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Frequently patients will come in and tell us they have quit smoking cigarettes but they have started using the e-cigarette. Is the e-cigarette as harmful as regular cigarette smoking? Research has recently come out on this topic and has found that vaping or usage of the e-cigarette is as harmful as using regular cigarettes. For your oral health, we encourage out patients to quit smoking in general (whether it be cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, etc). Here is an article about the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes.

electronic cigarettes from Medical News Today

 

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Chocolate toothpaste

Do you have a sweet tooth? Well this toothpaste may be perfect for you. Several companies have come up with chocolate flavored toothpaste. One company Theodent has a chocolate toothpaste for $100. Read and watch about the product by clicking on the link. We haven’t tried it in our office yet but we’d like to hear what everyone else thinks. If that’s too much try something like Crest ‘Be’ Line as it contains several chocolate flavored toothpaste for a more reasonable price. 

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Congratulations!

Congratulations to our Dental Assistant, Liana, on her acceptance to the Middlesex Dental Hygiene program. Liana will start the program in September. Make sure to congratulate her!

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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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Happy Valentine’s Day

Something fun to read for valentine’s Day. 

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Visiting the dentist when you’re pregnant

When you’re pregnant it is very important to visit the dentist. With hormones in full swing, pregnant women may experience red, swollen, and bloody gums. This is often referred to as pregnancy gingivitis. This article done by Fox News says it best about visiting the dentist when you’re pregnant. We recommend 6 month visits and sometimes 3 month visits depending on the condition of your gums. Some insurances may pay for a more frequent dental visit during pregnancy. Make sure to check with your dental/health insurance. 

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Happy Holidays

From Dr. Aiken’s Dental Team to your home, we wish you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season! Happy Holidays!

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