Flossing has once again come under fire this week, as a study was released that attempts to prove a link between a certain brand of floss to compounds known as Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). These compounds have been linked to multiple health concerns, but does mean that flossing is bad for you? Let’s investigate.
In a previous blog we covered some of the ways that teeth can become sensitive. The underlying cause for this is what dentists call dentin hypersensitivity. This is a condition in which your dentin, the layer under your enamel, allows insults, especially temperature, to bother the nerve in the center of your tooth.
Did you ever walk into a dentist’s office with the feeling that you’ve got us fooled? You know that we’re going to give you a hard time about flossing your teeth, so this time you flossed for 3 straight days so you’ll be nice and clean and we can’t possibly give you the business…
Dental implants have become a generally excepted solution to replacing missing teeth. They can be used to replace a single tooth, a bridge span of several teeth, or even in groups of 4 or more that are used to anchor a complete denture, effectively replacing all of the teeth on one arch. Because they have now been in used for decades, and have become more mainstream, we are often answering a lot of questions about implants that come from curious patients. Here are some of the topics regarding implants that we frequently cover in our office.
Did you know there are five distinct stages of tooth decay? And, that in the first stage of decay, you can actually take steps to reverse the progression of the disease? Indeed, it’s true. In the first stage of decay, whether you’re a child or an adult, the application of fluoride via fluoride treatments, your toothpaste and even the local water supply can stop a cavity from penetrating through the enamel and reaching its second stage. Even the saliva in your mouth and the foods you eat help to re-mineralize a tooth in jeopardy. But that’s just the first stage! What about the rest? Understanding how a cavity progresses can assist you in preventing each successive stage from occurring. There’s always a lot going on in that mouth!
Over the last several years the sparkling water market has exploded. Everyone has seen Perrier and Pellegrino. They have been around for decades, but recently there has been an influx of new, flavored carbonated water brands like La Croix and Bubly. Wegmans Food Markets and all of the major beverage brands have even jumped on the bandwagon. If you're like me, you love these drinks (especially the Wegmans Cherry Pomegranate!), but what's the difference between these, plain-old water, and other types of beverages?
We often field questions in the office that are related to new products, ideas or techniques that seem to be backed by hype only. We've recently had many patients asking about the benefits of brushing with charcoal. Activated charcoal is not new. It's been approved by the FDA for many years to adsorb toxins, like in cases of poisoning or overdose. It is also thought to attract free radicals and rid them from the body. So there may be some benefits of using charcoal, but can it be used to whiten teeth? I'm not so sure...