Yes, Soda Really Is Bad For Your Teeth

Yes, Soda Really Is Bad For Your Teeth

HERE’S ONE REALLY SIMPLE THING that you can do to make your mouth healthier: reduce the number of sugary, acidic drinks in your diet!

When we say sugary, acidic drinks we mean more than just soda. We’re including sports drinks, energy drinks, and even fruit juice. Read on!

Sugar + Acid Create The Worst Possible Cocktail For Your Smile

Oral bacteria in our mouths metabolize sugars in our drinks. This reaction creates an acid byproduct that erodes our teeth. If you have a healthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you suffer less decay, but no one is completely free of harmful oral bacteria, even with great genes and perfect brushing habits.

Acidic Drinks Erode Teeth

In addition to the sugar, these drinks are loaded with acid! Acidity in soft drinks takes a more direct route than sugar, eroding your teeth without the help of oral bacteria. Each attack of the teeth lasts about 20 minutes and when you take another sip, it starts over again. This is why diet and “sugar-free” sodas do just as much damage as regular soda.

Many Of Us Drink At Least One A Day

As many as half of us drink at least one soda per day! Many people drink more. How much do YOU drink each day? Imagine how much better your enamel would feel if you replaced that soda with milk or water.

Be Kind To Your Smile

It’s not just about cavities. Enamel erosion can also lead to tooth sensitivity, and excess sugar leads to gum disease, the biggest cause of tooth loss in adults.

Have YOU kicked the soda habit? Do you have any tips that you can share with us? We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for your trust in our practice! Let us know if you ever have questions for us.

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Mesa Dentist Treats Sensitive Teeth

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

 
You would like to enjoy your hot coffee or that bite of frozen yogurt but the pain is sudden and sharp, and shoots deep into the nerve endings of your teeth. For some, even inhaling a breath of fresh air is enough to cause excruciating pain. If this sounds like you, you may have sensitive or hypersensitive teeth.

 
Reasons for Sensitive Teeth

 
From chipped or cracked teeth, worn tooth enamel, or gum disease, there are many reasons people develop sensitive teeth. Typically, sensitive teeth are the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. The outer layer of your teeth is made up of enamel, a hard, porous, mineralized tissue. A strong layer of enamel covers the visible portion of your teeth, while the roots are protected by cementum, a layer that is not quite as hard as enamel. The underlying layer of the tooth, called the dentine, is a porous layer with many tiny channels running through it to the nerve in the center. When the dentine loses its protective covering, teeth are at even greater risk of exposure to extreme temperatures, acids and sugar.

 
Treating Sensitive Teeth

 
The best way to avoid dental problems is by taking care of your teeth regularly. However, if you already have sensitive teeth you still have options. You can use special toothpaste designed to block sensation to the nerves or Dr. Gary Robison DDS can apply a fluoride gel that can also block sensation to the nerves with the added benefit of strengthening enamel. Depending on the reason for your sensitive teeth, Dr. Gary Robison DDS may be required to use more invasive solutions like performing a root canal, gum graft, or providing you with a restoration (inlay, crown).
You can keep your teeth from developing major problems when you develop a regular dental care routine that includes proper oral hygiene habits and routine appointments with Mesa Dentist Dr. Gary Robison DDS.

 
If you’re not sure about the best way to protect your teeth, or if you have sensitive teeth, contact Mesa Dentist, Dr. Gary Robison DDS of Robison Dental Group @ 480-924-2300 or https://www.drrobison.com/service/general-dental-services/ for a consultation.

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Smile-Friendly Breakfast Secrets

Smile-Friendly Breakfast Secrets

BREAKFAST MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT meal of the day, but for many of us it’s also the most unhealthy. A bad breakfast is not only bad for our teeth, but makes us feel sluggish before we even get out the door—setting us on a track for unhealthy choices throughout the day.

How Often Do You Eat Breakfast On-The-Go?

We usually don’t give ourselves time for healthy breakfast options. We grab something handy and rush out the door. Donuts, starchy muffins, and sugary pastries gulped down with acidic orange juice or tooth-staining coffee aren’t exactly tooth friendly. Even our morning cereals may contain more decay-causing sugar than candy bars!

3 Smart Breakfast Tips To Protect Your Teeth

  1. Choose whole grains. They’re better for you, and easier on your teeth than refined starches.
  2. Yogurt naturally neutralizes acids on teeth. Adding granola, chopped nuts, or fruit can make your breakfast more nutritious and delicious!
  3. If you eat acidic fruits, juices or smoothies, rinse your mouth with water when finished.

Smile-Healthy Breakfasts

What’s good for your teeth is usually what’s good for your body. Here are some great menu ideas:

  • whole grain, sugar-light cereal with calcium-rich milk
  • scrambled eggs and whole-wheat toast
  • yogurt with granola or muesli

What’s your favorite quick-and-healthy breakfast? Share in the comments below. We love to hear from you.

Thanks for being a valued part of our practice family!

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Soft Drinks and Your Teeth; What You Should Know

what soda does to your teethMost people know that soft drinks contain a lot of sugar. Prior studies have linked consumption of regular pop and its high levels of sugar with multiple risk factors for heart disease. Ten percent of teenage boys drink seven or more cans of soda daily and 10 % of teenage girls drink five or more cans of soda daily. This means the average teenage girl and boy will consume roughly 10-15 teaspoons of refined sugar daily, respectively.
While you know that high consumption of sugars is bad for your overall health, you may not know sugar in soft drinks isn't the immediate threat to your teeth. It's the acid. Most soft drinks contain the following three types of acid:
1. Citric- Found in citrus fruits, this acid is used largely to give soft drinks flavor.
2. Phosphoric-Another acid used for adding a "tangy" taste to soft drinks. Also widely used for rust removal.
3. Carbonic-This acid gives soft drinks their fizz.
When exploring the pH (potential Hydrogen) levels in soft drinks, it becomes painfully obvious soft drinks are very acidic. The pH scale starts at 0-extremely acidic to 14-alkaline. Clean, filtered water has a pH balance of 7 which is neutral. Anything from 0 through, and including 6, is considered acidic. To put the acidity level of soft drinks into perspective consider this; battery acid has a pH level of zero. Soft drinks can range from a high 2 up to 4. A pH lower than 3 has been linked to giving people brain damage.

How Does This Level of Acidity Threaten My Teeth?

Your teeth are robbed of vital calcium when you drink soft drinks. In order for your body to neutralize the acid it's consuming, it turns bone calcium into alkaline. The calcium that creates the enamel on your teeth becomes weakened, eventually eroding leaving your teeth vulnerable to continued attacks which cause cavities and worse. If you're a regular drinker of soft drinks you will also be more prone to fracturing or breaking bones in addition to osteoporosis.
How Can I Protect my Teeth if I Drink Soft Drinks?
Remember, brushing, flossing, and swishing are part of a good oral hygiene routine. This is especially true if you drink soft drinks. Try the following preventative care tips to protect your teeth against the harmful effects of soft drinks:
• Brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day. If you get the chance, brush right after drinking a soft drink.
• If you're not able to brush your teeth after consuming a soft drink, try rinsing your mouth with water to remove as much acid and sugar from your teeth as possible.
• Keep Fluorinated. Use a mouth wash and toothpaste containing fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel.
• Drinking more water and milk will improve more than just your oral health. Drinking the recommended 8-12 glasses of water a day has shown to improve energy levels. Drinking the suggested amount of milk (3-4 glasses for adults) not only strengthens bones but can assist in weight reduction. If you can't drink milk, salmon is another great source of calcium.
• If you're a parent or teacher, lead by example. Keep healthier options available at home or consume healthy choices in front of impressionable students. Encourage healthier choices early and often.
By making healthier choices like reducing or quitting soft drink consumption, together with proper dental care, you will greatly improve your chances of combating cavities and having a healthy mouth.
Robison Dental Group, provides unsurpassed dental service in Mesa, AZ. We are a family-oriented, private dental practice with a soothing atmosphere. Convenient hours and location, catering to all ages! Call 480-924-2300 or visit our website @ http://www.drrobison.com/service/general-dental-services/ for an appointment today!

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Know Your Gum Health Numbers!

Know Your Gum Health Numbers!

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN LAID BACK in our dental chair wondering what the numbers mean that a hygienist calls out while examining your gums? They’re readings of the gum pocket depths in your mouth, and they’re an important part of monitoring your gum health.

Pocket Readings Help Us Measure Inflammation

Pocket depth refers to your gums’ attachment to your teeth.

If there’s an infection in your gums, they can become inflamed. The gums slightly pull away from teeth, making that pocket between your teeth and gums deeper. The deeper the pockets, the higher the risk of gum disease.

We use a labeled probe to see how deep the pockets go. 1–3 millimeters is a good reading. Any higher than that, and you may be in the danger zone!

Inflammation Leads To Gum Disease

Bacteria harbors in those deep pockets, and can cause more inflammation and detachment, so it’s important to counteract the first signs of encroaching gum disease right away. The early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) are reversible, with refocused care for your teeth and gums.

However, if the infection has progressed to periodontitis, it becomes a more complex condition to care for, requiring constant vigilance and possibly, more intensive treatments.

Take Your Periodontal Health Seriously

Periodontal disease is the most common cause of lost teeth in adults. Possibly 80% of adults have some level of gum disease. It’s something everyone needs to take seriously.

You can take responsibility for your own dental health. Talk to us about your gum pocket readings. You can even ask to have a mirror and watch as we measure. Ask us what you can do to reduce your risk. And if you have gum disease, take action to get control of the infection right away!

Proper Flossing Is One Of The Greatest Prevention Habits

Regular cleanings with our team can help to fight gum disease, especially when paired with your vigilant at-home care, including daily flossing. If you ever have any questions about your oral health, please ask us!

Thanks for your trust in our practice! Now go floss!

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This Smartphone App Makes 2-Minute Brushing Fun!

This Smartphone App Makes 2-Minute Brushing Fun!

FEW OF US ARE EVER SEEN WITHOUT our smartphone in hand. We love our devices because they make our lives easier! But did you know that your smartphone can also help you keep good oral hygiene habits?

How Long Do YOU Spend Brushing Your Teeth?

Plaque is soft, but it hides away in nooks and crannies. That’s why it’s important to put in a full two minutes every time you brush your teeth. That’s simply how long it takes to thoroughly clean every corner of your mouth! Brushing harder, for a shorter period of time, isn’t going to get it done.

If Brushing For Two Full Minutes Is Hard...

Those two minutes of brush time will go faster if you’re jamming out to one of your favorite tunes! Brush DJ is a free smartphone app that will play 2 minutes of music from your own music library, shuffling songs each time. It also has a visual display guiding you on where to brush and for how long.

Brush DJ even lets you set reminders to change your toothbrush, floss and keep your regular dental appointments with us.

Of Course, Apps Can’t Do It All

Remember that your smartphone can’t provide the same oral care that our professional team does! Apps provide support, motivation, and encouragement, but nothing compares to the critical one-on-one time with us!

What’s Your Favorite App?

If you’ve used a dental-related app before, let us know which one is your favorite! Tell us in the comment section below. We truly love hearing from you and we’ll pass your suggestion along!

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Tooth-Colored Restorations

We have placed tooth-colored restorations, also known as “white fillings”, in your teeth. They are a metal-free option for tooth restoration. We use only the finest and most up-to-date materials available today. The resin material used is a composite with small "filler" particles of glass-like material- that bonds to the tooth and helps prevent fracturing of the tooth which can occur with typical amalgam “silver fillings”. Your restorations can serve you well for several years as long as you adhere to the following...
Chewing: Avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the restored teeth (hard candy, ice, raw carrots, shelled nuts, etc.) because extreme force can cause the resin material to be broken from the tooth- just as it can on a natural tooth. In the event that a breakage does occur, contact Dr. Gary A. Robison, for an easy replacement.
Recalls: Often, problems that develop around the restorations can be detected at an early stage and repaired easily. Waiting longer than the recommended six-months between exams may require redoing the entire restoration and may void our warranty. Visit us at regular six-month examination periods to avoid unnecessary dental work.
Preventative
Procedures: To avoid future dental decay and provide the optimal permanency for your restorations, please adhere to the following preventative procedures:
• Routinely brush and floss after eating and before bedtime.
• Use a recommended fluoride rinse daily and swish vigorously for a minimum of 30 seconds.
• Use the fluoride gel that was prescribed by our office.
• Use the Sonicare toothbrush as recommended by us.
We assure you, we’ve done our best to provide you with the finest, high-quality tooth-colored restoration available. With your continued care and concern, you can assure a successful, long-term restoration. Please call us @ 480-924-2300, if you notice any change with your restoration, or if you have any questions.

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4 Oral Hygiene Travel Essentials

4 Oral Hygiene Travel Essentials

FOR MANY OF US, SUMMER MEANS it’s time for a vacation! But just because you’re taking a break doesn’t mean your oral hygiene should do the same.

Travel can throw off our good routines. During odd hours, long plane rides, and close quarters, it’s easy to skip dental care and end up with “traveler’s breath”. Protect your teeth while traveling by packing these four essential items:

1. A Water Bottle

Always travel with a water bottle. Having a dry mouth can increase the amount of cavity-causing bacteria in our mouths. If you have a soda or some juice, rinse with water afterward. This will help get rid of any remaining sugar and acid in your mouth.

2. Tooth-Friendly Snacks

Being on the road makes it easy to indulge in lots of delicious food, and that’s OK! If you’re smart about it, your teeth don’t have to suffer. Carry healthy, tooth-scrubbing snacks like apples, celery, and carrots. These foods will help your mouth clean itself and resist plaque buildup.

Additionally, many travelers find themselves with a dry, stale mouth because they haven't eaten! Skipping meals and going long periods of time without food means a decrease in the healthy saliva stimulation that happens whenever you chew on food. Keep healthy snacks handy for those gaps between meals.

3. Sugarless Chewing Gum

Often when we are traveling, stopping to brush our teeth just isn’t practical! In a pinch, chew some sugar-free gum. It will freshen your breath and help clean your mouth.

4. Your Toothbrush

As you’re packing your bags, don’t forget your oral health basics: floss, toothpaste, and a toothbrush.

Toothbrush-Packing Tips

  • Keep it dry and clean. Toothbrush caps or bags are great for keeping bristles clean in your luggage.
  • Keep travel-sized options in your carry-on. That way if your luggage gets lost or delayed, your teeth won’t be neglected.

More Cool Packing Tips

Happy Trails!

We hope these tips will come in handy the next time you travel. Do you have any travel tips YOU would like to share? Comment below. We would love to hear your ideas!

Thanks for being wonderful patients and friends!

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Mesa Family Dentist Serving the City of Mesa For over 30 Years

City of Mesa

The Robison Dental Group is proud to serve the diverse population of Mesa. Following Phoenix and Tucson, Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona and the 38th largest city in the US with over 450,000 people. Mesa Community College, Northern Arizona University Mesa Campus, Wilkes University, Benedictine University at Mesa, Albright College , Upper Iowa University, and the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University also call Mesa home.

 
Whether catering to students or staff of the many colleges and universities, large employers like Banner Health Systems and The Boeing Company, new or long-time residents, Robison Dental Group offers new patient discounts, and time sensitive appointment scheduling to fit around your active lifestyle. After all, Mesa provides the advantages of a thriving metropolis by offering many recreational, business, and educational opportunities. Enjoying the very best amenities, residents can make the most of a variety of sports facilities, a multitude of parks within walking distance, top-rated golf links designed by PGA pros, Chicago Cubs spring training baseball, and an assortment of special events and community festivals all while enjoying the feel of a comfortable suburb.

 
Mesa is among the fastest-growing cities in the United States, in large part because of the excellent climate and strong local economy, which boasts several of the country's top manufacturers. No matter where you work or what you do for fun, Robison Dental Group has you covered. We currently accept the following dental insurance providers: Aetna, Banner Health Indemnity Plans, City of Mesa, Cigna, all indemnity plans, Boeing Washington Dental Service, and Delta Dental Premier Plan.

 
Remember, good dental care should be included into your busy Mesa lifestyle. Good self-care, which includes brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, and professional treatment, is key to good oral health. Robison Dental Group can help by providing dental checkups, cleanings, x-rays, tooth colored fillings, 24-hour emergency dental care, dental bonding, and dental implants.

 
As you can see, Mesa, AZ is a great place to work and play and Robison Dental Group is the right place for your oral healthcare needs. For additional information about Robison Dental Group, please visit our site. To learn more about the great city of Mesa, please click here.

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General Physicians Are Putting Renewed Focus On Oral Exams

General Physicians Are Putting Renewed Focus On Oral Exams

YOUR MOUTH SAYS A LOT... Even when you’re not speaking. It can tell us if you’ve been brushing and flossing. It also provides clues about your overall health.

Dentists have been aware of this for a long time. Lately, an increasing number of general practitioners are putting a renewed focus on oral evaluations during health checkups.

There Are Significant Links Between Oral Health And Systemic Diseases

Studies continue to show links between our oral health and comprehensive health. Our mouths can affect the health of the rest of our bodies. For example, periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to complications with diabetes, and pre-term labor in pregnant women. There is also a high correlation between poor oral health and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease.

When Your Physician Says, “Say Ah”

A traditional evaluation at the beginning of a doctor’s appointment is termed “HEENT” (head, ears, eyes, nose, and throat). Recently, health professionals have been pushing for a modification to that standard evaluation, changing it to “HEENOT” instead (head, ears, eyes, nose, oral cavity, and throat).

During oral exams, health professionals can catch signs of potential systemic conditions. They can also evaluate oral health and send up a red flag if it’s time for that patient to see a dentist in order to improve oral health.

Don’t Skip Routine Dental Checkups

The fact that your doctor is checking your oral health is not an excuse to skip your regular dental appointments. We’re professionals in oral care, and regular maintenance from our team helps keep you healthy. Be sure that each time your physician checks your mouth, she’ll find it happy and healthy.

If you have any questions about your oral health, please contact us! We love talking with you.

Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!

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