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  How to Celebrate the New Year, Without Falling into the Diet Trap.   Humans are unique. While animals are using this time to bulk up, hunker down, and rest until the spring (think bear in a cozy den,) this is the time that most of us go into overdrive. We work long days, don’t see as much sunlight as we’d like, have to brave the hustle and bustle of stores, and are surrounded by tasty food that we feel pressured to eat (or not eat.)    As if that’s not enough, the pressure to make drastic changes come New Year is on. There’s a reason why gym memberships spike in January and fall in the months to come: these drastic changes are unrealistic and hard to maintain. This year, we challenge you to focus on small, achievable changes over a realistic period of time. Here are some ideas to get you feeling your best this winter, without all the pressure.  Make time to practice self-care.  Shorter days + colder weather + longer to-do lists mean that self-care typically falls to the w
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Nutrition and Oral Health?  Are they Connected? When patients have asked us that question at Loveland Family Dentistry, we answer with a resounding "YES"!  We know that Oral health is an integral component of systemic health.  Compromised oral health can alter food choices and negatively impact food intake.  We also know that many other health conditions are impacted by a person's nutrition.  In an effort to guide our patients to their best health, Loveland Family Dentistry is working with Tiana Sexton whose information you will see below!   Hello, my name is Tiana and I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Maintaining oral health is a vital part of keeping us healthy. Our mouth is the gateway to the rest of our body and can be an indicator of what else is going on inside us. One way we can support our oral health is through proper nutrition. Not only is nutrition essential to oral health, our oral health can affect how well we can ingest and absorb the nutrients w
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  Holiday Healthy Teeth Tips Its not easy to stay healthy during the holidays!  Many of us are so busy wrapping gifts and cooking sweet treats that we can forget about taking care of ourselves and our teeth!  Here are a few simple tips to help  you and your family to keep your teeth, gums and body healthy! 1.  Keep your regular twice a day routine     With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's easy to get off track when it comes to daily           dental hygiene.  Remember to brush at least twice daily and use dental floss too.  This is even more       important if you are indulging in some delicious holiday treats.         Extra tip: Keep a toothbrush and floss in your purse or in your car so that you can clean your                                       pearly whites while you are out and about.  2.  Use a nutcracker        Nuts are often consumed as a traditional holiday treat every winter season.  While walnuts,                          almonds, pecans, and chest
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Xylitol - What's the Big Deal?? Added sugar may be the single most unhealthy ingredient in the modern diet.  For this reason, sugar-free sweeteners like xylitol have become popular. Xylitol has been recognized as having various important benefits, including improved dental health!  This natural sugar alcohol helps prevent cavities by inhibiting the growth of the bacteria, Streptococcus mutans, that causes cavities.  In fact, extended use of xylitol changes the quality of the bacteria in the mouth to cause fewer bacteria in the mo uth to cause fewer decay causing bacteria to survive on the tooth surface.   Parents Can Pass Cavities to Children Streptococcus mutans has been found to pass from parents to their children which is why the regular use of xylitol by mothers can significantly reduce this bacterial transmission and results in fewer cavities for children.  It has been shown that an optimal intake of 4-6 grams of xylitol per day in the form of gum or mints chewed or dissolved
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  Manual vs Electric vs Sonic Toothbrush Which is Best?? In between your regular teeth cleanings, you should regularly brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss your teeth at least once a day .  The type of toothbrush you choose can impact your overall oral hygiene.   Recent years have brought about a huge change in what the market has to offer consumers looking to take better care of their teeth.  With so many options available it can be difficult to know which toothbrush is the right one for you!  Let's take a look at how the options stack up in general... Manual Toothbrushes The standard toothbrush hasn't really had any drastic changes over the years.  The only real advancements have been changes in bristle lengths and the handle design.  For most people with normal brushing, you can only get around 300 brush strokes per minutes with a manual toothbrush.  They are also limited in the sense that they only clean the surfaces that they actually brushing up against.  This
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  Fluoride FAQs Fluoride is often called nature's cavity fighter and for good reason.  Fluoride, a naturally-occurring mineral, helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making the outer surface of your teeth more resistant to the acid attacked cause tooth decay.  At Loveland Family Dentistry, Dr Rhonda Krause often recommends fluoride for patients who have a history of tooth decay or cavities.  Other patients who can benefit from added dental protection include people who enjoy snacking, have poor dental hygiene, follow diets that are high in sugars or carbohydrates and people with bridges, crowns, braces and other restorative procedures.  There is a lot of misinformation in the media about fluoride.  Here are some science based answers to questions that patients have asked Dr Krause. 1.  What does Fluoride do?   Before teeth break through the gums, the fluoride taken in from foods, beverages and dietary supplements makes tooth enamel stronger, making it easier to resist to
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  What Causes Tooth Sensitivity? Tooth sensitivity is all too common for many adults.  Many patients have asked, "Why are my teeth sensitive?  What can I do?"  We hope this guide will provide some good information about some of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity.  Please keep in mind that this is not a substitute for seeing a dentist.  Some of these causes are serious and require immediate treatment, while others are a warning sign that it is time to improve your dental hygiene habits.  Too Much Mouthwash - Some mouthwashes contain alcohol which can harm teeth over time and cause sensitivity.  Limit rinsing to once or twice a day and use an alcohol-free mouthwash. Discuss options with your dentist to learn the best type of mouthwash.    Tooth Whitening Toothpaste and DIY Tooth Whitening - Whitening Toothpaste is abrasive and may be too harsh or aggressive.  Some patients overuse whitening toothpaste.  Home whitening kits and natural treatments such as charcoal brushi