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October 29th, 2018

Brushing and Beating Cavities

Halloween is a wonderful time of year! It’s filled with jack-o-lanterns, spooky movies, and candy. Lots and lots of candy. But consuming too much candy can be terrifying to your mouth. Candy contains a copious amounts of sugar that can lead to tooth decay. Tooth decay can form when a sticky film of bacteria, called plaque, builds up on your teeth. Plaque produces acids that destroy your tooth enamel. When we eat foods with high sugar content, such as candy, it only exacerbates the process. If left untreated, a cavity will form.

How do you keep spooky smiles safe this Halloween?

Used these 6 tips to keep the horrors of tooth decay at bay.

Eat a healthy meal. Eating a well-balanced meal before leaving your house will prevent from overindulging in candy, ultimately making the candy last longer. Be cautious of natural sugars as well. Consuming high amounts of any type of sugar is unhealthy for your mouth and body.

Drink water. Make sure to drink lots of water while eating candy. The water will help wash the sugar off your teeth, minimizing plaques ability to form and stick to your teeth.

Choose chocolate. Chocolate is the better choice because your saliva is able to break down the particles left on your teeth. Chewy and sticky candies, gummies and even fruit snacks are more likely to stick to your teeth and are harder to wash off.

Portion control. Limiting yourself and your loved one’s candy intake will prevent from over consuming sugar. After a well-balanced meal is the best time to enjoy a sweet treat. But make sure to wash it down with a glass of water!

Brush before bed. Make sure to brush your teeth for at least two minutes before going to bed, but make sure it isn’t too soon after eating. Brushing immediately after consuming acidy food can be more harmful that good. Some foods weaken the enamel of your teeth, waiting at least 20-minutes will give the bacterial enough time to process the leftover food particles. Brushing away left over sugars and food particles will help eliminate the potential of cavities. And don’t forget to floss!

Following these tips will help keep you and you’re little monster’s teeth healthy this Halloween season.

 

Article by Alyssia Ready, Delta Dental of WA

Goodbye Cavities?

October 17th, 2018

ORAL HEALTH, DECAY PREVENTION, CAVITIES

With winter upon us, the common cold shows us why it’s aptly named. Rhinoviruses, responsible for many episodes of congestion, coughs, and sore throats, transmit through the population during every season. But research suggests that this virus replicates better at a temperature a few degrees below the body’s core temperature. Plus, people tend to share closer spaces inside during colder weather. Cozy areas make virus transmission easier.

Many people are surprised to learn that tooth decay is the next most common disease afflicting the population. The bacteria that cause cavities thrive in the mouth, but babies aren't born with them. They're an infection that’s often passed from mothers or caregivers once teeth start to appear. Since 92% of adults report at least one cavity, dental fillings are familiar to just about everyone.

What If...

Exciting new research suggests that the way we repair teeth damaged from cavities could change in the years ahead. Consider this:

  • A British team discovered that aspirin enhances the function of stem cells found inside teeth. They found that low-dose aspirin significantly increased the expression of genes that help form dentin, the primary tooth structure usually damaged by decay. This influence helps the tooth create new structure to repair damaged portions.
  • Another research team found that a particular chemical could cause cells to heal small holes in mice teeth. Researchers placed a biodegradable sponge soaked in the drug inside the cavity. This step led to complete, natural repair of the damaged area!
  • Another study demonstrated that a small electrical current could be used to draw new minerals into teeth, producing a stronger outer layer that’s more resistant to bacterial acid.

A vaccine to prevent cavities has been explored for over 40 years. In 1972, a British team reported they were testing one on mice, but fundamental challenges remain today. In the meantime, a host of new materials that mimic natural tooth structure allow us to restore damaged teeth and create healthy smiles. Scientists continue to produce advanced porcelains and resins that can be securely bonded into place. Sometimes the most trained eye can’t discern where the tooth ends, and the filling begins!

Solutions For Every Scenario

When enough damage leads to tooth loss, dental implants offer the ultimate solution for optimal function and confident smiling. Precise 3D imaging and advanced implant components set the foundation for predictable results. Whether replacing single teeth or securing loose dentures, implants can be life-changing!

In our evolving world, dental research continues to enhance the lives of our patients. We follow and evaluate advancements in dentistry, then choose those that serve you best. We’re here to be a resource for you and your family, so feel free to contact your team at the office of Drs. Jerome, and Austin with any questions we can help you explore!

 

Article by: Anonymous

 

 

 

 

 

October 11th, 2018

Brag alert!!! We have the cutest and best hygienists ever! Thank you Jenna for everything you do. October is Dental Hygiene month, celebrate with us all month long by teaching your little ones and family about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene habits!

September 26th, 2018

Dr. Austin advocating for patient care on a state wide level at the Washington State Dental Association. We are so grateful to work for a boss who truly loves what he does and being a part of every aspect of the dental community!!

 

 

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