Ten Fun and Crazy Dental Facts!

At Dentist At Watertown, the office of Edward W. Donle, we take dentistry very seriously. But believe it or not, teeth can be fun!

Here are ten wild and crazy dental facts that will make you smile and improve your health as well.

  1. The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough spit to fill two swimming pools!
  2. You should not keep your toothbrush near a toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet! YUCK!
  3. People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead!
  4. In 1994, a prison inmate in West Virginia braided dental floss into a rope, scaled the wall and escaped. (We suggest that you use floss to clean between your teeth instead of climbing prison walls! If you don’t you are missing around 35% of your teeth’s surfaces.)
  5. You should replace your toothbrush at least every three months, and always after you have an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious bacteria can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.
  6. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, we do not recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottle caps!
  7. The standard advice to “see your dentist twice a year” was actually invented by an ad agency for Pepsopdent toothpaste! Your dental professional should recommend the correct schedule for your regular dental visits.
  8. A recent poll has shown that health professionals (physicians, dentists and nurses) were among the most trusted people in The United States. The least trusted? Lobbyists and congressmen of course!
  9. According to a recent survey done by Time Magazine, 59% of Americans would rather have a dental appointment than be sitting next to someone talking on a cell phone. Maybe some of us should take a hint!
  10. Over three out of four people in the United Staes suffer from some form of gum disease. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in people over age 35. The good news is, in most cases gum disease can be prevented or controlled!

At the office of Dr Edward W. Donle, we are here for you, and want to help you achieve the best smile possible. If you have any questions about your dental health or need to schedule an appointment, please give us a call today at 617-923-8159! We can help you!

Beware Of Valentine’s Day!!!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you may be getting ready for some big fat kisses to come your way.
So even though at the office of Edward W. Donle, DMD we’re concerned about cavities, gum disease, bad breath and lots of saliva, we won’t use this month’s blog to gross you out about kissing. But we’ll tell you some interesting facts that you can tell your kissing partner right after they smack one on you!!
Anthropologists have argued for years about the origin of kissing. Many now believe that it has evolved from the time when mothers chewed food for their babies and then went mouth to mouth at feeding time. (Well, okay – we might gross you our a little bit!) This action became so comforting to babies that the habit continues even after they could chew for themselves, and then developed into a sign of affection.
Nowadays kisses aren’t just about romantic love. Of course parents kiss their children. Worshipers often kiss religious artifacts. Some people kiss the ground when exiting an airplane. And who doesn’t want to have a “boo boo” kissed when they get a bruise?
But February 14th is a day for the romantic kind of kiss, and if you are craving one, there may be a scientific reason. While this action can promote a psychological response of warmth and affection, it also causes your brain to secrete some important and productive chemicals, such as:

  • Oxytocin, which helps people develop feeling of attachment, devotion and affection for one another
  • Dopamine, which plays a role in the brain’s processing of emotions, pleasure and pain.
  • Serotonin, which affects a person’s mood and feelings
  • Adrenaline, which increases heart rate and plays a role in your body’s fight-or-flight  response

But along with that, when you kiss, hundreds or even millions of bacterial colonies are transported from one mouth to the other. And let’s face it – no one wants to kiss a person who has poor oral hygiene, bad breath, or just a generally yucky mouth. So lets start with the basics:

  • Make sure you brush at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste
  • Floss once per day – if you have trouble flossing or are not sure how, please ask! We’ll be glad to show you the ropes
  • Avoid sugary and acid-laden foods such as soft drinks, sports drinks, and candy. (Okay – we won’t tell anyone if you have a tiny bit of candy on Valentine’s Day!)
  • Eat a well balanced diet including lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables, nuts and fiber.
  • If you need to slip in a piece of gum or breath mint, make sure it contains Xylitol, which had been proven to reduce tooth decay.
  • Drink plenty of water! This helps to rinse away food particles, and staying hydrated is a good for fresh clean breath.
  • See your dentist on a regular basis and call immediately if you suspect there are any problems with your oral condition.

Here at Dentist At Watertown, we want you to have a kissable February 14th and a lifetime of excellent dental health! If you have any questions or need to set up an appointment please give us a call at 617-923-8159. We are here for you!

You Say You Want A Resolution?

AS 2012 approaches, you have probably already started your list of New Year’s resolutions. If you are like most people this list probably includes: go to the gym, lose weight, take tango lessons, call your mother more often, find the cure for cancer, etc… But let’s face it – EVERYONE has those resolutions and they are all usually broken by January 10th.
So lets shake it up a little this year and try ten “Dental Resolutions” which are not only easy to keep but can lead to a lifetime of excellent health. Here they are!
1) CHANGE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
Most people hang on to their toothbrushes as if they have long standing sentimental value. The fact is – you should replace your brush every two months or so. If the bristles don’t look almost new, chances are your teeth aren’t being cleaned well and your toothbrush is harboring lots of yucky bacteria.
2) FLOSS EVERY DAY
Look, we’re dental professionals. We know that more people don’t floss. But that really is a shame. Flossing every day helps to prevent gun disease – so not only can you keep your teeth for a lifetime, your chances of heart disease and other illnesses which are linked to unhealthy gums will significantly decrease. If you have trouble flossing or are not sure how to do it, don’t be embarrassed! our fantastic team will be glad to show you how!
3 )WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT
We all know that seat belts save lives, but even in a minor accident teeth can be shattered or damaged if your body is flung forward. So buckle up and save your smile!
4) USE A MOUTHGUARD
Dental Damage from sports is extremely common and just about always preventable. There’s a reason everyone in the NFL wears a mouthguard – and it’;s not to scare their opponent. Give us a call and we will fit you (and the entire tidily winks team) with beautiful custom mouthguards.
5) GET RID OF SODAS AND SPORTS DRINKS
We all need to hydrate, but we don’t need excess sugar and artificial chemicals. These drinks are bad for your body and pull an all our assault on your pearly whites. Switching to water will not only be a big boost to your overall health, it will save you money as well!
6) TEETH ARE FOR CHEWING BITING AND SMILING
Please don’t use your teeth to open bottles, packages or anything else. Nibbling on your friends is optional (with permission, of course)
7) SMOKES GETS IN YOUR EYE TEETH
As if cancer, heart disease, emphysema, pregnancy issues and a host of chronic illnesses aren’t reason enough to stop smoking, please be aware that this nasty habit stains your teeth, increases the risk of gun disease, and makes your breath smell like the monkey cage at the zoo. There are so many reasons to quit smoking – so please make this the year!
8) BUT THEY’RE GOOD FOR YOU!
The battle cry of mothers all over the world is true for your oral health as well. Yes – eating your veggies, fruits, legumes and nuts not only increases your overall health, it boosts your immunity which is great for your teeth and gums. Added benefit: crisp fruits and raw vegetables like apples, carrots and celery help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.
9) WHITEN YOUR SMILE
There is no question that a nice white smile increases your confidence and makes you more attractive to other. If you’ve been putting this off – make 2012 the year you finally will be showing your beautiful smile to the world. There are so many easy and inexpensive ways to make your smile the best it can be – give us a call or stop on in and we will be glad to show you how!
10) DON’T PUT OFF YOUR DENTAL VISITS
We know that visiting Dr Donle, Dentist At Watertown may not be at the top of you “things to do” list for the New Year, but by seeing us on a regular basis you can prevent huge (and expensive) dental problems from ever occurring. It’s a small investment with a big payoff – a better smile, increased overall health, beautiful teeth and gums for lie, fresh clean breath, and so much more! Please give us a call at 617-923-8159 today and get 2012 off to a great start!

Don’t be a Dental Turkey!

When the pilgrims left England on the Mayflower, they were looking for a land free of persecution. By the time they landed in Massachusetts 66 days later, they found the journey to be a lot more grueling that they originally planned.

Among the many health issues they encountered was “scurvy” – caused by a deficiency of vitamin C. The lack of fresh food on board, especially fruits and vegetables, caused horrible symptoms, including spots on the skin, weakness, extreme drowsiness, spontaneous bleeding, and eventually death. Oh yes – this disease also caused the pilgrims to have bleeding gums and tooth loss!

This Thanksgiving, be sure to prepare a meal that is not only delicious but healthy for your teeth and gums too! some vitamins and nutrients which are good for your oral health are vitamins A, C and D, phosphorus, and calcium. A delicious Thanksgiving dinner can include them all!

Here are a few things that will make your chompers thank you.

  • Turkey is high in phosphorous, which is not only healthy for developing teeth but can actually help rebuild tooth enamel.
  • Sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients including vitamins A, C and B6 are thought to be much healthier that regular white potatoes
  • Greens and winter vegetables are great sources of vitamins A and C, both of which are excellent for gum health.
  • Cranberries contain flavonoids which can prevent bacteria from sticking to the teeth and forming plaque.
  • Pumpkin pies are loaded with vitamin C and calcium – important for gum health and developing teeth.

“Just like our bodies, our teeth and gums need many essential vitamins and minerals to stay strong and healthy, ” Says Ontario Dental Associate Past – President Dr. Ira Kirshen. :in fact, to ensure proper tooth development and strength, adults, children and seniors alike need a lot of calcium, vitamins and minerals.”

Dr Kirshen goes on to say: “May take oral health for granted, but countless studies have shown that there is a strong association between good oral health and body health. Spending time with your loved ones on Thanksgiving is even better when everyone is healthy and happy.”

Thanksgiving is a great holiday and it can be a healthy one for your teeth, gums and body as well!! Here is Dentist at Watertown, we want you to be healthy! Remember, prevention is the key, so be sure to stick with your recommended dental care schedule for the best health of all! Call 617-923-8159 to schedule your appointment today! Enjoy a fantastic holiday, and even though your schedule may be hectic this time of year, don’t forget to take care of your teeth, gums and entire body!