Here's a quick note to let you know Dr. Stangebye and staff will be out of the office to celebrate the holiday weekend. Our office will be closed on Friday May 24th through Monday May 27th.
If you don't currently have an appointment scheduled, but need to see the doctor before the weekend, please call us immediately to get on the schedule. Otherwise, Dr. Stangebye will be happy to see your smile when he is back next Tuesday May 28th!
The Dangers of Soda
Over the last few years, the consumption of soda by kids, teens, and young adults has increased dramatically. These days it seems like everybody prefers to drink things that are sugary and acidic. What is important to realize is that these drinks offer no benefits to oral health (or health in general). According to reports the average person drinks around 16 ounces of soda a day which equates to 53 gallons of soda a year. Consuming 53 gallons of liquids filled with acids and sugar will repeatedly expose teeth to sugar, fueling decay.
Harmfulness of Soda on your Teeth
Soda harms teeth by directly exposing them to acid and by feeding acid-producing bacteria. Erosion occurs when acid breaks down tooth enamel, leaving the sensitive dentin layer with less protection. This makes teeth more sensitive to hot and cold, resulting in frequent toothaches. The sugars in soda also allow bacteria to multiply and produce acid as their waste product. This acid gets trapped in plaque…
People have been asserting that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” since the 19th century.
While it may not necessarily be true that those who eat apples never have to see a doctor,
apples certainly have great health benefits for our bodies! Did you know they can even be good
for our teeth? Let’s take a look at what the research says … It’s widely thought that chewing a crisp, fresh apple can help brush away plaque on our teeth.
We’re not too sure on this one, as some studies show a higher plaque content on teeth after
eating an apple. At
the same time, there is evidence to suggest some polyphenols in apples can lower the ability of
cavity-causing bacteria to adhere to teeth. Further, some studies have shown that the antioxidants
in apples can help prevent periodontal disease. Apples even contain a (very) small amount of fluoride. This is worth noting, as fluoride is so
important in helping prevent cavities. Lastly, the act of chewing an apple stimulates saliva production. Saliva …