With less than two weeks to go until Valentine’s Day, now is the perfect time to talk about your heart. Don’t worry. This isn’t the Delilah radio hour. We won’t be discussing romance, what makes your heart sing, or whether he or she checked yes or no. This is not about plucking petals off daisies or picking out promise rings. This bit of juicy gossip involves your teeth. There is a proven connection between oral health and a healthy heart. Understanding how the two are related and what you can do to keep both happy is a great way to kick off Hallmark’s month of romance.
For those of you still coming down from a sugar cookie high, courtesy of the Christmas season – now is the time to harness that energy and schedule your next dental cleaning. With the New Year well on its way, we are faced with the perfect opportunity to greet 2017 with a perfectly polished smile. Whether you are a dental health devotee or drop out, everyone gets a fresh start come January 1. Before you call to make that all-important appointment, you might be wondering what professional teeth cleaning actually entails…
And your days merry and bright – after all, ‘tis the season of snowfall, those pristine, white flurries falling from the sky, lending an impeccable luster to the landscape enveloping us here in New England. Okay, to quote Bill O’Reilly, “the spin stops here.” Wintertime, for most of us, is beautiful for a white-hot second, but at the first signs of second-day stained snow, we’re over it.
Speaking of stains…how are you feeling about the look of your teeth these days? Are you sporting a toothy, pearly smile? Or does that stained snow put your grin to shame? Not sure? Read on to take our brief test and find out what you can do if you …fail to pass.
Unless you have long-term ambitions to celebrate Halloween every day of the year, courtesy of a Jack O’Lantern-like smile, it’s high time you heavy smokers considered kicking the habit. Smoking wreaks havoc on your smile and is horrendous for your overall oral health.
Sure, since 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General has been admonishing the American public on the dangers of smoking. But for many, the stats just didn’t prove scary enough. Maybe it’s because much of the damage caused by smoking is internal and, therefore, not seen. Out of sight, out of mind? Maybe for a hot minute, but given enough time, the effects of smoking will start to visibly leave their marks, in this case, most noticeably on your smile.
Why is smoking such an unhealthy habit for your teeth, specifically?
Getting braces is practically a rite of passage. Sure, there are a lucky few who come away unscathed, but most of us enter high school with a full mouth of metal. While we might not feel super-psyched about it, braces really are a big deal when it comes to a future of bigger and brighter smiles. In an arguably short amount of time – most people wear braces for an average of two years, some as short as six months, and a small percentage for longer than 24 months (they probably prizefight on the weekends), your braces will be just another part of your past.
Although a class bully or two might mock your braces, you should know that you’re actually making a fashion statement. Braces are French. That’s right. And given how long they’ve actually been around, you could argue that braces have gone from classic to absolute vintage-grade style in near record time.
Pierre Fauchard, considered the “father of modern orthodontics,” created braces in 1728, after penning (feather-penning that is), The Surgeon Dentist. Let’s put this into perspective. Braces are approaching nearly 300 years of existence, yet many modern day braced-beauties complain of the pain associated with outfitting and tightening their braces. Kids, what do you think these procedures were like during the dawn of the 1700s?
Give the griping a rest and read on for crucial ways to care for your braces – and your teeth overall – by keeping in mind a few key tips to put your best brace face forward.
Recently, media outlets were buzzing with the news that flossing, as it turns out, isn’t as impactful on oral health as your dentist would have you believe. Like much media hype, this particular news flash is more rumor mill grist than real deal.
No doubt plenty of people were breathing sighs (smelly ones) of relief, enjoying a false sense of security about their routine failure to floss. Maybe you were even one of them. I knew it, you might have thought. Waste of time. But, you thought wrong. Flossing is a critical step to smart oral care. Skipping it has consequences you will certainly want to avoid. Here, we give you the 411 on flossing.
Sure, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” is a cute song, and children missing either one or both of their front teeth are endearing and adorable. But, for adults, missing a tooth can be a source of embarrassment, especially if it’s missing from the front of your smile, and there is nothing like a healthy, bright smile to present a confident, friendly face to the world.
The good news is replacing a missing tooth is increasingly easier as oral care continues to advance. Single implants are a permanent way to replace missing teeth and actually benefit your oral health. A single implant is a titanium post, which is surgically centered into your jawbone, right below your gum line. Once that post is implanted, your dentist will be able to attach the replacement tooth, also called a crown or cap. It’s a multi-step process completed over a period of time spanning between several months up to a year, depending on the condition of your gums and jawbone.
Here, we’ll take you through the basic steps involved with a single implant so that you can consider whether this route is right for you.Read more “Missing a Tooth? Consider a Single Implant…”
The Best Foods for Your Healthiest Teeth and Gums
Remember that old adage, “Over the teeth, pass the gums, look out stomach, here it comes?” Well, what you choose to send over your teeth and past your gums has just as much to with your dental health as satisfying your stomach. Certain foods promote healthy teeth and gums, just as they strengthen your body overall.
Here are a few suggestions of what foods you should reach for in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy…Read more “Healthy Bites”
If you have periodontal disease, you might not know that you could also be at higher risk for heart disease. But scientific studies have shown that there is a potential link between the two. In order to understand that link, let’s take a closer look at periodontal disease and heart disease.Read more “Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease – An Unexpected Link”
We would like to announce the official start of our monthly blog. We are excited about this brand new way for us to connect with all of you. Each month we will feature a new post that will give all of you valuable information about your dental health, but we thought we’d kick things off with a review of the past year.
It’s been a wonderful and eventful first year for Crown Dental here at our Nashua location. As most of you know, we opened our doors in early February here at 61 Amherst Street in Nashua. We would like to thank all of you in the community for welcoming us with open arms and, of course, bright smiles!
The first quarter of 2015 had us off to a little bit of a slow start. First there was the process of setting up the office. We wanted to make it as comfortable and inviting as possible for all of you. Then we had a couple months where it was just Dr. Chen and Nancy here trying to get things off the ground. Poor Nancy was stuck with three different jobs there for a while, hygienist, assistant, and front desk.
It didn’t help matters that, as you all know, winters here in New England can be tough, and this past one was one of the worst in recent history, but we stayed open, even during the blizzard on February 9. Of course, most of you had higher priorities at the time than coming to the dentist, and we didn’t blame you!
In March we finally started to see business improve thanks to some promotions that we ran. That led to many of the area’s athletes coming to us for custom fit mouth guards. They were thrilled that we could make the guards in their school colors. We had a lot of fun working with them and hope to continue helping them with their dental needs well into the future.
As March came to a close, Dr, Chen and Nancy had a talk and decided that it was time to get a dedicated office manager to take some of the pressure off of Nancy. That’s when Karen joined our team, and she signed on just in time because that was also the month that we ran our Open House.
We had so many things to do that we weren’t sure we would manage to get it all put together. There was the menu to plan, invitations to send, decorations to put up, and caterers to hire. But with Karen’s help we got it all done. We wound up having the party catered by Tiya’s Restaurant of Manchester, as well as McNulty and Foley. We were thrilled to see so many of our friends, family members, patients, and local dental specialists show up to support us and officially welcome us to the neighborhood. Everyone had a fantastic time! At that time we felt like we were officially into our new home at 61 Amherst Street.
Over the summer Dr. Chen went to China to visit with family, but things didn’t slow down here at Crown Dental. We spent a large portion of the summer mingling with the community. We especially enjoyed baseball season, and our banner was hung at the Nashua Historic Holman Stadium. As the summer came to a close, we realized that it was time to hire yet another team member. That’s when Denise joined us.
The last quarter of 2015 has also been a busy one. October was dental health month. Denise and Nancy marked the occasion by going to Birch Hill Elementary School to teach kindergarteners about dental health. They also had a pumpkin decoration contest with the kids. Everyone had a great time!
In November Dr. Chen became a certified CPR Instructor. Her goal is to offer free CPR classes here in our office beginning in 2016.
Now here it is December already. We just had our very first office Christmas party. We all went to Tiya’s in Manchester and had a lot of laughs! It’s been a fabulous year, and we look forward to making 2016 even better.
We can’t wait to see what the new year holds for ourselves and for our patients. We hope all of you will keep following our new blog for the latest news and information. Our entire staff wishes you all a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you in 2016!