10 Little Known Superfoods Shockingly Good for Your Smile

Your body’s health is only as good as the health of your teeth, mouth and gums. Why you ask? Increasing research points out that diseases such as diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease are closely linked to oral inflammation. Improve your overall health this year by keeping teeth strong, white and healthy the natural way by consuming superfoods. Jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, superfoods are natural, nutrient-rich foods that are essential for your body’s health. Consuming these tasty foods may help you reduce the risk of chronic diseases, prolong your life, and support a healthy weight. When planning meals, incorporate these shockingly good superfoods that benefit your overall and oral health: Green Tea – The most popular tea in Asia and known for its healing powers, green tea contains compounds called flavonoids and antioxidants that have numerous health benefits including controlling inflammation and reducing mouth bacteria that causes cavities and bad breath.     Strawberries – These sweet berries can help reduce tartar and its antioxidant properties help fight against certain types of cancer. As a bonus, strawberries contain a natural astringent and Vitamin C making them a natural teeth whitener.     Kiwi – With more Vitamin C than any other fruit, Kiwis pack a stain-fighting, teeth-whitening punch in a small package. Tip: cut a kiwi in half and use a spoon to scoop out its luscious fruit.     Pineapple – This tropical fruit is loaded with fiber to help with digestion and Vitamin C to boost your immune system and fight disease-causing inflammation.     Lemongrass – Widely used as a natural healing substance, lemongrass offers cancer-fighting antioxidants and bacteria fighting properties. Chewing on the stalks of lemongrass can be a great alternative when

What Every Woman Should Know – Links Between Oral Fitness & Overall Health

As the new year approaches, many women focus on improving their health and well being. It's important to know that when it comes to a woman’s health, there is a unique link between the various hormonal changes that women experience and their oral health. This surprising connection actually makes women more susceptible to oral health problems during the different stages of their lives. Furthermore, the health of a woman’s mouth can be an indication of her body's overall health. Here’s what every woman should know about the connection between overall health, hormonal changes and the related oral health risks throughout the course of her life. Adolescence: Puberty & Menses During adolescence, puberty begins to occur and the female body starts producing estrogen and progesterone at much higher rates. As if adolescence wasn’t already hard enough – this hormonal change leads to greater blood flow to the gums. In turn, this causes gum tissue to react differently to plaque, making it more swollen, tender, and red in appearance. This may cause added bleeding when brushing and necessitate the need for greater attention to oral hygiene practices, like brushing and flossing. When adolescent girls begin menses, this also causes more hormonal changes. Progesterone increases during the menstrual cycle, which can lead to swollen and bleeding gums, engorged salivary glands, and canker sores. Many women also experience menstruation gingivitis, which will happen one to two days before the start of one’s period and resolves itself. Dr. Kellee N. Kattleman Stanton reports that often the hormonal change can commonly occur at a time that an adolescent begins orthodontic treatment. The brackets, bands, and wires increase the retention of food on the teeth & removal of plaque is more difficult.

Play it Safe: What You Might Not Know about Sports Mouthguards

Do you know that up to 39 percent of dental injuries occur while kids are playing sports – and of those injuries, 80 percent involve damage to one or both teeth? 1 No parent wants that to happen to his or her child. Protecting children and keeping them safe is one of our primary goals as parents. Understanding how to prevent dental and head injuries during athletic activities is a key toward prevention. Dentists recommend wearing a custom-fit mouth guard as one of the best ways to prevent injuries to teeth, tongue and lips. According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety, athletes who don’t wear proper mouth guards are 60 times more likely to suffer damage to the mouth while playing. Research studies have shown that a mouth guard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be standard equipment – for children and adults alike – in sports where there is a risk of contact. In football alone, mouth guards are estimated to prevent 200,000 mouth injuries each year.1 IN WHICH SPORTS SHOULD MOUTH GUARDS BE WORN? The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom-fit mouth guards when participating in the following sports activities – during practice and competition:   acrobats   rugby   basketball   shot putting   boxing   skateboarding   field hockey   skiing   football   skydiving   gymnastics   soccer   handball   squash   ice hockey   surfing   lacrosse   volleyball   martial arts   water polo   racquetball   weightlifting   roller hockey   wrestling   Some experts also recommend that baseball and softball infielders wear mouth guards as well. While participating in sports is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for kids, dental

4 Tips to Keep Your Smile Radiant for the Holidays

As the winter holidays approach, many people are planning to attend family and social gatherings. From Thanksgiving dinner to holiday cocktails, open houses and more, you’ll want to look your best. Here are four of our favorite tips to keep your smile looking bright this holiday season. 1. Stay Hydrated Avoiding red wine is the best thing to do, but of course it can be difficult. Drinking water is as important as ever during the holidays. It may be even more important during this time of year because of all of the salty, oily and rich foods consumed. By staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water, you can make sure that you replenish saliva, subsequently protecting your teeth from unsightly stains. Better yet, drink seltzer or carbonated water. Not only will this help you to rehydrate but the light carbonation will also help to scrub away the wine before it can stain your teeth. If you can’t avoid the red wine, then alternate glasses with plenty of water. 2. Fortify Your Teeth With Fiber and Calcium Rich Foods This is one of the best ways to make sure you have great teeth all year long. Calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin C are all great for your teeth, and so is fiber. Foods that are high in fiber such as dark leafy greens, celery, apples, and other vegetables and fruits are an excellent option because, like the above-mentioned sparkling water, they help scrub away stains before they are able to set. Cheese and other calcium-rich foods are great, especially hard cheeses. Unlike soft cheeses such as Brie and Camembert, hard cheeses are better choices because they are healthier for your teeth and act as a polish –

5 Family-Friendly Tips for Dental Hygiene Month

October is Dental Hygiene Month, and to celebrate, we have compiled a list of our top five tips for maintaining good oral health. By understanding the importance of oral health and knowing how to properly care for your teeth and gums, you will be able to live a happier, healthier life. With these tips from George Dental Group, you can ensure good oral health for yourself and your family. Understand the Importance of Oral Health Oral health is important because it impacts not only your teeth and gums, but also your overall health. First, without proper dental hygiene, you will suffer from oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and more. These conditions are not only painful, but they also detract from your ability to chew properly. Second, your oral health is very connected to your physical health. Studies have shown that 90% of systematic disease, such as diabetes, heart disease, and leukemia, can manifest orally in the form of mouth ulcers, gum problems, etc. In addition, oral health problems can lead to other health concerns, including digestive disorders and heart problems. Develop Good Brushing Habits Good brushing habits are key to good oral health. Everyone should follow the 2x2 rule, which means brushing two times a day for two minutes. To help your kids get in the habit of following this rule, try using our brushing chart. We recommend using this chart for at least 21 days to instill proper brushing habits. In addition, you can find fun, two minute videos for your kids to watch while brushing their teeth at http://2min2x.org/. Watch What You Eat When it comes to oral health, the food you eat has a major impact. First, be

Use It or Lose It – Dental Health Benefit Tips

With school back in session, the holidays and end-of-year activities will creep up quickly. Before it’s too late, there's one planning task you shouldn't overlook – taking full advantage of your health and dental benefits. Dr. Kellee N. Kattleman Stanton, owner of GEORGE Dental Group, states, “It is imperative to not put off exams & cleanings to the last minute.  Even though our team will make our best effort to accommodate an individual or family needs, a person will want to make sure that adequate time is available prior to the end of a benefit year to treat any oral disease or conditions that may be found during an exam.”  Check the balances of your health savings and flexible spending accounts, along with any dental insurance coverage to make sure you don't end up wasting those valuable resources. Since some of these accounts may have “use it or lose it” policies, it's important to schedule your dental checkups now to beat the end-of-year rush. (It’s important to note that while a few benefit plans run on a rolling 12-month fiscal year, most run on a calendar year and expire December 31st.) Here are three reasons that demonstrate why making dental appointments before the end of the year can save you in the long run. 1 - Guard against changes in plan coverage With insurance open enrollment season right around the corner, you’ll want to watch out for new, changed or reduced benefits. The Affordable Care Act has caused many employers to reevaluate and make substantial changes to their benefit plans. You might save a significant amount of resources by taking care of your dental appointments now, instead of waiting until 2014. 2 - Make full

Back to School – Brush Up for Better Grades

Families know that August is one of the craziest months, as parents and kids prepare to go back to school. When you’re making your to-do list for the upcoming school year, don’t forget to schedule your next dental appointment. On average, you should see the dentist twice a year. Scheduling office visits in the summer reduces the time children are gone from school and may be more convenient for your family’s hectic schedule. Your child’s appetite, appearance, and concentration can suffer when experiencing dental problems. Aches and pains can be the root of fatigue, anxiety, hunger, and irritability. An estimated 51 million school hours per year are lost because of dental-related illness. Providing adequate, preventative dental care increases his or her capacity to learn, reduces absenteeism, and improves their physical well-being. Children’s Dental Campaign presented a study that associates dental health with attendance and performance at school. Children who experience tooth pain are more likely to have lower grade point averages. “It is difficult for us to maintain things in life when we don’t feel well”, says Minnesota teacher, Lynn Nordgren. Educating your children and schools about oral hygiene and healthy behaviors foster a brighter smile and future. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tooth decay affects children in the U.S. more than any other chronic infectious disease. We want to help you brush up on your dental care knowledge and stop the progression of tooth decay: Drink plenty of water. Choose unflavored milk. Skip the high sugar flavored milks, such as Chocolate and Vanilla. Prepare nutritious meals. Encourage your child to eat fruits and vegetables (as snacks too). Use children’s toothpaste with fluoride. For children under age 7, apply a

Fun and Educational Children’s Dental Sessions

Register Now→ Summer is great time to remind children of the importance of good oral hygiene as the typical family morning and evening routines change and summer activities tend to have more sugary treats and drinks. George Dental Group in Eagan has two upcoming fun and educational children’s dental awareness sessions on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 to help children develop good dental habits through fun, hand-on experiences. These sessions are in conjunction with the National Children’s Dental Awareness Day. The free sessions include small group activities like “Be The Dentist” which allows the kids to actively use dental equipment and pretend to examine and clean teeth, demonstrations on good brushing and flossing technique by a registered hygienist, age appropriate games, educational activities and story-time. Children will leave this event with a new comfort with going to the dentist, knowledge on proper brushing and flossing, a one-month brushing chart to reinforce the 2 x 2 rule, a new tooth brush and other prizes. Event Date: June 27th, 2013 Session 1: 9:00 a.m. Session 2: 10:00 a.m. Register Now→ The sessions will be held at George Dental Group, Eagan Office, 1215 Town Centre Drive, Suite 150. The sessions are approximately 45 minutes and are recommended for children between the ages of 3 and 10 and one parent must stay at the session. Sessions have limited space and registration is required. Top register, go to http://georgedentalgroup.eventbrite.com/ or call 651-287-3729 with parent contact information, child’s first name, child’s age and preferred session time. For more information on George Dental Group, go to www.georgedentalgroup.com/kids-dental-session/ ____________________________________________________________________ George Dental Group is hosting this event to support parents in their efforts to create good habits at an early age and help children in our community get

Young at Heart – the Mouth & Body Connection

You likely already know that following a healthy lifestyle is the secret to living a longer, happier, and healthier life. What many adults overlook, however, is how their oral health is connected to the risks of cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes. We’re living longer, healthier, and more productive lives than any other time in history. Adults are crushing the stereotypical profile of what it means to grow older by taking control of their physical, spiratual and mental well-being. In the course of living the best life you can, don’t overlook your oral health! Research continues to find links between oral health and cardiovascular health and other systemic diseases. Bacteria and inflamation from periodontitis, or gum disease, is thought to be the culprit in connection with cases of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. While researchers debate the causes and effects, the links seem clear. Take action now by improving your oral health. Here are the top 5 ways to help maintain and improve your oral health to stay young at heart: 1. Exercise your arms – brush and floss The foods we eat break down quickly in the mouth into bacteria and settle into the spaces on and inbetween teeth. This bacteria can lead to inflamation of the gums, periodontitis and ultimately tooth loss. Don’t get old before your time! 
To reduce the risk of periodontitis and other health problems, brush teeth properly two times each day and floss once every day. Antimicrobial mouthrise can offer another level of preventative maintenance to your every day oral health routine. 2. Say goodbye – toss the old toothbrush Make sure your toothbrush is in tip-top shape. Toss your worn toothbrush after three to four months and replace it

Women Get Your Vitamin C Today

National Women’s Health Week 2013 is May 12-18. When thinking about how to live a healthier life, don’t forget about your oral health. Keep your teeth, gums and oral health in tip-top shape this summer by eating right, following good preventative care and seeing your dentist. “One of the recommendations I have for women is to increase their intake of Vitamin C,” says Brooke Anderson, Registered Dental Hygienest (RDH) at George Dental Group in Eagan, MN. Most of us have heard that Vitamin C is good for preventative care and keeping colds at bay. What you might not know is that Vitamin C benefits your oral health as well. Research has found that if you don’t get sufficient levels of dietary vitamin C, you have an increased risk for periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.* Vitamin C is thought to have a role in maintaining and repairing healthy connective tissue along with its antioxidant benefits. Since poor oral health is associated with cardiovascular disease, it’s more important than ever to consider adding more Vitamin C to your diet. Wondering how to boost your intake of dietary Vitamin C? Many citrus fruits contain this important vitamin including pineapple, oranges and kiwi. In fact, kiwi contains the highest levels of Vitamin C of any fruit. To incorporate more citrus fruits into your diet, add delectable side dishes into your summer meal planning. Start by trying this recipe for Hot and Sweet Fruit Salsa courtesy of the AACD, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Recipes for a Healthier Smile. According to the AACD, the fruits contained in this recipe will provide a boost of Vitamin C, help whiten teeth, massage the gums, stimulate saliva and scrub teeth. Download