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Goodbye Cavities?

October 17th, 2018


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!!



Is Sparkling Water Bad for Your Teeth?

September 19th, 2018

Sparkling water, or carbonated water, is often recommended as a healthy alternative to soda. It offers bubbly goodness without the added sugar.

So “Hurray for LaCroix,” right?

Not so fast. Just because sparkling water doesn’t contain sugar doesn’t mean it’s good for your teeth.

Let’s take a closer look.

Does Carbonated Water Damage Your Teeth?

Experts agree soda can cause damage to your teeth. Remember sticking an egg in a glass of cola in science class? The soda caused the eggshell to deteriorate. All that was left was a rubberized, shell-less egg.

Well, sparkling water can also cause damage to your teeth. Carbonated water gets its fizz from carbon dioxide. A chemical reaction in your mouth turns the CO2 in to carbonic acid. That’s what makes the water tangy and zesty with a refreshing bite. It also makes the water more acidic. And that’s where you get the dental erosion. Acid in your food and drink wears away your tooth enamel.

So if you’re sipping on the stuff all day, swishing it around your mouth, then yes, this healthful alternative will damage your teeth.


What Should I Avoid in Carbonated Water?


A lot of manufacturers add extra stuff to carbonated water. So, keep any eye out for these additives.

  1. Citrus Flavoring – The flavoring often has higher acid levels that increase the risk of damage to your enamel.
  2. Fresh Lemon or Lime – A lot of the time, a few squeezes of lemon are added to the water. Just like the flavorings, that’s more acid, and more risk of enamel damage.
  3. Added Sugar – Also, just because it’s water doesn’t mean there isn’t any added sugar. At this point, it can no longer be considered sparkling water. They’re sugar-sweetened beverages, which is going to increase your risk of cavities (like soda).


How to Enjoy Sparkling Water and Keep Your Teeth Healthy


Take it easy. Sparkling water is a healthier alternative to sodas and juices. Those have added sugar – which will get you cavities – and/or high acidic level – which will damage tooth enamel. So keep going with your sparkling water. Just enjoy it in moderation.

As mentioned above, sparkling water has a higher level of acid which is not a friend to enamel. We recommend drinking it with meals, because when you eat, you increase your saliva. Saliva works to take care of your teeth.

Your best bet, though, is regular, fluoridated water whenever possible. It’s the best beverage for your teeth. Water with fluoride naturally helps fight cavities, washes away leftover cavity causing bacteria, and keeps your mouth from becoming dry.

Article by Bryana Allen, Delta Dental of Washington

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