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Good Foods for Your Teeth

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Cheese

Cheddar cheese in particular is rich in calcium. Cheese also lowers the acid level in your mouth, which helps decrease plaque build up. Chewing on hard cheeses increases saliva production and helps wash off some bacteria in the mouth. Remember to add cheese to your crackers!  

 

Milk

Milk is the great to drink when it comes to your teeth. It’s rich in calcium as well as other important elements. Milk also lowers the acid levels in the mouth, which helps fight tooth decay.

 

 

Leafy greens

Greens like spinach, broccoli, and kale aren’t only healthybut are rich in calcium, folic acid and lots of other important vitamins and minerals that help your teeth and gums.

 

 



Fish

Fatty fishes like wild salmon and tuna are rich in minerals and important vitamins like Vitamin D. They are a welcome addition to your teeth-healthy diet.  

 

 

 

Nuts

Cashews and almonds, in particular, are full of health benefits for your teeth. They have calcium, phosphorus, and help fight the nasty bacteria in your mouth.  

 

 

 

Gum

Go for the sugar-free option chewing gum and chew away! It boosts saliva production and washes away bacteria and  food particles stuck in the teeth.

 

 

 

Cranberries

They are rich in polyphenols which helps manage plaque build up and lowers the risk of cavities. Fresh cranberries in particular are incredibly effective at disrupting the formation of plaque.

 

 

 

Let Red Cliffs Dental help to keep your teeth healthy. Whether it be dental implants or a simple teeth whitening, choose the pain-free option by going with Red Cliffs Dental in St. George, Utah. Serving customers from multiple St. George areas including the Washington and Santa Clara neighborhood.

Dental Implants

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
  • Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
  • Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
  • Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
  • Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
  • Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

Are Dental Implants Successful?

Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care implants can last a lifetime.

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost?

In general, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance at this time. Coverage under your medical plan may be possible, depending on the insurance plan and/or cause of tooth loss. Detailed questions about your individual needs and how they relate to insurance should be discussed with your dentist and insurance provider.

What Is Involved in Getting a Dental Implant?

The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan which can be provided to you by calling or visiting Red Cliffs Dental. The plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by a team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry. This team approach provides coordinated care based on the implant option that is best for you.

Next, the tooth root implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process can take from six to 12 weeks. Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post, called an abutment, is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make the new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement). The new tooth or teeth is based on this model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment. Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implant that retain and support a removable denture.

Your dentist also will match the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.

How Painful Are Dental Implants?

Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction. After the dental implant, mild soreness can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications, such as Tylenol or Motrin.

How Do I Care for Dental Implants?

Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups.Let Red Cliffs Dental help to keep your teeth healthy. Whether it be dental implants or a simple teeth whitening, choose the pain-free option by going with Red Cliffs Dental in St. George, Utah. Serving customers from multiple St. George areas including the Washington and Santa Clara neighborhood.  



Save Your Teeth: Harmful Foods to Avoid

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Suckers

These hard candies may seem harmless but constantly eating these sugar rocks can lead to problems. Hard candies like suckers are risky to eat not only because they are full of unhealthy sugars, but they can lead to a broken or chipped tooth.  

No sugar or other additives and made of water. Sounds healthy, right? Unfortunately chewing on hard substances like ice can lead to chipped or broken teeth and damaged tooth enamel which could lead to getting dental implants.  



Sticky Foods

Even healthy snacks can be detrimental to your teeth. Dried fruit is a great example; it’s healthy but tends to be very sticky. Sticky foods can damage your teeth because the food can remain stuck on your teeth after you’re finished eating. After eating sticky food, rinse your mouth with water and brush and floss carefully.



Crunchy foods

Once you pop the fun don’t stop. The fun will stop if you’re not careful with crunchy foods. The starch in potato chips often gets trapped in your teeth. If you just can’t help yourself and have to at chips, floss thoroughly that day to remove all the plaque building food particles.


Soda & Sports Drinks

Sipping sugary drinks builds plaque bacteria that attacks your tooth enamel. Acidic soda, both caffeinated and diet, are bad for your teeth. Caffeine can also dry out your mouth. Sports drinks may sound deceptively healthy but sugar is often the top ingredient in sports and energy drinks. Aim for the low-sugar option or just drink water to rehydrate.



Life is meant to be lived and nobody has a perfect diet; eating sugar and junk food is fun. While you enjoy your favorite foods let Red Cliffs Dental help to keep your teeth healthy. Whether it be dental implants or a simple teeth whitening, choose the pain-free option by going with Red Cliffs Dental in St. George, Utah.

 

 

What’s That in Your Hand?

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Every six months you get a reminder that it’s time to visit the dentist again. The bi-yearly teeth checkup ritual feels quite familiar. Going to the dentist becomes a something that you get used to because it just needs to be done. Like taking out the trash, if you keep putting it off, life begins to stink. Is it weird that the dentist is shoving sharp metal objects, vacuums, & electric machinery into your mouth? Maybe, but not once you’re used to it. Let’s take a step back and get to know a few pieces of dental machinery that many dentists use to make our mouths feel so fresh after we leave.  

Probe

Although they look like tools out of a horror flick, these are what help scrape out all that nasty plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. They can be annoying to tolerate but just remember how good it feel to be able to see actual gaps and space between your teeth, or dental implants, after leaving the dentist, a lot of that comes from these bad boys.

Mouth Mirror

These mirrors are usually round and help the dentist to get a behind-the-scenes look at your teeth, sounds personal right? It is. Your teeth can be more easily examined and cleaned with one of these. It’s nice knowing where to stick those sharp pointy objects without having to guess.     

Drill

Probably the most intimidating piece of dental equipment, the dentist drill is used to remove decay and shape tooth structure. They are usually made of steel or tungsten carbide. The tip on them may also have a diamond coating for assured strength. These drills have a unique sound that often incites people’s fear of the dentist. Dr Painless at Red Cliffs dental opts for laser dentistry over the traditional drill for many procedures which makes the experience painless less intimidating.    

 

Whether it be dental implants or a simple teeth whitening, choose the pain-free option by going with Red Cliffs Dental in St. George, Utah.

 

 

Those Pearly Whites

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We’re all born with tiny teeth that eventually fall out and are replaced by permanent ones. Teeth are quite amazing pieces of the human body. However, without continuous care and attention, your teeth may get cavities or worse,
infections and decay that lead to a root canal or dental implant.  Here are a few interesting facts about them that you may not have known:

 

  1. Babies have 20 teeth, Adults have 32.
  2. A knocked out tooth will begin dying within 15 minutes.
  3. The average American spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth during their lifetime.
  4. Flossing cleans 40% of your tooth surface. Don’t forget!
  5. Dental implants actually look and feel like real teeth.
  6. In a lifetime, we produce enough saliva to fill a swimming pool. (25,000 quarts)
  7. There are more than 300 types of dental plaque bacteria
  8. Dental implants can actually stimulate and preserve bone growth.
  9. High sugar beverages, including soda and sports drinks, greatly contribute to tooth decay.
  10. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body.

 

“Make sure you brush 2x a day and floss!” Sounds like a broken record right? The truth is, our teeth are amazing creations and they just need some attention everyday to stay that way. If you receive dental implants, the implanted teeth cannot get cavities but you should still practice good dental hygiene to keep the gums and other teeth healthy. The more you love your teeth, the more they’ll love you back with a nice smile, guaranteed!

 

Why Do We Feel Pain?

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Pain happens for one reason, to protect you. If your brain registers pain, it sends a message to the brain saying, “Ow, that hurts!” We generally feel the inclination to stop participating in what is causing us pain. There are two types of pain we can experience, both acute and chronic pain.

Acute pain is short-term pain that you feel when you stub your toe or bite your tongue while eating. Chronic pain is persistent pain that doesn’t seem to go away without medication or therapy. Examples would be a broken arm or a nerve infection in your tooth.

 

Some people view the dentist as being a painful experience:

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No pain, no gain, right? Wrong! At Red Cliffs Dental, in St George Utah, the team of experienced staff knows that feeling no pain is a HUGE gain for their dental clients. Dr. Olsen and his team live a pain-free philosophy that guarantees that your next trip to the dentist is a painless one. Here’s some techniques they use: 

  • Painless injections to numb the mouth
  • Laser dentistry for many procedures—state-of-the-art laser equipment used to perform the same dental techniques as traditional drills would, but without any of the pain
  • Dr. Olsen has not had to use a needle to inject a child for years because he uses lasers to do fillings
  • Sedation dentistry to help relax the patient
  • Quieter drills, so that patients are comfortable
  • Medicine for toothaches, so there is less pain during the procedure
  • Quality time for each patient, so each patient feels comfortable

 

Whether it be a root canal or simple teeth whitening, choose the pain-free option by going with Red Cliffs Dental in St. George, Utah. Or you could choose this:



why we feel mouth pain

We can’t wait to provide pain-free oral care to you in St. George!

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