How Does Wine Affect Your Teeth?

toasting with wine glassesWith the 12th Annual Georgetown Wine and Music Festival coming up at the end of September, the staff of our Georgetown dental office is excited to try the new varietals from local wineries while we stroll around the square. We get a lot of questions about how wine and it’s effect on your oral health….. Are red wines good for your heart, but bad for your teeth? Or is it the other way around? And what about white wines? Do they turn your teeth yellow? Are organics better? So many questions could make your head spin more than the wine. We thought we’d address the basics here in our latest blog so that you don’t have to worry before the big festival.

Does Red Wine Stain Teeth More than White?

This is probably the most common question that we get about wine and your oral health. The truth is, all wine is acidic and has the potential to stain your teeth. We frankly just notice it more with red – the slightly purple smile after a few glasses of Merlot. The acid levels in white wine can still break down tooth enamel and leave the teeth looking yellow, as well as leaving the teeth susceptible to decay

What Should We Do To Avoid Staining?

Believe it or not, your Georgetown dental team is going to tell you that you should not brush your teeth immediately after drinking a glass of wine. Why? If you brush too soon, you’re actually spreading those wine acids around your mouth exposing more tooth surfaces to those acids and potentially damaging them. Instead, swish your mouth with a glass of water after drinking wine – no matter what variety. The water will help to neutralize those acids and wash them off of tooth surfaces. 

Are Organics Any Better?

As much as we love organic wines that are free of chemical pesticides and other compounds that are bad for the planet, organic wines still have the same levels of acids in them, and have the potential to discolor or damage tooth enamel just like the ones full of extra chemicals that speed up the fermentation process. 

What If My Teeth Are Already Stained?

If you’re concerned that your teeth are discolored, either because of wine or just the effects of time, give our office a call to schedule a teeth whitening treatment. We can also discuss other cosmetic dentistry solutions if your teeth require more than just whitening to get back to their best. 

Super Simple Ways that YOU Can Be Greener

quote by Jean Paul RichterAt our Georgetown dental office, we’re a little extreme about being green. Not only are we one of less than 10 dentists in Texas who are members of the Eco-Dentistry Association, our office one of only four who have achieved GreenDOC Gold Certification for our environmental efforts.

You may look at all of the things we do in our office and think, “Wow, I can’t really do anything to help the environment like THEY do.” But we wanted to assure you that there are TONS of things that you can do at home and at work to help the environment.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Recycling is one of the easiest things that you can do to help save the environment.

  • Drop those empty cans and bottles into the recycling bin at work instead of in with your trash. Encourage your coworkers to do the same by working on your jump shot!
  • Gather up your newspapers and take them to a recycling drop-off once a month.
  • Use cloth napkins at the dinner table instead of paper towels. (Fun tip! Use colorful bandanas instead!)
  • Use cloth shopping bags instead of plastic when you go for groceries. (They’re also stronger and won’t hurt your fingers when you carry a ton of bags inside the house.)

Ok, What Else Can You Do?

Once you get in the habit of recycling, add in another good habit to help save the planet. Some suggestions from our Georgetown dental team include:

  • Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth! Letting it just sit there and run wastes almost 90 glasses of water per day.
  • Switch regular light-bulbs out for energy-efficient LED bulbs.
  • Buy a plant! Did you notice that we have green plants at our office? They’re not just for looks….. They help to clean the air and provide a soothing environment.

One Last Thing…

Putting these simple tips into practice will not only help save the environment…. They may also save you money! You may lower your trash bill without all of those recyclables in there, and those light bulbs will save you money on your electric bills.

For more ideas on how to live greener, ask us about it at your next dental appointment. SEE – it IS easy being green!

Paying it Forward

illustration of concept Pay it ForwardHave you ever been zipping through the drive through to get your morning cup of coffee, already stressing about the meetings and tasks to complete that day, and as you pull up to the window, you receive the pleasant surprise that the person in front of you has paid for your coffee? A total stranger just chose to do a nice thing for you, and that positive feeling makes you smile and perhaps changes your entire outlook on the day. At Trade Winds Dental, we know all about this concept and call it by it’s more well known name….. Paying it Forward.

You may be thinking, what in the world would my Georgetown dental office know about paying it forward? You may be surprised to know that our team tries to perform random acts of kindness whenever possible. You might not know about it, because we aren’t looking for recognition or anything in return. That’s why we wanted to tell you how these little things in life can not only give you an incredible feeling of satisfaction, but also can create a ripple effect from one recipient to the next.

Take for example our toothbrush donation program. If you are replacing your toothbrush (as the ADA recommends every three months or so), bring the old one into our office for recycling. In addition to removing that plastic from landfills, we also take the time to donate $ 1 per toothbrush to Hope Alliance. It’s not something that we HAVE to do, it’s something small that we CAN do that makes a big impact.

Dr. Hennington and his staff also donate dentistry throughout the year to people in need right here in our community. For example, a local veteran on a reduced income who also takes care of his mother had put off dental work to the point where it affected his ability to chew properly. The team at the Georgetown dental office was more than happy to assist this man at no cost to him…. We simply asked him to pay it forward.

So the next time you’re in line to buy your coffee, or maybe having lunch at a diner, consider picking up the tab for a stranger. Or spending the day volunteering at a shelter instead of another Netflix binge day. Or simply helping your neighbor out and mowing the part of the lawn that you share. You never know, this simple act of Paying it Forward could result in something life changing.

Call our Georgetown dental office today to schedule your next appointment, or to ask for suggestions to perform your own random act of kindness.

Bringing Hope to Our Community

Hope AllianceIn 2015, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon released a report stating that one in every three women worldwide have experienced some form of violence. And the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (http://ncadv.org/learn-more/statistics) issued these statistics:

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

These are some pretty disturbing statistics. They are some of the reasons Trade Winds Dental has teamed up with Hope Alliance. We have a reputation for being eco-friendly, sure, but we aren’t just working for the planet, we are working for the people on it.  

What is Hope Alliance?

Hope Alliance was established in 1984 as a rape crisis center. Since then, the agency has expanded to serve all of Williamson County with outreach offices in Georgetown, Cedar Park, Taylor, Liberty Hill and Hutto and have included services for victims of domestic violence. Their goal is to inspire hope and healing with 24-hour emergency shelters, 24-hour crisis hotline, transitional housing, accompaniment services, legal advocacy, counseling, support groups, education, and prevention.

We join Hope Alliance in the belief that “physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse of one human being by another is unacceptable. We believe that all abuse diminishes or prohibits the full expression of life and growth that is every person’s right.” And now we are making it easy for YOU to join us in helping Hope Alliance: Bring your old, handheld toothbrushes to our office for recycling and we’ll donate $1 per toothbrush to Hope Alliance. For more information on Hope Alliance, please visit HopeAllianceTX.org.