The Effects of Sugar on the Body & Dental Health

Many of us likely suffer from a condition we call “The Sweet Tooth”. It can be a hard and difficult condition to live with, leaving you craving anything sugary in sight. You probably indulge in these delicious treats more than you would like to admit, and we don’t blame you! Sugar is sweet and satisfying in the moment, but don’t be a victim of its charms. Here’s just a few reasons why you should consider putting down the donuts and Snickers bar the next time you begin feeling impulsive.

Weight Management

Okay, so I’m sure this is probably the first one that you thought of when I mentioned the negatives to sugar. Yes, refined and other sugars can lead to weight gain. If you are like me you may have wished once (or a gazillion times) that your super power would be to eat whatever you want without ever gaining a pound. I am so there with you! However, that just isn’t true for most people. Sugar causes your body to produce more insulin. Insulin helps sugar absorb into the cells in your body. This sugar is then stored away as “fuel” for when your body needs more energy. If you are not working off the same amount of energy as you are storing, then you end up building up fat throughout your entire body. I know it isn’t a great fact, but it’s a fact nonetheless and we can’t ignore it.

Dental Health

And now we are back to the “Sweet Tooth”, but we aren’t just talking about the cravings this time. When you were little you were probably told that if you eat all that candy your teeth will fall out of your head. There is some truth to that! We all have bacteria in our mouths even if we brush our teeth often (Gross!). A lot of types of bacteria in your mouth feed off of sugar. The bacteria then breaks down the sugar, creating acid. The acid sits on your teeth and eats away at your enamel until you brush your teeth again. Even if you brush morning and evening all the other hours in between brushings can be harmful when you are eating sugar on a regular basis. Once your enamel is damaged, the bacteria can then have a free for all and create cavities.

Acne

Finally, just a quick final nail in the sweet tooth coffin… Acne. Yes, sugar makes you break out! Sugar affects your hormones by releasing more insulin. The side effect of that is increased sebum in your pores. Sebum is an oily waxy substance that is secreted through your skin. Again, so gross and I’m sure not the look you’re going for.

I know sugary treats are so tasty and hard to resist. However, it is best to actually eat them as a TREAT, not a regular staple in your diet. Indulging our sweet tooth doesn’t always have to be a bad thing, but remember to do so in healthy moderation. Your body and your teeth will thank you for it!

When should my child start going to the dentist?

Dental health guidelines for parents of young children

When you have kids it feels like you constantly have to keep up with their always-changing bodies. Checkups at the doctors, vaccinations, discovering food allergies, vision care, and so much more. We’re never bored! Something some parents overlook though is taking their youngest children to the dentist. Their baby teeth are just going to fall out anyways, why do they have to go before their permanent teeth come in? Well there are many considerations, and very important reasons, to take them sooner, not later. Check out our list below to see why they should start going sooner than you think.

When?

According to the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry), kids should start going when their first baby tooth shows up. That usually starts happening at 6 months old. You can safely have your first visit within 6 months of that first tooth, but it is not recommended to wait any longer.

Why?

Well, there are lots of reasons. First, just because they are not permanent teeth, doesn’t mean they aren’t important. Their baby teeth are place holders for their grown up teeth and need to be healthy too. If the baby tooth is allowed to grow in whatever direction it chooses or forms a cavity this can compromise the future health and placement of the grown up tooth.

What?

What kind of issues can be prevented by taking your kiddo to the dentist early? Many, let us list the ways…

  • Prevent tooth decay.
  • Discover any possible mouth or tooth abnormalities. These can include missing or crooked teeth and pallet problems.
  • Maintain good oral health.
  • Prevent plaque from building up.
  • Warn you of other health issues. Their mouth can show early signs of other health problems throughout their little bodies.
  • Comfortability. The earlier kids go to the dentist, the less scary it is later.
  • Education. Sometimes learning how to care for their teeth from someone other than mom and dad helps kids take brushing and flossing more seriously.
  • Encourage a lifelong practice of caring for their teeth.

Who?

What kind of dentist should you take your kids to? You can take them to your dentist if your dentist offers family or pediatric dentistry and you have a good feel about their quality of care. Often the best option is to seek out a pediatric dental office. The biggest reason for this is because these offices are usually kid friendly and super fun! The staff is also used to working with little kids and can get them excited about their teeth. Some offices even have TV, books, and video games to keep your kiddo entertained and comfortable. Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be miserable and scary, it can be a lot of fun for your child!

We know that adding yet another thing to your list can be frustrating. The good news is that taking your child to the dentist only needs to happen twice a year, maybe annually if your dentist approves. That is a small commitment of your time to start a lifetime of healthy teeth for your little one. You’ve got this!

Fashion Trends For Teeth That Should Remain In The Past

Fashion trends have always been a top priority for those that follow pop culture. The popular trends of the 80s and 90s are coming back and not all are winners! Some of these recent comebacks include chokers, mom jeans, overalls, and even fanny packs. But it isn’t all about the clothes… another comeback from the 80s hip hop scene – dental bling.

Grillz

One of the more recognized dental accessories, grillz can be permanently fixed on your teeth or installed as a denture like mold that you slip on when you feel like it. All forms of grillz are harmful to your teeth. Here’s just a few reasons to avoid them:

  • Metals used are often gold, rose gold, platinum, or silver. These metals can be toxic to your body and eat away at the enamel on your teeth.
  • Gems are usually used to decorate the metal. It’s a great place for bacteria to grow. Gross!
  • Denture grillz generally won’t fit properly to your teeth. This messes with your alignment and can cause pain.
  • Discoloration – metal grillz or even other cheaper materials can cause your teeth to become a dingy dirty color. So much for pearly whites!
  • Expensive!!! Permanent grillz need to be custom made and will cost you thousands of dollars. Even the replaceable ones can be expensive.

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Why You Should Care About Oral Cancer

Each day thousands of people are diagnosed with different types of cancers. We all know families who have been affected by cancer.  These cancers range from breast to lung to skin cancer. These awful diseases have developed in just about every aspect of the human body.

One in particular that is not as well known, but equally dangerous, is oral cancer. It is estimated that almost 42,000 Americans are diagnosed each year from oral and throat cancers. The prediction is that in 2017 it will increase to just shy of 50,000 according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. The 5 year survival rate of these patients is only about 64%. With oral cancer on the rise, it is important to educate yourself in the risks and warning signs to protect yourself.

Early Warning Signs

Discovering oral and throat cancer early on increases your chances of survival significantly. There are several warning signs you can be on the lookout for. Here are just a few for you to keep in mind:

  • Red or white patches on the gum line, cheek, or soft palate
  • Irritation or sores that will not dissipate
  • Pain or numbness in your mouth or lips
  • A shift in the way your bite feels
  • Difficulty chewing, moving your jaw or tongue, speaking, or swallowing
  • A lump or erosion of an area in your mouth

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Confused By Dental Insurance?  Here are the basics:

A Few Simple Tips Can & A Complimentary Dental Benefits Analysis Can Help You Maximize 2017!

Welcome to a new year, and with that you might have new dental benefits.  While not the most fun topic to cover, it’s one that often causes a lot of stress for patients in and out of the office.

Know What You’ve Got

The first thing you need to know is what you have and what you don’t have.  The last decade has seen some major shifts in employee coverage and plans change from year to year.  You may forget if you still have dental coverage and who it’s through.  So, a handy place to start is to find out IF you have dental insurance, and who through.

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Building Great Dental Habits for 2017!

New year, new you, right?

It’s that time of year when we all create well-intentioned goals, and by now we’ve all slipped a few times. But, we’ve got a few ideas on some goals that never get old, and ones hat really aren’t that hard to implement. We’re talking about our oral health.

Keeping those pearly whites, white and pearly, and well…healthy isn’t a hard task, but it’s one that makes a big difference.  Recent studies suggest that our oral health is directly linked to other areas of our bodies. Problems such as gum disease, bone loss, even heart disease and strokes can be connected to poor oral hygiene. Yikes!

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