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Chocolate And Your Teeth

  • Sep 19, 2017

UNDER MOST CIRCUMSTANCES, dentists are not fans of candy. The sugar in candy is the favorite food of bacteria that cause tooth decay. However, when it comes to chocolate, certain types may actually be good for oral health! To be clear, this is not a blog post in which we give you a free pass to eat all the chocolate you want. Only certain types of chocolate have any health benefits, and too much of even the healthiest kinds probably isn’t a good thing. All Chocolate Is Not Created Equal How can you tell where any given chocolate falls on the spectrum from most processed to least? It helps to know a little about how chocolate is made. The most important ingredient is the cocoa bean. After fermenting, the beans can either be roasted and made into cocoa powder, or cold pressed into cacao powder, which retains more of the original nutrients. You’ll get the most nutrients from cacao nibs or powder, but the stuff is pretty bitter and the chocolatey taste isn’t as strong. If you’d rather stick with the chocolate you’re used to, there are still factors to consider. The main ingredients in a chocolate bar are cocoa solids, cocoa butter, sugar, and milk (if it’s milk chocolate). White chocolate is made wi...
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The Coolest Teeth In The Animal Kingdom

  • Sep 12, 2017

MOST OF US already know that sharks constantly grow new teeth, venomous snakes use their fangs like syringes full of poison, and elephants have enormous tusks. As lovers of teeth of all shapes and sizes, today we’d like to take a moment to spotlight a few lesser known bizarre teeth out there in the wild. Crabeater Seals Contrary to their name, crabeater seals’ diets consist almost entirely of Antarctic krill, but you probably wouldn’t guess that by looking at their teeth. Where we have our molars, they have some very bizarre teeth. These teeth are like if a normal sharp canine tooth had many smaller canine teeth coming out of it. All together, they look like they’re packing deadly saws in their jaws. Even though they look deadly, crabeater seals use their teeth in much the same way that we use strainers for pasta: they’ll take a big gulp of ocean water, then squeeze the water back out while their teeth trap all the tasty krill inside. Yum! Beavers You’d be horrified if you woke up with orange teeth, but that’s because you aren’t a beaver. Beaver's teeth become orange over time because of the iron in the food they eat. The iron makes their teeth harder, which helps them chew throu...
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Nail Biting And Oral Health file

  • Sep 04, 2017

WE CALL SUSPENSEFUL BOOKS “nail-biters,” but the habit of nail biting itself has less exciting connotations. The most obvious consequence is torn, uneven nails, and in particularly severe cases, nails that become dramatically shortened and deformed over time. This alone would be enough of a reason to discourage the habit, but far more insidious are the effects of nail biting on teeth and oral health. Consequences For Teeth And Gums Teeth should never be used as tools, and that includes using them as nail clippers. Over time, nail biting, or oncyophagia, can lead to a variety of complications. Malocclusion and gaps Grinding the front teeth together in order to bite through nails can gradually cause them to shift, creating a bad bite—malocclusion—or a gap between the top teeth. Wearing, chipping, and cracking At the same time that teeth are shifting into less than ideal positions, they could also be getting chipped or cracked, and they are certainly being worn down. Root resorption The pressure chewing nails places on the teeth can actually cause the jaw bone to begin re-absorbing the roots of those teeth, weakening them and increasing the risk of tooth loss. Having braces makes the risk of root resorption even greater. Gingivitis F...
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9/21 from 12-2, Patient Appreciation Day Event 2017 file

  • Sep 04, 2017

We appreciate YOU and we are so excited to show you how much! Please join us at our Patient Appreciation Day Event! Food & refreshments will be provided at our event. You may fill out your raffle ticket at Our Johnson Family Dental location. You may enter (1) ticket each day during the month of September! Your friends and family are eligible to win. The more days you come into our office, the more chances you have to win some of our big giveaways! You do not have to be present at our raffle to win (raffle will be held at 2pm, 9/21)!
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It’s Time For Back-To-School Dental Checkups! file

  • Sep 04, 2017

DID YOU KNOW THAT TOOTH DECAY is the most common chronic disease in children? An estimated 42 percent of children between ages two and 11 get tooth decay in their baby teeth, and it doesn’t stop there, with 59 percent of kids between 12 and 19 getting at least one cavity. As alarming as these statistics are, childhood tooth decay can be prevented with good oral health habits and regular dental appointments. Why Schedule A Back-To-School Dental Appointment? When it comes to the health of your children’s teeth, an ounce of prevention is absolutely worth a pound of cure. If you wait until there’s an obvious problem, it’ll take more extensive (and expensive) treatment to fix. Teeth won’t start to hurt until decay has reached the dental pulp, so bring your children in for an appointment before it can get that far. Here are a few tips to keep your child’s oral hygiene on track in between appointments: We’ll See You Soon! Make sure your kids start off their school year right: with healthy teeth and the confidence to share their smile with new friends and teachers. Call now to schedule your child’s back-to-school dental examination! Wishing your kids a mouth-healthy year at school!
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