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Dr. Bruce Silva and his team at Austin Premier Dental are dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate dental health care.


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January 16, 2017

A recent survey compiled by Colgate found that 47%, almost half, of surveyed young women (aged 24-35) brush their teeth once a day, if that, and admit to having “poor” oral health. Of the 1,007 women surveyed, only 8% said they had “excellent” oral health, and half of all women surveyed said they don’t get regular dental check-ups.

No matter your gender or age, nothing should get in the way of regular dental check-ups, which translates to visiting the dentist at least once a year. It may be perceived that going to the dentist is like going to the doctor – you don’t need to go unless you have an issue. But frequent dental check-ups are all about preventing problems.

Although we highly recommend going to the dentist for a routine check-up, there are a few easy ways to care for your teeth on your own. For instance, don’t brush your teeth too hard. You can wear away your enamel. Keep a soft brush and brush gently. Remove or limit the amount of acidic foods in your diet. This includes diet sodas, sweeteners, and fruits. Floss regularly, and finally, brush your teeth at least twice a day or after every meal, but especially before bedtime. At night, there is less saliva in your mouth so there is less protection. And did you know that electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque than your standard toothbrush? They’re more expensive, but worth it.

Maintaining a healthy dental hygiene is not just important for your oral health but for other parts of your body. Poor oral health is associated with major chronic diseases and it can cause disability. Oral health issues and major diseases share common risk factors. Finally, general health problems may cause or worsen oral health conditions.

Nothing’s more important than your health so call Austin Premier Dental today to schedule a check-up with Dr. Bruce Silva!


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October 4, 2016

It’s Pumpkin Season!

Everything is flavored with Pumpkin right now, from Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte to Pumpkin Spice Cheerios to Pumpkin Ales. As unhealthy as these products may sound, pumpkin is surprisingly not too bad for you or your teeth. It’s full of vitamins and minerals as well as being low in carbs.

Pumpkin provides more than 100% of what you need each day of Vitamin A, 20% of your Vitamin C intake and 10% or more for Vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese. It also contains other B Vitamins such as thiamin, B6, folate and niacin, along with iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. Pumpkin seeds are packed with nutrients; especially fiber, along with more than 5g of protein and 16mg of calcium. Here’s how these vitamins and minerals are good for you and how you should consume them:

•Zinc deficiency is associated with poor dental health, weak bones and bleeding gums. Zinc keeps your bones strong. A study that tracked toothpaste usage with 0.5% zinc citrate found participants suffered from less bleeding gums. Other problems associated with zinc deficiency include weakened bones, a loss of hair, and anemia. 1 oz of roasted pumpkin seeds (about 85 seeds) gives you 3 mg of zinc, or about a third of your daily needs.

•Iron, which is found in pumpkin seeds, keeps your tongue healthy.

•Magnesium takes care of your tooth enamel. Magnesium works with calcium to create a hard enamel that resists tooth decay. Calcium alone is less effective in forming a hard enamel. Magnesium is also a key element in bone production, the immune system, and even keeping the heart in rhythm. Only one ounce of pumpkin seeds provides more than a third of your daily magnesium needs.

•Vitamin A promotes healing, which is helpful for damaged gums. And a cup of pumpkin gives you all the Vitamin A you need in a day.

•Vitamin C – 20% of your needed daily allowance is found in 1 cup of pumpkin – fortifies your immune system, which helps stave of infections and inflammation in your mouth.

Pumpkin flavorings and spices don’t give you the health benefits of actual pumpkin, so skip the pumpkin spice latte. Enjoy foods and snacks that use a good dose of pumpkin to enjoy the nutritional benefit for your body and your teeth. There are lots of ways you can incorporate pumpkin into your diet including soups, smoothies and snacks.

Keep following Dr. Bruce Silva to learn more about which foods are actually good for your teeth.


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August 11, 2016

School is about to start up again and your child has some necessities. Along with getting new clothes, new shoes, and school supplies, you need to take a trip to the dentist’s office so your child has a healthy smile before heading back to class. Here’s a brief back-to-school checklist.

  1. Schedule (Another) Check-Up

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that tooth decay affects U.S. children more than any other chronic infectious disease and 19 percent of children ages 2 to 19 years old have untreated tooth decay. So don’t just visit your child’s dentist during the summer. Schedule regular dental examinations to diagnose or prevent any dental problems. Regular checkups are important because your child may not bring up any tooth pain and teachers are unlikely to notice your child’s dental problems. By scheduling dental checkups often, you’ll prevent your child from losing school time.

  1. Make Sure They Brush and Floss

Have your child brush and floss often. While you’re out scrounging for school supplies, stock up on toothbrushes and dental floss for the school year. You’ll want to change toothbrushes every three months or after encountering a sickness. An easy way to remember when to switch out a toothbrush is to do so when report cards come out. You might also want to ask your dentist the best time to change toothbrushes for your child’s teeth.

  1. Watch What They Eat & How They Play

Make sure your child is eating healthy lunches and snacks. Avoid sugary foods and soft drinks. If you pack a sack lunch, include foods like grains, milk, cheese, vegetables, fruits, and yogurt. If your child eats in the school cafeteria, discuss with your child some healthy options to eat when not under your supervision. Also, if your child is involved in sports, have them wear a properly fitted mouth guard while participating in sports and PE classes.

Your child’s dental problems can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, and learning. Prevent it by visiting their dentist every four months. For any questions concerning your child’s healthy smile, give Dr. Silva a call at (512) 605-0860.


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July 15, 2016

Approximately 1 in 8 Americans suffers from teeth sensitivity. Teeth sensitivity can strike at any time – biting into a food that is hot, cold, sweet or sour. With summer heating up, plenty of our favorite summer treats are potentially worrisome for patients with sensitive teeth. If the thought of biting down on a Popsicle, an apple or sipping on lemonade makes you cringe, then you may face sensitive teeth. Teeth sensitivity is caused when the outer layer of the enamel wears down exposing the sensitive nerves underneath. With the nerves exposed, the irritation of hot, cold, sweet or sour is felt more directly and can cause sharp pain and other dental discomfort.

Having sensitive teeth is however very easy to treat. If you have sensitive teeth try using a special fluoride mouthwash. The extra fluoride will help build up some of the enamel of your teeth and can lessen the discomfort of sensitivity. There are several over the counter toothpastes available that can help desensitize your teeth using lower concentrations of active ingredients, like fluoride. Additional steps may be taken if your teeth sensitivity is severe. A special bonding resin can be placed over the teeth to act as a buffering layer between your enamel and the exposed nerves causing sensitivity. Teeth sensitivity can also be an indication of further tooth damage and a root canal may be required to help aid in desensitizing your teeth. Teeth grinding or bruxism can also be the culprit behind teeth sensitivity as the enamel is worn down through involuntary grinding. The best remedy for this is a night guard that protects your teeth while you sleep.

With the help of toothpastes, mouthwashes and treatment from Dr. Silva, teeth sensitivity can be a thing of the past. Contact our office if you are experiencing issues with teeth sensitivity.

Sources:

http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/patient_33.pdf?la=en

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sensitive-teeth/faq-20057854

 


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June 22, 2016

Did you know that the summer can negatively affect your healthy smile? The extreme heat and dry climates can harm your teeth and surrounding tissues. High humidity also leads to sweating, which results in loss of hydration and oral tissue problems. Here are a few ways to properly care for your teeth during the summer.

If you keep yourself hydrated, you’ll reduce the risk of tooth decay and keep your skin and gums healthy. Consume plenty of water and ignore sugary drinks like lemonade. Citric acid and sugar with a dry mouth can cause tooth decay.

Protect your lips with lip balm or gloss to prevent dry, chapped lips. Find products with a minimum SPF factor of 15 to ward off possible risks of skin cancer. Lips are the most susceptible to burning compared to other parts of the body.

Snack intelligently by choosing the right fruits as your summer treats. Watermelon is a great fruit as it helps clean your mouth with its high water content. Other citrus fruits are acidic and can result in the erosion of tooth enamel. Remember to brush and rinse an hour after consumption to rid your mouth of the fruit’s acids.

If you’re participating in outdoor activities, wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. Mouth guards protect your teeth, lips, gums, and cheeks and are cost-effective.

Because of high chlorine content found in swimming pools, too much swimming can lead to erosion and weakening of teeth. Brush your teeth following a swim to prevent damage from the pool chemicals. On the other hand, swimming in an ocean can cut down oral bacteria because of the high levels of salt in oceans.

Don’t skip the first meal of the day. If you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to snack on unhealthy foods throughout the day. Just make sure to brush your teeth an hour later after a big breakfast.

Call our office today to schedule your teeth cleaning.


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June 9, 2016

You know candy and chocolate can be damaging to your healthy smile. But, what else? There are two main food components that are detrimental to your teeth: sugar and acid.

Bacteria feast on your plaque buildup created by your sugar consumption and produce lactic acid, which erodes your tooth enamel. Sucrose is the worst form of sugar because it adheres to teeth very strongly making it, and the bacteria, difficult to remove even when brushing.

Acids naturally occur in many foods, including fruit. Acidic foods eat away at your enamel and break down your teeth directly. You can wash away natural acids by just drinking water. However, brushing soon after consuming acidic foods or beverages can actually cause more damage because teeth are permeable, brushing softens them and makes them more susceptible to acid. Wait at least an hour before brushing after eating acidic foods.

 

Believe it or not, the following 10 foods can be the most damaging to your teeth.

Apples

Apples are very high in acid. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash shortly after.

Hard candies

Hard candies are especially harmful because we tend to hold them in our mouths longer.

Pickled vegetables

Pickles are made with vinegar, which is acidic. Vegetables may be healthy but the brine can damage your teeth. Remember to brush an hour later.

Bread

Many breads contain sugar, especially processed white breads. Bread is also sticky and gets between and behind your teeth.

Popcorn

Popcorn gets stuck in your teeth, and the areas between your teeth will build up more bacteria for that reason. Rinse your mouth with water and floss after.

Peanut Butter

Sticky and often made with sugar, peanut butter not only feeds bacteria but makes it easier for them to adhere to teeth.

 Jelly

Just like peanut butter, jelly is loaded with sugar. Even the all-fruit brands contain natural sugars and encourage plaque and bacteria if not washed away soon.

Meat

Some meat products contain sugar as a preservative and gets stuck in between your teeth. While the amount of sugar may not be very high, any food that sits between your teeth can promote tooth decay.

Diet Soda

The acidity of diet sodas is very high, making it one of the worst products for your teeth.

Salad dressing

Salad dressings are composed of vinegar and sugar for flavor.

 

While many of these foods are healthy, you should try and care for your teeth soon after eating them. Drinking water with your meal and rinsing with an alcohol-free fluoride mouthwash or flossing and brushing with toothpaste reduces the risk of damage.

Furthermore, consider the length of time food is left in your mouth. The more time bacteria have to produce acids, the more damage will be done.

So, watch what you eat and drink and don’t forget to call us when you’re ready to schedule your dental cleaning appointment.


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April 15, 2016

Everyone wants that perfect smile! When you open your mouth, those pearly white teeth should be gleaming. However, not everyone is so lucky. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, soda drinker, or you just haven’t gone to the dentist in years, you might suffer from tooth stains and yellow teeth. Teeth whitening is a popular option for getting that healthy smile back.

There are different options though regarding tooth whitening and there are pros and cons to each. There are over-the-counter kits and professional whitening procedures. The first thing you want to do is consult with your dentist about the most effective way to brighten your smile.

Professional  Teeth Whitening

Pro: Done at the office, your dentist will apply a whitening product that contains hydrogen peroxide. Visiting the dentist is the most effective way to whiten your teeth. The procedure is relatively fast, taking only 60 to 90 minutes. Results are noticeably quicker this way, as well.

Con: A con to this procedure is tooth sensitivity. Teeth and gums may become irritated for a short amount of time. Another con is the price it costs to get the procedure. These sessions run anywhere from $500-$1200, more costly than over-the-counter products.

Over The Counter

Pro: Over-the-counter kits contain whitening gel with a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Cheaper in price, they range from $20-$50 a kit to whiten your teeth depending on your teeth stains. You’ll save money, however, dental supervision while whitening your teeth at home is recommended.

Con: Results for do-it-yourself whitening kits are slower. They may take two weeks to two months before whitening becomes visible. Tooth and gum sensitivity will also occur if you go down this route.

Again, consult with your dentist first about any procedures and over-the-counter kits to see which is the right path for you. To learn more about teeth whitening, call (512) 605-0860 and make an appointment today with Dr. Bruce Silva.


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March 16, 2016

 

Sales for green food coloring are about to surge as St. Patrick’s Day approaches. If you’re planning on celebrating the Irish holiday, known for its emerald theme, the restaurants, bars, and parties you attend may offer food and drink with green food dye. Most bars will offer the popular option of green beer as desserts with green icing will be served at social gatherings. If that’s the situation, green teeth are inevitable.

In order to avoid this, you’ll want to steer clear of all things green but you don’t want to stray from the social events all together. Here are three ways to prevent green teeth on St. Patrick’s Day:

  1. AVOID THE GREEN BEER: Requesting beer without food dye is actually possible. Green beer is only offered by request in most situations. If you still want to celebrate the Irish way, stick with an Irish beer like Guinness.
  2. SKIP THE ICING: Try to avoid desserts like cake and cupcakes that have green icing. This will show up worse on your teeth than just drinking it as it will stain in between your teeth. Eggs will be dyed green as well as ice cream, so watch out for foods that may not look natural in color.
  3. TAKE A TOOTHBRUSH: If you decide to participate in the green ritual, all is well. The green stains gathered from the food coloring can easily be removed with a brushing and whitening toothpaste. Your best option is to brush shortly after the consumption of the food to prevent tooth staining. However, if you don’t want to carry a toothbrush with you or physically don’t have anywhere to put it, brushing your teeth before bed will suffice. Your goal here is to not show up to work the next day with a green smile.

For additional information schedule an appointment with Dr Silva today. He can provide helpful tips on how to avoid teeth staining. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 


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September 28, 2015

It’s still very hot here in Texas and may be for another couple of months. Are you an athlete? Have your kids started back at their many sports and outdoor activities? What are they consuming to stay hydrated? Many Sports Drinks claim to promote physical performance. While they do have their advantages, such as aiding in endurance, sports drinks are not the best choice of hydration and can be harmful to your health, especially to your teeth. From promoting cavities to fatigue, here are some points to consider before you reach for that sports drink.

Dental Erosion and Cavities

The typical sports drinks have incredibly high levels of sugar and citric acid. Both of these culprits stimulate cavities and the erosion of your teeth. If you or your child choose a sports drink, rinse your mouth out with water after consuming it. This will aid in getting rid of the sugar and acid that cause decay. And don’t forget to brush twice a day.

Reduced Testosterone

For a drink designed to enrich your athletic performance, sports drinks can be counterproductive. The high sugar content can reduce testosterone production. This drop in testosterone could potentially impair your athletic ability.

Upset Stomach

We know carbohydrates can boost energy levels, but the high level of sugar in sports drinks can result in an upset stomach which can hinder your performance in the end.

Fatigue

Sports activities are tiring and so is ingesting too much sugar. Sugar causes an early increase in blood sugar levels followed by a powerful drop which can make you feel fatigued. Sugar does not provide sustainable energy, so carefully choose whole grain and protein laden snacks and drinks.

Weight Management

Due to their high sugar content, sports drinks can actually make you gain weight despite your athletic efforts. Most of the drinks contain none of the fiber which can help control your appetite. In addition liquids are less filling than solid food, so you won’t feel satisfied with just a sports drink though you’ve just consumed a product that is high in calories and sugar.

Dr. Silva and his staff care about your overall health, not just your teeth. Be good to your teeth and your body. Exercise is key to a healthier you, just make sure you make the right choices. Water is the best hydration tool and won’t make you tired, sick or give you cavities.

(source: livestrong.com)






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