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Do Your Teeth Hurt When You Eat Sugar?

November 16th, 2016

Many people find that their teeth are very sensitive to certain foods, sugar being one of them. With Halloween behind us (hopefully you participated in our candy buy-back!), you may have experienced this. Or perhaps your teeth hurt when you eat cold foods like ice cream or even hot foods like soup.

This condition is fairly common (about half the population has suffered from tooth sensitivity one time or another) and is called root or dentin hypersensitivity.

According to Colgate Oral Care Center, "The sweets so many people crave are loaded with fermentable carbohydrates, which combine with bacteria in your mouth to form acids. Those acids contribute to enamel erosion. And the higher the sugar content in the food, the greater the acid production. Tooth decay is the ultimate result from enamel reduction, and incidentally, when you continue to consume these foods, that same sugary flavor can trigger the pain it created."

So how can you combat this issue? Unfortunately, there isn't one simple fix. However, switching from unhealthy, processed foods (which have high amounts of sugar) to fruits and vegetables as well as practicing regular oral hygiene (this includes your visits to the dentists!) can certainly help.

Also, one simple piece of advice: slow down when you eat! You'll find that this may ease tooth sensitivity and may even help you consume less food by simply eating mindfully.

To Floss or Not to Floss?

August 3rd, 2016

Of course, we all know that's a silly question. (With the answer being a resounding, "YES!")

Earlier this week, the Associated Press released a report that flossing may not be all it's cracked up to be.

According to the Huffington Post, a letter to the AP from the government acknowledged that the benefits of flossing had not been researched properly.

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology also claimed that some studies weren't long enough, didn't have enough participants or used outdated testing methods to be considered reliable.

While these are valid points, ADA spokesperson Dr. Matthew Messina rebukes, "Nobody’s done a study to say that using a parachute jumping out of an airplane is safer than not using a parachute." He also stated, “There’s only so many research dollars and so much research effort,” he said. “So not a lot of effort has been put into the study of dental flossing, just simply because there are other more important things for us to do.”

So as much as you'd like to try to fool yourself into believing that flossing may not be beneficial, Messina maintains, “We need to remove bacteria from the teeth, from the gums, and from in between the teeth."

In addition to that, flossing helps prevent plaque buildup, reduces the risk of periodontal disease and removes any traces of cilantro from that fresh guac you had for dinner earlier.

Stay flossy!

Happy Father's Day!

June 16th, 2016

What are your plans for Father's Day? Hopefully with this warm weather, you'll have some fun outdoor activities planned.

If you choose to keep it indoor, here's a cool tooth origami tutorial that you can do with your Pops or other family members.

Don't forget to remind Dad to brush before bed, even if it's a long day. Did you know that men are less likely than women to take care of their oral health? According to KnowYourTeeth.com, "Men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health and, according to surveys and studies, their oral health is equally ignored."

Also, take it easy during the touch football game; while we would gladly welcome you in, we're not open on weekends (yet)! ;)

Cosmetic Dentistry: Which Type is Right for You?

June 10th, 2016