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Alcohol and Your Health…

Just the Facts There's so much conflicting information regarding drinking alcohol blasting at us these days. A glass of red wine is good? Is even drinking at all a good idea? It's a matter of proportion. The facts are these. First, alcohol affects women more than men. Because men tend to be heavier in muscle mass, their bodies can process slightly more alcohol with fewer negative consequences than women's. But there's something else: the amount of an enzyme known as gastric alcohol dehydrogenase that's produced. Women naturally produce less of this than men and, thus, are less likely to break down alcohol. Because of this difference, it's important that women take extra caution with alcohol consumption. It's a fact that [...]

By |2022-07-12T16:34:33+00:00August 2nd, 2022|Patient Education|Comments Off on Alcohol and Your Health…

Fear…It’s All in Your Head

Fear is a learned response, and what can be learned can also be unlearned. We still have a lot to learn about fear, but certain things we do know. Dental fear, for example, is often the result of vicarious learning. Take you, for instance. Even though you've never had a tooth removed, you've maybe heard some pretty scary stuff about extractions, and the result is that the whole idea makes you nervous. That's vicarious learning. Vicarious wrong learning, too, since having a tooth out these days is virtually painless. Negative experiences also have a lot to do with fear. A really bad experience in an airplane can make you anxious about flying. More than two terrible trips in the scary [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:47:38+00:00August 3rd, 2021|Fear & Anxiety|Comments Off on Fear…It’s All in Your Head

Pssst – Secret Sugars

Lurks in Every Pantry Your sugar bowl sits on the table, and you lift its lid only to sweeten your morning coffee. You deserve a medal for exemplary nutritional behavior! Are you sure? Most folks eat more of it than they realize—150 pounds per year on average. That's 6 ounces—3/4 of a cup—every day. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight, many of them children. Doctors predict that an epidemic of diabetes will follow the obesity epidemic. Lose that sugar bowl and you still consume it in cakes, pies, and cookies. Ditch the desserts and your intake remains high. What's going on? Here's what—sugar is added to canned fruits, vegetables, soups, breakfast cereals, gravies, sauces, meats, salad dressings, rice and pasta mixes, [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:28:17+00:00May 18th, 2021|Nutrition|Comments Off on Pssst – Secret Sugars

Can Kissing Cause Cavities?

Sorry to say, it can. In fact, anything involving contact with saliva—a kiss, parents tasting their babies' food, sharing of tableware, and toothbrushes—can transmit decay-causing bacteria. Soon after birth, infants start to get those bacteria that inhabit the mouth and cause cavities. These germs are usually transferred by the babies' mothers or other family members. When one so innocent can be SO susceptible, we need to provide our mouths with the best defense against the enemy. Brushing and flossing are a good beginning, as they interrupt the growth of bacterial plaque. Getting teeth straightened can help, because straight teeth are better able to resist cavities. Less frequent snacking and diets low in sugary foods reduce the amount of bacteria acids [...]

By |2020-06-27T20:32:42+00:00September 1st, 2020|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Can Kissing Cause Cavities?

Alcohol and Your Teeth

Dentally speaking, is drinking alcohol a good thing or a bad thing for your teeth and gums? As with everything alcohol-related, there are positives and negatives. On one hand, a mixer-free shot of vodka is probably less hazardous than caramel candies, which coat the teeth with a sticky goo that practically begs for cavities. On the other hand, every kind of alcohol—most notoriously drinks with sugary mixes—is chock-full of their own types of sugar. Sugar is the main source of energy for plaque bacteria, and these bacteria are the villains that cause tooth decay. As plaque bacteria process sugar, they produce a variety of acids as metabolic by-products; some of these acids go to work immediately to dissolve the teeth. [...]

By |2020-03-28T17:17:02+00:00May 19th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Alcohol and Your Teeth

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