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November 15, 2017

While picking a favorite Thanksgiving dish can be difficult when there are so many great ones to choose from, it turns out that cranberry sauce is our new favorite side dish due to its supportive oral health benefits.

Overall cranberries promote good health. Cranberry sauce is higher in calories than fresh cranberries, but they contain several nutrients that protect you from health related issues. Cranberry sauce contains fiber which relieves constipation and promotes healthy cholesterol levels limiting your chances of heart disease. It also contains Vitamin C, antioxidants, and is low in fat.

As far as oral health, cranberries support dental care in many ways. When bacteria binds together, it creates a plaque in your mouth. Cranberries contain a nutrient called Proanthocyanidins, which prevents bacteria from sticking together. Cranberry juice reduces plaque by 95 percent. It reduces the production of sugars in our mouth and makes it difficult for acids to generate, decreasing the damage to your tooth enamel.

Cranberries also reduce gum disease. The fruit limits the ability of gum disease causing bacteria to stick to your teeth and gums and cuts down on amino acids that bacteria survive on.

Make cranberry sauce your side of choice this Thanksgiving to go along with your turkey. Keep reading Dr. Bruce Silva blogs for the latest in dental health news and tips on gum disease prevention.

December 7, 2016

Don’t fret. If you’re the kind of person that wants to be social in December and keep a healthy smile, we have you covered. At the office of Dr. Bruce Silva, we understand that while you have a lot of holiday gatherings to attend, you also don’t want it to interfere with your dental routine: brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouth wash after every meal. Here are three ways to keep that healthy smile clean over the holidays.

  1. Drink the right things. To keep your smile healthy, avoid as much as possible drinks like soda, tea, coffee, and red wine. These drinks can create ugly stains on your teeth. Water is the best and healthiest liquid to consume. It controls your bad breath, washes away food particles and bacteria, and helps you avoid dry mouth. If you do consume these drinks, just rinse your mouth out immediately after.
  2. Eat the right things. Avoid sweets and sugary foods. Cakes, cookies, pies, and chocolate are not only bad for your teeth, they’re high in calories too. While you may not be able to completely avoid sweets during the holidays, try to stick to healthy snacks like vegetables. You can also try parsley and peppermint. Parsley has a breath deodorizer known as chlorophyll. You can also drop peppermint oil into your water to help with bad breath. If you do eat sweets, be sure to rinse with water right afterwards.
  3. Stick to your cleaning routine. While it might be impossible for you to brush your teeth right after each meal at parties, you can keep floss, wisps, and mouthwash on you for a quick freshen up. These are great for removing bacteria from hidden places.

Happy Holidays! Keep following Dr. Bruce Silva’s blogs for your monthly reminder of oral care, and give us a call if you have any questions or need to set up an appointment.

October 24, 2016

What other holiday is more notorious for excess candy consumption than Halloween? It’s fast approaching and it can create some problems for you, your child, and your healthy smiles. This Halloween, be sure to follow these tips from Dr. Silva and the American Dental Association.

  1. Take with Food: Eat Halloween candy with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
  2. Choose Carefully: Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. The length of time sugary food is in your mouth increases risk for tooth decay.
  3. Avoid Sticky Situations: Sticky candies cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
  4. Drink Water: Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay.
  5. Maintain a Healthy Diet: The foods you choose as fuel and how often you take-in affect your general health, as well as your teeth and gums.
  6. Stay Away from Sugary Beverages: Consuming sugary beverages increases your risk of tooth decay. This includes soda, sports drinks and flavored waters.
  7. Chew Gum with the ADA Seal: Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by dental plaque bacteria.
  8. Brush Twice a Day: Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Also, replace your toothbrush every three to four months. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
  9. Floss your teeth: Decay-causing bacteria get between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  10. Visit your dentist frequently: Regular visits to your dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur early.

Another great tip: calling Dr. Silva today to schedule a post-Halloween visit to keep your teeth feeling and looking good!

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