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16 Foods for Your Fabulous Smile

September 15th, 2016

Have you ever thought about the food you eat and how your choices might improve your smile? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), avoiding foods high in sugar such as candy and soda can prevent tooth decay. Want more tips on eating for a fabulous smile? Check out these diet dynamos:

1. Foods high in calcium and protein, like milk, cheese and yogurt, are great because these nutrients build tooth enamel. In addition, the probiotics (healthy bacteria) of yogurt benefit your gums by crowding out bacteria that causes cavities.

A recent study published in the Journal of American Dental Association found that milk reduces the levels of acid in the mouth caused by bacteria.  When brushing is not an option, try drinking milk after eating a sweet food.

2. Not all sweet foods are bad for your teeth. Raisins don’t contain sucrose (table sugar) which helps bacteria stick to your tooth’s surface allowing for plaque. Raisins are also a good source of phytochemicals which may actually kill cavity-causing bacteria.

3. Crunchy foods high in water and fiber, like apples and carrots, may disturb dental plaque and produce saliva which rinses away bacteria and food particles. The fiber also stimulates your gums.

Celery has been called nature’s floss, acting a bit like a toothbrush to scrape away food particles. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C, great for gum health.

4. Foods high in phosphorous, such as meat, eggs and fish, can help keep tooth enamel strong and healthy according to the American Dental Association. And, according to researchers, calcium and phosphate help redeposit minerals back into lesions caused by acidic foods.

5. Cranberries contain polyphenols, phytochemicals or micronutrients that have antioxidant properties, and may keep plaque from sticking to teeth, lowering the risk of cavities. Look for cranberries without added sugar.

6. While foods high in vitamin C can be acidic, the vitamin also strengthens blood vessels and reduces inflammation which may help your gums stay healthy. The vitamin is also necessary for production of collagen, a protein that helps fight periodontal disease. Try oranges (the least acidic of the citrus fruits), kale, kiwi, strawberries and broccoli to get plenty of vitamin C in your diet.

7. Love gum? Choose sugarless gum since chewing boosts saliva production, clearing away bacteria. Since sugarless gum doesn’t contain sugar, you won’t worry about bacteria which rely on sucrose (table sugar) to produce plaque.

8. Like cranberries, green and black teas contain compounds called polyphenols that slow the growth of bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease. A 2010 study also found that black tea controls bad breath. So drink up!

9. Vitamin D is critical to bone and tooth health because it helps your body absorb calcium and may lower your risk for disease. While sunlight is the best natural source of Vitamin D, foods such as fish, egg yolks and cod liver oil also provide the valuable nutrient.

10. Antioxidants fight the bacteria that cause inflammation and periodontal disease, and protect your gums (and other tissues) from cell damage and bacterial infection. Mix foods rich in vitamins C and E, such as apples, berries, nuts and beans, into your diet to get these valuable micronutrients.

11. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, miso, sour pickles and tempeh (made from fermented soybeans), contain good bacteria called probiotics that help decrease plaque and promote healthy gums.

12. Leafy greens are full of vitamins and minerals while low in sugar. Greens like kale and spinach are also high in calcium which builds tooth enamel. Need another reason to eat your leafy greens? How about folic acid, a type of B vitamin that might help treat gum disease.

13. Love nuts? Well of course you do! They provide vitamins and minerals that help your teeth and the abrasive texture of sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, and cashews may work to remove surface stains, like an exfoliator for your teeth.

14. While garlic may give you bad breath, when finely chopped or crushed, it produces allicin, the key ingredient responsible for its anti-bacterial activity. Beware – allicin begins to degrade quickly and cooking and microwaving appear to destroy the valuable compound. Best advice? Add freshly crushed garlic to foods just before serving.

15. There are tons of good reasons to eat pears, including the phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory flavonoids found in the skin. In addition to these, pears neutralize acids that can damage your teeth. So eat up!

16. Low in fat and packed with protein, the shitake mushroom may improve oral health if taken in sufficient quantity because of the “good” bacteria that means less harmful plaque, gum disease and possibly fewer cavities.

From controlling bad breath to avoiding plaque and cavities, the foods we eat can have in impact on oral health. So choose well and gnash for a great smile!

GET A SILICONE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER FOR YOURSELF AND A FRIEND

August 25th, 2016

This summer, refer a new patient to us and you and your friend will receive a Silicone Bluetooth® Speaker!

Your satisfaction is important to us and your referrals mean the world. Unfortunately, we can't give you the world...but we CAN give you a token of our appreciation -- a cool Silicone Bluetooth Speaker that doubles as a phone stand and conference call speaker.

  • Play, pause and change tracks right on the speaker
  • Suction cup doubles as a phone stand
  • 30-foot wireless Bluetooth v2.1 connection range
  • High quality Lithium ion battery provides up to 3 hours of playtime from a single charge
  • Use the built in speaker with your cell phone for conversations.
  • Includes speaker and charging cord

Want one? Awesome! Just start telling friends and family members why you like Chattanooga Orthodontics and why they should make us their choice for orthodontic care! When they come in for their evaluation, you and your friend/family member will receive a bluetooth speaker gift!

Chattanooga Orthodontics Chairs Golf Tournament for Kids

August 25th, 2016

Each year, it takes up to $45,000 to feed the kids on the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home Chattanooga campus. Meeting this need is the goal of the Golfers Fore Kids Classic taking place at Windstone Golf Club on November 1st. This year, the tournament is chaired by Drs. McCamish, Cooper and Dyer and they are inviting colleagues, patients and friends to join them!

A foursome for this event is $600 and individuals play for just $150.

Sponsorships
Corporate and personal sponsorships are greatly needed to meet the goal for this event. The following sponsorships are still available:
Hole Sponsor – Your logo at one tee box ($ 150)
Food Cater Sponsor – Your logo at food venue ($ 500)
Range Sponsor– Team of 4 plus your logo on two tee boxes ($ 750)
Red Sponsor– Team of 4 plus your logo on promotional material ($1,000)
Silver Sponsor – Team of 4 plus your logo on promotional material ($2,500)
Gold Sponsor – TWO teams of 4 plus your logo on promotional material and prominent display through the tournament ($4,000)

Donations
Individuals wishing to make donations to the event can do so by visiting TennesseeChildren.org/donate-2. Please add "Golfers Fore Kids Classic" in the Special Instructions. Donations are tax-deductible.

We'd love to hear from you!
If you join us through a sponsorship or donation, let us know by posting your participation on your Facebook wall adding #feedTBCHkids.

We thank you in advance for your partnership knowing that together we can #feedTBCHkidsthroughout 2017!

Our Technology Improves Your Comfort and Results

August 17th, 2016

We’re living in a digital world where nearly every facet of our lives is moving towards electronic technology that produces, stores and processes data. For orthodontics, the result is faster, more precise information that can improve results. That’s why we’re proud to be one of the first orthodontic practices in this region to use digital scanning, CAD software and 3D printing to offer our patients a better orthodontic experience.

Digital Scanning
Rather than creating a plaster impression (model) of the mouth – a process that was uncomfortable for patients, took days to produce a finished mold and was inefficient for planning, we use the latest digital scanning equipment.

The process is comfortable and we can begin talking to you about your treatment in the same visit. Because of the high resolution of these scans, this technology provides more accuracy, allows us to make improved diagnoses and potentially reduce the amount of time you’re in treatment.

CAD/CAM Software
Once your mouth is scanned, we import the information into specialized software that allows us to analyze the model of your teeth and, using virtual simulation, customize your plan of care. Precision is our passion, and this software helps our doctors obtain and retain the best results possible.

3D Printing
Five years ago, 3D printing was considered new technology. Today, it is more common place and it has revolutionized healthcare, including the way orthodontists and their staff produce orthodontic models. Simply put, once we have a digital scan of your teeth, we can print a 3D model to create your appliance, including retainers and clear aligners such as Invisalign.

While technology makes for a more comfortable experience and better results, your Chattanooga Orthodontics doctor is responsible for your treatment decisions. That’s why we have the specialized, board certified training to use the technology, make treatment decisions and course corrections based on your individualized progress.

Are you considering braces? Ask about a complimentary consultation! While you’re here, we would be happy to show you how technology can improve your experience and your results!