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Valentine’s Day: Love Your Teeth

How to Love Your Teeth

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate and show your love for someone special. These emotions are often shown with various candies and chocolates. Research shows that nearly half of all gifts exchanged on this day consist of some type of candy. In the United States, people will spend roughly $1.6 billion dollars on sweets. This year, don’t forget to show love and appreciation to your teeth as well. Sweets and sugary foods are bad to your oral health and can cause various problems for your teeth.

The bacteria in your mouth live of off sugar. The more sugar you eat, the more likely the bacteria is to damage your teeth which often leads to cavities. Cavities do a lot more damage than most people think such as ruining the inner layers and the enamel. We recommend to limit the sweets and candies you take in and stay away from these that are sticky:

  • Lollipops
  • Toffee
  • Taffy
  • Hard candies

Instead, opt for substitutes to candy like:

  • A fruit basket
  • Raw Nuts
  • Trail Mix
  • Sugar-free gum

In addition to limiting sugar intake, remember the basics:

  • After every meal, it is ideal to brush but a minimum of twice a day is recommended.
  • Flossing is just as important as brushing. They go hand-in-hand and you can miss a lot of your teeth’s surface by skipping the floss.
  • Eat a nutritiously that includes fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Drink plenty of water. Water can help wash food particles and surgars away in your mouth.
  • Finally don’t forget to go see your Downey Dentist. Your Downey Dentist can help discuss with you more ways to maintaining a healthy mouth.

Quality Dentistry Downey has been serving the greater Downey, Whittier, and Norwalk area for more than 20 years in areas like Invisalign orthodontics
, dental implants and general dentistry. For more information on dental and oral health for Valentine’s Day, please call 562-299-9445 or Contact us for an appointment.

Dental Health New Year’s Resolutions

A New Year for a New Smile

With the New Year quickly approaching, you probably have already started reflecting on 2014 and started thinking about your goals for 2015. As you decide your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget about how you can improve your oral health in 2015. Quality Dentistry Downey offers you a few things to include for 2015.

Eat Healthily. A balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is important for your oral health. Crisp, crunchy foods like celery and nuts can help clean plaque and bacteria from your teeth. They are also full of antioxidants and nutrients that help protect your teeth and gums from harmful bacteria. Simply add a fruit or vegetable to your meal to increase your intake. Instead of a candy bar, opt for a fresh piece of fruit.

Floss. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, about only 13.5 percent of Americans floss on a daily basis. By skipping flossing, you are missing about a third of your teeth’s surface. This can lead to tooth loss and gum disease. Dr. Mehregan, your Downey Dentist, recommends flossing before you brush. It will hold you more accountable to floss and also helps the toothpaste reach in between your teeth.

Quit or Limit Tobacco. Not only does tobacco harm your health, it is also horribly unhealthy to your mouth. Tobacco products can cause teeth discoloration, gum disease, cavities, bad breath and cancer. Tobacco users are also twice as prone to losing their teeth when compared to non-users. By quitting or drastically limiting tobacco usage, the chances of teeth loss, gum disease and cancer decrease significantly. Start slowly as quitting cold turkey may be difficult. Discuss quitting tobacco with your dentist and doctor if you are struggling to quit. They will be able to help you and recommend what is best for you.

See your Dentist.It’s recommended that you see your dentist at least twice a year, every six months. As 2014 begins, don’t forget to call in to schedule your appointment for a check-up. A visit to your dentist allows your dentist to discuss possible oral health issues with you before they become something major. Your dentist can also discuss with you on how to improve your oral health regimen.

Quality Downey Dentistry hopes that you incorporate these goals into your New Year’s resolution for a newer, better smile. We’re grateful that you made us a part of 2014. We look forward to seeing you and your family next year. Call us at 562-299-9445 or Contact us for an appointment.

The Gift of a Smile

This holiday season, stand out among your loved ones and give a special gift. Give the gift of a new smile. Unlike other gifts, a smile makeover will be a gift used every day that can last several years. Your Downey Dentist, Dr. Mehregan, can help you give a unique present.

Located conveniently in the bustling community of Downey, Dr. Mehregan offers an extensive list of dental services. Invisalign, Zoom! teeth whitening and dental lumineers are some cosmetic dental procedures offered by Quality Dentistry Downey that can give your loved one a new smile and added confidence.

    • Invisalign. Your Downey Dentist not only has extensive education working with Invisalign, Dr. Mehregan has had years of experience with stunning results. Through the use of clear trays, Dr. Mehregan will help your loved ones perfect their teeth discreetly. Quality Downey Dentist is currently running a dental promotions on Invisalign.
    • Zoom! Teeth Whitening. Unlike whitening strips or toothpaste, this procedure takes place in our dental office for a few hours and your loved one will leave with a dramatically whiter, brighter smile. Zoom! Teeth whitening is guaranteed to last a patient at least six months with proper care.
    • Dental Lumineers. Lumineers are a type of veneers that are made to perfect a smile. It requires no major reconstruction to your existing teeth structure and offers only benefits!

    Use this holiday season to treat someone you love with a smile makeover guaranteed to please.

    Your Downey Dentist has been practicing dentistry for decades. We are grateful for another successful year and look forward to caring for you and your loved ones. Call 562-299-9445 or Contact us today to give the gift of a smile!

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Thank Your Good Oral Health This Thanksgiving

Your Downey Dentist understands the oral health benefits of a Thanksgiving Day meal

Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving will have us all going back for seconds, or even more. Other than the negative effect on our waistlines, traditional holiday meals can have a considerable significance on our mouth. So, tomorrow when preparing your meal, be mindful to include nutritious and beneficial food for your gums and teeth.
Dishes like turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potato pie, broccoli or carrots are appetizing and are also beneficial for your oral health – and overall health. Eating fiber enriched food help clean the surfaces of our teeth as we eat, prevents the build-up of plaque, and helps us defend against a cavity. Turkey as well is rich in phosphorous, which is needed for tooth development. It also rebuilds the enamel of teeth which are damaged by acid-producing bacteria. Essential vitamins and minerals are necessary for dental and oral health. A traditional Thanksgiving meal incorporates all of these nutrients.
A nutritional and balanced diet can help all who are particularly vulnerable to oral health problems, including women who are pregnant, children and seniors. Dr. Mehregan, your Downey Dentist, gathers this list food you’re sure to find on the table during Thanksgiving Day:

Downey Dentist and Thanksgiving

Vitamin Enriched Foods
Food items that are abundant in vitamins A, C, and D and minerals like calcium and phosphorous are great for your teeth. You can find these in turkey, beef, chicken, fish, and green vegetables.
Nuts and Raisins
Nuts and raisins are full in vitamins and fibers. They are great for a snack before dinner, or as accompaniment to the main dish. Raisins can help fight cavities and bacteria.
Dairy
Cheese, milk, cream, and other dairy products are staples on Thanksgiving meals. Dairy products help strengthen our bones, as well as our teeth. Cheese can help reduce plaque acid on your teeth this holiday.
Teas, Coffees and Dark Cocoas
These drinks are all anti-cariogenic and enriched with polyphenols. Polyphenols help inhibit the bond of bacteria to teeth and also prevent the growth of cariogenic bacteria. Making these drinks available will help your guests toward a healthier oral health.
Water
Eight glasses of water a day is a normal, healthy habit. Water keeps us hydrated and essential in producing saliva. Saliva washes away leftover particles and bacteria from the food and drinks we consume. A dry mouth is inviting to bacteria, so make sure there’s plenty of water this Thanksgiving.
Spending time with your loved ones at Thanksgiving is best enjoyed when everyone is healthy and happy. Remember to brush your teeth and floss after dinner to maintain optimal oral health!
Contact our dental office in Downey for your dental cleaning after Thanksgiving!

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