Taking care of teeth at work

November 12, 2013

On average, we spend a third of our day at work. While at work, we eat lunch and often grab a snack from the vending machine or birthday cake from the lunchroom. Do you clean your teeth during the long workday? Here are a few tips for keeping your smile healthy at the workplace:

  • Keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in your desk, locker or lunchbox and brush after eating.  Or try the single-use toothbrushes, preloaded with toothpaste (Ex: Colgate Wisps).
  • If you are embarrassed to brush your teeth at work, try rinsing your mouth with mouthwash.
  • Chewing sugarless gum will increase saliva production and neutralize acids in the mouth that cause tooth decay.

A cavity-free Halloween

October 22, 2013

Halloween is just around the corner! I recently came across a candy alternative for school parties or your trick-or-treaters … involving fruit: http://underconstructionblog.typepad.com/under_construction/2010/10/halloween-fruit.html. For more tips and ideas, read my blog article, “A cavity-free Halloween

Smiles By Baker

Americans are projected to spend $2 billion on candy this Halloween. Try to avoid the sticky, chewy, hard and crunchy treats. Soft and sticky candies stick to the teeth, giving the decay-causing bacteria time to decay your teeth. Hard candies dissolve slowly in your mouth, coating your teeth with sugar for a long period of time. They can also chip your teeth and cause choking in younger children. Some Halloween candy alternatives:

  • Animal crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Stickers or temporary tattoos
  • Pencils, pens or erasers
  • Small packs of crayons
  • Bubbles
  • Plastic jewelry
  • Play-Doh
  • Lip balm

Can you think of any others? Post a comment with your ideas for alternatives to Halloween candy.

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Fun Quiz: Name the celebrity smile

October 10, 2013

How well do you know Hollywood smiles? Take this quiz from Web MD and post your results in the comments section below.

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Nutrition tips for pregnant women

September 12, 2013
Making smart food choices while pregnant will help in developing your baby's dental health.

Making smart food choices while pregnant will help in developing your baby’s dental health.

Pregnant women need to be especially careful when making healthy food choices. The baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of pregnancy and making smart food choices will help in developing his/her dental and overall health.

  • Eat a variety of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grains (cereal, breads, crackers), and dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt)
  • Eat fewer foods that are high in sugar, such as cookies, candy, cake, and dried fruit
  • If you have trouble with nausea, try eating small amounts of healthy foods throughout the day
  • Drink water or milk instead of juice, fruit-flavored drinks or pop
  • Drink water throughout the day (between meals and snacks). Tap or bottled is fine, as long as it is fluoridated water
  • Take your prenatal vitamins daily. Make sure you are getting 600 micrograms of folic acid daily. Foods rich in folic acid include:
    • Vegetables—asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, and spinach
    • Legumes—beans, peas, and lentils
    • Fruits—papaya, tomato juice, oranges and orange juice, strawberries, cantaloupe and bananas
    • Grain products fortified with folic acid—breads, cereals, cornmeal, flour, pasta and white rice

Source: MouthHealthy.org

Smile healthy school lunches

August 27, 2013

Children will be going back to school soon, and for parents, that means coming up with new ideas for packing school lunches. Steer clear of prepackaged foods, which are easy and convenient but full of sugar and additives that damage your child’s overall health as well as his/her dental health. Especially avoid packing lunches with foods like fruit snacks, juice boxes, and candy. These foods expose teeth to sugar, which over a long period of time leads to decay.

Start the school year off right by packing nutritious lunches that will keep your child’s mouth healthy.

Here are some healthy lunch ideas:

  • Fresh fruit (grapes, apple slices, berries, etc.)
  • Fresh vegetables (carrot sticks, cucumber, celery with peanut butter)
  • Low fat cheese
  • Bottled water (with fluoride added)
  • Low-fat white milk
  • Wraps with lean turkey, low-fat cheese, and veggies (such as lettuce, tomato, and/or cucumber)

Not only will healthier lunches help your child’s dental and overall heath, but a nutritious lunch will help them concentrate in the classroom.


Share your healthy lunch ideas in the comments below.

Are cold foods giving you tooth pain?

August 5, 2013

Summer is here and that means sizzling temperatures and high humidity, especially in Michigan. Are your usual methods to keep cool like iced drinks, ice cream and frozen treats causing tooth pain? If so, you may have sensitive teeth.

Sensitivity can be caused by tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel or an exposed tooth root.

If you are experiencing sensitivity, make an appointment with your dentist. Treatment options vary depending on the cause of the sensitivity. Options include:

  • Brushing with desensitizing toothpaste
  • Using a fluoride gel
  • A crown, inlay or bonding
  • Surgical gum graft
  • Root canal

Maintaining good oral health is the only way to prevent sensitivity. Make sure you brush twice a day, floss once a day and see your dentist twice a year.

Source: MouthHealthy.org

What is TMJ disorder? How do I know if I have it?

June 28, 2013

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints, the joints connecting your lower jaw with the upper jaw. Your dentist checks for TMJ disorder during your semiannual dental exam.

Sings of the disorder include:

  • An earache with no infection
  • Tenderness of the jaw muscles
  • A clicking or popping noise when you open or close your mouth
  • Problems opening or closing your mouth
  • Pain when you yawn, chew or open your mouth
  • Certain headaches or neckaches

Treatment can range from wearing a bite splint and taking prescribed medications, to adjusting your bite with braces. If you have any of the above signs, contact your dentist for an exam.


Sources: Michigan Dental Association and American Dental Association