February 14th, 2020
We love seeing patients of all ages! Remember that the American Dental Association recommends a baby see a dentist for their first checkup within six months of the first tooth erupting, or no later than the baby's first birthday. The first checkup includes an examination, reviewing recommendations for care at home for baby's teeth and a fluoride treatment. If you'd like to schedule a "happy visit" to have your child meet Dr. Stevens first, we are more than happy to do that in order to help you and your child feel best about establishing a dental home. We can't wait to meet you and your little ones!
July 25th, 2018
Back-to-School-Time is a great opportunity to discuss healthy options for school lunches and snacks for the upcoming school year. Of course fruits and vegetables are wonderful choices. Proteins such as meats, nuts, cheeses and beans are also great for overall and dental health. Where we start to get into trouble are the carbohydrate-type snacks such as cookies, granola bars, and candy. The bacteria that cause dental decay use the sugars from these foods to live. The more sugar that is present, the more "food" the bacteria have to survive and turn into acid that can destroy enamel and cause tooth decay.
In addition to sugary food, sugary drinks can also be harmful to our dental health. The sugars from juice can also be use by cavity-causing bacteria to cause tooth decay. Drinking water or milk are the best choices, but if you are going to drink juice, find juices that have the lowest sugar content. Many sports drinks are also full of sugar. Reading the labels on drinks is the only way to know exactly how much sugar is in them.
We wish everyone a happy and healthy school year!
June 26th, 2018
June is National Candy Month, so what better time to discuss the impact that sugary treats can have on your teeth?
We know that many of our patients love candy...in fact, we do too! However, knowing some tips and alternatives in order to minimize the damage that candy can cause is always helpful.
Let's start by addressing some of the worst aspects of candy: The longer candy is in your mouth, the more damaging it can be. Hard candy that you suck on falls into this category. Instead of eating the candy within a couple minutes, and then allowing your saliva to start to neutralize and wash it away, sucking on hard candies for long periods of time, allows your teeth to be continually bathed in sugar. Alternatively, if you eat hard candy quickly and crunch down on it, you risk fracturing a tooth, filling or even a crown! If you've got to satisfy your hard candy fix, opt for a hard candy with an alternative sweetener (something not made from sugar, such as Xylitol) and don't bite down on it.
Chewy and sticky candy can also wreak havoc in your mouth. The stickier and chewier candy is, the more it bind to your teeth, especially all of those little grooves on the chewing surface of your molars. Again, the longer the sugars are present in those little grooves, the more likely that the sugars will cause damage. Also, chewy and sticky candy can bind to permanent crowns and pull these off rather easily. Avoiding chewy and sticky candy altogether is probably your best bet here.
"Is gum chewing OK for my teeth?" is a question we get often. Chewing gum that has the sweetener Xylitol in it, can actually fight cavities! Your best bet is reading the label on gum to see if it contains Xylitol or real sugar. The downfalls to gum chewing (even with Xylitol in it) can include the gum binding to crowns and pulling them off. For some people, chewing gum can exacerbate the tightness of their chewing muscles, causing pain and discomfort. If you're going to chew gum, choose one with Xylitol in it. If you notice your jaw joints and jaw muscles are feeling tight or painful, stop chewing gum for a few days a give your muscles and joints a break.
We hope that your June is filled with delicious treats in celebration of National Candy Month, but proceed with caution!