To Seal or Not to Seal

June 19th, 2017

What is a dental sealant?  According to the American Dental Association, a sealant is a thin, protective coating (made from plastic or other dental materials) that your dentist can place on the chewing surfaces of your child’s permanent back teeth (called molars).

Depending on genetics and the way the teeth develop some people can be more “groovy” than others. Having those microscopic grooves in the molars can be impossible to keep clean enough for your body to fight off the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Think of sealants as an umbrella. When the bacteria that causes cavities combine with leftover food particles in your mouth an acid is produced which then causes a hole (a cavity.) Once a sealant is placed it keeps food out of those “grooves” and stops the bacteria and acid from settling on your teeth. Think of it like putting up your umbrella during one of those random Florida mid-day rains.

How are sealants applied? It is a very simple produce where we will clean out the grooves with a special polish then apply an etch to the tooth. After that a bonding followed by the sealant is applied and the cured with a blue light. The whole procedure takes minutes and is painless. The hardest part is staying open the whole time.

So who needs sealants? Typically we like the seal the permanent teeth early after they erupt. Children erupt their first permanent molars around age 6 and the second permanent molars come in around age 12. We will keep track of when it is time to seal so you don’t even have to worry about it.  Sealants can last several years and we will also keep an eye on them and let you know if and when they need to be reapplied.

Ch-ch-ch-chia

April 26th, 2017

Let’s take a moment to go off the dental track today and talk about overall health. In the beginning of the year a few of our staff members did the Whole30. Whole30 is a nutritional program designed to change the way you feel and eat in 30 days. Basically, you have to remove all of the potentially inflammatory foods and beverages in your diet (think: added sugar and sweeteners, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, processed foods and beverages, baked goods, and junk foods) and eat three “clean” meals a day, made with Whole30-approved ingredients (think: meats, seafood, veggies, and eggs).

One super food that is allowed in the Whole30 is the chia seed. Long ago, before the Spanish conquest of Latin America – and well before the Ch-ch-ch-chia Pet was born – chia seeds were a staple food, like corn and beans, in the diets of the Aztecs and Mayans. Chia actually got its name from the Mayan word for “strength.” Contributing to its super-seed status, ounce for ounce, chia seeds have more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon! Chia is one of the most concentrated sources of omega-3 in any food. It also contains high amounts of omega-6. Everyone needs to consume high amounts of these essential fatty acids in their diet, because these EFAs build new cells and regulate various processes of the body, but our bodies cannot make them internally. They also support heart health and beautiful skin, hair and nails.

This one little ingredient can be added to a lot of different meals. We recommend giving these little “super seeds” a try!

 

Whole30: Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of almond milk (or just eyeball it – I filled my pint jar about 1/3 of the way up)
  • 3 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 banana
  • Handful of walnuts
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Add almond milk, chia seeds, and almond butter in a jar; stir well to combine.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning add a sliced banana, walnuts and cinnamon.
  4. Mix and enjoy!

Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting 2017

March 22nd, 2017

Dr. Dorociak was invited to speak at the Chicago Midwinter Dental Meeting this year. What an honor! Both of his lectures went very well, as they were both SOLD OUT! It was a large conference and the entire staff enjoyed expanding our knowledge of what is the latest and greatest. We also had such a fun time exploring the city. Dr. Dorociak took everyone out to Portillo’s for a beef sandwich and one of his favorite pizza joints, Uno Duo. One recommendation we would make is to go to the Signature Room in the John Hancock Tower. The view from the woman’s restroom is the best in town!

 

Annual Mentor Meeting 2017

January 12th, 2017

What does Dr. Dorociak do at his dental conferences? He practices the art of dousing. This involves dumping a 5 gallon bucket of ice water over his head in Provo, Utah in sub freezing weather. The temperature was 14 degrees! This event was to celebrate his close friend and fellow dentist Milad being cancer free. Oh by the way the dental conference was excellent and no one gave him “the cold shoulder”.

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