Archive for May, 2015

We frequently forget how important oral care is. A new article in Time Magazine has found that 91% of adults ages 20 to 64 have at least one tooth that has been treated for decay or has untreated decay. While oral care is being emphasized more and more, the statistics about decay are on the rise.


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We often talk to our patients about dental erosion. A new article published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry reveals that soda and fruit juices are the biggest culprits of dental enamel erosion. The biggest statistic the article talks about is:

“Examining 3,773 participants, the researchers found 79% had evidence of dental erosion, 64% had mild tooth wear, 10% had moderate tooth wear and 5% displayed signs of severe tooth wear. The participants in the study with moderate and severe tooth wear consumed more soft drinks and fruit juices each day than the other groups.”

More information can be found at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/293727.php

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What do all of these things have in common? According to an article recently published in Medical News Today, kissing a person for 10-seconds transfers about 80 million bacteria from one mouth to the other. How does this affect me? Are you a person who has never had dental decay in your life and one day you go in and have several new areas of decay? Well this is one of the potential reasons for the new decay.

While here in the office, we often stress the need to scrape your tongue. Why is this so important? The article states that bacteria only stays in your saliva for a small period of time, however the bacteria stay on the tongue longer. Your tongue has these finger-like projections that allow the bacteria to stay on it longer if not scraped.

Read more at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/285563.php

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