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By Dr. Ellison
September 27, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: saliva   salivary glands   mouth  
  1. Saliva is made up of mostly water and also contains substances to help your body digest food.

  2. It keeps your mouth moist.

  3. Saliva allows you to taste, chew and swallow.

  4. It fights germs and prevents bad breath.

  5. Saliva contains some proteins and minerals that protect your tooth enamel and prevent gum disease and tooth decay.

  6. Your salivary glands are located inside each cheek, near the front teeth.

  7. The body produces about two to four  pints of saliva each day on average.

  8. Some people have medical conditions in which they produce too much (hypersalivation) or not enough (xerostomia) saliva. For a slightly dry mouth, be sure to drink plenty of water and try chewing sugar-free gum.


If you experience excessive amounts of saliva or a very dry mouth, please ask Dr. Ellison about some possible solutions.

By Dr. Ellison
July 21, 2017
Category: Hygiene
Tags: teeth   bacteria   plaque   gingivitis   gums   floss   water flosser   gum health  

Lately, in our practice, we have been singing the praises of using a water pik. While I still recommend flossing, I must admit that I floss less now since getting back to using a water pik regularly. It’s a whole new kind of clean. Through independent and university clinical research, studies show the benefits of using a water pik (sometimes called an oral irrigator or water flosser). Water piks  improve gum health and reduce gingivitis by removing plaque and bacteria. They are able to clean between teeth and below the gum line where a toothbrush or floss may not. The pulsating flow of water is gentle on the gums and less likely to cause bleeding in people with sensitive gums that brushing and flossing sometimes do. Water piks are also great for people with limited dexterity. Often when patients hate to floss or find it uncomfortable for sensitive teeth and gums, their oral health is negatively affected. Using a water pik is a reasonable and effective alternative or addition to the regimen. People who suffer from periodontal disease and those undergoing orthodontic treatment find the water pick’s small bursts of water helpful in dislodging food particles and bacteria. I recommend using a water pik to my patients with implants as well. It also massages and increases blood flow to the gums. Water piks are a great tool for reducing discomfort while effectively cleaning the teeth and gums.


There are both home and portable versions available. Home versions use electrical outlets and portables operate on batteries. They can sometimes spray unwanted water around the counter and mirror if you aren’t careful, which is why I like to just take my portable along in the shower.  Both home and portable versions offer a pulsating stream of water, but some allow you to adjust the pressure settings, which we recommend especially for sensitive teeth and gums. Our favorite water pik is a portable one that several of us in our practice have been using and really like, The Waterpik Cordless Advanced Water Flosser. And, for the record, I do not get any affiliate credit for recommending. You can find it on Amazon and Best Buy. If you have questions about this or any other water pick, please ask Dr. Ellison.

By Dr. Ellison
June 21, 2017
Category: Diet
Tags: healthy   hydration   summer   vitamins   antioxidants   water  

RaspberrisWith summer's arrival and kids home for the better part of three months, patients and parents sometimes ask me for suggestions of healthy snacks (and not just for kids). It can be easy to fall into the trap of junk and processed food, but with a little thought and planning these healthier options are definitely doable. I certainly enjoy chips and salsa or occasional potato chips as well. Pretzels were always my go-to when I got home from work. We enjoy taking advantage of summer's seasonal foods as well for both snacks and meals. Here are ten of my favorites.

  1. Nuts
    Specifically walnuts. Full of fiber and protein, omega-3 fats and antioxidants, it doesn't take much for these to keep you feeling full longer. I read that studies show just 1 ounce of walnuts 5 times a week can cut heart disease risk by almost 40 .percent. Nuts, in general, are an easy snack to grab on your way out the door. Walnuts tasted like dirt to me at first, but you get used to them.

  2. Watermelon
    Along with drinking water, some foods offer great hydrating effects and watermelon is one, containing more than 90 percent water. Watermelon also contains lycopene, which helps to protect the skin from damaging sun, as well as antioxidants, and vitamins A,B6 and C. We have probably had watermelon at every summer barbecue.

  3. Raspberries
    Sweet, full of vitamins and 1 cup contains as much as 8 grams of fiber. Raspberries are one of my favorites for breakfast.

  4. Blueberries
    Sweet yet tart, Blueberries are full of antioxidants and fiber. I like them fresh, but frozen are great for throwing in a smoothie.

  5. Tart Cherries
    Cherries just remind me of summer. We used to go pick them when I was a kid and I'd eat them right out of my bucket before I had finished filling it up. Of course, as a kid I was unaware that cherries contain cancer-fighting flavonoids and anthocyanins that help increase fat burning, as well as melatonin that may help sleep. 

  6. Tomatoes
    There is nothing like fresh homegrown tomatoes in summer, sliced with just a sprinkle of salt and pepper. I like them paired with some mozzarella and a little basil. Tomatoes also contain lycopene, the phytonutrient that gives them the red color and helps protect the skin from sun. Tomatoes contain plenty of vitamin C and are about 94 percent water content too.

  7. Cucumbers
    Cucumbers actually have a higher water content than watermelon at 95 percent. They're low calorie and versatile. Try them as a replacement for crackers with cheese. I was skeptical at first too.

  8. Avocados
    We can't keep enough avocados around our house. They go with just about everything from sandwiches and burgers, to salads and eggs. Of course, guacamole and chips are a must.

  9. Spinach
    Full of fiber and essential nutrients that your body can lose when you've been outside in the sun, spinach makes a great salad base for lunch or dinner, added to eggs, on a sandwich. I recently learned that spinach contains 157 mg of magnesium per cup.

  10. Celery
    If you're like me, you probably think celery has no taste. But it's a great vehicle for other things. You can top it with cream cheese or peanut butter or anything you can think.Celery is 95 percent water, contains fiber, vitamins A,C,K, B, folate and potassium. Celery is one tha I eat almost daily.


Most of these foods, except for nuts, contain a lot of water so they make excellent snacks in the summer when it is even more important to stay hydrated. Spending excessive time in the sun and sweating can deplete your body's  electrolytes-potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium. These foods are all healthy choices for your teeth as well as your body

By Dr. Ellison
May 19, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: teeth   crown   chipped   cracked   bonding   Dentistry   veneers   invisalign   whitening   cosmetic  
 Nobody wants stained, yellow teeth so whitening is a great fix. From custom take home trays to Zoom power whitening, the results and costs vary, but many patients find a successful difference after one session. 
 As an alternative to traditional metal braces, we offer custom, removable aligners to straighten teeth, which produce pleasing results.
 We group these procedures together because both ceramic porcelain treatments are custom-made and placed over the tooth to alter or repair discoloration, size, shape and strength. Either can restore a broken tooth, teeth worn down from grinding, crooked teeth and gaps. Each is cemented into place, covering the visible portion of a tooth. Dr. Ellison can help you decide which is best for an individual patient.
 As an alternative to veneers, dental bonding is a quick and simple fix for minor repairs of teeth that are cracked, chipped, misaligned or discolored.
 The new standard for permanently replacing missing teeth. Modern dentistry makes dental implants designed to last indefinitely. These porcelain beauties offer a natural translucency with superior new technology. Replacing the older style bridge, these are metal-free options that can be used as an individual tooth or a group of teeth. 
 Dr. Ellison will consult with patients individually to determine which treatment is the most ideal option.
By Dr. Ellison
March 24, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Dentist   teeth   tooth   tooth-colored   fillings   natural   amalgam   composite  


There was a time, not so many years ago, dentists did not have available the dental materials and technology they have today and thus patients did not have the choices when it came to fillings. Silver fillings were used exclusively throughout dentistry. Tooth-colored fillings opened up possibilities because they were able to restore and also mimic the appearance of natural tooth.

Today’s composite resins, or tooth-colored filings, not only restore fractured or decayed teeth but may also be used to change the size and shape of teeth as needed. This has become a relatively simple solution for fixing teeth and improving patients’ smiles.

Tooth-colored fillings are used more often now than amalgam or gold fillings, likely due to the natural look. They are durable and fracture-resistant in small to mid-size fillings and can be placed in either front or back teeth. In addition to this composite being used for fillings and for perfecting size and shape of a tooth, it’s also a good choice for discoloration and imperfections on a tooth.

Tooth-colored composite material is a non-invasive, cost-effective option with immediate results.  The results can be a nearly perfect match to the natural tooth enamel. You can see an example of tooth-colored composite here on our website.

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