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3 Thanksgiving Foods That Are Good For Your Oral Health

Dental Exams Albuquerque NMYour oral health and your Thanksgiving dinner may sound like two things that don’t exactly go hand in hand, but there at Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office, anything is possible. Okay, maybe not anything, but when it comes to your oral health, we like to think that we can do anything. Before you sit down and enjoy your Thanksgiving feast with friends and family, Dr. Holbrook has created a list of a few foods that are good for your oral health.

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese doesn’t just make a delicious side dish, but it’s also really high in calcium. Calcium is one of the number one things we encourage our patients (of all ages) to indulge in for their oral health because it promotes strong teeth. So even though that macaroni and cheese may be high in calories, at least you know you’re getting the calcium that you need.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamin A. Why is Vitamin A so important for your oral health? Because it promotes strong teeth, gums, and enamel; leaving you less prone to chips, cracks, and cavities in the process. When eating sweet potatoes, though, try to avoid sweet potato casserole because it’s usually full of sugar. Instead, try to eat grilled sweet potatoes instead.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin pie is loaded with a lot of sugar which isn’t good for your health but baked pumpkin is really good for your teeth. Similar to sweet potatoes, pumpkin contains a high amount of Vitamin A. Try serving up some baked pumpkin at your Thanksgiving feast this year; who knows, it may just be the next big hit.

We like to think that you can incorporate healthy oral health into every part of your life; including your diet. If you want to learn more about how you can take better care of your teeth and gums, contact our Albuquerque office today and call us at (505) 881-1159.

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What to Know About Pregnancy and Your Oral Health

Dental Disease Prevention Albuquerque NMIf you just found out that you are pregnant, congratulations! A growing family is a very exciting thing and pregnancy is definitely a unique time in every woman’s life. If you are new to pregnancy or are experiencing some different changes than you did with your prior pregnancies, then you may be surprised to learn that pregnancy and hormone changes can have an impact on your oral health. Let’s take a closer look at what you should know about pregnancy and your oral health.

Your Gums May Bleed More

An influx of hormones can mean a lot of changes to your body including bleeding gums. If you have noticed that when you brush your teeth or floss that your gums are bleeding more than usual, don’t be alarmed because this is normal. Just make sure that you continue brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day so that you don’t get any cavities.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Another thing that some pregnant patients get is pregnancy gingivitis. Pregnancy gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes redness, inflammation, and irritation in your gums. The good news about pregnancy gingivitis is that symptoms typically go away after your hormones die down either after you’ve either given birth or stopped breastfeeding.

X-Rays

You probably know that you shouldn’t expose your unborn baby to any sort of radiation while you’re pregnant, but what about dental x-rays? According to The American College of Radiology, there isn’t enough radiation in dental x-rays to cause any harm to an embryo.

If you are pregnant and have never had any issues with your oral health or if you are concerned about x-rays, hopefully, this article has helped answer a few of your questions. To learn more about your oral health during pregnancy, schedule your next dental cleaning with Dr. Steven Holbrook at our Albuquerque office and contact us at (505) 881-1159.

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Is there a Right Way to Pick Your Toothbrush and Toothpaste?

Dental Disease Prevention Albuquerque NM Having clean teeth is fairly simple, right? It starts with a  good toothbrush and toothpaste and is usually followed up by bi-annual dental cleanings. And although those three things are crucial for good oral health, do you really know how to choose a good toothbrush and toothpaste? As simple as it may sound, there are actually some tips that we have for you to help you get the most out of your everyday oral care.

Your Toothbrush

When you walk down the toothbrush aisle at the grocery store or pharmacy, it may seem overwhelming with all of the options that are available. Soft, medium, or hard? Flex tip or regular? Affordable or pricey? Name brand or generic? The main things that you want to look for in a toothbrush are usually one that is large enough to scrub your teeth and that has soft bristles. Although some patients may prefer medium strength bristles, soft bristles are usually the best bet because they will clean your teeth without eroding away at the enamel.

Your Toothpaste

All toothpaste are created equal, right? Unfortunately (and fortunately) that is not the case. When you’re shopping for a toothpaste, the number one thing you want as an adult or for your kids is fluoride toothpaste. So, what is fluoride? Fluoride is the number one natural way to protect your teeth from cavities and although it’s present in most tap water, using it in your toothpaste adds an extra layer of protection for your teeth. Another thing to look for? Toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide which can whiten them.

Choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste doesn’t have to be difficult, but there are ways to make sure that they are more effective. If you want to learn more about how you can take better care of your oral health, schedule a dental consultation online with Dr. Steven Holbrook at our Albuquerque office today or call  (505) 881-1159.

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3 Ways to Keep Your Little One’s Smiles Healthy

Dental Disease Prevention Albuquerque NMWhen you have a house full of little kids, it can sometimes feel like you’re herding sheep. No matter what you say, they tend to do whatever they want. Although that may work in some parts of your home life, when it comes to dental care, it may require a bit more guidance. But because we know just how hard it can be to get your kids to follow your every wish and command, we have created a brief guide listing some simple ways you can keep your little one’s smiles healthy.

Cut Down On Snacking

Snacking may be a lifesaver when you have toddlers, but if you can, try to keep it to a minimum. Although snacking can be great at keeping your kids busy, it can also increase their chances of getting cavities. After all, the more food they eat without brushing their teeth, the more exposed their teeth are to cavity-causing germs.

Eat Well-Balanced Meals

When you’re preparing meals for your family, try to make sure that they contain at least one fruit, one vegetable, a protein, and a grain. Balanced meals help ensure that your kids get full of things other than sugar. Then, only allow your kids to have dessert a few times a week— try not to make it a daily endeavor.

Make Sure They Brush

When it comes down to it, even if your kids are eating salads for every meal, if they aren’t brushing their teeth at least twice a day, they aren’t doing their mouths any favors. Make sure that your kids brush their teeth, at a minimum, after breakfast and dinner every day.

Being a parent is hard work, but making sure your kid’s teeth stay healthy doesn’t have to be. If you want to learn more about dental health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Holbrook online or call our office today at (505) 881-1159.

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How to Lose the Grey Teeth

How to Lose the Grey Teeth | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque NMEveryone wants a white smile. However, not everybody has one. If you have brown, grey, or discolored teeth, it can make you, well, never want to smile again. And although the leading cause of stained teeth is food and beverages, some people get brown or grey teeth because of a medication called tetracycline.

What’s Tetracycline?

Tetracycline is a popular antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections throughout different parts of the body. Although tetracycline is helpful in treating patients with these types of infections, it should not be used in children under the age of eight because it can cause permanent tooth discoloration later on in life. Additionally, pregnant or nursing women should not use tetracycline because it can harm the baby.

How Does It Stain Teeth?

Unlike food and beverages that stain the surface of the teeth, tetracycline stains the dentin, which is the middle layer of the teeth— making them unresponsive to teeth whitening.

How Can Brown Teeth Be Treated?

Because brown and grey teeth can’t be treated with traditional whitening, the only way to get white teeth is with porcelain dental veneers. Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are cemented onto your natural teeth— which can give you any shape, size, or color of teeth that you want.

Although most teeth can be professionally whitened by Dr. Steven Holbrook, some of them cannot. Don’t be the person that covers up your teeth in pictures because you’re so self-conscious about them, let Dr. Steven Holbrook lighten them with either dental veneers or professional teeth whitening.

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For the Sake of Your Teeth: 3 Beverages to Never Drink

For the Sake of Your Teeth: 3 Beverages to Never Drink | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque, NMYou are what you eat, and drink. Everyone knows that water is the best thing you can drink for your body and your mouth’s health, but it’s often the last thing people choose to drink. The next time you reach for a drink other than water, remember that you may be causing more harm than good to your teeth. This article will list three beverages never to drink. Read on to learn more.

Sports Drinks

Sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade now grace virtually every fountain machine out there. However, they are one of the worst things you can drink for your teeth. Containing tons of sugar, sports drinks will only add to your daily caloric intake and coat your teeth. And, unless you are running a big race or doing a strenuous workout, your body doesn’t need all of the electrolytes that these sports drinks contain.

Soda

Both diet and regular soda can erode away at your enamel and lead to cavities. Containing ingredients like brown syrup and endless amounts of sugar, soda may as well be your mouth’s number one enemy.

Juice

Most juice contains a combination of natural fruit sugars and regular sugar to make it that much more enticing. And although you may assume that juice is a healthy alternative, all of that sugar can quickly lead to a mouth full of cavities and a bunch of extra calories to boot. If you do find an all-natural juice with no added sugars, make sure to brush your teeth directly afterward.

Before you grab a sports drink, soda, or juice, make sure to think twice about drinking it for the sake of your teeth.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding What’s Done During Your Dental Cleaning

Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding What’s Done During Your Dental Cleaning | Albuquerque, NMJust like getting your oil changed on a regular basis, you get your teeth cleaned bi-annually. And although you may have had more dental cleanings than you can remember, you may not be aware of exactly what Dr. Steven Holbrook does during a cleaning. To help you feel more informed and knowledgeable about a simple dental cleaning procedure, we have created a brief guide. Read on to learn more.

Step 1: The Cleaning

As soon as you sit back in the Dr. Steven Holbrook’s dental chair, you likely let your mind take you elsewhere— planning your next vacation or something exciting to do with your family. However, what you may not realize is that this is one of the most important steps of your dental appointment. By using a device called a scaler— a metal instrument with a sharp end— Dr. Holbrook will scrape the tartar off your teeth both above and below the gumline.

Step 2: The Examination

During the examination, Dr. Holbrook will look at your teeth for any abnormalities like holes, decay, or erosion. Additionally, he will also feel around your neck and throat for any lumps. During this time, let Dr. Holbrook know if you are experiencing any tenderness or pain— this could be indicative of an underlying problem.

Step 3: The Polish

As long as everything looks normal and healthy, this will be the last step of your appointment. By using an ultrasonic device, Dr. Holbrook will polish your teeth with an abrasive compound to help get rid of any excess plaque or tartar. He may also apply a fluoride treatment at this time.

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Sometimes it’s nice to know just exactly what you are getting done during something as basic as a bi-annual dental cleaning appointment. If you need to schedule your next cleaning or would like to be seen for another oral issue, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office today!

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2 Things to Look for In Chewing Gum

2 Things to Look for In Chewing Gum | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque, NMChewing gum is one of the oldest methods that even cave dwellers would use to clean teeth and freshen breath. Originally derived from tree sap, chewing gum has come a long, long way. And, with so many options of chewing gum for you and your kids to choose from at the checkout line at the grocery store, it can often seem a bit overwhelming. To help you know what things to look for when shopping for gum, we have created a brief guide. Read on to learn more.

Sugar-Free

The biggest thing to look for when shopping for chewing gum is one that is sugar-free. With so many options of bubblegum available, you may want to try the latest flavor but make sure you check the sugar content first. Sugar-filled gum can contribute to cavities and certainly won’t be good at cleaning your teeth. Sugar-free gum, on the other hand, will do wonders. Instead of flavoring gum with sugar, sugar-free gum contains ingredients like sorbitol, aspartame, or mannitol.

ADA Seal of Approval

Another thing to look for when shopping for sugar-free gum is some that contain the ADA seal of approval. By meeting high standards and demonstrating efficacy, you will know that gum with the ADA’s seal of approval will be beneficial. According to the ADA, their approval means that the gum may reduce plaque acids, promote remineralization of tooth enamel, reduce cavities and reduce gingivitis.

By speeding up your mouth’s natural saliva production, chewing gum a few times a day has been scientifically proven to reduce cavities. When shopping for a chewing gum, make sure to find one that is sugar-free and has the ADA’s seal of approval on the label.

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How to Smile Naturally

How to Smile NaturallyWhen you’re a parent, you teach your toddler to smile big and say “cheese” for the camera. And although that kind of cheesy grin is cute on a two-year-old, it can look a whole lot more frightening on an adult. If you have a hard time finding a genuine smile when it comes time to take a picture, you are certainly not alone. With selfies taking over every social media app, however, it’s good to know how you can smile naturally. Read on to learn more.

Think of Something Happy

If you’re having a bad day, it can seem virtually impossible to deliver a genuine smile in front of a camera. To try to give off that all-natural smile, try to think of something happy, wait a minute, and then smile— the happier you are feeling on the inside, the easier it will be to show that to the camera.

Don’t Force It

The last thing you want to do is force a smile. If you have to take a big family picture but just can’t seem to muster up a good smile, ask for a brief break and walk around. The more relaxed you are and the less pressure you feel to smile, the less likely you are going to look like you’re forcing it.

Have Confidence

Having confidence in your smile will help you deliver that natural look. To gain the most confidence possible, make sure that your teeth are clean and healthy. By scheduling bi-yearly dental cleanings with Dr. Steven Holbrook, you can get rid of harmful bacteria while making your teeth look as white as possible.

Whether you’re taking a selfie or family pictures, having an unnatural smile can throw the picture completely of. The next time you have to smile for the camera, try thinking of something happy, not forcing it, and having confidence. To learn more about how you can have a bigger smile and healthier teeth, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook.

 

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3 Things to Add to Your Home Dental Care Routine

flossingTaking proper care of your dental hygiene means some things for your health and image. By brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, you cut down on the amount of harmful bacteria and plaque that can build up on your teeth and leave you with dental decay and infection. If you are looking to enhance your at-home dental hygiene routine, consider adding these three things to it. From using a tongue scraper to rinsing out your mouth after you eat, this article will list three small changes you can make that will have a big impact on your mouth. Read on to learn more.

Tongue Scraper

Found at drugstores and even supermarkets, tongue scrapers are plastic handheld devices used to scrape your tongue. By scraping your tongue, you can get off bacteria and germs that cause things like bad breath. When using a tongue scraper, try applying a slight amount of pressure to your tongue to get it clean.

Water Flosser

You likely use traditional dental floss at least twice a day but have you ever used a water flosser? A water flosser works by using pressurized water to get into just about every crevice in your mouth— leaving you with cleaner teeth, fresher breath, and overall better oral hygiene.

Rinse Your Mouth

One of the simplest steps you can add into your daily oral health routine is rinsing your mouth with either water or mouthwash after every meal. Water alone can get rid of trapped food in your teeth and bacteria that can cause things like decay. Additionally, water speeds up your mouth’s natural production of saliva which acts as your mouth’s natural defense against things like cavities. Simply swish your mouth with some warm water and spit it out. If you’re using mouthwash, consult Dr. Steven Holbrook beforehand to ensure the ingredients are safe for you.

By adding these three things to your dental routine, you can expect an even healthier mouth and smile than with brushing and flossing alone. To learn more about how you can enhance your oral health, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook today to schedule an appointment.

 

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