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Vitamins and Minerals That Will Help Your Smile

May 27, 2014

nutritionYou already know how important vitamins and minerals are for your health, but if we asked you which vitamins and minerals specifically benefit your smile, would you be able to name any?

In today’s blog post, we want to help you identify those vitamins and minerals that can help you enjoy both oral and overall wellbeing.

A short list of vitamins and minerals that are good for your smile would look like this:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B2, B3, and B12
  • Vitamin D

You can, of course, get all of these some a simple multivitamin, but it’s just as important that you get them through a balanced, nutritious diet.

Dairy items like milk, cheese, and yogurt all contain calcium, which can help you build strong teeth and protect your smile from gum disease. These same foods are also high in vitamin B12, which can make you less vulnerable to developing mouth sores. Meanwhile, foods like sweet potatoes, raw red peppers, and citrus fruits are an excellent source for vitamin C. This vitamin helps provides patients with excellent protection for their gums.

Now that you’re away of which vitamins and minerals are good for your smile, how can you make sure that you’re getting what your body needs? By sticking to a diet high in fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein. We also recommend following a good brushing and flossing routine, and coming to Robison Dental Group at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

Do you have questions about how vitamins and minerals can help your smile? Call our Canton dental office for an appointment. We serve patients from MichiganAnn ArborNorthvilleWestland, and Plymouth.

Are You Brushing Correctly?

May 12, 2014

general dentistryOf all the things you do everyday, brushing and flossing are two of the most important. Through regular oral care, you can protect your smile from common oral health problems by removing bacteria and plaque from around the teeth and gums. And because medical studies have linked a common problem like gum disease to other kinds of health problems, brushing and flossing will also help you support your overall wellbeing.

Now that you know how important brushing and flossing are, it’s time to ask yourself: Are you doing both correctly?

For optimal oral health, we recommend brushing for about 120 seconds, or two minutes, making sure that you spend equal amounts of time on your upper and lower teeth, and on both the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth. Brushing is also more effective when you hold the brush at a 45 degree angle and apply firm but gentle pressure as you scrub. Brushing the surface of your tongue will help you prevent bad breath by cleaning bacteria off of it.

How often should you brush? We tell patients to brush at least twice a day, but preferably after any time you eat. You should also floss at least once a day to remove leftover pieces of food. For extra protection, end your routine with an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash. Following these steps will help you enjoy good oral health in between visits.

Do you have other questions about brushing and flossing? Don’t hesitate to call Robison Dental Group in Canton. We would be happy to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you. We serve patients from CantonMichiganAnn ArborNorthvilleWestland, and Plymouth.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

April 16, 2014

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that start coming in during a patient’s teenage years. Unfortunately, our mouths do not have room for them. That means having them removed is crucial. If wisdom teeth become fully developed, as with our other adult teeth, they can cause crowding or impaction. Both come with uncomfortable complications.

In the first instance, your wisdom teeth will push other teeth out of alignment. They may move forwards, backwards, or to one side or another. With misalignment, patients are more vulnerable to problems with the jaw’s temporomandibular joints and to gum disease and decay. In the second instance, your wisdom teeth may become stuck, causing pain, swelling, and possible cysts, tumors, or infection.

At Robison Dental Group, Dr. John Robison and Dr. J.D. Robison will start looking for development before patients hit adolescence, at around the ages of 11 or 12. It is a good idea to have wisdom teeth removed sometime in the following years, preferably before the patient’s teenage years are over. We can do this routine procedure at our Canton dental office, pairing it with a form of sedation dentistry to make your visit comfortable and stress-free.

Do you need to schedule an extraction for someone in your family? Call Robison Dental Group for a consultation. We offer care to patients from Canton, Michigan, 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.

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