In a world where everything moves so quickly and teens and young adults find themselves pulling "all-nighters" or working long hours, energy drinks have grabbed the spotlight. You will have one (or three) and suddenly you have the drive that you need to keep on going. The same can be said for sports drinks. It's common for people to have one even when they are not engaged in any strenuous physical activity, which is what they were designed for. People will drink them simply because they have grown to love the taste.
Although they might taste great and boost your energy, there's a serious down side to consuming energy and sports drinks on a steady basis. Studies have shown that these drinks contain so much acid that they start to destroy your teeth after just five days of consistent use! The acid in these drinks dissolves your tooth enamel, which can make your teeth more vulnerable to bacteria. This can progress to staining, tooth decay, and hypersensitivity.
Limiting the amount of sports and energy drinks that you consume is in your dental best interest. If you do enjoy either or both of these drinks, you should make it a habit to rinse your mouth with water immediately after consumption, and brush your teeth about an hour later, after the period when the acid has a softening effect on your enamel has passed.
Fighting the signs of aging seems to be a common theme in our country. Although billions are spent on potions, pills, creams, and fad diets, all in the name of maintaining that youthful appearance, recent studies are now revealing the link to sugar. As a dentist, our profession has long been concerned about sugar and decay, but now there appears to be new evidence that "long sugar chains formed from simple sugar molecules" can lead to many health problems, including cancer, aging, and autoimmune diseases.
The National Academy of Sciences suggests that mapping these "glycans" may have "the potential to aid physicians in diagnosing and treating their patients," because "in the future, it is likely that analysis of an individual's glycans will be used to predict our risk for developing diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or even food allergies." The authors add that "biological processes like aging are linked to inflammation in our glycome," but "it remains to be tested if reversing these changes can help prevent disease, or even slow aging," which is an intriguing possibilty.
So the next time you reach for that candy bar or sugar-filled energy drink, remember that it could be hastening your aging process! If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment call our office at 918-455-0123!
A smile makeover is usually a combination of one or more cosmetic dental procedures. To achieve your desired result, our dental team may perform or suggest a variety of options. The entire process is designed specifically for your unique cosmetic needs, and we will make sure that all of your concerns regarding your smile are addressed.
Check out the most common procedures available in dentistry today:
- TOOTH WHITENING: Whiter teeth are achieved through a bleaching process typically using hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Yellower teeth usually respond well to this procedure, while brown-colored teeth stained by fluorosis or taking tetracycline do not respond as well to whitening. Tooth whitening is not for everyone; if you have sensitive teeth, gum disease, or poor enamel can be common contraindications.
- ORTHODONTICS: Braces are one of the tried-and-true ways of achieving a healthier smile. Braces are typically worn for about 24 months to reposition the teeth in a straighter and safer alignment. There are several different types of braces, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners.
- VENEERS: Veneers are thin, tooth-colored material designed to be placed on the front surface of teeth to improve their overall appearance. They can be used in cases where the color, shape, size, or length is not as desired. Veneers are usually used in cases where teeth are discolored, chipped, worn down, misaligned, irregular, or have gaps.
- IMPLANTS/BRIDGES: Dental implants and bridges are used to replace missing or broken teeth. Nowadays, both implants and bridges are commonly performed procedures. Implants integrate directly with the jawbone, while bridges are placed over the adjacent teeth to the missing tooth. Implant technology has advanced a great deal in recent years and highly biocompatible ceramic materials are becoming more commonplace.
Use of electronic cigarettes (EC) has been increasing rapidly during the past several years, but little information is available regarding the association between EC use and oral health. A recent study was conducted to assess the relationship between EC use and self-reported oral symptoms among adolescents. Take a look at the findings:
- Increased gingival pain, bleeding, or both
- Increased tongue pain, inside cheek pain, or both
- Increased a cracked or broken tooth
The authors have concluded that EC use among adolescents appear to the rsk factors for tongue pain, inside-cheek pain, or cracked or both teeth. This recent study may be the first indication that EC use is not without concern.
Guilt is a powerful feeling! It can keep you from doing many things including going to the dentist. There is good news! What I say many times to our patients is that our office is a judgement-free zone, and coming back (even after an extended period of being MIA) can be easier than you may think. Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during your first appointment back with us - so here's a little overview of what you can expect.
During your exam, we will usually take a series of radiographs, which are made once every year as recommended by the American Dental Association. The set of digital X-rays will depend upon your individual needs and it will help us get a more thorough look at what's going on with your dental structure and keep an eye out for any potential dental issues. Next, we will clean your teeth. During this time, we will check for any type of gum disease, remove tartar and polish your teeth. Finally, we will advise you of any dental issues that may need attention.
Once all of this is done, our business office will get you checked out, reappointed as necessary, and get you on your way. And that's it! Just because you may have slacked for a little while or life simply got in the way, this doesn't mean that things have to stay that way!
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