Foods That Can Naturally Whiten Teeth

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If I were to tell you that there are foods that can naturally whiten your teeth, would you believe me? Just as certain types of foods can cause stains or discoloration, there are also foods that can have the opposite effect on your teeth.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), certain types of food can naturally cleanse, whiten and even help defend against bad bacteria that could possibly harm your teeth and/or gums.

Our gums and teeth essentially mirror what is going on inside your body, meaning what you consume highly influences the integrity and health of your teeth. Try adding the following foods into diet, and enjoy not only a whiter smile, but also the nutritional benefits that come along with them!

  • Broccoli. When broccoli is eaten raw it acts as a gentle abrasive to the surface of your teeth, which can remove unsightly stains. Broccoli is rich is fiber, and if eaten regularly it can go a long way in preventing gum disease. The iron found in broccoli also provides a barrier that protects your teeth from stains and cavity-causing acids.


  • Celery. Say farewell to tooth stains as you munch on a piece of celery. These yummy veggies aren’t just low in calories and packed with nutrients, the fibrous cellulose acts as a natural toothbrush, while the high water content stimulates saliva production.


  • Apple. You know the saying “an apple a day will keep the doctor away”. Well, that may also go for a teeth-whitening trip to the dentist as well. Apples act as a natural abrasive and scrub away stains and other food particles. They also contain a high concentration of malic acid, a natural astringent that acts as a bleaching agent.


  • Strawberries. Similar to apples, strawberries also contain high levels of malic acid. Strawberries also have the added benefit of being rich in vitamin C, which provides a boost to the immune system, helping aid in fighting off bacterial infections like gum disease.


  • Cheese. While the colors of cheese may throw one off, most cheese will not stain teeth. Cheese is high in calcium and phosphorus, which helps provide your teeth with the necessary nutrition to keep your tooth enamel strong and healthy.


  • Pineapple. Pineapples are a unique fruit since they are the only food that contains an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is a natural stain remover that helps removes plaque from the surface of your teeth, which prevents tooth erosion and cavities from forming.


  • Onions and Garlic. The key is to eat these raw. Doing so will release a bacteria-reducing compound called thiosulfinate. Thiosulfonates promotes healthier teeth by reducing the production of plaque. Also, the fact that garlic and onions are both colorless just ensures that they will not stain teeth.


  • Water. Last but definitely not least, we have water. If you ever needed another reason to drink more water, how about the fact that it can help keep your pearly whites shining bright. In addition, drinking water during and after your meals helps rinse your mouth of any food particles and loose plaque.

As you can see there are many ways to naturally whiten teeth and maintain the brightness of your smile. Of course, for a better-looking and healthier smile, regular consumption of these foods isn’t enough. You should also be sure to make it a point to practice proper oral hygiene, and visit your dentist for checkups and professional cleanings on a regular basis.

If you would like to transform your smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry, contact Barmy and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit for information regarding teeth whitening treatments.



The Three Stages of Gum Disease


If you’ve recently been told that you have a form of gum disease, you’re not alone. Nearly 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by a bacteria found in plaque, that sticky colorless film that forms on your teeth. If the plaque is not removed by preforming a proper oral hygiene routine, such as brushing and flossing, the plaque will build up and the bacteria will infect not only your gums and teeth, but your gum tissue and bone that supports your teeth. There are three stages of gum disease and those are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.

  • Gingivitis- This first stage of gum diseases is termed gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that’s caused by plaque build-up at your gum line. When you don’t brush and floss daily to remove plaque it produces toxins that irritates your gum tissue. This is the only stage of gum disease that is reversible since it hasn’t affected the connective tissue and bone.
  • Periodontitis- This is the stage where the supporting bone and tissues are irreversibly damaged. Your gums start to form pockets below the gum line, which in turn traps plaque and food debris. With proper treatment and improved home care you can typically prevent further damage.
  • Advanced Periodontitis- Advanced periodontitis is the final stage of gum disease, the tissues and supporting bone are destroyed, which lead your teeth to shift and loosen. This stage affects your bite, and if treatment can’t save your teeth, they may be have to be removed.

Be sure to stick to a healthy oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist regularly for checkups to prevent gum disease. If you think you may be suffering from a form gum disease, contact Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 to schedule a consolation today. To learn more about the services we offer visit our website at

How to Properly Care for Your Dentures


DenturesRemovable partial or full dentures require proper care to keep both the health of your dentures and mouth. By taking proper care of your dentures you can avoid staining and keep them looking their best. Keeping the following rules in mind you can keep you dentures in the best of shape:

  • Remove and Rinse after Eating- Run warm water over your dentures to remove food debris and other loose particles.
  • Handle Carefully- Make sure while you’re cleaning your dentures you don’t bend or damage the plastic by brushing to hard. Make sure to moisten denture brush before cleaning to avoid scratching the surfaces of your dentures.
  • Brush Daily- Clean your dentures at least once a day by soaking and brushing them with a nonabrasive dentures cleaner to remove leftover food debris or plaque. Never use the dentures cleaner in your mouth.
  • Keep Your Mouth Clean- After removing your dentures clean your mouth using a soft bristled tooth brush. Brush your natural teeth, tongue, gums and palate.
  • Soak Dentures Overnight- Most types of dentures need to stat moist to uphold their shape. Store dentures in either water or a denture soaking solution. Make sure to rinse your dentures before wearing them if they were soaking in a denture solution.

What should be avoided?

  • Abrasive Cleaning Materials- Avoid using firm bristled-brushed, harsh toothpastes and heavy denture cleaners.
  • Whitening Products- Don’t use toothpastes or any products advertised at whitening products. They are typically abrasive and should be avoid on dentures.
  • Hot Water- Avoid using hot or boiling water to clean your dentures. The hot water will distort your dentures.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how to properly care for your dentures, contact Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit our website at for more information.

Keep Your Toothbrush as Bacteria-Free as Possible

Every morning you go to reach for your toothbrush, you may not realize what’s clinging onto its bristles. Did you know the average toothbrush can contain up to 10 million bacteria, including E. coli and Staph? Gross, right? Your toothbrush is a little bacteria magnet, attracting germs from many sources. If your toothbrush is stored on a bathroom counter think about what it’s near- your sink and toilet. Germs can be transmitted from both and end up on your tooth brush, meaning bacteria and viruses from the sink and toilet can settle on all surfaces of your bathroom, including your toothbrush. With that said, are you ready to take better care of your tooth brush? Here are a few ways to go about keeping your toothbrush as bacteria-free as possible:

  • New Toothbrush- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or when the bristles become spread out and frayed. Replacing your toothbrush at this point gets rid of germs and assures you that you’re using an effective toothbrush.
  • Use The Right Toothpaste- Most toothpaste kill germs, but some are better than others. Use toothpaste with triclosan and copolymer, as they are better at killing germs than toothpaste with fluoride alone.
  • Do Not Share- Sharing toothbrushes can result in exchanging bodily fluids and microorganisms between users, which increases risk for infection. So make sure to never share your tooth brush.
  • Rinse Toothbrush Thoroughly- Thoroughly wash your toothbrush with tap water after brushing your teeth to remove any remaining debris or toothpaste.

For more information regarding your oral health, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit our website at

Dental Crowns and Bridges can fix a Myriad of Problems


Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges are dental prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Unlike dentures, which can be taken out, dental crowns and dental bridges can only be removed by a dentist.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are cemented to existing teeth or implants that surround an empty space, serving as anchors for the dental bridge. Porcelain is the most common material choice because it can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

Dental Crowns

A Dental Crown covers a damaged tooth. They are used for various reasons such as strengthening a damaged tooth, improving the tooth’s appearance or shape and to fix alignment issues.  As with dental bridges, dental crowns can be made of porcelain.

When would I need a dental crown?

  • To attach a dental bridge
  • Replace a filling when not enough tooth remains
  • Protecting weak teeth
  • Fractured tooth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had a root canal

Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges are fairly easy to take care of. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist on a regular basis. Also, steer clear of chewing hard foods such as ice. Follow these simple rules and your dental crowns and dental bridges could last a lifetime!

Contact Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick at Walnut Creek Prosthodontics for an appointment and free information on Dental Crowns and Dental bridges at (925) 934-5526 or visit our website

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder | Walnut Creek, CA

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When your teeth are misaligned it causes the jaw muscles to apply extra pressure to compensate for the poor alignment of your teeth. This is what’s called a “bad bite.” This extra pressure increases stress on the surface of the teeth and leads to cracks, chips and jaw pain.

Jaw pain results from a muscle strain placed where the upper and lower jaw meet, called the temporomandibular joint. When pain occurs in this areas it is called TMJ disorder.

Sufferers of TMJ disorder will experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain in multiple teeth or the jaw joint
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Cracked, chipped or broken dental restorations
  • Headache—especially when opening and closing your jaw
  • Ear pain—in front of or below the ear, with no other signs of ear infection
  • Noises “in your head” — grinding, crunching, or popping sounds

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics about treatment options to diminish your tooth, jaw, and headaches. For more information about TMJ and different treatment options call Doctors Barmby and Frick at 925-934-5526. Visit the website at



Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures| Walnut Creek Dentist

Some people love their teeth, some people hate their teeth. Teeth make up a large portion of our facial structures and shape the way our faces appear to the outside world. Here at Barmby & Frick, we believe that everyone deserves to have that award winning smile on their side! Here is a list of cosmetic dentistry procedures that we offer to our patients!

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are custom made shell like fixtures that are placed over the fronts of the teeth to enhance their appearance and repair any damage. Veneers are used to improve a wide variety of cosmetic dental problems, from discoloration, to gaps between the teeth.

Tooth Whitening

This procedure involves the use of peroxide-based materials that whiten teeth. For this procedure to even be an option, individuals must have all cavities filled and their gums must be healthy enough to withstand the laser light that some forms of this offer.

Tooth Shaping

Tooth shaping, like it’s’ name, involves the process of reshaping an individual’s teeth. This procedure can shorten long teeth, round off pointed teeth, and help the overall appearance of one’s teeth through a set of minor changes.

For more information about cosmetic dentistry procedures call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit

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Five things you should know before getting a Crown | Walnut Creek Dentist

Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations that an individual can undergo when they visit the dentist.  The procedure, though quite simple, should spark some concerns in your mind. Here is a list of things to know before getting a crown.

  • Crowns are used to fix cracked teeth. A cracked tooth may be evident when it hurts to bite down.
  • There are other options to getting a crown. You may opt for a filling, however if the crack is large enough, it may require a crown in the future.
  • If you wait with a chipped tooth, nothing really happens. However, there are instances in which an untreated crack tooth may lead to a root canal treatment rather than a crown.
  • Root Canals are not necessary in order to produce a crown treatment.
  • If you have a large enough filling that covers about 2/3 or the tooth, you will probably need a crown to rest on top of it to ensure a full recovery of the tooth.

For more information on if you are in need of a dental crown call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit

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Are implant Supported Dentures Right for You? | Walnut Creek Dentist

What is it?

Implanted Supported Dentures are a type of denture in which involve the process of getting implants in the mouth to help fully support the denture. This type of denture is made mostly for individuals who don’t have any teeth in the jaw, but have enough bones in the jaw to support the implants.

The whole process takes about five months for the upper jaw and seven months for the lower jaw to complete. There are a series of steps in which an individual considering Implanted Supported Dentures must go through before they can begin this process.

There will be two surgeries that take place for the implants to be screwed in and fully healed before the dentures are actually fitted and placed in the mouth. Once the dentures are fitted for the mouth, you will be able to snap them in and take them out whenever you please. Due to the fact that they are screwed in, you will find it easier to keep the dentures in your mouth.

If you think Implant Supported Dentures are right for you, make an appointment today!

For more information on how Implant Supported Dentures can benefit your smile call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit

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Walnut Creek Dentist | How to Properly Maintain your Dentures


The most frequently asked questions Drs. Barmby and Frick receive regarding dentures have to deal with how to properly maintain dentures. For this reason, Drs. Barmby and Frick highly encourage patients to soak their dentures in antibacterial solution for the time duration indicated on the packaging. After being soaked, patients should begin gently brushing their dentures with either a tooth brush or denture brush. Once finished, patients should proceed to rinsing their dentures and going about their daily dental routines such as brushing and flossing remaining natural teeth.

Drs. Barmby and Frick emphasize the importance of properly cleaning and maintaining dentures because of the amount of debris that can accumulate over time. These left over food particles and debris catalyze the growth of bacteria in the mouth that can cause serious consequences to an individual oral health. To avoid any health issues, maintain your dentures by thoroughly cleaning and caring for your dentures.

For more information about how to properly maintain your dentures call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit

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