The Good, the Bad and the Healthy

When it comes to oral health and nutrition, the staggering variety of foods and drinks available can make it difficult to figure out what choices are good and bad. Fortunately, the Marconi Dental Group has experience with the pros and cons of the average American diet. Everyday, our dentists see what happens to teeth due to healthy diets, versus unhealthy eating. Here are some examples of things that are good and bad on the road to staying healthy.

Keep the Teeth Strong

Calcium and phosphorous are building blocks for enamel remineralization, the body’s process of fixing slightly damaged tooth enamel. Sources of these minerals include dairy products like milk and cheese. Meats and various kinds of nuts also have these minerals. Firm and crunchy fruits and vegetables provide plenty of other nutrition. Hard foods like carrots and apples also encourage the jawbones to stay strong, increasing the likelihood that you keep your teeth long term.

Keep the Saliva Flowing

Stay properly hydrated with water to maintain your saliva production. In turn, saliva washes away food particles and neutralizes acids that eat away at your enamel. Some water sources add a small amount of fluoride, which boosts and reinforces enamel protection.

Remember to give your mouth time to recuperate after eating. Constant snacking or grazing throughout the day does not allow your saliva a chance to neutralize the harmful acids that build up after you eat. At a bare minimum, promote a healthy oral environment by rinsing thoroughly with water after every snack.

What Do You Feed Your Bacteria?

Sugary foods and drinks provide excellent, easily digested fuel for the bacteria in your mouth, producing acids that cause tooth decay. Acidic drinks reinforce this attack on your teeth, bypassing the bacteria to directly cause enamel damage. When uncontrolled, this results in cavities. It can also lead to tooth loss and gum disease, if not kept at bay by a consistent routine of oral hygiene.

Of course, we all want something sweet to eat on occasion. Fresh fruit, dried fruit or yogurt proves a better choice than cookies or candy. Many people have a sweet dessert with their dinner, and that is a good decision — if you are going to have a dessert, it’s better to have it with a nutritious meal instead of alone. What’s more, having something after the dessert (like a small piece of cheese or fruit) produces a little more saliva. This helps to wash away any remnants, so they don’t stay on your teeth too long.

When it comes to sugary drinks, especially acidic ones, it’s best to refrain from them as much as you can. It you have one, follow it up with a swish of water to rinse out your mouth. Also wait at least thirty minutes to an hour after having one of these drinks before brushing. The simple act of brushing might take some of your enamel away, if the teeth are coated with acid.

Apply Healthy Principles for Strong Teeth and Gums

Both your state of wellness and your oral health are vitally important, one contributing towards another. When you apply these principles, you preserve your health, your teeth, and your smile for your entire life. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Marconi Dental Group. We’d be happy to discuss them with you.

 

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.