Happy National Sugar Awareness Week!

Here are a few types of sugar in descending order of “bad for you” so you can assess how much or how often you might choose to use each of them, whether in prepared foods (check the labels) or in your own cooking. Choosing alternatives to regular sugar may help you lose weight, control diabetes and other maladies, and feel healthier. Look for these different sweeteners in beverages, baked goods, gum, candy, frozen items, yogurt, cereal, jams and sauces, even in seasoned meats.

High fructose corn syrup is the big meanie. It’s a cheap sweetener that seems to be in almost everything that’s processed. Avoid it, and the inevitable blood sugar spike, whenever possible.

Sucrose is table sugar. The most you should consume in a day is 25 grams; about 6 teaspoons. It, too, will spike your blood sugar and can contribute to negative health consequences.

Agave nectar, made from cactus, is sweeter than sugar and often touted as a healthy alternative, but since it is 85 percent fructose it will still cause a spike in blood sugar levels.

Artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Equal), saccharin (Sweet &Low) and sucralose (Splenda) have shown up in tests as causing one problem or another, but no study has been conclusive enough, so use sparingly. Sucralose is the only one not sensitive to heat, so it can be used in baking.

In the next tier, we have the sugar alcohols. All have less carbs than regular sugar.

Sorbitol and manitol have been around for years, and are often found in “sugar-free” products like candies, cookies and gum.

Erythritol, found in many fruits, is less sweet.

Xylitol has 40 percent fewer calories than sugar and zero fructose. It can improve dental health and is found in “healthier” brands of toothpastes and gums. However, it’s toxic to dogs, so caution is urged if you have four-legged friends in the household.

All sugar alcohols can cause bloating, gas or diarrhea, so use sparingly until you know how they affect you.

Honey comes from our friends the bees and offers antioxidants and less of a blood sugar spike. But it’s high in calories, so not always a good choice for those trying to lose or maintain their weight.

Molasses, made from sugar cane and sugar beets, has iron and potassium, but is also high in sugar and should be used sparingly.

Barley malt extract gives a little protein, but is similar to molasses.

Coconut sugar, from the sap of the coconut tree, has only 6 percent of the calories in sugar, as well as some potassium, but is also high in fructose.

Real maple syrup, made from the sap of maple trees, has antioxidants and minerals and is preferable to the others in this group, in moderation.

When baking with honey or agave, it is often recommended to reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees, as the fructose content in these sugars will speed up browning.

And the winner is … Stevia, also called RebA, extracted from the stevia plant/rebiana. Currently, it seems to be the sweetener of choice, with no major negative effects.

Content provided by News Article in West Hawaii Today. For more information, please review the article! Wonderful information sited and provided regarding this topic. Xlylitol is approved through the American Dental Association as a great option in SugerFree Gum and lozenges to prevent Dental Caries. 

~Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team

October is Dental Hygiene Awareness Month!

7 Tips to Maintaining your Oral Hygiene:

  1. Brush Twice per day- Brush with a soft bristle brush in the morning and before bed, 2min per time brushing. 

  2. Mouthwash- try a daily antiseptic mouthwash. We recommend using an Alcohol Free mouthwash, either Listerine or Closys makes this type. ACT mouthwash is great with helping reduce your decay risk!

  3. Floss- Aim for 2-3 times per week at minimum! The more you floss, the better plaque removal between the teeth you will get!

  4. Sugar-say so long to sugar! Xylitol is a natural sweetener in several brands of gum and mints that are a better choice! Ex- IceBreakers IceCubes, Spry gum, Ice Chips Candy (found at Sprouts)

  5.  Calcium-Calcium is essential for healthy teeth. Milk is not enough to maintain optimal oral health, make sure you are sufficient with Vit D.

  6. Water- Drink plenty of water. Water helps prevent excessive acid buildup, prevents dry mouth (major catalyst for tooth decay), and aids in saliva production.

     7. Apples- An apple a day keeps the cavities away. Adding fruits and veggies that                have hard skin, crunchy texture helps clean off plaque and debris on your teeth.

All Patients seen in the month of October will be automatically entered into a drawing for a Sonicare Flexcare electric toothbrush! Value- $129.99

Schedule your appointment for October today!

What is Plaque?

What exactly is plaque? According to Wikipedia, plaque is: a biofilm or mass of bacteria that grows on surfaces of the mouth. 

When plaque is not properly or promptly removed from the teeth, it can harden to become tartar. Most people have heard the word tartar, but in the dental community this substance is commonly called calculus. The hardened form of plaque, or tartar, can be problematic for the health of the gum tissue and remainder of the body. Without proper removal of tartar, this can lead to more serious concerns such as periodontal disease. 

Periodontitis is an infection of the gum tissue which leads to destruction of the jawbone. There are more than 3 million US cases of periodontal disease diagnosed each year. This is a very large number considering periodontal disease can be considered a preventable disease. Although there are many risk factors that contribute to gum disease, removal of plaque and tartar on a routine basis is very beneficial to reducing the risk of inflammation. 

For some fun, you can use food coloring of choice and mix with 2oz of water. Make a solution and swish, spit and see what stains! The soft plaque that lies on your teeth will stain, brush and it will be removed. This is a great way to see what areas are being missed with home care. 

~Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team

Electric Toothbrush- Oral B

The two most popular and effective electric toothbrushes on the market are Oral-B and Sonicare. There are many benefits to using an electric brush. Better plaque removal, less pressure applied to the brush with a built in pressure indicator, brushing for the recommended 2min with a timer, and alerts the user when to move to the next quadrant in the mouth.  Excess pressure during brushing can cause mechanical trauma to the enamel and gingival tissues. It is recommended to change your brush heads every 3 months or during any time of sickness.

Oral-B Genius PRO 8000 Toothbrush is Available at Piney Creek                                                  Family Dentistry-

Benefits of Oral-B:

Position Detection- By connecting your smartphone and the Oral-B app, the PRO 8000 uses facial recognition technology to guide your brushing, zone to zone.

Pressure Sensor- Your dentist wants you to brush with just the right amount of pressure. The PRO 8000 will visually alert you when you’re brushing too hard.

Rounded Brush Head- The unique rounded brush head is inspired by dental tools. Because it’s rounded, the brush head will surround each tooth for a more thorough cleaning.

Timer- The built-in timer alerts you when you’ve brushed for just the right amount of time.

Mirror Cling- Keeps your phone in the right position while prominently displaying the features of the Oral-B app.

Travel Case- Features a sleek and compact design that travels just as well as you do. It can even charge your smartphone and electric toothbrush at the same time.


Ask your hygienist for more information!  

 

Do You Have Dry Mouth?

 

If you are experiencing dry mouth on a regular basis, there are a few products that can help! Biotine gel and mouthwash are commonly used products, but there are other products that can be tried! XyliMelts have made an impact on patients dental health and comfort!

What are XyliMelts? XyliMelts are oral-adhering discs that stick to your teeth or gums to relieve persistent dry mouth. Use XyliMelts during the day or while sleeping and find temporary relief from frequent thirst, sticky dryness in the mouth and throat, and other unpleasant dry mouth symptoms. Made with xylitol, a natural sweetener that helps stimulate saliva flow, XyliMelts utilize adhering disc technology to slowly release 550 mg of xylitol, which is most effective when continuously released and lingers in the mouth. This can be of great benefit when used while sleeping which is when saliva flow is lowest. XyliMelts last for hours, moisturizing and coating the mouth for optimal comfort. The mild mint flavor and saliva stimulation freshen your breath and xylitol reduces the risk of tooth decay.

If you would like more information on various products for dry mouth, please ask us at your next appointment!

To Floss or Not to Floss?!

Well, of course the answer is YES!!

A few weeks ago, the Associated Press released a report that flossing is not all that it is cracked up to be. According to Huffington Post, a letter to the AP from the government acknowledged that proper research had not been conducted to make such claims.

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology also claimed that some studies conducted were not long enough, did not have enough participants, or used outdated research techniques to be valid.

Dr Matthew Messina, a spokesperson from the ADA, stated "there are only so many research dollars and so much research effort. So not a lot of effort has been put into studying dental flossing, simply because there are more important things for us to do."

As much as we would like to believe flossing isn't beneficial, it is important to remove bacteria from the teeth, gums and between the teeth. Flossing helps remove plaque, which contains bacteria in it. Without the removal of plaque, this bacteria is associated with Periodontal Disease. 

Patients need to put forth the effort on reducing risk factors for periodontal disease, and having proper oral hygiene is one step to a healthy mouth! 

Keep up with the simple habit! 

 

7 Possible Reasons Why Your Teeth Hurt (Other Than a Cavity)

Many patients associate any type of tooth discomfort to be a cavity. There are multiple reasons why your teeth can hurt, here are a list of 7 other possibilities. If you are experiencing discomfort, please call Piney Creek Family Dentistry to schedule an examination. During your appointment, symptoms and radiographs will be assessed to make a clinical diagnosis.  Our team of professionals will guide you through the best treatment according to the cause of your discomfort. 

 1. You Brush Too Hard and It's Led to Gum Recession

2. You Have A Gum Infection

3. You've Experienced Tooth Trauma

4. You Have a Severe Sinus Infection

5. You Grind or Clench Your Teeth While Sleeping

6. You Recently Had Fillings or Drilling Done to Your Teeth

7. You Have a Cracked Tooth

~Dr Tiffany Fritz and Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team

 

Why do we get cavities?

At your dental cleaning appointment, Dr Fritz will also complete an exam to determine if you have an cavities. 

What exactly is a cavity and how do we get them? A cavity is a hole that develops from tooth decay. Tooth decay can develop from not taking care of the oral environment the way you should. Aside from not brushing and flossing like recommended, a large cause of tooth decay is diet. 

Of course candy is not a good choice when keeping your teeth in great shape, but many people do not realize that a lot of added sugar is in the majority of foods! 

A few tips to avoid cavities:

  • Brush and floss everyday
  • Avoid not only sugary foods but anything that is highly processed. Try to eat whole and clean.
  • Replace  your toothbrush every 3-4 months
  • Limit soda consumption, bicarbonate can erode your teeth. 

At your checkup appointment, your dental hygienist will recommend use of an in office Fluoride Treatment to help protect the enamel against cavities. 

 

Help us in Helping Others!

We are collecting food for the holidays to donate to the Parker Task Force!

Join us with participating in our first Food Drive! Drop off is located in our reception area,  box is marked for the Parker Task Force. We will deliver what is collected on Mon Nov 23rd. 

Popular food items that food banks need during this time of year: 

  1. Holiday Foods such as Boxed stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Yams
  2. Low Sodium Vegetables
  3. Canned Tuna and Chicken
  4. Unsalted Nuts
  5. No Sugar Added Fruits
  6. Shelf-Stable Milk
  7. Whole Grain Pasta
  8. Canned Beef Stew
  9. Brown Rice
  10. Oatmeal
  11. Low Sodium Soups
  12. Beans

We greatly appreciate your participation this Holiday Season!!

~Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team

 

The Secret to Lifelong Teeth Whitening

Have you ever noticed when you look at someones smile that some seem bright white and others are a dull yellow. Everyones teeth naturally dull with aging and contact with staining foods such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and wine. Many other substances can cause stain but those are a few examples. However, getting regular teeth whitening treatments can help keep your smile white and bright!

Get Regular Treatments

The effects of teeth whitening or bleaching are only temporary, so regular treatments at Piney Creek Family Dentistry are necessary to keep your teeth white for life. Bleaching too frequently can wear on your enamel, so best not to over treat the teeth. The effects of in-office whitening can last for several months and up to a year, while home bleaching treatments may need to be touched up more frequently. The American Dental Association recommends asking your dentist which treatment is ideal for your teeth.

Have Realistic Expectations

Be realistic about the color that your teeth with turn, some people may not be able to get as bright white as they would like to achieve. The initially starting shade will help dictate the outcome from bleaching. Those with a yellow color will have greater success in change. Patients with grayish coloring may not notice as much change, those with brown coloring in between.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Your teeth whitening efforts will not go far if your oral hygiene is not in good condition. In addition to brushing your teeth twice daily take the following steps to help increase outcome on bleaching efforts:

  1. Floss Daily
  2. Visit Piney Creek Family Dentistry regularly
  3. Rinse your mouth out with water after each meal or snack
  4. Limit sugary and starchy beverages, especially between meals

We look forward to discussing which bleaching options are best for your teeth! We offer in-office whitening and take home whitening products at Piney Creek Family Dentistry.

 

How to keep teeth healthy during Back-to-School Season!

We all know that as our routine of school days begin, our schedules get more hectic! But that doesn't mean we need to let our dental care fall behind.

Its easy to forget to brush on those hectic early school mornings, but it is important to make brushing part of the routine. 

The following are some tips to keeping those pearly whites clean during this busy time of year:

  • Brush before breakfast: Studies show that if we brush before we eat it helps to prevent our pH from dropping to an unsafe level. The lower the pH the more concern we have for cavities forming in the mouth. 
  • Watch what you eat: Its not only great for the rest of your body to watch what you eat, but great for your teeth also! Foods that are highly processed or contain high levels of sugar are dangerous for your teeth. 
  • Take Shelf life into consideration: Packaged foods that have a longer shelf life compared to fresh fruits and vegetables contain starch. Starch coats the teeth and can be a breeding ground for bacteria which eventually can cause decay. Since schools carry many of these starchy items, try and watch what you keep on hand at home- think fresh!
  • Drink lots of water: Many people think that juice is a healthy choice to drink, but forget that often times they have sugar added. Juice is a better choice than soda typically, but water is the best choice! Keeping hydrated is great for your body and teeth also! If your kids cannot tolerate plain water, try infusing water with cucumber, strawberries or lemon to give flavor without the sugar.

Opting to give your children fresh fruit is great to increase their fiber as well, making for a balanced diet.

  • Wear protective equipment: We all know children love to be outside, which we want them to maintain being active. Make sure your kids are wearing appropriate safety equipment especially if they are playing football, soccer, hockey or baseball. Some protective equipment recommended depending on the sport are helmets, pads and even mouth guards!
  • Seek help as soon as possible: If injury occurs to one of your children seek help even if it doesn't hurt. Problems can develop over time, often without you realizing it. For example, a small fall where your child lands on their face may lead to damage to the root of a tooth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, replace it within 30 minutes. Do not rinse the tooth off even if it appears dirty, water may damage the root. 
  • No pain doesn't always mean no cavities: Having regular dental check ups is important for detecting cavities. Children may not notice discomfort until severely infected. Seeing your dentist 2x per year is important!
  • Do your kids wear braces?: Extra care needs to be taken with keeping plaque off the teeth and around the brackets. Cavities can form around the brackets if extra care is not given. Its great to incorporate an electric power brush or waterpik to help with keeping brackets clean. 

We hope everyone is enjoying getting back to school and into their routines! Summer went by too quickly for all of us at Piney Creek Family Dentistry! We look forward to seeing all the kiddo smiles as they head back, please call to schedule their next checkup if they haven't been seen in the past 6 months.

Dr Tiffany Fritz and team

 

  

 

Xerostomia: What Does that Mean Anyways?

Does your mouth frequently feel dry? If it does, you may be suffering from a condition called xerostomia. Xerostomia is defined as dry mouth that is a result from decreased or absent salivary flow. There are various medical conditions that may cause xerostomia to occur, which you can ask us any questions at your next visit at Piney Creek Family Dentistry.

Xerostomia can affect the ability to eat and enjoy food, and it can jeopardize ones dental health. Some of the more common symptoms are difficulty swallowing, sore throat, burning sensation in the oral cavity and tongue.

One of the more serious dental problems associated with dry mouth is increased risk of tooth decay. The decrease in saliva causes an increase in plaque formation on the teeth. With less saliva to buffer things we eat and drink this causes a more acidic environment and breakdown of the enamel occurs. Food debris remains in the mouth for longer periods of time without being washed away with saliva and leads to tooth decay. 

What Causes Xerostomia?

There are several things that may cause xerostomia. The biggest culprit to dry mouth are prescription medications. Some examples of types of medications include: antihistamines, antidepressants, anti anxiety, bronchodilators, and muscle relaxants.

Certain diseases can also cause dry mouth. Common diseases are rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, lupus, and thyroid disease. Patients being treated for cancer are at risk for xerostomia as well. Head and neck radiation and use of chemotherapeutic drugs cause severe dry mouth.

If you are experiencing dry mouth symptoms you should first make sure you are constantly hydrated. If taking medications that also increase the feeling of dry mouth, you should drink water before taking medication as well as a full glass of water with pills. Be diligent with brushing and flossing, and discuss your condition with Dr Fritz at your next dental check up appointment. We can recommend products to moisten the oral cavity such as specific saliva substitutes, xylitol products, and prescription toothpastes that can help reduce the risk of tooth decay. You may want to try gum or lozenges that help with stimulating salivary flow but make sure they are sugar free or contain xylitol! Avoiding beverages that cause dehydration like alcohol and caffeine will also be of benefit.

Xerostomia is a common problem and our team can help with reducing the symptoms and create comfort while living with a dry mouth! Contact Piney Creek Family Dentistry today!

Summer Break: An Ideal time for Wisdom Teeth Removal

After your son or daughter departs for college, the last thing you want is a call or text to learn he or she is in pain. Dr Tiffany Fritz and our team at Piney Creek Family Dentistry will not say there are many dental emergencies that can be avoided, but early removal of wisdom teeth is one preventive measure to take!

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that erupt in the late teens to early 20's. Spacing and crowding problems often cause impactions and infections, which is why many people elect to have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth can go from barely noticeable to extremely painful quickly depending on how they attempt to erupt.

When your teens wisdom teeth begin eruption, they can initiate or increase crowding in their mouth causing a negative effect on alignment. Most people do not have enough space in their mouth for eruption of wisdom teeth and remain perfectly aligned. Thus, pain, swelling, infection,  damage to adjacent teeth based on position next to the second molars,  and decay are the most common problems associated with wisdom teeth. 

If your child does undergo wisdom teeth removal, we want to inform you that the first few days following surgery consist of careful measures to control bleeding and swelling, soft diet,  as well a medication routine recommended by the surgeon. 

Summer break is the perfect time to remove wisdom teeth so that the stressful situation of pain or infection can be taken care of when it does not interfere with school schedules.  

If your child has not had a panoramic Xray taken recently to know the growth and position of their wisdom teeth please give our office a call. 

We are welcoming Dr Tyler Nelson, an Oral Surgeon, into our practice to perform surgery on our patients beginning in July! We are looking forward to taking care of your dental surgical needs at Piney Creek Family Dentistry.

~Dr Tiffany Fritz and Piney Creek Team

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is most commonly referred to as a "cap". A dental crown covers all visible surfaces of a tooth and has many functions and reasons for its placement.

A crown is placed on a tooth when added strength is needed. Cracks, large broken down fillings, extensive dental caries, or previous root canal treatment are all conditions where a crown is the standard of care. Large cracks or broken down fillings can lead to more extensive treatment if a crown is not completed in an early stage, if a portion of the tooth breaks off completely a root canal or extraction may be needed depending on the extent of the break either into the pulp or under the gingival tissue at the bone level. 

There are several types of crowns, made of different materials available at Piney Creek Family Dentistry. All vary in their material, appearance and functionality. Commonly used materials include Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM), Full Gold- cast restoration, and All Ceramic crowns. To accurately determine which type of crown is best for a patient, you must first know why you need a crown and in what area of the mouth a crown is needed. The choice of what type of crown that best suits the situation can be discussed by Dr Tiffany Fritz.

Getting a crown typically takes two appointments. The first appointment is needed for the preparation of the tooth, impression and fabrication of a temporary crown. The impressions are sent to a local lab where it generally takes 2 weeks for the fabrication of the crown. The second appointment is to deliver the crown, making sure the fit is ideal and cementing in place.

If you have any questions regarding what a dental crown is or types of material, please contact our office and we can discuss this further. We look forward to taking care of your dental needs!

~Dr Tiffany Fritz and Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team

 

 

Patients Choice Award- Centennial Dentist

In April, Piney Creek Family Dentistry was notified for winning the "Patients Choice Award for Top Dental Offices" in Centennial, CO through OpenCare.

OpenCare conducts an annual review that evaluates all Centennial Dental Offices. They gather information about these offices based on patient reviews from Yelp, Google, RateMD's, Yellow Pages, OpenCare and many other sites. The purpose of this annual review is to make it effortless for patients to find the best dental offices in their area. 

It is with great honor that we have accepted this recognition and strive to continue to make everyone's dental experience outstanding. 

Additional Services Offered at Piney Creek Family Dentistry to make your experience unique:

  • Paid drop in childcare conveniently located next door at "Club 4 Kids"
  • Flat screen TV's in every operatory so you can listen to Pandora or watch a movie or TV shows on Netflix.
  • "No Cavity Club" for our younger patients earning a prize at the end of their appointment.
  • Monthly and Quarterly drawings for prizes too!
  • A cozy waiting room with complimentary coffees. teas, water and hot chocolate
  • Patient education of oral health through newsletters, blogs, and Facebook posts.
  • Internal Referral Program- earn a $20 Gift Card to Target or $20 Dental Bucks for your kind referral of family and friends.

Thank you to our patients for your continued confidence in our practice.  If you are not a current patient and seeking to find a great dental office, we welcome you to give Piney Creek Family Dentistry a call and schedule your initial appointment! We look forward to welcoming you to our office.

~Dr Tiffany Fritz and Team

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Dreaming of a stunning smile without using braces?

Most of us were not born with a perfectly straight smile and might be considering how to get that stunning smile you have always wished for. You may have considered straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about wearing traditional braces. Dr Tiffany Fritz and our team at Piney Creek Family Dentistry want you to know there is another option- Invisalign!

Invisalign is a great way for adult patients to achieve a better smile that is not as noticeable. Invisalign has become increasingly popular for adults who are looking for a more comfortable, convenient, and cosmetically appealing way for straightening their teeth.

Our team at Piney Creek Family Dentistry is proud to offer Invisalign, which uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you are wearing. The clear aligners are removable which makes eating what you would like convenient during treatment as well as brushing and flossing. Your oral hygiene can be kept in great condition while the aligners are removed compared to traditional braces. 

Invisalign's clear aligners are also comfortable, no metal brackets involved which helps reduce mouth abrasions and tenderness. Without having wires and brackets to adjust, there is less time spent in the office for follow up appointments. Invisalign also allows you to see your own virtual treatment plan before you begin so you can see how straight your teeth will look at the completion of treatment!

A consultation with Dr Fritz can allow you to determine if Invisalign is right for you. We encourage you to give us a call if you are interested in learning more about Invisalign or if you are ready to schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to seeing you!

~Dr Fritz and team

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. If you have not been seen recently by our team at Piney Creek Family Dentistry, now is the time to have your oral cancer screening. Regular dental visits can be your first line of defense against this deadly disease. We provide oral cancer screenings at all preventative visits to help identify if any abnormalities exist at an early stage, and give tips on preventing this disease. 

Oral Cancer Rates in America

Nearly 40,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with a form of oral cancer this year, and more than 8,000 will die from this disease. Most people diagnosed will not live more than 5 years past the time they are diagnosed. The high death rate with this form of cancer is due to the diagnosis not being made until the disease is more advanced and has traveled to other areas of the body, most frequently the lymph nodes of the neck. 

What causes oral cancer?

While there isn't a way to predict who will be diagnosed with oral cancer, there are some potential risk factors you should know about. Some of these can be avoided or minimized with understanding their long term affect on a persons health. 

  • Age (most patients diagnosed with oral cancer are over the age of 40 years)
  • Tobacco use, either from cigarettes or smokeless tobacco
  • Excessive alcohol consumption (especially in conjunction with alcohol use)
  • Persistent viral infections, such as HPV16
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables

Oral Cancer Treatments:

Once a diagnosis of oral cancer has been made, it is a team of professionals that treat a patient. This team may include surgeons, oncologists, dentists, nutritionists, rehabilitation and restorative specialists. Our team will decide the best treatment approach based on the risk factors and how far the cancer has progressed. Some of the most common treatment approaches include chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. 

Finding out a person has oral cancer can be devastating news. If you have any concerns or might be at risk, talk to our office about frequent screenings or other ways to reduce your risk. 

~Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team. 

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Is it possible to over brush?

Our team here at Piney Creek Family Dentistry is hear to tell you brushing routinely is critical to a healthy mouth, but you can be over doing a good thing. This is known as "toothbrush abrasion" and can lead to generalized sensitivity and recession as the outer protective layer can be worn away. With over brushing the gum tissue can be pushed back, wearing down the enamel which protects the teeth exposing the dentin. When sensitivity occurs due to recession it may be suggested to see a periodontist for connective tissue grafts (covering the root surface), fluoride varnish placed on the teeth in the office, prescription types of paste, or over the counter toothpaste such as Sensodyne. 

Tips to Prevent Over Brushing:

  • Use a soft or extra-soft bristled toothbrush to prevent gum tissue damage or wear of the enamel
  • Keep in mind the direction of the bristles as you brush. They should be placed at a 45deg angle towards the gum tissue and give gentle circular motion to avoid a back and forth scrubbing motion. 
  • Apply just enough pressure for you to feel the bristles on the gum tissue.
  • Replace your toothbrush once you notice frayed or bent bristles for a manual brush. Replace the head of your brush every 3months if using an electric brush.
  • Brush for 2 min at a time.
  • Use of an electric toothbrush, such as a Sonicare. Pressure indicator, 2 min timer, and guides brushing time for each quadrant in the mouth are built in features. 

If you have any questions about your brushing technique or are concerned about sensitivity please ask about these concerns at your next visit or call the office today! 

Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team

 

 

I drink a lot of coffee...Could it be hurting my smile?

At Piney Creek Family Dentistry, we know many of our patients enjoy a cup or two of coffee throughout the day. Many of you many not know that coffee is very tough on your teeth! Coffee contains tannic acid (the substance that makes it a dark color), which etches into the pits and grooves of your teeth. Over time, this will cause your pearly whites to stain and can damage your white smile.

Coffee is one of the most frequently consumed beverages, with 50 percent of the population enjoying at least 1 cup per day. There are many foods and drinks that can also stain your teeth including red wine, chocolate flavored beverages and soft drinks. Coffee is different than these other beverages since they typically are consumed hot or warm. Introducing extreme temperature changes allows the teeth to expand and contract allowing for further penetration of stain into the enamel and destruction of the teeth.

Another concern with coffee, is that caffeine is a diuretic, which means that it causes the body to lose fluid. When you consume caffeinated beverages it can slow down saliva production and cause xerostomia. With lack of moisture in the mouth, bad breath and tooth decay become more prevalent.

Helpful tips to take into consideration when you enjoy a cup of coffee:

  • Rinse with a glass of water after consuming to clear the teeth of the tannic acid as water helps neutralize the mouth. This will also help with replenishing your fluids after consuming caffeine. 
  • Chew gum after you have a cup of coffee, this will help with increasing saliva production. Gum with xylitol is the preferred type from the ADA (American Dental Association).
  • Enjoy your beverage through a straw. This helps reduce the contact with the upper and lower front teeth.

Dr Tiffany Fritz encourages you to visit our Centennial, CO office to discuss whitening options. We can help bleach your teeth with professional products. To learn more about whitening options, please give Piney Creek Family Dentistry a call to schedule an appointment!