Your Oviedo Dentist July 2017

Dental Bits

More Than a Cosmetic Upgrade The Health Benefits of Proper Alignment

Everyone wants their smile to look great, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of straight teeth. Good alignment brings a wealth of health benefits in addition to cosmetic ones. Invisalign has made straightening your teeth easier and more discreet than ever before. Now, people of all ages have the chance to receive the full-body improvement that straightening offers. One of the chief benefits of straight teeth is that they are easier to clean. Crowding and misalignment can make it difficult to remove particles of food, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria. These bacteria cause plaque to buildup and can lead to tooth decay if unattended. Invisalign aligners are removable, so brushing won’t be encumbered by the wires and brackets of traditional braces.

spacing. Those with poor alignment are at a higher risk for periodontal diseases like gingivitis. You might be surprised to learn that the same bacteria that show up in gum disease have been found in open-heart surgery

patients. Too often, people think of the teeth as independent from the body, when really they are interconnected with the rest of your health. A perfect smile will also lead to increased self-confidence, giving you all the more reason to smile. Don’t think of a Invisalign as simply a way to improve the way your smile looks. Instead, see it as a way to upgrade your oral health and the health of your entire body.

The health benefits of straight teeth extend to your gums as well. Swollen, red gums and bleeding can result from improper

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SUMMERTIME Frozen Yogurt Pie Looking for a summer dessert you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in? Try this easy, low-fat frozen treat!


1 premade graham cracker pie crust 1 (8-ounce) container Cool Whip 1 cup frozen or fresh mixed berries

(strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries)

3 (6-ounce) containers regular yogurt (berry flavors work best


1. Combine Cool Whip, mixed berries, and yogurt in a bowl. Mix with a spatula until well-blended. 2. Pour yogurt mixture into pie crust. 3. Cover pie with foil or plastic lid. 4. Store in freezer for at least 3 hours, or until frozen through. 5. Serve frozen or slightly thawed | 3

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