Brandywine Smile Center Brandywine Smile Center Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:20:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Best and Worst Foods For Your Teeth Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:50:15 +0000 Even if you have impeccable dental hygiene, the foods that you eat can undo all of your hard work. However, there are foods out there that can actually help your teeth stay strong. With that in mind, we’ve gathered the best and worst foods for your teeth. If you notice any foods that you eat regularly show up on the worst list, it might be a good time to reconsider their placement in your diet. To ensure you have healthy teeth and gums for years to come, it’s important that you visit your dentist regularly. For the Glenn Mills area, Brandywine Smile Center is your go-to dental practice, specializing in general dentistry, laser dentistry, teeth whitening, and much more.

-The Best Foods For Your Teeth

Fruits and Vegetables High in Fiber:

Fiber-rich foods help stimulate the flow of your saliva, which acts as a natural defense against cavities. That’s due to saliva washing way food particles to clean your mouth. Additionally, around 20 minutes after you’ve eaten, your saliva works to neutralize the acids that wear away at your enamel. Go with crisp fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots, and celery

Dairy Products:

Dairy products like cheese, milk, and plain yogurt contain calcium, phosphates, and vitamin D, which are important to maintain the health of your teeth. That is because teeth are comprised mostly of calcium. When your diet is lacking in calcium and other important minerals, you’re at far greater risk of tooth decay and other issues. Another benefit is that the calcium contained in these foods mixes with plaque and sticks to teeth. This creates a protective barrier against acids that cause tooth decay while rebuilding tooth enamel. If you are lactose intolerant or otherwise allergic to dairy products, there are many juices fortified with calcium, along with soy milk and other foods that contain as much calcium as milk would. If you finish off a meal with a piece of cheese or a glass of milk, they can cancel out the acids you ate in your dinner.

Sugar-free Gum:

When you chew sugarless gum after a meal or snack, it can stimulate your saliva to wash away harmful acids off of your teeth, preserving your tooth enamel. However, this will only have the desired effect if it is sugarless, as gum with sugar will increase your risk of developing cavities. On the other side, sugar-free gum made with xylitol has shown decay-preventive properties, along with an unexpected benefit. Research has shown xylitol can inhibit the growth of Streptococcus mutans, which is an oral bacteria that causes cavities.

Green and Black Tea:

Tea is made up of compounds that suppress bacteria, which helps to prevent tooth decay and gum diseases like gingivitis. The water you use to brew your tea may also contain fluoride, which provides added protection for your teeth. However, it is important to remember not to add sugar to your tea so you can avoid cavities.

Fluoridated Water:

Any water containing fluoride, or products made with fluoridated water, helps your teeth. This can include everything from powdered juices to dehydrated soups. If fluoridated tap water is not available in your area, you can ask your dentist about fluoride supplements.

-The Worst Foods For Your Teeth

Sugary Candy:

You likely know by now that sugar and candy cause many cavities to develop. However, this is especially the case with candies that stay in your mouth for extended periods of time. Suckers, caramels, jelly beans, and hard candies make it much more difficult for your saliva to wash the sugar away, leaving it to rot away at your teeth. Sweets like cookies and cakes, while still containing cavity-causing sugar, are easier for saliva to wash away. With that said, it is important you limit when and how much you eat them as if they are eaten throughout the day the buildup of sugar will be more difficult to clean out of your mouth.

Starchy and Refined Carbohydrates:

Though much of the education when it comes to foods you should avoid is focused on sugary sweets, foods like chips, bread, pasta, and crackers can be just as harmful to your teeth as candy. These starches made from white flour are simple carbs which can linger in your mouth. When starches break down, they turn into simple sugars, which become food for the bacteria in your mouth. When bacteria eat those sugars, they produce acid which results in tooth decay.

Carbonated Soft Drinks:

The name “soft drinks” is a bit of a misnomer, considering how hard they are on your teeth. Not only do they contain high levels of cavity-causing sugar, both regular and diet sodas contain phosphorus and carbonation, which wears away the enamel on your teeth. When your enamel is worn down, your teeth will become stained and brown or yellow. This doesn’t stop with just sodas, though. Most energy drinks, bottled iced teas, and lemonades also contain large amounts of sugar and acidity that will wear away your tooth enamel. If you drink soda on a consistent basis, you can use a straw to prevent it from coming into too much contact with your teeth.

Fruit Juice:

While fruit is an incredibly important part of everyone’s diet, fruit juice can cause trouble for your teeth. Whole fruit contains fiber and small amounts of natural sugar. In contrast, fruit juices often contain a minimal amount of actual fruit juice and excessive amounts of added sugars, which are incredibly damaging to your teeth. If you regularly drink fruit juices, try making them at home with your own blender or juicer to ensure you’re getting as much juice as possible without the added sugar. Similar to sodas, if you’re unable to make your own at home, you can drink fruit juices with a straw to minimize the contact with your teeth.

Acidic Foods:

Foods and drinks high in acidity are incredibly harmful to your teeth when they are left in contact with them for extended periods of time. Acid rots away your enamel, weakening your teeth and leaving you at risk of cavities and other damage. You will also see an increase in staining as the enamel gives way to the yellow dentine contained below. Avoid keeping foods like lemons, limes, or other highly acidic items in your mouth for a long period of time to lessen the damage they can cause.

Another helpful hint to minimize damage to your enamel is to wait at least an hour after you’ve eaten to brush your teeth, especially following a meal with acidic foods or drinks, as they soften your enamel and make your teeth more prone to be damaged by your toothbrush. For more information on how you can keep your teeth healthy and strong, keep an eye on this blog. We’ll be detailing even more helpful information to aid you in your quest for a smile you can be proud of. If you’re in the Glen Mills area and you’re looking for a skilled and trustworthy family dentist, come to Brandywine Smile Center. No matter if you’re looking to whiten your teeth, improve your oral health, or just need a checkup, the dentists at Brandywine are here for you. We hope to see you soon!

5 Things You Should Know about Teeth Whitening Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:26:47 +0000 As we age, your teeth tend to lose their natural pearly look you were born with. Over the course of your life, your teeth are exposed to many things that affect the color of your teeth. For aesthetic purposes, many people chose to look to teeth whitening as a viable option to enhance the pearly look of their teeth. At Brandywine Smile Center, we believe everyone should feel confident enough to smile wildly. Often times, we find that patients are hesitant to undergo teeth whitening because of misinformation they have heard or read. To help you feel better about teeth whitening, we have compiled a list of things you should know about it.

#1 Teeth whitening is not dangerous.

Of course, like anything else, teeth whitening has the potential to be dangerous, if the wrong product is used, used incorrectly, or used in excess. Professional teeth whitening, however, is incredibly safe. In the professional teeth whitening process, ingredients are used to temporarily open the pores in your teeth so that stains can be removed. Once the session is over, your teeth are rehydrated and are remineralized to their pre-whitened status, only without the stains!

#2 Laser or UV light teeth whitening is temporary.

UV light teeth whitening is done by using a whitening gel and then exposing it to ultra-violet (UV) light. The UV light accelerates the reaction that causes the gel to whiten your teeth. Although the process is relatively effective, it is not a permanent solution and must be maintained with regular re whitening. One marketing tactic that some in-home self whitening companies use is offering a blue light that “helps amplify the whitening process.” Unfortunately that just isn’t true. Although the light is blue, which may appear to be UV, it is just a blue light and only works on a psychosomatic level and actually does nothing.

#3 Artificial teeth and teeth parts cannot be whitened.

If you have any sort of artificial materials in your mouth such as caps, veneers, and false teeth cannot be whitened. The good news is they also cannot be stained. Where this becomes a whitening issue is when your veneers were matched and implanted with stained teeth and then you get professional whitening that affects the rest of your teeth and leaves a stained tooth. Conversely, if you had your veneer or false teeth placed a long time ago and your teeth have since been stained, they may be pearly white while your natural teeth appear dingy. This is a perfect reason to have your teeth professionally whitened!

#4 Not everyone’s teeth can achieve a pearly white.

The natural color of your teeth is determined at birth before your teeth even emerge through your gums and have the opportunity to be stained or whitened. Genetics and prenatal exposure play a big part in what color your teeth will be. Teeth whitening procedures cannot alter the natural color of your teeth, and can only remove stains on your teeth. If your teeth were not pearly white to begin with, no amount of teeth whitening will produce white teeth.

#5 Your teeth absorb like sponges.

All of your teeth are covered in tiny pores, just like your skin. Anything that you put into your mouth will absorb into those tiny pores. The problem is that darker colors that your teeth have repeat exposure to, will eventually become stains. Common offenders of altering the color of teeth permanently include coffee, wine, and cigarettes. Overt time, these substances take up residence in your teeth and stay. Although teeth whitening procedures will work to remove the stains, if exposure to the staining product is not eliminated, teeth whitening will have to occur regularly. If your teeth have been exposed to these substances for many years, it is unlikely that a single whitening session will remove the stains, but should make a great improvement.

If you avoid smiling because you are embarrassed by the color of your teeth, make an appointment for safe, professional teeth whitening now! Don’t hide your smile and face from the world, fix the stains that make you feel uncomfortable. At Brandywine Smile Center, we take great pride in creating smiles that our clients can feel confident in showing off — your smile says it all! Contact us today for your consultation.

Welcome to Brandywine Smile Center Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:26:36 +0000 Welcome to Brandywine Smile Center Family Dentistry

Welcome to Brandywine Smile Center, Glen Mills’ trusted family dentistry practice. Dentists, Dr. Stephanie McGann and Dr. Marie Scott, and their team offer some of the most comprehensive dental services in Glen Mills. We are proud to offer the total dental package, ranging from routine preventative exams and cleanings to aesthetic enhancing procedures, such as teeth whitening and ClearCorrect teeth alignment. Here is just a brief list of the services we offer your entire family.

Routine Dental Services

We are a full-service dental office that provides routine maintenance and preventative services. We recommend a thorough comprehensive exam at least annually, and more frequently if you have specific dental concerns or risks. Prior to doing any work on your teeth, we use digital radiography to take x-rays to allow us to check the roots and internal structures of your mouth and teeth. We provide all dental hygiene services, such as cleanings and flouride treatments, for both adults and children. We can fix pit, fissures, and cavities with sealants.

Laser Dentistry

We know many people fear visits to the dentist because of the pain associated with dental procedures. We are proud to make your visit to the dentist for a procedure less stressful and painful. We use laser dentistry to perform procedures, which allows us to use light energy instead of traditional dental drills with little or no local anesthesia. This also helps eliminate facial numbing and hearing the awful sound of a drill grinding your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

At Brandywine Smile Center, we wholeheartedly believe that your smile is the most beautiful thing about you, externally anyway! We don’t want anyone to have to hide their smile because their teeth have been stained and discolored over the years. We offer a complete line of teeth whitening options to help you achieve a beautiful smile and restore your confidence to show it off. We even offer options for those with sensitive teeth!

ClearCorrect teeth straightening

If you are looking for a more discreet way to straighten your teeth than the traditional metal braces, look no further than ClearCorrect teeth straightening system. We can straighten your teeth with a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Smile bigger with perfectly aligned teeth at the end of your progressive teeth straightening process.

To make our patients as comfortable as we can, we strive to keep up on the latest technology that helps make dental procedures easier, quicker, and less painful. We offer complimentary, first-visit x-rays, and every visit comes with coffee in addition to free wi-fi to enjoy while you wait for your appointment or your family member’s. We are proud to offer evening and night hours to accommodate the normal family who has school and work and doesn’t want to take time off to visit the dentist! We can care for the entire family, including the kids and the adults who bring them! Call our friendly staff at Brandywine Smile Center to schedule your appointment today; we look forward to seeing what your smile has to say!

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