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Dental Health and Your Diet

October 15, 2014

176800322What you choose to eat and drink everyday has a significant effect on the health of your teeth and gums. Even with a proper dental care routine, consuming excessive amounts of foods that are bad for your teeth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Make an appointment with Dr. Robison today to maintain your good dental health. Robison Dental Group proudly serves patients throughout Canton, MI and the nearby communities of Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland and Plymouth.

Dental Health Boosters

  • Calcium Rich Foods– Consuming at least 1000mg daily of high calcium foods like milk, cheese, yogurt,  fish, kale and broccoli can help you maintain strong teeth and jaw bone.
  • Vitamin C Rich Foods– Eating one piece of citrus fruit daily like oranges, grapefruits, tangerines or kiwi can help to protect you from developing gingivitis as the vitamin C in these fruits helps the body repair tissues and fight off infection.
  • Tea and Tap Water– While drinking too much tea may stain your teeth, studies have shown that chemicals in black tea can reduce the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in dental plaque. Tap water contains fluoride, the same ingredient we use in our toothpastes to prevent tooth decay.

Dental Health Attackers

  • Dried Fruits- They are both full of sugar and sticky. Unlike regular fruits, they don’t help you produce the amount of saliva needed to wash the sugar away from your teeth. They can also get stuck in hard to clean areas of your mouth which promotes bacteria growth and in turn, tooth decay.
  • Sugary Drinks- This includes sodas, diet sodas, juices and sports drinks like Gatorade. Consuming these drinks bathes your teeth in acid that wears away the enamel. Consider cutting back on these drinks or at least using a straw to reduce the amount of acid hitting your teeth.
  • Alcohol and Coffee- Excessive amounts of alcohol can decrease the natural amount of saliva in your mouth which promotes bacteria growth. Alcohol can also irritate your gum tissues. Coffee can make your teeth sticky, allowing plaque to build up and making them harder to keep clean.

Dental Health Solutions in Canton, MI

Moderation is the key to developing dietary habits that protect your dental health. You can be proactive with your dental care by consciously incorporating foods that promote healthy teeth and gums and cutting back on those that don’t. If you are concerned about how your diet is affecting your dental health, make an appointment with Dr. Robison today to discuss your concerns. Robison Dental Group proudly serves patients throughout Canton, MI and the nearby communities of Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland and Plymouth.

The Connection between Bad Breath and Gum Disease

April 4, 2014

bad breathWe think of bad breath as being caused by the foods we eat. But for patients who struggle with frequent bad breath, the cause may be gum disease instead.

The connection between gum disease and frequent bad breath—also known as halitosis—is easy to explain.

The foods we eat cause the bacteria in our mouths to create a sticky substance known as plaque. Brushing and flossing help to control the amount of plaque around teeth. However, poor brushing habits can cause bacteria, plaque, and even pieces of leftover food to accumulate. Over time, this accumulation is what produces the bad breath of halitosis.

Thankfully, treatment for halitosis is possible. Dr. John Robison and Dr. J.D. Robison offer effective gum disease therapy to help you treat your symptoms. Using specialized oral care products at home will also help you enjoy fresher breath and better oral health again.

Has your struggle with halitosis and gum disease made you anxious about socializing with others? Relief for your symptoms is possible. Call Robison Dental Group today for an appointment with our Canton dental team. We offer exceptional care to patients from Canton, Michigan, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.

What’s the Connection between Oral and Overall Health?

March 4, 2014

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oral and overall healthDid you know there’s a connection between your oral health and your overall wellbeing? Many people don’t, but it’s true. Recent medical research has revealed that gum disease, a very common oral health condition, has also been connected to a variety of other health problems, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Diabetes
  • Pre-term birth and low birth weight

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, begins with the collection of bacteria and plaque around the gum line. These irritants cause the gum line’s sensitive tissue to feel sore or to bleed when brushed with a toothbrush. Gum disease can also cause frequent bad breath (the medical term for this is halitosis).

If gum disease isn’t treated, it can cause the gum line to recede, creating pockets around the teeth. If bacteria get into these pockets, they can travel to other parts of the body. That’s how gum disease ends up influencing overall wellbeing over time.

Caring for Your Smile Every Day

You can prevent gum disease by remembering to care for your teeth every day and by seeing the dentists at Robison Dental Group twice a year for checkups and cleanings. We recommend brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and using a good mouthwash to kill harmful bacteria.

Are you struggling with the symptoms of gum disease? Call Robison Dental Group in Canton today. We happily serve the dental needs of patients from Canton, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.