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December 23, 2014

Sleep Dentistry Vs Sedation Dentistry: What’s the Difference?

124811533Do you suffer from dental fear and anxiety? No matter what your degree of dental fear, The Sleep Dentists have a sleep or sedation solution. Methods include: oral conscious sedation, inhalation sedation, and intravenous (IV) sleep sedation. These three techniques enable fearful patients to receive the dental care necessary to maintain a healthy and confident smile. The Sleep Dentists will work with you to find the level of sedation that’s most appropriate for you. Make your next dental appointment with the trusted Sleep and Sedation Dentistry of Plantation, FL. Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer are experienced sleep and sedation dentistry experts. The Sleep Dentists proudly restore smiles daily to fearful patients throughout Plantation and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

What is Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep dentistry is the most powerful sedation option, reserved for patients who could not otherwise undergo any dental treatment. This level of dental sedation is administered through IV or inhalation and refers to the use of anesthetics to render apprehensive patients completely unconscious during treatment. Unlike other sedation methods, you will be completely unaware of your surroundings, making the use of local anesthetics unnecessary. This general anesthesia may cause your airway to close, so patients may need assistance with breathing. This method of sedation is generally reserved for oral surgery, but can be used whenever necessary. The next level down from general anesthesia is deep sedation, which refers to a state between unconscious and conscious sedation. Patients in this state will not be able to respond to commands with consistency and may need some assistance with breathing.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is typically the lighter form of sedation reserved for mildly apprehensive patients. Moderate dental sedation can refer to oral conscious sedative, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or IV sedation. These methods induce conscious sedation, where you are awake and able to respond to commands, but remain in a state of extreme relaxation. Oral sedative medications, such as diazepam, are typically given thirty minutes to an hour before your appointment starts. However, oral conscious sedatives don’t block pain, so a local anesthetic will also need to be administered.

How severe is your dental fear?

Dental anxiety is relative and can vary from mild nervousness to severe dental phobia. For the latter, every dental appointment can be a horrific experience. People with severe dental phobias are terrified and panic-stricken at the very mention of dental treatment. If they are forced to see a dentist, they usually do not sleep well the night before or become sick in the office waiting area. This level of fear causes many patients to put off dental treatment for years at a time, ultimately resulting in poor oral health and tooth loss. Dental phobias can significantly diminish quality of life as many of these patients can lack self-confidence because of problems with tooth sensitivity, bleeding gums, bad breath, and neglected smiles.

Fort Lauderdale Sleep Dentistry Appointments

If you suffer from dental fear and phobia, you’re not alone. Tens of millions of Americans have the same concerns. But no matter how much you fear dental work, The Sleep Dentists have a sedation solution for you. Whether you require a mild sedative or full general anesthesia, Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer have the effective sedation dentistry techniques to accommodate your needs. Make your next dental appointment with the trusted Sleep and Sedation Dentistry of Plantation, FL. Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer are experienced sleep and sedation dentistry experts. The Sleep Dentists proudly serve families daily throughout Plantation and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

June 24, 2014

Sedation an Ideal Way to Relax at Dentist Office

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL-Imagine if you could be relaxed and carefree at your next dental appointment. You’d be without anxiety, pain or any other negative feeling.

It sounds too good to be true, right?

Unfortunately, one out of seven people suffer from some form of dental anxiety. But those who avoid seeing the dentist on a regular basis are really just doing more harm to their oral health.

Sedation dentistry has quickly become a popular choice amongst these patients. Whether you need a root canal or a standard cleaning, you may benefit from sedative medication.

At Sleep Dentists in Fort Lauderdale, patients can choose to be at peace with general anesthesia, twilight sleep or nitrous oxide gas.

With general anesthesia, patients are completely unconscious during their dental work. Patients with the highest level of dental phobia typically select this option.

Twilight sleep is associated with moderate sedation. With this choice, patients gradually become groggy enough that they actually fall asleep during their procedure. However, as opposed to general anesthesia, patients can be awakened with a gentle shake.

We implement nitrous oxide gas for our minimal sedation option. Combined with oxygen, this gas helps you relax. Because our dentists can control the amount of sedation that patients receive, the gas wears off fairly quickly.

In our dentistry, our top goal is assuring the safety and comfort of patients. Sleep dentistry provides a fantastic treatment alternative to those who are fearful of the dentist, are in need of extensive dental work or are handicapped and have special needs.

We may also propose a form of sedation dentistry for patients who have a bad gag reflex or very sensitive teeth.
You may be wondering about the safety of sedation dentistry. Our professional staff always goes through an extensive process prior to administering a sedative.

These steps include:

  • Reviewing your medical history to determine whether you are a candidate for sleep dentistry
  • Understanding the proper dosage for you based on age, health and any other applicable reasoning
  • Going over risks of sedation dentistry


Once you are cleared to move forward with sleep dentistry, rest assured that your dental care is in the great hands of our experienced professionals.

Enjoy being able to relax during your dental appointment. If you’ve been putting off seeing a dentist, we encourage you to contact us regarding the sleep dentistry option.

Sleep Dentists are trusted providers of general and cosmetic dentistry in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. Please contact our offices to learn more.

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June 16, 2014

Secondhand Smoke Could Be Factor in Health of Adult and Children’s Teeth

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL- It looks like adults now have another reason to quit smoking. According to an article published by The Journal of the American Dental Association, a link exists between secondhand smoke and health of teeth.

Though additional research needs to be done, it’s safe to say that dentists find the information concerning, particularly Dr. Lee Weiss. Some of the major factors for high-cavity risk include poor oral hygiene habits, low fluoride exposure and a diet high in refined carbohydrates.

Dentists have become accustomed to advising a healthier diet and oral care routine as ways for patients to combat cavities.

But if secondhand smoke proves to be a significant challenge in maintaining healthy teeth, dentists will have additional advice with regard to avoiding cavities.

Dr. Weiss emphasizes that secondhand smoke is a major concern for all health, including dental and full body.
Cavities, tooth decay that has destroyed enamel, are the most chronic disease in young people ages 6-19, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As a way to improve the health of all Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hopes to reduce the occurrence of cavities in children by 10 percent within the next six years.

At Comfort Dentists and Sleep Dentists, we encourage proper oral hygiene habits for all ages. Those that make it part of their daily routine are less likely to experience cavities and other dental obstacles down the road.

Our practice focuses on prevention. And because we truly care about the well-being of our patients, we do a full oral cancer exam using VELscope, the worldwide leader in early discovery of oral tissue abnormalities.

If you’re looking for a dentist that will get you back to ideal oral care, give us a call. Our treatments are state-of-the-art and effective.

We know that you will love the results.

Comfort Dentists and Sleep Dentists are trusted providers of cosmetic and general dentistry in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. Please contact our offices to learn more.

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May 31, 2014

Plantation Sleep Dentists Focuses on Gum Disease

Filed under: General,Sleep Dentistry — Tags: , , — admin @ 3:10 pm

Fort Lauderdale, Florida- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 65 million Americans are affected by periodontal disease. One in every two adults age 30 and older suffer from gum disease. We support the American Academy of Periodontology, who is calling for Americans to take better care of their gums. Guidelines like brushing twice a day, flossing daily and receiving an annual exam from your local dentist are not enough sometimes.

Excess bacteria in the mouth allows plaque to build up underneath the gum line and initiate the roots of periodontal disease. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in plaque, and we know that brushing alone does not remove the bacteria that live below the gum line. When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, surgery may be needed. Our Periodontist is extremely qualified, and can recommend the appropriate treatment for any of your dental problems.

Periodontal disease can lead to bone damage, tooth loss, receding gum-lines, and it can increase the risk of other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. In addition to diabetes, periodontal disease has been linked to other chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer. Gum disease harms the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth, which may possibly lead to tooth loss.

Poor oral hygiene is the primary cause of periodontal disease, but smoking is also a significant risk factor in progression of the disease. Thankfully, periodontal disease is mostly preventable and treatable. The early warning signs are often not obvious and painless, which may lead you to believe nothing is wrong. We believe everyone should practice good oral hygiene and regularly discuss their teeth with our Plantation professional dentists. With an appropriate diagnosis, the damage from periodontal disease is reversible in many cases.

We specialize in Periodontal Therapy to treat all aspects of gum disease. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Our first step is a thorough cleaning and scaling to remove plaque and tarter deposits beneath the gum line.

When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, surgery may be needed. Our Periodontist is extremely qualified, and can recommend appropriate treatment.

Some warning signs that you may have periodontal disease are the following:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Change in the fit of partial dentures

Let Sleep Dentists assess your dental needs in a pain-free environment. We specialize in sedation dentistry in Fort Lauderdale to calm our patients and create a high level of comfort.

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May 25, 2014

National Stroke Awareness Month at Sleep Dentists

Fort Lauderdale, Florida- May is National Stroke Awareness Month at Sleep Dentists, your Fort Lauderdale Cosmetic Dentistry specialists. We are committed to your health first and foremost, so we want you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of strokes for yourself and your loved ones.

Studies show that 80% of strokes can be prevented through the help of healthcare professionals. We aim to inform our clients on healthy mouths and bodies, including certain risk factors that increase the chances of a stroke.

A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to the brain. Brain cells die which causes damage to the brain. This causes terrible consequences, including physical, cognitive and emotional functioning.

When brain cells die during a stroke, physical abilities that are controlled by that area of the brain could potentially fail. Those abilities could include your speech, movement and memory.  Recovery after a stroke is often a lifelong process for everyone impacted by this event. Some people recover fully from a stroke while others face challenges for the rest of their lives.

In order to evaluate a stroke situation, look for the following symptoms:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding others
  • Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • A sudden headache with no reasonable cause

If you show any symptoms, call an ambulance. To decrease your risk of stroke, we encourage all our patients not to smoke or use tobacco products. You should also implement healthy eating habits and reduce your use of alcohol. Increasing physical activity can also help reduce stroke risk.

Some risk factors are out of your control. Uncontrollable risk factors include being over age 55, being male, being African American, Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islander, or having a family history of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Controllable risk factors include:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Circulation Problems
  • Tobacco Use and Smoking
  • Alcohol Use
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Obesity

By working with a doctor who can prescribe medications and advise lifestyle changes towards a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent a potential stroke. The
National Stroke Association created an easy-to-use tool called a Stroke Risk Scorecard. The Scorecard gives people an idea of their personal risk of stroke.

We recommend you assess your risk of stroke and discuss your results with a doctor to help treat any controllable risk factors. For all of your dentistry needs or oral health issues, give your Fort Lauderdale sedation dentistry experts a call at 954-715-6594.

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March 17, 2014

The Evolution Of Your Diet

Filed under: Uncategorized — jared @ 5:14 pm

Here’s something you might want to ponder. How did our human ancestors manage when there were no dental teams to care for damaged teeth or clean away plaque? It seems logical to assume that a lot of early humans must have been walking around with toothless grins, yet the truth is quite the contrary. Evidence shows that these people were in excellent health, and their mouths were almost free of dental disease. In other words, they never needed a dentist for a great smile.

Back in the old days, a natural diet and a few twigs and bones were all the preventive tools our ancestors needed. Today we have grown to rely on toothbrushes, toothpastes, floss, water irrigation, mouthwashes, and dentistry to keep dental disease away. Of course, we live longer than our ancestors did and have greater potential to succumb to oral health issues. And while we may no longer be able to live the simpler life they did, we can pay more attention to what we eat.

Here are some simple steps that will go a long way to keeping your mouth healthy…

– Try to eat balanced meals every day. And if you eat sweets, have them with a meal, not as a snack.

– Brush, floss, and rinse your mouth often. Otherwise, chew on a piece of sugarless gum or munch on fibrous fruits and vegetables like apples or celery.

– Be smart about snacking. A healthy snack doesn’t have to be boring – just take a look at these options…

Potato chips or popcorn? Switch those greasy, salty chips and pop the corn! Plain dry popcorn is best, but a little oil, butter or margarine won’t do too much harm. Just don’t chew the kernels!

Chocolate milk or OJ? Chocolate milk or flavored and fortified non-dairy milks have nutritional goodness and contain no more sugar than an equal serving of unsweetened orange juice. Even though they’re nutritious, foods like this shouldn’t be served too often during the day.

How about fruits? Fruit punch with real juice added doesn’t stack up to a drink that’s 100% juice, and a fresh pear is superior to raisins and other sugary dried fruits and fruit leathers that stick to your teeth.

Plain toasted oat cereal or granola? No doubt about it, plain unsweetened cereals are far better. Granola and granola bars are often high fat, and they’re sweet and sticky enough to give your teeth something to worry about.

Just like our ancient ancestors, savvy snacking and a nutritious and balanced diet are as important to your teeth and gums as to the rest of your body. Your teeth and your smile will thank you!

February 19, 2014

About Men’s Health

Filed under: General — jared @ 9:31 am

I’d like to share some information with you about men’s health. This discussion was triggered, ironically, by some great news about women. Research published in the April 2011 issue of the Journal of Periodontology confirms once again something that most dentists already recognize – women are more proactive than men in maintaining their oral health. Not only that, but numerous studies including one from the Centers for Disease Control show that women generally are more knowledgeable about health issues and take better care of themselves. Because oral health and general health are so inextricably interlinked, I would really like to see men catch up.

For one thing, men go through many life stages that involve hormonal fluctuations, just as women do. Adolescence immediately comes to mind, but andropause, the male menopause, is also a normal stage of male development characterized by gradual hormonal, physiological, and chemical changes that may put men at risk for health problems like cardiovascular disease and osteoarthritis, both of which have been linked with gum disease which can flare up when hormones are in flux.

Men also get another disease that is more commonly and erroneously associated only with women – osteoporosis (the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time). If the level of calcium, the main nutritional mineral needed for building strong teeth and bones which contain 99% of the body’s supply, does not remain constant and adequate, your body will pull it from your bones. (About 1% of calcium circulates in the blood to aid heart function, blood clotting, the conduction of nerve impulses and muscle contraction.) In addition to osteoporosis, inadequate calcium intake has also been linked to hypertension and toxemia in pregnancy which is characterized by high blood pressure.

Here are some facts and statistics from the National Osteoporosis Foundation…

> Up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

> Approximately two million North American men already have osteoporosis. About 12 million more are at risk.

> Men older than 50 are more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than they are to get prostate cancer.

> Each year, about 80,000 men will break a hip.

> Men are more likely than women to die within a year after breaking a hip.

What puts men at risk? As I mentioned earlier, a diet that contains inadequate calcium can contribute to the problem, and in general, experts believe that North Americans do not consume enough calcium each day. Other factors include your family history, steroid medicines, and lifestyle issues such as lack of exercise, tobacco, alcohol consumption, and having low testosterone or estrogen levels can put you at risk. So does having medical problems such as chronic kidney, respiratory diseases, or cancers, and certain autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. These are all inflammatory diseases which have been linked to gum disease which, like osteoporosis, can arrive without symptoms and can lead to loss of jawbone density and tooth loss.

I can almost hear you thinking, “Why does gum disease keep coming up in a discussion of general health?” You may have noticed how I’ve been pointing out that many systemic problems are inflammatory in nature. Gum disease is actually a chronic bacterial infection which, like other infections, will eventually cause redness and inflammation. If left untreated it will damage the gums and bone supporting the teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. Toxic oral bacteria can travel to other parts of your body and have been found in areas as diverse as amniotic fluid and in arterial plaque. In fact, as science discovers more about the inflammatory nature of many diseases, gum disease is being linked to an increasingly comprehensive list of conditions including those cited above.

How do you avoid gum disease? With good home-care routines and regular dental visits to remove dental plaque, the sticky colorless bacterial film that is constantly forming on your teeth. Plaque buildup can lead to the earliest and mildest form of the disease – gingivitis. Although it begins with no obvious symptoms, during this stage, the gum tissue can swell, turn red, and bleed easily, causing little or no discomfort. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good at-home oral hygiene. Without this care, you may put yourself at risk for more severe forms of gum disease.

So to all of you men out there – there are more reasons to come and see me than getting a great looking smile to compete in the work force… Women seem to have gotten it right and I know that you can, too. Please see me and your physician on a regular basis and think seriously about making lifestyle changes that could improve your health. Approaches such as optimal diet, regular exercise, and stress management, as well as a reduction in tobacco and alcohol intake, are all excellent prescriptions for good oral health as well as general health.

Call our office for more information on how this could affect you or your loved ones.

January 21, 2014

Sweet Seduction

Filed under: General — jared @ 12:06 pm

Have you ever heard of the Law Of Unintended Consequences? It’s most commonly used in economics, but it has other applications where the best intentions go unexpectedly awry. Think email/spam, dieting/yoyo weight gain, lower fat/higher sugar for taste. It’s this last one that is of concern to me. Our sugar intake has increased at an alarming rate, and it’s not all because of larger portions and succumbing to ad campaigns. Some of it has arisen due to misguided attempts to improve and streamline our food production and reduce our dietary fat intake. Sugar is often added to food to replace the taste loss when fat is reduced.

Is Sugar Toxic?, a comprehensive and rather alarming article written by Gary Taubs and published in the New York Times, explores the confounding and contradictory evidence about the role sugar plays in modern health issues.

You don’t need to be a nutritionist, physician, or dentist to understand that sugar, whether solid or liquid…

• has no food value – period

• raises your insulin level and creates health problems, including oral health problems, whether you are diabetic or not

• depresses your immune system by preventing the absorption of vitamin C

• upsets the body’s mineral balance by using more of your body’s stored nutrients since simple sugars have no vitamins or minerals of their own

• contributes to weight gain because the body will burn sugar instead of stored fat and will also convert excess sugars to stored saturated fat

• causes tooth decay and gum disease by encouraging the growth of bacteria and plaque which affects all ages (including infants with baby bottle syndrome whose teeth are destroyed by consuming too many sugary liquids, including formula, juices, milk or soda, especially at night)

• is a major factor in the erosion of teeth enamel, thanks to the soaring consumption of soft drinks, including the new sports and vitamin fruit drinks.

What can you do? Here’s what I tell my patients…

Try to monitor your sugar intake, even when it’s hidden. The problem isn’t just the sugar you spoon into your coffee and cereal in the morning. The bigger threat is “hidden sugar” that is already in most processed foods. Breakfast cereals are loaded with it, and even a so-called low-fat muffin can have the equivalent of seven and a half teaspoons (37 ml) to replace the taste of missing fat.

Check labels. Food labels containing words ending in “ose,” for example, glucose, dextrose, fructose, levulose, lactose, or maltose all mean sugar. Even salad dressings and ketchup contain an excess of the stuff.

Call me and book an appointment. I can identify problems early, provide good information, and take steps to help you lead a healthier lifestyle and am always happy to help you keep all of your best intentions!

December 11, 2013

Goodbye Cavities … Hello Cavity Prevention!

Filed under: General — jared @ 8:28 pm

Everyone is susceptible to cavities, and I mean everyone. In fact, they are so common and lacking in mystery that most people think they have a good understanding of them. Interestingly, that’s not what I see and hear when I talk to some patients at my practice, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to go back to the basics with you.

What is a cavity? “Cavity” actually refers to the hole in your enamel that is formed when you have caries – the bacterial disease that causes them. When the food we eat interacts with bacteria in our mouths, the result is a chemical reaction which produces an acid which can erode the enamel (outside covering) of a tooth. Eventually, a small hole will form in the tooth’s surface. This is a cavity, and it’s an open door to infection and decay.

What is a root cavity? For adults, root cavities are a concern. This is when the cavity appears not in the crown of the tooth, but on the root. Years of gum erosion from brushing too hard, as well as from the natural effects of ageing, causes gums to recede, making the root vulnerable to acid attacks.

What is a filling cavity? A filling cavity forms adjacent to the edge of a filling or in the part of a tooth that has been exposed by a broken filling. Sometimes there are micro cracks in older filling material that allow bacteria to seep in and under a filling. You won’t likely notice them, but I can identify them during your checkup.

How can you prevent cavities? Nutrition is one important component. Tooth decay is promoted by starchy foods like breads, cereals, and crackers which feed bacteria-causing tooth decay. Potentially harmful sugars are found in natural foods such as fruits and fruit drinks, as well as milk, ketchup, salad dressings, and some canned vegetables.

I know you understand that sugar contributes to the development of tooth decay, and you may have switched to diet soda because of that. Sorry – it’s not that simple. Diet sodas don’t have any sugar, but they do contain larger amounts of phosphoric and citric acid to enhance flavor. Don’t brush right away, though – you risk damaging softened enamel. A tall glass of water immediately after will help, but better yet, why not choose the very best thirst quencher in the first place? Water has no fat, no caffeine, and no acid!

There’s absolutely no mystery to how to prevent cavities. At home, you should brush and floss effectively, eat a balanced diet, and use fluoride toothpaste. And come and see me regularly so that together we can monitor your oral health.

November 12, 2013

Calcium, how much is enough?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jared @ 12:00 pm

There’s a recurring news story about calcium supplements that a number of my patients have found worrisome and confusing. It’s worth touching on and it reminded me that really, it’s an opportunity to talk to you about calcium’s importance to oral and overall health.

First the worrisome story. In August 2010 The British Medical Journal published a review of studies about women at risk for fractures and loss of bone density. Surprisingly, they discovered that women taking calcium supplements had a modest increased risk of heart attacks and no benefit from the supplements. Their recommendation seems reasonable: a reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in osteoporosis management.

Yet if you are over 60, your physician may recommend a calcium intake of 1,000-1,200 mg per day. If you have any concerns about the relative benefits of starting or continuing with supplements, I encourage you to discuss them with your physician. Their value to you depends on your individual health status as well as your diet.

Any balanced diet isn’t complete without calcium, the main nutritional mineral needed for building strong teeth and bones, which contain 99% of the body’s supply. However, the remaining 1% circulates in the blood to aid heart function, blood clotting, the conduction of nerve impulses, and muscle contraction.

If the level of calcium does not remain constant and adequate, your body can pull calcium from your bones which, over time, will lead to osteoporosis which can result in broken bones. Inadequate calcium intake has also been linked to health issues such as hypertension and toxemia in pregnancy, which is characterized by high blood pressure.

In general, experts believe that North Americans, particularly adults, do not consume enough calcium each day. But how much calcium do you need for a lifetime of healthy teeth and bones?

The most effective amount for adults is from 800-1,200 mg of calcium a day combined with a good exercise program. Remember vitamin D3 for helping your body absorb calcium.

Calcium is especially important for growing children. We recommend 500-700 mg a day of calcium for children depending on their age and significantly more for teenagers and expectant or nursing mothers.

Many things we eat and drink have calcium in them, with dairy products usually being your best source. Adults can get their recommended daily amount by drinking 3-4 glasses of milk or an equivalent measure of yogurt or cheese (1½ ounces of cheese equals an eight-ounce glass of milk). You can add milk to soups, sauces, and desserts. Coffee cream, artificial creamer, and whipped topping as well as cream cheese, sour cream, and whipping cream, contain little or no calcium, but you can replace sour cream or cream cheese with fat-free yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar.

If you can’t tolerate dairy, then fortified alternatives made from almonds, soy, or rice are an option, as well as fresh vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and collard greens, and canned seafood like sardines and salmon. Nuts like almonds are also high in calcium.

Regardless of your age, calcium provides many benefits for your oral and overall health. If you’re not sure you’re getting enough dietary calcium, please ask your physician, my dental team, or me to suggest ways to achieve the calcium intake that’s right for you.

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