What you Eat Affects Your Teeth

Are there good foods and bad foods for teeth?

It will be beneficial for us to mind certain foods that are helpful to our dentition. Foods rich in calcium and phosphorus supply the mineral content of teeth that are lost over time to acid.

Calcium sources as dairy products – low-fat milk, hard cheese and yogurt – are good for teeth and bones. Leafy green vegetables, fruits and seafood also supply the lost calcium in teeth. A calcium-poor diet has been associated with risk of developing periodontal disease.

On the other hand, calcium needs phosphorus to potentiate its bone-strengthening capabilities. Cereals, sardines, salmon, and skim yogurt are phosphorus-rich. Also, get those foods with high water content like fruits and vegetables that keep the mouth hydrated and counteract the effects of sugar and acid, and increase saliva flow.

On the bad side, foods and drinks with high sugar content are poor choices for dentition. They attach to tooth surfaces and get into crevices which later attract bacteria. Acidic foods and fruits, and carbonated drinks, including diet sodas, are harmful to tooth enamel, causing a slow erosion of its protective layer.

Advice from Dentist

Dr. Dipti Srivastava is not saying not to enjoy your favorite food and drink, but if you must, then be mindful to keep your mouth cleaned up and washed off of those potential dangers.

Keep your basic oral hygiene practices – brushing, flossing, mouth washes – every time you have to indulge. Our Issaquah dentist says that eating healthy affects oral health and general well-being. Stay with mouth-healthy foods instead and keep the smile.

No Pain? Doesn’t mean you don’t have Cavities

Some people will never go to the dentist’s office unless they feel pain or sensitivity.

After all, people will think the pain will go away or take medication to decrease the pain. Why should they go through the effort if there’s nothing wrong with their teeth?

This is a very unhealthy mindset to have and is a concern for many dentists because this mindset, of many people, puts them at serious risk of debilitating dental problems.

Prevention is Key

The fact is that, when it comes to tooth decay, you’re most likely not going to feel any pain until your cavity has penetrated all the way to the soft pulp at the center of the tooth. Once this occurs, you’re past the point where you can benefit from a simple filling and will need a full root canal, which a bit more of a procedure, may cost more, etc.

Indeed, if you need a filling, the only way to know for sure is to have a dental x-ray. This is why it is so important to go in for a dental checkup every six months. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that your teeth are healthy just because you don’t feel pain, and always keep your routine appointments with our dentist in Issaquah.

An Easy Way to a Cleaner Mouth

When our Issaquah dentist gives you your routine check-up, do you find that you’re developing plaque in a lot of the same places? Sometimes this is because you’re just neglecting a certain area, but this can also happen to people who are pretty sure they’re doing a thorough job.

If you know enough to cover every surface on your teeth, but you’re still seeing the same problem areas at your dental cleanings, the answer may be simple: you need to rotate your starting point.

Changing Your Brushing Habit

The fact is that people are creatures of habit. It’s likely that you always start brushing in the exact same area, and the rest of your brushing routine probably looks nearly identical from day to day.

This means that the same area is routinely getting the best of your attention, and you’re only reaching other parts of your teeth after you’ve grown impatient with brushing, diluted your toothpaste, and aren’t as focused on doing a good job.

To counter this, pay attention to where you start every day and try to change it up. Divide your mouth into quadrants, and focus on starting in a different one every time you brush. You may be surprised by the improvement you see on your next trip to the dentist!

Your Child’s First Dental Check-Up

Importance of Primary Teeth

Our Issaquah dental clinic is a family dentistry, so we see a lot of children coming in for their very first check-ups. Some parents think that oral hygiene is less important at a young age, as the children do not yet have their permanent teeth, but this is a dangerous misconception. The truth is that your primary teeth have a very important role to play that can affect your child’s mouth well into adulthood.

Developing Healthy Habits

What you need to understand is that primary teeth are your mouth’s “training wheels”, and you can’t get too far on broken training wheels. These are the teeth that your child is using to develop proper chewing habits, speech patterns, and brushing technique.

If their teeth bother them, your child could develop long-lasting problems. These teeth also serve to guide your permanent teeth into place. If primary teeth are not cared for properly, the permanent teeth may come in crooked. The consequences on your child’s health and self-esteem can be disastrous.

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The recommended age for a first dental visit is within six months of the appearance of his or her first tooth, or about when he or she turns one year old. Do the right thing for your children, and get them to Meadow Creek Dental as soon as they’re ready.

Building Good Flossing Habits

Flossing may be a difficult habit to develop, but it’s one that our Issaquah dentist strongly advises. Good flossing is in many ways more important even than brushing in terms of maintaining a clean mouth, as much of the surface of your teeth is out of the reach of your brush.

Flossing Tips

If you need a refresher course on how to floss, try following these simple steps:

  • First, pick a floss that works for you. Some people have narrower gaps between their teeth, for example, and need a narrower floss.
  • Floss at least once a day, preferably before your final brushing before going to sleep.
  • Use a length of floss about as long as your forearm (or around eighteen inches). You should then wind either end around your index fingers such that you’re holding about two inches between your hands. Unwind from one finger and wind up on the other as you go, giving yourself a clean piece of floss for every tooth.
  • Begin flossing, gently maneuvering the string into the space between your teeth and between your back teeth and gums. Make sure that you get both edges of all teeth, pulling the floss into a “V” shape against either surface as you go.
  • Take care with your gums! If you routinely draw blood, it might be because you’re sawing at your delicate tissues.

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Brushing

Our Issaquah dental clinic sees many problems that could have been avoided with proper brushing technique. Even a small flaw in your routine can gradually turn into a big problem for you and your teeth. If you think that your own habits could do with a little “brushing up”, take a look at our easy-to-follow tips here:

  • Flossing should come first. This allows the toothpaste to put its fluoride to better work between your teeth.
  • Brush twice a day, once after you wake up and once before you go to sleep, after your last meal of the day. You shouldn’t eat or drink anything aside from water after you last brush, as your mouth is more vulnerable to lingering food particles as you sleep.
  • Brush for two minutes at a time. Too little may leave you insufficiently cleaned, and too much might be too hard on your gums.
  • Do not brush too soon after eating. Acids in your food can compromise your tooth enamel for a short while, making them vulnerable to being stripped away by your brush.
  • Hold your brush at a forty-five degree angle to your teeth and brush in a circular motion so that you gently massage your gums.
  • Remember that plaque can gather on your tongue. Use a tongue scraper if you have one, or simply brush your tongue.
  • If you’re so inclined, follow up your brushing with mouthwash. There are many good options available to give your teeth the extra edge they need.

Reopening Information

Safety Information

At Meadow Creek Dental, our goal has always been and will continue to be the health, safety, and well-being of our patients.

Our team is very excited to announce that we will be restoring all aspects of care for our patients. As of May 19th, we will be open from 8am to 5pm and we will be fully staffed and available to care for most of our patients.

It is our greatest priority is maintaining the safety of our patients during this time. As such, during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, we have taken the following steps to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Virtual Lobby – We will practice limited use of our reception area. We ask that patients call us at 425-369-9116 upon arrival in the parking lot. We will then let you know when to enter the office. We ask that any family members remain outside the office.
  • Social Distancing – We have expanded appointment times to limit the number of people in the office at any given time and reduce exposure.
  • Screening – We will ask staff and patients general health questions, and some specific to COVID-19 symptoms (cough, sore throat, aches) as well as inquiries about recent travel and exposure risk/history. We will also take the temperatures of staff daily and of patients upon arrival at the office to screen for fever. Those with elevated temperatures will have to plan to visit the office another time or be tested for COVID-19.
  • Mouth Rinse – We are taking the extra step of providing a peroxide-based mouth rinse for patients to use before treatment.
  • Standards – We use industry recommended PPE standards (gloves, masks, gowns, shields) and strictly adhere to hand hygiene, surface cleaning and sterilization protocols for your safety.
  • Office Surface – All frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, chairs, phones, etc.) are sanitized every hour.
  • Virtual Paperwork – we are encouraging all patient to fill out applicable paperwork via virtual interfaces, when available.

You can rest assured that our safety measures will remain in place and continue to evolve as more necessary, in the interest of protecting our patients. Please let us know if you have any questions and we would be happy to provide additional information.

We look forward to continuing to safely serve your dental needs.

Thank you!
Meadow Creek Dental Team

Teledentistry

Meadow Creek Dental Teledentistry Service

If you are in pain or have swelling or if anything breaks, give us a call at 425-369-9116 and leave us a message or feel free to send us an email at meadowcreekdental@gmail.com.

Don’t stop by the office. We are frequently checking messages and e-mails.

We will get in touch with you and will provide teledentistry services.

You may be asked to send cell phone pictures or video showing the same. We will evaluate and if there is a need for physical visit we can arrange the visit with our staffs and make an appointment.

Under the new provision your insurance will be covering this as remote limited exam, they may limit its number during an year.

Stay healthy!!
Dr Dipti

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Updated Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Hello everyone hope you all are staying safe and spending this time with things that you would have always wanted to do.

We have been closely watching and abiding the state and ADA recommendations for everyone’s safety and to contribute our support to the community during this challenging time.

The latest proclamation from our Governor is

“I hereby prohibit all hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices in Washington State from providing health care services, procedures, and surgeries that, if delayed, are not anticipated to cause harm to the patient within the next three months, with exceptions and as provided below.”

This will be in effect for the coming few weeks.

On the same note if you have pain, infection, deep decay which could lead to root canal or broken tooth, please reach out to us and we will be providing care for that.

Our front office would be reaching out to reschedule your appointments further out.

Stay safe and this shall pass too.


Thursday, March 5th, 2020

With the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the sickness associated with it here are some updates from your office.
If you have an appointment and have Flu like symptoms with fever, cough or any shortness of breath, please call us to reschedule your appointment.

Otherwise come for your appointment and rest assured. We are following all the recommended precautions to keep you and your family safe. We are compulsively wiping all the surfaces in the waiting areas and entire office couple of times a day. We are practicing superb hand hygiene with the best disinfection and sterilization measures. The waiting room has a hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes which we will ask you to use when you come in. Sick employees are not allowed to work. We are wearing our protective wears including masks all the time. Just some examples here to mention.

CDC and ADA guidelines on the topic
1. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
2. https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2020-archive/february/ada-releases-coronavirus-handout-for-dentists-based-on-cdc-guidelines

Dental Allergies: Awareness is Key

Allergies Encountered in Dentistry

If you have allergies to specific items used in dental treatment, there are ways your dentist can provide alternative methods of care. To be certain you have true allergies to specific things, it is best you are tested by a medical doctor. Let us look at some allergies seen in dental practise. It is also good to know what it will mean to your dental management should you have true allergies.

Allergies to penicillin affect a small percentage of the population. With allergies to this drug, it means you cannot be given penicillin or any in the family of this class. Your dentist may give you an antibiotic that is stronger for you, in which case both of you will have to be watchful for side effects. A much lesser strength alternative might be too slow, weak in battling your infection which might lead to a lengthier dose regimen.

Allergic Reactions to Metal

You might be allergic to certain metals which are commonly used in implants, bridges and dentures. Your dentist may have to fabricate crowns for you that are entirely devoid of metals which can make your appliance more expensive, weaker and prone to stresses. You will have to be more cautious in using your crowns. Allergies to methacrylates or resins used in many dental materials, from restorative composites to fissure sealants, bonding agents and orthodontic and crown and bridge resins, have low occurrence but can nevertheless induce a Type IV (delayed) allergic hypersensitivity reaction.

Other dental materials that warrant particular awareness include nickel, eugenol and polyether impression materials. Although rare, allergy to other metal alloys such as mercury, gold, platinum, palladium, silver and cobalt are also possible.

Allergic Reactions to Latex

Allergic reaction towards latex gloves used by dentists and hygienists can manifest in patients. Though it affects only 1-5% of the population, it is as high as 17% among healthcare workers. Glove protection is generally used against blood-borne pathogens. Though most reactions are immediate, it can be handled safely in the dental office. As a result, latex-free gloves are now available.

Yet another is anaphylaxis which may result from dental anesthesia, such as lidocaine, though rare, or a drug-to-drug interaction with a medication the patient is currently taking.

Watching Out for Allergies in Issaquah

Our team practices safe dentistry. It is standard procedure to take all patients’ thorough medical and dental history. For your safety and well-being, our staff are highly trained and equipped in all manner of dental emergencies, including allergies.