It is common knowledge that sugar causes tooth decay. Sugar on its own is not the enemy, but it is what happens in our mouth after we consume too much sugar?
Your mouth alone is a home to 700 different species of bacteria. Some are beneficial to your oral health, while others are harmful.
The harmful bacteria produces acid when they encounter and digest sugar. This acid will strip minerals from your tooth enamel.
Weakened tooth enamel will cause tooth sensitivity, discoloration, cavities, and will make your teeth more prone to chips and breaks.
Sugar also lowers your mouth’s pH, making it more acidic. When the pH in your mouth drops below 5.5 the acidity begins to dissolve the beneficial minerals and destroy the tooth’s enamel.
This causes small holes or erosions in your teeth, which over time will lead to cavities.
Your saliva plays a crucial role in the natural remineralization process which helps to restore and strengthen your teeth. It contains essential minerals like phosphates and calcium, which continuously help to protect your teeth.
Fluoride also helps to repair damaged and weak tooth enamel.
The bad news is that if you’re eating a lot of starches and sweets every day, there’s only so much the remineralization process can do to prevent the effect sugar has on your teeth.
It’s crucial that you do your part by limiting how much sugar you consume, so your mouth can do its natural job of repairing the damage and maintaining healthy teeth.
Sugar is sugar no matter what name the food manufacturers use on the label.
Limit the consumption of natural sugars such as:
While also avoiding the hidden offenders:
No matter what form sugar comes in, too much of it will cause cavities. The best thing you can do for your health is to learn why too much sugar is bad for your teeth, and make healthy choices that prioritize both your oral health, and your overall health.
As this coronavirus situation has unfolded, all of us at Dr. Blum & Associates as well as all of our patients have been faced with questions about how to lead our daily lives while being told we must stay at home.
We’re getting numerous questions every day from our dental patients about handling their dental appointments and needs since the stay-at-home measures went into place. It is our hope that by sharing the answers to the most common questions you’ll feel more confident in managing your dental health during this time.
Our dental office is open only for dental emergencies only. On March 16, the American
Dental Association issued guidelines advising dentists nationwide to postpone elective procedures for three weeks until April 6. This was further extended and we currently do not have an open date. At Dr. Blum & Associates, we have chosen to follow New York State opening guidelines. This will help limit exposure to and transmission of the virus for patients and staff.
Dental offices are allowed to see patients who are having an emergency. So, don’t worry if you should run into a problem – we are here for you and can and will provide emergency care.
Dental emergencies, according to the American Dental Association, “are potentially life-threatening and require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding [or to] alleviate severe pain or infection.”
What constitutes an emergency is actually pretty simple – it’s about pain or trauma.
Some common dental emergencies include:
The ADA has a terrific website for patients called mouthhealthy.org where you can download their guide to help decide if you’re having a dental emergency.
This will be one of the few times that you’ll hear a dentist advise that you avoid your six-month checkup since routine hygiene and cleaning appointments are considered elective procedures.
Make no mistake — six-month exams are still very important. As soon as we get the green light to see patients, we will get you scheduled for your routine checkup.
As health-care providers, our entire team is trained on the CDC guidelines for infection control and using the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves.
In our office we are requiring every patient to use hand sanitizer upon entering. We’re disinfecting every doorknob and countertop. From the front desk to the treatment rooms everything is wiped down between patient visits and at the end of
We are taking every measure to prioritize the safety of our patients, and our staff.
Make sure you are brushing and flossing. Do everything as you would normally. It’s never been more important to do the best job possible to maintain your oral health.
Since many of us will have extra time on our hands, make sure you brush at least twice a day for two minutes.
Stay home, stay safe, and know that we’re here for you!
During this time that we’re all asked to stay home unless there is a dental emergency, If
you’re still unsure as to whether you need to be seen in the office, email us or call us.
During this time there will be a lot of things that may seem different in the dental office, but as soon as the virus is under control and it is safe to return for normal dental treatment, we’ll be happy to welcome you back!
Stay safe and healthy!