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Is Diet Soda Really As Bad For Your Oral Hygiene and Health as Meth?

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Is Diet Soda Really As Bad For Your Oral Hygiene and Health As Meth?

A recent study published in the journal, General Dentistry, included the findings of a small study conducted by Dr. Mohammad Bassiouny, a Professor of Restorative Dentistry at Temple University. Dr. Bassiouny compared the teeth of a 30 year diet soda drinker (she drank about 2 liters of diet soda daily) to the teeth of a crack addict and a methamphetamine addict. The study, complete with photos, indicated that habitual diet soda drinking may cause as much erosion and decay to tooth enamel methamphetamine addiction. None of the study’s participants received regular dental care. The soda drinker’s teeth were so damaged, that none of them could be salvaged, and she needed a complete set of dentures. “Meth mouth” is characterized by severe decay, enamel erosion, and fractures of the tooth and public health experts believe it may be caused by excessive dry mouth and teeth grinding, two side effects of heavy methamphetamine use.

Public health and dental experts agree that both diet soda and meth have high acid levels, with erodes the protective enamel of your teeth, leaving your mouth vulnerable to decay. The American Beverage Association, however, pointed out that the soda drinker in the study had not received regular dental care for more than 20 years, and this will have as much of an effect on her oral health as drinking diet soda.
Generally, the more acidic a beverage is, the more damage it can inflict on your mouth.

Many dentists recommend rinsing with water or consuming a glass of water after drinking a soda to minimize the damage of the acid. Additionally, practicing good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash can help prevent the erosion of enamel and tooth decay.
So, is diet soda as bad for your teeth as crack? Most dentists will argue for moderation in your diet soda consumption. If you’re drinking more soda than water, you’re probably drinking too much soda. Try alternating soda with water to reduce the damage to your teeth.

As always, practicing good oral hygiene is the most important part of keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth is the best way to reduce the plaque that builds up on your teeth. Professional cleanings twice a year, and regular checkups at the dentists will help you and your dentists stay on top of any issues or problems. Bacteria and plaque causes cavities, gingivitis and gum disease, and bad breath.


11:01:00 am, by admin   ,

Keeping Your Pearly Whites White

We all want pearly white teeth. We may brush and floss each day and yet we may still see our whites turning to various shades of brown or gray. Why do teeth stain even when you’re taking preventative measures?

One of the biggest reasons may be your diet. Certain foods and drinks are more likely to cause staining on your teeth. Foods or drinks with intense colors are guilty of this. How does this happen? Well, the pigmented molecules of these substances attaches to the enamel of your teeth. Acidic foods are also a problem. They wear away the enamel which causes a temporary softening of the teeth which make pigment molecules more likely to bond with the enamel.

Top teeth stainers include: wine, tea, cola, sport drinks, berries, sauces, and sweets. There are a few strategies you can try to cut down staining. You can eliminate the foods and beverages listed above. You can also use a straw when drinking. You should swallow promptly. You can also swish water in your mouth after eating.

This is great, but what if your teeth already are stained? The best remedy is to have your teeth whitened. A professional method is the most preferable and gives the best results. You can also have micro-abrasion. This involves polishing away the stains with a hydrochloric acid and pumice mixture. This removes a very thin layer of the enamel to reveal the whiter surface underneath. Porcelain veneers are another cosmetic treatment that can change the look of a stained or damaged tooth/teeth. For more information on teeth staining, its causes and remedies, see this article: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/foods-stain-teeth-feature


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Move Over, Metal Braces!

When you think of getting your teeth straightened, you might picture a teenager with a mouth full of metal brackets. But this is no longer the only option. Here at Bluewater Bay Dental, we offer a newer option called Invisalign. The method behind this program is the same as traditional metal braces. The appliance is fitted to your teeth and allows for slowly moving the teeth into alignment. But that’s where the similarities end. Invisalign is a thin plastic material that can be removed from the mouth if needed. This makes activities like eating and photo-taking much more enjoyable. Also, the material is smooth and light. No more poking painful wires.

Invisalign has gotten very popular. One of the biggest reasons for this is that teeth straightening has become quite popular among adults. Invisalign offers a much more cosmetically appealing and flexible option than traditional braces. Adults with careers and busy lives much prefer this option. So if you are an adult that never had the teenage “brace-face” it’s not too late to get a perfectly aligned smile without a mouth full of metal! We have a great option for you nowadays.

Invisalign was introduced in America in 1999. The company is now offering other specialized programs such as Invisalign Express for minor orthodontic issues and Invisalign Teen specifically for teenagers. Get more information on the Invisalign website. Is it an option for you? http://www.invisalignguide.co.uk/invisalign.html
Call my office to schedule an appointment with me. I can tell you more about the Invisalign process and see if you are a good candidate. 850-387-4845


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No More Pain or Fear During Your Dental Visit!

Many of our patients are excited about our sedation option. With sedation dentistry a patient can receive treatment without experiencing fear or pain.

We are the only dental practice in the area that offers sedation dentistry and the only one certified to give IV sedations.  An office administering IV sedation must be fully check by the Florida Board of Dentistry. Oral surgeons check the facility, records, medicines, and the emergency protocols to make sure the office is operating at the highest quality.

An IV sedation allows more control over the patient’s experience because we can titrate the medicine as we give it. If something is not working for the patient, we can reverse it immediately. With oral medication there is no way to reverse adverse reactions.

We are pleased to offer this service to our patients. It is yet another way we can make your visit more enjoyable. Learn more about our sedation dentistry here: http://www.nicevillefldentist.com/sedation-dentistry/


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Continuing Education Allows Dr. Broutin to Bring the Very Best to His Patients

One thing Dr. Broutin loves about being a dentist is there is always more to learn. There are always new technologies and ways of delivering treatments that allow him to grow as a dentist. He believes it is important to be up-to-date on the latest offerings of modern dentistry.

On February 1, 2013, Dr. Broutin earned Mastership status in the International Congress of Oral Implantology. ICOI is the world’s largest dental implant organization and also the largest provider of continuing dental implant education. Their vision is to dramatically advance the quality of dental implant treatments. They founded a series of certification programs which are quite rigorous to complete. They offer three levels of certification: Fellowship, Mastership, and Diplomat.

Earning Mastership status is an arduous process. Dr. Broutin had to perform hundreds of hours of implant dentistry, photograph everything and have his work reviewed by a board.

Dr. Broutin believes it’s important to bring high-quality experience to his patients. When they know that he is certified and has performed hundreds of hours of dental implant services, it allows them to trust him and to establish a solid relationship with him. Visit here to learn more about implant dentistry. Are you a candidate? http://www.nicevillefldentist.com/implant-dentistry/


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