Archives for May 2012

Cavity-Free Smile

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — For the past 40 years there’s been a decrease in the amount of tooth decay in children … that is until now. New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control say the trend is reversing. But there are things you can do to keep your teeth healthy and bright.

By the time children reach second grade, half will have at least one cavity. Tooth decay in kids has increased by 28 percent in the past eight years. Drinking a mixture of unsweetened cranberry juice and water can cut down on cavities. The juice contains a chemical that stops cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to teeth. Just remember: when buying cranberry juice, read the label to make sure there is no added sugar.

Kids aren’t the only ones that need to pay more attention to their dental health. Studies show gum disease increases your risk of heart disease. Chewing gum is an easy way to keep those pearly whites sparking! It keeps teeth clean by promoting saliva production.

“Saliva is the great protector against cavities,” Israel Kleinberg, D.D.S., Ph.D., an oral biologist at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., told Ivanhoe.

The enzymes in saliva fight bacteria and neutralize acids that eat at your teeth. A healthier mouth for a brighter smile.

Certain foods can also help keep your teeth clean. Foods like cheese, peanut butter, nuts, eggs, olives and dill pickles neutralize acids in the mouth that wear down tooth enamel.

Sports and Energy Drinks Responsible for Irreversible Damage to Teeth

ScienceDaily (May 1, 2012) — A recent study published in the May/June 2012 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that an alarming increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks, especially among adolescents, is causing irreversible damage to teeth — specifically, the high acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel, the glossy outer layer of the tooth.

“Young adults consume these drinks assuming that they will improve their sports performance and energy levels and that they are ‘better’ for them than soda,” says Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPH, lead author of the study. “Most of these patients are shocked to learn that these drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid.”

Researchers examined the acidity levels in 13 sports drinks and nine energy drinks. They found that the acidity levels can vary between brands of beverages and flavors of the same brand. To test the effect of the acidity levels, the researchers immersed samples of human tooth enamel in each beverage for 15 minutes, followed by immersion in artificial saliva for two hours. This cycle was repeated four times a day for five days, and the samples were stored in fresh artificial saliva at all other times.

“This type of testing simulates the same exposure that a large proportion of American teens and young adults are subjecting their teeth to on a regular basis when they drink one of these beverages every few hours,” says Dr. Jain.

The researchers found that damage to enamel was evident after only five days of exposure to sports or energy drinks, although energy drinks showed a significantly greater potential to damage teeth than sports drinks. In fact, the authors found that energy drinks caused twice as much damage to teeth as sports drinks.

With a reported 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens consuming energy drinks, and as many as 62 percent consuming at least one sports drink per day, it is important to educate parents and young adults about the downside of these drinks. Damage caused to tooth enamel is irreversible, and without the protection of enamel, teeth become overly sensitive, prone to cavities, and more likely to decay.

“Teens regularly come into my office with these types of symptoms, but they don’t know why,” says AGD spokesperson Jennifer Bone, DDS, MAGD. “We review their diet and snacking habits and then we discuss their consumption of these beverages. They don’t realize that something as seemingly harmless as a sports or energy drink can do a lot of damage to their teeth.”

Dr. Bone recommends that her patients minimize their intake of sports and energy drinks. She also advises them to chew sugar-free gum or rinse the mouth with water following consumption of the drinks. “Both tactics increase saliva flow, which naturally helps to return the acidity levels in the mouth to normal,” she says.

Also, patients should wait at least an hour to brush their teeth after consuming sports and energy drinks. Otherwise, says Dr. Bone, they will be spreading acid onto the tooth surfaces, increasing the erosive action.

Smile Healthy Program

The American Dental Association (ADA) is synonymous with healthy smiles, oral health and overall health. More than 50 years ago, the ADA launched its Seal of Acceptance program, which has become the gold standard for evaluating effective oral health care products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste mouthwashes.

The ADA now has launched a new oral health initiative, the ADA Smile Healthy program. To help consumers make smart oral health choices when shopping for food and beverages, the Smile Healthy program will award its logo to products that promote good oral health. That logo on products such as fluoridated bottled water and various foods and beverages tells the consumer the product has met rigorous performance and testing standards and is recognized by the ADA as a smart oral health choice.

All revenue from this program will go to the ADA Foundation to support causes such as access to care for the underserved, dental education, research and public education on oral health issues.

The ADA Smile Healthy program will be open to products that provide smart choices for maintaining oral health, other than those products directly used in dental hygiene or used in treatment of dental disease. These products are covered by the ADA Seal of Acceptance program.

Products that are good oral health choices can be found at a glance when shopping. Just look for the distinctive smile when making your selections. You can be confident the ADA has taken the guesswork out of picking products that aren’t harmful to your oral health.

How You Can Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Kids can take charge of their teeth by taking these steps:

Brush at least twice a day — after breakfast and before bedtime. If you can, brush after lunch or after sweet snacks. Brushing properly breaks down plaque.

Brush all of your teeth, not just the front ones. Spend some time on the teeth along the sides and in the back. Have your dentist show you the best way to brush to get your teeth clean without damaging your gums.

Take your time while brushing. Spend at least 2 or 3 minutes each time you brush. If you have trouble keeping track of the time, use a timer or play a recording of a song you like to help pass the time.

Be sure your toothbrush has soft bristles (the package will tell you if they’re soft). Ask your parent to help you get a new toothbrush every 3 months. Some toothbrushes come with bristles that change color when it’s time to change them.

Ask your dentist if an antibacterial mouth rinse is right for you.

Learn how to floss your teeth, which is a very important way to keep them healthy. It feels weird the first few times you do it, but pretty soon you’ll be a pro. Slip the dental floss between each tooth and along the gum line gently once a day. The floss gets rid of food that’s hidden where your toothbrush can’t get it, no matter how well you brush.

You can also brush your tongue to help keep your breath fresh!

It’s also important to visit the dentist twice a year. Besides checking for signs of cavities or gum disease, the dentist will help keep your teeth extra clean and can help you learn the best way to brush and floss.

It’s not just brushing and flossing that keep your teeth healthy — you also need to be careful about what you eat and drink. Remember, the plaque on your teeth is just waiting for that sugar to arrive. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and drink water instead of soda. And don’t forget to smile!

Taking care of your teeth

When you get your picture taken, everyone says, “Say cheese! Smile!” So you do — you open your mouth and show your teeth. When you see the picture, you see a happy person looking back at you. The healthier those teeth are, the happier you look. Why is that?

It’s because your teeth are important in many ways. If you take care of them, they’ll help take care of you. Strong, healthy teeth help you chew the right foods to help you grow. They help you speak clearly. And yes, they help you look your best.
Why Healthy Teeth Are Important

How does taking care of your teeth help with all those things? Taking care of your teeth helps prevent plaque (say: plak), which is a clear film of bacteria (say: bak-teer-ee-uh) that sticks to your teeth.

After you eat, bacteria go crazy over the sugar on your teeth, like ants at a picnic. The bacteria break it down into acids that eat away tooth enamel, causing holes called cavities. Plaque also causes gingivitis (say: jin-juh-vi-tis), which is gum disease that can make your gums red, swollen, and sore. Your gums are those soft pink tissues in your mouth that hold your teeth in place.

If you don’t take care of your teeth, cavities and unhealthy gums will make your mouth very, very sore. Eating meals will be difficult. And you won’t feel like smiling so much.

Before Toothpaste Was Invented

We’re lucky that we know so much now about taking care of our teeth. Long ago, as people got older, their teeth would rot away and be very painful. To get rid of a toothache, they had their teeth pulled out. Finally people learned that cleaning their teeth was important, but they didn’t have toothpaste right away. While you’re swishing that minty-fresh paste around your mouth, think about what people used long ago to clean teeth:

ground-up chalk or charcoal
lemon juice
ashes (you know, the stuff that’s left over after a fire)
tobacco and honey mixed together

Yuck!

It was only about 100 years ago that someone finally created a minty cream to clean teeth. Not long after that, the toothpaste tube was invented, so people could squeeze the paste right onto the toothbrush! Tooth brushing became popular during World War II. The U.S. Army gave brushes and toothpaste to all soldiers, and they learned to brush twice a day. Back then, toothpaste tubes were made of metal; today they’re made of soft plastic and are much easier to squeeze!

Today there are plenty of toothpaste choices: lots of colors and flavors to choose from, and some are made just for kids. People with great-looking teeth advertise toothpaste on TV commercials and in magazines. When you’re choosing a toothpaste, make sure it contains fluoride. Fluoride makes your teeth strong and protects them from cavities.

When you brush, you don’t need a lot of toothpaste: just squeeze out a bit the size of a pea. It’s not a good idea to swallow the toothpaste, either, so be sure to rinse and spit after brushing.

Welcome to our Practice

Welcome to DeForte Dentistry.

A place that remembers the true essence of what family dentistry used to be, while embracing the technology and modern dental needs of today.

Whether preventive, specialized, or cosmetic, we welcome smiles of all ages, and make health a priority for your entire well being.

We hope you and your family become a part of ours for years of healthy smiles! Call us today to set up an appointment.

Child Friendly Practice

I enjoy treating children and seem to have great success on even the difficult ones. They appreciate my Tell, Show, Do technique because it reduces their fear and increases their trust which promotes cooperation. Watching how proud they are when they complete treatment and fussing and photographing them adds to the positive experience that stays with them for their lifetime.

Seniors are always welcome

We welcome seniors to our practice every day….One of the most significant aspects of treating senior citizens is getting an accurate list of all the medications they are taking, both prescription and over the counter medications and being aware of any potential adverse interactions with the medications that the dentist may need to place the patient on. As the number of medications a patient is taking increases the chance of an adverse interaction increases geometrically. This leads to a significant concern to all treating physicians not just dentists.

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Today’s advanced dental treatments and materials can make a real difference, and the skill, experience, and commitment of our practice — using a unique combination of science and artistry — we will create the smile of your dreams. Even a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem. When you feel good about yourself, others notice.