Oak Ridge Dental Arts News http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:28:09 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Oak Ridge Dental Arts at the 2017 Belmont Christmas Parade http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7001 The Belmont Christmas Parade is something our Oak Ridge Dental Arts Belmont team looks forward to every year. It's the most wonderful time of the year! It is an amazing day when all of the Belmont community comes together to have fun celebrating the holidays. We always enjoy seeing our patients smiling in the crowd, and seeing all of the smiles of the Belmont community. Our team had an amazing time being in the 68th Annual Belmont Christmas Parade this year!&nbsp;<br /><br />Our doctors, Dr. Olsen and Dr. Tripp, truly enjoyed joining the Belmont community to celebrate and share in holiday cheer. This year was Dr. Tripp's first Belmont Christmas Parade and she loved it! Her triplet sons joined her on the float, along with all of the team members' children. We had so much fun playing games, dancing with our tooth mascot, singing Christmas carols, and wishing a Merry Christmas to all of Belmont. <br /><br />This year, our float made us feel like we were in winter wonderland! The float was silver and blue, decorated with snowmen, and snowflakes. Our team got in the holiday spirit in their Santa hats and had giant presents and stockings filled with candy and chapstick to give out to everyone in the crowd. We hear our chapstick is everyone's favorite thing they get at the parade! Unlike the past couple of years, it didn't rain! We were very thankful for the great weather. <br /><br />We were excited to meet and see a couple of "famous" faces at the parade this year. The team enjoyed meeting Larry Sprinkle, the news anchor for NBC Charlotte Today. Another celebrity that joined Belmont at the Christmas parade this year was Kevin Jonas, a "Jonas Brother"! He joined his parents and watched the parade from Nellie's rooftop. You never know who will be at the Belmont Christmas Parade! <br /><br />Oak Ridge Dental Arts is extremely thankful to be a part of such an amazing community. Our patients are part of our family, and we always enjoy seeing and spending time with them. We look forward to seeing everyone's smiles at next year's parade!<br /><br /><video width="100%" height="auto" controls="controls" autoplay="autoplay"> <source src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/belmont_christmas_parade.mp4" type="video/mp4" /> </video> It's Time For Our Great Gift Giveaway! http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6998 <strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">THE HOLIDAY SEASON</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;is in full swing and this year we&rsquo;re celebrating with The Great Gift Giveaway! You&rsquo;ve helped make our practice merry and bright each and every day, so we want to take this opportunity to thank you by giving back!<br /><br />We want to make this December a season of smiles for all of our patients. Our hope is that we help reduce the stress from the holiday hustle and bustle, and nerves of the dentist by having fun with our patients when they come in for their appointment. No one ever thinks they are going to go to the dentist and have fun while they are there. But at our office, you can! We love having fun with all of our patients and we are excited to spread joy this holiday season.&nbsp; <br /></span></span> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">During your next visit, not only will you get to take a fun photo and enjoy some holiday cheer, but&nbsp;<strong>you will be entered to win one of the great prizes in our giveaway!</strong></p> <span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Participating Is Easy!</strong></h3> <span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Step 1:</strong>&nbsp;Choose some fun Christmas photo props and snap a photo!<br /><strong>Step 2:</strong>&nbsp;Post the photo to your Facebook page as a public post and tag the location of our practice.<br /><strong>Step 3:</strong>&nbsp;Receive a raffle entry to win a prize!</p> <span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span></span> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Share Your Photo And Enter To Win A Prize!<br /></strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><br />Each day, there will be a different prize of the day for you to enter to win. The prizes include $20 gift cards to Starbucks, Target, Olive Garden, the Movie Theater, Walmart, and Krispy Kreme! We will be announcing the winner the next morning on our Facebook page, so make sure to keep an eye out on our page to see if you are our lucky winner! The Great Gift Giveaway campaign will run from December 5th to the 26th. Stop by our office and take a fun photo with our fun Christmas props and enter to win a great gift! <br /></span></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Check our Facebook page daily to find out if you&rsquo;ve won one of our great prizes!</strong></p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">&nbsp;</h3> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Thank you for making this the most wonderful time of the year!</h4> <span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"></span> Your Child's First Loose Tooth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6949 <strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">WE ALL REMEMBER</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;what it was like to be children with loose teeth. For some, this was a pretty stressful time, while others found ways to speed up the process so they could get those Tooth Fairy payouts faster.</span> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">No matter what, though, the prospect of losing that first tooth is new territory for every child, and it can seem very strange and frightening to them. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re here to help you calm your child&rsquo;s nerves as they approach this milestone.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Perspective: This Is A Rite Of Passage</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">One of the top priorities of young children is proving to everyone around them that they&rsquo;re &ldquo;one of the big kids.&rdquo; They&rsquo;re growing taller, they can tie their own shoelaces, and they&rsquo;re learning new things every day at school. Few things symbolize maturity better to kindergarteners and first graders than&nbsp;<strong>a gap-toothed smile</strong>.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">A great way to help your child look forward to losing that first wiggly tooth, then, is to help them focus on what an important&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pgeveryday.com/family/parenting/article/4-ways-to-ease-your-childs-fears-about-the-first-lost-tooth" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">rite of passage</a>&nbsp;it is and how grown-up they&rsquo;ll feel after the tooth comes out.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Parental Dos And Don&rsquo;ts Of Wiggly Teeth</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Even when your child has the right attitude and is excited to gain Big Kid status by losing a tooth, it can still seem scary. Perhaps another child or an obnoxious uncle has filled their imagination with horror stories about the pain of losing teeth. You can ease their fears and make the experience more positive by following a few tips:</p> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Don&rsquo;t use pliers</strong>&nbsp;or other scary tools, especially if the tooth is barely loose.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Encourage your child to&nbsp;<strong>gently wiggle the loose tooth</strong>&nbsp;on their own with either a clean finger, their tongue, or a tissue.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Wait</strong>&nbsp;for your child to ask for your help pulling the tooth instead of forcing the issue.</li> </ul> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>You can also help them feel less scared by showing them this video of a brave little girl losing her first tooth with a smile:<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IXxq0jsBePw" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /></strong></p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Incentivize It!</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">There are many ways parents can reward their children for successfully losing their first tooth. The Tooth Fairy is a particularly popular one, with different versions of the tradition practiced all across the world.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Other families reward their children with tasty treats like ice cream or a new toy befitting a child who just became a big boy or girl. If you&rsquo;re looking for a more&nbsp;<strong>creative way</strong>&nbsp;to reward your child, just scroll through a few&nbsp;<a href="http://www.parenting.com/child/child-development/10-totally-cash-free-tooth-fairy-traditions-to-start-your-kids" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">list articles</a>&nbsp;until something strikes your fancy!</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>We Can&rsquo;t Wait To See You!</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">After talking to your child, if they&rsquo;re still worried about their loose teeth, bring them in to see us! We love helping children get over their fears of losing teeth. Other reasons to come to us over loose teeth are if the tooth has been loose for a while and doesn&rsquo;t seem to want to come out, or if your child&rsquo;s teeth aren&rsquo;t becoming loose when they should.</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">The Oak Ridge Dental Arts Team wishes you and your child the best of luck!</h4> How Diabetes Affects Oral Health http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6904 <strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;estimates that&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/?referrer=https://www.google.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;">23.1 million</a><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes (whether it be type 1, type 2, or gestational). At least another 7 million remain undiagnosed, and that doesn&rsquo;t include the additional millions who are considered pre-diabetic. But what does diabetes have to do with oral health? Unfortunately, quite a lot.</span><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Diabetes And Gum Disease</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Diabetes is a chronic disease that either means the pancreas doesn&rsquo;t produce insulin (type 1) or that the body doesn&rsquo;t use it effectively (type 2 and gestational), both of which cause&nbsp;<strong>elevated blood glucose</strong>. The most serious impact elevated blood glucose has on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/diabetes-and-oral-health" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">oral health</a>&nbsp;is that it simultaneously weakens the immune system and provides more food for the bacteria that attack teeth and gums.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">This two-pronged attack is why&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/diabetes" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;"><strong>22% of diabetics</strong></a>&nbsp;also have gum disease, whether in the early stages of inflammation (gingivitis) or in the advanced stages (periodontitis) that threaten the teeth, gums, and supporting bone. The bacteria that causes gum disease can also travel through the bloodstream and make it even harder to regulate blood sugar.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GslshooKSEQ" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /><br />In addition to increasing the risk of gingivitis and periodontitis, uncontrolled diabetes can also lead to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/diabetes" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">variety</a>&nbsp;of other oral health problems, such as:</p> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Dry mouth</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Burning mouth syndrome</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Impaired or slower healing</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Increased severity and frequency of infections</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Fungal infections</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">Salivary gland enlargement</li> </ul> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>What You Can Do</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Now for the good news: even with diabetes,&nbsp;<strong>good oral health is within reach</strong>. Even better: keeping your teeth and gums healthy will also make the diabetes easier to manage! Make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste, floss daily or use a water flosser or interdental brush, use a non-alcoholic mouthwash, and don&rsquo;t smoke. Carefully regulating your sugar intake is a major factor as well.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>The Dentist&rsquo;s Role</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">If you&rsquo;ve been diagnosed with diabetes, the standard two dental exams per year may not be enough. To stay on the safe side, we recommend that you increase the number of yearly visits to three or four. It is also crucial for us to know how you and your doctor are working together to get it under control. Likewise, your doctor needs to know how we are working with you to keep your teeth and gums healthy.</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">We can help you win the fight for your dental health!</h4> Managing That Halloween Sweet Tooth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6874 <strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">HALLOWEEN IS OUR</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;favorite spooky time of year, but when it comes to sugar&rsquo;s effects on teeth, all that candy can be downright scary. The reason sugar is bad for our teeth is that it&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">feeds harmful oral bacteria</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;that excrete acid, and the acid erodes enamel and leads to tooth decay. So how can we keep our costumed Halloween adventures clear of tooth decay?</span><br style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;" /><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Ranking Candy On Dental Health</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Very few houses give away treats like sugar-free xylitol gum to trick-or-treaters, so the chances are slim that the candy will actually be healthy. However, some types of sugary candy are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/halloween-candy-survival-guide" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">worse than others</a>, or present different kinds of problems.</p> <ul style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Hard candy</strong>&nbsp;is a problem because there&rsquo;s a risk of breaking our teeth if we chew it, but sucking on it isn&rsquo;t safe either because that means holding a source of sugar in our mouths for an extended period.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Sour candies</strong>&nbsp;are like a double attack against dental health, because not only do they contain a lot of sugar to feed the bacteria, but they are also highly acidic, so they can harm our enamel directly!</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Sticky or gummy candy</strong>&nbsp;is especially bad for teeth because it remains stuck there, feeding the bacteria for a long time and giving them a larger opportunity to attack the enamel.</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%;">The good news is that&nbsp;<strong>the least harmful sugary candy is chocolate</strong>!&nbsp;It doesn&rsquo;t stick to teeth like most other candies, and the cocoa in it has many beneficial properties. The darker the chocolate, the less sugar will be in it, so aim for dark chocolate.</li> </ul> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Reducing The Candy Quantity</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Being picky about which types of candy we eat is one way to reduce the risk of tooth decay, but an even better way to do that is by simply&nbsp;<strong>eating less candy</strong>. As parents, we can help our children out with this by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/cavities/article/how-to-prevent-cavities-from-halloween-candy-1013" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">coming up with a plan</a>&nbsp;before trick-or-treating time. We could let them trade the bulk of their candy haul for some kind of non-candy prize or limit the number of houses they visit. We just have to make sure to discuss the plan with them in advance.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>More Tooth-Healthy Strategies</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">There are a few other&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/halloween-tips" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">simple things</a>&nbsp;you can do to reduce the dental effects of all that Halloween candy. You can&nbsp;<strong>drink more water</strong> to rinse out the sugar,&nbsp;<strong>limit the frequency</strong>&nbsp;of candy consumption more than the quantity, and&nbsp;<strong>wait thirty minutes</strong>&nbsp;after eating candy to brush your teeth. The reason for that last one is that it takes your saliva about half an hour to stabilize the pH of your mouth after eating sugar.<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bnK2rDOEf0s" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Keeping Teeth&nbsp;Healthy Year-Round</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">The Halloween season will come to an end, but the job of keeping our teeth healthy is never done! Make sure you&rsquo;re always brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, keeping those sugary treats to a minimum, and scheduling regular dental visits!</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Have a spooky Halloween!</h4> DIY Teeth Whitening Trends: Fact Or Fiction? http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6855 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">TRENDS IMPACT JUST</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> about every aspect of life, from slang and fashion to which toys are collectibles this year and which fad diet everyone&rsquo;s aunt is doing.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-top: 11pt; margin-bottom: 11pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Most trends are harmless symptoms of an ever-evolving society and culture, but when they affect the ways we take care of ourselves, they can become serious. In recent years, do-it-yourself teeth whitening has been a &ldquo;trendy&rdquo; topic, so let&rsquo;s take a look at a few of the more popular methods.</span></p> <h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.5; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Charcoal Versus Tooth Enamel</span></h3> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-top: 11pt; margin-bottom: 11pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">As counterintuitive as it seems to rub black powder on your teeth and expect them to become whiter, the rationale behind the idea makes sense. Charcoal is extremely porous and absorbent, and has been used even in hospitals to safely neutralize toxins. In theory, it could do the same for your teeth.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-top: 11pt; margin-bottom: 11pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">However, charcoal isn&rsquo;t just porous, </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">it&rsquo;s also </span><a href="http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/article/what-is-charcoal-toothpaste-0517" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #458fc0; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">abrasive</span></a><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. Even as it absorbs harmful compounds from your mouth and disrupts bacterial populations, </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">it could also be scraping away your enamel</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, doing more harm than good. Until we know more about the effects of charcoal on teeth, it&rsquo;s safer to give that home remedy a pass.</span></p> <h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.5; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Lemon Juice: Dissolving Stains Or Dissolving Teeth?</span></h3> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-top: 11pt; margin-bottom: 11pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in your body, </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">but it is extremely susceptible to erosion by acid</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. Your saliva keeps the pH in your mouth balanced to protect your enamel, but any time you eat or drink something acidic, that pH is disrupted and your teeth are vulnerable. Using </span><a href="http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/article/acidic-fruits-and-teeth-effects-0216" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #458fc0; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">lemon juice</span></a><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> on your teeth in hopes of whitening them is, therefore, likely to cause a lot of enamel erosion, and once that enamel is gone, </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">it&rsquo;s gone for good</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">.</span></p> <h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.5; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Oil Pulling: An Ancient Folk Remedy</span></h3> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-top: 11pt; margin-bottom: 11pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Oil pulling involves swishing oil (typically coconut, sunflower, sesame, or olive oil) around in one&rsquo;s mouth for up to twenty minutes. Proponents of oil pulling claim it has numerous health benefits, including teeth whitening, but the American Dental association doesn&rsquo;t recommend it because </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">there is </span><a href="http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/the-practice-of-oil-pulling" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #458fc0; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">no scientific evidence</span></a><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> to back up these claims</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">.</span></p> <h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.5; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Strawberries And Bananas</span></h3> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-top: 11pt; margin-bottom: 11pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Strawberries do contain some citric acid, but they also contain malic acid (particularly when ripe), which actually can give your teeth a whiter appearance. Bananas contain potassium, magnesium, and manganese, all of which promote healthier teeth and can help remove surface stains. So these two do-it-yourself teeth whiteners </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">may actually provide some </span><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3118922/The-secret-dazzling-smile-natural-way-Clean-teeth-strawberries-banana-peel-bicarbonate-soda-avoid-Gwyneth-Paltrow-s-coconut-oil-tip.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #458fc0; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">benefit</span></a><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">! Both fruits still contain sugar, however, so you should still </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">brush your teeth with dentist approved toothpaste after eating them</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-top: 11pt; margin-bottom: 11pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Curious about those whitening mouthpieces that emit blue light you see all over social media? </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Watch the video below to learn whether or not they&rsquo;re really effective</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">:</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-top: 11pt; margin-bottom: 11pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D9n1d1nP1pk" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.5; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Stick To The Science</span></h3> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-top: 11pt; margin-bottom: 11pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Trends like charcoal toothpaste and lemon juice mouthwash will come and (hopefully) go, and occasionally we&rsquo;ll discover remedies that do have benefits, like strawberries and bananas, </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">but the best benefits to our teeth will always come from dentist-approved methods</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day, avoid sugary drinks and snacks, and schedule regular dental appointments.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-top: 11pt; margin-bottom: 11pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">If all of these good habits aren&rsquo;t keeping your teeth white enough, talk to us about safe, professional whitening options.</span></p> <h4 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.5; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial; color: #606060; background-color: #ffffff; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Healthy smiles are beautiful smiles!</span></h4> Oak Ridge Dental Arts at the 2017 Stanley Country Fest http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6846 The Oak Ridge Dental Arts Stanley team had a great time at the Stanley Country Fest! We are dedicated to being active in our community and enjoy every opportunity to go out and meet the local residents here in Stanley, North Carolina. The Stanley Country Fest is an annual event that we look forward to participating in each year. We had some rain this year, but that didn't keep the locals from coming out and having a great time with us! They especially loved the free ice cream!<br /><br />This is the first year we had our mascot out to say hello to everyone, and the kids absolutely loved it! It isn't every day that you see a life-size tooth walking around town. We loved when children came up to our booth to tell us "there is a loose tooth walking around!". Our mascot enjoyed hearing all the childrens' loose tooth stories and how they couldn't wait for the tooth fairy to visit them!<br /><br />Our team also brought out our "Put On Pink" campaign materials to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. We are thankful for those who joined us in raising funds and put on pink to support breast cancer; and many of whom put on pink to honor their friends and family who have been directly affected by breast cancer. It was a great experience to partner with the members of the community for such an amazing cause.<br /><br />We look forward to being out at the Stanley Country Fest next year for more fun! <br /><br /> <div><video width="100%" height="auto" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" controls="controls" autoplay="autoplay"> <source src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/country_fest_2017.mp4" type="video/mp4" /></video></div> <div></div> "Put On Pink" For Breast Cancer Awareness! http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6824 <div style="text-align: center;"><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/facebook1.jpg" alt="" width="831" height="315" /></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>IT&rsquo;S THAT TIME</strong>&nbsp;of year again: time to Put on Pink! October is&nbsp;National Breast Cancer Awareness month&nbsp;and with your help, our practice is increasing&nbsp;awareness and raising funds to&nbsp;support breast cancer research.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Put On Pink And We&rsquo;ll Donate!</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">When our patients show support for breast cancer research, so can we! You can help us donate to this great cause in three simple steps:</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Step 1:&nbsp;</strong>Pledge to post a photo of yourself putting on pink on your personal social media pages.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Step 2:&nbsp;</strong>Put on some pink or choose a pink prop in our office and take your photo!</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Step 3:&nbsp;</strong>Post the photo to Facebook as a public post and tag the location of our practice!</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>For every tagged photo of one of our patients wearing pink, we will donate $1.00 to the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer research! This campaign will run October 1st through October 31st, so please join us and help raise funds to support Breast Cancer Awareness! <br /></strong></div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Breast Cancer Can Affect Anyone</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/womens-health/cancer-facts-for-women.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">one in eight</a>&nbsp;being diagnosed during their lifetime.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s estimated that over&nbsp;<a href="http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">250,000</a>&nbsp;more women will have been diagnosed with breast cancer by the end of this year in the United States alone, and 40,000 women will have succumbed&nbsp;to the disease.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Although it&rsquo;s rare, men may also be diagnosed with breast cancer, with approximately 2,150 cases being&nbsp;diagnosed each year.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Hope Through Medical Advancements</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">While the diagnosis and death statistics for breast cancer are still unacceptably high, thanks to advancements in early detection, improvements in treatment, and increased awareness, survival rates have gone up steadily&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/womens-health/cancer-facts-for-women.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">since 1989</a>.</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Together, We Can Make A Difference</strong></div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">We&rsquo;re looking forward to this opportunity to work with you, our wonderful patients and friends, to help raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.</div> <div style="margin: 1em 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>As your trusted, lifelong health partner, we want to do anything we can to keep you and your loved ones as healthy as possible.</strong>&nbsp;If you have any questions about breast cancer, feel free to reach out to us&nbsp;and we&rsquo;ll be able to direct you toward the information and resources you need. And don&rsquo;t forget&hellip;</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: justify; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Put On Pink to show your support!<br /><br /><a href="/connect-with-us.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" style="float: left; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/4163/gb.png" alt="" width="40" height="40" align="" /></a></div> The Bare Bones Of Gum Recession http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6744 <strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">NO ONE LOOKS FORWARD</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;to getting &ldquo;long in the tooth&rdquo; because of gum recession.</span> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">However, while tooth length might be an accurate yardstick for judging the age of a horse, age is not the culprit behind receding gums in humans. Gum recession is simply such a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130807-does-age-damage-your-gums" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">gradual process</a>&nbsp;that it can take decades before the effects are noticeable.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Not All Gum Recession Is Avoidable</h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">There are many contributing factors to gum recession, and some unfortunately include&nbsp;<a href="http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/gum-disease/article/receding-gums-and-treatment-and-causes-0214" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">genetics</a>. Some people simply have fragile gums or don&rsquo;t have enough jaw bone covering the front of the roots of their teeth to support gums up to the crowns. The good news is that many of the other contributing factors can be controlled, and even if you&rsquo;re predisposed to gum recession, there are ways to minimize it.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Bruxism Versus Your Gums</h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Chronic teeth-grinding, or bruxism, causes a whole host of problems for your oral health, and one of them is increasing your risk for gum recession. All that grinding puts too much pressure on the gums, so they begin to retreat. Bruxism can be a difficult habit to break, especially if you&rsquo;re doing it in your sleep, but you can minimize the damage to the jaw bones, gums, and teeth by using a mouth guard.<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KWYDBl29qxo" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Overbrushing Damages Gum Tissue</h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">It might sound counterintuitive, but you can actually brush your teeth&nbsp;<em>too</em>&nbsp;much. Or, at least, too hard. Brushing teeth isn&rsquo;t like scrubbing the grime out of tile grout; gums are not built to withstand the abrasive assault of hard-bristled brushes (and neither is the enamel on our teeth). Soft bristles are actually ideal for scrubbing away plaque and massaging the gums without damaging them. The same principle applies to flossing; you should definitely floss once a day, but go easy on those gums.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Tartar Buildup And Gum Disease</h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">When plaque isn&rsquo;t removed by brushing and flossing, it will eventually harden into tartar, which can only be removed by dental professionals. This means that the longer you go without a routine dental cleaning, the more tartar builds up along your gum lines, which puts you at risk for gum disease. Speaking of which&hellip;</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">In the early stages of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/gum-disease/article/periodontal-disease" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">gum disease</a>, also called gingivitis, the health of your jaw bones is not yet at risk, which is good for avoiding gum recession. If your gums are tender, swollen, and bleed easily, it&rsquo;s likely gingivitis. You can combat it with healthy brushing and flossing habits, but it&rsquo;s also wise to bring the problem to us.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">If untreated, gingivitis advances to become periodontitis. This is when gums start pulling away from the teeth and the integrity of the jaw bones is compromised. There are many risk factors for gum disease, including smoking, hormonal changes (like during pregnancy), diabetes, and dry mouth as a side effect of medications. At this point, better oral hygiene habits aren&rsquo;t enough and professional treatment is absolutely necessary.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Help Us Help You Keep Those Gums Healthy!</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">If you&rsquo;re worried about the structure and health of your gums, don&rsquo;t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us! We can help you get your gum health back on track and discuss treatment options.</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">We&rsquo;re rooting for you!</h4> The Coolest Teeth In The Animal Kingdom http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6729 <strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">MOST OF US</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;already know that sharks constantly grow new teeth, venomous snakes use their fangs like syringes full of poison, and elephants have enormous tusks. As lovers of teeth of all shapes and sizes, today we&rsquo;d like to take a moment to spotlight a few lesser known bizarre teeth out there in the wild.<br /><br /></span> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Crabeater Seals</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Contrary to their name,&nbsp;<a href="http://io9.gizmodo.com/crabeater-seals-look-like-they-have-buzzsaws-for-teeth-1584247294" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">crabeater seals&rsquo;</a>&nbsp;diets consist almost entirely of antarctic krill, but you probably wouldn&rsquo;t guess that by looking at their teeth. Where we have our molars, they have some very bizarre teeth. These teeth are like if a normal sharp canine tooth had many smaller canine teeth coming out of it. All together, they look like they&rsquo;re packing deadly saws in their jaws.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Even though they look deadly, crabeater seals use their teeth in much the same way that we use strainers for pasta: they&rsquo;ll take a big gulp of ocean water, then squeeze the water back out while their teeth trap all the tasty krill inside. Yum!</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Beavers&nbsp;</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">You&rsquo;d be horrified if you woke up with orange teeth, but that&rsquo;s because you aren&rsquo;t a beaver.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/12784/20150217/why-beaver-teeth-ares-so-tough.htm" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Beaver teeth</a>&nbsp;become orange over time because of the iron in the food they eat. The iron makes their teeth harder, which helps them chew through trees to construct their dams. But even iron doesn&rsquo;t fully protect against wear and tear, which is why their teeth constantly grow.<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yJjaQExOPPY" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Narwhals</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Narwhals are often called the&nbsp;<a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/05/drone-footage-narwhal-tusk-mystery/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">unicorns of the sea</a>&nbsp;because of the single spiral horn protruding up to ten feet long from the males&rsquo; heads. However, those aren&rsquo;t really horns. In fact, they are tusks&mdash;in this case, elongated canine teeth that grow through the upper lip. Usually only the left one manages to grow that long, but some male narwhals end up with two full-length tusks, and occasionally a female narwhal will grow one or both as well.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">As recently as May of this year, scientists still weren&rsquo;t sure about the tusks&rsquo; purpose, but new footage has shown narwhals using their tusks to stun fish, making it easier to eat them. There&rsquo;s probably more to it than that, though, because the tusks also contain millions of nerve endings, which likely means narwhals use them to sense their surroundings.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Keep Taking Care Of Those Chompers!</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">We might not be able to bop fish over the head, saw through trees, or strain krill with our ordinary human teeth, but we still need them to be healthy and strong in order to chew our food, speak clearly, and share beautiful smiles with the people we love. Always remember to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, floss once a day, schedule regular dental appointments, and contact us if you&rsquo;re having any dental problems in between appointments!</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">As cool as animal teeth are, human teeth are still our favorite</h4> Cooking For A Happy, Healthy Sweet Tooth http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6711 <strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">MOST OF US</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;find ourselves craving something sweet every once in a while&mdash;or perhaps more often than that! Unfortunately, as good as sweet treats taste, they can have a big impact on our dental health.</span> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><br /><strong>Sugar And Your Teeth</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">There are many ways that sugar is bad for our overall health, but it&rsquo;s also specifically bad for our teeth. Our mouths are diverse microbiomes containing dozens of species of bacteria, both harmful and beneficial, that can reproduce multiple times per day. Sugar may taste good to us,&nbsp;<strong>but harmful bacteria love it</strong>. They eat the sugar that sticks to our teeth and excrete acid that dissolves tooth enamel, leading to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/cavities/article/what-are-the-effects-of-sugar-on-teeth-1214" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">tooth decay</a>.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is usually enough to keep the bacteria populations under control, but your teeth will thank your for avoiding excess sugar. So how can we satisfy a sweet tooth craving without also satisfying the cravings of millions of harmful bacteria?&nbsp;<strong>By cooking sugar-free desserts, of course!</strong></p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Healthier Sweet Options</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">There are a few ways you can cut down on sugar without cutting down on sweets when you&rsquo;re cooking. Some of them can be pricey, so your budget might play a role in determining which one you use.</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Rebaudioside A</h4> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Rebaudioside A is a polyol or sugar alcohol produced by&nbsp;<a href="http://caloriecontrol.org/stevia/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Stevia</a>, a leafy South American plant. The FDA has approved rebaudioside A as a safe food additive, which means we can cook with it. But what makes it better for our teeth than sugar? Well, all those hungry bacteria in our mouths can&rsquo;t digest sugar alcohols. We get to enjoy the sweet taste, but they don&rsquo;t! The only downside is that it can leave a bitter aftertaste if you use too much. Since you only need one teaspoon to match the sweetness of a whole cup of sugar, it&rsquo;s easy to overdo it.</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Xylitol and Erythritol</h4> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><a href="https://authoritynutrition.com/erythritol/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Xylitol and erythritol</strong></a>&nbsp;are two more sugar alcohols that serve as excellent sweeteners. You may be familiar with xylitol, because that&rsquo;s what sweetens sugar-free gum. While it&rsquo;s even better for your teeth than other sugar alcohols&ndash;which is why dentists recommend it&ndash;it might not be the best to cook with, as it can cause digestive discomfort if you eat too much of it. Erythritol doesn&rsquo;t have that drawback, but it can be pretty expensive.</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Fruit</h4> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Fruit is another great sugar substitute. If you&rsquo;d rather work with ingredients you already know, unsweetened applesauce, bananas, dates, and figs are four great replacements for table sugar that you can use in many recipes. You&rsquo;ll end up with desserts that are still sweet and moist, but which contain far less sugar, which your teeth will appreciate. Fruits are sweet because they contain fructose, a type of sugar, but you&rsquo;ll use less sugar overall by using pureed fruit instead of table sugar.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Need some extra inspiration for a sugar-free treat? Check out this sugar-free cheesecake recipe below!</strong><br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KRSaK7HHp9k" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Keep Up With Your Oral Health Basics</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Even if you completely cut out all foods that are bad for your teeth out of your diet, it&rsquo;s still crucial to maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and come see us for a cleaning appointment every six months! Be sure to bring your favorite sugar-free dessert recipes the next time you come!</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Your Dental Health Is Our First Priority!</h4> Dentures Then And Now http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6699 <strong style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">AS RECENTLY AS 2012,</strong><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db197.htm" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;">one fifth</a><span style="color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;of American adults over sixty-five had lost all of their natural teeth. Whether the tooth loss is from age or other causes, it is a problem dentists have been dealing with for thousands of years.<br /><br /></span> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Dentures Have Ancient Roots</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">False teeth have been around in some form since at least&nbsp;<a href="http://www.premierexhibitions.com/exhibitions/4/4/bodies-exhibition/blog/edentulous-brief-history-dentures" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">700 B.C</a>., when they were made out of human or animal teeth. Tooth decay became a much bigger problem after the Industrial Revolution when refined sugar became cheap and our intake of it shot through the roof. Because more people were losing teeth, more people needed false ones, and denture technology advanced.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Easily the most famous man who needed dentures back in the day was George Washington. We&rsquo;ve all heard about his wooden teeth,&nbsp;<strong>but they&rsquo;re actually&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mountvernon.org/digital-encyclopedia/article/false-teeth/" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">a myth</a></strong>. He had several sets of dentures, custom made for him from hippo ivory and human teeth, with gold wires and brass screws to hold them together.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Modern Dentures Have Come A Long Way</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Today, dentures are typically made of plastics and acrylic resin, but they come in several different types,&nbsp;<strong>so let&rsquo;s look at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/dentures/article/full-dentures-partial-dentures-denture-care-learn-more" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">main ones</a>.</strong></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">The Classic: Full Denture</h4> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">When none of the natural teeth can be saved, a conventional full denture is a common choice. The denture isn&rsquo;t placed in the patient&rsquo;s mouth until after the gum tissues have finished healing, which can take several months.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Many people don&rsquo;t like going so long without teeth, so immediate full dentures can be used in the meantime. Because the bone changes shape over the course of those months, immediate full dentures have the drawback of not always fitting very well, and they can irritate the healing gums.</p> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Want to learn how dentures are made? Check out the video below:<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QIeFAVlL5Jw" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /></strong></p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">The Hybrid: Partial Denture</h4> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">When at least a few of the natural teeth are still present, they serve as excellent anchors for partial dentures that replace the missing teeth. Partial dentures can be inserted and removed in much the same way as retainers. Alternatively, a permanent bridge can be installed. Partial dentures are a great option because the more of your original teeth you have, the stronger your jaw bones will be.</p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">Going Bionic: Implant-Supported Denture</h4> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">The main drawback with removable dentures is that they do little to prevent the bone loss in the jaws that occurs with tooth loss.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/dentures/article/implant-supported-denture" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="word-wrap: break-word; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #458fc0; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">Permanent options</a>&nbsp;like dental implants, bridges, and implant-supported dentures do much better at continuing to apply the bite pressure the bone needs in order to stay strong, which preserves the shape of the face. They also make it easier to speak and chew than removable dentures, because they don&rsquo;t have the risk of falling out.</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Take Proper Care Of Your Dentures</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">All false teeth need regular cleaning to prevent discoloration and plaque buildup, whether they&rsquo;re removable or permanent. They need to be brushed along with your gums, tongue, and palate. It&rsquo;s important not to let them dry out, so you should store them in a denture soaking solution or even water when you&rsquo;re not wearing them&mdash;just not hot water. Ultrasonic cleaners will also help keep them clean (but they don&rsquo;t replace brushing).</p> <h3 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 22.5px; letter-spacing: -0.5px; text-align: left; color: #606060 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"><strong>Come See Us!</strong></h3> <p style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #606060; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: left; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">If you are considering dentures, don&rsquo;t hesitate to talk to us! We can provide any information you need. It can be difficult to have confidence when you have missing teeth, but dentures can let you take charge again. </p> <h4 style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: block; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-weight: bold; line-height: 20px; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; color: #808080 !important; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">We&rsquo;re here to help you love your smile again!</h4> The Modern Uses of Dental Crowns http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6561 <p dir="ltr"><span>Dental crowns are the best solution to a wide array of issues in cosmetic dentistry, especially when your tooth is suffering from a cavity that threatens the health of the tooth itself. The tooth is &ldquo;capped&rdquo; or encircled by any of a wide range of materials protectively and is bonded with dental cement. This dental cement is typically a metal oxide based cement used to bind things together permanently in the acidic nature of the human mouth. Dental crowns are a long lasting and proven solution to many commonly seen issues in the dental world.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Other common situations where dental crowns are used include:</span></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Endodontically treated teeth (when a root canal is required and the existing tooth structure is not enough to support the tooth after the infected root is removed). Your posterior teeth (molars) can exert up to 200lbs of force so a root canal in a molar tooth almost always requires a dental crown.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Dentures. When the &ldquo;anchor tooth&rdquo; is not the correct dimensions to install the dentures on, a crown can be built over the tooth to ensure a perfect fit.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Appearance. Some teeth are just not up to your standards in cosmetic appeal. A crown can be used to cover up cosmetic issues in teeth such as genetic birthmarks or spots o when teeth are too stained for a complete cleaning.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Dental implants. When a dental implant is required, crowns can be used to mold the implant into more natural dimensions to accurately fit in with the surrounding teeth.</span></p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><span>Crowns are built outside of the mouth, free from the encumbrances of tight quarters, saliva and blood so they can be built using exact dimensions for a perfect fit. A mold is taken of the tooth and teeth surrounding it in question and is sent to a facility which converts the mold into a model. A crown is then built from this model and can be done so using a wide variety of materials. The most common materials used are porcelain, ceramic, gold or more recently ceramic and porcelain fused to metal. The newest methods involving crown production involve 3D printing and graphical computer software. Generating crown molds using graphical software is not a large difference from more contemporary means of doing so however. </span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/D36tybL44MIiAon6m6VgJwAA4lTHH3guDooBx4IZVrpGwwvLHNytnGn0onzv3CYoGhqjyo2-4-Sr96Tj3zx4fsvkGK7a548HbWe_Ld0uW86QnqJfzLWpfyh6xZ-o68POy1gykKDw" alt="" width="619" height="398" /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Dental crowns are yet another fantastic dentistry invention that has made the lives of countless people better. The next time you have a severe cavity or root canal do not fret, because even if the bacteria wins in taking over your tooth, a dental crown will soon restore the balance in your favor... and with the color of your choice!</span></p> Invisalign: Creating Your Ideal Smile Without Embarrassing Yourself http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6560 <p dir="ltr"><span>Invisalign is a pioneering new way to align your teeth without the need for clunky visible metal braces. Even though braces have become a social norm for the most part, the stigma attached to showing up to work or school with metal in your mouth is certainly still not a positive. Invisialign bypasses that entirely and can fix your tooth alignment issues without being noticeable. Using clear aligner trays and nearly invisible attachments on the teeth themselves, Invisalign is the best solution for your dental spacing issues.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Your Invisalign treatment will begin with an x-ray, bite registration and polyvinyl siloxane impressions of your teeth and gums to ensure a perfect fit. These impressions are then scanned to produce a 3D representation to decide the perfect angle and direction to move your teeth for optimal straightening. It is then confirmed with you in a session where you have say in the direction you would like your straightening to go. A small nearly invisible elastic thermoplastic aligner is then attached to the teeth in need. Nearly invisible tightening trays are then clipped onto to the aligner and the straightening process has then begun.</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/TjSpAeedz-efMySGdiS0W0gx6jc6dK9cL1G7l0Q7nahQYYW4UpDs745Z93AW6diNMgmy7nSDyPU6CILjhlapVwn-SYYYNLulP-VRvk5fST18TqO8-j2khXc1PIY_fgdO0l0grBpE" alt="" width="624" height="243" /></span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>The common pop culture trope surrounding braces, cemented by the popular TV show &ldquo;The Big Bang Theory&rdquo;, is that they're used solely for young teenagers who don't yet have a grip on what they're character is and the less socially inclined folks. This should absolutely not be the case, and with Invisalign it no longer is. While a truly unfortunate social stigma that we believe is completely unfounded, Invisalign changes the game completely in that regard. The invisible braces invented by Zia Chisthti, pioneered and developed in San Jose and approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1999 have since made the previously painful and awkward experience of braces irrelevant.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/F_T-0yz0gjeIk0aQbPgHy_GBTZIqnxA-QU4kFiz0mX-5a0yzvoFlKAyIXPwqPgklgR4ebbbd2p370i8OP4tEOG7C3QfoxIlnPNucAhvKNpVlHYQFmAXwVqdRivfYBwJgYjqnVV-c" alt="" width="624" height="267" /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>As Invisalign grew from it's initial client base to over 80,000 from 1999 to 2002, to over double that in 2004 it's foothold into the American dental industry was immense. A year later in 2003 the process expanded into Japan and won several awards for stereolithography, medical design and fast growth. Since then the idea has continued to spread like a wildfire and is now in many different parts of the world, from the United States to Hong Kong to Australia it is being celebrated in each for it's ease of use and lack of social repercussions. In 2007 the Academy of General Dentristy approved Invisalign's Program Approval for Continuing Education or PACE becoming a certified member and helping to promote continued education in the dentistry field.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>When you are through with the Invisalign process and are the proud owner of straight teeth and a gorgeous smile the only question that will remain is, &ldquo;why didn't I go with Invisalign sooner?&rdquo;. An easy, invisible approach to fixing your smile permanently. With widespread and growing support across the globe, Invisalign is the future of dental braces and will be the cause of the future of your fantastic and straight teeth. &nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/7gYVcd7-8_bE9bilndfJ8OWMlHdv2tmSop8LDjUlbwyGF76bekO1ymy4hZmycNPxOpkdc3Fx5D-NRTtVIE4_YXiDtnODmIlw_bBKqzDVEerFrlCSsWuRqXkSb-MxBU_UtmU29MXY" alt="" width="624" height="416" /></span></p> All About Dentures http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6559 <p dir="ltr"><span>Dentures sometimes get an undeserved bad rap but are a crucial tool for allowing those with missing teeth or gum tissue to live a normal life. Whether through injury, playing hockey or degenerative disorders and diseases, dentures fill the gap for millions of people worldwide. Full or partial are available depending on the number of teeth missing and are both custom made to fit each client&rsquo;s mouth and teeth structure. </span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>Dentures have been utilized by humanity as early as the 7th century BC by Etruscans in Northern Italy. This technology was soon after passed on to the Romans as their empire began to sprawl which spread denture use across much of Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Ancient dentures were usually constructed with gold bands and animal or other human teeth. The more modern porcelain denture was pioneered by Pierre Fauchard in the early 18th century. This quickly evolved, as did dentistry, into the perfected system that we have available to us today. Thankfully the modern process is not usually accompanied with much pain at all, very much unlike the dentures of the past where people such as George Washington were forced to take opioid painkillers to deal with the pain his poorly crafted dental device caused him. Today&rsquo;s dentures are easy to use and designed to be as comfortable as possible.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Ug8KNOskGH9WeyFofQLYAaIa-G2hD_StWPXaHQuvhcIYkzdbnE7mhk8SAaQwIFDHZO-I41hgBmu-wgDuK18JViWoCNkJ0b_zFarxq3LFFe0OdPkUpTxK8Yv1s1fiuo28Dmeh8_2p" alt="" width="624" height="413" /></span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>Modern dentures are carefully crafted in a dental laboratory using a combination of acrylics such as polymethylmethacrylate to create a comfortable and strong device. Commercially produced acrylic teeth are available in nearly any shape or size depending on the customer&rsquo;s needs. </span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>The process of receiving your own dentures begins with an initial dental impression using standard impression materials. Further refining and impressions are then taken to ensure the accuracy of the dentures are perfect. After testing the mold in the patient's mouth and adjusting so the denture can be made to the occlusion the denture is sent for processing where it&rsquo;s created.</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>When you have an injury or degenerative mouth disorder and require something to complete your smile dentures will be a perfect fit. Carefully crafted after years of perfection and molded to the requirements of the individual, the modern denture is just another way that humanity has taken strides to fix any issue presented to us. Designed for comfort and being as close to undetectable as possible, dentures are a time proven technique for replacing missing teeth and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.</span></p> National Children's Dental Health Month http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6110 National Children's Dental Health Month began in 1949 by the American Dental Association, and is observed each February to raise awareness of the importance of dental health. At Oak Ridge Dental Arts, we celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month with our Tooth Fairy Program. The Oak Ridge Dental Arts Tooth Fairy, visits local schools to educate children about the importance of proper dental care in a fun and exciting way. <br /><br />Tips from the Oak Ridge Dental Arts Tooth Fairy for a Healthy Smile: <br /><strong><br />1. Brush for two minutes two times a day<br /></strong>Make sure to brush in the morning and at night before bed. It is important to brush the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of your child's teeth.<br /><strong><br />2. Floss Daily<br /></strong>It is important to floss your child's teeth daily. Flossing removes plaque from the surfaces between the teeth, which are the surfaces that are impossible to clean with a toothbrush.<br /><br /><strong>3. Visit the dentist every six month<br /></strong>Regular cleanings and check-ups are very important. These visits allow for optimal cleaning and for your dentist to catch and problems, such as cavities.<br /><br />Parents, helping your children develop good dental care habits now can lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles!<br /><strong><br />How can you make dental care fun for your child?</strong> <br /> <ul> <li>Let your child pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste flavor.</li> <li>Turn brushing and flossing into a game to "fight off the bad guys" like plaque.</li> <li>Play two minute fun songs for your child to listen to while brushing.</li> </ul> <strong>When should you start brushing your child's teeth?</strong> <ul> <li>Children's teeth are at risk of decay as soon as they appear, so it is important to start brushing your child's teeth as soon as you see their very first tooth.</li> </ul> <strong>When should you bring your child in for their first appointment?</strong> <ul> <li>Your child's first dental appointment should be at one year old or after their first tooth comes in. The first appointment will help develop a positive relationship with the dentist and a positive dental visit experience to prevent fear in the future. The first visit will also allow the dentist to catch problems like decay or developmental issues.</li> </ul> <br />If you are ready to bring your child in for their first dental appointment, or if they haven't been to the dentist in the past six months, call us today and schedule their appointment. The staff at Oak Ridge Dental Arts are very child friendly, gentle, and are dedicated to providing a fun, positive dental experience for your child. <br /><br /><br /> New Year's Resolutions to Make Your Smile Shine Bright! http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=5985 <div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/wbtv_20170105231133887ab1.mp4" width="574" height="287"></iframe> <video width="574" height="287" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" controls="controls"> <source src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/wbtv_20170105231133887ab1.mp4" type="video/mp4" /></video></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">Video by John Cominsky, WBTV<br /><br /><br /> <div> <div style="text-align: left;">As you write your New Year's resolution list, we encourage you to add improving your oral health to your list. Improving your oral health is a very easy habit to incorporate into your daily routine and will build your confidence and positively affect your overall health and outlook on life. <br /><br />Here are two easy steps to take daily to improve your oral health: <br /><br />1. Brush your teeth twice daily <br /><br />You may be brushing your teeth, but it is important to make sure you are brushing correctly. It is recommended by the American Dental Association that you brush your teeth twice a day. For optimal cleaning, the key is to brush for two minutes in small circular motions, with your toothbrush angled at a forty-five degree angle towards your gums and make sure to reach the hard to reach areas. We suggest using a soft bristled or electric toothbrush to reduce aggressive brushing and sensitivity related to recession and abfraction caused from brushing too hard. <br /><br />2. Floss your teeth daily <br /><br />At times, flossing can be more important than brushing. Like brushing, it is important that you are flossing your teeth correctly. Rather than just going in and out between the teeth, the key is to go in and dip in the pocket between the tooth and gum, and go up and down in a "C" shaped motion and come up the other side, repeating this step for each tooth. <br /><br />Adding these two easy steps to your daily routine, along with visiting a dentist for your regular cleanings and exams will help you achieve the optimal oral health you deserve. If you are interested in improving your oral health, contact one of our offices today to schedule an appointment and let Oak Ridge Dental Arts help make your smile shine bright.</div> </div> </div> </div> Oak Ridge Dental Arts is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Belk Bowl http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=5925 Oak Ridge Dental Arts is a proud sponsor of the <a href="http://belkbowl.com/about-the-bowl/">2016 Belk Bowl</a>. We actively support our local community and we are excited to sponsor this year's Belk Bowl as the Arkansas Razorbacks take on the Virginia Tech Hokies on December 29th @ 5:30PM Eastern on ESPN.<br /><br />Athletes dedicate a large portion of their lives towards improving their physical health and performance and our team here at Oak Ridge Dental Arts has also devoted our lives to improving the oral health and well-being of our guests.<br /><br />We wish all of the athletes good luck as they push their bodies to the limit and finish up their hard fought seasons next week.<br /><br /> <div><a href="http://belkbowl.com/"><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/belk_bowl_2016.png" alt="" width="301" height="331" align="" /></a></div> Never Hide Your Smile Again! White Fillings Are The Answer http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=5923 <div style="text-align: left;"><img class="img-responsive" style="margin: 5px;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/embarrassed.png" alt="" width="242" height="328" align="left" />Are you embarrassed to smile because of bad teeth, cavities or fillings? Do you need dental work done but you don't want people to see your fillings? Restorative dental care should never make you embarrassed and we have solutions to give you a healthy and beautiful smile while being completely discrete. Aside from discrete treatments like <a href="/invisalign.htm">Invisalign to align your teeth</a>&nbsp;and give you a prettier smile, we use <a href="/fillings.htm">white tooth-colored fillings</a>&nbsp;for our restorative services so that no one will ever know that you've had work done.</div> <br /><strong>White Teeth Fillings Match The Exact Color Of Your Teeth</strong><br />Our white dental fillings are made out of a resilient composite resin guaranteed to match the exact color of your teeth.<br /><br /><strong>The Process Is Easy And Painless</strong><br />Using blue light technology, the white filling&rsquo;s resin is bonded to your teeth. This bond prevents cracks and fractures by supporting your tooth&rsquo;s structure. Then our dentist shapes and polishes the filling so it will fit comfortably and feel normal when you talk and eat. Then to prevent staining, a clear plastic coating can be placed over the filling. After this painless application is finished, no one will notice your white tooth filling.<br /><br /><strong>White Teeth Fillings Are Better For Your Teeth</strong><br />Not only are white fillings more aesthetically pleasing but they are also better for your teeth. The bonding glue used in these white tooth fillings is good for tooth restoration because of its good adhesion and studies have found that older metal fillings can create oral health problems in the long run. Also, these fillings are tougher and longer-lasting, keeping your teeth healthier longer.<br /><br />If you are interested in white tooth colored fillings or have questions,&nbsp;contact one of our offices today! Straighten Your Teeth Without Embarrassing Metal Braces! http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=5922 Do you want a straighter, healthier smile? Is the thought of having embarrassing metal braces sticking out of your mouth holding you back? If you have the desire to straighten your teeth but don&rsquo;t want to have traditional braces, we have a solution for you.<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/800x306_invisalignjpg.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="306" /><br /><br /><strong>Invisalign Straightens Without Being Seen</strong><br />Invisalign is a discrete dental treatment that uses a series of clear trays that are custom made to fit your mouth and align your teeth. You can also remove the trays in order to floss &amp; brush your teeth, eat like you normally would, or for special occasions. Here are some of the advantages Invisalign has over traditional braces:<br /> <ul> <li>You can talk, smile &amp; laugh with whoever you want without being embarrassed of braces</li> <li>The retainers are removable</li> <li>You don't have the hassle of getting food stuck in your braces and you can easily remove your retainers to floss your teeth if something does get stuck in your teeth.</li> <li>You only have to come in for a visit every 4-6 weeks.</li> <li>You can discretely straighten your teeth without the whole world seeing</li> </ul> <br /><strong>What Can I Expect If I Get Invisalign?</strong><br />If you&rsquo;re ready to get started, we&rsquo;ll first need to set up an initial consultation. Here, we&rsquo;ll analyze your bite, see if you&rsquo;re a candidate, and go over treatment details. After some x-rays and impressions, we can actually show you digitally what you can expect through each phase of Invisalign, clear up to your final result! Call one of our offices today for your consultation! Healthier Options For Trick-Or-Treaters http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=5819 <div> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/wbtv_20161020222405717ab1.mp4" width="574" height="287"></iframe> <video width="574" height="287" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" controls="controls"> <source src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2411/wbtv_20161020222405717ab1.mp4" type="video/mp4" /></video></div> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">Video by John Cominsky, WBTV<br /><br /><br /> <div> <div style="text-align: left;">Children are at a higher rick for tooth decay around Halloween because of all the wonderful sweets. A cavity is caused by the natural bacteria in your mouth that feed on sugars. The minute you eat these sweets the bacteria burn off the sugars as acids, and these acids are what cause cavities on your teeth.<br /><br />The key to maintaining oral health, is the duration and frequency of how often the sweets or simple carbohydrates are consumed. You want to stay away from candies that have a prolonged exposure in your mouth, like sticky, chewy and hard candies.<br /><br />Some alternatives for parents to pass out for trick-or-treaters include chocolates, tangerines, sugar-free xylitol gum, pretzels, granola and more. For hydration, we suggest handing out water bottles with an orange flavor packet and jack-o-lantern faces drawn on them. Each of these alternatives have many oral health benefits that help prevent cavities.</div> </div> </div> </div> Dental Implants: A Solution To Tooth Loss http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=5721 Surprisingly, tooth loss is more&nbsp;prevalent in our society than you may think. Consider the following startling facts:<br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp; It is estimated that more than 35 million people in America don&rsquo;t have any teeth.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 175 million people nationwide are missing at least one tooth.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 69% of American citizens between the ages of 35-44 are missing at least one tooth.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 25% of people in the United States over the age of 74 are missing all of their natural teeth.<br /><br />These&nbsp;statistics suggest the importance of understanding the solutions available to treat tooth loss, and why they&rsquo;re so important to health and happiness.<br /><br /><strong>Why Use Dental Implants?</strong><br /><br />It is imperative that gaps caused by missing teeth be filled and dental implants are the most stable, secure, and permanent way to do so. When a tooth falls out, the surrounding teeth begin to shift into the empty space. This can potentially ruin the alignment and orientation of the remaining teeth. Worse yet, the bone structure under the missing tooth begins to deteriorate, leading to a loosening and sagging of the facial structure. While dentures can help to alleviate these issues to some extent, they are a hassle to constantly remove and reattach. Additionally, dentures can easily fail, restricting the kinds of foods you can eat and lowering your confidence. Dental implants, however, offer a stable and permanent solution, with no hassle.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>How Dental Implants Work</strong><br /><br />Dental implants can anchor single replacement teeth, bridges that link separated replacement teeth, or bridges that hold a full set of replacement teeth. Dental implants are drilled directly into the jawbone and fuse with the bone over time, providing a strong, supporting base. These anchors serve dual purposes. They can holding false teeth permanently and securely in place, as well as maintaining the shape and integrity or the jawbone and facial structure. Dental implants feel and operate just like natural teeth, so they require the same care as natural teeth. Without continued oral hygiene, the mouth is vulnerable to plaque and gum disease which can threaten implants in the same manner normal teeth would be affected.<br /><br />Do you have damaged or missing teeth? Take advantage of dental implants today to restore your smile and your confidence. Your new replacement teeth will be as secure and effective as your natural teeth and will also maintain the integrity and shape of your jaw and facial bones. Contact Oak Ridge Dental Arts today and let our dental experts evaluate your needs and choose a dental implant treatment that&rsquo;s right for you! Your Bad Breath Might Be From A More Serious Dental Condition http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=5720 Chronic bad breath, referred to as halitosis by the medical community, is a result of many factors. Some causes of halitosis are mild and can easily be solved, while persistent bad breath could be a sign of a more serious medical problem, especially if it lingers regardless of good oral hygiene practices. Less serious causes of bad breath include:<br /><br /><strong>Poor oral hygiene -</strong>&nbsp;Don't like to brush or floss? Keep in mind that bacteria grow in your mouth and feed off particles of food left there. This bacteria forms a sticky substance, commonly referred to as plaque, that coats your teeth and gums. The more plaque builds up, the worse your mouth will smell. Fortunately, frequent brushing can eliminate bad breath caused by plaque.<br /><br /><strong>Strong foods -</strong>&nbsp;Pungent foods, such as onion and garlic, have a very strong odor that seeps into the bloodstream and comes out in your lungs, tainting your breath. The smell will not leave your breath until the food has been fully digested, but brushing your teeth can cover up the odor temporarily. &nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>Smoking or chewing tobacco -</strong>&nbsp;The use of tobacco products not only makes your breath smell unpleasant, but they also stain your teeth and damage your gums. It's recommended that you avoid tobacco products to maintain good oral health.<br /><br />Less serious causes of bad breath are easy to fix. If you have good hygiene habits but your bad breath still remains, it could be a sign of something more serious. Some of the more severe causes of halitosis are as follows:<br /><br /><strong>Gum disease -</strong>&nbsp;Plaque-causing bacteria can get underneath the gums even with regular brushing and flossing,. This causes the gums (and potentially&nbsp;the bones) holding the teeth to decay and recede, leading to tooth loss. Persistent halitosis is often an indication that gum disease is underway.<br /><br /><strong>Cavities -</strong> When the enamel of the teeth develops holes, bacteria can get inside and produce plaque that can&rsquo;t be brushed away. This bacteria can also cause tooth decay if the cavity gets deep enough. This can negatively affect your breath, indicating that there&rsquo;s a serious problem.<br /><br /><strong>Poor-fitting dental fixtures -</strong> If dentures and other dental appliances don&rsquo;t fit properly, bacteria can make it's way into the gaps. If left unchecked, teeth and gums are in danger of cavities and gum disease.<br /><br /><strong>Mouth diseases -</strong>&nbsp;Bad breath can be caused by mouth disorders such as yeast infections, dry mouth, or respiratory diseases such as bronchitis&nbsp;or&nbsp;pneumonia. While these diseases are often accompanied by more noticeable symptoms, halitosis can be an early symptom that that a serious disease is present.<br /><br />There are many&nbsp;causes of halitosis. Some symptoms of bad breath can be erased with simple oral hygiene, while persistent halitosis may indicate a more serious problem. If you are currently suffering from bad breath or would like to prevent it from occurring, contact the experts at Oak Ridge Dental Arts today for an examination. We're dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy mouth and a happy smile. 3 General Health Concerns To Care For As You Age http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=5473 Getting old will inevitably provide some challenges for your body. As you&nbsp;age, your body starts to weaken and it becomes harder to stay in shape &amp; stay healthy. Thankfully, if you take proper care of yourself you will greatly reduce the risk of having to deal with most of these issues.&nbsp;Here are 3 things that you should take extra care for as you age:<br /><br /><strong>1. Your Diet</strong><br /><br />As you get older your metabolism will slow down and unhealthy foods will have a greater negative effect on your body. That is why it's very important to maintain a healthy well-balanced diet as you age. Avoid foods and drinks that are obviously unhealthy for you such as candy, chips, soda &amp; alcohol. But aside from that it's also important to maintain a balanced diet of healthy foods. Eat proper servings of lean meats, vegetables, fruits and a variety of foods that provide you with essential vitamins and minerals you need each day. Vitamin supplements are a good way to round out your diet and compensate for any deficiencies your diet might have. Get a checkup from your family doctor and discuss what a good diet and supplement plan is for you.<br /><br /><strong>2. Your Exercise Routine</strong><br /><br />You've been told your entire life that exercise is important to maintaining good health, but it becomes even more important as you age. Chronic pain in your back, arms or legs can make it difficult to find enjoyment in exercise. But you don't have to go crazy with intense workouts every day. There are dozens of low-impact workout routines you can enjoy that keep your heart, muscles &amp; lungs going strong. If you want exercise to stop feeling like a choir, try to exercise using a sport or physical activity you enjoy. Or try to exercise when you're outside in a setting that is enjoyable to you. If you enjoy what you're doing or where you are when you exercise, it becomes much easier to form a healthy habit around it.<br /><br /><strong>3. Your Teeth</strong><br /><br />As you age, you need to ensure that you maintain your oral health as well as you physical health. There are more and more studies that are finding that your oral health is connected to the overall health of your body. Taking good care of your teeth and gums is vital to maintaining a healthy body. Make sure you brush on a regular basis to prevent plaque from forming and bacteria from eroding your teeth. You should also be flossing regularly to keep your gums clean and to prevent gingivitis or gum disease which is the leading cause of losing teeth and has been linked to issues with your overall health such as heart disease. Make sure that you are regularly attending your dentist for a regular dental checkup exam. Not only will the&nbsp;hygienist professionally clean your teeth, your dentist will be able to detect any oral issues that might cause you pain and discomfort in the future and fix what needs to be fixed.<br /><br />All three of these things affect the overall health of your body and are vital to staying healthy and strong as you age. Be sure to care for these important areas of your life as you grow older so that you can maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle into your later years. 7 Reasons to Consider Cosmetic Dentistry http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=5472 <p>Cosmetic Dentistry is a field that is often misunderstood by people. Whether it is what, why, how or how much, people tend to ignore the massive benefits of cosmetic dental treatments. Here are 7 reasons to consider Cosmetic Dentistry.</p> <p><strong>(1) Improve Your Health</strong></p> <p>Cosmetic dentistry is not just about aesthetic improvements to your smile. A lot of cosmetic procedures also improve your overall dental hygiene and oral health. For example, tooth colored fillings are a common cosmetic dental procedure which repairs a cavity without a metallic filling that can be an eye sore in your mouth. Or dental implants are often used as a way to replace your tooth if it has decayed past the point of repair. Even things like Invisalign or Bonding can help fix improper bite alignment and prevent future costly dental procedures to fix it.&nbsp;One more example is gum lifts which are used to adjust the gum line on your teeth and aside from making your teeth look better, a good gum line can also prevent food from getting trapped beneath your gums causing cavities or gum disease. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.&nbsp;A cosmetic dental overhaul will help increase your overall health.</p> <p><strong>(2) Improve Self-Confidence</strong></p> <p>Cosmetic dental treatments are great at&nbsp;improving a patient's&nbsp;self-confidence. An aesthetically pleasing smile can have many benefits. You may feel more inclined to smile at work and appear happier. Your supervisor might notice this positive change and you could be on your way to a promotion at your next review. In social circles, a healthy smile can mean better friendships and more meaningful relationships. In addition, you may feel more extroverted. Self-confidence and a perfect smile fit hand-in-hand. People tend to notice when you smile, and ultimately, you will be able to network better, as well as get noticed by your family and friends.</p> <p><strong>(3)&nbsp;Improving Your Diet</strong></p> <p>Fixing your smile can help you enjoy different foods. For example, with an overbite, you might not be able to eat certain foods as easily. Fixing your overbite can let you eat healthier fruits and vegetables. In addition, you are more likely to take care of something that you are proud of. And if you are proud of your smile, it's likely that you will maintain a better diet and cleaning schedule to maintain that smile. Ultimately, a better smile will&nbsp;likely result in a better well-rounded diet.</p> <p><strong>(4) Improve the Self-Esteem&nbsp;of&nbsp;Young Ones</strong></p> <p>Developing children and teens experience a lot of anxiety and pressure when it comes to social acceptance during their school years.&nbsp;During this time, kids&nbsp;are very self-aware of their looks. Some children may not want to get braces, as their classmates might notice. Thankfully, there are better treatments out there, such as Invisalign that can discretely fix and improve your child's smile.&nbsp;With a smile makeover, your children can:</p> <ul> <li>Land a major lead role in a school play.</li> <li>Get noticed by peers and classmates.</li> <li>Build self-confidence that will last a lifetime.</li> <li>Smile during college and job interviews, landing that scholarship or school job that they want.</li> </ul> <p><strong>(5) Set Healthy Dental Habits to Last a Lifetime</strong></p> <p>Cosmetic dental treatments often make patients take better care of their teeth afterwards. Cosmetic dentistry is an investment and most patients will put in the time necessary to protect that investment. Post cosmetic dental treatment patients&nbsp;are more likely to brush, floss, and rinse regularly. If you had an unsightly smile before a major smile makeover, you might not want to see your teeth in the mirror. A smile makeover will create incentive for you to take better care of your teeth.</p> <p><strong>(6) Improve Your Speech</strong></p> <p>A lot of times dental issues can cause speech impediments or make speaking harder than it should be.&nbsp;Overbites and other alignment issues with your teeth can create slight lisps. After a cosmetic dental procedure, several patients report having an easier time speaking and eating. Also, being confident in your smile means that you are more likely to not be embarrassed when people are watching you speak.</p> <p>(<strong>7) Save Money</strong></p> <p>While cosmetic dentistry may seem expensive at first, you&rsquo;re ultimately making an investment in your smile. Replacing old fillings, correcting an alignment problem, and other cosmetic dental procedures will prevent future dental issues and can pay off in the long run. Overbites, for example, can cause jaw stress that can lead to cracked and stressed teeth. Food won&rsquo;t get trapped as easily, and you will probably notice fewer cavities at your next visit. Cosmetic Dental Procedures are also preventative investments.</p> <p>As you can see, there are numerous reasons why Cosmetic Dentistry could be right for you. If you have any questions about our cosmetic dental procedures, give us a call or schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns with one of our incredible cosmetic dentists.</p> 3 Surprising Ways to Prevent Cavities http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=5354 Everyone knows that brushing and flossing are the basics to properly caring for your teeth. If all you do is brush and floss twice a day, chances are that you are going to experience cavities quite frequently. There are multiple ways to prevent cavities, but some of the most surprising ways are also very effective. <br /><br />By continually looking for ways to prevent cavities, you not only save yourself the pain of expensive dental procedures, but you also save possibly thousands of dollars. One of the great things about taking care of your teeth is that it is simple.<br /><br /><strong>Eating Cheese</strong><br />Cheese contains a protein (casein) in it that has protective properties and actively promotes healthier teeth and prevents cavities. After consuming cheese, research has shown that calcium levels in the mouth increase. Teeth are made of calcium so having higher levels allows the teeth to re-mineralize, which protects against cavities.<br /><br /><strong>Chewing Gum</strong><br />While chewing gum with sugar is not recommended by dentists, sugar-free gum is highly recommended in avoiding cavities. Sugar-free gum contains a natural sugar substitute called xylitol. Xylitol is an effective cavity fighter because it prevents tooth decay by not allowing the bacteria in your mouth to turn it into acid. Sugar isn&rsquo;t what destroys your teeth. What destroys teeth and causes cavities is the acid that is produced when sugar and the bacteria in your mouth meet. In order for xylitol to be effective, most dentists recommend about 5 grams per day.<br /><br /><strong>Candy</strong><br />Most people assume that candy is the first thing you should avoid when trying to prevent cavities but that is not always the case. Most dentists agree that sugar-free candy is perfectly fine and will not cause cavities. Just like sugar-free gum, if the candy contains xylitol, you are actually preventing cavities while eating candy. Many candies, such as lollipops and other hard candies, are frequently sweetened with xylitol.<br /><br />While making use of these three methods can help in cavity prevention, the only way to know for certain that you have healthy teeth is to visit your dentist for a checkup. At least two visits to the dentist each year, along with actively looking to prevent cavities is the only way to ensure your teeth are healthy. 5 Simple Dental Care Tips To Keep Your Mouth Healthy http://www.oakridgedentalarts.comhttps://www.oakridgedentalarts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=5353 <p id="docs-internal-guid-aa127f2f-0c4d-5a8c-d10f-cd7df21f05bc" dir="ltr"><span>People assume that their teeth will always be there, but having a long lasting smile&nbsp;requires a lot more effort than occasionally brushing them. Maintaining strong, healthy teeth&nbsp;requires consistent brushing and flossing, a good diet and regular checkups to prevent serious problems. Especially as you get older, properly caring for your teeth becomes more important. Proper dental care should be learned at an early age, but oftentimes people neglect the basics of dental care and end up requiring expensive dental treatments.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Regardless of your age, proper dental care is essential and does more than give you a nice smile. In order to prevent any dental issues before they occur, here are some helpful tips for maintaining healthy teeth:</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>1. Brush your teeth multiple times daily. It's best if you get yourself in a scheduled routine so you remember to do it each day, but if you forget to brush your teeth try to compensate for it by brushing them when you can. Brushing after meals will help remove the leftover food and sugars that acid producing bacteria eat and deteriorate your teeth with.<br /><br />2. Your teeth can naturally "repair" themselves through a process called remineralization which helps repair the areas of your enamel which have been eroded. Fluoride treatments can help strengthen your teeth and prevent erosion.<br /><br />3. Having a healthy diet which contains essential vitamins &amp; minerals is necessary to keeping&nbsp;your teeth strong. Your teeth are made of calcium phosphate and eating foods rich in calcium &amp; Vitamins can help repair them. Milk, dairy products, cheese, apples, carrots, celery &amp; leafy vegetables all have positive effects on your oral health.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>4. Avoiding foods that are high in sugar seems like a no-brainer, but eating food that contains high levels of sugar greatly increases the chances of a cavities. When you eat sugary foods, like candy, the sugar is consumed by bacteria which produces&nbsp;acid that decays your teeth. Brushing soon after eating foods high in sugar&nbsp;is the next best thing if you can&rsquo;t live without your favorite candy.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>5. Probably the most natural form of maintaining healthy teeth is your saliva. Eating foods that promote increased saliva output can be beneficial. Common foods that are perfect for this are lemons, limes and cranberries. These foods help your mouth produce more saliva and fight bacteria in your mouth. Drinking water regularly is also a great way to produce saliva and clear harmful bacteria out of your mouth.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>While following these tips can help keep your teeth strong, it's important to get a regular dental cleaning &amp; exam. Professionally cleaning your teeth will remove heavy plaque build up and a fluoride treatment can help strengthen your teeth.&nbsp;Also during a dental exam, a dentist will be able to identify and repair any problems with your mouth that might not be apparent to you.</span></p>