Teenage Changes Affect Dental Health

Is your teenager moody and difficult? The cause could be typical teen hormones, but it could also be that your teenager is struggling with dental pain. Researchers say that many children act up because they’re in pain, not because they have behavioral issues. Behaviors and changes during the teenage years can affect a person’s oral health, but even so, Dr. Young can take care of any problem.

Social Acceptance

Teenagers commonly deal with peer pressure and experiment with different habits in the hopes of “fitting in.” The following social situations can alter dental health.

Start Your Day Off Right With a Healthy Breakfast

Did you wake up late this morning and rush out the door on an empty stomach because you didn’t have time to eat breakfast? You’ve always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s true! Dr. Young can offer healthy tips to keep your body and smile healthy in the morning and throughout the day.

Breakfast Prevents Snacking

If you’re dieting, you may think that skipping breakfast will help you lose weight. However, it actually has the opposite effect. Skipping breakfast will mean that you’ll be hungry in the mid-morning hours, and more likely to snack on unhealthy foods. Snacking throughout the day gives oral bacteria more time to feed and attack your teeth. Breakfast, however, boosts your metabolism and will keep you full enough so you can make healthier food choices at lunchtime. You won’t be so hungry that you’ll just reach for the first thing that’s available. Instead, you’ll take time to plan your meal and consider what you’re eating. Healthier foods will help you lose weight and protect your smile from all the sugars and carbohydrates that bacteria thrive off of.

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The Importance of Calcium

Milk was first delivered in bottles on January 11, 1878, but Dr. Young wants to remind you that milk is not just for children. In honor of National Milk Day, let’s discuss why drinking milk is so important for a strong smile for life.

Milk is an excellent source of calcium. Calcium is important to help form strong teeth and bones. Milk was first placed in bottles to make it easier to consume at such a young age. Your teeth begin developing before birth, so doctors recommend that pregnant women consume plenty of calcium to pass strong dental health along to their babies. As a child, calcium hardens the teeth to make them strong and intact so they can last a lifetime.

There are no obvious symptoms of a calcium deficiency, but over time you will develop problems if you do not have enough calcium in your diet. When you suffer from calcium deficiency, your body will have to take the minerals from your teeth and bones. Since calcium is so important in building strong teeth and bones, it makes sense that without it, your teeth can soften. When your teeth become weaker, they become more prone to tooth decay, cavities, chipping, breaking, and other dental problems. In addition, inadequate calcium consumption can lead to gum disease and osteoporosis, both associated with tooth loss.

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Reasons to Smile for the Holidays

Why are you smiling this holiday season? Family, friends, and gifts can leave you in a pleasant mood throughout this time of year. Dr. Young can give you even more reasons to smile.

Why should you smile?

The act of smiling releases endorphins that help elevate your mood. Holiday planning can be stressful, but smiling helps reduce stress and lower your blood pressure. The holidays are also a time of joy to make others smile, and since smiles are contagious, try smiling just to make others feel good. In addition, you want to look happy in your holiday pictures. Smiles make you look more attractive and younger.

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Getting Older? Your Jaw is Shrinking!

If you think your teeth only shift during childhood, think again. As you age, your jaw can shrink and cause teeth crowding. Fortunately, Dr. Michael Young can help you retain straight teeth and a beautiful smile throughout life.

Shrinking Jaws

A study by the Faculty of Dentistry at Malmö University tracked the shape and features of participants’ jaws over four decades. The researchers took plaster molds of patients’ jaws when they were in their twenties. Ten and forty years later, they took additional molds. They found that as participants aged, their jaws had less room for teeth.

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Protecting Your Teeth During Holiday Parties

This holiday season, you’re probably planning to host or attend some holiday celebrations. Try these tips to keep your mouth healthy throughout the holiday fun, and visit Dr. Young to smile confidently throughout the party.

Appetizers

Don’t go to the party hungry. Eat a light snack before you go so you won’t need to overeat while you’re there. If you’re not starving, you’ll also make healthier food decisions. However, avoid grazing while you’re waiting for the full meal. Snacking too much will expose your teeth to more sugars and acids and they will be left on your teeth for a longer period of time, contributing to more decay and problems. Watch what you eat, because sliced veggies, crackers, chips, and other crunchy appetizers can be damaging if you’re not careful. Biting too hard can cause your teeth to chip or crack.

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Choose Invisalign for a Beautiful Smile

Teeth are usually the first thing others notice about you. Misaligned teeth can be a source of embarrassment for some people. Fortunately, Dr. Michael Young offers Invisalign, a revolutionary form of orthodontics proven to straighten teeth without any metal brackets or wires necessary. Invisalign moves your teeth into position in a fraction of the time of traditional braces, leaving you with a straight, beautiful smile that is sure to boost your confidence.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign aligns your teeth in a series of clear, virtually invisible, removable, custom-molded aligners. Because these aligners are practically clear, many people may not even notice that you are wearing them. This form of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks. At your appointment, Dr. Young will devise a plan for you based on your dental needs, and determine how long you’ll need to use Invisalign.

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Dental Implants Restore Your Smile

Is your smile missing something? If you have lost teeth to periodontal disease, accident, or injury,  Dr. Michael Young can restore your smile with Zimmer dental implants.

What are implants?

Implants are the only dental prosthetic that can replace missing teeth from root to crown. They are artificial teeth roots, surgically placed into the empty sockets left by missing teeth. Dental implants can hold individual crowns or anchor a bridge, partial, or denture.

Benefits of implants

Dental implants are comfortable, strong, stable, and durable enough to withstand the crushing pressure of your jaws and the criticism of your most discerning friends. Implants act like natural teeth to help you chew and speak as nature intended, and they require no special maintenance. Treat them like your natural teeth: brush, floss, and visit Dr. Young for six-month checkups and cleanings.

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Jaw Pain? You May Have TMD.

TMJ disorder, or TMD, can be painful, and it can slowly destroy your teeth. November is TMJ Awareness Month, so now is a great time to learn about the symptoms and treatments of TMJ disorder.

Do you have TMJ disorder?

Your temporomandibular joints connect your jaw to the temporal bone of your skull. The joints allow movement of the jaw so that you can talk, chew, and open and close your mouth. When the joints become misaligned, the resulting imbalance is a disorder known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). People with TMD may notice any of the following symptoms: (more…)

Pack Your Dental Travel Kit

With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be starting to prepare travel plans. No matter how busy you are or where you go, you should never neglect your oral health. If you’re like most people, you’ve forgotten your toothbrush more than once. To end that habit, keep a small dental travel kit packed and in your suitcase.

Tuck these items inside:

Floss: Floss containers can be very small and portable. Soft, satin flosses slide easily between teeth and make flossing quick and easy. Handheld flossers are also convenient, especially after meals and while you’re on the go. (more…)