Saturday, October 6, 2018

Tips To Decreasing Your Fear

Cosmetic dental teams sometimes get a bad rap, but they are the quiet heros behind the scene cheering your healthy habits and your smile on. They are the ones that can help you to become the best version of yourself because the health of your body starts with your smile. If you have broken or damaged teeth, or periodontal disease, these problems can drastically decrease not only the health of your smile, but negatively impact your organs as well.  We also understand the fear you may have about visiting the cosmetic dentist is real, so here are 5 tips to decrease your fear at the dentist.

1.. Schedule your appointment in the morning. This gets it out of the way and doesn’t give you much time to dwell on the fear you feel.

2.Before your appointment do something calming, such as listening to music, taking a bath or going for a walk. Anything that is going to refocus your mind on happy thoughts.

3. Tell your dentist. You do not have to carry this burden of fear alone. They can help you through this in order to ensure you have the least amount of anxiety going into the procedure as possible.

4. Take care of your smile in between visits. Brush, floss, and eat healthy foods. This can help decrease the procedures you need to keep your smile looking great.

5.Get to know your dental team and the procedure you are going to have done. This can help put your mind at ease.

Dr. Judy Strutz and her team always enjoy helping patients achieve the look they are going for with their smile. For more questions about how to manage your dental fears contact Dr. Strutz and her team.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A Letter from Your Smile to You

A recent dentist was asked, “What do you think my teeth would say if they could talk?” So, here’s a letter from your teeth to you,

Dear human, I know your life is so busy and you always assume I will be there for you, but unfortunately because you only spend quality time brushing two to three weeks before that crucial dental appointment and your flossing routine is even more sparse, I may not be able to stick around for long.
I remind you of your habits by causing you minor pain but even that doesn’t seem to change your habits or perceptive. I love you and it will be hard for you at first, but you must first repay me in better ways. This neglect I feel is causing me to bleed. Soon, it will be inflammation city and once that sets in, there will be a need for more serious smile fixes to get us back on track.
I see your pain and sadness when you hide me from the world and as you walk by the mirror. I want to be healthier for you but the sugar levels in the soda that you are consuming is so acidic and it is wearing me down. Take a deep breath today and get us back on track, by keeping your dental appointments and taking better care of me.

For more information, contact Dr. Judy Strutz

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Do You Take Time For Your Smile?

It may be the last thing you think of after a crazy busy day, or in the morning when you are trying to get ready, but keeping these 5 rules at the forefront of your brain can change your dental routine to improve the health of your smile.

1.     Always brush your teeth at least 2x a day. Your teeth deserve to be free of food debris. You are really only committing to 4 minutes a day to this routine. You can do anything for 4 minutes a day.
2.     Floss isn’t recommended because you dentist is trying to trick you into spending 2.00 dollars on floss. It is the only way to keep your gums healthy and looking fantastic.
3.     Show it off. Your teeth work hard every day for you. Don’t hide them behind your lips, sharing your toothy smile more not only improves your mood but it also improves the day for others around you.
4.     Think about your teeth throughout the day and reward them by drinking water. Water helps to rinse leftovers from your teeth so you don’t get embarrassed when you smile in that business meeting with lettuce stuck to your teeth.
5.     Schedule and keep you dentist appointments. Your smile would like to be out with friends, but your regular dental commitments are a sure way to keep your smile looking awesome in order to do just that.
Your teeth are really designed to last a lifetime, don’t cut their life short with unhealthy dental habits. For more information on improving your smile, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Love Your Smile From The Inside Out

Did you know that the health of your body is contingent on the health of your smile? By loving and taking care of your dental health, it can help keep your liver, heart and other organs working to their full capacity. It can be easy to take shortcuts with your dental health not realizing that over time not brushing and flossing actually is a contributing factor of heart disease.

Eating and consuming healthy foods is a great way to fuel your smile and your body. The water from the fruit and vegetables can rinse carbohydrates and sugar from your tooth enamel in between brushing and are essential for healthy bodies.

Spend time looking over the food that you are consuming. If they are high carbohydrate foods, plan ahead and either brush right after consuming them or avoid them altogether. While some carbohydrates are essential to fuel your brain, simple carbohydrates turn to high sugar foods.

While it can be easy in our day – to – day busyness to forget the importance of keeping our smile healthy, our teeth can last a lifetime without major dental procedures when we make the health of our smile a top priority.

For more information on healthy dental habits, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team!

Friday, September 7, 2018

7 Daily Habits

It can be easy to take your smile for granted. You wake up, maybe brush for two minutes, or maybe decide to wait until after breakfast. You might forget altogether in the rush of the morning. We always assume that our smile is going to carry us through and we’ll just get things done the next time. But here are 7 dental risks you make be taking every day that are causing problems for your smile.

1.     Not brushing in time. When you consume high sugar foods or drinks and high carbohydrate foods, the length of time that the substances stay on the surface of your teeth provides a longer opportunity for problems to arise.
2.     Consuming food that is too cold.  (example)
3.     Not flossing. Removing food from between the gums is essential to your gum health. If you’re starting to see your gums bleed during routine brushing and flossing sessions that can be the sign of worse things to come.
4.     Chewing on Ice can damage the enamel causing cracked and broken teeth.
5.     Consuming less than 8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
6.     Eating foods that are high in acid. (example)
7.     Consuming several sodas a day.

Your dental health is so critical to your body health. Keep your smile in great shape and kick these habits to the curb.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Protect Your Teeth With A Mouthguard for Bruxism

Bruxism is also known as grinding. When someone bites down and moves the surface of their upper teeth across the surface of their lower teeth it is called Bruxism, or grinding and it can be very damaging to your smile. While you may be inclined to run to the store and find the cheapest mouthguard you can, getting one from the dentist that is a proper fit is a better and safer idea.

Having a proper fitting mouthguard can ensure that your airway stays open properly when you are sleeping. Having a mouthguard that is too big can cause problems breathing and one that is too small may not prevent you from grinding your teeth.

A proper fitting mouthguard can also ensure that it is giving you the right protection. If you have a mouthguard that doesn’t fit your smile, you may still be grinding different surfaces causing damage that breaks or cracks one of your teeth. It can seem like a great idea to get a cheaper one from any store, but having a proper fitting mouthguard will better in the long run.

For more information on Bruxism and mouthguards, contact Dr. Strutz and her fantastic dental team.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Protect Your Toothbrush

Keeping your toothbrush dry and clean is essential to ensure it is capable of doing its job correctly. Do you know that your toothbrush is one of the most critical tools to keeping your body healthy? Without it so many things can go wrong, including dental decay, periodontal disease and other dental problems that are costly to repair. Here are 4 tips to keeping your toothbrush in great shape.

  1. Always keep it away from other hygiene products. If your toothbrush is touching other items in a drawer it is more likely to get bacteria or other germs on it that will stay in the bristles until the next time you brush.
  2. Keep it dry. Bacteria grows on the bristles when it is wet. This then can be transferred to your mouth as you are brushing.
  3. Change out your toothbrush every six months at least. It is no coincidence that dental appointments for cleanings are two times a year and during this time you get a new toothbrush. Feel free to use it, that is why your dentist gives it to you.
  4. Rinse any leftover toothpaste off of your toothbrush. Leftover toothbrush can have other bacteria and items stick to it. Keeping it clean will help prevent other bacteria being left behind when you brush.

Following these 4 tips will help you keep a healthy smile. For more information on healthy dental habits contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team.