Lessen the Sweets, Lower the Issues | Snohomish Dentist

It is said that diabetes affects so many today, it is becoming one of the worst epidemics in not only the country, but the world. Because our diets aren’t exactly the healthiest at times, it is easy to develop diabetic tendencies without even knowing. The main component of diabetes is sugars in our system, and sugars are also the main causes of our dental issues, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that these two conditions are closely linked. November National Diabetes Awareness Month – let’s celebrate with knowledge.

We know too much sugar causes cavities. Glucose, or the sugars in your blood from diabetes, can cause pain, infection, and other problems in your mouth, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. If glucose levels aren’t controlled, bacteria have time to settle into the crevices in your mouth and wreak havoc. If your dental habits are poor, these bacteria develop into cavities or a more advanced form of gum disease. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, and high glucose levels can affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes, making this a cyclical progression as it worsens.

Overconsumption of sugar could be the main reasons gum disease and diabetes are so prevalent in our country. The average American consumes around 85 grams of sugar every day; the recommended sugar intake is 12 grams a day for children, 22 – 36 for adults. In order to not only maintain better overall health, but to prevent any future health conditions, stick to these parameters and practice proper oral hygiene.

If you would like more information about diabetes & dental health, call Dr. Cindy Du, Dr. Joseph Szabo and Dr. Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.duandszabodds.com.

Dr. Du, Szabo & Haines proudly serve Snohomish and all surrounding areas.

Let the Floss Be the Boss | Snohomish Dentist

I know – the title is misleading. Who wants floss to be the boss of anything we do? While flossing isn’t the most fun part of our dental days, it plays a pretty important role in our dental health. Still not convinced? November 23rd is National Flossing Day. How’s that for important? To celebrate, let’s take a moment to become a little bit more familiar with that sleeping hero we call dental floss…

Floss was said to be invented in 1819 by Levi Spear Parmly, a dentist in New Orleans, who advised to run a piece of waxen silk thread between your teeth to dislodge anything stuck that a toothbrush cannot get to, but it wasn’t implemented into our daily dental routines until the 1970’s.

It is recommended that you should floss at least once a day to loosen any particles stuck in our teeth and allow the fluoride in our toothpaste to do its job in all those crevices. It isn’t a difficult procedure, but it is one that most dread doing. Unfortunately, dental visits aren’t very fun without regular flossing, so it is important to make sure to take the time to do it in order to maintain a healthy smile and help combat gum disease and other dental issues from developing.

Cut yourself a piece of floss about 18 inches long and wrap both sides around your fingers. Pull it taut between your thumb and index finger and guide the floss in between each tooth in a gentle zigzag motion to gently scrub down all the space between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. See? Not so difficult, and the benefits are worth it. Happy flossing!

If you would like more information about flossing, call Dr. Cindy Du, Dr. Joseph Szabo and Dr. Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.duandszabodds.com.

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Creepy Crawlies: Your Guide to Halloween Treats | Snohomish Dentist

As we prepare to visit our favorite Halloween haunts to collect a sack full of sugary treats, we need to take a moment to think about our dental health. Sure, not the first thought we have during this spooky season, but the bacteria hiding in your mouth can’t wait until you get home with your candy haul and overindulging your sweet tooth will result in a poor dental checkup. To prevent this from happening, let’s take a look at the effects various sweets have on your teeth. This may help when deciding which Halloween treat to choose:

Chocolate. Good news – it’s the best bet for health, especially if it’s dark chocolate. Not only does it have a health benefit, but chocolate is easier to clean off your teeth than other candy options, making it the one you’ll want to reach for.

Gummy candy. Many of these are made with fruit juice, but because of the stickiness, gummy treats are tough on your molars. Limit these, especially with dental work. Sticky candy can also pull off braces and other dental treatments.

Hard candy. Be particularly careful when enjoying these treats. Not only can they stick to dental appliances you may have in your mouth, but they can also chip a tooth if you aren’t careful. Try not to bite into these candies as you suck on them.

Sour candy. Your children are going to be particularly drawn to this type of sweet, but these have to be the worst culprit in your sack of treats. Not only can the sour coating dissolve the outer coating of your teeth, but if they are sticky as well, they can wreak havoc on those pearly whites.

If you would like more information about Halloween tips, call Dr. Haines, Dr. Cindy Du or Dr. Joseph Szabo in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.duandszabodds.com.

Dr. Haines, Du & Szabo proudly serves Snohomish and all surrounding areas.

How to Care for Your Braces | Snohomish Dentist

When someone decides to straighten their teeth, it can be a very exciting time. Not only will they have a fantastic smile at the end of it all, but they will no longer need to feel self-conscious about smiling in general. But in the process, a lot of changes will likely take place in the day-to-day while they are being straightened. Directions will be given to properly maintain braces, depending on the type of braces decided on. In honor of Orthodontic Health Month, here are a few tips to ensure the best experience during this transformative time:

Keep objects out. A general rule of thumb for everyone is if it doesn’t belong in your mouth, don’t put it in there. Not only can they damage your teeth but can also damage your braces.

Wear a mouth guard. If you are an active person, wearing a mouth guard will not only keep your device safe, but will save your teeth and gums.

Dietary changes. A big change that will happen when you get braces – your mouth is going to be sore as your teeth begin to move. Stick to soft foods during these times. Once your mouth heals, it is important to avoid sticky or hard foods that can break off brackets or wires. Candied apples, popcorn balls and caramel chews are just a few of the Halloween treats you are going to need to refrain from.

Preventative measures. Accidents happen. If a wire snaps, have some dental wax handy to save your mouth from injury. If a rubber band snaps, know how to replace them.

Daily dental hygiene. Your dental hygiene will basically remain the same but will require special toothpaste or floss to keep your teeth clean.

If you would like more information about orthodontic care, call Dr. Cindy Du, Dr. Joseph Szabo or Dr. Ted Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.duandszabodds.com.

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Dental Crowns Royally Improve Smiles | Snohomish Dentist

While there are many ways to improve a flawed smile, dental crowns are some of the most versatile on the market. Whether it be cracks, breaks or missing teeth, we all want to have the best smile we possibly can. Dentist everywhere will agree that there is a myriad of reasons to receive dental crowns, but these are the top five reasons patients opt for them.

Aesthetic improvement. Undergoing a dental crown procedure can improve the look of broken or cracked teeth. If you are suffering from a loss of teeth, dental crowns are the solution to replace any missing teeth.

Discreet. Receiving dental crowns look extremely natural because the porcelain and composite resin crowns match the exact shade of your natural teeth. No one will be able to tell the difference from your crowns and natural teeth, making this a fantastic solution.

No more stains. For those of you who are consistent coffee drinkers, dental crowns are perfect because they are prone to discoloration. This is because dental crowns are made from stain-resistant porcelain, so your caffeine selection of choice won’t harm your new dental restorations.

Long-lasting. Due to the durable materials used to construct dental crowns, they can last up to 15 years with proper maintenance. In addition to the durability, patients can go about their daily routines without worrying about their dental crowns shuffling around.

Prevention. Dental crowns drastically decrease the amount of bacteria build-up that can lead to the loss of more teeth. If you are embarrassed of your missing or damaged teeth, don’t be. Dental crowns can not only improve your overall look, but also build your confidence.

If you would like more information about dental crowns, call Dr. Cindy Du, Dr. Joseph Szabo or Dr. Ted Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.duandszabodds.com.

Drs. Du, Szabo and Haines proudly serves Snohomish and all surrounding areas.

The ABCs of Implant-Supported Dentures | Snohomish Dentist

There comes a time in our lives that we may be faced with the idea that we are going to need dentures. And while we assimilate dentures with the sets of teeth sitting in a glass next to your bed, this doesn’t have to be your only option with implant-supported dentures.

An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture attached to and supported by implants. So instead of having traditional dentures, these are more stable for those that have issues with bone loss in the jaw because they don’t rest on the gums.

There are two types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. While they have similarities, there are subtle differences. Bar-retained dentures consists of two to five jawbone implants with a thin metal bar attached to the said implants. Ball-retained dentures are composed of metal attachments in the jawbone that are fitted onto the sockets found on the denture.

The whole process can take as short as five months to more than a year because of the two surgeries involved in the process. The first one is for the placement of the implants in the jawbone. The second, which comes three to six months after the first, then exposes the tops of the implants.

Fortunately, implant-supported dentures are much more stable than regular dentures, making them well worth the risk. They’re also more comfortable to wear and less likely to interfere with how you speak or eat so there is no need to make any major changes to your day-to-day. And while you may think you are home free as far as dental care, hard or sticky foods are still prohibited.

If you would like more information about implant-supported dentures, call Dr. Haines, Dr. Cindy Du or Dr. Joseph Szabo in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines, Du & Szabo proudly serves Snohomish and all surrounding areas.

Major Advantages to Dental Crowns | Snohomish Dentist

When it comes to our smile, we do our best to keep is as healthy and bright as possible. But there are times when we need a little bit of help from some cosmetic dentistry. Dental crowns are some of the most versatile options to treat your smile. Let’s take a moment to break down the six major reasons your grin can be saved by this multi-faceted treatment option…

  • Undergoing a dental crown procedure can improve the look of broken or cracked teeth. If you are suffering from tooth loss, dental crowns are the solution to replace any missing teeth.
  • Dental crowns look extremely natural because the porcelain and composite resin crowns match the exact shade of your natural teeth, making them discreet.
  • For those who are consistent coffee drinkers, dental crowns are perfect because they are stain-resistant. This is because they are made from porcelain, a material that is not prone to discoloration.
  • Due to the durable materials used for your dental crowns, they can last up to 15 years. Not only are they durable, but patients can go about their daily routines without constantly worrying about them falling out of place.
  • Dental crowns are restorative and preventive measures that can not only improve missing or damaged teeth but can also drastically decrease the amount of bacteria build-up that can lead to the loss of more teeth.
  • Having a flawed smile can lead to confidence issues. If you are embarrassed of your missing or damaged teeth, dental crowns are the perfect solution to build your confidence.

If you would like more information about dental crowns, call Dr. Haines, Dr. Cindy Du or Dr. Joseph Szabo in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines, Du & Szabo proudly serves Snohomish and all surrounding areas.

 

Pucker Up: The Downside to Sour Candy | Snohomish Dentist

When it comes to candy, we all have our favorites. From chocolates to lollipops, the candy options are so vast, there is something for everyone. And they may be a sweet treat, but too much of a good thing can not only lead to a tummy ache, but future dental issues if you have poor dental hygiene. And while you may think sugar is sugar, so all candy is the same, there are some types of candy that are worse than others.

There is good news for chocolate lovers, because research has shown that cocoa beans have antioxidants that prevent cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to your teeth and microorganisms that can infect your gums and cause tooth decay. While there are three varieties (dark, milk and white), dark chocolate is the least processed, making it the healthiest option for your teeth.

Hard candy, like lollipops and butterscotch, take longer to dissolve in our mouths, which leaves bacteria plenty of time to set up camp inside your mouth. And if you have a tendency to bite these candies, they can cause problems with dental appliances you may have, like braces or implants.

But there is one culprit in the bunch that is worse than them all – sour candy. They draw you in with their tart sugar coating, but that sour candy is so acidic that it attacks your mouth almost instantly. This acid will weaken and wear away your tooth enamel, making them prone to tooth decay and other future dental issues. So, while you are celebrating National Sour Candy Day on July 18th, make sure you limit this sour confection and practice proper dental hygiene afterwards.

If you would like more information about the effects of sour candy on your teeth, call Dr. Haines, Dr. Cindy Du or Dr. Joseph Szabo in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines, Du & Szabo proudly serves Snohomish and surrounding areas.

Let’s Celebrate Fresh Fruits and Vegetables | Snohomish Dentist

It’s that time of year where the weather is getting warmer and we want nothing more than to be outside, basking in the summer heat. We have traded our hot cocoa for iced tea and our cozy comfort foods are swapped out for lighter fresher options. And it’s just in time too – because June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Not only are these fresh foods good for our overall health, but they are also excellent for our smiles. And let’s face it – this is the time of year we have our biggest smiles, so why not indulge in these delicious and nutritious foods with a giant salad?

Carrots are packed with great vitamins and the crunchiness will gently scrub your teeth as you eat. In fact, all crunchy veggies are great for your teeth because it will initiate saliva production, our first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria. Celery is a great veggie that has a high-water content and, if you think about it, also acts like a floss. And doesn’t broccoli look like a toothbrush? Munching on these little “brushes” will not only give you some iron but will give your teeth a quick scrub as well. There are so many bonuses to eating veggies, right?

Not in the mood for a veggie salad? Opt for a fruity version. Crunchy fruits, like apples and pears, are fantastic for our overall health, but the crispiness helps strengthen your gums and the juice produces saliva, which clears out all of that bacteria that gives us cavities. And believe it or not, the malic acid in strawberries acts like a whitening agent.

If you would like more information about the effects of eating fruits and vegetables on your teeth, call Dr. Haines, Dr. Cindy Du or Dr. Joseph Szabo in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines, Du & Szabo proudly serves Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

Have You Smiled Today? | Snohomish Dentist

It’s tough to deny the fact that a smile is contagious. If you’re in a bad mood, something as simple as a smile can lift your spirits. And if you have the smile on your face, the world just seems to feel a little bit brighter. Yes, our smile is one of the most powerful tools we have to make the world a better place. In fact, a smile is so powerful that June 15th is National Smile Power Day.

Because our smile is so important, it is vital that we take care of it with proper daily dental hygiene and a healthy, balanced diet. Make sure to brush at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes, floss to get into those areas missed by your toothbrush, and rinse thoroughly to remove any of those cavity-causing bacteria.

A healthy balanced diet is not only good for our overall health, but also for our teeth. Fruits and vegetables are a great way to get vital nutrients into our systems, but there are some in particular that add a dental boost. Crunchy foods like apples and carrots increase saliva production, which is our mouth’s natural cleanser. Dairy products include lots of calcium, which is ideal for strong teeth and gums. Staying away from excessive sweets and junk food is also going to help keep your grin the brightest it can be.

So, before you start your day, take a moment to put a smile on your face. Not only will it help your general disposition, but it can spread to everyone you meet.

If you would like more information about a healthy smile, call Dr. Haines, Dr. Cindy Du or Dr. Joseph Szabo in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines, Du & Szabo proudly serves Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.