Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s dental health month was in February.  We miss it but that doesn’t mean Dr. Abeyta isn’t doing all that she can to bring awareness to her patients on this important topic.

What is Children’s Dental Health Month?

Each year in February, the American Dental Association (ADA) brings together professionals and healthcare providers to promote the benefits of good oral health for children.

Children's Dental Health Month. Happy child giving a dentist a high five.

Why is Children’s Dental Health Month Important? 

One of the most common chronic diseases of childhood is tooth decay and the thing about tooth decay is that it is absolutely preventable.  And studies have shown that children with poor dental health miss more school and receive lower grades than kids who have a healthy mouth.

Plus, tooth decay can contribute to more than just pain and oral issues such as: 

  • Gum disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes

Supporting healthy teeth and gums is a lifelong commitment. The earlier a child is introduced to proper oral hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing, and limiting sugary snacks and drinks the better for oral and overall health. 

How Can You Help Bring Awareness? 

Talk to your children about their oral health care habits and help them establish a daily routine of brushing and flossing. Explain that their teeth can’t heal themselves so it’s up to them to take care of their teeth. 

The NCDHM Program Planning Guide provides resources to promote the benefits of good dental health to children, including downloadable coloring sheets. 

Make an Appointment

It is recommended that children visit their dentist by the time they have their first birthday or when that first tooth pops through.  Teaching them good oral hygiene habits when they are young will help them develop healthy habits for a lifetime.

The Treatment Philosophy of Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD is built on honesty and integrity.

“We strive to be the best choice for quality care and overall excellence. We accomplish this by delivering comprehensive care in a calm and safe environment. We incorporate total health and integrative care options and empower every patient to make the right and best decisions for their health. We invest in education for ourselves and our patients to support our commitment to excellence and empower our patients with the knowledge they need to achieve whatever goals they have for their health. Our team is honored to partner with you in caring for your health.

You will enjoy not only the peaceful and calm environment provided, but also customized care, from ONE doctor, which creates a unique experience for you and your entire family. Comfort pillows, music, and aromatherapy with Essential Oils are all individualized to make your experience unique and soothing. Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs.”

Call today to schedule your appointment at (505) 293-7611,

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Maintain Healthy Teeth During the Holidays

Maintain Healthy Teeth During the Holidays

Maintain Healthy Teeth During the Holidays

Maintain healthy teeth during the holidays by following a few simple guidelines from the Best dentist in Albuquerque, NM.  Holidays are a time of joy, families and endless trays of meats, cheeses, snacks and baked goods.  People’s diets, exercise routines, sleep schedules and dental practices are exchanged for get togethers, parties, feasting and dirty Santa.  Below are a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy and a few pounds off your waist this holiday season.

Maintaining Healthy Teeth During the Holidays

Foods to Avoid

Hard Candies – these rock-solid goodies are often the main culprit for chipped or broken teeth.  No one wants an unscheduled trip to the dentist.  If you do want to treat yourself to a piece of hard candy, let the candy dissolve in your mouth instead of biting down and trying to chew it.

Soft Candies – these gooey candies are notorious for sticking to your teeth and every space in between.  On top of causing decay in the enamel, they are well-known for pulling out fillings or pulling off crowns.

Sugary foods – yes, these are the hardest to avoid.  There are so many wonderful, delectable treats on the dessert table.  But just for the record, sugar is one of the biggest enemies to your oral health as well as your waistline.  Keep the sugary goodies to a minimum.   

Foods to Feast On

Vegetables – so okay, the vegetable tray isn’t as appealing as the dessert tray but broccoli, carrots and cauliflower are excellent detoxifiers. They are loaded with powerful antioxidants that can remove toxins including uric acid. Arthritis, gout, and boils are related to problems with toxins. You can purify your body with these colorful vegetables.

Meats – they are great sources of protein. They also provide lots of other nutrients your body needs, like iodine, iron, zinc, vitamins (especially B12) and essential fatty acids. Excluding process meats which contain large amounts of saturated fat and sodium, meats help maintain a well-balanced diet.

Cheese – bring on the cheese tray.  White cheese is a great source of calcium, fat, and protein.  They also contain high amounts of vitamins A and B-12, along with zinc, phosphorus, and riboflavin. Cheese made from the milk of 100 percent grass-fed animals is the highest in nutrients and also contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K-2.

Teeth are Not a Swiss Army Knife

Teeth do an amazing job of breaking down the huge array of foods that pass through our lips.  But…they were not designed for cracking nuts, tearing into packages, ripping off tape, or opening beer bottles.  Be kind to your teeth. 

Happy Holidays!  Remember to brush and floss regularly, especially after eating sugary foods.  Drink plenty of water and most importantly stay healthy this holiday season.   

For all your dental needs call Dr. Abeyta at (505)293-7611.  She offers a functional integrative approach to oral and whole-body health in Albuquerque, NM. 

Keep Your Gums Healthy

Keep Your Gums Healthy

Keep Your Gums Healthy

Keep your gums healthy so that you are at a lower risk of developing common chronic diseases. According to The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, if your gums are healthy, you’re less likely to suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and dementia.  Though more research is needed to determine the exact link between gum disease and other chronic conditions, researchers believe that the inflammation bacteria causes may be a key factor.

Keep Your Gums Healthy!

Are My Gums Healthy?

Healthy gums are pink and firm, and don’t bleed.

Diseased gums may be red, swollen, tender or bleeding

Common symptoms are chronic bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth, pain while chewing, sensitive or loose teeth, gums that don’t adhere to your teeth and a mismatched bite or ill-fitting dentures.

How To Keep Your Gums Healthy

When You Brush Your Teeth Don’t Ignore Your Gums

  • It’s not enough to just brush your teeth. Brush your teeth, your gums and your tongue.  This will help reduce plaque, bacteria and gum disease. 
  • When you floss, make sure you are doing it correctly so that all food between the teeth and around the gums is removed. Incorrect flossing can lead to infections in the jaw bone and gums.
  • Brush at least two times a day and for a minimum of two minutes every time.

Schedule Regular Visits to Have Your Teeth Cleaned

  • Dental Hygienist have the tools to remove tartar and recognize any problems or issues early on. If gum disease is detected in the beginning stages, it is much easier to treat.

Pay Attention to Your Diet

  • A recent study suggested that a diet high in the omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish may reduce your risk of gum disease.  Replace sugary snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water and say no to sodas!

Stop Smoking

  • Smoking weakens your body’s immune system. This makes it harder to fight off a gum infection. Once you have gum damage, smoking also makes it harder for your gums to heal properly.

To learn more about keeping your gums healthy and other important dental practices to support your oral and over health contact the office of Dr. Abeyta in Albuquerque, NM at (505) 293-7611.  They accomplish all of their procedures without discomfort, in a relaxing atmosphere.  They invite you and your family to visit their practice, and learn more about the ways your smile can benefit from a Holistic Dental Practice.

 

Dental Plaque

Dental Plaque

Dental Plaque

Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless or yellowish film that forms on your teeth.  It develops along the gum line from a combination of saliva, food and fluids that contain bacteria.

Dental plaque starts building up on your teeth 4 to 12 hours after brushing.  Another good reason to brush thoroughly at least twice a day and floss daily.

Dental Plaque

How Plaque Affects your Teeth

Though plaque is mostly colorless, it can produce acid, which in turn affects your oral health. Over time, if the plaque is not removed it will harden into tartar or dental calculus.  The tartar becomes strongly bonded to the tooth’s enamel and only a dental professional can remove it.

Conditions Related to Plaque and Tartar

  • Cavities – the acids produced by the bacteria in plaque can cause low pH level and can eat away at tooth enamel.
  • Gingivitis – accumulation of plaque bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums.
  • Bad Breath – plaque buildup from poor dental hygiene can also cause bad breath.

Who may be more likely to get plaque?

Although everyone has dental plaque, you may be more susceptible if you:

  • Consume a lot of sugary or starchy foods or drinks
  • Have dry mouth due to medications
  • Have a history of head/neck radiation
  • Smoke

How to Combat Plaque

Staying on top of your oral health and preventing plaque buildup on teeth is the best way to prevent tartar.  The American Dental Association recommends to Brush and floss every day.  Visit your dentist every 6 months.  Adults who see their dentists regularly are less likely to have plaque related dental diseases.

If you need some additional information on dental plaque, don’t hesitate to call the office of Dr. Abeyta in Albuquerque, NM at (505) 293-7611.  They practice an integrative approach in creating a beautiful smile and healthy functioning body. Did you know that your smile can tell how healthy you are? Healthy teeth and jaws translate to a pretty smile, healthy breathing, and a healthy body.  Whatever life brings, they’d love to be your partner in oral health!

Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Strokes?

Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Strokes?

Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Strokes?

Is there a connection between gum disease and strokes and if so, how can we take better care of our teeth? Strokes are the fifth common cause of death in the US. 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. As we learn more about how our oral health impacts our overall health, we have to wonder is there a link between gum disease and strokes.

Is there a connect between gum disease and strokes

What is a Stroke

A stroke is caused when a blood vessel bursts in the brain, or when oxygen to the brain is blocked by a blood clot.

Strokes cause physical signs such as:

  • A drooping face
  • Weakness in the arm
  • Slurred or impaired speech

A stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, though they are more common in:

  • People who are 65 and older
  • African Americans
  • People who lead sedentary lives or smoke or are overweight

Recent studies have shown that people who have suffered a stroke, typically had poor oral health with gum disease.

What is Gum Disease

Gum disease has multiple stages.  In the first stage, bacteria build up, causing the gums to become inflamed and to bleed when you brush your teeth. Although the gums may be irritated, the teeth are still firmly rooted. At this stage, no irreversible bone or other tissue damage has occurred.

When this first stage is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. In a patient with periodontitis, the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets. These pockets collect food and can become infected.

The best way to avoid gum disease is to maintain proper dental hygiene and follow your dentist’s guidelines:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Chew sugar-free gum
  • See your dentist twice a year for a check-up

What is the connection between gum disease and strokes?

Studies have shown that the abundance of bacteria, associated with gum disease, can get in the bloodstream, causing inflammation that makes the blood more likely to clot, which in turn can lead to a stroke.

More in-depth studies are underway to determine whether inflammation from gum disease results in vascular inflammation, or the other way around. In fact, the inflammation associated with gum disease has also been linked to conditions such as certain types cancers, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

With so many people effected by gum disease and strokes, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of your oral health.

Patients who have suffered a stroke may need support in maintaining oral health care, especially if they have cognitive or physical limitations which prevent them from remembering to complete or perform the tasks regularly.

The office of Dr. Abeyta strives to be the best choice for quality care and overall excellence.   They invest in education for themselves and their patients to support our commitment to excellence and empower patients with the knowledge they need to achieve whatever goals they have for their health. Our team is honored to partner with you in caring for your health.  Call today to schedule an appointment at (505) 293-7611.

 

 

Superfoods for Healthy Teeth

Superfoods for Healthy Teeth

Superfoods for Healthy Teeth

Superfoods for healthy teeth because constant eating, drinking and age take a toll on our teeth.  Did you know that your smile can tell her how healthy you are? Healthy teeth and jaws translates to a pretty smile, healthy breathing, and a healthy body.  Thankfully, by including a few foods to our diet, we can minimize the negative effects of harmful foods while improving oral and overall health.  

What are Superfoods?

Superfoods are basically foods that contain a high amount of micronutrients to the point where the food has empirical health benefits.  Most superfoods are low in calories and high in nutritional value. These foods provide a wide variety of vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats while not adding any bad fats or processed sugars. 

How Do Superfoods Impact Health?

Studies have shown superfoods can improve overall health, help to prevent cancer by binding the free radicals, reduce high blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels.  In addition, superfoods are packed with vitamins and minerals to keep your body running like a well oiled machine.   

How Do Superfoods Help Teeth

Calcium!  It’s one of the most important minerals for our teeth and can be found in seeds, cheese, canned salmon and yogurt.  It builds strong jaws and healthy teeth.  But… in order for calcium to do its job it needs phosphorus.  

Phosphorus is a mineral found in superfoods such as flax, pumpkin seeds and bran.  

Another beneficial super food is vitamin D.  Vitamin D helps reduce inflammation that is associated with gum disease.  

To ensure our bodies absorb vitamin D, we must consume it with good fats. While sunlight is the best way to absorb vitamin D, foods such as salmon, anchovies and pork loin are rich with this beneficial vitamin.  

Below is a list of a few superfoods for the teeth:

  • Butter, cheese and milk from grass-fed cows to ensure the nutrients were absorbed properly by the animal. 
  • Salmon, cod and herring that comes from the sea.  Farm-raised seafood will not contain the essential nutrients.
  • Animal organs are rich sources of fat-soluble vitamins A and D.  Make sure the organs are from grass-fed animals. 
  • Egg yolks from free-range, grass-raised hens to ensure the eggs contain Vitamin D3.
  • Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir have numerous positive impacts on the gut, which directly affects oral health. 

To learn more about the impact of Superfoods on the body and ultimately, oral health, schedule your appointment today with the office of Dr. Abeyta in Albuquerque, NM at (505) 293-7611.  Dr. Abeyta and her team practice an integrative approach in creating a beautiful smile and healthy functioning body.