Last week I attended a great course for continued learning about treatment of the worn dentition. Our speaker was Dr. Frank Spear at the Spear Education facility in Phoenix, AZ. The course taught us how to handle difficult situations that occur but, almost more importantly, ways to prevent them from happening at all. I love having more ways to help my patients function properly and maintain their beautiful smiles. Here's a video introduction to some information we discussed. If you have any questions or concerns about tooth wear in your mouth, call to schedule a consultation.
Every time you step into a mini-mart, you’re faced with a host of options to squelch your thirst. A rainbow of colors in plastic bottles compete for your attention, and creative marketing often transforms sugared water into a fountain of youth. When it comes to your teeth, does it matter what you choose? How does a bottle of cola or a sports drink affect your teeth and general health?
Everybody knows most of these drinks include a lot of sugar, but it’s easy to overlook how much they carry. A little quick math can help you visualize the carbohydrate burst that occurs with the first sip. The nutritional label reports the number of grams of sugar in a serving, and there are 4 grams of sugar in a teaspoon. If a bottle shows 20 grams in a single serving, picture it as 5 teaspoons.
While a 12-ounce soda used to be the norm, 20-ounce bottles are now considered standard. But many of the labels show the grams of sugar for an 8-ounce serving, and they frequently report 2.5 servings in a bottle! Calculating the numbers on a typical label indicates you’ll consume over 19 teaspoons of sugar in this soft drink. Take a look at this one:
The bacteria that cause cavities use sugar for energy and produce acidic waste that erodes tooth enamel. Syrupy drinks provide an ideal power source to keep this population thriving while instigating an insulin spike in the bloodstream. The colossal sugar load also drives the liver to convert sugar into fat. Chronically elevated insulin creates insulin resistance, a condition that contributes to a range of diseases. From cavities to cancer, sugared drinks help fuel many of the health problems afflicting people today.
An Acid ProblemSugar forms a vital part of the formula that produces tooth decay, but it’s the acid that ultimately causes enamel to dissolve. The normal pH of your mouth rests around 7, but tooth structure begins to erode when the acidity drops to 5.5. Soda can send the pH of the mouth into a nosedive, making the mouth 1000 times more acidic than needed to start damaging teeth. A review of many ingredient labels shows citric, phosphoric, and carbonic acids in the mix. It may take 15 minutes for the mouth’s pH to return to normal after the last sip, and that means a steady diet of sugary drinks can alter the mouth for hours each day.
Diet sodas often hover around a pH of 3.2, far into the range that damages teeth. It’s a good thing that sugaris missing, but a steady exposure to high acidity can still lead to a weakening of tooth enamel. Artificial sweeteners may have long-term general health effects that we’re yet to understand fully.
Limit The Damage
The best strategy for the sake of your teeth and overall health is to enjoy fresh water on a regular basis. If you’re going to drink soda, consider the following tips:
You know the saying - smile it’s contagious? Who would’ve thought that a simple smile could affect a person’s entire day. Some may think that having straight teeth creates the “perfect smile” but there is another huge factor: do they have that sparkle? Everyone wants to be able to show off their pearly whites but what happens when they lose their luster? Here are some amazing tips on how you can create your own perfect smile.
ADA Recommended Substances to AVOID:
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At Home Remedies That Can HARM Your Teeth:
In-office whitening is an ideal procedure for anyone wanting immediate results. Because the entire procedure takes place in our office in about an hour, it is the perfect choice for busy individuals. Tray whitening is a less expensive whitening treatment you can use while in the comfort of your own home to gradually whiten teeth. Please click this link to learn more - http://www.eunsondental.com/services.html#whitening
The jury’s still out on the count, but up to 700 types of bacteria call your mouth their home. About 20 billion of these organisms linger on teeth, in your saliva, and on the lining of your mouth at any given time. In dramatic fashion, they’re able to double their population every 5 hours. That helps explain why your teeth feel like they’ve grown a shag carpet in the morning. Saliva washes bacteria away when you’re awake, but your saliva output drops at night. Without the buffering and cleansing of this protective liquid, the micro-organisms flourish.
Not all of the bacteria in your mouth stir up problems. The majority of them play a role in a balanced ecosystem and coexist with viruses, fungi, and protozoa. But like any community, a few bad characters create the majority of the issues afflicting patients. Many people are surprised to learn that both cavities and gum disease are actually an infection, spurred on by a few strains of harmful bacteria.
It Starts With SugarLike any living organism, bacteria need energy to survive. Fermentable carbohydrates deliver their favorite fuel, and various forms of sugar provide the ideal power source to metabolize into energy. These bacteria then flood the surfaces of the teeth and gums with a toxic mix of acidic waste.
If you’ve ever seen acid poured on concrete, you have an idea of what the bacterial waste does to your teeth. The hard outer layer of enamel erodes away over time as a steady supply of acid attacks the heavily mineralized surface. A cavity starts to open in the tooth, and a lot of damage often occurs before anyone knows what’s happening.
Other types of bacteria prefer settling deeper under the gums. Their waste damages the gum lining and causes a rush of inflammation from the immune system. Bleeding gums are like an open door that invites bacteria deeper into the body. The whole toxic, inflammatory mix can cause the bone to dissolve around teeth and aggravate general health problems.
Why Doesn't Everyone Get Cavities?It’s not unusual to find families with various levels of tooth decay despite similar diets and oral hygiene habits. Different people have different bacterial populations, and not everyone has been infected with the same organisms. Furthermore, some people produce critical antibodies that destroy these disease-causing bacteria. On the oral battlefield, the organisms don’t get much of a chance to thrive when the right immune system factors attack them.
Regardless of the bacterial mix, anyone can develop a plan to control the destructive organisms responsible for cavities and gum disease. While basic habits like toothbrushing and flossing form the cornerstone to disrupting bacterial plaque, many other strategies fit individual situations. Adding prescription rinses, xylitol products, water irrigators, protective varnishes, fluoride trays, and other innovative methods can make a dramatic difference in a person’s dental story.
Helping You Fight The Good Fight At Eunson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re focused on developing a preventive approach that’s as unique as you are. By partnering with our dental hygiene team, you’ll gain an advantage that helps you overcome bacteria, genetics, and past history.
With the right approach, you can send harmful bacteria on their way and enjoy a lifetime of good dental health!
April is Oral Cancer Awareness month. This week I am conducting free oral cancer screenings to anyone, by appointment. Please share with anyone you may know in need.
My patients are thoroughly screened at each regular dental exam. Please confirm with your dentist if you have any concerns. I am often surprised when new patients state they do not recall ever receiving a thorough oral exam. This includes inspection of all your soft tissues, throat, above and under your tongue, in addition to just checking your teeth. When caught late, oral cancer treatment can be extensive.
Approximately 48,250 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. 132 new people in the US EVERY DAY will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer, and that one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it
While smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus. We cannot stop this virus from spreading; our only hope to save lives is with professional involvement and public awareness.
Call my office at 610.558.1977 to schedule.
As this year comes to a close, we hope that your holidays are filled with joy, love, and fond memories of 2015. Thank you for choosing Dr. Eunson for your dental care needs. We look forward seeing you again in 2016!
Please rest assured that, although our office will be closed from December 23rd through Monday, January 4th, we will be checking email and phone messages periodically. And of course, in case of dental emergency, call 610.558.1977 and press 5 to leave a message for Dr. Eunson. Every effort will be made to respond quickly.
From all of us at Eunson Dental, we wish you the happiest of holidays and a very healthy New Year!!
Dr. Eunson, Joann, Janyce, Whitney and Sara.
Sonicare Flex Platinum electric toothbrush is a good choice for anyone. While a manual brush can have very effective results when used properly and for full 2 to 3 minutes recommended, an electric brush can make the job easier and more consistently effective. I also like this version because it it is the only sonicare model that has a pressure sensor. A major factor in gum recession is brushing with too much pressure. This brush helps train those of us with a heavy hand and therefore can help decrease the rate of gum recession.
We're placing our order soon so please respond by Thursday, 12/10/2015 to receive it before our Christmas break.
The Sonicare Flex platinum (without the UV cleaner) is $140 each. http://www.sonicare.com/professional/en_US/OurProducts/FlexCarePlatinum.aspx
The sonicare kids is $60 each. http://www.usa.philips.com/c-p/HX6321_02/sonicare-for-kids-rechargeable-sonic-electric-toothbrush
These prices are below what I've seen in the stores plus I've been told Sonicare offers a $20 rebate when you register the product. The prices will go up in January so put your order in now (before 12/10).
Have you already registered? Maybe you’re on the fence. Do you know someone on the donor list? Do you feel compelled to help, but still aren’t registered for organ donation? Register as an organ donor in PA & read on to learn about living donation & more.
Even though some Americans are willing to donate organs, the number of people on the national organ transplant waiting list exceeds 100,000, qualifying as a national health crisis.
There is a great need for healthy tissues and life-saving organs, and you can help! Living organ and tissue donation helps people recover from trauma, spinal injuries, burns and vision loss, but most importantly…
Our friend Joseph Varano is currently on the kidney transplant waiting list. Shockingly, 75% of people on this waiting list die before finding the right donor. Joseph, like so many others, would love to find his living donor. Please read and share Joseph's story.
What happens after the transplant?
Read stories of hope and healing.
To the donors & to those of you considering donation, thank you. To those of you waiting for an organ, we're here for you.
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Do you have tickets for the Twisted Vintner? This event is organized by the Concordville-Chadds Ford Rotary. For a fun night, come out this Thursday, June 4th at the Concordville Towne Center from 6 - 9:30PM. It is a local homemade wine making competition with wine tastings, music and delicious food all included in your ticket price!! This fundraiser supports many local initiatives (see below.) For information or to buy tickets on your own.http://ccfrotary.org/wp/
In honor of our many Rotarians, I'd like to give away 2 tickets to the event ($100 value). Past events have been so much fun and I expect nothing less this year!
Enter for a chance to win 2 Twisted Vintner tickets! To enter, email us the name of your favorite type of wine OR your favorite local restaurant. You must be an existing patient to win. Only one entry per person please. The winner will be selected randomly from entries received by 5pm tomorrow,Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015.
Even if you don't win, I hope to see you there!!
Anne Eunson, DMD
From the Concordville-Chadds Ford Rotary website...
5TH ANNUAL TWISTED VINTNER
Homemade Wine CompetitionJune 4th 2015 – 6:00-9:30pmat Concordville Town Center,
Routes 1 & 322, Glen Mills, PA
Benefits Rotary’s Community Programs
and other local organizations such as
The Darlington Arts Center, Rachel Kohl Library, Brandywine Youth Club
Your ticket ($50) includes:
Sample Fare from Local Restaurants, Wineries and Breweries
Sample Homemade wine
Wheelbarrow of Cheer Raffle
World No Tobacco Day is approaching and we’d like to remind our patients and friends that if you, or someone you know, has planned to quittobacco… we support you! And so does the rest of the world! World No Tobacco Day is a global public health campaign, held on May 31, every year, and sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The campaign is about more than just quitting... Every year, the WHO decides on a theme for their messages; This year, they focus on the effects of illicit tobaccotrading. You can learn more about World No Tobacco Day by clicking here. Effects of tobacco consumption are far-reaching, and have lots of adverse side effects that damage cultures, environments, and healthy living. We all know that smoking causes bad breath & tooth staining. But using any kind of tobacco also leads to periodontal disease and bone loss by decreasing blood flow. These problems are only the tip of the iceberg.
Join the WHO on May 31 to help spread the word aboutWorld No Tobacco Day. Positive words and a supportive attitude can go a long way toward encouraging friends or family to stop smoking. According to Smokefree, about 40% of smokers who quit say that support from others mattered a lot in their success. Post a social media message with a link to the WHO website, or call a friend and be honest with them. If you’re worried about friends or family who smoke, talking about World No Tobacco Day is a great way to ease into the conversation.
In the words of Henry David Thoreau: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”
Don’t you imagine having clean teeth ?We are here to help. Call 610.558.1977 to schedule an appointment.