Soft Food Recipes – What to Eat After Dental Work

You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all that has left you hungry! The question is: what can you eat after having dental work done? You need some soft food recipes!

For some of us, it’s nostalgic to remember having a frozen treat after the dentist when we were kids. Depending on how extensive your dental work is—you will need to be cautious of what you consume in the days following major dental work -and milkshakes will only get you so far.

Many foods can be troublesome after dental surgery or extensive dental work. Ask Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill for their recommendation about specific foods and for how long you should avoid them. Dupont Family Dentistry in Fort Wayne can be an especially helpful resource for patients navigating what to eat after dental restoration services. Here are some soft food recipes that will treat your mouth and your body well. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Patient Care

Trend Alert – Oil Pulling

What is oil pulling?

Claiming to achieve everything from whiter teeth and healthier gums to decreased body aches and pains, oil pulling is the latest trend in DIY detox therapies. Newly popular among celebrities and lovers of natural health and wellness, oil pulling is a dental hygiene practice that actually dates back centuries through the Indian medical tradition Ayurveda. Simply put, oil pulling uses common plant-based oils (coconut is a favorite) in place of store-bought mouthwash.
Users swish, or “pull” one tablespoon of oil in their mouth for 10-20 minutes every day. The volume of oil usually doubles in size due to the collection of saliva and toxins from the mouth during this process. Users are strongly warned to spit out the oil because it contains the microorganisms which pulling aims to extract. Oil is believed to draw toxins out of the mouth by sticking to their outer, fatty layer. Since oral hygiene is linked to health in all parts of the body, it’s believed that the benefits of oil pulling go beyond just your mouth.

Does oil pulling really work?

The jury is still out on oil pulling. Some dentists favor the practice more than others. Beyond anecdotal evidence and some preliminary studies, there’s no absolute proof that oil pulling does what it claims to do. However, this doesn’t mean it’s all a lie. In fact, coconut oil does contain vitamins and antimicrobials that might make a good addition to many of your personal hygiene routines. Still, for the most desirable results, your best bet is to make an appointment with your Fort Wayne dentist and receive a full, personalized dental care plan.

Should I try oil pulling?

Taking an active role in your own well-being is certainly important, but nothing replaces the experience and wisdom of a licensed dentist. Fort Wayne residents are encouraged to make an appointment at Dupont Family Dentistry for a consultation and to discuss dental care options with our dentists.

At-home health regimes can have a very positive effect, so you may want to try oil pulling for yourself. You may or may not get the results you were hoping for, but it likely won’t hurt. For optimum oral health, the recommendation remains to brush your teeth twice daily, floss or clean between the teeth once daily, and visit your dentist twice a year. Be sure you try oil pulling in addition to these recommendations … not in place of them!

If you suspect you have a real problem with gum disease, bad breath, or other health concerns, do not rely on oil pulling to fix these issues. Contact Dupont Family Dentistry  today for an appointment to discuss all your ideas and desires for a healthier smile.

Sources
http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2014/03/how-dental-professionals-can-respond-to-oil-pulling-patients.html
http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/the-practice-of-oil-pulling
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/oil-pulling
http://fashionista.com/2014/03/oil-pulling
http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/unconventional-dentistry

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The Story of Caries Prevention

If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Fort Wayne teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill are going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Dupont Family Dentistry can do to help.

Dental Caries, Tooth Decay & Cavities

What do dental caries and tooth decay have in common? A lot – actually, they are the exact same thing. When bacteria interact with carbohydrates as they are broken down in the mouth, they ferment and produce lactic acid, which eats away at the structures of the teeth.

Considered the most prevalent chronic disease among adults and children, this condition is called dental caries, or tooth decay. Without proper care and regular dental appointments, the acid from bacteria will eat away the surface layer of the tooth, creating a hole, or cavity. In other words, dental caries (tooth decay) is the cause of cavities.

Caries Prevention

Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that results from sugars breaking down in the mouth. In order for a caries formation to take place, there must be bacteria and sugar present on a tooth surface. For most Fort Wayne residents with a normal diet, the components of tooth decay are already in place.

However, Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill reminds us that it takes time, sometimes even several years, for the acidic demineralization (acids eating away at the tooth) process to result in a cavity. The simplest ways to limit your risk of getting a cavity are to eat less sugar, brush and floss regularly, and visit Dupont Family Dentistry for your twice yearly cleanings.

Want to know more about dental caries? Here are some facts to beef up your oral health knowledge:

  • Saliva helps protect your mouth against tooth decay and cavities. Every time the process of caries formation begins, saliva works to stop it. In addition to adding minerals back to teeth (remineralization), saliva also kills harmful bacteria and neutralizes the acidic effects of bacteria. Once you’ve eaten, this neutralization process takes about half an hour.
  • The bacteria that cause cavities can be passed to another person. Any activity that includes trading saliva, such as kissing or sharing food and drinks, can send cavity-causing bacteria into a friend or loved one’s mouth. Fort Wayne parents with young children should be especially aware of this because kids are not as good at taking care of their teeth, and may be more susceptible to cavity formation.
  • While having a cavity filled will repair a tooth, it does not stop tooth decay.

Get rid of cavities for good!

Eating a healthy diet low in sugar and making sure to brush and floss twice a day with fluoride toothpaste are your best lines of defense against cavities. However, it is still possible for dental caries to cause cavities, especially if you have dry mouth, heartburn, or love to sip sugary drinks. Don’t be worried! That’s where Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill comes in.

Each time you visit Dupont Family Dentistry for a cleaning, our expertly trained hygienists will inspect every nook and cranny of your mouth for tooth decay at work, and stop cavities in their tracks. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and keep your smile happy and healthy!

Sources

http://www.piedmontdental.com/faq/preserving-smiles/cavity-prevention/what-is-the-difference-between-caries-and-cavities

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_caries

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Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth – At Least Wear a Mouthguard

According to the American Dental Association, at least 13% of all injuries to the mouth occur during sports activities. While helmets, shoulder pads, shin guards, and the like do a great job of protecting most of the body, Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill would like to make sure that every athlete knows how to keep their teeth safe from harm. No Fort Wayne parent should have to worry about their child’s teeth during games, so at Dupont Family Dentistry we would like to talk about how to take sports safety to the next level. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Dental Services, Dental Technology, Patient Care

Is it Ever Too Late for Dental Work?

Let’s be honest. If you are like most people in Fort Wayne, you’ve probably put off going to the dentist at one time or another. Some of us have even avoided seeing a dentist for years at a time. Research shows one in three Americans avoids going to the dentist regularly. As the time spent away from Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill’s chair adds up, so does the cost of potential dental work. Read more ›

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The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth

We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as much fun losing teeth as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set (not counting wisdom teeth). Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill want everyone in Fort Wayne to know that replacing a missing tooth is important to your dental health. Read on for more information and please give Dupont Family Dentistry a call with any questions or concerns. Read more ›

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5 Common Questions About Sedation Dentistry

For many Fort Wayne residents, one thing stands in the way of a healthy, beautiful smile – fear of the dentist!  Even routine cleanings can be scary for folks with dental phobia. However, at Dupont Family Dentistry we have made it our business to offer you the most comfortable dental experience possible, which is why Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill offer sedation dentistry services. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around, so here are the facts about sedation dentistry. Read more ›

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Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

Most of us were taught when we were kids that sweets like chocolate will rot your teeth. While this may remain true for some types of our favorite sweet snack, that doesn’t mean we have to take it off the menu altogether.

In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, containing high percentages of cocoa, may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill at Dupont Family Dentistry want Fort Wayne residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet tooth safely. Read more ›

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How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!

If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get Fort Wayne children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Dupont Family Dentistry, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill can help protect your kids from tooth decay. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please give us a call. Read more ›

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DDS vs. DMD: A Dental Degree Breakdown

If you are looking for a dentist in Fort Wayne, you may have picked up on the fact that there are two types of dental degrees – DDS and DMD. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are far more of one than the other, or maybe they are split 50/50. Either way, you’re probably wondering what the difference is, and how this will affect your dental care. At Dupont Family Dentistry, we love to spread the word about all things dental, so here are the facts, straight from Dr. Diehl and Dr. Hemphill. Read more ›

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