Archive for March, 2014

Who is more likely to seek dental care?

According to an article published in Frontiers in Public Health, women are 33% more likely to seek dental care than men. It was also found that non-smokers are more likely to seek dental care than smokers. 

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Sugar is a big part of our daily diet. Sugar can lead to decay in the mouth and other various systemic problems. Reading labels on foods and drinks can be quite confusing. A rule of thumb to remember when calculating the amount of sugar in a drink is 1 teaspoon contains 4 grams of sugar (1tsp = 4g sugar). A 16 oz bottle of sweetened tea contains 52 grams of sugar, which is about 13 teaspoons of sugar. A 20 oz bottle of cola contains 68 grams of sugar which is about 17 teaspoons of sugar. Next time you pick up a drink, check to see how much sugar is present. 

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March is for Nutrition

The American Dental Association (ADA) has recognized March for nutrition. Nutrition not only affect yours overall health but also your oral health. When purchasing foods, take into consideration how much sugar is present in foods. Look at the label on the side and check out choosemyplate.gov to learn how to read and understand labels. Foods with a large amount of sugar in it can promote decay by making your mouth more acidic. The ADA has a great video on Diet and Dental Health (click on the green diet and dental health to take you to the video). 

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Bad Breath, what do I do now?

Do you have bad breath? Halitosis (bad breath) can frequently be caused by dry mouth, oral infection, decay and gum disease. A coated tongue also causes bad breath. Use a tongue scraper to keep it clean. Visit your dentist if you notice the halitosis and for regular cleanings and check ups. 

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