Monthly Archives: February 2016

The link between soda consumption and tooth decay

soda consumption

If you or any member of your family is an avid soda drinker, you may want to take notice of a new study out of Mexico. The study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association has shown a link between sugary drinks like sodas, juices, and sports drinks and erosive tooth wear. It shouldn’t be news to many that sugary drinks aren’t great for your oral health, but the hard numbers may lead you to reconsider how much soda you and your family consume.

The JADA study was conducted in Mexico due to the fact that sugary drinks are still a widely accepted dietary staple for teenagers there. The statistics were gathered by surveying Mexican kids between 14 and 19 years old about their intake levels of carbonated pops, sports drinks, fruit juice and certain food items. After the survey, dental professionals examined the teens for signs of erosive tooth wear.

The results showed that erosive tooth wear was quite widespread at almost 32%, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the carbonated soda drinks were the biggest offender. The issue has not gone unnoticed by the government of Mexico, which has now implemented a soda sales tax on sugary drinks to attempt to curb the consumption of soda in their youth.

It is wise to try and cut back on the sugary drinks and use a straw on the rare occasions that you do, to reduce contact with your teeth. To make sure those sugary drinks don’t get the best of your healthy smile, contact the friendly staff at Prescott Dentistry to schedule your routine check up and cleaning today!  (928) 445-1660

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Can Sugar-Free Gum Save Both Money and Teeth?

While we love to see our patients for their biannual cleanings, it’s the goal of every dentist to only have the need to see his or her patients twice a year! Dental decay is extremely common despite the fact that it is preventable with diligent daily at-home care and a thorough cleaning from your dentist in Prescott every 6 months. That fact is exemplified by a new study out of Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry published in the British Dental Journal. The study found that the use of sugar-free gum could save about $11 million or around 364,000 dental check-ups if all 12 year old across the UK chewed the gum after eating or drinking. This is due to sugar-free gum’s ability to help preemptively fight tooth decay.

In the UK, despite the fact that tooth decay is preventable, young people experience unacceptably high levels of tooth decay according to government figures. Thirty-five percent of 12 year olds report being too embarrassed to laugh or smile because of the condition of their teeth. While brushing twice daily and flossing once a day are still recommended to preserve dental health in children and adults, the addition of chewing a piece of sugar-free gum during the day can do a lot of good.

Sugar-free gum is useful for breaking down food fragments lodged in your teeth or gums and neutralizing acids that cause plaque and eventual tooth decay. The mechanism that makes sugar-free gum effective is it’s ability to trigger the production of saliva. Saliva helps neutralize destructive plaque acids, washes away food particles, and encourages remineralization of the enamel. Sugar-free gum’s role in oral care is recognized by major associations like the European Commission, World Dental Federation and the British Dental Health Foundation.

Remember that chewing sugar-free gum is just a great supplement to your previously recommended twice daily brushing and flossing. If you’re ready for your biannual appointment give Prescott Dentistry, your dentist in Prescott, a call today! (928) 445-1660

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Freedom Day USA

The staff at Prescott Dentistry will show their gratitude to the men and women in the United States armed forces by participating in Freedom Day USA. Prescott Dentistry will join businesses all across the country in offering FREE goods and services to active military, their immediate family, and veterans. This event will take place September 8, 2016.

Call to reserve your appointment for FREE dental cleanings and same day appointments (for example: extractions, fillings, & some crowns).

(928) 445-1660

Visit freedomdayusa.org for more information on America’s largest “Thank You” movement ever and check for other great participating businesses in your area.