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What Are They?

A mouth guard (mouth protector) offered by  Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers – Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. is a flexible custom fitted device worn over teeth during athletic and recreational activities to protect them from damage. A good-fitting mouth guard may be especially important if you wear braces, have fixed anterior bridgework or just want to protect your teeth/smile from potential trauma.

Mouth guards can buffer damage to the teeth, the brackets and/or other fixed appliances from blows and physical contact. Mouth guards can also act as a barrier between teeth/braces and the cheeks, between the lips and tongue, thereby limiting the risk of soft tissue damage.

The ideal mouth guard also:

  • Allows speaking and does not limit breathing.
  • Stays firmly in place during action.
  • Provides a high degree of comfort and fit.
  • Is durable and easy to clean.
  • Is resilient, tear-resistant, odorless and tasteless.

Generally, a mouth guard only covers the upper teeth. However,  Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers – Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. suggest that athletes with a protruding jaw or those who wear braces or other dental appliances (such as retainers, bridgework or have implant-supported dentures) on their lower jaw wear a mouth guard on their lower teeth.


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Exercise May Lead to Higher Risk of Tooth Decay

Next time you avoid exercising just say you were doing it for the benefit of your oral health.

A team of researchers at the University Hospital in Germany determined that the more exercise you do, the higher risk there is of tooth decay and early teeth loss. The researchers looked at the oral health status of several triathletes and nonathletes and found that people who regularly exercise have a higher risk of rotting teeth. There were 70 people in the group, some of whom were triathletes and others who were nonathletes.

The higher risk of tooth decay among the triathletes may stem from the fact that exercising raises the alkalinity of saliva. This leads to a better situation for the growth of harmful bacteria.

The risk of decay went up with every extra hour of training.

Despite this information, there is not enough data to definitively say this correlation between more exercise and poor oral health is a fact. If athletes take good care of their teeth and gums, there’s no need to worry.

A more likely reason for the poor oral health among people who exercise is the consumption of energy and sports drinks that contain large amounts of sugar.

— article from Dentistry Today

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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.

Reference: Academy of General Dentistry

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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.


  •  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.


    •  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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