Jenny's Jots


August 2018

When it comes to the health of your teeth, knowing what you are eating is important. Specific nutrients are most beneficial for different parts of the body. If your diet is low in nutrients your body needs, your body, including your mouth, may have a difficult time fighting off infections.

Foods high in carbs, sugars, and starches can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Eventually, the acids from these foods can cause tooth enamel to break down which can form into a cavity. Beyond limiting the sugary sweets and hard acidic foods in your diet, there are foods that are good for you teeth and gums.



Are you a cheese lover? Did you know there are more than 1,000 types of cheese? It's packed with calcium and able to restore enamel. Eating cheese can raise the pH in a person's mouth and lower their risk of tooth decay. CHEESE PLEASE! 



Similar to cheese, yogurt is high in calcium and protein helping to keep your teeth strong! The probiotics (beneficial bacteria) found in yogurt also benefit your gums. If you decide to add more yogurt to your diet, choose a plain yogurt with no added sugars. 


Leafy Greens

They're full of vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. Leafy greens such as kale and spinach also promote oral health being high in calcium white builds enamel. UNBELEAFABLE! 



Nuts have an amazing amount of fiber, folic acid, and many vitamins. Peanuts are a great source of calcium and vitamin D which are beneficial to teeth and gums. SOMETIMES YOU FEEL LIKE A NUT, SOMETIMES YOU DON'T.



The ADA recommends steering clear of most sweets, however there are some exceptions. Apples might be sweet but they are also high in fiber and water. An apple, especially the skin, is rich in fiber which can help remove stains and fight plaque. I APPLESOLUTELY LOVE IT!



Like apples, carrots are crunchy and full of fiber! Along with high fiber, carrots are high in plaque-fighting keratin as well as Vitamin A which helps strengthen delicate tooth enamel. ROMAINE CALM AND CARROT ON!



Celery may have a bad rep for being blah, watery, and stringy but it can act like a toothbrush, scraping food particles and bacteria away from your teeth. It is a good source of both Vitamins A and C which are two antioxidants that give your gums a healthy boost. LET'S CELERYBRATE HEALTHY GUMS!



Want to know what to drink to prevent tooth decay? WATER! Like saliva, water washes the acid and sugars off your teeth. Water also has fluoride in it which is a mineral you find in toothpaste and some mouthwashes that help protect against tooth erosion. WATER YOU WAITING FOR? DRINK MORE WATER!


To maintain good oral health, limit sugary and acidic foods, brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and see us here at Pine Ridge Dental every six months for your preventative care. Call us today to schedule your next appointment! 763-856-5100




May 2018


Temporomandibular Disease

The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge; connecting your jawbone to your skull. you have one joint on each side of your jaw that is unique as it is the only joint in your body where two joints work simultaneously. This joint lets you move your jaw side to side and up and down so you are able to chew, yawn, and talk. TMJ Disorder/TMD- can cause pain, noise, clicking or achiness in your jaw joint. It can also cause soreness in the muscles that control jaw movement which can lead to tension or migraine headaches. 


Common Symptoms:

-Pain or tenderness of your jaw

-Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw when you open or close your mouth or when you chew

-A tired feeling in your face

-A feeling of a headband around your head/temples

-Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing

-Aching facial pain

-Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints

-Jaw that gets "stuck" or "lock" in an open-or-closed position

-Worsening symptoms under stressful times


Other conditions can cause similar symptoms- such as tooth decay, sinus problems, gum disease, and arthritis. To figure out what is causing your specific symptoms, Dr. Jenny will check your jaw joints for any pain or tenderness and will also listen for any clicking or popping sounds when you open and close your mouth. She will also test your bite and check for any facial muscle problems.



The part of the bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and separate by a small shock-absorbing disks, which normally keep the movement smooth. Pain can occur if the disk erodes or moves out of its proper alignment, the cartilage is damaged from arthritis, or the joint is damaged by impact. TMD is a cause-it is parafunction, occlusal disease, or trauma. TMD is always progressive.



Symptoms of TMJ Disorders will not go away without treatment and there are a wide variety of treatment options available. Often, people with jaw pain may benefit from wearing an oral splint or custom fit mouth guard. Correcting the cause of the TMD is the best long term solution. 


Contact our office today if you have long term, constant or sporadic pain or tenderness in your jaw, or if you can't open or close your jaw completely. Dr. Jenny will discuss possible causes and treatments of TMD.





February 2018


Risk Factors of Periodontal Disease

Did you know that genetics is a risk factor for periodontal disease? Or that advanced periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among adults? In the earliest stages of periodontal disease the gums become inflamed. As it advances, both soft and hard tissues that hold the teeth in place are affected. Some common risk factors are:



The change of developing gum disease increases with age. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, over 70% of Americans 65 and older have gum disease.



Uncontrolled diabetes can put you at a higher risk of periodontal disease. Not only can diabetes make gum disease worse, gum disease can make diabetic symptoms worse. Make sure to inform Dr. Jenny of any medical changes you may have.



Research shows that stress can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infections, including periodontal disease.


Smoking/Tobacco Use

Tobacco users are at increased risk of periodontal disease. Since nicotine compresses blood vessels, smokers may not see the typical symptoms such as red, puffy, and bleeding gums. This may cause damage before smokers even understand there is a problem.



Some drugs such as oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, steroid meds, and certain types of anti-epilepsy meds can affect your oral health. Make sure to inform Dr. Jenny of any medication you may be on.


Poor Dental Hygiene

The best way to fight periodontal disease is to have good oral hygiene. Removing plaque buildup is essential to keeping your gums free from disease. Remember to brush your teeth 2x a day and floss regularly.


Fortunately, good oral hygiene and regular visits to our office can turn early gum disease around. If you feel any of these risk factors pertain to you, be extra diligent about your home care as well as your regular visit to Pine Ridge Dental. And don't forget to ask us about Laser Bacteria Reduction Therapy!





October 2017

Does the lack of sleep you are getting affect your health and daily life? Most would agree that a lack of sleep can be harmful to your health and well-being. One of the most common sleep problems is obstructive sleep apnea.

About Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Nearly 30 million adults in the United States have obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that occurs when your muscles relax during sleeping, allowing soft tissue to collapse andblock the airway. This results in repeated breathing pauses which reduces oxygen levels. Common signs of sleep apnea include snoring and gasping or choking sounds while asleep.

How important is it to treat Obstructive Sleep Apea?
Very! If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause excessive tiredness or fatigue, morning headaches and memory loss. Untreated sleep apnea raises your risk for serious health problem including:
-High blood pressure
-Heart Disease
-Chronic acid reflux

Diagnosis is deteremined by a sleep specialist who provides you with a complete sleep evaluation either over night at a sleep center or a home sleep apnea test. The doctor will then interpret the date from your sleep study to make a diagnosis.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment
Treatment options for sleep apnea include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliance therapy, and surgery.

-CPAP therapy is often used for patients with a severe sleep apnea. This therapy treatment does involve wearing a face mask attached to a running machine.
-Oral appliance therapy uses a mouth guard design device which is worn during sleep to help maintain an open, unobstructed airway.
-Surgical option include a variety of procedures that all have varying side effects and success rates

Benefits of Oral Appliances:
-Significant reduction in apnea particularily if patients sleep either on their stomachs or backs.
-Improvement in sleep for many patients. 
-Reduces snoring and the loudness of snoring in most patients.
-Many consider an oral appliance to be more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask.
-Oral appliances are portable, quiet, and east to take care of.

Get Help!
Talk to your doctor about treatment options for sleep apnea. Ask if oral appliance therapy would be a solution for you. in the state of Minnesota you need to have a sleep study completed in order to have an oral appliance made. Dr. Jenny is trained in making the appliance for you! It is likely you will sleep better, regain your energy, and feel sharper throughout your day. Don't go another night of interrupted sleep!

July 2017

A teething toddler is challenging not only for them but for parents as well. Eruption of the upper and lower front teeth start as babies but molar development doesn't start until your child is in the toddler stage reaching up to age 30 months. As your child gets older and more aware of discomforts, this may be a painful experience. Your toddler may be a lucky one that does not experience the turmoil of teething but if he's not, here are some symptoms to be aware of along with helpful tips to get you and your family through the teething tantrums. 

Symptoms of teething
*A low-grade fever, typically around 99 degrees F
*Difficulty sleeping through the night
*Excess saliva-- this can cause drooling and diarrhea if swallowed
*Sore, swollen gums
*Refusal to eat
*Ear pulling
*Irritability or crankiness

The stomach bug may have similar symptoms to teething so keep an eye out on your child's gums to help distinguish the difference. if your toddler's fever runs high or other symptoms last longer than 3 days, make an appointment to see your doctor to rule out any other conditions.

Teething Tips, Tools, and Remedies
Teething tools are a great aid to help with your toddler's discomfort. Make sure your teething tools are large enough to reach the back of the mouth. Search online for fun shapes and colors to keep your toddler's interest.
Great Tools and Remedies to help with your toddler's teething:
*Chilled Foods- try apple sauce or frozen yogurt
*Rubber Teethers
*Cold Fruits- like apples slices or bananas
*Chilled Teethers- pop in the fridge for 15-20 minutes
*Over-the-counter Pain Reliever- but be sure to ask your pediatrician for 
*Wet Washcloth- let in the fridge to chill

Fortunately, teething pain doesn't last forever so hold on tight, it may be a bumpy ride but do not forget to take advantage of the many tools and remedies to ease your toddler's discomfort.

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