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Top Five Best Foods for Oral Health

October 17th, 2018

Some foods are just terrible for your teeth — think cookies and candy bars — but there are certain foods that are beneficial to your oral health. Below, Drs. James and Mary Rose Twohig and our team have covered five of the top foods to keep your teeth and gums healthy!

1. Crispy, low-acid fruits and vegetables: Fruits like apples and vegetables such as carrots and celery act like “natural toothbrushes,” helping to clear plaque from your teeth and freshen your breath.

2. Kiwis: These little green superstars are packed with vitamin C which is essential for gum health. The collagen in your gums is strengthened when you consume foods that are high in vitamin C, like kiwis, thus helping to prevent periodontal problems.

3. Raw onions: Onions have long been studied for their antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. Proliferation of bacteria is what leads to tooth decay and cavities. By including raw onions in your diet, you'll be doing your part to wipe out those little microbes before they can multiply!

4. Shiitake Mushrooms: A specific compound in shiitake mushrooms, lentinan, has been shown to have antibacterial properties that target the microbes that cause cavities while leaving other beneficial bacteria alone. It may also help prevent gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums.

5. Green Tea: Often lauded for its high antioxidant content and many health benefits, it turns out green tea also benefits your oral health! A Japanese study found men who drank green tea on a regular basis had a lower occurrence of periodontal disease compared to men who drank green tea infrequently. It's believed this is due to the catechins in green tea, a type of flavonoid that may help protect you from free radical damage, but more research needs to be done. Either way, drink up for your overall health, as well as your teeth!

If you have any questions about your oral health, or are looking for even more oral health tips, contact our Albuquerque office!

Halloween at Twohig Dentistry

October 12th, 2018

At Twohig Dentistry, we love decorating the office for a special occasion. In this case, it’s the spookiest holiday of the year, Halloween! We took advantage of a break during our staff meeting to make sure our office is properly decorated. We’re also celebrating nine years in our lovely office space, so if you swing by chances are you’ll see the beautiful arrangement that was sent to our office, too!

While we won’t be partaking in dressing up this year, we’ve got some pretty good memories of our previous costumes. Dr. Mary Rose went as a jar of jelly beans one year while Dr. Jim dressed up as the lion from the Wizard of Oz. Our favorite one is from Stephanie, one of our dental hygienists. She dressed up as a crab while her date was a shrimp as a nod to the fact that they’re both on the shorter side. Spooky is great, but sometimes a sense of humor is even better.

Carving pumpkins is high up on our list this time of the year but there’s no denying that candy is one of the best parts of Halloween. In our office, Rosanna likes Laffy Taffys, Mary Jo is a Snickers gal, Leslie is all about the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, and Nicole goes for the Rice Krispy Treat bars. We’ll be giving out treats but only the ones that are least likely to stick to your teeth.

And in other news, we’ve been enjoying the balloon fiesta that’s been going on this week! We actually had a balloon hover over the lot next door to us and we were able to help it land.

We hope you’re all enjoying the month of October and everything it has to offer. We can’t wait to hear about your plans for this Halloween!

What is a crown?

October 10th, 2018

Drs. James and Mary Rose Twohig and our team at Twohig Dentistry hear this question all the time. Millions of people have dental crowns that artificially restore the chewing surface of a tooth. Also known as caps, these restorations surround the entire portion of the tooth that is above the gum line. Crowns are custom fabricated to match the color, shape, and size of other teeth and are visually undetectable to others. Several types of materials can be used to create crowns, including stainless steel, resin, metal alloys, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic. When properly cared for and accurately fit, crowns can stay in place for a decade or more.

There are many reasons to get a dental crown, including:

  • To restore a broken or cracked tooth
  • To protect a tooth after a root canal
  • To restore a severely decayed tooth
  • To help anchor a dental bridge
  • To complete a dental implant
  • To protect a tooth that is at high risk for developing decay
  • For cosmetic purposes

Getting a dental crown

The process of getting a dental crown begins at our Albuquerque office. X-rays are used to ensure the teeth are healthy enough to receive a crown. If the roots and surrounding bone are in satisfactory condition, the tooth will be numbed, filed, and reshaped in preparation for the crown. If the tooth root is not healthy, a root canal may be necessary first.

After the tooth is prepared, a special paste is placed over the upper and lower teeth to make impressions. These impressions serve as blueprints for the dental laboratory responsible for making the crown. They also help ensure the position of the new crown will not negatively affect a patient’s bite. The prepared tooth is protected by a temporary crown while the permanent one is made. When ready, the permanent crown replaces the temporary crown and is cemented in place.

To learn more about crowns, or to schedule an appointment with Drs. James and Mary Rose Twohig, please give us a call at our convenient Albuquerque office!

What's on your fall reading list?

October 3rd, 2018

How better to spend the fall months than inside by the fireplace with a warm cup of cider and a book in hand? Drs. James and Mary Rose Twohig and our team at Twohig Dentistry encourage you to warm up your mind this fall season with a few great books. Sure it may be easy to put off reading when balancing a hectic schedule, but reading is vital to brain development. Besides, reading is always a blast!

This week, we thought we’d ask what you or your child are reading this fall. Do you have any suggestions for must-read books this year? Out of ideas for great fall reads? Ask us for suggestions, and we would be happy to provide a few. You may also ask a local librarian here in Albuquerque for some ideas.

Happy reading! Be sure to share with us your fall picks or your all-time favorites below or on our Facebook page!

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