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Avoid Summer Dental Emergencies With These Teeth Tips

Summer is the season of candid photos, family vacations and day trips to your favorite locales. Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne wants you to enjoy all the fun this time of ...
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Avoid Summer Dental Emergencies With These Teeth Tips

Summer is the season of candid photos, family vacations and day trips to your favorite locales. Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne ...
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Valentine’s Sweets Can Sour Your Oral Health

Brushing, flossing and swishing need to be on everyone’s daily “To Do” list and, thankfully, many fit in all three tasks ...
Read More

Resolution: Less Sugar, More Smile-Care

This time of year is famous for New Year’s Resolutions. As the calendar turns over, getting a fresh start is ...
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Avoid Summer Dental Emergencies With These Teeth Tips

Summer is the season of candid photos, family vacations and day trips to your favorite locales. Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne wants you to enjoy all the fun this time of year has to offer. Before heading out of town, however, be sure that you are up-to-date on your latest dental checkup and maintaining good oral hygiene. Also, bear in mind that some common habits for cooling down, such as eating ice, can cause serious issues to your teeth. Learn more from the following post:

While blenders and ice crushers are perfect for crunching ice cubes, teeth are not.

Many people habitually chew on ice, especially during the summer months. That’s when dentists’ offices are crowded with patients suffering from gum injuries and broken teeth. The American Dental Association says avoiding chewing ice is a simple way to avoid tooth injuries.

For refreshment, instead of crushing big chunks of ice with the teeth, dentists recommend letting ice slivers melt in the mouth like candy. Dentists also recommend baby carrots or apple chunks to ice chewers who are seeking a crunch.

But anyone who has a persistent ice-chewing habit and finds it difficult to stop should let his or her dentist know. Craving and chewing ice is often associated with iron deficiency anemia. Read more from Colgate

Proactive Snacking Can Give You Plenty of Reasons To Smile

Making the decision to monitor your summer snacks and beverages can help ensure that you don’t suffer any dental emergencies while on vacation. In addition to keeping your waistline intact, being wise about your treat choices can keep your smile healthy and fresh. Smoothies are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth in a cool and rehydrating way. If you enjoy hard candies, consider sugar-free options rather than the usual sticky standbys to get you through your craving. Read more below:

Dried Fruit Seems Like a Healthy Choice But…

When it comes to picking healthy snacks, many people put dried fruit at the top of the list. But many dried fruits are sticky. Sticky foods can damage your teeth since they tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. If you find yourself eating dried fruits or trail mix often, make sure to rinse with water after and to brush and floss carefully. Mouth Healthy discusses other foods to be vigilant with this summer.

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Avoid Sticky Candies For A Healthy Smile

Enjoying extra treats is common during the summer holidays. Visitors may bring yummy goodies to share and we often stock up on snacks for travelling. Be sure to monitor your sugar intake and never go to bed without brushing, flossing and swishing. Items like licorice, gummy bears and toffee-based candies are best enjoyed in minute amounts. Read more below:

The stickier the candy, the worse it tends to be for your teeth. Extra-chewy candies — like taffy, caramels, or Jujyfruits — stick to (and between) teeth for a long time, allowing the bacteria in our mouths to feast leisurely on the deposited sugar. “Bacteria burns sugar to make acid, which dissolves the protective layer of tooth enamel and causes cavities,” Messina explains.

Candies that are chewy, sugary, and acidic — a category that includes many “sour” varieties — deliver a “triple whammy of negatives,” Messina adds, because they carry their own payload of erosive acid, in addition to that produced by the interaction of sugar and bacteria. Get more great info from Health

We Look Forward To Your Next Checkup

One of the best things you can do for your smile is maintain regularly scheduled dental appointments with us. If you’re going on an out-of-town trip, call us as soon as your plans are made to schedule a visit with our caring and experienced dental team. You’ll want to have your oral care on point prior to heading out.

If it has been a while since you’ve had a complete dental exam, contact Dague Dental of Davenport IA today to schedule a visit with Dr. Dague.

 

 

Valentine’s Sweets Can Sour Your Oral Health

Brushing, flossing and swishing need to be on everyone’s daily “To Do” list and, thankfully, many fit in all three tasks every day. However, too many people do not. While practicing excellent oral hygiene is a top priority anytime, it is essential to be especially proactive around holidays when treats abound. Valentine’s Day certainly fits the criteria, when consuming chocolates, candies and those deliciously sticky cinnamon hearts is commonplace.

Chocolate Candy and Tooth Decay

What’s really a concern in regards to protecting your teeth while eating chocolate or any other kind of candy is how sticky it is. When you have a sticky, sugary substance stuck to your teeth, your saliva can’t reach that part of your tooth to neutralize the acids. Also, the sugar is the food that the bacteria in your mouth use to produce the dangerous acids that cause tooth decay. Bacteria converts all sugars into acid, whether it’s fruit sugar or the refined sugar found in chocolate candy.

There is some good news, however. Dark chocolate actually contains tannins that help prevent cavities by interfering with acid production. So when you’re shopping for that box of chocolates, go for the dark chocolate variety that has at least 70% cocoa. Along with the tannins, the cocoa contains antioxidants that keep your body healthy on a cellular level, In fact, dark chocolate can contain up to four times the level found in green tea. See additional info at Smile Today

Proactive Oral Health

We love seeing our patients on a regular basis. Scheduled dental check-ups keep your teeth strong and healthy; enabling you to enjoy your sweet tooth responsibly. Allowing untreated decay or painful sensitivities to exist in your mouth can lead to much deeper issues that impact your teeth, gums and even bones. Experiencing dental pain of any kind is unnecessary and mostly avoidable. Dr. Robert Harrell and his skilled staff at ADOB want to help you keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape year-round. Protect your smile by maintaining a proactive approach to oral health care.

Although Valentine’s Day originated way back in the Roman times, gifting candy on the holiday is a more recent addition. Whether it’s because of chocolate’s status as the go-to food of seduction or just a way for candy companies to sell more of the sugary stuff during the Christmas-Easter lull, there’s no denying that candy and Valentine’s Day are inseparable. In fact, almost 50 percent of Americans gift candy on Valentine’s day, totaling 1.7 billion dollars in sales and a whopping 53 million pounds of chocolate. And all this candy isn’t just for your sweetheart. With 838 million dollars expected to be spent on children’s classroom Valentine exchanges, this holiday is almost as candy-filled as Halloween.

Valentine’s Treats to Avoid

Just remember as a general rule of thumb: The stickier and the crunchier the treat…the harder it will be on your teeth. With this in mind, the folks at Greenspoint Dental have compiled a list of five foods to avoid. Here’s an excerpt, followed by a link to the full list:

Caramel Popcorn

Unfortunately, popcorn in a Valentine’s-themed canister isn’t a good idea, especially the popular caramel popcorn.  Popcorn, like potato chips, get wedged in between teeth and allow a place for bacteria to grow. Caramel coated popcorn will stick more to your teeth than the buttered type.  Also note that chewing on popcorn kernels towards the end of a movie with your sweetheart can easily chip or break your teeth.

Chewy Candy & Dried Fruit

Chocolate-covered caramels may be delicious, but they are a source of tooth decay.  Chewy candy and sticky foods (like dried fruit) aren’t good for your teeth because they stick on your teeth for longer periods of time, making it much harder for saliva to wash away.  The longer the caramel sits on your teeth, the longer your teeth are exposed to sugar that leads to tooth decay.

 

Flossing Is Important Every Day

We hope that you are flossing every day; however, if you are not, now is the ideal time to start. Whenever there is a big sugar extravaganza (like Valentine’s Day) coming up, it’s wise to start beefing up your oral hygiene routine a few weeks in advance. This gives you time to determine if you have any oral pains or smile issues that need to be addressed.

Even if you don’t have any discomfort, if it has been a while since you’ve had a complete dental exam, it is still important for you to contact your Davenport Dentist Dr Dague for a thorough check-up. Dr. Dague is recognized as one of the Davenport’s top dentists. Call Dague Dental Solutions now at (563) 386-9770 .

Resolution: Less Sugar, More Smile-Care

This time of year is famous for New Year’s Resolutions. As the calendar turns over, getting a fresh start is on many of our minds. If having a healthier smile is one of your wishes forthenew year, cutting out sugar is a great place to start. But easier said than done, right? Sugar is addictive and, basically, it’s everywhere. The key is to be aware of your sugar intake and avoid consuming it when you can. Swapping sugar-filled items with healthier drinks and foods is an ideal option. If you’re ready to cut back on sugar, this blog post is going to help you out. The following post will give you some good guidelines for lowering the sugar and increasing your oral health.

In general, beware of ready meals – these will almost always have significantly higher sugar levels than their home-made counterparts.

When eating out, make a habit of choosing the cheese platter with coffee instead of pudding, and stick to water or red wine.

Drinks

Avoid juice and sweetened drinks of any description. Unflavoured water (be it still or sparkling) and unflavoured milk are the only soft drinks you should have.

Switch to dextrose in tea or coffee if you are used to adding sugar.

Stick to low-sugar alcohol, such as red wine. Other dry wines, beers and spirits (if unmixed with other drinks containing sugar) are OK. Dessert wines, ports, liqueurs and mixers are not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regular Check-ups are Vital

Dr. Robert Harrell and his staff at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne want to see you on a regular basis to ensure that all is well in your mouth. Regular check-ups are a vital component of maintaining a healthy smile. It can be easy to put off making appointments and tempting to reschedule them — but don’t do it. To avoid the inevitable need for restoration work later on, it is important to schedule and keep up with your regular dental visits.

The next time you’re here, tell us your favorite healthy snack recipes. We are always excited to hear what works for you so we can share the information with others. Let’s pool our knowledge and all enjoy a healthier and happier 2017.

Fruit and Your Teeth: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Fresh fruit is a great choice when you are craving something sweet. Whole, natural fruits have a lower Glycemic Index rating and can help you to feel satisfied longer so you eat less. Consuming the juices and fiber in fresh fruit or frozen fruit is a healthier option than pureed juices or dried fruits, which can provide exceptionally concentrated sugar spikes. Looking for some healthy, and tasty, fruit snack recipes? Check out these…

Baked AppleThis treat is easy to make ahead and reheat, or whip up in an instant right when you want it. Stuff the apples with oats, nuts, and just a little honey for sweetness.

Frozen Chocolate Banana

This is the perfect frozen sweet treat with some extra nutritional punch! Bananas are a great source of vitamins C and B6, and are also packed with fiber and potassium. Peel a banana, cut into two equal halves, and freeze. Once solid, take out and roll in melted dark chocolate. While the chocolate’s still melty, roll in whichever crunchy topping you like—sprinkles, nuts, and granola all work well! Return to the freezer until the chocolate is set (at least an hour). Enjoy!

Frozen Grapes

Pop a vine in the freezer for a few hours and out comes a long-lasting, slightly sweet treat packed with antioxidants and other nutrients. The biggest health boost? Resveratrol, which studies suggest may help lower levels of LDL cholesterol and promote blood vessel health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brush and Floss After You Eat

Getting into the habit of rinsing your mouth and brushing after meals and snacks is the best way to protect your smile. Brushing after lunch is something many people neglect to do. Dr. Harrell recommends keeping a travel toothbrush in your desk at work or in your handbag, briefcase or messenger bag so you can brush on the go.

Start the New Year off right by establishing some sensational smile habits, including consuming less sugar, brushing more often and getting regular check-ups. If there are any problems with your smile, we want to catch and correct them as early as possible.

 

 

Book Now To Maximize Your Dental Benefits before the year ends!

Wrapping up the year with a trip to the dentist may be extremely worthwhile if you want to maximize your full dental benefits. Many benefit packages expire at the end of the year. At Adult Dentistry Of Ballantyne, we want to help you achieve optimum oral health without reaching into your own pocket. If you’re due for a dental cleaning, or if you need to have oral X-rays made or have a cavity or an old restoration that needs attending to, now’s the time to take care of it. Discover more about the importance of maximizing your dental healthcare plan below:

According to the National Association of Dental Plans, only 2.8% of people with PPO dental plan participants reached or exceeded their plans annual maximum. Many people also have Flexible Spending Accounts, which help pay for dental and medical care with pre-tax dollars.

Whether you’re paying for dental care through a benefits plan or using an FSA, your current plans will most likely run out on December 31. Don’t let your hard-earned dental dollars go to waste. Here is a breakdown of what these benefits are, when you need to use them by and how to make the most of your benefits.

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It is never too late to improve the health and well-being of your smile. A simple dental checkup enables us to look at your oral mucosa, your gum line, your tongue and all aspects of your dentition. Feel secure knowing that we are monitoring the health of your entire mouth at each visit. If your checkup reveals any problems, it is great to take care of as much as possible during the current benefit year before your 2018 assistance expires.

Panoramic x-ray image of teeth. Problem with wisdom tooth.

Book Your Next Appointment Today

It is wise to maintain your regular dental checkups even if everything looks and feels great. Preventative maintenance is essential for catching any dental issues in their infancy to prevent the spread of infection. A simple cavity can take moments to easily remove and fill; however, if left untreated that same cavity can morph into a root canal case or worse.  If you have a Flexible Spending Account covering your dental benefits, this informative article explains how to fully utilize your plan.

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is an account you can set up through your employer. During open enrollment, you choose how much money to put into this account, and a portion of this amount is deducted from each paycheck pre-tax. FSAs generally cover services or products that help keep your mouth healthy, including cleanings, braces needed for dental health reasons, benefit plan co-pays, dentures and more.

Many FSAs work like debit cards, and you can use that card to pay for various medical and dental expenses, including some products available at your local drugstore.

When You Need to Use Them By

Generally, you must use the money in an FSA within the plan year by December 31. However, your employer may offer one of two options that give you a little more time to spend what’s in your account:

  • Some provide a grace period of up to 2½ extra months to use the money in your FSA.
  • Others may allow you to carry over up to $500 per year to use in the following year.

Whether it’s at the end of the year or a grace period, you lose any money you haven’t spent. Check with your employer or FSA administrator to see what your plan allows.

We Look Forward To Your Next Dental Visit

Dr. Jolene Dague and his exceptional team at Dague Dental Solutions are ready to give you the best dental care in Davenport IA. Schedule your cleaning appointment today to maximize your insurance benefits. Call (563) 386-9770 or use the contact form on our website to set your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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