<![CDATA[Jeff Velasquez, DDS - Newsletter & Blog]]>Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:16:42 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Santa's Veneers at Velasquez Dental]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:07:16 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/santas-veneers-at-velasquez-dental
Patient just had upper front teeth veneers

and he said he got his first gift from Santa

​this year,his new smile.

He also said you guys are awesome, another

smile saved  at Velasquezdental.com.

Your Long Beach Dentist, Dr.Jeff Velasquez

<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Foods : Is It Good for Your Teeth?]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:18:46 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/thanksgiving-foods-is-it-good-for-your-teeth

The Good: This main course is packed with protein. 

The Bad:
 "Turkey can be difficult to eat because it sometimes

          gets stuck between your teeth," says ADA spokesperson Dr. Kim

Harms. "That’s where flossing can help."  

The MouthHealthy:
 It's the star of the Thanksgiving table.

                               Gobble it up!


The Good:
 It's a tasty Thanksgiving tradition.

The Bad:
 Cranberries are naturally tart, so sugar or sugar

           substitutes are often added to recipes. This side dish

           can be sticky, acidic and may temporarily stain your teeth. 

The MouthHealthy:
 If eaten alone the sugar content, stickiness,

           tendency for the little berries to get stuck between

           your teeth and acidity make it one of those foods that needs

           to be eaten with a meal."

YamsThe Good: Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamins A and C,

              which help keep your gums healthy. They can also be

              prepared in many ways.

The Bad:
 Candied yam recipes call for marshmallows.

            Sticky foods can damage your teeth since they tend

            to stay on your teeth longer than other types of food.

The MouthHealthy: If candied, enjoy in moderation and

        drink plenty of water with your meal to help wash

        away any leftover food.

Green Bean CasseroleThe Good: “Green beans are healthy, mushrooms are healthy,

                  onions are healthy,” Dr. Harms says. 

The Bad: 
“It can be sticky and little beans may get stuck in

                your teeth,” Dr. Harms says.

The MouthHealthy:
 Dig in! But you may want to keep a floss

                pick handy. “This is good stuff,” Dr. Harms says.

Macaroni and Cheese
The Good: Say cheese! Many recipes call for cheese

                and milk. The calcium from these ingredients helps

                strengthen teeth.

The Bad:
 “Good cheese can be gooey,” Dr. Harms says.

              White pastas are also starchy and can leave sugar

               behind on your teeth.

The MouthHealthy:
 As with many feast-worthy foods, eat

               a sensible portion and break out your brush and floss later. 

Mashed Potatoes and GravyThe Good: “Potatoes are an important dietary source of vitamin C,

                  B6 and potassium,” Dr. Harms says. 

The Bad:
 Potatoes are starchy, and cavity-causing bacteria

               loves the sugar that makes up starch.

The MouthHealthy:
 “If covered with gravy, the health

                 benefits of the overall dish are diminished to some

                 extent, but this is a holiday and only comes once a
                 year,” she says.

Pumpkin PieThe Good: Pumpkin has Vitamin A, which helps keep your

          gums healthy and builds the hard outer shell of

          your teeth (enamel).

The Bad:
 There’s the added sugar in the pie itself and

           whatever whipped topping you put on top.

The MouthHealthy: 
This is usually a once-a-year treat,

         but dish it out after dinner. Eating sweets shortly after

         meals helps keep saliva flowing to wash away leftover food.

From Mouthhealthy.org

<![CDATA[Dental Health Guide for your Loved Ones]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 20:04:48 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/dental-health-guide-for-your-loved-ones
If you’re one of the 44 million family caregivers in the

United States, you’ve got a lot on your mind.

However, keeping your loved one’s mouth healthy is

important for their dental health, overall health and

so much more.

“It’s also about comfort, safety and self-esteem,”

says ADA dentist Dr. Judith Jones. “Keeping your

mouth and teeth clean can prevent sensitivity or pain

in your teeth. In terms of safety, there might be

broken teeth, broken partials or unsafe partials they

can swallow. And for their self-esteem, it’s important

for individuals to have a sense of pride in their

appearance and to have good hygiene.”

How much help you give will depend on the individual.

If the person in your care can do the basics, let them.

Some adults may have physical issues that make them

unable to hold a toothbrush. Others may have

memory issues, so they forget to brush and floss.

People with dementia may need someone to clean their

teeth each day and take them to a dentist. 

No matter your situation, daily care plus professional

care equal the best chances for a healthy mouth.

Here are some important mouth care steps for older

1. Brush teeth twice a day for two minutes using a

    fluoride toothpaste.

2. Clean between the teeth daily with floss or other

     between-the-teeth cleaner.

3. Rinse dentures after each meal, brush them daily

    with denture cleaner and take them out before

    bedtime and store in water.

4. If the person has dry mouth, an alcohol-free

    mouthrinse may help. Sipping water, sucking

    (not chewing) on ice chips and using a humidifier

    while sleeping can help keep him or her hydrated.

5. Limit snacking and sugary drinks. Healthy foods

     and drinks such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and

     water are good for the mouth and the body.

6. Make and keep dental appointments. Even people with

    dentures need to visit the dentist.

7. Watch for symptoms that could signal larger issues,

     and make an appointment with the dentist to have

     them checked out. 

You may have questions specific to your own situation, so

here are some starting points for different types of

care cases. And always feel free to speak with your

dentist or your loved one’s dentist for more advice.

​from mouthhealthy.org

How to Care for Your Loved One’s Mouth

If Your Loved One Can Brush and Floss On Their Own

Many older adults can care for their own mouths on a daily

basis but may still benefit from your support. In these

cases, here are some ways you can support their mouth

care routine:
Still, keep an eye on your loved one and his

ability to care for his mouth. “It really is important to

get every side of every tooth,” Dr. Jones says. “If your

loved one is no longer capable of taking care of his teeth

then develop a routine where you can help do it for them.”

1. Ask them to tell you about their daily mouth care routine.

2. Talk with them about the importance of a healthy mouth.

     Let them know that an unhealthy mouth can make other

     health problems worse.

3. Help them set up and maintain a schedule for brushing

     twice and flossing once a day. Check that they have

     an easy-to-handle toothbrush with no frayed bristles, as

     well as floss or picks they can manage. A powered

     toothbrush may be easier for some people to use because

     they can be easier to hold and do some of the work for you.

4. Make sure they are using a fluoride toothpaste.


    Using fluoride or anti plaque mouth rinse daily may

    provide additional protection from bacteria for their

    teeth and gums

5. Get them a two-minute timer to help them brush for

     the right amount of time.

6. Offer to make dental appointments for the person and

     to drive him or her to the dentist. If the person goes

     alone, ask about any advice the dentist gave and help him

     or her act on it


If Your Loved One Needs Assistance

Adults who are unable or unwilling to care for their

mouths may need your help. Until you get comfortable

with each other, be patient. Always treat the person

compassionately, as you would want to be treated.

Being efficient and effective is the name of the game.

“When brushing someone else’s teeth, I recommend

a soft toothbrush,” Dr. Jones says. “If somebody has

three teeth it might only take 30 seconds to brush

those teeth.  However, additional time will be

need to brush their partials or dentures.” 

For cleaning between their teeth, picks or pre-threaded

flossers can help. If you find those or other

interdental cleaners too difficult to use, a water

flosser may help because it won’t require you putting

your hands in your loved one’s mouth. 

Here are a few tips to get started:
You may also need

to be flexible if your loved one resists. Try a

different time of day and point out that mouth care

will help their smile look and feel better. “Sometimes

the traditional times are not the best times to get it

done,” she says. “If it’s difficult brushing during

more traditional morning and night times, then try it

after lunch but before their afternoon nap.”

If your loved one continues to resist brushing, it may be

because they are experiencing pain or have a dental need.

See if they can communicate the issue to you. If not,

call the dentist to explain the situation and see if an

appointment is needed.

1. Before you begin, prepare the work area. Make sure

   the lighting is good and have a flashlight in case you

   need it to see into the mouth. 

2. Have the person sit up in a straight-backed chair

   and drape a towel over their chest to protect their


3. Make sure you and your loved one are in

    comfortable positions. For some, it’s easiest to have

    the person seated in front of a mirror with you working

    from behind or on the side. 

4. Hold their chin gently with one hand, and show them

    the brush, floss or toothpaste you are using with your

    other hand. 

5. Explain what you’re going to do and make it

   enjoyable. Play music, tell jokes or get inventive to

    make to make the time caring for their mouth fly by.

If Your Loved One Has Dentures

Dentures, whether partial or full, need to come out every

day and be cleaned morning and night. “Scrub them

carefully at night and store in a cup of water or

an ADA-Accepted denture cleanser,” Dr. Jones says.

“Rinse the denture before putting them back in

every morning.”

And make sure any dentures come out before your

loved one falls asleep – even during a nap. “Dentures

may dislodge and may cause choking,” Dr. Jones

says. “To be safe, always take them out before bed

times or nap times.”

If Your Loved One Is In the Hospital or Confined to Bed

When you’re caring for someone who is confined to bed,

they may have so many health problems that it’s easy to

forget about oral health. However, it’s still very

important because bacteria from the mouth can be inhaled

into the lungs and cause pneumonia.

Learn more about preventing hospital-acquired pneumonia

in this video from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

If Your Loved One Has a Memory Disorder

A June 2015 study found that 1 in 4 caregivers caring for

someone 50 or older is doing so because that person has

Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory disorders. This

can make dental care even more challenging, but don’t

give up. “Like everybody else, people with dementia

need to get their teeth brushed every day, twice a day,”

Dr. Jones says. “Good dental hygiene is even more

important for people with dementia because they 

often cannot communicate when there is a problem.

Engaging in daily care can help avoid trouble as well as

identify potential problems early when they are easier

to treat.”

If possible, take care of any potential dental needs in

the early stages of the disease when the person can

cooperate with dental care. “This can be a time where

you and your loved one can discuss their needs with the

dentist or take x-rays, if necessary,” she says. “It is also

a time for the family member or caregiver to establish a

relationship with the dentist who knows their loved

one’s dental history and can act as a resource later on.” 

If You Have a Loved One In Long-Term Care

Nearly 8 million people reside in long-term care

facilities,according to the CDC. By law, these

facilities must provide routine and emergency dental

care. Still, don’t forget to ask about the dental care

they provide. Find out if there’s a dentist on site, or

if your loved one will have to travel to the dentist for

regular checkups. Ask who provides daily dental

hygiene care, if they’ve been properly trained and

make sure they’re doing it twice a day. 

If your loved one has any special dental needs, let

the staff know – and don’t be afraid to state the

obvious. If he has dentures, point it out to make

sure those are also being cleaned and cared for. It

may also help to make sure his case is labeled with

his name.

If you’re told your loved one is having difficulty with

dental care, work with the care staff to find a

way to make it happen. “If your loved one is

resisting or is having difficulty during tooth brushing

in the advanced stages of dementia. Try different

flavors of toothpaste to encourage cooperation, or use

warm water to see if it makes a difference,” she

says. “In denture patients the gum and mouth tissue

may be sore and fragile, so wipe the mouth with a

soft cloth dipped in water.”

from Mouthhealthy.org

<![CDATA[Association between Medications, Tooth Decay & Gum Disease]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:15:17 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/association-between-medications-tooth-decay-gum-disease

You may wonder why you’re suddenly getting cavities 

when you haven’t had them in years. As we get older,

we enter a second round of cavity prone years. One

common cause of cavities in older adults is dry mouth.

Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging. However, it

is a side-effect in more than 500 medications,

including those for allergies or asthma, high blood

pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety or depression,

Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. This is just

one reason why it’s so important to tell your

dentist about any medications that you’re taking.

Your dentist can make recommendations to help

relieve your dry mouth symptoms and prevent cavities.

​Here are some common recommendations:

-Use over-the-counter oral moisturizers, such as a

  spray or mouthwash.

-Consult with your physician on whether to change

  the medication or dosage.

-Drink more water. Carry a water bottle with you,

  and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Your

  mouth needs constant lubrication.

-Use sugar-free gum or lozenges to stimulate saliva

-Get a humidifier to help keep moisture in the air.

-Avoid foods and beverages that irritate dry mouths,

 like coffee, alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, and

 acidic fruit juices.

-Your dentist may apply a fluoride gel or varnish to

  protect your teeth from cavities.

Gum Disease

Many older adults have gum, or periodontal disease,

caused by the bacteria in plaque, which irritate the

gums, making them swollen, red and more likely to

bleed. One reason gum disease is so widespread among

adults is that it’s often a painless condition until the

advanced stage. If left untreated, gums can begin to

pull away from the teeth and form deepened spaces

called pockets where food particles and more

plaque may collect. Advanced gum disease can

eventually destroy the gums, bone and ligaments

supporting the teeth leading to tooth loss. The good

news is that with regular dental visits gum disease

can be treated or prevented entirely.

Mouth Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, there are

about 35,000 cases of mouth, throat and tongue cancer

diagnosed each year. The average age of most people

diagnosed with these cancers is 62. During dental visits,

your dentist will check for any signs of oral cancer.

Regular dental visits are important because in the

early stages oral cancer typically does not cause pain

and early detection saves lives. Some symptoms you

may see include open sores, white or reddish patches,

and changes in the lips, tongue and lining of the

mouth that lasts for more than two weeks.

Paying for Dental Care after Retirement  

Many retirees don’t realize that Medicare does not cover

routine dental care. Begin to plan for your dental

expenses in advance of retirement so you don’t have

to let your dental health suffer once you’re on

a fixed income. Organizations like AARP offer

supplemental dental insurance plans for their members.

Discount dental plans are another option that typically

have a lower monthly fee than traditional dental

insurance. You select a dentist within the plan network

who has agreed to provide certain services for 10 to 60

percent less than the typical fee. You pay the reduced

fee out-of-pocket, and there is no claim paperwork to

fill out. You can search for a dental plan at the National

Association of Dental Plans website. Many dentists

offer no interest or low interest financing plans that

may be a better option than paying for your dental

work on a household credit card with a higher interest

rate. If you have concerns about continuing your dental

care due to a limited income, talk to your dentist. He

or she may be able to offer solutions.

Do I Need to Take an Antibiotic before a Dental


If you have a heart condition or artificial joint, be

sure to tell your dentist. You may think it’s not relevant.

After all, what do your heart and joints have to do

with your teeth? But, there are conditions

with a high risk of infection and an antibiotic is

recommended prior to some dental procedures.

Dentists follow recommendations that have been

developed by the American Heart Association and

the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in

cooperation with the American Dental Association.

Talk to your dentist about how these

recommendations might apply to you.

Caregiving for a Disabled or Elderly Loved One  

You may have a parent, spouse or friend who has

difficulty maintaining a healthy mouth on their own.

How can you help? Two things are critical:

-Help them keep their mouth clean with reminders

  to brush and floss daily.

-Make sure they get to a dentist regularly.

These steps can prevent many problems, but tasks

that once seemed so simple can become very


If your loved one is having difficulty with brushing 

and flossing, talk to a dentist or hygienist who can

provide helpful tips or a different approach. There

are dentists who specialize in caring for the elderly

and disabled. You can locate a specialist through

the Special Care Dentistry Association’s referral directory. 

For those who wear dentures, pay close attention to

their eating habits. If they’re having difficulty eating or

are not eating as much as usual, denture problems could

be the cause.

When you’re caring for someone who is confined to bed,

they may have so many health problems that it’s easy

to forget about oral health. However, it’s still very

important because bacteria from the mouth can be inhaled

into the lungs and cause pneumonia.

If you are a representative for a nursing home resident

who needs dental care and is enrolled in Medicaid,

there is a regulation, called an Incurred Medical Expense,

that may help pay for medically necessary care as

determined by a dentist. The Medicaid caseworker at

the nursing facility and the dentist providing care can

work together to apply the Incurred Medical Expense to

pay for needed dental benefits.

from Mouthhealthy.org
<![CDATA[Trick or Treat Candies: Dental Health Survival Guide]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/trick-or-treat-candies-dental-health-survival-guide8893954

With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies--

and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted

tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful. 

Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably

more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are.

When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in 

your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what 

can contribute to cavities. 

But don’t hang up your costume just yet.

“Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun,”

says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty. “It’s

OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as

you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all

year long.”

To help you sort through the trick-or-treat bag loot,

we have a rundown of some common candies and

their impact on your teeth:


Chocolate is probably your best bet, which is good 

because it’s also one of the most popular kinds of candy 

handed out on Halloween. “Chocolate is one of the

better candies because it washes off your teeth easier

than other types of candy,”
 Dr. Ferraz- Dougherty says. 

“Dark chocolate also has less sugar than milk chocolate.”

Sticky and Gummy Candies

Be picky if it’s sticky. These are some of the worst

candies for your teeth. “This candy is harder to remove

and may stay longer on your teeth, which gives that

cavity-causing bacteria more time to work,”

Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty says.

Hard Candy

Hard candies are also ones to watch on Halloween. 

“They can actually break your teeth if you’re not

 Dr. Ferraz- Dougherty says. “You also tend to 

keep these kinds of candies in your mouth for longer 

periods of time so the sugar is getting in your saliva 

and washing over your teeth.”

Sour Candy

You might want to pass on things that make you 

pucker – especially if they are sticky and coated in 

sugar. “Sour candy can be very acidic,” says 

Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty. “And that acidity can weaken

and damage the hard outer shell of your teeth,

making your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.”

Popcorn Balls

Have some floss handy if you’re enjoying one of 

these fall favorites. “Kernels can get stuck

in-between your teeth,"
 Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty says. 

​"They are also sticky, sugary and can be hard.

****from Mouthhealthy.org
<![CDATA[New Full Upper & Lower Denture]]>Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:40:58 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/new-full-upper-lower-denture
Patient was pleased with her new Smile & asked

"How do you like my smile now?

She wanted to have her denture make her look 

younger and when she saw it, she was satisfied.

by VbaV

<![CDATA[Emergency Patient before his Wedding]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:36:19 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/emergency-patient-before-his-wedding

Did you know that.... when your front tooth is

Broken before your wedding. It can stop you from

smiling & creating good memories on your big day?

But Dr. Velasquez can help.

This was an emergency case. He came in when he broke

one of his front tooth few weeks before his wedding. 

It was a series of treatments, and definitely the process

took time. But thanks to him & his vision that had aligned to

ours, with the goal in mind which is to fix the broken

tooth,we were able to improved his smile.

The result we achieved is a "Perfect Smile" for him. 

To begin with, we had to make him a temporary for the

broken tooth so he could smile for his wedding pictures.

The next step was to whiten his teeth during the course

of his treatments. Lastly, as you can see from the pictures

the difference was the length of his teeth (the teeth on the

before image was shorter than the after photo).   

He is appreciative of the professionalism and good

service that we gave him. 

We, the Velasquez Dental Team and Dr. Jeff Velasquez

are more thankful and appreciative to all our patients

who continously see the positive in what we do. 

It is them who make our job worthwhile.

​by Vbav
<![CDATA[Steps on how to get a Whiter Smile for your Wedding]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:15:34 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/steps-on-how-to-get-a-whiter-smile-for-your-wedding
​The first thing Larry Dougherty noticed about his dental

school classmate Ana Paula Ferraz was her long, jet black

hair. As Ana got to know Larry, she fell in love with

his kindness and sense of humor.
After dental school, it

was “I do” for the couple. Ana and Larry married in a

small, 60-person wedding at an old estate home in

Miami. One of their most special guests – the couple’s

rat terrier Chi Chi, in full top-hat regalia – even rode to

the wedding with Larry in the limo. “It was perfect,”

Ana says. “We couldn’t stop smiling.” And they

haven’t stopped since. Today, dentists Ana and

Larry run their own practice and have some “been

there, done that” advice to share for anyone getting

ready to celebrate a wedding.

Whitening for the Wedding

The dress isn’t the only thing that’s white at many

weddings. Some couples,including Ana and Larry, whiten

their teeth for sparkling smiles on the big day. “If I

​were to whiten my teeth for a wedding, which I

did, I would have a dentist do

the whitening in an office,” Dr. Ferraz said. “That

way, you can see results right away and not have to

worry about placing whitening trays in your mouth

every day.”

Because whitening can make your teeth feel more

sensitive, Ana and Larry whitened their teeth a month

before the big day. “We scheduled the appointment

early to give our smiles time to adjust, which I

recommend,” she says. “That way, by your actual

wedding day, your teeth aren’t too sensitive.”
There are also some at-home options you can use,

such as trays you can get from your dentist. You

can also use whitening toothpaste or strips with

the ADA Seal of Acceptance. That way, you know

they are safe and effective. Ask your dentist which

method is best for you, but above all, stay away

from home remedies, which can actually do more

harm than good.  

Schedule a Dental Appointment Early On

“Weddings mark such momentous days in our lives, and

our smiles are a big part of them,” Ana says. “The last

thing you want to worry about is a toothache on your

wedding day or on your honeymoon.”
If you don’t see a dentist regularly, the time leading

up to your wedding can be a great time to

start. Schedule an appointment a few months out to

avoid painful and possibly expensive problems

around your wedding. “I once cared for a patient

whose wisdom teeth were infected less than two

weeks before her wedding,” he says. “Having regular

dental visits can help reduce your chances of a

dental emergency or needing a procedure that close

to the wedding.”  Need a dentist? Find one today!

Wedding Day Must-Haves

If your bridesmaids are putting together an

emergency kit, there’s one item

Ana recommends bringing along. “Have one of yo

ur bridesmaids carry floss and little compact mirror

to make sure there’s nothing in your teeth and

everything looks good,” she says. “That’s what I did.”
Regular brushing and cleaning between your teeth

should help your breath stay fresh, but feel

free to also pack some sugarless gum with the ADA

Seal of Acceptance if you need a breath boost during

the day. “Also, avoid food that can leave your

breath not as fresh, like onions or garlic,” she says.  

​Commit to a Daily Dental Routine

Your wedding is just one small part of a long life with

your partner. When it comes to your dental

routine, don’t let it slide after tying the knot. Ana

and Larry followed a healthy dental routine before

the wedding.—and have kept up a sweet daily ritual

together since then.  “We have our own little routine

in the morning where we brush and floss together,”

Ana says of her bathroom moments with Larry.

Sometimes, they even chat over the noisy buzzing

of their electronic toothbrushes. “It can be hard to

hear her but that doesn’t keep me from talking,”

Larry says. “I always have something nice to say

from Mouthhealthy.org 
<![CDATA[Did you know that  chewing sugarless gum can prevent cavity?]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:44:04 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/did-you-know-that-certain-sugarless-chewing-gum-can-prevent-cavity
Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum

for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth


The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of 

saliva, which washes away food and other debris,

neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the

mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout

the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it

more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth


Look for chewing gum with the ADA Seal because you

can be sure it's sugarless. All gums with the ADA Seal 

are sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners

such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol.

Of course, chewing sugar-containing gum increases saliva

flow too, but it also contains sugar which is used by 

plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids. Further

research needs to be done to determine the effects

of chewing sugar-containing gum on tooth decay.

Don’t let chewing sugarless gum replace brushing and 

flossing. It’s not a substitute. The ADA still recommends

brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and

cleaning plaque from between your teeth once a day

with dental floss or other interdental cleaners.

Look for chewing gum that carries the ADA Seal. The

ADA Seal is your assurance that the sugar-free chewing

gum has met the ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness.

You can trust that claims made on packaging and

labeling for ADA-accepted products are true, because

companies must verify all of the information to the ADA.

Products with the ADA Seal say what they do and do what

they say.

from mouthhealthy.org
<![CDATA[Your Teeth Are Amazing! 5 Fascinating Facts]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 19:16:52 GMThttp://velasquezdental.com/newsletter--blog/your-teeth-are-amazing-5-fascinating-facts
​They help you chew, speak and smile, but how much do

you really know about your teeth? Here are some of

the “tooth truths” that prove your teeth really are

1. People have been caring for their teeth for

centuries.Did you know the first toothbrushes were

actually twigs our ancestors chewed on, using the

frayed ends to cleanse their teeth? Around 5,000

B.C., the Egyptians used crushed eggshells and

ground animal hooves to clean and polish their

teeth. By the 1700s, a British inventor had adapted

a design first seen in China – a bone handle with

boar bristles inserted into small holes and secured

with wire. Modern toothbrushes with nylon bristles

arrived in the late 1930s, and the first electric

toothbrush was introduced in 1954.
2. Teeth can tell stories about you.Scientists can tell

a great deal about us just by examining our teeth.

Did you realize that our teeth reveal how old we are,

what we eat and drink -- even where on Earth we

may have lived? Our teeth also carry significant

clues about our overall health, including periods of

stress or illness we’ve endured. In short, teeth are a

lasting record of our personal history

3. Every tooth is unique.Whether we’re talking

about the 20 “baby teeth” that serve us in

childhood or the 32 permanent teeth we have in

our adult years, no two teeth are exactly the same

shape and size. Each tooth in your mouth has its own

unique profile, and teeth also vary widely from

person to person. So your smile really is a

true mark of your individuality!

4. The blueprint for your teeth is present the day

you’re born.When babies arrive, the crowns of

their first 20 teeth are already in place under the

gums, waiting for the right time to break through – 

starting sometime between 3 to 6 months of age.

Throughout childhood, the crowns and roots of

adult teeth are already forming under those baby

teeth, waiting until it’s time to begin pushing them

out of the way. And here’s one more fun fact:

In 1950, the average gift from the Tooth Fairy was

just 25 cents. Today’s kids get about $2.00 per


5. Cleaning between your teeth is just as important

as brushing the parts you see.When we brush,

we’re able to easily reach the tops and sides

of our teeth. But the surfaces between – which

make up a significant part of our tooth enamel –

need proper cleaning, too. This is why it’s best

to clean between your teeth daily to remove

food and bacteria and promote healthy gums. 

And don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly

for cleanings and checkups. Your teeth are

already amazing, and your ADA dentist and

their team can help keep them that way.

from mouthhealthy.org