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Posts for: May, 2015

By Reep Family Dental
May 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Vegetables  

Springtime is here, and it's time to hit the local farmer's markets and greengrocers for fresh, healthy and vitamin-packed vegetables. Not only are spring veggies good for your waistline and digestive tract because of their low calories, high fiber and water content, vegetables are also great for your teeth! They come recommended by dentists such as Nic Reep DDS, serving the Yakima, Washington area. It's their tooth-Vegetablesfriendly properties that make spring vegetables a must for optimum oral health.

Gradually substitute old habits with tooth-friendly good ones.

With the sense of renewal springtime brings, take small steps toward renewed dental health by substituting sugary, calorie-laden snacks with tasty vegetables. For instance, did you know that 2 cups of fresh cherry tomatoes has the same calorie count as a doughnut from the local bakery? It's true, and beyond that, the cherry tomatoes are loaded with Vitamin C, a great promoter of healthy gum tissue. The doughnut, on the other hand, promotes tooth decay.

In addition, spring vegetables have a firm, fibrous texture. Consider adding these vegetables to your diet:

  • green peppers
  • cucumbers
  • raw carrots
  • celery
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli

These high fiber choices stimulate saliva production to wash food particles off teeth. They also provide excellent biting and chewing exercise which stimulates jaw bone growth, especially in the alveolar ridge which anchors tooth roots. Fibrous veggies scrape plaque and tartar off teeth and away from the gum line. Less accumulated plaque and tartar mean fewer cavities and healthier gums.

Veggies provide excellent nutrition for your teeth and gums.

The 2010 Journal of Dental Research states that onions provide great antibacterial properties, advantageous to combating the oral bacteria which attack tooth enamel and gums with cavities and periodontal or gum disease. Additionally, dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale are rich in calcium, a nutrient both old and young need for sturdy bones and hard tooth enamel.

Consider, too, that nutrients remain when vegetables are juiced. Vegetable juice is an outstanding, calorie sparing substitute for sports drinks and soda pop.

Reep Family Dental wants to encourage dental wellness and whole body health.

Nic Reep DDS believes in patient education, including helping people make good nutritional choices. When people are well informed on the things which promote their dental health, it's a win-win situation for both dentist and patient.

If you would like to learn more about the interplay between your mouth and what you put into it, contact Reep Family Dental for an appointment. You can have your teeth cleaned and examined in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and also discuss with Dr. Reep the lifestyle habits that promote an attractive smile that will last a lifetime.

Call (509) 594-4437 for an appointment.

By Reep Family Dental
May 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Did you see the move Cast Away starring Tom Hanks? If so, you probably remember the scene where Hanks, stranded on a remote island, knocks out his own abscessed tooth — with an ice skate, no less — to stop the pain. Recently, Dear Doctor TV interviewed Gary Archer, the dental technician who created that special effect and many others.

“They wanted to have an abscess above the tooth with all sorts of gunk and pus and stuff coming out of it,” Archer explained. “I met with Tom and I took impressions [of his mouth] and we came up with this wonderful little piece. It just slipped over his own natural teeth.” The actor could flick it out with his lower tooth when the time was right during the scene. It ended up looking so real that, as Archer said, “it was not for the easily squeamish!”

That’s for sure. But neither is a real abscess, which is an infection that becomes sealed off beneath the gum line. An abscess may result from a trapped piece of food, uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease, or even an infection deep inside a tooth that has spread to adjacent periodontal tissues. In any case, the condition can cause intense pain due to the pressure that builds up in the pus-filled sac. Prompt treatment is required to relieve the pain, keep the infection from spreading to other areas of the face (or even elsewhere in the body), and prevent tooth loss.

Treatment involves draining the abscess, which usually stops the pain immediately, and then controlling the infection and removing its cause. This may require antibiotics and any of several in-office dental procedures, including gum surgery, a root canal, or a tooth extraction. But if you do have a tooth that can’t be saved, we promise we won’t remove it with an ice skate!

The best way to prevent an abscess from forming in the first place is to practice conscientious oral hygiene. By brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes, and flossing at least once a day, you will go a long way towards keeping harmful oral bacteria from thriving in your mouth.

If you have any questions about gum disease or abscesses, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Periodontal (Gum) Abscesses” and “Confusing Tooth Pain.”