The sugar and acid in pop and sport drinks can cause a lot of damage to your teeth. Diet drinks contain their own acid. Each time you take a drink it takes 20 minutes to neutralize. The acid weakens your enamel, which can lead to decay. Swishing with water to dilute sugar or using a straw to keep the sugar away from your teeth can help. If you are going to have a beverage with acid and/or sugar try to drink it all at once instead of sipping all day. It is best to have these drinks in moderation.
- from Stacy B. (Dental Assistant)
Sometimes when we are checking for gum disease at your re-care appointments, we will find an area that may benefit from a painless antibiotic treatment called Arestin. Gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria that is down in the pocket between your tooth and gum tissue. Unlike antibiotics that are swallowed, Arestin is a powder that your dental professional places directly into the infected areas or pockets. Arestin powder is made up of microspheres of the antibiotic minocycline. It is released over time into the infected pockets. It won’t help you grow bone back in the pocket if you have bone loss, but it can help the gum tissue heal back to the tooth. We can also easily reapply it in future appointment if the infection returns.
- from Susan B. (Dental Hygienist)
Check out MouthHealthy.org - it is a consumer friendly website created by the American Dental Association (ADA). This site is also listed on the Links page of the Commerce Drive Dental website. This site has information and videos about various dental topics. It has separate sections for different age groups, ranging from birth to adult. This site also has lists of all the ADA Seal of Acceptance products like floss, toothpaste, mouthrinses, and toothbrushes. The ADA Seal of Acceptance means that the product has been shown to meet ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness. The site also has some basic nutrition information and a section for kids with games and printable activities. Check it out!!
- from Kim B. (Dental Hygienist)
If you have sensitive teeth, you are not alone. 1 in 3 adults between the ages of 20 and 40 complain of sensitivity. It also affects women more than men. Some of the causes of this common complaint are recession (or exposed root surfaces), “scrubbing” tooth brushing technique, and erosion or “wearing away of the enamel” from chemical causes such as toothpaste that is too abrasive, acid reflux, and foods or drinks that have a high acid content. If we looked at this exposed area of your tooth under a microscope, it would look like Swiss cheese and our goal is to “fill in” all those holes to stop the pain. A very easy and effective way to help your sensitivity is to apply a fluoride varnish to these exposed areas. It takes less than a minute to paint on the fluoride and for some people it can provide relief for up to 6 months! Please let us know if you would like more information about treating tooth sensitivity.
- from Pam B. (Dental Hygienist)
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