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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
801 Brewster Ave<br/> Ste 255
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Meet Dr. Barthman

Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

Dr. Barthman is a Member of

  • American Dental Association
  • Las Vegas Institute for
  • Advanced Dental Studies

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Did You Know?

Above all else, Dr. Barthman wants for you to have a beautiful, new smile. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and so we recommend the following tips to get you on your way:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.

 

The Health Benefits of Antioxidants

March 30, 2016 @ 12:00 PM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman

A healthy, bright white smileAntioxidants have many positive effects on our health, including our oral health. Antioxidants boost the body's natural immune system, helping us fight infections and ward off disease. When it comes to oral health, a strong immune system can help reduce the risk of gum disease and other oral infections, which can lead to dental damage. When damage is present, restorative dentistry treatments can help restore dental function and get oral health back on track. So what exactly are antioxidants and how do they help keep us healthy? Discover the many health benefits of antioxidants in this overview from Redwood City, CA dentist Jean E. Barthman.

What Are Antioxidants?

Although oxygen is important for the health of our cells, oxygen causes oxidation within the body. Oxidation changes chemicals in the body into something called free radicals. As free radicals build up, they can cause changes to our cells and DNA, which many experts believe to be linked to the aging process and certain diseases, like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Antioxidants are one of our biggest weapons in the fight against free radicals. Antioxidants are naturally found in many foods and drinks, carried by vitamins like beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium, and help stabilize free radicals in the body. Antioxidants do this by “grabbing” free radicals before they can attach to the cells. This helps prevent cellular damage and can help reverse some of the damage caused by oxidation and free radicals.

The Health Benefits of Antioxidants

Antioxidants provide many health benefits by keeping free radicals at bay, preventing cellular damage and reducing the risk of certain diseases, like heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants also help boost the immune system, allowing the body to fight off infections. When it comes to oral health, a strong immune system can help reduce the risk of gum disease and other oral infections. Antioxidants, specifically those linked to vitamins E and C, help slow the aging process and may even help with memory loss. 

Foods High in Antioxidants

You can add more antioxidants to your diet by changing the foods you eat. Many fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of natural antioxidants. When trying to boost your antioxidant intake, look for colorful fruits and vegetables (green, purple, orange, red, yellow, and blue); these tend to pack the highest antioxidant punch. In addition to fruits and vegetables, many grains, nuts, and seeds are a good source of antioxidants. Although there are many antioxidant supplements on the market, the best way to increase antioxidant levels in your body is by eating a mixed and varied diet rich in fruits and vegetables and other foods high in antioxidants. Some great sources of antioxidants include:

  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Strawberries
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Seafood
  • Green tea

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Barthman

Good oral health depends on your overall health, but also proper dental care. We welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Barthman for all of your dental care needs.