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Lady Liberty

By admin @ Jul 26, 2011 | 0 comments

Did you know that the Statue of Liberty's mouth is 3 feet wide!  Now that's a huge smile.

Tooth Loss

By admin @ Jul 26, 2011 | 0 comments

About 100 years ago, one half of all adult North Americans were toothless.  Most tooth loss in adults under the age of 35 is caused by athletic trauma, fights, or accidents.  The causes of most tooth loss in people over 35 is periodontal disease.  Today, less than 10% of adults over 65 have lost their teeth.   Missing teeth.  We can help with implants, bridges, or removable prosthetics.  

Meth Mouth

By admin @ Jun 24, 2011 | 0 comments

It's not sugar or acid in soda that is the most harmful for your teeth.  It's crystal meth.  Meth can destroy all 32 of your teeth in as little as 24 months. 

Methamphetamine can destroy teeth in two ways.

  1. The acidic ingredients are corrosive and damaging.
  2. Xerostomia or dry mouth is common and increases the rate of decay because of the loss of saliva - the body's natural defensive system.
  3. Neglected oral hygiene.
  4. Increased clinching and grinding due to drug-induced psychological changes.

Other drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines.  Here are some examples of assumed meth mouth.

photo credit - LLC Counseling Services

50 gallons of soda a year!! No wonder we get cavities.

By admin @ Jun 24, 2011 | 0 comments

The average person drinks 50 gallons of soda per year according to a New York Times article.  And this can wreak havoc on your teeth.  There is naturally occurring bacteria in everyone's mouth.  When given food or sugar, bacteria make acid causing tooth decay.  That includes sugar in vegetables, fruit, and other healthy foods.  For soda, it's not just the sugar that's harmful.  The acid is even more detrimental to the teeth.  But what tops the list is the frequency of drinking or eating.  Plastic bottles are the worst because it allows someone to sip throughout the day rather than quickly finishing it.

It depends on how you look at it

By admin @ Jun 24, 2011 | 0 comments

Is the glass half full or half empty?  Some of our favorite half full or optimistic quotes.

5.  You see things; and say "Why"?  But I dream of things that never were, and I say "Why not?"  - George Bernard Shaw

4.  I am an optimist, but I'm an optimist that takes his raincoat.  - Harold Wilson

3.  The difference between an optimist and a pessimist is that an optimist thinks this is the best possible world.  A pessimist fears that this is true.  - James Branch Cambell

2.  An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?  - Rene Descartes

1.  Well at least this nice man can has have one cavity.

 

Does kissing lead to cavities?

By admin @ Apr 1, 2011 | 0 comments

Recent studies demonstrate transmission of oral bacteria between spouses and from mother to child.  Streptococcus mutans, the main bacteria causing dental decay, has been shown to be transmissible between two people.

 

Oral bacteria is present in everyone's mouth.  It's more abundant with active tooth decay present.  The studies show bacteria can be transmitted by kissing, direct contact, from one person to another.  It also may be transmitted by indirect contact through utensils, toys, pacifiers, etc.

As a dental office in salt lake city, we do not advocate the limiting of contact between mother and child or between spouses.  Prevention and good oral health is the key.  We recommend 6 month cleanings and eliminating of cavities when they are small.  This way you are limiting the number of active bacteria in your mouth that are able to be transmitted.  Also with a clean mouth, the normal bacteria in one's own mouth have no food or sugar to consume.  If they are not consuming food, they are not secreting acid on your teeth which cause tooth decay.  

Ice Chewing: Maybe More Than Just A Habit

By admin @ Jan 13, 2011 | 0 comments

What does the craving of chewing ice mean?  It can be a form of stress relief.   Sometimes it's just a habit.      

 

It also can, but not always, be linked to iron deficiency anemia.  It's a symptom of anemia not a cause.  So you might want to have your blood iron levels checked.  It's a form of pica where you crave non food items.  Be grateful it's not dirt, chalk, paper or laundry soap.  Low iron is more common in women.  Vit C will help you absorb more iron as long as there isn't a primary concern - ie pregnancy, blood loss, ulcer, colon cancer, or other iron deficiency problem.  If you have a serious deficiency (ie ulcer or colon cancer) sometimes it's linked with a burning tongue or mouth sensation.  However, not all burning mouth syndromes are linked to iron deficiency. 

If you're healthy, then the only damage you are doing is to your teeth.  Ice can crack fillings or chip porcelain off crowns.  Non-effected teeth or teeth with no fillings have less of a risk.  If you have sealants, ice can break those off too.  As a Utah Family Dentist, we will not recommend chewing ice.  If you cannot get rid of the craving, at least switch to the soft balled ice, hospital, or "Sonic" ice.  It's less dense and will cause less damage.

Sexy Smiles Rule Relationships

By admin @ Jan 6, 2011 | 0 comments

If you’re thinking about being romantic tonight, you might want to floss and brush your teeth. Based on the Waterpik® Sexy Smile survey, oral hygiene is significantly preferred over the traditional romantic overtures to set the mood, such as dimming the lights, lighting candles, wearing perfume, or playing romantic music. That's why, as a Utah Family Dentist we recommend a cleaning every six months.  The national survey examined Americans’ views on oral healthcare and revealed that a clean mouth was most important in maintaining a healthy relationship. Close to six in ten, or 59 percent, would be most disturbed by their partner not brushing or flossing his or her teeth, as compared to only 24 percent who would be most perturbed if their significant other passed on wearing deodorant!  So spend a little more time on your smile to woo that special someone in your life. 

Article credit: The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists

Sugar Content in Yogurt

By admin @ Dec 2, 2010 | 0 comments

Most of us would think of yogurt as a healthy snack, or in the case of frozen yogurt, a healthy alternative to ice cream. But how many of us actually check the ingredients and nutritional facts of the things the yogurt we eat? 

If you take a closer look at the sugar content of yogurt, you'll come to discover whether or not it is worthy of its status as a healthy alternative. With that, let's take a look at the sugar content of some of the top yogurt products available in the market today in grams per ounce of serving:

Product Serving Size Sugar (gm) Grams of Sugar Per Ounce
Yoplait Original      
Yoplait Original Fruit Flavors 6oz / 170g  27 4.5
Yoplait Guava 6oz / 170g  27 4.5
Yoplait Passion Fruit 6oz / 170g  27 4.5
Yoplait Coconut Cream Pie  6oz / 170g  27 4.5
Yoplait Lemon Burst 6oz / 170g  31 5.2
Yoplait Pinacolada 6oz / 170g  28 4.7
Yoplait Light      
Fruit Flavors 6oz / 170g  14 2.3
Indulgent Flavors 6oz / 170g  15 2.5
Dannon Fruit on the Bottom      
Apple Cinamon 6oz / 170g  25 4.2
Blueberry 6oz / 170g  25 4.2
Boysenberry 6oz / 170g  25 4.2
Cherry  6oz / 170g  24 4
Mixed Berries  6oz / 170g  27 4.5
Peach 6oz / 170g  27 4.5
Raspberry  6oz / 170g  26 4.3
Strawberry 6oz / 170g  26 4.3
Strawberry Banana 6oz / 170g  26 4.3
Pineapple 6oz / 170g  27 4.5
Banana Creampie 6oz / 170g  27 4.5
Strawberry Cheesecake 6oz / 170g  26 4.3
Dannon All Natural      
Coffee 6oz / 170g  25 4.2
Lemon 6oz / 170g  25 4.2
Vanilla 6oz / 170g  25 4.2
Plain Lowfat 6oz / 170g  12 2
Plain Nonfat 6oz / 170g  12 2
Lowfat 6oz / 170g  12 2
Nonfat 6oz / 170g  12 2
Plain 8oz 12 1.5
Dannon Light & Fit™ Carb & Sugar Control™ Cup    
Strawberries and Cream 4oz 2 2
Vanilla Cream 4oz 2 2
Chobani 0% Greek Yogurt      
Plain 6oz / 170g  7 1.2
Blueberry 6oz / 170g  20 3.3
Honey 6oz / 170g  20 3.3
Raspberry  6oz / 170g  19 3.2
Pomegranate 6oz / 170g  19 3.2
Strawberry 6oz / 170g  19 3.2
Vanilla 6oz / 170g  13 2.2
Chobani Champions      
Verryberry 3.5oz / 100g 11 3.1
Strawnana 4oz / 113g 13 3.25
Honeynana 3.5oz / 100g 13 3.1
Chocolate 4oz / 113g 16 3.25
Stonyfield Fat Free (Smooth and Creamy)      
Plain 6oz / 170g  11 1.8
French Vanilla 6oz / 170g  24 4
Strawberry 6oz / 170g  25 4.2
Lemon 6oz / 170g  25 4.2
Peach 6oz / 170g  25 4.2
Pomegranate Berry 6oz / 170g  24 4
Key Lime 6oz / 170g  24 4
Stonyfield  Cream Top Yogurt      
French Vanilla 6oz / 170g  22 3.7
White Chocolate Raspberry 6oz / 170g  23 3.8
Strawberries & Cream 6oz / 170g  19 3.1
Chocolate Underground 6oz / 170g  36 6
Fage Total Classic      
Plain 7oz 6 0.86
Strawberry 5.3oz 18 3.4
Peach 5.3oz 18 3.4
Cherry  5.3oz 18 3.4
Honey 5.3oz 28 5.3
Blueberry 5.3oz 15 2.8
Fage Total 2%      
Plain 7oz 8 1.1
Strawberry 5.3oz 19 3.6
Peach 5.3oz 19 3.6
Cherry  5.3oz 19 3.6
Honey 5.3oz 29 5.5
Blueberry 5.3oz 16 3
Fage Total 0%      
Plain 6oz / 170g  7 1.2

Data taken from manufacturers' respective websites.

As depicted by the chart above, the amount of sugar that's present in an ounce of yogurt can be considered significant in some brands. Figures with red color shows the top 5 yogurt products with the highest concentration of sugar per ounce, while those in color blue are the ones with the lowest.

The product with the highest grams of sugar per ounce of serving is Stonyfield's Chocolate Underground Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt with 6g/oz. If you remember we had a list of sugar content in soda and surprisingly, the highest we had was only 4.38 g/oz (Tropicana Twister Soda). In fact, 13 other more yogurt products topped the 4.38 mark. So it turns out that in terms of sugar content, a lot of yogurt products are “unhealthier” than soda pops.

Yogurt per se doesn't contain much sugar. But most manufacturers incorporate sweet flavors such as that of fruits in order to increase their products' appeal to consumers. So if you're quite conscious about your sugar in take, make sure you check out your favorite yogurt's nutritional facts before buying one.

Image via FoodieWannabe

Oral Cancer: The Overlooked Disease

By admin @ Nov 16, 2010 | 0 comments

While breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes receive regular attention, oral diseases remain a largely overlooked topic that can lead to devastating consequences. Oral cancer strikes approximately 34,360 Americans annually, with more than 25% of these cases being fatal. The mouth is literally the first place many harmful substances contact the body, making the gums, tongue and cheeks particularly vulnerable to outside hazards. In addition, the mouth is comprised of many different parts, including the lips, cheeks, tongue and gums. That means oral cancer is a condition that can originate in several locations through several different symptoms. Awareness of these symptoms is the first step to preventing this particularly devastating form of cancer.

            Among the easiest and most effective methods of preventing this disease is through limiting contact with potential cancer hazards, including extreme sun exposure and carcinogenic chemicals, like asbestos. Frequently introduced into the body through the inhalation of tiny asbestos particles, mesothelioma of the stomach lining can originate through the oral consumption of this material. While skin cancer is a relatively easy condition to discover, mesothelioma, the cancer linked to asbestos contact, is difficult to treat for many reasons. Mesothelioma symptoms typically fail to appear until 20 to 50 years after exposure, often mimicking other conditions when they do manifest. Therefore, this condition is rarely identified in its early stages, limiting treatment options and making it especially important individuals monitor which chemicals they introduce into their systems orally.

            Oral hygiene plays another large part in the prevention of oral cancer. Neglecting basic cleansing habits, such as regular flossing and brushing, can lead to the buildup of plaque and bacteria that can lead to oral irritation and eventual cancer. Failing to schedule regular dental cleanings and cancer screenings also poses a threat because warning signs like sores that fail to heal and mouth discoloration might be ignored. Dental professionals can help identify benign cell growths, pre-cancerous symptoms and cancerous tumors, deciding on the best treatment option for the patient before the cancer metastasizes.

            Finally, specific lifestyle habits can increase one’s risk of developing this disease. Alcohol and tobacco use are common habits that remain the most frequent causes of oral cancer. Continual consumption of these chemicals can irritate any one of the numerous fleshy parts that make up a mouth. Indeed, individuals at the highest risk for developing oral cancer are over the age of 40, heavy drinkers, smokers or smokeless tobacco users. There is also evidence linking the exposure of heat from cigars and pipes to lip cancer. Poor nutrition, ill-fitting dentures and continual mouth contact with rough surfaces are other preventable factors that can also lead to oral cancer.

            Like any disease, prevention remains the best option regarding treatment. For consumers of alcohol and tobacco products especially, a professional oral cancer screening should be scheduled annually, supplemented by monthly self-exams. Although successful treatment of this particular form of cancer is relatively frequent and non-invasive if caught early, the removal of oral tumors that were not quickly identified can lead to drastic changes and disfigurement. Emotional and physical consequences of oral cancer make the subsequent recovery and coping difficult for patients. Particularly destructive cases of oral cancer can lead to the disruption of virtually every aspect of a patient’s life, including relationships, employment and self image. Patients recovering from particularly involved surgeries might need later therapy to assist in speech, chewing foods and diminished salivary functioning. While largely overlooked as a threat, oral cancer deserves greater attention because of its high rate of occurrence, mortality and preventability. 

Author - Alex White