Posts for: August, 2017
Sending the kids back to school means it's time to start packing those lunch boxes! What your children eat and drink can have a big effect on their oral health. So it's important to know what the best choices are… and what to avoid. Here are some tips for sending your kids off with a tooth-healthy school lunch every day.
Tip 1: Avoid Sugary Drinks
The scientific evidence is overwhelming that sugar is the most important dietary factor in causing tooth decay, and soft drinks are the largest source of sugar in many kids' diets. Even natural fruit juices have unhealthy amounts of sugar. So when it comes to beverages, keep it simple: H₂0 is the way to go!
Tip 2: Get Creative With Shapes & Flavors
Healthy food that's low in sugar doesn't have to be boring! You can use cookie-cutters to shape calcium-rich cheese and whole-grain bread into flowers, stars — even dinosaurs. Unbuttered popcorn can be flavor-boosted with a dash of cinnamon or parmesan cheese. There are all kinds of ways to get creative.
Tip 3: Sweeten The Deal With Fruits & Veggies
While fruits and vegetables do have some sugar, they are a good choice for a healthy smile — and a healthy body. That's because they also contain plenty of water and fiber, which slows the body's absorption of the sugar… and even helps clean the teeth! Kids enjoy the naturally sweet taste of bite-sized fruits and vegetables like cherry tomatoes, baby carrots and seedless grapes. And the cheerful, bright colors of these nutritious little nuggets make them even harder to resist!
Of course, even with a healthy diet, your kids still need to practice good oral hygiene at home, and have regular professional cleanings at the dental office. If you have any questions about nutrition or oral hygiene, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. And have a happy, healthy — and delicious — return to school!
Are you ready to turn to cosmetic dentistry for your smile?
Have you dreamed of getting a smile makeover? Do you want to feel confident in your appearance once again? Are certain cosmetic dental flaws keeping you from feeling great about the way you look? If so, our York, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster is here to provide some information about some of the most important cosmetic dentistry options and how they could possibly help you:
For those dealing with small chips, cracks and discolorations in their teeth, cosmetic bonding may be all you need to get your smile back on track. By applying and molding a special tooth-colored resin over these problem areas, we can improve the color, shape and size of your tooth in no time. Bonding is completely non-invasive and doesn’t require anesthesia, drilling or any other obtrusive techniques. Plus, bonding can often be completed in just one visit.
If your smile is yellow and stained and you want an effective and fast way to improve the color and brilliance of your teeth then there is no better option than professional teeth whitening. Whether you choose to whiten from our office or with our at-home whitening system, we have a way to nix dental stains and get your smile several shades whiter. If you are looking to brighten your smile quickly then one simple in-office whitening session may be all you need.
For imperfections that are a bit too challenging for bonding to tackle, dental veneers can easily cover them up. These customized tooth-colored shells are bonded to the front of minimally prepped teeth to completely revamp the color, size, length or shape of one or more teeth. Veneers can even fix minor misalignments and get you a straighter smile without even needing braces.
Are you dealing with tooth loss? Looking for a restoration that is as close to real teeth as possible? If you are a healthy individual who is missing one or more permanent teeth then it’s time to consider implants, the closest you’ll get to natural teeth. Implants are the only restorations that actually bond with natural bone and tissue to become a permanent structure that supports everything from a dental crown to full set of dentures.
Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, is dedicated to helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Call us today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.
Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.
First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.
Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?
Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.
Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.
Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.
So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.