Detox Tips for Healthy Teeth

Detox Tips for Healthy Teeth

Jan 22

Big Splash

The holidays have come and gone, which means now is the time to clean out and reorganize for good dental and overall health. Portland dentists Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow at Mt. Tabor Dental encourage patients to redirect their dental habits for the new year.

During the holidays, it’s easy to get off track. We are surrounded by excess – spending too much, eating too much, and doing too much. Now that we’re into the new year, take some time to detox from the holidays for healthy teeth!

Drink for Good Health

The word “detox” may conjure up crazy ideas for juices or complicated diets. Really, detoxing your body means to simply give it a break from excess.

To start the detox process, drink a lot of water throughout the day. There are times when we feel hungry, but it’s really a sign that we have let our thirst go on too long. Drinking a large glass of water and then waiting can help you decide if you are really physically hungry or if your body and brain needed hydration.

Water is involved in everything our bodies do, so drinking it is important. It can, however, start to taste plain or bland. Skip the soda or fruit juice and add fresh fruits like lemon or lime to your water. Sliced cucumbers or mixed berries can also add a natural lift!

Eat for Good Health

We’ve all heard it a million times, but eating for good health is important for dental health. Give your body a break from holiday overeating by simply scaling back what you eat. It’s easy to get in the habit of eating a dessert every day or constantly snacking.

Instead of trying to overhaul your entire diet, try simple steps. Along with drinking a lot of water, limit your sugar intake by cutting out sweets and alcohol from your diet. Focus instead on eating protein and fiber, both of which help you to feel full longer. One easy way to do this is to skip processed foods and opt for all-natural snacks, like fruits and vegetables. After a few days of avoiding sugar, these natural options will taste better than ever.

Keep Appointments for Good Health

If you don’t know where you are, then you can’t know where you are going. For the new year, make an appointment with your doctor and with the dentist. This will help establish a baseline for your overall health and for your dental health. Partnering with your healthcare providers can keep you motivated while you transition from holiday excess to giving your body a break through this time of detox.

Dentists in Portland Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow and their team at Mt. Tabor Dental are excited to partner with you for good dental health. Call 503-236-1449 to schedule your appointment!

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How to Have a Guilt-Free Christmas

How to Have a Guilt-Free Christmas

Dec 17

christmas goodies

The Christmas season is a time for excess: we tend to eat higher amounts of fat and sugar, drink more alcohol, and spend money. This often means that the temptation to feel guilty for this behavior is front and center in our minds. However, Portland Oregon dentists Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow offer these tips to celebrating a guilt-free Christmas.

Focus on One Day at a Time

Many of us feel overwhelmed this time of year, thanks to the increased obligations and activities that Christmas brings with it. Instead of planning way in advance and trying to juggle too many things, focus instead on what you can control and do every day that is ultimately good for you.

This could be brushing your teeth in the morning and evening every day, along with flossing your teeth before bed. This can also include eating lean protein with meals and drinking water throughout the day, as well as incorporating simple exercise each afternoon or evening. Prioritizing elements that are really important to stay healthy – like whole food and exercise – can help you feel guilt-free when you have that extra cookie or candy on Christmas day.

Avoid Grazing

This is the time of year in which we are surrounded by sweet treats that can hurt our teeth and waistlines. Be aware of this fact, and pace yourself throughout the day. If you see something decadent that you just can’t live without, wrap this treat in a napkin and hide it in your desk drawer at work. Eat it with a healthy lunch to practice portion control and to avoid both the guilt of overeating throughout the day and possible feelings of missing out on your favorite treat.

Don’t Drink Calories

It’s easy to forget that calories and sugar are part of our favorite Christmas beverages like eggnog, hot buttered rum and alcoholic beverages. Concentrate each day on getting plenty of water to stay hydrated, which will help you avoid drinking empty calories. Add flavors like peppermint, lavender, winter mint, lemon or lime to your water for some variety, along with different kinds of hot and cold teas.

Plan One Day to Overindulge

In a season full of different kinds of indulging, there is the temptation for great amounts of associated guilt. Take control by planning one day to overindulge. Whether that is Christmas Day or the day after when there’s a ton of leftovers in the fridge, schedule one day to not pay too much attention to what you eat or drink. This will give you something to look forward to as you take one day at a time.

Brush Your Teeth Often

Studies have shown that those who brush their teeth after meals are less likely to overindulge – foods and drinks just don’t taste as good when you already have toothpaste residue in your mouth. Help keep your Christmas guilt-free by brushing away the sugar that Christmas treats leave behind.

Because it’s the Christmas season, we may be tempted to throw self-control out of the window. If you’re starting to feel guilty this Christmas season, make an appointment for dentists in Portland, Oregon Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow to brighten your holiday smile. Call Mt. Tabor Dental at 503-236-1449 to schedule your appointment!

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Ways to Keep Teeth Healthy During Thanksgiving

Ways to Keep Teeth Healthy During Thanksgiving

Nov 19

hummus turkey

It might seem impossible to focus on keeping teeth healthy considering the abundance of food during the Thanksgiving weekend. However, dentists in Portland Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow at Mt. Tabor Dental encourage all patients not to give up on good dental health over the holidays. Here are some simple tips to help keep your oral health on track!

Must Add Protein

The amount of carbohydrates at and around the Thanksgiving meal can be overwhelming. There will be a wide range of sweet and savory heavy foods to eat, including mashed potatoes, rolls, pies, cookies, cakes, and stuffing, just to name a few.

Foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates can cause blood sugar to rise and fall at rapid rates and aid in the production of acids in the mouth. Try to limit the consumption of these kinds of foods, instead focusing on making sure you’re getting enough protein throughout the day. Pair a roll with some turkey or sliced apples with cheese in order to keep the bacteria in your mouth – and your blood sugar – under control.

Graze Wisely

Preparing a Thanksgiving dinner takes several hours, which can lead to many trips back and forth to the kitchen or dining room as the day passes. It’s a tradition for many families to have space dedicated to appetizers or snacks that everyone can access throughout the day to keep hunger at bay.

Instead of grazing on carb-heavy foods like crackers or sweets, try to focus on fruits and veggies throughout the day. Vegetables are high in nutrients and fiber, and the crunchiness actually helps to naturally clean teeth while you snack. Don’t forget to add savory dips, like different varieties of hummus or a low-fat ranch dressing to encourage people to eat their veggies. Also, consider making a creative turkey or Thanksgiving-themed veggie tray for a little extra fun!

Move Your Body

Moving your body might not sound like a great way to preserve good dental health habits. However, focusing on getting some exercise during Thanksgiving day before the big dinner can keep your focus off food. Exercise naturally increases the hormones in our brains that help us to feel good and energetic, which means we’re less likely to rely on foods that are high in sugar for a false sense of energy. Try engaging your friends and family in a traditional game of touch football while dinner is being prepared, or do some outdoor games with the kids!

Thanksgiving break is a great time to take stock and organize before the holiday craziness hits. Call Portland dentists Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow and their team at Mt. Tabor Dental at (503) 236-1449 to schedule your appointment!

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Four Tricks for Good Halloween Dental Health!

Four Tricks for Good Halloween Dental Health!

Oct 24

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Halloween candy will soon adorn your dining room table and your child’s teeth, but there’s not reason be afraid of this spooky holiday. Portland dentists Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow and their staff at Mt. Tabor Dental encourage families to use this Halloween to let your children enjoy treats and learn good dental health strategies for the rest of the year.

 Halloween Candy Is Not Created Equal

It’s essential to understand that while all candy contains sugar, not all candy is detrimental to your teeth in the same ways. Candy that is sticky and extra-chewy, such as gummy bears, taffy, Starburst, Airheads, caramels and sugar-infused gum, create a residue on the surfaces of teeth and gums that is difficult to remove. This residue sticks around awhile, feeding the bacteria that create plaque on teeth and gums.

Instead of just letting kids eat whatever candy they want, go through and inspect the Trick or Treat loot and have your kids choose their favorites. Steer them away from the ultra sticky candy, or at least limit their consumption. Provide some milk or water to go along with the candy they eat on Halloween night to help wash away sticky, sugary residue.

Treats Don’t Have to Be Sweets

While candy is traditional to hand out to Trick or Treaters on Halloween night, you don’t have to fall in line. Consider offering alternatives to candy, such as  fun pencils and erasers, Silly Putty, stickers, temporary tattoos, containers of bubbles, and little plastic spiders. These treats are still fun but without the threat of tooth decay!

If you and your kids absolutely want to hand out candy, consider sugar-free gum or candy with xylitol in it. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that helps keep your teeth from harm.

Offer Rewards for Halloween Candy

Sometimes kids are motivated more by money than by candy. This can be a good opportunity to offer your kids a way to cash in their Halloween candy. Give them a penny, nickel, dime or quarter for each uneaten piece of candy, or give them a special surprise for simply trading their candy in. For example, if they hand over their stash form Trick or Treating, they get an afternoon at the skating rink.

Out of Sight…

Candy that is simply out of sight is less likely to be eaten. You can’t graze on Halloween candy that you don’t see right in front of you. Once Halloween is over and the kids have chosen their favorites or simply traded it in, get the candy out of the house. Donate it for a community event, to a church, or to a school, or send it to US troops oversease through Operation Gratitude.

Regardless of how you and your family manage the Halloween candy in your home this year, it’s imperative to have your kids brush their teeth. Regardless of whether or not they’ve eaten candy, they need to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time to remove any sticky plaque from the surfaces and avoid tooth decay.

The day after Halloween might be the perfect time to bring your kids in for a dental check up with dentists in Portland Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow Call Mt. Tabor Dental at (503) 236-1449 to schedule your appointment!

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Use Coconut Oil for Healthy Teeth

Use Coconut Oil for Healthy Teeth

Sep 27

What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

Coconut oil comes from the harvesting of mature coconuts, taken directly from the “meat” of this fruit. It has a wide range of health benefits that extend to healthy teeth and gums. Portland dentists Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow and their staff at Mt. Tabor Dental encourage patients of all ages to stay in good overall health to help maintain good dental health.

Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is widely known as an all-natural way to maintain good overall and dental health. Coconut oil is antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and naturally improves nutrient absorption in the body. It can be taken internally and used externally on the body to promote health and healing. In fact, coconut oil can be stored in various rooms in the house for regular use.

Coconut Oil in the Kitchen

Just like butter and other oils, coconut oil can be used in many recipes. It is most widely used for sauteing, frying, and baking. To use it in recipes, simply substitute it for the butter or oil you usually use in a 1:1 ratio.

Because of its consistency, coconut oil can also be used in smoothies – melt down a tablespoon or two and add it to the blender for an extra boost of energy!

Coconut Oil in the Bathroom

Coconut oil is not just for cooking in the kitchen. There are many ways to use coconut oil in the bathroom, including for a bright and healthy smile. Make your own toothpaste with a basic recipe that includes mixing coconut oil with baking soda. The solid form of the coconut oil mimics the texture of toothpaste while the baking soda naturally scrubs teeth.

Coconut oil can also be used as a moisturizer for skin, a conditioner for dry or frizzed hair, as an eye cream, a deodorant, and to treat skin before or after shaving. Simply scoop it out of the jar and rub gently on your skin.

Coconut Oil on the Go

Coconut oil can be used to heal a wide range of ailments, taken internally and externally. Taking up to 3 to 4 tablespoons a day is known to boost metabolism, help the body control blood sugar and insulin, and preserve muscle mass. If you’re on vacation and having fun with the family, it can be used as a simple chapstick or as a salve to heal skin burned by the sun. It can also be used as an insect repellant and to treat skin problems, nail fungus, athletes foot, headlice, digestive problems, and inflammation.

Coconut oil is convenient, easy to find, and affordable to use every day. Dentists in Portland Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow are not only concerned about your dental health, they also care about your overall health. Call Mt. Tabor Dental at (503) 236-1449 to schedule your appointment for a regular check up!

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