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You Are What You Eat—And So Are Your Teeth!

colorful vegetables at a farmers marketThey say “You are what you eat,” but did you know that the old adage is true for your teeth as well as your overall health? While brushing, flossing, and regular dentist appointments are important parts of maintaining good oral health, your diet also has an impact. It makes sense, after all—you use your teeth to chew, so what they’re chewing matters. 

Continue reading to learn more about the food/teeth connection and how you can feed your smile what it needs. We’re here to help with Cumming family dentistry services!

How Food Affects Oral Health

You probably know that you need to consume certain vitamins and minerals to stay healthy, from calcium (which strengthens bones), to B vitamins (which affect blood cell production and energy levels). You’re also probably aware that certain substances in your diet can have a negative effect, like eating too much sugar or saturated fat. Well, just like the rest of your body, your teeth and gums depend on the food you eat to get the good stuff they need to be strong, without the bad stuff that can make them weak. 

The Importance of Nutrition

Without the proper nutrients, your mouth is more vulnerable to infection. For strong teeth and healthy gums, make sure you’re getting enough of these foods:

  • Cheese, which contains calcium and protein that strengthen tooth enamel
  • Yogurt, especially probiotic varieties, which not only contain calcium and protein, but can also benefit the good bacteria in your mouth, making it harder for bad bacteria to thrive
  • Spinach, kale, arugula, and other leafy greens, which are a great source of calcium and folic acid, a B vitamin that contributes to healthy gums
  • Carrots and many other orange and yellow veggies contain vitamin A, which is important for gum health 

Aside from getting the right vitamins and minerals, you should also consider how the foods you eat physically affect your teeth. 

  • Crunchy fruits and veggies like apples, carrots, and celery are great snacks for your teeth because they stimulate saliva production, which helps to wash away food particles. Biting into an apple or celery stick can also help to dislodge food particles and bacteria, similar to a toothbrush (Don’t get too excited; you’ll still need to brush twice a day with an actual toothbrush.)
  • Try to eat only at mealtimes when possible. Eating a full meal stimulates saliva production which helps to wash away food particles and acids. 
  • Avoid sugary foods. The more sugar you eat, the more you’re feeding the “bad” bacteria in your mouth that can cause plaque. Keep in mind that it’s not just candy and sweets; many foods like bread and pasta also contain added sugar. 
  • Sticky foods are another hazard; items like taffy, caramel, and gummies tend to adhere to the surface of teeth and are more difficult to dislodge. All the while their sugars are feeding the bacteria that cause plaque! 

At Jordan Dentistry, we believe it’s important to educate our patients and empower them to make the best choices for their oral health. We’re always happy to answer questions, so don’t hesitate to ask. Give us a call at 770-888-6262 to schedule your next dentist appointment in Cumming, Georgia!

Learn Why Fluoride is Important and How It Helps Fight Cavities

Close up photo of toothbrush with toothpaste on bristlesYou’ve probably heard of fluoride, but do you know what it actually does? Why is it in so many toothpastes and mouthwashes? Where does it come from and is it safe? You’ve got fluoride questions, and we’ve got answers. Read on to learn more about this important element of oral health from your Cumming, Georgia dentist, Dr. Jordan

What is fluoride, and where does it come from? 

Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that can be found in water sources all over the world, from oceans and seas to rivers and lakes. In addition to occurring naturally, some cities also adjust the fluoride content of the local drinking water, increasing it to the level considered to have cavity-fighting effects. It is an odorless salt with a slightly bitter taste, and can be found in all plants, which absorb it from the water and soil. 

Why is fluoride important? 

Long story short, fluoride is an important tool in dental health because it keeps teeth strong. How does it do that? Well, first you’ll need to understand enamel, as well as demineralization/remineralization

Enamel is the outer layer of your tooth, and is made from tightly spaced mineral crystals. When you eat and drink, plaque forms on your teeth, and the bacteria in the plaque excrete acids that dissolve tooth enamel, resulting in demineralization. However, this loss of enamel can be balanced out when minerals in your saliva (or the water you drink) are deposited on your teeth, resulting in remineralization. When you lose more minerals than you gain, your teeth are at greater risk of developing cavities. Here’s how fluoride helps: 

  • Fluoride in food and water enters the bloodstream, and in kids, it becomes part of their permanent teeth, even if they still have their baby teeth. The fluoride will also be contained in their saliva, thereby remineralizing teeth from the outside as well. 
  • Fluoride can also be applied via toothpastes, rinses, or even dentist-applied fluoride treatments. These topical applications increase remineralization of the teeth, which helps protect them from cavities. 

If you’re prone to cavities, or want to protect your child’s teeth as much as possible, you may be interested in a fluoride treatment during your next dental checkup. Just let us know if you have any questions; here at Jordan Dentistry, we’re always happy to discuss your dental health concerns and questions with you to find the best treatment plan.

Give us a call at 770-888-6262 to schedule Cumming GA dentist appointments for you and your family, or contact us online. From routine family dentistry to cosmetic and periodontal services, we can help you improve every aspect of your dental health, all in our spacious, comfortable office. Now that’s something to smile about!

Make These New Year’s Resolutions for Healthier Teeth in 2020

Man in pink robe brushing teethWe’re about to enter not only a new year, but also a new decade! It’s the perfect time to make a New Year’s resolution to take better care of your teeth. At Jordan Dentistry in Cumming GA, we’re here to help you with all of your teeth goals, from better dental health to a whiter smile. Give us a call at 770-888-6262 to make an appointment, or get in touch with our online form. We can’t wait to help you smile brighter in 2020!

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Teeth

Small changes can make a big difference. Check out some of these New Year’s resolution ideas to help you improve your dental health

Schedule dental appointments. 

We know it can be tough to fit in one more thing to your busy schedule, but regular teeth cleanings are important when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy. If you’ve been putting off a routine cleaning, go ahead and make an appointment. You’ll feel better without the guilt hanging over your head, and you can start the year with that delightfully fresh, clean feeling you get after a cleaning. 

While you’re at it, go ahead and schedule any dental procedures you know you need to take care of. Tooth problems don’t get better over time, so the sooner you address the issue, the better.

Brush and floss like you mean it. 

If you give your teeth a cursory swipe with the toothbrush every day and only bother to floss when you feel like it, make your resolution to give your teeth the VIP treatment they deserve. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should brush your teeth for a full two minutes, twice a day. You should also be flossing once a day, every day. 

Just say no to tobacco. 

Reduce your chance of mouth and throat cancer by quitting tobacco products. Quitting smoking and other forms of tobacco use can be extremely difficult for a lot of people, but there are resources to help you kick tobacco to the curb. It’s one of the most important things you can do for your dental and overall health. And if possible cancer weren’t enough of a reason, remember that smoking stains your teeth! 

Shine up your smile with teeth whitening in Cumming GA. 

Give yourself a fresh look for the new decade with KöR Whitening. This deep bleaching system uses custom trays made here in our office to give you stunning results. We’re proud to offer the best teeth whitening in Cumming GA, so you can show off your stunning smile. You’ll be amazed at how something as simple as brightening your teeth can give you a more youthful look. 

From routine checkups to cosmetic dentistry to periodontal procedures, we’re here to help! Contact us to make your Cumming GA dentist appointment today and give yourself the gift of dental health in 2020.

Smile Bright Like a Diamond: 3 Tips for At-Home Teeth Whitening

Smiling woman on couch with dog and tabletThe holidays are here, and that means lots of sugary treats, rich foods, and teeth-staining beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. It also just so happens to be one of the most photographed times of the year, with everyone wanting to snap photos at family gatherings, the office holiday party, and get-togethers with friends. So, is your smile photo-ready? If not, don’t worry; we’re sharing some at-home teeth whitening tips to help you smile as brightly as the star on top of your tree. 

How to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

There are lots of ways to get whiter teeth at home, but beware of too-good-to-be-true DIY remedies like salt scrubs (or any other abrasive treatments) or apple cider vinegar (vinegar and other acidic “whiteners” can strip your tooth enamel along with the stains). Instead, opt for these dentist-approved strategies for a whiter smile. 

Choose the right teeth whitening system. 

Here at our Cumming family dentistry practice, we offer KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching, one of the top bleaching systems developed by dental professionals. Dr. Jordan recommends the KöR Whitening system because it combines the aims of cosmetic dentistry with a focus on function and healthy dental practices. 

Starting KöR Whitening is easy; just let us know during your visit that you’d like to whiten your teeth. Dr. Jordan will make molds of your teeth, which are then used to create your own custom teeth whitening trays. This ensures that your trays are not only more comfortable than generic store-bought trays, but will also provide a better result since they will sit perfectly against your teeth. 

During a second visit, Dr. Jordan applies a conditioner to your teeth to prepare them for at-home whitening. You can then take your trays home and wear them while you sleep for 14 days. A final visit is required to complete the treatment, at which time you will see the difference in your beautiful new smile. 

Avoid teeth staining foods and beverages.

Once you’ve started whitening your teeth, try to preserve that hard work as much as possible! Avoid foods and drinks that stain teeth, like: 

  • Berries
  • Coffee and tea
  • Red wine
  • Tomato sauce
  • Beets
  • Soy sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Dark sodas (cola)
  • Blue and purple fruit juices

Brush and floss like you mean it. 

We know that you know that brushing and flossing are important for good dental health. But did you know that your dental hygiene routine serves another purpose beyond preventing cavities? Daily brushing and flossing are crucial to maintaining a white smile. They remove the bacteria that can cause plaque from your teeth, and get rid of food residue that can cause stains before they set in. 

Are you ready to give yourself the gift of a whiter smile this holiday season? If so, contact us our Cumming GA dentist office and make an appointment today!

Kid’s Toothpastes That Are As Tasty As They Are Good for You

kid smilingDo you have a daily struggle with getting your kids to brush their teeth? Don’t fret, we have your back. Childhood is where we tend to develop good and bad habits, including habits related to our oral hygiene. Dental health is so important to your overall health, and here at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming GA, we put your children and their teeth first! Kids can be picky about hygiene, and there are many things to know about your child’s teeth. Want to keep your kids from spitting out toothpaste before it does their teeth any good? These are the best toothpastes for your child’s health.

Top Toothpastes For Kids

Tom’s of Maine Natural Anti-Cavity Toothpaste for Children (Outrageous Orange-Mango)

  • Tom’s is made of all natural ingredients, so you won’t have to worry about your child ingesting harsh chemicals. 
  • One of the active ingredients is fluoride, which is also known as “the cavity fighter.” Let’s be real, we know kids love sugar. To combat the damage sugar has on teeth, fluoride fights off cavities
  • How delicious does Outrageous Orange-Mango sound? Your kid will LOVE this flavor

Weleda Mint Children’s Toothpaste

  • For all of our sensitive-teeth kids, this one is your best bet. Weleda caters to sensitive gums and overall gum health. 
  • Weleda is great for small children like infants and toddlers. The toothpaste is very gentle, and it also tastes amazing.
  • This toothpaste is also organic! It uses all natural ingredients for your child’s health, with no artificial sweeteners or harsh chemicals.

Colgate Children’s 2-in-1 Toothpaste

  • Colgate is a reliable brand that’s easy to come by. You can find this toothpaste pretty much anywhere, whether you shop at drugstores, grocery stores, or online. 
  • It is approved by the ADA (American Dental Association). 
  • The toothpaste has a dual purpose as both toothpaste and mouthwash, perfect for on the go mornings or lazy kids. 
  • This fluoride-packed toothpaste is clinically proven to combat cavities, while still tasting great with Strawberry or Watermelon flavors.

Natural Dentist Toothpaste Child Sparkle Berry Blast

  • For kids who have braces, this one is a go-to. It helps get rid of plaque in hard to reach places that can build up over time.
  • Natural Dentist contains ingredients such as aloe vera, which helps control cavity-causing bacteria, as well as xylitol, a sugar substitute that gives toothpaste a sweeter flavor without tooth decay. 

We know how hard it is to get your child to brush their teeth, but with these great tasting toothpastes, it will be less of a hassle. Each toothpaste listed can also be found on Amazon to make restocking your cabinets quick and easy. If you need help with taking care of baby teeth, we have you covered. At Jordan Dentistry, we care about your child’s oral health. With these tools, you can provide your child with the best toothpaste for their needs.

Oh Baby! How to Keep Baby’s Teeth Clean

Smiling baby on floor with finger in mouthIt may seem like dental care isn’t necessary for babies; after all, how many teeth do they even have? They’re just going to fall out eventually anyway, right? Well, while they may not be numerous or permanent, your baby’s teeth are actually extremely important to their development, from chewing and talking to holding space for their adult teeth to come in properly. Learn how to clean baby teeth with these tips from family and pediatric dentist Dr. Jordan. 

Off to a good start

Within a few days of birth, you should start wiping your baby’s gums with a soft, clean, and moist washcloth. You can do this at bath time or after feedings. Typically baby teeth will not start to emerge until a child is around 6 months, but that can come earlier or later depending on the child. It can also be hard to tell when teeth are first pushing through, so a couple of quick wipes each day ensure that those teeth are protected even before they show up fully. 

Ready, set, brush! 

Once your baby’s first tooth starts to emerge, it’s susceptible to decay, so let the brushing begin. According to the American Dental Association, you can use a finger toothbrush or baby toothbrush with a very small amount of fluoridated toothpaste – about the size of a grain of rice – to brush baby’s teeth twice a day. 

Keep an eye out

Eventually your child can start to help with brushing their teeth, but you still need to supervise kids under 3 years old closely (and probably step in to help) to ensure that they are cleaning their teeth thoroughly and using the correct amount of toothpaste. 

At Jordan Dentistry, we are proud to offer our patients the best in family and pediatric dentistry in Cumming, GA. Visit our New Patient page to learn more and access forms to bring to your visit. 

How Your Dental Health Affects Your Overall Health

smiling cartoon toothIf keeping your mouth squeaky clean for the sake of having a nice smile and avoiding bad breath wasn’t enough, you should also do so for your overall health. Here are some reasons to keep up the good dental hygiene for the sake of the rest of your body:

Poor Dental Health Can Make Diabetes Worse

If you already have diabetes, not taking care of your dental health can make it more difficult to deal with. Diabetes comes with an increased risk of gum disease, so you should be especially careful to brush and floss daily, but if you develop chronic gum disease, the infection can cause insulin resistance causing your blood sugar to be out of control. 

Dental Health is Important to Cardiovascular Health

The bacteria from gingivitis, which causes oral inflammation, can also cause inflammation throughout your body. This could mean your arteries become inflamed, develop plaque, and put you at a higher risk for a heart attack or stroke. It can also cause endocarditis, an infection of the lining of your heart and its valves.

Links Between Mouth Bacteria and Your Lungs

Certain bacteria in your mouth can also enter your lungs and may lead to pneumonia, among other respiratory issues.

How to Prevent Dental Health from Affecting Overall Health

The key to having good dental health is simple: brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, floss every day, use mouthwash, and keep a healthy diet. Also, see your dentist if you notice any issues or just for a check-up. Taking a few minutes out of your day to tend to your teeth is worth the time it will save you from being sick.

Contact us at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming GA to learn more about the best dental practices to protect your health.

Toothbrush Tales: Why Should you Change Out your Toothbrush and How Often?

worn out toothbrushes

If we are old enough to be writing and/or reading this blog, we are old enough to know that brushing your teeth is a necessary part of your morning and evening routine.

Do you know how often you are supposed to replace your toothbrush? No, this is not a scheme made by toothbrush companies. There is serious science behind the importance of changing your toothbrush.

The American Dental Association suggests replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. This suggestion is based on normal wear and tear and does not include mishaps with children. This time frame is suggested because as the bristles wear down, they are not able to maneuver into the smaller cracks and crevices as easily.  They are also more prone to fungal growth and bacteria. Using an old toothbrush can contribute to halitosis (bad breath) and dental problems. Although, Jordan Dentistry is ready to help with a list of issues, we would rather see our patients happy and healthy.  If you fail to replace your toothbrush after being sick, that bacteria can hide down in the bristles and you will get sick again.

Besides the normal wear and tear, here are some other times when you should replace your toothbrush:

  • When you are sick
  • When a family member sharing a bathroom is sick
  • When you have a mold issue
  • When your toothbrush has been sitting open for a while without use
  • When someone uses it to clean the toilet

We hope that we made a compelling argument on the importance of toothbrush maintenance. If you have been regularly replacing your toothbrush, we are proud and keep it up! For those that haven’t, we know it may sound silly and like a waste of money, but you and your teeth will thank us for giving your toothbrush an expiration date.

How to Deal With the Chipped Tooth Blues

Woman with head thrown back laughingSo you chipped a tooth. Not to worry! While it can be disconcerting to realize there’s a detached piece of tooth in your mouth, there’s no need to panic. Call Jordan Dentistry for an appointment as soon as possible, and check out these tips to get you through until Dr. Jordan can see you.

Tips for Dealing with a Chipped Tooth

  • Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water, which will keep your mouth clean and help soothe any pain from the chip. You may also want to take acetaminophen or another over-the-counter pain reliever.  
  • If the tooth has a sharp edge, cover it with dental wax to protect your mouth and tongue from abrasion. Dental wax (often used by orthodontic patients with braces or retainers) can be found at most drugstores.
  • If you need to eat, choose soft foods – nothing hard, crunchy, or chewy – and try to chew with the other side of your mouth, putting as little pressure on the tooth as possible. Do not bite down on the affected tooth.

Repairing a Chipped Tooth

How to repair a chipped tooth depends on the extent of the damage and other factors unique to each patient. These are a few of the ways your dentist may fix a chipped tooth once you arrive at your dentist appointment.

  • Tooth bonding – If the chip or crack in your enamel is minor, the dentist may be able to use a tooth-colored resin to repair it. Tooth bonding is a simple procedure and you will be able to get on with your day quite quickly.
  • Tooth splinting – If you broke a tooth due to trauma (playing a sport, falling, etc.) and is loose or crooked, you may need a tooth splint. In this procedure, the dentist will bond the damaged tooth to an adjoining tooth for support to allow your gums and bone tissue to heal.
  • Root canal – If the tooth is severely damaged, extending beyond the enamel to the tooth pulp, you’ll need a root canal. A root canal removes the damaged part of the tooth, and can be finished with a crown or filling to repair the break.

Whatever your dental needs may be, we’re here to put a smile on your face! Contact Jordan Dentistry for family dental appointments in Cumming, GA, from routine teeth cleaning to periodontal procedures and cosmetic services.

How to Protect Yourself from Oral Cancer

You may have heard of oral cancer, but do you know the symptoms and when you should get tested? Here at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming GA, we’re here to help ensure that you know the risk factors and signs of oral cancer.

Signs You May Have Oral Cancer

  • dentist chair

    You don’t have to be a pro to spot the symptoms of oral cancer.

    White and red patches in the mouth or lips

  • A sore or blister in your mouth that won’t heal
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing, moving the jaw, speaking, or moving the tongue
  • Ear pain
  • Change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
  • Unexplained bleeding from the mouth
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek
  • A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat that doesn’t go away
  • Trouble chewing or swallowing
  • Trouble moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth
  • Loosening of the teeth or pain around the teeth or jaw
  • Voice changes
  • A lump or mass in the neck
  • Weight loss
  • Constant bad breath

Risk Factors

  • Smoking
  • Smokeless tobacco users
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure

What Is An Oral Cancer Screening Like?

At Jordan Dentistry, we use an instrument called a VELscope during checkups that helps to detect oral cancer. The VELscope is a non-invasive tool that uses visible blue light to identify oral tissue that may look out of the ordinary. Although oral cancer affects mostly people over the age of 55, it is recommended by the American Cancer Society that you be examined for oral cancer every three years for those over the age of 20.

To schedule an examination or ask questions about oral cancer detection, contact us.