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Energy and Sports Drinks are Responsible for Irreversible Damage to Teeth

A recent study found that an alarming increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks, especially among adolescents, is causing irreversible damage to teeth—specifically, the high acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel, the glossy outer layer of the tooth.

Researchers examined the acidity levels in 13 sports drinks and nine energy drinks. They found that the acidity levels can vary between brands of beverages and flavors of the same brand. To test the effect of the acidity levels, the researchers immersed samples of human tooth enamel in each beverage for 15 minutes, followed by immersion in artificial saliva for two hours. This cycle was repeated four times a day for five days, and the samples were stored in fresh artificial saliva at all other times.

The researchers found that damage to enamel was evident after only five days of exposure to sports or energy drinks, although energy drinks showed a significantly greater potential to damage teeth than sports drinks. In fact, the authors found that energy drinks caused twice as much damage to teeth as sports drinks.

With a reported 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens consuming energy drinks, and as many as 62 percent consuming at least one sports drink per day, it is important to educate parents and young adults about the downside of these drinks. Damage caused to tooth enamel is irreversible, and without the protection of enamel, teeth become overly sensitive, prone to cavities, and more likely to decay.

You should wait at least an hour to brush your teeth after consuming sports and energy drinks. Otherwise,  will be spreading acid onto the tooth surfaces, increasing the erosive action.

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Reference: Academy of General Dentistry

Halloween Children Dentist Silicon Valley, CA

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Halloween is just around the corner, and although candy consumption is almost unavoidable this time of year, Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers want parents and children to know that there are both good and bad candy options, both of which may find their way into children’s trick-or-treat bags this fall.

Worst:

  •  Chewy/sticky sweets, such as gummy candies, taffy, and even dried fruit can be difficult for children and adults to resist, and even more difficult to remove from teeth. “These candies are a serious source of tooth decay, particularly when they get stuck in the crevices between teeth, making it nearly impossible for saliva to wash them away,” Dr. Sherwood says.
  •  Sour candies are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly. The good news: Saliva slowly helps to restore the natural balance of the acid in the mouth. Dr. Sherwood recommends that patients wait 30 minutes to brush their teeth after consuming sour/acidic candies; otherwise, they will be brushing the acid onto more tooth surfaces and increasing the risk of enamel erosion.
  • Sugary snacks, including candy corn, cookies, and cake, allcontain high amounts of sugar, which can cause tooth decay.

Best:

    •  Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies stimulate saliva, which can help prevent dry mouth. “A dry mouth allows plaque to build up on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities,” Dr.Sherwood says.
    • Sugar-free gum can actually prevent cavities as it not only dislodges food particles from between the teeth but also increases saliva—which works to neutralize the acids of the mouth and prevent tooth decay.
    • Dark chocolate and its antioxidants, according to some studies can be good for the heart and may even lower blood pressure.

Parents should closely monitor their children’s candy intake this Halloween—and all year round—and continue to promote good oral health habits.  If your child needs dental care, call Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers at 408-259-2900 to schedule an appointment with the best pediatric dentist.

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How Do I Care for My Child’s Baby Teeth?

Though you lose them early in life, your primary teeth, also called baby teeth, are essential in the development and placement of your permanent teeth. Primary teeth maintain the spaces where permanent teeth will erupt and help develop proper speech patterns that would otherwise be difficult; without maintenance of these spaces, crowding and misalignment can occur, resulting in more complicated treatment later. Baby teeth also are primers for teaching your child good oral care habits. It is important to take care of your child’s primary teeth. Even though primary teeth last only a few years, decay, cavities and infection can take its toll and may require expensive treatment to repair.

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Sleeping in dentures doubles risk of pneumonia in elderly

Poor oral health and hygiene are increasingly recognized as major risk factors for pneumonia among the elderly.   According to the study conducted by a team of researchers in Nihon University School of Dentistry in Japan,  those who wore their dentures during sleep, were at higher risk for pneumonia than those who removed their dentures at night.  In addition, those who wore dentures while sleeping were more likely to have tongue and denture plaque, gum inflammation and positive culture for Candida albicans compared to their counterparts.

This study provides empirical evidence that denture wearing during sleep is associated not only with oral inflammatory and microbial burden but also with incident pneumonia, suggesting potential implications of oral hygiene programs for pneumonia prevention in the community.

These findings lead to a simple and straight forward clinical recommendation — denture wearing during the night should be discouraged in geriatric patients.

Reference: Science Daily

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Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers located in the heart of Silicon Valley area offers variety of services including Braces, Invisalign, Implants, Gum Surgery, Root Canal, Oral Surgery, Lumineers, Snap-on-Smile, Dentures, Crown, Bridges and Emergency Dental Services to the communities of Silicon Valley, San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Gilroy, Fremont, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mt. View, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Pleasanton, Palo Alto and San Francisco.

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