How Healthy are School Lunches?

SchoolLunchLineIt’s back to school time all over the country. The American Dental Association has supported legislation passed by Congress over recent years to overhaul the lunches being offered in schools. Recognizing the connection between oral and overall health, the ADA sited tooth decay as “the single most common chronic childhood disease.” Prevention is the focus in plans to offer nutritious snack and meal choices to our school children with reduced sodium, fat, and sugar contents.

The National School Lunch Program

With the help of federal assistance, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost, or free, school lunches to more than 31 million children, every day. However, the program had not undergone revisions in 15 years, so several nutrition advocates, including the ADA, agreed it was time for some changes a couple of years ago. The ADA offered the advice that the body is “a complex machine,” and “the foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too.”

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to re-examine and update the dietary guidelines of school lunches. An increase in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains remains a focus. Calorie limits have also been examined and tailored to be age appropriate, broken into groups of K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grades. Specific sodium content targets were laid out for a gradual reduction between 2012 and 2023. Federal requirements for the overall nutritional components are specific, but local school food authorities are still given (more…)

Fun and Fascinating Dental Facts

TriviaThe world is full of amazing facts. There are things happening around us right now that will make history, and moments from the past that will never be forgotten. Have you ever had a friend or family member who seemed just full of facts on any given subject? Next time your at a party trying to make conversation, pull these dentistry related facts from your back pocket.

Interesting Dental Trivia

Fact #1: Kids Smile More than Adults

Men, women, and children – who smiles the most? Kids of both genders tend to flash their grins more freely. This is probably at least partially due to the fact that children tend to have less worries and a more carefree lifestyle. Children smile approximately 400 times every day, while their moms average about 62 smiles in a 24 hours period. Men seem to have the weight of the world on their shoulders, only tending to smile about eight times each day. (more…)

Your Vista Dentist: Avoid that Soda, Avoid that Cavity

emergencydentistryWe all want to avoid being told that we developed a cavity. Preventing cavities can be easier than we think. By being mindful of what we choose to eat or drink, we significantly lower our chances of developing a cavity. Drinking sugary drinks such as sodas and juices can lead to tooth decay. Dr. Sabet, your Vista dentist, urges patients to reconsider that soda or juice. Learn more about what your Vista dentist feels about the harmful effects of soda and juice.

Check the Label

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True/False Quiz: Teeth Whitening

tmjtreatmentIf you have ever worried about stained or discolored teeth, Dr. Alexander Sabet performs modern whitening treatments right here in his Vista office. Dr. Sabet offers the Kor Whitening treatment which is strong enough to brighten severely discolored teeth but with little risk of tooth sensitivity. Take Dr. Sabet’s informative true/false quiz about teeth whitening.

Questions

1. True or false. Dr. Sabet gives you whitening trays that are made specifically for your mouth.

2. True or false. You can wear your whitening trays while you sleep.

3. True or false. Whitening toothpastes can also help to lighten your teeth.

4. True or false. Teeth whitening only works on natural teeth; it does not affect dental implants or crowns.

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Sleep Apnea May Cause Your Migraines

sleepapneaIf you have ever experienced a migraine, you hope to never meet one again. A migraine is a painful headache that sometimes includes nausea, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light. In order to prevent a migraine from recurring, you and your Vista dentist, Dr. Alexander Sabet, will work together to identify the underlying causes of your migraines. If you seem to be suffering from sleep apnea, this may be the source of your migraines. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which the sufferer stops breathing several times each night. Read on to learn more about this condition and Dr. Sabet’s treatment for sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?

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Dr. Sabet’s True/False Quiz: Dental Fillings

Dental technology in Vista, CADespite our efforts to brush and floss, most of us will wind up with a cavity from time to time. At Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, Dr. Alexander Sabet uses the latest technology to provide comprehensive dentistry with a compassionate touch. He treats cavities with gentle but long-lasting dental fillings. He would like to clear up some misconceptions about cavities and dental fillings with a fun true/false quiz.

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Porcelain Veneers FAQ

Invisible braces in Vista, CAAs we get older, our teeth age with us. They may start to shift, crack, or develop ugly grooves. With a simple restoration called porcelain veneers, you can get back to that beautiful smile you once enjoyed. Your Vista dentist, Dr. Alexander Sabet, provides stellar preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry in a friendly, comfortable office. He now answers frequently asked questions on porcelain veneers.

Q: What are the steps to receiving a porcelain veneer?

A: When you come to Dr. Sabet’s office, we will first take impressions of your upper and lower teeth. Our team will send these to a lab, and a master ceramicist will construct a porcelain veneer according to the impressions. Then, when you return to our office, Dr. Sabet may have to remove a small portion of the tooth enamel, the top layer of the tooth, in order to allow space for the veneer. He will then attach the porcelain layers to the tooth.

Q: What can a porcelain veneer be used for?

A: A porcelain veneer can conceal flaws in your teeth such as cracks in the teeth, chips, and gaps between teeth. Veneers are also a great choice for those who want to brighten their stained teeth but encountered little success with teeth whitening.

Q: How well can a porcelain veneer match the color of my natural teeth?

A: Because porcelain comes in a number of different colors, a porcelain veneer can very closely match the color of your natural teeth.

Q: Can a porcelain veneer do anything for a crooked tooth or teeth?

A: Yes, veneers are a good option for those who possess slightly crooked teeth and would like to avoid more time-consuming orthodontic treatments.

Q: How do I care for my porcelain veneer?

A: To care for your veneer, simply care for it as you would any other tooth: twice-daily brushing and once a day flossing. Dr. Sabet also strongly recommends maintaining dental cleanings every six months so that he can check on your restoration.

About Your Vista Dentist

If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers or to schedule a consultation, call our Vista office at (760) 724-9117. Dr. Alexander A. Sabet proudly treats patients from Vista and the surrounding areas of Carlsbad, Ocean side, San Marcos, and Escondido.

 

 

New Research Studies the Effects of Tooth Loss

Smiling Older CoupleThe International & American Associations for Dental Research recently reviewed a large study that found that depression and anxiety are associated with tooth loss. 76,292 adults completed a thorough telephone survey, and 13.4% of participants reported anxiety, 16.7% reported depression, and 5.7% reported total tooth loss. The data suggests that individuals experiencing tooth loss encounter different amounts of anxiety and depression than individuals who do not possess tooth loss. The researchers believe this data shows that anxiety and depression are linked to tooth loss. Your Vista dentist, Dr. Alexander Sabet, strives to offer his patients satisfaction in their smile to avoid negative feelings of self-consciousness or displeasure. That is why he offers one of the leading choices for teeth replacement, dental implants. Dr. Sabet describes this beneficial service that can complete your smile.

How Dental Implants Work

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Study Shows Gum Health Associated with Heart Health

A new study released by the European Society of Cardiology finds that dental check ups and strong dental hygiene habits may help to protect the health of your heart and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. The study involved 15,000 patients who suffer from chronic coronary heart disease. The participants were asked to submit information regarding their dental health. The researchers found that poor dental health and symptoms of gum disease were linked to a stronger risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Also, data showed that fewer indicators of gum disease were associated with lower levels of cardiovascular risk factors. The research suggests that gum disease may be a possible risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Protecting our gums is extremely important in preserving our teeth and oral health. Your Vista dentist, Dr. Alexander Sabet, answers some of his patients’ most common questions regarding gum disease.

Q: What is gum disease?

A: Gum disease is the infection and inflammation of the gum tissue and bones which support teeth. When plaque builds up on our teeth and is not completely cleaned off, the plaque can harden into a tartar. Over time, the plaque and tartar can cause the gums to become inflamed as seen in gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. If mild forms of gum disease are not treated by a professional, the gums may begin to recede from the teeth and form pockets which become infected. Eventually, the gums and bone that support the teeth deteriorate and become unable to support the teeth. Teeth can become loose and may require extraction.

Q: What are the symptoms of gum disease?

A: Symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen gums that may bleed and cause discomfort. Gum disease can also cause bad breath, receding gums, and sensitive teeth.

Q: How is gum disease treated?

A: The doctor and his team will gather information about your medical history in order to determine if you possess any risk factors that may influence gum disease, such as smoking. They may also use a small ruler, a “probe,” to measure pockets. A healthy pocket is between 1 and 3 millimeters. Dr. Sabet or his hygienists may give you a deep cleaning which includes root planing and scaling. Scaling wipes off the tartar from above and below the gum line, and root planing targets problem areas on the tooth root, removing them so that germs will no longer accumulate there. In serious cases, medications or surgery may be in order as well. Dr. Sabet’s treatments must be coupled with diligent at-home care of daily flossing and twice daily brushing.

About Your Doctor

If you would like to schedule a consultation for a dental cleaning or another service, call our Vista office at (760) 724-9117. Dr. Alexander A. Sabet welcome and treats patients from Vista and the surrounding areas of Carlsbad, Ocean side, San Marcos, and Escondido.

 

 

Keeping Your Kids’ Teeth Healthy This Summer

General dentist in Vista, CAAs schools are getting out for summer, your Vista dentist, Dr. Alexander Sabet, wants to help parents keep their kids happy and healthy all summer. Dr. Sabet treats patients of all ages with superior general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. He now discusses some tips for instilling good dental hygiene habits and healthy eating habits in our kids.

How Do Cavities Form?

We all know sugar is bad for us. But what exactly does it do to our children’s teeth? Hundreds of types of bacteria live in our mouths. After we eat, the bacteria use the sugars and starches from our food to produce an acid. The acid eats away at the top layer of the teeth, the enamel. This is known as demineralization. Over time, demineralization of our teeth can cause a hole to develop, a cavity.

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