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Edmond Dentist Lists Foods To Maintain Your Summer Smile: Part 2

Edmond Dentist Talks About Foods That Clean Your Teeth

In part one of this series (July 5th post) our Edmond dentist provided a list of 3 types of food that nutritional researchers have reported as being beneficial for teeth and help to keep them clean. When it comes to maintaining your summer smile we explained how whole grains, animal proteins, and raw seeds do their part. Today, our Edmond dentist is providing a few more foods that are also good at cleaning teeth.

Here are the next 3 food types we’ll talk about, today:

Dairy Products
Most people know that milk, yogurt, and cheese contain calcium which is a main component for healthy teeth and bones, but did you know that cheese also contains cavity-fighting agents? In fact, cheese has phosphate in it to help balance the pH levels in the mouth while preserving tooth enamel.

The calcium and phosphate work together to produce saliva and kill off bacteria in the mouth and teeth.

Fruits And Vegetables
Crisp fruits (like apples) and raw, crunchy vegetables (like carrots and celery) can help remove plaque from teeth and even freshen the breath.

Vitamin A is also necessary for the formation of tooth enamel and can be found in foods such as:

  • Pumpkins
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Broccoli

Fruits that contain Vitamin C are also great for holding cells together, which works to prevent the breakdown of gums.

Fresh Herbs
Studies show that fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, and mint can help clean teeth and decrease odors caused by a buildup of bacteria. Chewing on the fresh herbs is considered best; however, dried herbs can be used in mouth rinses for a more subtle impact.

Our Edmond dentist hopes that this information has been enlightening for you, but our staff wouldn’t be doing their jobs if we didn’t point out the obvious in saying that brushing and flossing regularly are also very important in you want to maintain healthy oral hygiene.

In addition, our Edmond dentist would also recommend routine teeth cleanings and dental check-ups as they are a fabulous way to ensure you keep a bright smile.

If you would like to make an appointment with our Edmond dentist, please give Wallace Family Dentistry a call at 405-340-0411.

Foods-Edmond Dentist

Edmond Dentist Lists Foods To Maintain Your Summer Smile: Part 1

Edmond Dentist Talks About Foods That Clean Your Teeth

When you think about the hot summer it’s easy to think about swimming and maintaining your “summer body”, but what about your summer smile? If you’re dieting you should make certain that whatever you’re eating is good for your teeth, too. Perhaps, you never thought about what types of foods would actually promote dental health before. Today, our Edmond dentist is providing a small list of foods that are good at cleaning teeth.

Here is a list of 3 food types that our Edmond dentist wanted to share with you, today:

Whole Grains
Real whole grains (such as bran, brown rice, whole-grain breads, whole-grain cereals, and whole-grain pasta) are:

  • High in fiber
  • A source of magnesium
  • Rich in iron

The high fiber content keeps saliva flowing, which helps create mineral defenses against tooth decay. The magnesium inside the whole grains is an important ingredient for bones and teeth, too. Furthermore, the iron is great at helping to keep gums healthy.

Animal Protein
When consumed in moderation meat is actually a good source of vital minerals for teeth. In fact, beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, and fatty fish (like salmon) contain phosphorus which can help buffer acids in the mouth to keep teeth cleaner and it also helps keep teeth mineralized.

Raw Seeds
Chia seeds and Sesame seeds are two of the best seeds reported for being rich in calcium which is helpful for fortifying teeth. Sesame seeds, in particular, have been said to help remove streptococcus bacteria from the mouth, keeping teeth cleaner.

These are just 3 types of foods that our Edmond dentist wanted to talk about, but we have a few more to talk about during our second post of this month so stay tuned!

An important side note: Our Edmond dentist would like to say that just because you start eating the "right" foods doesn't mean that you can forego dental treatments if you want to maintain healthy oral hygiene. To maintain your beautiful smile routine dental care is crucial. If you would like to make an appointment with our Edmond dentist, please give Wallace Family Dentistry a call at 405-340-0411.

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Edmond Dentist Warns Of Swimming Pool Chlorine Damaging Enamel

Edmond Dentist Encourages Monitoring Pool pH Levels

When you think about cooling off from a hot summer day, it’s natural to want to lounge around in a swimming pool, especially if that pool is in your own backyard. What you probably never thought about was that if the chlorine levels in the water are not properly balanced, it could damage your tooth enamel. Our Edmond dentist is here to share more about the New York University College of Dentistry researchers learned of this information.

A few years ago, Dr. Leila Jahangiri, the clinical associate professor and the Chair of NYUCD’s Department of Prosthodontics, spoke out about the findings of homeowners attempting to maintain pools on their own. While it’s understandable that homeowners would want to save a few dollars by avoiding having to hire professionals to maintain their pools for them, it could be a dangerous decision. This choice has often led to improper pH levels of the water which according to Jahangiri “can result in irreversible damage to one's teeth.”

She also stated that “it is difficult balance to maintain home pools properly” and that “proper pool chlorine and pH levels need to be monitored and maintained on a weekly basis.”

Our Edmond dentist knows you might be wondering what lab work research could really prove, but rest assured it was not just an educated guess based on research conducted in a lab that brought Jahangiri to her conclusion. She had observed first-hand, in a 52 year old male patient, the effects of improper pH levels. He had extremely sensitive teeth, dark staining, and rapid enamel loss over a very short 5 month period as a direct result of his 90 minute swimming exercise routine.

So, our Edmond dentist would hope that before you go dipping into the cold, refreshing water in your backyard you’ll consider carefully how you plan to keep proper pH levels and maintain the chlorine regularly, for the sake of your dental health. Either that or swim somewhere you know it’s safe.

Should you feel the need to have a dental checkup and ensure that things are on the right track with your teeth, don’t hesitate to come and see our Edmond dentist. You may make an appointment with our Edmond dentist at Wallace Family Dentistry by calling 405-340-0411.

Enjoy your summer!

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Northern Hills Elementary STEM And Teacher Appreciation Assembly

Wallace Family Dentistry Gives Back Via STEM

Wallace Family Dentistry loves helping out in the community, especially with educational programs. That’s why when an opportunity presented itself to do so, Dr. Mike Wallace could hardly wait to give recognition to a wonderful teacher and give the students at a local school something both educational and fun.

To make this happen, Dr. Mike connected with Mad Science to organize a highly entertaining STEM assembly on the afternoon of March 3rd, 2017 at 2pm for students at Northern Hills Elementary School in Edmond, OK. The STEM assembly was conducted by a Mad Science representative by the name of “Professor Elemental”.

The theme of the STEM assembly focused on “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math” principles, but with thrilling science experiments and verbiage that the children could easily grasp. The idea behind the assembly was for students to imagine themselves making their own goals and dreams come true one day. The students were also encouraged to find science interesting, see it as adventurous, and even be intrigued enough to want to pursue STEM related careers when they grow up.

Professor Elemental made the show very special by calling upon random volunteer students from each grade level to the stage to help with various experiments.

The twist came at the end of the show when one teacher, Kim Maker (a Resource Teacher for 3rd grade), was called upon the stage to help with the final experiment.

Kim had no idea that before the STEM assembly had even been scheduled the administrative staff had worked with Dr. Mike and chosen her to participate in the final experiment. The surprise came at the end of the final experiment when Dr. Mike, on behalf of Wallace Family Dentistry, presented a $50 gift card to Amazon and a Certificate Of Appreciation to Kim Maker for all of her hard work.

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Finally, to give everyone the opportunity to practice their very own science experiments, as a parting gift, Dr. Mike gave the school a big book of science experiments to keep in the school library.

Everyone seemed to have a great time, including Dr. Mike!