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Give Your Teeth a Fighting Chance

Against Acidity If you eat a lot of citrus fruits, drink carbonated soft drinks, suffer the eating disorder of bulimia, or experience the decline of saliva that often accompanies advancing age, you may be at risk of tooth erosion. What can cause your teeth to erode so badly you wind up having to see a dentist: Nightly tooth grinding? Too many soft drinks? Aggressive brushing? Dry mouth? The scraping of a hygienist's probe at a routine tooth cleaning? Well, you can rule out the last one. But as for the rest, they can work, and do work together, to gradually wear away at your tooth's enamel until something must be done. A big part of reducing tooth erosion is keeping [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:56:45+00:00September 21st, 2021|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Give Your Teeth a Fighting Chance

When Heartburn Comes with the Check

It might be a big Italian meal—meatballs, lasagna, red wine—or a serious encounter with stuffed jalapenos. Whatever your preference, if you suffer heartburn, you're going to pay for it. Every month, 40% of the population suffers heartburn. An unlucky 10% reach for the antacids or acid blockers daily. Heartburn is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux, the escape of acids from the stomach back into the esophagus. There is a burning sensation behind the breastbone, maybe a sour taste in the mouth. Mild-to-moderate heartburn is a nuisance, but with chronic reflux, stomach acid can irritate the lining of the esophagus, larynx, and throat. Recurring episodes of heartburn during sleep can even erode tooth enamel. Any hoarseness, persistent throat clearing, or difficulty [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:24:54+00:00May 4th, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on When Heartburn Comes with the Check

Soft Drinks and Your Teeth

Soft Drinks Pack a Hard Punch! Soft drinks are bad for your teeth in more ways than one. There's sugar, and then there's acidity. The sugar provides the necessary food for the harmful bacteria in your mouth—the average American drinks two cans of soft drinks per day. If you're drinking that much soda, you're providing more than enough sugar to give aid and sustenance to the enemy. Remember, bacteria eat what you eat, and sugar sends them into overdrive. But sugar isn't the worst culprit. The "fizz" is. You probably know that soda and sparkling water contains bubbles (called carbonation). How does it work? First, carbon dioxide dissolves in water under pressure. Then upon breaking the seal, the process reverses, [...]

By |2019-11-16T19:31:42+00:00January 28th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Soft Drinks and Your Teeth