Dr. Daniel Orellana

 

Back to School To Do List

August 1st, 2018

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Back to school preparation can be a tedious task!   There are so many items to purchase for the upcoming school year, schedule to plan for the fall and getting to all your doctor’s appointments before school begins.

When planning your back to school check list, don’t forget about your dental preventative care appointment.  Preventative care is more than “getting your teeth cleaned.”  At NJDC we believe in a thorough approach to dental prevention starting with reviewing your medical history, assessing your oral health, performing multiple screenings for oral cancer and dental diseases, and creating a custom care plan to suite your dental needs for the best long term dental health.

Furthermore, our dedicated team at NJDC believes in the link between oral health and systemic health; regular preventative care appointments can help impact your body’s ability to stay healthy.

Don’t forget to include scheduling your preventative dental care appointment on your back to school check list!  Call us to schedule your appointment today!  (973)627-7934      

On-The-Go Eats For Clean Teeth

July 3rd, 2018

Did you know that certain foods, when eaten, will help to keep your teeth clean? They are known as “detergent foods.” Think of them as the closest you can get to brushing your teeth, especially if you’re on the go and can’t actually brush for a while.

Ideally, detergent foods should be the last items you consume during a meal for the best results. A healthy diet is vital for oral health as well as your overall physical health, but here are some special foods that can help keep your teeth and mouth clean and healthy:

  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Celery sticks
  • Cucumbers
  • Pears
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese

It’s easy to see that most of these are firm and crisp. Biting into them exerts a “scrubbing” action on your teeth and gums. Cheese, on the other hand, helps to return the pH in your mouth to 7.0, which is the balance between acidic and basic.

Foods to Avoid

You should avoid foods full of carbohydrates (sugar), which feed the bacteria in your mouth and thereby create an acidic environment, which in turn increases the chance of cavities and decay. Cookies, cakes, breads, crackers, and soft drinks are among the worst offenders. Sticky candy and dried fruits tend to cling to your teeth and encourage the growth of bacteria as well.

When you eat is almost as important as what you eat. Take drinking soda, for example. If you drink it all in one sitting instead of sipping it throughout the day, your saliva can do its job and neutralize your mouth’s pH.

Sugar that is consumed throughout the day creates the perfect environment in your mouth for bacteria to flourish.

Using Detergent Foods

If you know you won’t be able to brush after a meal, save an apple, celery, or carrot sticks to eat at the very end. This will act as your “natural toothbrush” until you are able to brush and floss your teeth properly. It’s also a good idea to incorporate these foods as snacks throughout the day.

Don’t forget, however, that these foods are not a replacement for brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings at our office. You still need good dental hygiene regardless of what you eat!

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November 14th, 2016

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