visit, call us today at 585-589-0000 or request your appointment online now!

You Can Wear White After Labor Day with Professional Whitening

Teeth Whitening Taboo style rule No. 1: No wearing white after Labor Day. But in no way does that apply to your teeth!

When it comes to your pearly whites, white is ALWAYS in style. Having stained or yellowing teeth can be a big confidence drag, and that’s why All Smiles Dentistry Albion takes the whiteness of your teeth very seriously. We offer a state-of-the-art whitening program to our patients that will help keep your teeth looking healthy and white, no matter what time of year it is!

Tooth whitening or bleaching is a simple, easy and non-invasive way to whiten your teeth. We use this treatment to change the color of your natural tooth enamel so that the white lasts. The difference between having your teeth professionally whitened and using an at-home kit is your end result. While a professional whitening is not permanent and you’ll likely need to receive a new treatment every few years, at-home treatments need to be repeated much more frequently to ensure that your teeth stay their whitest white. More frequent treatments mean more expenses, more hassles, and results that won’t last as long.

If you choose to have your teeth professionally whitened, we usually need two visits for the treatment. On the first visit, we’ll make a mold or impression of your teeth. These will be used to create custom, clear plastic trays. On the second visit, the trays can be adjusted if needed, and then you’ll take them home and wear them either twice per day for 30 minutes or overnight for a certain period of time with our special whitening solution.

And, for our loyal patients and regular caretakers of their teeth, have you heard about our Free Whitening for Life Program? For every re-care appointment you attend, you may be eligible for one free tube of whitening gel to keep your teeth bright and white – even after Labor Day! Ask your dentist at your next appointment to learn more.

Schedule your next visit to All Smiles Dentistry Albion today by calling us at 585-589-0000 or request your next appointment online now.