April 18th, 2018
A typical day at our office includes multiple hygienists working hard to get everyone that nice white smile, educating and preventing gum disease. Dr. Dorociak starts his day by performing procedures to ensure patients have a healthy oral cavity. But there is never a dull moment at this office! Last week one of our patients brought in a snake. Yes. A. Snake... to the dental office!
It made our day! He told us all about what the little fella eats and how it gets along with his other pets in the house. What an interesting afternoon! Moments like this actually happen pretty often here! We love to have fun in this office!!!! Thanks Captain Brian!
April 4th, 2018
Whitening. Most people actually do not know where to start. And if you don't have the dental knowledge it can be a bit overwhelming with all the options out there. Over the counter whitening stripes, whitening pens, whitening stations set up in the mall, custom whitening trays, and even whitening in the tanning bed while you tan! Too many options can make you feel like you may be making a wrong decision. We are here to help.
We offer 3 types of whitening here at the office. Custom trays, to-go trays, and in-house whitening. Custom trays are trays there are made to fit your teeth only. An alginate impression is taken so a model can be made. The custom trays are then made on your model. You will receive bleaching material and your unique custom fitting trays when you leave. Instructions to bleach will be gone over at time of delivery and any questions you have can be answered. How long you need to bleach will vary from person to person and will be gone over with you individually.
To-go trays are trays that are universal and can fit anyone. They are quick and easy! Our system comes with 10 pre-filled trays and instructions. The trays contain a stripe that when applied to your tooth sticks and holds the bleaching material in place. They make great gifts because an alginate impression doesn't have to be taken.
Another option is in-house bleaching. This is our go to for people that have a major event coming up and need to whiten ASAP! It isn't done often because typically people plan those major events out but if it is one thing that fell off your radar then we are here to help. Your teeth are isolated and bleaching material is set on by an assistant. A light is placed near the solution to activate it and start the bleaching process. When you leave you will be given toothpaste that will help with any possible sensitivity that you may have.
If you have any further questions about whitening do not hesitate to call or ask your hygienist when you are in for your routine care. After a dental cleaning is a great time to bleach! Call (941)924-1100 if you want to set up an appointment to discuss whitening or have any questions.
March 28th, 2018
With Easter right around the corner I seem to keeping finding those delicious Cadbury eggs everywhere I turn! The crème filled goodness is just too delicious to pass up. Plus it's in the spirit of Easter... you have to at least have one! And at only 150 calories and 6g of fat... TOTALLY worth it! The problems lies when you read the ingredient list. Number one ingredient... CHOCOLATE AKA SUGAR (DUH). Second ingredient, SUGAR then ...CORN SYRUP; HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP; CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: ARTI FICIAL COLOR ( YELLOW 6 ) ; ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR; CALCIUM CHLORIDE; EGG WHITES.
SUGAR SUGAR AND MORE SUGAR.
In the spirit of Easter just eat one! And enjoy it. The key to keeping your mouth healthy is moderation.
AVOID CONTINUOUS CONSUPTION. Eating one after another of any sugary/sticky food isn't good for your mouth. Tooth decay happens when plaque biofilm (those fuzzy sweaters you have on your teeth at the end of the day) create acid. The acid then attacks enamel and causes decay. Every time you eat and drink sugary/sticky/acidic foods you are creating an atmosphere where acid can attach the enamel. So don't sit around eating Cadbury eggs all day!
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Regular ol' water. It will clean out leftover sugars that biofilm will use as fuel to cause decay. Dry mouth could also cause many dental problems, therefore, it is always a good idea to drink water.
DON'T THINK BRUSHING RIGHT AWAY WILL HELP. Most people think brushing right after eating and drinking will help avoid decay. That is actually false. After you eat and drink the PH in your oral cavity is lower and that is when the biofilms acid attacks. Wait about 3o minutes to an hour after eating and drinking to brush. You want to give your mouth's PH a chance to go back to a neutral state.
Moderate is key. And not just during the holidays when we tend to eat less healthy. Practice eating this way all the time and don't kick yourself for enjoying the holiday and eating one of those ooey gooey yummy eggs! Just don't eat 20 in one day!!!
March 21st, 2018
After oral surgery, it can be difficult to figure out what you can eat. Surgical procedures such as extractions, gum grafts and certain periodontal procedures could leave your mouth in need of some TLC. Making sure to listen to instructions given by the dentist or oral surgeon is important. Things to avoid would be carbonated beverages, hot and spicy foods, popcorn, chips and strong acidic foods and beverages. Also avoid using straws, which can cause oral strain. Remember to chose nutritious foods that will not only help aid in the healing process but also will fill you up. Here are 3 simple, nutritious recipes you could try.
- Banana-Mango Smoothie
• 1 banana and 1 pitted mango
• 1/3 cup plain yogurt
• 1 cup of ice cubes (optional)
• non-acidic apple juice or milk
Place all ingredients into a blender that is set on puree, then drink. Bananas are a natural potassium food, that helps the body keep a healthy fluid balance, it lowers high blood pressure and it produces new electrolytes for added energy. Mangoes contain enzymes that act like antioxidants, in fighting germs and infections. Mix them together and you are drinking pure deliciousness!
- Chicken Pesto Pasta
• ½ lb of soft, skinless free range chicken pieces
• 8 oz fettuccini pasta of choice
• 2 tbsp avocado oil
• 1 tbsp. salt
• 2 ½ cups of basil
• 5 garlic cloves or 1 tsp. of garlic powder
• 2/3 cup of olive oil
• ½ cup of cream cheese
The main ingredient in this tasty dish is basil, which is a sedative to fight high blood pressure and which also fights harmful bacterial growth. In a skillet, heat the vegetable oil and saute the chicken in small chopped pieces. In a blender combine the basil, garlic, cheese, and olive oil until it looks like paste. Season with pepper and salt. Cook the fettuccini, then remove and add the other ingredients and the chicken. Toss, and eat slowly. Cut into small pieces if needed.
- Warm Cereal and Milk
• 1 cup cooked oatmeal
• 1½ cup warm organic milk, almond milk or cashew milk
• 2 teaspoons of organic brown sugar or coconut sugar
• 1 teaspoon grass-fed butter or ghee
• Dash of cinnamon
Put all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Top with small pieces of banana and any nut butter and enjoy!
Just remember to follow the post op instructions and typically in around 3 days (depending on the type of procedure) you will be back to normal eating habits. Oh and don't forget about the vast variety of soups you could make!!!
Any questions feel free to call our office at (941) 924-1100