Monday, July 16, 2018

Why You Should Always Research Your Doctor!

In a recent news article there was a story about a dentist in Texas who, allegedly, while under the influence of alcohol, botched a surgical procedure on a woman.  Lawsuits are pending. 

It is interesting to note that medical and dental professionals are not immune to substance abuse. 
This is incredibly disturbing when you think about how many people get treatment every day from dentists they know nothing about.  How many times have you picked a random doctor off of your insurance list?  I know I have done it, figuring that if my insurance lists them, they must be good enough.  They have a degree and a license to practice so it must be safe. And for some, it might be, but unfortunately, it is still an incredible risk to take.
 
Most people aren't even aware that you CAN research any doctor with a license.  Information such as where they went to school, when they graduated, complaints, infractions, etc. can be obtained by the general public. It's as simple as a Google.com search for your local dental or medical board. 
Such a simple step could have changed everything for that poor woman.

When it comes to your health, you can never be too careful!  Whatever you do, whether it be a dentist, a doctor or surgeon, even an anesthesiologist,  do your homework and ALWAYS KNOW who is working on you! 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

You Don't Have To Go To The Specialist Your Dentist Referred You To

When a dental center refers you to a specialist, they tend to use the same specialists. There are many reasons why they do this. They may be friends with that specialist. They have a working relationship with that specialist. They could be collaborating with that specialist and referring both ways. None of which are bad. If you trust your dentist, then you should trust the specialist that they refer you too, as you know that your dentist has the best in mind for your dental health.

However, that does not mean that you required to go to that specialist. When you are referred out, you as patient has the option to go a specialist of your choosing. One of them main factors would be, if that specialist is not a provider on your coverage. Rarely does the referring dental center check that. They just make the referral. It is up to the patient to make sure that they are covered at that office.

Too many times we have heard about a patient that has had to pay much more than they should have because they were referred to specialist that is not in their coverage network.

Another thing, make sure you shop around. There are general dentists that can do some if not most of procedures that other dentist would refer you out to. For example, some dentists will refer you to a endodontist for a root canal on a back molar. I personally know dentist that will do that in their office and save you the cost of a specialist. So make sure you are doing your research.

If you are a Savon Dental Plan patient, we have that information on hand for you. If you are referred to specialist, call our customer service center before you do anything else. We have tools readily available to let you know if they are a provider on our plan, we have record of the dentists different abilities and can often send you for a second opinion to a dentist that would be more likely to perform the procedure there and save you a lot more money.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Spinach Teeth

If you're a spinach eater, you may have noticed that your teeth feel chalky after eating it (spinach teeth). This is a result of high quantities of Oxalic acid found in the leafy green.

Jennifer Moltoni - Administrative Coordinator at the Department of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine says "when you chew spinach, the calcium in your saliva combines with the oxalic acid, and then calcium oxalate crystals are created. It's those crystals that stick to your teeth and make it feel gritty."

If you have a thing with textures, you can boil or steam the spinach to help get rid of the calcium oxalate. Or you can squeeze lemon juice on top of fresh spinach to help dissolve the oxalic acid.

I thought this was very interesting! I don't eat a lot of spinach so I never noticed the chalky texture but when I do make spinach as a side dish for dinner, I always steam it. As I mentioned above, steaming helps get rid of the calcium oxalate, that's probably why I have never noticed the weird texture before!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Financing your Dental Treatment Plan

Ok, so you've just been to the dentist and found out that you need thousands of dollars of restorative work. You have what we commonly refer to as "sticker shock". You know that you don't have that kind of money just laying around......
Whether you are in need of restorative work or cosmetic dentistry, there are a variety of creative financing plans available to help. Dentistry is among the most expensive in healthcare, with costs rising even as the economy is failing. Here are some suggestions for those who are in need of major restorative work, but who cannot afford the out of pocket expense.
First of all, make sure you have good dental coverage (a good dental plan used in conjunction with your credit plan will go a long way toward lowering the costs, thereby making your money go farther.)
Here are some credit organizations to consider:
  • Care Credit Healthcare Plan is a financing company that is offered by GE Money Company. It offers financing for personal healthcare, i.e. dental, (cosmetic or restorative) vision care, surgical procedures, (and just FYI) there is financing available for pet care as well! This option does require that you qualify for a loan. Click here to read more....
  • Citi Health Card is a program that offers dental financing with a variety of flexible payment options. The have some no interest payment options, options that are for certain periods of time and a revolving card option with no minimum expense. According to their website, they have a quick approval process! If you have a need for an immediate procedure and are low on funds, this one may be the one to try.

    Unfortunately, there are many who may not qualify for financing. Don't give up! Many dental providers are now offering in-house financing options for people with no insurance, or who might need a little help with funding for an expensive treatment plan. Additionally, dental school clinics are a consideration, as they can perform most procedures at discounted fees and all work is done under supervised conditions.
Believe it or not, there is something out there for everyone in the way of affordable dental care! Don't be discouraged!




Sunday, July 8, 2018

Causes Of Tooth Senstivity

Did you ever drink something hot or cold and feel a sharp, shooting pain in one or more of your teeth? You probably have tooth sensitivity: potentially caused by a myriad of different problems. Here is a list of things that can cause sensitive teeth.
  • Receeding Gums
  • A Cracked Tooth
  • Teeth Grinding (Also known as Bruxism)
  • Whitening Products (Especially if overused.) Note: Some people have a natural sensitivity to whitening products, so it's common to have some sensitivity after use.
  • Gum Disease
  • Brushing your teeth too hard or with a hard bristled toothbrush.
  • Foods that have a high acid content, like citrus fruits, tomatoes, vinegar.....diet soda....
There are a variety of remedies out there to try, such as:
  • Desensitizing Toothpaste (there is a wide variety available at the drugstore)
  • Sealants
  • Brushing with warm water or rinsing with warm salt water
  • Add foods rich in vitamin D to your diet.
The most effective remedy is the common sense approach.....limit your usage of harsh mouthwashes, use a soft bristled toothbrush and keep up with your routine dental cleanings!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

2017's Top Dental Discoveries

The more that technology advances, so does the dental research discoveries.

Here are some of the top dental discoveries found in 2017:
  1.  New Research discovers ways to eliminate needled for dental anesthetic.
  2. New discover could eliminate infections after root canals.
  3. New vaccine could mean the end of periodontists.
  4. A pill that could mean the end of dental fillings.
  5. New coating could make dental implants better than ever.
  6. E-cigarettes shown to be detrimental to oral health in new study.
  7. Green tea extract could help prevent cavities.
  8. New study shows that oral bacteria can "lasso" onto heart tissue.
 If you would like to read the studies here is where I found the information!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Weird Dental Emergency Stories

Dental Emergencies are never fun when they happen to you but you will get a laugh out of some of these stories I found!

1. Garden in the mouth - One patient had a major toothache so the dentist ordered a root canal. When they were cleaning out the roots and gums the dentist found some seeds lodged into the gum and a tiny sprout was forming. It turned out to be a tomato plant!

2. Super glue gone wrong - One patient tried super gluing their crown back on and ended up sticking the wrong teeth together and got super glue all over the roof of their mouth and throat.

3. Hanging by a thread - Sometime people who neglect their teeth get a serious buildup of tartar and plaque that creates a bridge between the teeth and gums (calculus bridge). One patient tried to remove the bridge with furious brushing. After a few minutes, almost all their teeth fell out because the calculus bridge was the only thing holding them together.

4. Maggots anyone? - A small boy had  painful swollen gums so the parents took him to the dentist for the first time. During the examination the dentist found bunch of maggots inside the swollen gums.


I found these stories here!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Could Your Headaches Be Caused By Orthodontic Treatment?

If you are not prone to headaches already, the answer is usually no. In almost every other case, if there is a headache it is usually only for a day or two and usually right after an adjustment.

For some patients however, orthodontic treatment can cause unexpected problems that can lead to distortions because of excessive adjustment. This can cause undue strain on the temporomandibular joint which may lead to excessive strain and the eventual perception of generalized headaches and migraine pain.

The remedy for this is not a quick one. Attempts to correct it in one reconstructive treatment typically result in failure. T he best correction process for this problem is done over an extended time period. Adjustments are incremental, which allow the jaw structures to achieve healthier repositioning through a natural process.

Correcting a distortion of can be done through the use of different types of dental components ranging from new posterior crowns, gold onlays and porcelain onlays. For some patients, orthotic devices can be used.

In any case, if you are wearing braces and start getting headaches that last more than a day or two, you should consult your orthodontist right away.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Does The Warm Salt Water Rinse Really Work?

An ancient home remedy of dealing with a sore throat, sore gums, lost tooth or post dental procedures is rinsing with warm salt water. Since 1600 B.C. Ancient Greeks have been using salt and water as a treatment. The question is, in 2018, does this remedy still work?

The answer is YES. Believe it or not, it is still recommended by almost every dentist as well. Mainly because it kill bacteria in the mouth, but also because salt is an anti-inflammatory as well. Which means it can reduce swelling.

The use of salt also promotes healing, so it's ideal to use it 24 hours after minor dental surgery to help your mouth recover. It's an isotonic solution, which means it contains the same salts and minerals our bodies do in equal concentrations. For this reason, it doesn't irritate the mucous membranes as a medicinal mouthwash might, which is why many dentists recommend it as a gentle healing aid after a procedure.

So, although this method has been around for thousands of years, it is still used today and still just as effective as before.

So sometimes pouring salt on the wound is not a bad thing :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Question From Our Member

E. Callaway of Boston, MA.asks:
“Can you explain the difference between fixed and removable prosthetics?”

Savon’s Answer:
The difference is one is made to be taken out and cleaned by you while the other is intended to be removed only by your dentist.

The removable prosthetic is called a denture. There are 2 basic types of dentures;
  • Complete denture, meaning that it replaces all of your upper or lower teeth.

  • Partial denture, this replaces only certain teeth and in most cases anchors to your existing solid teeth.
The fixed prosthetic is called a Bridge.  A bridge does exactly what the name says, it bridges the gap between teeth caused by the loss of 1 or more teeth.

The size of the bridge depends on how many teeth it is replacing.  In most cases the bridge requires 2 abutments and 1 or more pontics (an artificial (false) tooth that replaces a missing tooth) depending on how many teeth are being replaced.

The abutments are actually crowns that go over sound natural teeth on each side of the void being bridged.  To bridge a single void requires a 3 unit bridge (abutment, pontic, abutment).

As far as the cost, a removable prosthetic is almost always less expensive than a fixed prosthetic.


Original post from our June 2018 Newsletter!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tips For A Bright Smile And Clean Teeth

We all brush and hopefully floss our teeth on a daily basis. But did you know that there are other important questions you should ask, so you can keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible?

When should I brush my teeth?
  1. You should brush your teeth at least two times a day, once in the morning before breakfast and once at night before you head to bed.
  2. Try to avoid brushing teeth right after a meal because this could damage your teeth, especially if you just had anything containing acid. *This is because the acid softens the enamel on your teeth*
Should I use a manual or electric toothbrush?
This depends on what you feel comfortable using. (They both are equally good.)

What type of toothpaste should I use?
Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. (Fluoride helps prevent and control cavities.)

How to brush your teeth?
  1. Your toothbrush should be at a 45 degree angle, brush in small circular movements several times on all surfaces of the tooth.
  2. Brush the roof of your mouth
  3. Brush your tongue, this will freshen your breath.
How to Floss?
  1. Take a section of floss
  2. Slip the floss between your teeth
  3. Floss up and down about 10 times
  4. Floss at least once a day, best time is right before bed.

You can use normal floss (waxed or unwaxed) or you can use the floss picks/gliders.

After brushing and flossing you should use a mouthwash. Mouthwash helps get rid of any last bits of bacteria or leftover food that you may have missed while brushing and flossing.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Obesity and Gum Disease - Is There A Link?

Researchers have been working to verify the suspicion, but as it appears now, people who suffer from obesity could be at a higher risk of developing gum disease than everyone else.

The reason obesity raises the risk?

Obesity causes the body to release proteins containing flammatory properties called cytokines.  These cytokines could potentially damage or injure the gum tissue, which could likely lead to gum disease.   However, half of the US population over 30 suffer from gum disease.  Gum disease itself also releases cytokines, which if you're obese, could lead to other dangerous inflammatory diseases throughout the body.  

To get the latest information on this study, check out the original article HERE.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tips...How To Treat White Spots On Teeth

There are a few different reasons why people have white spots on their teeth. If they have been there since the person was a child most likely they had a disruption in the enamel formation and can be caused by to much fluoride. Another reason could be from plaque formation. Plaque forms near the gumline and can cause the teeth to look discolored. Finally, the beginning stages of tooth decay or cavities can cause white spots.

There are several treatments yo can try to help eliminate the white spots:
  • Enamel Microbrasion - During this procedure the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth to reduce the appearance of the white spots. 
  • Teeth whitening/bleaching: This can help reduce the appearance of the spots and other stains. There are over the counter whitening kits but its best to have them professional done!
  • Veneers - Veneers are a thin, protective covering that attaches to the front surface of the tooth. This hides any spots or blemishes you may dislike!
  • Using the right amount of toothpaste - Using the right amount can help reduce fluoride exposure. For children under three years old use the amount of a grain of rice and for children over three years old use a pea size amount.
  • Reducing sugary/acidic foods and drinks - Tooth enamel can be damaged and become at rick for tooth decay if a person eats and drinks sugary/acid stuff.
White spots on the teeth are not desirable and they usually are not a cause of concern. However, it is important to see your dentist to just make sure your not at risk for dental damage or decay!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Reason Why Dental Centers Have Long Waits

Having that long dreaded wait in the dental office waiting room can be annoying. When you have a 1pm appointment and you sit there for 45 minutes just waiting to be called back into the room, the frustration kicks in. Which leads to a lot of questions like:

1. If my appointment was at 1 and I am not being seen until 1:45, then why not schedule me at 1:45?
2. Why does the dentist over book their schedule?
3. I am on time, why can't they be on time.

So let me try to answer these question from the perspective of the dental center,

1. When you set your appointment, the office did not plan on being behind schedule. They planned on seeing you at 1pm. Since they are behind schedule, if your appointment was a 1:45 then you still would have to wait.

2. The dental center did not over book the schedule. Everything is scheduled according to the procedure that is needed. If a procedure takes an hour and half, the next appointment is scheduled for an hour and half after that appointment. However, sometimes some unforseen things come up and it causes that procedure to take longer.

3. They want to be on time. However, there a various factors that cause them to fall behind on the schedule. Believe it or not, most of the time it is not the fault of the dentist office.

Here are some things that cause a dental center to fall behind.

1. Patients being late to an appointment. This is one of the biggest causes of the delays. Especially if you are on of the first few patients of the day. If those first few patients are late, it could throw the whole office behind schedule all day long.

2. Unforseen things with another patient. If someone is scheduled for a filling and it turns out they now need a root canal, then the dentist is no longer tied up for the 20 minutes he is scheduled for, he is now tied up for an hour or so. This causes him to fall behind.

These are just some of things and I know that there are more.

Just try to be patient, they are working as fast as they can.

Diabetes and Gum Disease: Some Important Facts

Many people don't know there is even a relation between diabetes and gum disease.  The truth is, diabetes has an effect on the entire body, including the teeth and gums and conversely, serious gum disease (inflammation) can make diabetes difficult to control.  It's a vicious cycle.   Uncontrolled blood sugar can make a diabetic more susceptible to gingivitis. Gingivitis is a precursor to periodontitis, which is more serious and can affect the soft tissue of the gums and cause bone loss.  Any inflammation in the body can make diabetes difficult to control and anyone who is diabetic knows that inflammation is hard to cure if your blood sugar is high, which is why it is important to take steps aimed at prevention, including oral health!

See your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. Let him know if you have any signs of gum disease such as swelling or bleeding of the gums, and that you are diabetic. Did you know that if you are perio involved, having intensive periodontal cleanings may help to lower your A1C? Don't put off that exam! Always brush and floss at least twice per day.  Using antibacterial oral products such as toothpaste and mouthwash may also be beneficial.

Remember, prevention is always the best plan.

Keep smiling!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What Causes The Tongue To Bleed?

There are many reasons the tongue might start bleeding, some obvious causes can include:

  • Biting the tongue
  • Mouth sores
  • Injuries from mouth appliances (dentures or braces)
  • Eating sharp foods
  • Radiation treatment for cancer
Other causes of a bleeding tongue that may not be as obvious can include:
  • Infections
  • Ulcers or blisters
  • Ruptured blood vessels in the tongue caused by piercings
  • Allergic reactions
  • Medication reactions
  • Thermal burns
Bleeding in the mouth can be dangerous if its not stopped because the blood can build up in the throat and make it hard to breathe. Try these tip to provide the temporary relief until you can seek dental attention:

  • Place ice cubes in gauze or a napkin and apply to the affected area.
  • Gargle with an antiseptic mouthwash or warm salt water.
  • Rinse mouth out with warm water and a teaspoon of baking soda.
  • Avoid sharp or spicy foods and try to avoid chewing on the affected side.
  • Take over the counter pain killers to reduce pain and swelling

Monday, June 4, 2018

What To Do If A Tooth Is Knocked Out

It doesn't take much to knock out an adult tooth.  Even the slightest bump can dislodge a healthy tooth. The first thing to know if this happens is that you should ALWAYS consult with a dentist as soon as the accident happens! In the event that a dentist is not readily available, such as a weekend or holiday, make a trip to the ER! Many people, especially adults will wait till the next day or later thinking that the tooth can be restored as long as they have it.  Not true!  There is a very small window of time for a tooth to be successfully replanted, whether in a child's or an adult mouth, and even then there is a risk of rejection. (Note: Baby teeth are generally not replanted.)

Here are some suggestions to help preserve a tooth while on the way to a dentist (again, directly after the accident happens!) 
     1. If you can find the tooth, make sure it is intact and rinse it with milk or saline. Do not use water!
     2. Do not scrub or touch the root of the tooth.  Just immerse it in milk to clean it.
     2. Make sure it is free of debris and try to place the tooth back in the mouth. 
     3. If this cannot be done, put the tooth in a few tablespoons of milk and head directly to a dentist or the ER

There are many success stories about replanted teeth.  One should always try to preserve the tooth...especially in a child or young adult, as implants and bridges are not always desirable or even possible in their developing mouths. 

Keep Smiling! 


        

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Can Vaping Effect Your Teeth

The simple answer is yes. The nicotine in vapor can cause periodontal disease and get cause your gum to recede. However, it does not have the same effect as a normal cigarette.

Although vaporizers with zero percent of nicotine can be easily found on the market, most of them do contain a certain percent (the amount varies from 0 to 35 mg/ml). Nicotine is harmful in so many ways and when it comes to teeth it causes the following:

Nicotine is harmful in so many ways and when it comes to teeth it causes the following:

• Gums recession
 – by reducing the blood flow through the blood vessels, nicotine deprives the 
gums from oxygen and all other vital substances.

• Periodontitis (gum infection) – inflammation around the tooth which damages the soft tissue around the teeth and the bone that supports it

•Gingivitis – inflammation around the teeth usually caused by bacteria. Nicotine promotes the gum’s susceptibility for this condition.

So, although it is better than cigarette, the risk is still there.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Do You Have Pale Gums? What Causes It?

Healthy gums should be a shade of pink but sometimes they can become pale. Several health conditions can cause your gums to turn pale such as:

1. Anemia - Body is not receiving enough oxygen-rich blood. A lack of blood can cause tissue to grow pale.

2. Leukoplakia - Oral leukoplakia can cause uniform, thin, white patched to develop on the gums. These patches are harmless but they can turn into cancer.

3. Menopause - Hormonal changes can decrease blood flow, which can cause the gums to become pale and dry.

4. Vitamin K deficiency - Vitamin K helps the blood clot but with not enough in your system can cause uncontrollably bleeding.

5. Gingivitis -  Gum Disease can over time turn the gums white and recede.

6. Oral Cancer - White gums and can spread very quickly.

 Its very important to talk to your dentist if you notice a change in color of your gums. Careful monitoring and regular dental visits can ensure oral conditions get the proper treatment.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mini Implants, Explained

I've had many people ask me this question and it was always a difficult one for me to try to explain, probably because I didn't have a clear understanding of it myself! While surfing the web this morning, I found a site that explains this procedure perfectly! A Mini Dental Implant is a process by which small posts are installed in the jawbone in order to stabilize dentures or other dental prosthetics. People who have problems wearing their dentures or whose bone structure has deteriorated over a long period of time due to the wearing of dentures are generally good candidates for mini implants.The procedure is less time consuming and less expensive than traditional implants. Many times it can be done in one day! If you wear dentures and are having difficulty securing them or if eating has become difficult and it is affecting your health, check with your dentist to see if mini implants would benefit you! 
Here is a link to an exceptional article (with illustrations) that explains the mini implant procedure. Keep Smiling!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

My Struggle With Frontal Fillings

A few years ago I had the option of getting crowns or veneers on my front teeth, or filling the cavities that I had around the gumline. In an effort to save money and the hassle of getting multiple crowns or veneers, I chose to have each cavity filled.

When they were first done, they looked great and I was very happy with my decision to do it that way. However, over the years I sort of regretted it. When they filled the cavities, they did a great job of matching my teeth color at the time. Which wasn't exactly pearly white. Like I said it looked great for years. Recently though I have made a solid effort to whiten my teeth. I am doing a great job on it, with the exception of the fillings. Since I chose to go with frontal fillings years ago, I find myself ending up with 2 different color of teeth.

So my point is this, if you are ever in a situation where you have to decide on frontal fillings or crowns, my advise is to go with the crowns or veneers. Chances are good I am going to need to go back into the dentist and get them done to help get the smile back that I have been longing for so long.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Is Oral Cancer Greater In Non-Smokers?

New research has discovered that non-smokers face a higher risk of developing oral cancer than smokers. CRAZY...

The research was done at the University of British Columbia where they looked at 450 patients with oral lesions and discovered that non-smokers were more than twice as likely to see them develop into cancer over smokers.

The Oral Health Foundation is calling on everyone to be alert of early signs of oral cancer. Catching oral cancer early can dramatically increase your chance if beating the disease.

Some signs of oral cancer:
  • Mouth ulcers that do not heal
  • Constant sore throat
  • Red and white patches
  • Unusual lumps or bumps on the head or neck area
It's important to do regular self checks at home and if you notice anything out of the ordinary seek medical/dental attention right away!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Why You Should Never, Ever, Ever Use Your Teeth As Utensils!

From the time we are babies, we put objects in our mouths.  Toys, rocks, keys, marbles, the dogs ear, the cats tail, however, we learn as we get older that the dog and the cat are off limits...(snicker)   Some of us never learn though, that our teeth were not meant to be used as tools! We open bottles, can tabs, plastic containers and bags that should be cut with scissors...we have oral jewelry implanted on our lips or tongue and fiddle with them all the time. We hold our keys in our mouths, our pens and pencils, sun glasses, hair clips and other things and never even think about the damage we could be causing to our teeth! Misusing our teeth in this way can cause serious chipping, cracking and misalignment, whether by accidental occurrence or over time. This adds up to $$$ spent for tooth repairs and it all could have been prevented if we had just used our common sense in the first place and avoided the impulse to chew on something that wasn't food!

The bottom line is this: Objects that are not meant for human consumption should never be put in our mouths!
Keep that in mind, and Keep Smiling!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Dentistry In A Rural Town

For the last couple years I have lived in a smaller rural community in western Arizona. Over the couple years, I have gotten to know some of the dental centers in the area and have learned the struggles that they have, that those in the big city do not.

The first challenge they face is their costs. If you have ever been a patient in a rural area dental center, then you know that the cost of dentistry is higher. Trust me, the dentists would like to charge the rates of an urban area, but their costs are so much higher, especially when it comes to supplies. It is cost them more to have them shipped to them.

The other one challenge they face is their competition. In an urban area, there are so many people that smaller, doctor owned dental centers can keep up with corporate centers and have a better chance of success. However in a rural area, 1 or 2 corporate centers that have the higher advertising budget and the ability offer dirt cheap prices can easily dominate the area and leave the dentist owned facilities fight to stay afloat.

This is part of the reason why the Savon Rural Fee schedule is different than the Urban Fee schedule. We have to accommodate for more factors in the dental office

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Why Do Teeth Turn Black?

Teeth owe their color to the high amount of calcium found in the outer layer of the teeth, known as the enamel.

Over time, additional elements left behind by foods and drinks can cause discoloration (yellow or gray) but if your teeth begin to turn black, seek dental attention as soon as possible.

Causes of black teeth can either be extrinsic (outside) or Intrinsic (inside).

Extrinsic:
  • Damage to the enamel
  • Stains
  • Tarter build up
  • Certain medications
  • Tobacco
  • Eating/drinking dark foods

Intrinsic:
  • Falling accident
  • Decay
  • Cavities
 A person can not do at home treatments to remove the black colorization. This needs to be treated by a dentist. The dentist may try and remove the tarter but sometimes its impossible and they may have to preform a root canal or possibly remove the tooth.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Natural Remedies for Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is a yeast infection of the tongue, gums, inner cheeks or lips.  It looks like a white pasty coating on the tongue or patchy white sores on the inner cheeks or roof of the mouth. 
Babies, people with compromised immune systems and diabetic people are commonly prone to this type of infection.  It can be difficult to treat, but there are some things you can do at home to help.

1. Check your diet! Avoid sugar and starchy foods. Large amounts of sugar and white carbohydrates can bring on or worsen a bout of candida (Thrush).  Eat fresh raw vegetables and lean proteins or yogurt, or you can eat foods that contain vinegar, such as sauerkraut or pickles to actually ward off the infection.!
   
2. Try a natural remedy such as grapefruit seed extract (a few drops diluted in water,just wish a few times a day) coconut oil ( excellent to cook with in place of vegetable oils), plain, sugar free yogurt (yogurt contains healthy bacteria that helps to balance the ph in the body).  Adults with the infection can also take acidophilous capsules or liquid to help reduce the growth of bacteria.

3. Remember to clean your toothbrush and your tongue scraper with a bleach/water solution after each use to avoid reinfecting yourself when you brush your teeth. 

These are some of the ideas I came up with from around the web.

Enjoy, & keep smiling!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Manual Brushing or Electric Brushing.

My dentist advised me to get an Electric Toothbrush. That get me wondering what the advantages of them are. I did research on this topic and it appears that electric toothbrushes are the better choice, for these reasons:
  • They are more effective at removing plaque and tartar.
  • They prevent you from brushing too hard which can cause abrasion.
  • They make it easier for people with arthritis and other motor dysfunction to brush effectively.
  • Kids will brush more often because they think it's fun ( a definite plus!).
  • The ADA (American Dental Association) currently recommends electric brushes over manual brushing.
It seems that the chief drawback to the electric toothbrush is that they tend to be a little bit pricey. However, there are some affordable models out there if you're willing to shop around.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

How To Treat Dental Pain Without Opioids

New research from the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University has found that Ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs alone or in combination with acetaminophen are better at easing dental pain but sometimes opioids are the best option but should only be prescribed as a last resort.

The research found on adults: a combination of 400 milligrams of ibuprofen and 1,000 milligrams of acetaminophen was superior to any opioid containing medications.

Anita Aminoshariae, an associate professor in the dental schools department of Endodontics and one of the study's authors, hopes health care providers take note of these findings!


For the full article click here!

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Dentist Gave Me A Tongue Scraper and Told Me To Use It. Really?

Yes, really! A tongue scraper. Have you ever noticed the crud that collects on your tongue toward the back of your mouth? Look just once (that'll be enough) and you will understand. You need this simple little tool.  And you need to use it every day. 

Now, here's the reason why. Simply brushing your tongue isn't enough! I'm guilty of that...I thought I had the right idea, but I was corrected by an article I saw about the importance of scraping your tongue vs. brushing it. Food embeds itself in the papillae on your tongue every time you eat; the same way that dirt and particles get embedded in shag carpeting...(yes, they actually used that as an example) and it builds up and sits there day after day and rots, literally, on your tongue, causing bad breath. Using a tongue scraper once a day can remove the buildup of food and liquids and keep you out of embarrassing situations caused by halitosis...(ummm, bad breath)! 

You can find these little gems in drugstores and department stores and they're usually under $2. Try to make tongue scraping a part of your daily hygiene routine. You'll be glad you did. Oh, and be sure to check with your dentist or hygienist because many of them include tongue scrapers now in the hygiene kits that they hand out after a cleaning. 

As always, keep smiling! 




Thursday, May 3, 2018

Acupuncture To Help Dental Anxiety?

Do you suffer dental anxiety? If so your not alone, about 30% of the adult population in countries world wide experience dental anxiety and there maybe a new method to help calm you down before your treatment. Researchers have found evidence that acupuncture could help reduce anxiety at the dentist!

More than 120 trials across England, China, Spain, Portugal and Germany were identified as having investigated the effects of acupuncture on patients with dental anxiety but only six trials with about 800 patients were eligible for review.  Researchers used a points scale to measure anxiety and the results show that anxiety levels were reduced by eight points when acupuncture treatment was given.

Professor of Acupuncture, Hugh MacPherson, at the University of York's Department of Health Sciences said "If acupuncture is to be integrated into dental practices, or for use in other cases of extreme anxiety, there needs to be more high quality research that demonstrates that it can have a lasting impact on the patient. Early indications look positive but there is still more work to be done."

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Bad Habits That Can Ruin Your Perfect Smile!

I came across this informational write-up while web surfing.  There are things listed here that you may find surprising.  I know I did.  Some of these habits are obvious, some not so obvious, however, all of them are habits you might want to break in the interest of preserving your oral health. Enjoy!


  • Grinding your teeth - ( This is a habit that many people don't even realize they have)
  • Chewing Ice
  • Smoking -(Hard on tooth enamel and gums!)
  • Chewing tobacco (obvious reasons, ugh!)
  • Chewing on a pencil (the metal binder at the top)
  • Eating Sunflower Seeds 
  • Drinking soda (sugar, sugar, sugar!)
  • Opening things with your teeth
  • Bulimia or Anorexia (Has a similar effect to Meth use)
  • Meth Usage (A condition known as meth-mouth....Look that up!  It's not pretty) 
  • Tongue piercing (aside from infection, people have been known to bite down on the tongue ring and chip teeth.) 
  • Drinking Fruit Juices (Fruit juices contain more sugar than you may think!)
  • Munching on Raisins (Raisins can cause cavities) 
Keep Smiling! 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Don't Be Afraid To Ask Your Dentist Questions

Just about everyday I get a call from one of our members that has questions about the work that dentist recommended. It is not that they are necessarily questioning the work that has been advised, more times than not it is a case where the patient is confused as to what the dentist wants to do. More times that not my response is "Have you asked your dentist about this?". Surprisingly, the majority of the time the answer is "no". After a while, it started to make me wonder what the apprehension is to ask to the dentist, so I started to ask about it. Here are some of the reason that I have been given.
1. I don't want to offend the dentist.
2. I don't want to make the think I am questioning his ability.
3. I don't want to waste the dentist's time.
4. I was too embarrassed
These are just a few of the ones that I have heard. Whatever your reason is for not asking questions it is something that I would strongly advise that you overcome and just ask the questions. It is no different than when you are talking to your general doctor. When you are discussing whatever treatment that they want to do, I am willing to bet that the majority of you ask questions and explore options. It no different with dental work. The work that is being done to your mouth is important to your health and at times can be a rather large investment. Ultimately the decision of what treatment is performed is up to you and there is no better decision than and informed decision.
I am confident that I can speak for the dentist when I say that they prefer that you ask the questions. I have never heard of a dentist getting offended by it, nor have I heard of a dentist complaining that it is a waste of their time. You can ask for questions without questioning their ability and there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Dentists do not expect you to know every term and everything thing involved in your treatment plan. Also, I have learned over the years that dentists themselves are more comfortable working on a patient that has a clear understanding of what is being done.
So again, don't be afraid to ask your dentists questions. They know better than anyone else what the actual condition of your dental health is.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Why Do Mouth Wounds Heal So Fast?

Did you know that mouth wounds heal faster and more efficiently than any other wound? I found that pretty interesting since our mouths are full of bacteria, you would think they would be the hardest and slowest at healing.

The study involved experiments at three levels:
1. Endothelial, or blood vessel - forming, cells in culture
2. Chicken embryos as animal models
3. Saliva samples obtained by healthy donors.

Researchers found: out of the three experiments, histatin-1 and saliva were found to increased blood vessel formation and they are taking the next step in the study by using the molecules to generate materials and implants to aid in wound healing.

Thoru Pederson, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal said "The clear reuslts of the present study open a wide door to a therapeutic advance. They also bring to mind the possible meaning of animals and often children, "licking their wounds.""

Monday, April 23, 2018

Do You Suffer From Plugged Ears While Flying?

If you're one of those people who may have problems clearing your ears on an airplane, here is a small list of things you can do to relieve the symptoms.
  • Yawning - the most effective way to clear the ears.
  • Swallowing
  • Chewing Gum
  • Valsalva Maneuver (aka, Plug your nose and blow!)
  • Nasal Sprays (relief for allergy sufferers)
  • Decongestants
Babies are not able to clear their ears on an airplane, but there are ways to help them get through the discomfort which typically is worse during assent and descent. Using the following techniques during take-off and landing may help:
  • Bottle feeding
  • Pacifiers
Plugged ears and sinuses can actually make your teeth hurt. Sinus pressure can cause pain in a variety of ways.  If you know you are susceptible, try following some of the suggestions above!

 Keep Smiling!!!

Friday, April 20, 2018

What is malocclusion?

Malocclusion is also known as a bad bite. It is a condition in which a persons teeth are out of alignment, crooked or crowded.
There are generally two types of malocclusion.
Dental malocclusion: This is when the teeth are not lined up properly; even the jaw may be aligned. Tooth crowding causes this type of occlusion.
Skeletal malocclusion: A skeletal malocclusion occurs when the upper and lower jaws don't line up correctly. This type of malocclusion can be classed as an overbite or an underbite.
Normally malocclusion starts to appear between the ages of six and twelve when permanent teeth are coming in. A bad bite can also be the result of many things such as:
Thumbsucking
Tongue thrusting (pushing your tongue against your teeth)
Fingernail biting
Mouth breathing: Breathing primarily through your mouth instead of your nose.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Could Drinking Wine Fight off Cavities and Gum Disease?

Research has proven drinking a glass of red wine is good for your colon and heart but now researchers are reporting in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that wine polyphenols might also be good for your oral health!

Polyphenols promotes health by actively interacting with bacteria in the gut which helps ward off infection by harmful bacteria and pathogens.

M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas and her colleagues wanted to know whether wine and grape polyphenols would protect the teeth and gums, so they began their research!

Check out the result here!

Monday, April 16, 2018

DIY Tooth Repair-Would You Dare?

I thought this one was worth reposting as it is so relevant in today's DIY oriented world.
Here goes:

There are all kinds of stories out there about people fixing their own broken or decayed teeth, dentures and whatall; some even using dental floss and fishing line to craft DIY braces...but is this taking it a little too far? Probably, but it is a world of extremes we live in and lets face it, dentistry is high priced and unless you have excellent credit or say, 10 to15K in an account earmarked specifically for dentistry, it's not really affordable. I would venture to say that lack of affordability and fear of the dentist are the two major reasons why people might try to repair their own teeth or dentures.

There is a shift occurring in the way people think and do things nowadays and goodness knows there are endless supplies of DIY solutions out there, so why not for dentistry, right? How hard can it be, after all? Now, don't get any ideas just yet. Google some of those stories! Trust me, they didn't all end well. Having said that, there are some success stories too...so just try to use common sense (please) if you plan to attempt a home repair on your teeth, and maybe keep these simple, humorous yet "common sense" suggestions in mind.

Well, I know the first one is futile, but I still feel the need to say it:
   
     DO NOT TRY IT AT HOME!!!!!!   followed by:

     Super Glue can be TOXIC.
     Gum doesn't hold. Really, it dissolves.
     Dental Floss was not intended for use in home orthodontia.  
     Neither was fishing line.
     Rubber bands, either.
     Seriously, shield your eyes if you're going to actually use that Dremel tool.
     Put the pliers away and forget you ever thought about it.

Now, on the flip side, there are products out there that you can use to TEMPORARILY (and I cannot stress that word enough) temporarily, repair a broken tooth, or, cover a lost filling and yes, believe it or not, make a temporary tooth if you happen to have one missing and there is a wedding to go to on Saturday.  Notice I'm not naming any products here.  If you dare to make your own dental repairs you'll just have to Google the rest of the info yourself. :)

Keep Smiling!

   
   

   

Friday, April 13, 2018

Coffee Or Tea, Which Is Worse For Staining Teeth?

There are a variety of foods and drinks that can contribute to staining your teeth over time, but some are distinctly worse than others. We all know that berries, beets, hard candies and sports drinks can color our teeth, although this is not usually permanent. But coffee, tea and colas are notoriously bad because drinking these beverages daily can slowly stain your teeth over time and it isn't always enough just to brush and floss. As to the question of whether Coffee or Tea is worse? Well, the answer is Tea. Black Tea, specifically. It has properties that can stain your teeth more rapidly than any other drink. If you've ever brewed black tea and poured it into a white coffee cup, you probably noticed that it left a ring, or stain. This is from the tannins combined with acidic properties in tea. Now, there is speculation that using mineral water or hard water to brew your tea and coffee can help to keep those staining agents at bay, but the sacrifice may be that your morning drink won't taste as good! As for me...I would sacrifice the teeth for the taste; I would much rather have good tasting coffee in the morning

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Vitamin D = Better Oral Health!

We all know Vitamin D is essential for healthy life but did you know that Vitamin D is also good for oral health?

Not only does Vitamin D help prevent tooth decay, it can also help prevent gingivitis and cavities. Even though you may brush and floss your teeth daily, tooth decay can sill occur if you have low Vitamin D levels.

If you are experiencing tooth decay even with using proper dental care practices, you may want to take the needed steps to increase your Vitamin D levels:
  • Spend 10 minutes in the sun each day without sunblock.
  • Eat foods high in Vitamin D (Fish).
  • Drink 2 glasses of milk each day.
  • Take a Vitamin D supplement.
Following these steps might lead you to a healthier smile!

*To find out if you have low Vitamin D levels, visit your primary care physician for a simple blood test* 


Article found here!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Eggsperiment For Children

Are your children on that week-long hiatus from school which is also known as Spring break? Are they already bored? Don't worry I have a fun toothy eggsperiment for them!

Ingredients:
  • 4 eggs (3 boiled. 1 raw)
  • 1 can dark soda (ie: Coke, Pepsi, Root Beer)
  • 1 cup coffee
  • 1 cup of tea
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 5 clear plastic cups
Directions:
  1.  Take the hard boiled eggs and put them in separate plastic cups and cover one with soda, one with coffee and the last one with tea.
  2. Put the raw egg in a plastic cup and cover with vinegar.
  3.  After 5-10 minutes have them check on the eggs covered in the soda,coffee and tea to see how stained they are. Then check on them periodically through out the day to see the difference in color.
  4. Let all eggs sit overnight and check on them in the morning.
  5.  Talk with your child about how the soda, coffee and tea affected the egg shells and how that can affect their teeth the same way. 
  6. Now take a look at the raw egg that was covered in vinegar. This will represent how plaque eats away at the tooth's enamel just like it dissolved the shell.  
I think this would be a fun visual way to show children how important brushing our teeth really is.


I found this experiment here!

Monday, April 2, 2018

How To Manage Dental Costs If You're Uninsured

For most people, a toothache that turns into an expensive procedure like a crown or implant can cost thousands of dollars out of pocket. Even routine check-ups with x-rays and a cleaning can add up to hundreds of dollars. It has been estimated that over one third of Americans have not visited a dentist in the last 12 months.

Given the nature of insurance companies and the cost of premiums vs. the actual procedures covered, relief from dental bills is not likely to come soon. That leaves it up to consumers to find smart ways to reduce their dental care costs without sacrificing their oral health. So, we did some research on ways to cut back on dental related costs. 

  • Consider a good dental plan.  Better than insurance, some dental plans offer discounted fees with low premiums and no limit or "cap", no waiting periods on procedures, no exclusions and immediate coverage. 
  • Try having your dental care done at a Dental School Clinic.  Teaching facilities have amazingly skilled dentists and in most cases the cost is cheaper than a private practice facility. Not to mention they use the most state of the art equipment so that your experience is more comfortable.
  • Space out your treatments.  If you have extensive work to be done, most dentists will work according to a treatment plan, and a "pay as you go" strategy can go a long way toward helping the patient so those out of pocket expenses don't have to break the bank all at once! 
  • Disclosure-No Surprise Fees!   Make sure to always, ALWAYS get the cost for the treatment plan or procedure before you agree to have it done, or sign anything.  Many patients agree to procedures while they are in the chair and don't fully understand that there may be an additional cost...an exorbitant additional cost.  Keep yourself from sticker shock by asking first and discuss other options if you cannot afford the procedure.  
  • Prevention, Prevention, Prevention!  The key to saving on dental costs (just like having your car worked on) is to fix small problems before they become big ones.  Have your teeth cleaned twice a year and don't skip that oral exam. 

Here is a parting thought for those of you in the market for dental coverage.  PLEASE check the benefits carefully when considering dental insurance.  The premiums will always be more than the pay out...coverage is always limited and there will almost always be a waiting period for expensive procedures. They want to make sure they have your premiums firmly in hand before the payouts begin. It's the truth....do your homework carefully! A good dental plan is more effective at saving you money than an insurance company will ever be. 

Keep Smiling! 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Teething Symptoms

Do you have a baby that is getting ready to teeth? Well they will be going through a process called teething syndrome. (Teething is the growth of teeth through the gums in the mouth of infants and young children.)

Swollen gums are a good indicator your child is starting to teeth. Also if your child has a fever over 101 degrees teething is most likely the cause of this. If you child has lower persistent fevers you may want to contact you physician.

Some things to help relieve the pain of a teething child are a light gum massage, chilled or frozen toys to gnaw on, also chilled food and/or drinks!

Teething pain cannot be completely prevented, but you can help comfort them and this will help the baby get through it with less distress.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Root Canal Myths

Are you terrified of getting a root canal? If so, your not alone. Millions of people have their teeth treated and saved each year by endodontic therapy.

If your nervous of an upcoming root canal appointment because you have heard negative comments about them, Don't be! check out these myths below to ease your mind:
  • They are painful - The dentist will completely numb the area and make sure you are comfortable before beginning the procedure. Patients have reported that the procedure is painless but have some discomfort as the tooth is healing.
  • Extraction of the tooth is better - You want to conserve your original tooth. Extractions remove the tooth entirely which can lead to more dental work (Implants) and more money!
  • If your not in pain then you don't need the root canal - Infected pulp inst always accompanied by pain but an infection wont heal itself and will only get worse. 
The longer you postpone treatment the more you risk the chance at saving your tooth!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Could Medical Marijuana (CBD Oil) Treat The Pain Of TMJ?

There are many causes of TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Pain) but it seems the most common occurrence is pain. Studies have shown that by treating the causes of TMJ, pain can be greatly reduced or even alleviated.  One of the chief causes of TMJ is bruxism, or teeth grinding.  This can happen as a result of whiplash, misalignment of teeth, stress, anxiety and a variety of other reasons. It can cause damage to the teeth, headache, tinnitus and pain, among other things, over time.  It has been suggested that CBD oil (Cannabinoids) can help relieve the painful symptoms of TMJ by reducing stress, anxiety and relaxing muscles; thereby relieving pain.
Click here to read an interesting article about TMJ and treatment with CBD oil for relief without side effects!

Keep Smiling!!!

Friday, March 23, 2018

You Can't Afford Not To Go To The Dentist

Dentistry is very tricky. It cost a lot to go to the dentist and very few people actually like going. Which puts it low on totem pole for places to obtain more medical expenses.

Although most people can't afford to go to the dentist, everyone can't afford NOT to go. Dental health issues can lead to so much more, which can make you sick, put you in the hospital and cost you so much more. Also, contrary to popular belief, perfect home dental hygiene still is not enough. Regular checkups and professional cleanings are necessary. Even a brand new, well maintained car will still break down at some point. No different with your teeth. Cavities happen, gingivitis happens, periodontal disease happens and it needs to be treated by a doctor, a dentist.

It may cost you more now, but it will save you a lot more in the long run, including your life!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Is kissing dangerous to your health??

Is kissing harmful to your health? With just one kiss couples can share more than 500 different types of disease-causing germs and viruses, warns the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists.
Some different types of things you can catch are:
  1. Cold Sores-Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus. They appear as tiny, clear, fluid-filled blisters that form around the mouth and lips.

  2. Colds-Common cold and flu viruses can be transmitted very easily through contact with the saliva.

  3. Mononucleosis-Mononucleosis, also known as the "kissing disease."
Remember people can look healthy and you may never know if they have any diseases.

To read more look here!

Monday, March 19, 2018

There are Natural Ways to Clean Your Dentures!

Many products made for cleaning dentures can be expensive and harsh.  If your dentures have metal parts, some commercial denture cleaners can cause them to corrode over time.  Here is a short list of inexpensive, reliable (old time, tried and true) products that you can use to clean, disinfect and even help remove tartar from your false teeth! (Yes, even false teeth can get a buildup of tartar over time, cultivating an unhealthy array of germs and bacteria.)

Here goes!:

1. BAKING SODA.  Make a paste with a little bit of the soda and water and use your denture brush to clean your dentures.  It will freshen, too.

2. VINEGAR.  Use equal parts of vinegar and water and soak your dentures for 20-30 minutes. This will also help to remove tartar buildup.

3. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE.  This is especially useful for disinfecting.  Soak in a 3% or 6% solution (the usual strength sold in stores) for approximately 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Now, there were a couple of other suggestions that I found online that I didn't think were particularly useful; that is, they were not things that I would personally try for cleaning something that you would put in your mouth! Someone on another website suggested a bleach/water solution for disinfecting and a teaspoon of Calgon water softener added for removing tartar. Of course you would need to rinse your dentures especially well so as not to get the bleach solution in your mouth. Hmmm...I don't know...  To me, that falls into the same catagory as fixing your dentures with super glue.  What do you think?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Things To Keep You From Getting Bored In The Waiting Room

Have you ever been in this situation? You are sitting in the waiting room at your dentist's office and start to get bored. You then realize that you have forgotten to bring a book or something else to keep you occupied. The magazines are 2-3 months old and there is not any that you like. I know I have been there before. I have created a list of things that you can do to help pass the time of that dreadful wait. Try them out and let me know which one works the best!

1. See how many different words you can make out of the phrases on the signs hanging on the wall. For example, if there is a sign that says "payment is due at the time service is rendered", see how many words you can make out of that phrase. (team, meat, serve, pending) just to name a few.

2. Engage yourself in a magazine scavenger hunt. Pick a topic or a name and count how many times it is referenced in the mountain of magazines that surround you. (President Obama is one that can keep you occupied for hours)

3. If you brought your cellphone, update and clean up your contact's list. That is something that people always mean to do, just never find the time.

4. Correct and complete the puzzles in the magazines that other people "attempted" to do.

5. Play "name the noise". When you hear a sound coming out of one the exam rooms, try to identify it. (If you are unable to do so, chances are very good that you will experience it first hand very soon).

Some dental centers have created an office theme that is designed to keep you occupied and take your mind off the dental work that you are about to endure. However, if you are stuck in a boring waiting room, give these a suggestions a try. Feel free to comment with more ideas so I can update the list in a few weeks

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Is Sparking Water Putting You At Risk For Tooth Decay?

There is something about flavored fizzy water that makes you fell refreshed and energized all day but can it be damaging your teeth?

According to Mouth Healthy (brought to you by the American Dental Association also known as the ADA) sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth. Research showed that two forms of water (sparkling and plain) had the same effects on the teeth even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic.

Below are some tips on how to enjoy sparkling water without damaging your teeth:

  • If your in the mood for something fizzy, grab a sparkling water. This is far better for your teeth than a energy drink or a soda.  
  • Pay attention to whats in your sparkling water, added flavors such as citrus, have a higher than normal acidic level which can cause damage to your enamel. 
  • Sparking water brand that have added sugar can no longer be considered sparkling water because they can contribute to cavities. 
It doesn't matter how many sparkling waters you drink in a day its still important to drink regular water!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Could Red Wine Help To Prevent Tooth Decay?

It may just do that!

According to the results of a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Red Wine is rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are loaded with antioxidants and it was found that they can help to fend off the effects of bacteria in the mouth that can cause cavities and plaque. Who knew?!

Now, I wouldn't go off and drink more red wine just yet. This was only one study.  It's likely there will be another one to disprove it down the road.  But it is an interesting concept, isn't it?

Keep Smiling!