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Swimming & Your Teeth

ymca-blog-summer-swimming-lessonsSummer is here, and if you or someone you know is going to be spending six or more hours a week in a swimming pool, you better read this important information!

Too much exposure to pool water can affect your teeth! Most people are surprised when they learn about the possibility of corrosive effects that the chemicals in pool water can have on your mouth. With a pool you are constantly trying to keep the same temperature, chlorine level and pH levels balanced. When the pH levels are not balanced and even when they are, your beautiful teeth are being exposed to the acidity!

If you are in a pool for a prolonged time, like on a swim team for school, exercise purposes, or when summertime rolls around, look for these potential problems:

  • Swimmers Calculus: This will show up as hard brown tarter that make an appearance on your front teeth. To be removed you need a deep dental cleaning.

2.)    Eroded Enamel: Acids eat away at our teeth, and it can come from anywhere. The most common places are sports drinks, soda, and pool water. When the acid impacts your enamel it can lead to faster decay and sensitivity.

So when that first sunny and hot week rolls around, don’t be shy to jump right in, but make sure to drink water! And we don’t mean the pool water. Every so often take a couple drinks of water and swish around your mouth.

Thank you for your trust in us! We look forward to seeing you during your next visit!

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How to Prepare for an Interview – Smile.

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Yes, we all know that a relationship builds over time. But an amazing first impression can make a longing impact on another individual. For most people, they want to do their best to make themselves memorable for a job interview and what better way to do that than to improve your smile!

A study done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry said that 50% of adults remember others by their smile after meeting them. Only 9% recall what that person was wearing. So when you go to pick out your best clothes, don’t forget your pearly whites!

Having that bright smile can open up your career opportunities according to a study done in 2007. They suggested that someone with a whiter smile were more likely to be offered a job and offered higher starting salaries. Naturally you are also more confident and perceived to be more professional after whitening.

Once you get past that first impression that gives you the chance to let the “real” you show, and that is the most important part. Always remember to think before your interview of any questions you want to ask and anything you would like to say so you can remain calm and not be as nervous. The right attitude can have a huge impact!

If there is something about your smile that you don’t feel confident about, you don’t have to live with it. Come in and talk to with us. We can explain to you the options and let you pick the plan that fits your goals and budget.

We hope to see you soon & good luck in landing your dream job!

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Don’t Feel Guilty for Snacking

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Everyone enjoys a delicious snack during their busy day or dessert after dinner. But what some may not know is what they are doing to their teeth with this process. Foods have an immediate effect because it comes in contact with bacteria and creates acid which starts the process for cavities.

When eating an unhealthy snack that contains fermentable carbs, they break down in the mouth and form into acid that produce decay. Sticky foods such as raisins cause more damage because of how long they are in contact with the teeth. So while you keep chewing you are letting the acid eat away at your enamel for a longer period of time. This is also true with potato chips because they get stuck in the cracks and interproximal areas within the teeth. After these foods have been swallowed you would think that the acids would disappear with it but in fact they don’t, they sit in your mouth for another half an hour!

A good choice is all carbohydrate foods because they break down into simple sugars such as glucose, fructose, maltose and lactose. Always try and pick a snack that creates a constant saliva flow. Cheese is a great example to snack on especially after a meal because it helps wash away those acids caused by other foods. Another helpful tip is if you’re really craving those chocolate chip cookies, eat them with dinner instead of a separate snack!

Best Snack Choices:

            cheese, chicken, nuts, and sugarless gum that contains xylitol.

 Worst Snack Choices:

            candy, cookies, crackers, bread, and dried fruits.

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Healthier Gums, Healthier Heart

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Columbia University research  published in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows healthy gums can reduce your risks of heart disease. Heart disease starts with plaque building up in your arteries, a process called atherosclerosis.  Good dental care can slow down this process. Professor and study author, Moise Desvarieux says that the study “results are important because atherosclerosis progressed with both clinical periodontal disease and bacterial profiles in the gums.” The study followed and observed 420 adults between 60-75 years old who had oral infections and heart disease.

Specific gum conditions that negatively relate to heart disease:

Gingivitis. This is the earliest stage of gum disease, you may notice redness of the gums or light bleeding after brushing or flossing. To reduce this, it is recommended to improve brushing technique and floss more often.

Periodontitis. Now the infections has gone deeper and the bacteria releases toxins that cause the tissue to swell, and if the problems is not taken care of it could eventually cause loss of bone and gum recession.

Cavities. Cavities are caused by a different bacteria than gum disease, but they can still be detrimental if there is a cavity that irritates the gums because that can lead to gingivitis.

Common symptoms of periodontal disease you should look for are:

1) red, swollen gums

2) bleeding after flossing or brushing

3) pain while chewing

4) loss of teeth

Many other conditions and bad dental habits can create problems and contribute to the atherosclerosis process. Although further research is necessary to understand the relationship, there is an abundance of evidence that relate these gum disease and heart disease.

Just one more reason to floss and brush daily, taking care of your gums today helps your heart and whole body stay healthy.

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How to Care for Dentures?

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Your dentures will last longer and fit better if you properly care for them.  Here are a few tips:

♦ Clean dentures daily to keep them clean.

-First step, rinse your denture thoroughly with water and run your fingers along the inside edges to remove any large pieces of debris or other substances. Rinse them under a full tap to wash away debris.

-Brush all surfaces of the denture with a soft-bristle denture brush, not a toothbrush.  Skip the toothpaste for the denture to avoid damaging it.  However, remember to use a fluoride toothpaste to brush your own gums, tongue and any natural teeth.

-Rinse your dentures with water after each meal.

-Denture cleaners are best for soaking dentures, but soaking is not a substitute for brushing—you need to brush the dentures to remove plaque.

♦ Carefully handle your denture

-When cleaning or handling your denture place a folded towel below or fill the sink with water to avoid chipping or breaking it in case it slips and falls.

-Never soak your denture in hot water as this can warp the plastic.

-Never wrap your denture in paper towel as it may accidentally get thrown away. Always have proper accessories for cleaning and storing your dentures.

-Always store dentures in a denture container with denture solution or water to keep moist, they should not be allowed to get dry or lose their shape.

♦ Steps for a better fit.

-Use a minimum amount of denture adhesive, if needed. Be sure to remove any remaining adhesive daily as you clean.

-Remove your dentures (full or partial) every night.  Your gum tissues beneath the denture rest and stay healthier.

-Regular six month dental visits allow the fit and condition of your dentures to be examined.  If there are any signs of irritation or gum disease they can be immediately treated.

→Generally, even well cared dentures will need to be replaced after five or seven years.  If it has been awhile since you saw a dentist or are feeling discomfort from your denture, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mike Hamid Mirsepasi for a full evaluation.  Dr. Mirsepasi, the only prosthodontist in Richardson and Dallas, received three years of post-graduate training focused on dentures and all tooth replacement options.

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Your Dental New Year Resolution

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Here is an easy New Year’s resolution that you can smile about. Set a goal for good dental health, it will benefit your total health too. Follow these simple tips to maintain good oral health all year long.

  1. Brush your teeth at least two times a day. Proper brushing removes plaque from the surface before it hardens into calculus.
  2. Use fluoride toothpaste to prevent decay.
  3. Change your toothbrush every 3 to 6 months, depending upon which type of brush you use.
  4. Floss your teeth daily. Flossing is the only way to remove plaque from in between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach.
  5. Use a mouth rinse. An antimicrobial mouth rinse can provide extra help in controlling plaque.
  6. Eat healthy meals and snacks. As your grandmother told you in years gone by, sugar rots your teeth and contributes to cavities. Plus, eating more vegetables helps to remove plaque and has less sugar than processed foods.
  7. Chew only sugar free gum. If you like to chew gum make sure it is a sugar-free type.  There are lots of flavors and no guilt. Chewing sugar-free gum generates saliva which helps rinse stray food particles and acid from teeth.
  8. Remember teeth are tools for chewing food, not for ripping plastic packages or popping bottle caps open.  Even gnawing on pencils, ice, popcorn kernels or other hard objects can result in chipped or cracked teeth.  This year try to use your teeth as they were intended and avoid unnecessary damage that could require a root canal.

Good dental health and an improved smile can make you feel confident and secure. So after you stop smoking and lose those extra pounds, don’t forget to see your dentist this year- a least twice!

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Sleigh bells ring …

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As I reflect on the meaning of Christmas, I am filled with appreciation.  I want to send out a personal “Thank You” to each of my patients. The trust and confidence you place in me and my team is truly appreciated. All year long, we are given the opportunity to share a small part of your life and build relationships, even friendships.  We are honored to have you as patients and appreciate your referrals.

It’s Christmas time, which means lots of family, food, fun… and a LOT of extra sweets! We enjoy holiday treats as much as anyone, so we wanted to give you some tips to keep you smiling and your teeth healthy this holiday season.

Snacking throughout the day can lead to more tooth problems. Try to eat the extra treats at meal times, rather than munching all day long. When we eat, the sugars in our foods are broken down by the bacteria and turned into acid. Acid is what attacks your teeth and causes the damage and decay. Grazing means that your teeth and gums are under constant attack!

“Say Cheese!!!” Cheese helps neutralize the pH in the mouth, thereby helping to prevent cavities. Even better, it doesn’t matter if it is regular, low fat or no fat, the oral health benefits remain the same. This makes cheese a great snack. And since we’re talking about the holidays, turkey is also good for oral health. Turkey, along with other high protein meats, are rich in phosphorous, which helps promote strong healthy teeth.

In the holiday spirit, we are supporting the Issaquah Food Bank and will make a $10.00 donation for each new patient treated in December 2013 and January 2014.

Dr. Mike Hamid Mirsepasi wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas.  We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

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Sensitive Teeth?

untitledThose with sensitive teeth are usually always in pain as this condition in dentistry manifests itself through when eating or drinking very hot or very cold things. The pain can be sharp, shooting and you’ll feel it at the ends of your nerves. Sensitive teeth are caused when the underlying layer of teeth, called dentin, is exposed. Microscopic holes called tubules are found in the roots and lead to the pulp where all the nerves are. Usually, the tubules become exposed when the gum tissues recede and hot and cold or even overly sweet food can reach the nerve and cause pain.
There are many reasons why you may have sensitive teeth – it could be because the enamel has worn out due to brushing too hard, or eating too much acidic foods like citrus fruits, tea or tomatoes; it can be caused by gum disease or other gum-related conditions, it can be caused by aggressively utilizing electric tooth brushes; it can even be caused by using the wrong kind of mouthwash or toothpaste. Whatever the cause, these are just some ways you can help with the pain of sensitive teeth.

Use Special Toothpaste and a Gentle Toothbrush:

There are several types of toothpastes on the market made especially for sensitive teeth. Usually, these work to desensitize your teeth, as well as help build up the lost enamel and cover up those tubules. Try different brands to find one that suits you best. Usually, whitening toothpaste and tartar control toothpaste can worsen the situation, so use fluoridated toothpaste instead.

Check your toothbrush – are the bristles too hard? This may cause the enamel to wear thin, so make sure you only use soft bristled brushes.

Watch Your Diet:

Certain foods can wear down the enamel in your teeth such as highly acidic foods. Starch and sugar left over in your mouth reacts with plaque, creating more acids. So, if you do eat any of this acidic, sugary or starchy food, make sure you brush your teeth as soon as possible. Also, be sure to watch your diet and eat nutritionally-rich foods for your overall and oral health.

Other Ways to Help Sensitive Teeth:

Depending on the cause of your sensitive teeth, there may be other ways to deal with it. If you grind your teeth when you sleep, go to your dentist to get a mouth guard. If you live in a place that doesn’t have fluoridated water, use special mouthwash and other products to compensate.

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits is the best way to prevent sensitive teeth and other dental problems. As a general rule, brush at least two times a day, floss regularly to maintain healthy teeth and gums and visit your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups.

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What is the history of Dentures?

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Dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth.  Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs.  Some dentures include bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants.

Around 700BC, Etruscans in northern Italy made dentures out of human or other animal teeth. These deteriorated quickly, but being easy to produce, were popular until the mid-19th century.

The oldest useful complete denture appeared in Japan, and has been traced to the ganjyoji temple in Kii Province, Japan. It was a wooden denture made of Buxus microphylla, and used by Nakaoka Tei (–20 April 1538). This wooden denture had almost the same shape as modern dentures retained by suction. It also shaped to cover each condition of teeth loss. W

In London the first ‘Operators for the Teeth’ creating dentures were often professional goldsmiths, ivory turners or students of barber-surgeons.

The first porcelain dentures were made around 1770 by Alexis Duchâteau. In 1791, the first British patent was granted to Nicholas Dubois De Chemant, previous assistant to Duchateau, for “De Chemant’s Specification”, a composition for the purpose of making of artificial teeth either single double or in rows or in complete sets, and also springs for fastening or affixing the same in a more easy and effectual manner than any hitherto discovered which said teeth may be made of any shade or color, which they will retain for any length of time and will consequently more perfectly resemble the natural teeth. He began selling his wares in 1792, with most of his porcelain paste supplied by Wedgwood.

In London in 1820, Claudius Ash, a goldsmith by trade, began manufacturing high-quality porcelain dentures mounted on 18-carat gold plates. Later dentures were made of Vulcanite from the 1850s on, a form of hardened rubber into which porcelain teeth were set.  Starting in the 20th century, acrylic resin and other plastics were used.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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With Thanksgiving approaching, Dr. Mike Hamid Mirsepasi and the team at Nobel Dental Care wanted to express our thanks to have you in our dental family. Our practice thrives because of loyal patients like you. We are honored to have the pleasure of knowing you and your loved ones and help you keep your smile healthy. We wanted to share a few tips to keep your teeth healthy during this feasting holiday.

 

 

  • Eat as balanced a meal as you can.  If indulging in heaping portions of carbohydrate rich and sugary foods like stuffing, rolls, pies and cakes be sure to also eat protein and vegetables.  This will help reduce some of the acids in the mouth formed by sugar and bacteria.
  • Minimize or avoid sticky foods.
  • Try not to snack all day. Often Thanksgiving festivities mean eating and mingling all day.  Spend time with family and friends playing games rather than eating to cut down on the build up of cavity causing acids.
  • Rinse or brush. Bring your travel toothbrush and brush after the big meal. If you are not able to brush remember to rinse your mouth out with water to remove as much debris and acid as possible.

By following these simple holiday teeth care tips, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy while still enjoying the delicious holiday food including grandma’s famous pecan or pumpkin pie. Happy Thanksgiving!

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