Soft Drink Tooth Decay; Oral Systemic Link (link between your mouth & body); Fluoride & Sealants

Only one more week until Summer! FINALLY!

Dr. Krug and the Team at Cottage Dental Care would like to take a moment

to wish you a great summer!!

Here is some news from our office:

Jessa, a member of your Hygiene Team welcomed another baby boy, Lincoln, at the end of May.

In this newsletter, we are sharing some information on soft drinks. The icy cold beverage that pairs so magnificently with popcorn at those big summer blockbusters. Unfortunately, soft drinks are not the best for us (it seems nothing tasty ever is).  We also have a bit of information for you on the link between the bacteria in your mouth and disease; as well as some information on fluoride, and sealants.

We are not here to lecture. We are quite certain you lead busy stressful lives. If the only thing keeping you sane is a daily dose of chocolate and a Mountain Dew, we are not going to stand in your way. (It’s not like we have any personal experience with this being located right next to Jewel.) However, we would be remiss in our duty if we didn’t provide you with some facts. Respectively, a can of Mountain Dew contains 11 teaspoons of sugar, Coke 9 teaspoons, Pepsi 10 teaspoons, Sprite 9 teaspoons, Barq’s Root Beer 11 teaspoons, Sweet Tea and Gatorade 5 teaspoons each. Even if you choose to drink the diet version, soft drinks still contain a high level of acid. The sugar and acid work hand in hand to soften and decay enamel and exposed root surfaces. In addition to the “usual suspects” like weight gain & heart disease, excess sugar consumption can lead to diabetes, kidney stones, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and osteoporosis. Even though we all love that cold soft drink, Dr. Krug says, “if you feel like you can’t live without it, try and limit yourself to one a day and have it with a meal”.

Don’t you just love that feeling you get after having your teeth cleaned?! At your Continuing Care (“Cleaning & Exam”) Appointment, Jessa and Taylor your friendly Cottage Dental Care Hygienists will remove the plaque, tartar & stain that brushing alone cannot. Plaque is the sticky film that covers teeth and traps in bacteria that can cause tooth decay, gum disease, or compromise your overall health. Remember, you can no more isolate your mouth from the rest of your body than you can isolate one of your organs. The disease producing bacteria in your mouth can have a negative effect on your body and can contribute to: Heart Disease, Diabetes, Respiratory problems and Joint Replacement failures to just name a few. Regular maintenance will minimize and prevent future problems in our mouths and bodies.

Children have the same dental needs as adults. It is just as important, possibly more so, for children to maintain the health of their baby teeth to prevent decay or other problems on their adult teeth. Children need to have their teeth cleaned every six months as well as having the added protection of fluoride. Bacteria in the mouth thrives on sugar, multiplies on dental surfaces and produces acids. A compound that makes up the enamel in teeth is susceptible to attacks by these acids. Fluoride varnish helps by interacting with this compound to form a new compound that is more resistant to these acid attacks. Fluoride varnish helps prevent tooth decay, slows it down or stops it from getting worse.

Another way to prevent decay is by placing sealants. Sealants are a tooth colored material that goes into the grooves of permanent molars to act as a barrier against plaque, acids and any bacteria in the mouth. Our office recommends having sealants placed on a child’s 6 and 12 year permanent molars.

Stay Cool and Remember to give us a call to schedule your Continuing Care, Sealants, Fluoride or any other appointments you may need. At Cottage Dental Care, Complete Health Dentistry, you will always “be treated like family.”

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