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How to Chew Your Food

Introduction

Before you laugh at the title hear us out. You would be surprised by the number of people who chew incorrectly. Chewing your food will allow more nutrients to enter your body and it will prevent digestive problems such as choking, aspiration, malnutrition, dehydration and weight gain. Here we are going to learn about how to chew your food properly.

How Long Should You Chew?

Many suggest 32 times but it depends on the type of food. With steak, you might need to chew longer and fruits may get you to chew less.

As you chew, your salivary glands secret various enzymes that help with the digestive process. The more enzymes are mixed, the more nutrients you digest, and the healthier you become.

Lose Weight by Chewing Better?

Changing an unconscious habit such as chewing may take some time. The best place to start is to consciously start chewing your food until it’s automatic. This might mean sitting down and fully experiencing the sensations of the food. Another reason to make you keep going is the results of weight loss found in a recent study.

Institute of Food Technologists studied the consumption of almonds. The findings may shock you…

When almonds were chewed for longer they noticed:

  • Nutrients were more quickly absorbed by the body
  • Participants consumed almost 12% fewer calories
  • Chewing longer produced weight loss and greater energy

Improve Digestion

  1. Chewing slowly
  2. Avoid liquids before and after your meal
  3. Smell and completely taste your food

When Chewing is Painful or Uncomfortable

If you have been experiencing pron longed pain as you eat, you may have a problem that can’t be fixed by itself. Ring us today at The Dental Junction and we can examine and provide a tailored plan to get you back on track.

Conclusion

Properly chewing your food is vital for optimal digestion. Meals should be eaten sitting down, in a calm setting, to ensure that food is well chewed.

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9 Reasons for Bad Breath

Introduction

It harms social relationships, affects intimacy, and makes us seem dirty and disorderly. Sometimes we may have bad breath and not even know it because a) we can’t smell it and b) people are too scared to tell us.

Thankfully bad breath is correctable. Here are some common causes for bad breath:

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene: Consistently brushing and flossing twice a day will remove food particles and prevent plaque from building up
  2. Dehydration: Lack of water causes dryness; preventing the ability to produce saliva. Saliva is crucial for food digestion as well as inhibiting the build-up of plaque and tartar.
  3. Drinking coffee: Dehydrating and acidic coffee is a ‘double whammy when it comes to bad breath.
  4. You’re a smoker: Smoking dries out the mouth and allows for a lot of unwanted bacteria to lay nest inside your mouth
  5. Alcohol consumption: Too much alcohol dehydrates your mouth. As you drink make sure you have water close to you. A good rule of thumb is to have one glass of water for every two drinks of alcohol. 
  6. Medications: Certain medications tend to create a dry mouth. A dry mouth causes starch and carbs from foods to stick to your teeth. Then the hungry bacteria grow more by feasting on the tasty particles.
  7. Digestive issues: Acid reflux is when stomach fluids flow up the esophagus into your mouth. This contributes to a dry mouth and breath
  8. You snore: Not only does snoring make your spouse annoyed at night, but it can also lead them away from you during the day. And you might have seen the pattern by now; snoring will lead to dry mouth which leads to bad breath
  9. Sticky sweets: Though delicious, sweets such as caramels and desserts stick in the grooves of the biting surfaces of your teeth. The feeds the bacteria responsible for many types of bad breath issues.

Conclusion

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How to Select a Great Dentist

Having a great dentist is the same as having a good doctor. You want someone who you can trust, knowledgeable in their field, and at a convenient location for yourself. For this, you have to select a great dentist.

Here are some tips on how to find the perfect match:

  • If your search is due to a move, ask your current dentist for a referral. They may know someone who is well respected in the area.
  • Ask friends, families, or co-workers about their dentists.
  • Ask your medical doctor who they would choose if they were you. It’s more likely your GP knows the type of health care professional you need.

Once you have found some promising candidates, it’s time to check their online presence:

  • Website: Are they sharing real patient stories, their philosophy, and the nature of their services?
  • Social Media: Look at authentic customer reviews on sites such as Google and Facebook to get better patient insight.

As you narrow down your candidates here’s a few more questions to ask:

  • How convenient is the location of the practice? Do they have parking? What’s the closest public transport?
  • Do their practice hours align with your schedule and you need weekends or late-night weekdays?
  • Do they accept your type of dental insurance? If it’s not specified on their website, give them a quick call.
  • Do you require an interpreter? If so, do they have someone fluent in your language on their team?
  • If you are usually nervous about a trip to the dentist, what types of anesthesia do they provide?
  • Do they treat the problem you are experiencing? Not every clinic covers every single dental treatment
  • Do their fees fit in your budget? The fees are commonly dependent on your unique situation so they might only be able to provide a range.

Now finally visiting the practices and experiencing their service will give you the conviction to go ahead:

  • Will they give you a no-obligation consultation? And if they do; do you feel connection and trust?
  • Is the practice clean, neat, and orderly?
  • Are they updating their equipment and treatment procedures? Is it up to date with the latest?

A long method but picking the right dentist for you can save you and your family a lot of trouble down the road. While we hope you chose us, please use the list to find someone who fits you.

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Breaking the Thumb Sucking Habit

Thumb Sucking Habit is normal pattern behaviour amongst many primates, including humans. A harmless action can cause detrimental problems to your child’s teeth if you don’t put a stop to it.

The pressure of sucking can cause deformities to your mouths. Deformities may include movement of front teeth forward, impairment of bite, and misalignment of permanent teeth. If the habit continues beyond the ages of 4-6 the problems become more likely to occur.

We recommend parents monitor their child’s thumb-sucking habit and assist him or her to discontinue the habit when appropriate.

One of the solutions to break the thumb-sucking habit is to get your baby accustomed to a pacifier. Please make sure the pacifier you are using is BPA-free. There are many concerns that BPA can affect the brain and certain hormones in children and infants. BPA stands for Bisphenol A, a chemical found in polycarbonate plastics.

Most children stop sucking their thumbs before they are old. If it continues here are some tips that may help:

  • Find and reduce the cause of anxiety your child may be feeling.
  • Cover their thumb or hand with bandages or baby mittens.
  • Praise your child when they are not sucking- praising behavior you want them to do through positive reinforcement will make it more likely they will continue that behavior.
  • Paint bitter medication onto their thumb.

If thumb sucking persists, bring your child down to the Dental Junction and we can examine the nature of their teeth and provide them with a fun education.

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The Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Introduction

The way you present yourself can improve your personal and professional life exponentially. Most first impressions are dependent on initial appearances such as the clothes you wear, how well you are groomed, posture, and your smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry Noosa today is offering many forms of cosmetic dentistry, to help patients transform their smiles.

Teeth Whitening

Remove stains from discolouring to give yourself a pearly white smile you can take with you wherever you go. Transform your smile in just 90 minutes and leave with a brand-new smile. You can also take with you a professional take-home teeth-whitening kit to maintain it from the comfort of your home.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are super-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured ceramic. Bonded to your teeth, they keep the natural structure of the surrounded teeth. Fixes any chipped, discoloured, uneven teeth. 

Invisible Braces

An alternative to common steel braces, ‘invisible’ braces are hard to notice but they work hard to align your teeth, giving you a nice straight smile. And an additional benefit is you get to keep enjoying your favourite meals by just popping them out momentarily.

Gingival Contouring

When you start seeing more gum in your smile, it might be time to come in for a gingival contouring procedure. Most typically experienced by women, a ‘Gummy Smile’ needs to be sculpted back to its normal form.

Porcelain Crowns

Keeps crack teeth intact and enhances aesthetics due to its natural colouring. Porcelain crowns may not be advisable in all parts of the mouth.

Dental Implants

A permanent solution to replace one or more missing teeth. They look wonderful, feel natural. They are cared for in the same way that genuine teeth are.

‘All on 4’ are a revolutionary form of cosmetic dentistry that replaces every single tooth on just four dental implants.

Are you considering one of this cosmetic dentistry Noosa heads procedures? If you are we recommend you first come in for an initial consultation.