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The Summer Smile Dangers Of Dehydration [BLOG]

June 18, 2017

Summer is finally here! That means barbecues, baseball games, picnics, and trips to the local swimming pool with the kids. With so much fun to be had in the fresh outdoors, it’s hard to remember that there could be risks to our oral health.

Dr. Landry and our team at Lapalco Family Dental have that covered in today’s blog, so you don’t have to worry about it. Today, we’re talking about the dangers that dehydration can pose to your healthy summer smile.

With a little help from our Marrero dental staff, you can better protect your oral health from dehydration while you’re out enjoying time with the family in the heat of the summer months.

All That Saliva Can Do

Being dehydrated is bad for your overall health, certainly. You know about the importance of staying hydrated to avoid things like dizziness or heat stroke. But many of us don’t know what dehydration can do to your teeth.

The most obvious problem is that it causes dry mouth. Saliva is definitely among the unsung heroes of your oral health. It’s easy to forget how important it is to a healthy smile. But let’s take a moment to ‘brush up’ (you’re welcome!) on all that saliva does for you:

Saliva Keeps Your Breath Fresh

Believe it or not, the human body comes equipped with its own mouthwash factory. Saliva production helps wash away debris that food and drinks leave behind to keep your teeth, gums, and tongue clean and your breath nice and fresh.

Saliva Keeps The Stains Away

Did you know that saliva is like a protective shield for your teeth? It’s true! It keeps a coating of protection on your enamel so that dark pigments from things like pasta sauce, coffee, and red wine aren’t able to stick to your teeth and stain them.

Saliva Keeps Your Enamel Strong

Another way your saliva protects your teeth is by shielding your enamel with its calcium and other trace minerals. This helps to keep your enamel healthy and strong.

Saliva Keeps Cavities And Gum Disease At Bay

As we mentioned before, saliva helps wash away debris left after you eat or drink, so along with keeping your mouth clean and your breath fresh, saliva gets rid of all that harmful bacteria that would otherwise feast on food particles and sugar, which would lead to things like decay, cavities, and gum disease.

All That Dehydration Can Do

Now that you know the ways saliva protects your healthy mouth, let’s take a look at how your smile could potentially suffer without it! Dehydration, and resulting dry mouth, could cause all sorts of problems for your teeth.

It Weakens Your Tooth Enamel

Along with strengthening your tooth enamel, saliva helps remineralize it and repair damage you don’t even see. But when you’re dehydrated, there isn’t enough saliva to do all of that. As a result, your enamel can erode, growing weaker as that happens.

It Gives You Bad Breath

Without saliva acting as your body’s natural mouthwash, all the debris from food and sugary drinks will just hang out in your mouth. If your teeth, gums, and tongue aren’t kept clean with enough saliva, your breath will start to smell bad.

It Leads To Gum Disease

Dry mouth can increase your risk of gum disease. This is because bacteria in your mouth feeds on the food particles and sugar left behind after you eat. Without saliva to wash those particles away, the bacteria will create acids as it feeds. Once the acids have eaten through your teeth, they move on and can attack your gums.

Gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss if it goes untreated. That’s why the ripple effect of dehydration can lead to much more serious dental problems over time.

It Causes Cavities

In the same way dry mouth can lead to gum disease, it can lead to cavities. Again, the bacteria feeds off food particles and other debris, and the acids created from that process create holes, or cavities, in your teeth.

Make An Appointment!

Protecting your teeth and gums throughout the summer months is a team effort. Our Marrero dental staff is here to help you! Call us today at 504-264-6461 or fill out our online form to schedule an a routine dental cleaning and exam with Dr. Landry.

 

CEREC Crowns: Your Same-Day Solution! [BLOG]

April 26, 2017

One of the most common and multifaceted restorations in dentistry today is the dental crown. It’s a tooth-colored cap that covers, restores, and protects damaged, decayed, or weakened teeth. Crowns can be used to fix all sorts of dental problems, such as:

-Restore teeth that are too damaged for traditional fillings

-Protect a tooth after a root canal procedure

-Change the shape or appearance of a tooth

-Replace old, worn, failing or broken restorations

Placing dental crowns has traditionally involved several steps and multiple visits to your dentist.  A dentist has to prepare the tooth, take an impression, and then place a temporary crown while you wait for your permanent crown to be made. Once it’s been fabricated, you return to the dentist to have your permanent crown placed.

When you consider the way dentists used to deal with problems, using tooth extraction as the primary method of solving dental issues like large cavities or teeth in need of root canals, it makes today’s common dental crown placement procedure seem like a dream!

But the truth is, modern technology allows our team at Lapalco Family Dental to make dental crowns faster and more convenient than ever. Our skilled dentist, Dr. Landry, uses the latest in advanced technology, known as CEREC, to design, create, and place your dental crowns in only one day!

Here are just some of the advantages of our CEREC same-day crown technology:

One Convenient Appointment – As we mentioned earlier, typically dental crowns require you to make multiple visits to your dentist.  CEREC cuts that time significantly down to one convenient dental appointment.

You come in for your morning appointment where our experienced team will prepare your tooth, then we can design and create your crown while you wait. After a few hours, you walk out of our office with a permanent solution, all without having to sacrifice more time away from work or family than you need to.

No Wasted Time Or Money On A Temporary Fix – CEREC technology allows you to eliminate the need for a temporary crown altogether. This is good news, especially to those of you who’ve had to deal with them before. They’re tight, uncomfortable, and unsightly. Did we mention that they aren’t as secure as permanent crowns, either?

And not that this happens often, but temporary crowns can also leak or become dislodged, damaging the very tooth it was meant to protect. With same-day permanent crowns at Lapalco Family Dental, you don’t have to deal with that risk at all!

No More Impressions That Test Your Gag Reflex – If you’ve ever had the privilege of having a dentist take an impression of your teeth, you might easily recall how unpleasant an experience it can be. It can test your gag reflex and make you feel like you’re going to choke. It can be terribly uncomfortable for some people, and who can blame them?

With our CEREC technology, Dr. Landry takes a 3D scan of your teeth instead and sends those images to the CEREC computer. That’s where your permanent crown is custom designed, and then it’s off to the milling device that carves out your new comfortable, strong, and natural-looking crown.  

A Customized, More Comfortable Fit – The other advantage of a digital impression over the goopy, gag-inducing impressions is accuracy. Advanced technology like CEREC allows us to create the perfect size to fit you because the margin for error is incredibly small. A better fitting permanent crown will feel natural and make it easier to maintain proper oral hygiene.

A Natural-Looking, More Attractive Restoration – As if CEREC weren’t already a modern marvel, it also comes with a shade chart that allows us to perfectly match the new crown to your natural teeth. We want to protect teeth and oral health with crowns that blend in with your natural smile.  If we’ve done our job well, no one will be able to tell you’ve had any work done!

When you need a dental crown, trust a team that’s committed to giving their patients the most advanced, effective treatment options in dentistry.  Give Lapalco Family Dental a call today at 504-264-6461 today or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.

 

5 Healthy Smile Halloween Tips

October 24, 2016

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Here at Lapalco Family Dental, located in Marrero, LA, the health of our patients’ smiles is our number one priority! That means helping you get through the upcoming holiday season! Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s the “sweetest” holiday of the year.

But those sweets treats can cause problems for kids’ teeth (and yours, if you have a “sweet tooth”) if some basic rules of good oral hygiene aren’t followed. Those problems include tooth chipping or even breakage, loss of dental restorations, and dental plaque building up that can cause decay.

With that in mind, here are 5 tips for a healthy smile this Halloween season.  

Tip #1: Avoid sticky and hard candies.

We know that can be tough to do since a lot of families still prefer to grab a handful of those wrapped candies and drop in them in the goody bags of costumed kids.

Hard candies can chip or actually break teeth if your child (or you!) bites down hard enough. And few people have the willpower to continue to let the candy dissolve in the mouth. Better to avoid hard candies than to risk a healthy tooth! And if you have dental restorations such as crowns or bridges, you’d be better off giving the hard candies a pass, too.

Sticky candies won’t threaten your kids’ teeth or yours with breakage, but they’re notorious for getting in between teeth where brushing won’t remove the sugary stuff. And, if you or someone in your family has a filling or two, you could be putting those fillings at risk with sticky candy. Some people have actually pulled out part or all of a filling!

Tip #2: Eat your candy with meals.

One thing about candy is that it’s addictive – almost literally so. It’s amazingly easy to dip into the goody bag between meals and before you know it, your children have eaten a third of what’s in there! And, that sugary stuff usually stays on the teeth and gums until bedtime, feeding the decay-causing plaque that’s trying to grow there.

Save Halloween candy as a special dessert for after dinner. That way, your kids won’t overeat and it’ll be just a few hours before they brush away the remains of their indulgence.

Tip #3: Don’t forget to brush!

This may sound like a “doh!” tip, but you’d be surprised how much the Halloween season disrupts people’s schedules. Your kids may attend Halloween parties and come back home bouncing off the walls. Or, they may sneak some of that delicious sugary stuff in spite of your best efforts.

That’s what makes regular brushing and flossing even more important at Halloween. There are way more temptations than usual out there, and the energy with which kids embrace the season (and candy!) can disrupt schedules. Make a special effort at this time of year to never let the kids go to bed without caring for their teeth.

Tip #4: Drink lots of water.

Water used to be known as the “universal solvent” because so many things dissolve in it. It’s not usually called that anymore, but it’s still true that sugars are water-soluble – given them enough exposure to water, and they’ll dissolve.

The more often your kids drink plain water during the season, the better chance that the residue from sugary over-indulgence will dissolve and wash away. And that can save you a lot of time, aggravation, and money down the road.

Tip #5: Maintain a healthy diet.

This might be the hardest of the 5 tips to follow at this time of year. We can probably all remember when we were kids and not wanting supper because we dug into the candy stash.

Growing children need a balanced, healthy diet just as much if not more as adults. The Halloween season requires parents to be ever-vigilant in not letting their children replace healthy meals with handfuls of candy.

A Check-up Might Just be a Good Idea

At Lapalco Family Dental, we appreciate the fact that so many of our families schedule regular checkups for themselves and their children. But with the negative effects of massive candy use on young teeth this time of year, why not schedule a quick checkup? If you have the slightest doubt about how well your child’s teeth have weathered the season, let us put your mind at ease.

Make an appointment at Lapalco Family Dental. To schedule a visit at our dentist office in Marrero, LA, call 504-264-6461 or fill out our online form.

Improve Your Oral Health With 5 Weird Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 1, 2016

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Dr. Landry and the team at Lapalco Family Dental care about your oral health! That means we want you to have all of the information you need to be successful and stay healthy at home. Check out the infographic below for some usual dental health tips. Call us at 504-264-6461 to book an appointment.

Selecting The Right Toothbrush For You [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 1, 2016

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Here at Lapalco Family Dental, we work hard to help our patients get all of the information they need to maintain healthy, beautiful smiles for life. That means making sure they know how to choose the right toothbrush for them! If this is something you are struggling with or have questions about, this infographic is for you. Call 504-264-6461 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.

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