4 Benefits of Showing Your Smile & Laughing More

smileDid you know that smiling and laughing often is actually very good for your health? It’s true! That’s part of the reason why the team at Jordan Dentistry enjoys our work so much. We are not only transforming teeth, but also contributing to our patients’ health!

Take a moment to discover the benefits of smiling and laughing, so that you can improve your quality of life:

  1. Make More Friends – When you smile, people will feel more comfortable approaching you to talk or hang out. Consider the quote, “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” Who knew you could befriend someone with a simple smile?!
  2. Keep You Healthy – When you laugh, you are increasing immune cells and antibodies. These particles fight infection and prevent diseases. So, along with your apple a day, you can laugh and smile all day long to boost your health.
  3. Enhance Your Mood – After having a good belly laugh or smiling more, do you feel happy for a while afterward? That’s because laughter and smiling releases endorphins, which are feel-good hormones! These endorphins negate any negative emotions and allow for positive emotions to flow.
  4. Increase Productivity – When you’re in a good mood, you will likely laugh and smile much more than if you’re upset. This allows you to be more productive and get your work done. Your boss will be happy and so will you!

If you want to smile and laugh more but are insecure about your smile, we can help. We have professional services that can transform your smile. The team at Jordan Dentistry would be honored to serve you! Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Care For Your Teeth While You Sleep

Now that we’re nearing the start of spring, how are your New Year’s dental health resolutions looking? Maybe you fell off the wagon a bit around Valentine’s Day (don’t feel bad, it happens to the best of us) and need a little pick-me-up. If you’re like most people, this is a busy time of year, and it can be hard to squeeze in one more thing. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some easy ways to improve your oral health while you sleep!

First, switch to an electric toothbrush. Not only will you get a better, more thorough clean, you’ll save yourself some energy. With so many models to choose from, consider writing your brand of toothbrush on your grocery list before you go look for replacement heads.

You should always brush and floss before bed. Eight hours is a long time for bacteria to grow and plaque to solidify, so give your mouth a break by cleaning it before you visit dreamland. Make sure you use a good technique–don’t just slap your toothbrush in there and call it a day. Plan to spend at least two minutes brushing, and another minute or so flossing. Focus on the backs of teeth, which can easily get overlooked.

If you find you’re waking up with a dull headache, a sore jaw, or your partner yelling “stop grinding your teeth!” you may well be grinding your teeth. This can lead to all sorts of dental problems, so come see us at Jordan Dentistry and let’s work out some solutions. Regular visits with your dentist are the best thing you can do for your teeth, so call us today!

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Child’s Dental Health

dental healthFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and we bet you’re wondering how to improve your child’s dental health. Don’t be overwhelmed – it’s actually much easier than it sounds!

Consider three simple ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy in 2018:

Implement the 2-2-2 Rule

If your child brushes his teeth for only 30 seconds, his teeth are not getting a good scrub. Teach your kiddo the 2-2-2 rule! Brush and floss your teeth twice a day for two full minutes. (You can set a timer to help him.) And bring your child to Dr. Jordan twice a year for a full cleaning.

Cut Back on Sugary Sweets

Sugary drinks and sweet foods are the main culprits of cavities. When your kiddos eat or drink something sweet, make sure they brush their teeth afterward. This will help eliminate cavities from forming. (Read this informative blog for realistic tips on how to cut back on sugar.)

Teach Your Kids About Dental Health

The more your kids understand the importance of keeping their teeth clean, the more likely they will develop good habits. Talk to them about why a healthy mouth and teeth are important. You can even give them crossword puzzles and coloring pages all about dental hygiene to make learning fun! (This is a great resource if you’re looking for puzzles and coloring sheets.)

After you’ve completed these tips to improve your child’s dental health, make sure you schedule an appointment with Dr. Jordan for a full cleaning. This way, you’re ensuring that hard-to-reach spots in your child’s mouth are getting cleaned. We hope to hear from you soon!

Dental Health Resolutions for 2018

If you were were one of the millions of people who resolved to get healthier in 2018, Jordan Dentistry has news for you. Your dental health is a big factor in your overall wellness! Here are some simple, easy New Year’s Resolutions to improve the health of your smile–and the rest of you.

  • Floss! The simplest of resolutions is also one of the easiest: just floss every day. You’ll be amazed at how much cleaner your mouth will feel (and how much better your breath will be). Set up a specific time and place for the whole family to floss together so nobody has an excuse to say they forgot. Feel free to reward yourselves with something fun like a movie at the end of a successful week!
  • Less Soda! Cutting back on sugar is great not only for your dental health, but for your overall health as well. It can be tough to do that, so start small: replace one glass of sugary soda or juice every day with a glass of water instead. See if you don’t notice an improvement in your energy levels, waistline, and dental health.
  • See Your Dentist! Your dentist is your partner in your journey to a beautiful, healthy smile. Schedule an appointment to talk about your goals and concerns, especially if you’ve been a little lax and have missed a cleaning or two.

Getting healthy means more than just hitting the gym, so in 2018, take care of your mouth like you would any other part of your body. Contact Jordan Dentistry to set up an appointment today!

Sugar-Free Treats for Santa!

During this festive time of year, there’s nothing like enjoying cozy evenings at home by the fire, surrounded by twinkling strands of lights–and of course, holiday treats! There’s so much delicious food and drinks to try during the holidays, but all those goodies can do a number on your teeth. Just like in the summer, there are ways to enjoy holiday treats while still taking care of your dental health. Check out some of our favorite low-sugar or sugar-free holiday treats from Jordan Dentistry.

  • Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites. Bring a little bit of summer into your holiday with these delicious low-sugar treats. Make them ahead of time, store them in the fridge, and dole them out as an after-dinner treat on special days. Dark chocolate in moderation is better for your teeth than other kinds of candy, and even has some benefits for the rest of your body!
  • Cranberry Dark Chocolate Biscotti. Do you enjoy a little coffee in the mornings? Why not add this holiday goody with it?
  • Fruit. That’s right–don’t forget about simple fruit as a holiday treat. Whether dried cranberries, whole strawberries, peanut butter apples, or frozen raspberries, bananas, or blueberries, fresh fruit has all the sweetness we crave, all the fiber and vitamins we need, and none of the added sugar.

Remember, the key to oral health is to enjoy things in moderation, brush and floss properly, and see your dentist regularly. Contact Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA with questions or to make an appointment!  

Tips to Cut Down on Sugar

Halloween has come and gone, hopefully without too much overindulgence. That doesn’t mean it’s time to get complacent about sugar, though. The upcoming holidays are full of temptation. Here at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, we’re all about eating less sugar without sacrificing fun. Check out our tips to cut back on sugar:

  • Start with breakfast. Many cereals are chock full of sugar, and that’s no way to start the day! Opt for healthier options without sweeteners.
  • Sugar can masquerade as sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, molasses, hydrolyzed starch, corn syrup, and many others. Avoid these ingredients when you’re avoiding sugar–you’ll find that it’s harder than you think!
  • Practice moderation. Do you really need dessert every day? Save cookies, cake, etc. for one day a week. You’ll consume less sugar, plus do your budget a favor, and these treats will feel more like treats.
  • Swap out sugary snacks for healthier options like fresh veggies, a handful of nuts, frozen fruits, or sugar-free snacks.
  • Drink more water! No matter how careful they are with food, many people ignore a crucial source of additional sugar: beverages! Obviously, sodas are a huge culprit here, but don’t forget about coffees, teas, and even fruit juices. Swapping these for milk or water is better for your teeth, your body, and your wallet.

Sugar is a cause of the majority of poor oral health and disease. Don’t let it play havoc with your beautiful teeth! Follow these tips and contact Jordan Dentistry for help and support in your journey towards a healthy, happy smile for you and your family.

Tricks for a Healthy Mouth After Halloween Treats

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Halloween is a magical and mischievous holiday. It gives kids a chance to express their uninhibited creativity in the form of fun costumes and it gives them a chance to fill their candy coffers in a way that only comes once a year. But with all that candy, how do you keep your kids’ teeth healthy?

Jordan Dentistry in Cummings, Georgia, has some helpful tips to keep the cavities away when your little one indulges their sweet tooth this October.

All Things in Moderation

Every kid we’ve ever known loves to eat sweets. There are thousands of types of sugary treats that can make their way into your child’s trick-or-treat basket this Halloween, but that doesn’t mean they should have free reign over the haunting haul. Setting up a daily limit for candy consumption is a great compromise that will keep your kids’ happy and their smile shining bright!

Dole it Out Early

If your kids had their way, they’d probably eat their Halloween candy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One of your jobs as a parent is to make sure they eat their candy responsibly, though! Consider setting a cutoff time in the evening to keep the sugar buzz from interfering with normal sleep times. You can also put a piece of two into their lunch before they go to school as a mid-day treat. Just try not to go overboard.

Don’t Forget to Brush

Whether you want to restrict the amount of candy your kid eats or let them go wild, it’s important to remember is that sugar eats away at tooth enamel. Make sure your kids brush their teeth after eating their candy allotment and be sure to schedule regular teeth cleanings with us a Jordan Dentistry!

For more information about regulating your child’s candy intake and how to keep their teeth in great shape during the Halloween season, give us a call today.

4 Bad Habits That Hurt Your Teeth

No matter how excellent your at-home dental hygiene or how regularly you see your dentist, there are still little habits that can harm your teeth. Are you guilty of any of these?

  1. kid clenching teethGrinding or clenching your teeth isn’t just bad for your teeth, it can also cause jaw pain and joint dysfunction. Often this happens at night without us realizing it. In that case, speak with your dentist about solutions. They may have a trick or tool to help you out. If you catch yourself doing this during the day, just relax!
  2. Biting your fingernails can damage your tooth enamel, and it’s especially bad for fillings. Not only that, but your fingernails carry bacteria, germs, and dirt, so biting them isn’t just bad for your teeth, it’s bad for your health. Bitter-tasting nail coat, available at most drugstores, can help break this habit.
  3. Chewing ice cubes and very hard candies like jawbreakers should be a no-brainer when it comes to teeth health, but just in case, here’s the official word: don’t do it! These can play havoc with your enamel, and even break your teeth! If you absolutely crave something cold to chew on, stick with soft treats like low-sugar popsicles.
  4. It may be tempting to use your teeth to open packages, tear tape, hold or open things, but DON’T! Use the correct tool for the job and save your teeth for eating.

At Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA, we care about your dental health. If you’re having trouble with any of these habits, or have already sustained damage from them, come talk to us and let’s fix it!

Can Sinuses Cause Tooth Pain?

As the seasons change and fall allergens kick into gear, sinus problems become more common. Whether a cold, something more serious like a sinus infection, or just uncomfortable sinus pressure from congestion, did you know that sinus pain can cause tooth painsinus pain causing tooth pain

It’s true: your teeth can sometimes hurt because of sinus pressure. This phenomenon is sometimes called “referred pain” and can also happen in other parts of the body. The sinuses and the molars are only separated by a little bit of bone and tissue; congestion in the sinus cavities can easily press on the nerve endings in your teeth, causing pain.

How do you know if your tooth pain is sinus-related? First, consider how much it hurts. Sinus pressure will usually cause mild to moderate tooth pain, generally described as a dull ache, and you will probably feel pain in multiple teeth. It may be difficult to pinpoint which specific tooth is in pain. Moving your head, or bending over and then standing up quickly, will likely make the pain worse. It is unlikely to be severe or very sharp pain.

If you think your tooth pain is related to sinus pressure, try at-home remedies. Decongestants (and antihistamines if the congestion is allergy-related), hot showers with lots of steam, warm compresses on your face, and staying hydrated can all help. If you have a fever, green mucus, or other symptoms of a sinus infection, see your doctor.

If you’ve ruled out sinus pressure and are still having tooth pain, come see Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA. Together we’ll get to the bottom of this!

Brushing with Braces – Don’t Let it Get You Down

We know proper at-home dental care is important, but when you add braces to the mix, things can get more complicated. How do you brush your teeth with braces?

First of all, know that you’ll need to invest time in brushing your teeth when you have braces. Plan to spend at least two minutes brushing, twice a day. Two minutes is longer than you think! A timer can be helpful here: set it for one minute for the top teeth, and then one minute for the bottom teeth. smile with braces

When you brush, make sure to hit each section of your teeth twice, once from the top and again from the bottom. Angle your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the brackets each time, so you brush as much of the tooth surface as possible. Use short strokes. An electric toothbrush is a great choice for braces. Look for models specifically designed for braces, and ask your dentist or orthodontist for recommendations if you’re unsure.

Don’t forget to floss! Braces are likely to catch food particles, so don’t skip this step. A waterpik will help you efficiently and gently clean between teeth and brackets. Waterpiks are easier, quicker, and more effective than floss, so they’re a great investment for braces!

Good brushing and flossing are crucial to the success of your orthodontic treatment and the health of your teeth afterwards. If you’re not careful, your orthodontist may have to remove your braces to let your teeth and gums heal. If that happens, you’ll have to start all over again. Don’t hesitate to contact Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA for information, resources, and regular in-office cleanings!