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How to Serve Oregon Cherries this Summer

Summer in Oregon isn’t complete without the delicious family buffet meals. Whether for main courses or dessert recipes, cherries are excellent additions to the summer menu, especially because this fruit is in its peak season. We at Above Dental care about our patients’ diets because we know that food has a huge effect on overall oral health.

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This summer, should Oregon cherries be part of your menu? What effect does this fruit have on teeth?

The Best Cherries in Oregon

Oregon is one of the best places to grow cherries, and many varieties can be found around the state. Some of the most popular cherries include:

  1. Red tart cherries. This kind of cherry has a tangy flavor which blends perfectly with sweet desserts such as cherry pies, ice cream sundaes, and cobblers. It can also be used in cooking, especially in sauces.
  2. Royal Anne cherries. This variety is becoming more and more popular because of its fleshy texture. It has a mild golden-pink color with a perfect mix of sweetness and tartness.
  3. Dark sweet cherries. These cherries are great snacks as is, but they also blend well with desserts and savory recipes because they add sweetness to the dish.

Nutritional Value of Oregon Cherries

The most popular variant, red tart cherries are commonly used in dishes and desserts. Every half-cup serving of this cherry has only 60 calories, and is packed with sodium, potassium, fiber, vitamins A and C, iron, and some traces of calcium. It’s often packed in cans to preserve the freshness, although freshly picked cherries are also available in farmer’s markets.

However, cherries are naturally sweet and filled with sugar. Every 100 gram serving of cherries packs 8 grams of sugar. Although it has a low glycemic index and is considered good for diabetics, the fructose in cherries can still be bad for teeth because this natural sugar promotes bacterial growth and reproduction. This can trigger tooth decay and gum disease. Apart from that, the red pigments in cherries can also stain the teeth if eaten excessively.

How to Make Oregon Cherries Tooth-Friendly

Since cherries are high in sugar, you need to limit their consumption, especially if you are eating it as a dessert. Cherry pie is particularly sweet and needs to be eaten in moderation. After eating, you should also drink plenty of water to rinse away the sugars sticking to the surface of your teeth. You should also eat cherries in combination with other foods, particularly those which are tooth-friendly, such as cheese and milk to reverse the negative effects of fructose on teeth.

Dental Health after Summer

After all the celebrations and picnic lunches this summer, don’t forget to check in with Above Dental  for a dental examination. Your teeth will need professional cleaning to remove the plaque and calculus that have formed over the season. Above Dental is open to all patients, old and new. All you have to do is give us a call at (541) 756-7568 or request for an appointment through our online contact form. It would be much better to enjoy family dinners and feasts year-round when you have strong, healthy, and beautiful teeth!

The Holiday Survival Guide

As you know, the upcoming holiday season can be a joyous time of year but also semi-stressful at times. Planning parties, meals, gifts, and can definitely take its toll on your schedule, health, and sanity.

That’s why we are excited to announce something that will be extremely beneficial to you during the upcoming holiday season: The Holiday Survival Guide.

The Holiday Survival Guide

We have spent countless hours creating a fantastic guide to benefit you patients during this fun but semi-stressful time of year.

Whether it’s outsmarting the hordes of ravenous shoppers on Black Friday or just battling hungry stomachs at the dinner table, the Holiday Survival Guide has the recipes, tips, and advice you need to make it through the season.

So sit back and let us help you not only survive the holidays but thrive during them as well.

Make sure to check back for weekly updates to the Holiday Survival Guide on our Facebook and Blog, starting the week of November 1st.

As your North Bend Dentist, Dr. Brice and the rest of the Above Dental team look out for our patients and our community. The Holiday Survival Guide is just another fun way to do that. Join the fun this season!

We’ll be sure to take care of you.

Happy Holidays!

– Above Dental

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Put Dental Anxiety to Rest With Sedation Dentistry

IV Sedation

Most patients normally encounter some degree of apprehension when it comes to visiting the dentist. For others though, this anxiety can develop into a paralyzing fear that prevents them from pursuing necessary professional dental care, to the detriment of their oral health even.

What’s Holding You Back?

Are any of the following factors preventing you from receiving vital dental treatment, or smile-enhancing cosmetic procedures?

  • An extremely sensitive gag reflex.
  • Anxiety over potential needles, drilling, or pain involved in some procedures.
  • Concern of discomfort from having your mouth open for an extended period of time.
  • Bad dental experiences in the past.
  • Sensitive teeth.
  • A physical disorder that makes sitting difficult.
  • The necessity of complex, or multiple dental procedures.

Putting Dental Fear To Rest

Dental phobia should not dictate the condition and beauty your smile is left in. That’s why leading North Bend dentist, Dr. Devin Brice, offers IV sedation dentistry to put such dental anxieties to rest, and keep your smile in tip-top shape.

IV sedation dentistry is safe and effective. In fact, the American Dental Association endorsed the effectiveness of this therapy. We go beyond to make sure your dental care is comfortable, and IV sedation induces your body into a state of deep relaxation to help you feel less anxious about your dental procedures.

Because sedation dentistry encourages your mind to relax, we have patients who hardly remember their dental procedures.

Regardless of whether you require a simple cleaning, extensive dental work, or even multiple procedures, sedation dentistry has the ability to alleviate your anxieties.

Sit back, relax, and start enjoying the many benefits that a dazzling, healthy looking smile can bring. How about you? What’s your biggest fear about visiting the dentist?

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