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Good Guys vs. Bad Guys For Your Teeth

Here’s a helpful infographic that shows what foods are good for your teeth health, and what foods are bad. Some misconceptions are pointed as well!

General rules of thumb:

  • Drink LOTS of water to reduce drying of the mouth
  • Gravitate towards fluoride and dairy products
  • Avoid starchy, sticky food
  • Keep up with routine oral hygiene!

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February is Children’s Dental Health Month. Let’s spread knowledge!

All month long, dental professionals across the globe will be celebrating Children’s Dental Health Month by promoting knowledge about the subject. From the children to their parents alike, all knowledge is good knowledge, and some of the facts in the infographic below will show you how important dental health is!

This would be a good piece to print to hang in your dental office or hand out to patients of all ages! (Courtesy: tomsofmainestore.com)

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10 cavity myths debunked

There are plenty of myths out there about oral health and it’s hard to sift through what’s true and what’s not. Here’s a list of 10 myths you may have not know where false.

1. Sugar is the prime cause of cavities

Really, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities. However, this myth is on track considering carbohydrates (sugars) triggers bacteria to make acid. Sugar is a carb, along with rice, potatoes, bread, fruits and vegetables.

Once the acid eats into your tooth then the bacteria have someone to live and are out of harms way of brushing and flossing.

The important fact is it’s not the amount of carbs you eat that causes tooth decay, but it’s the length of time your teeth are exposed to carbs. So eating a bunch of carbs during lunch isn’t as dangerous as spending the day sipping on sugary drinks, which provides constant, harmful exposure.

2. Exposure to acidic foods causes tooth decay.

Acidic foods like lemons, citrus juices or even soft drinks don’t directly cause cavities, but they do put your enamel in danger. Acidic foods wear at the enamel’s protection and exposes the underlying dentin. This makes your teeth more prone to tooth decay.

3. Kids are more likely to get cavities than adults

Sealants, fluoridated water and other preventive care strategies actually have drastically cut tooth decay in school-aged children. During the last 20 years decay in children has cut in half because of these advances in oral health.

On the other hand, there has been and increase in cavities amongst senior citizens. Many medications taken by the elderly dry out the mouth. Saliva is a vital in fighting tooth decay because it helps neutralize acids. Saliva also washes away bacteria and helps food from sticking to your teeth.

4. Place an aspirin next too a tooth with a toothache

Simply put, swallowing aspirin reduces toothache pain. But aspirin is also acidic so placing it beside a tooth can actually burn gum tissue, causing an abscess.

5.  All fillings need replacing

Amalgam or composite filling needs to be replaced if it breaks down or a cavity forms around it. If none of these problems happen, then theoretically you can keep the same filling for life.

6. You know when you have a cavity

Mild tooth decay doesn’t necessarily cause symptoms. Pain associated with cavities comes when the tooth decay is more advanced and causes damage to the nerve.

Allowing tooth decay to advance into pain may lead to more expensive procedures, such as root canals. This is why regular dental checkups are so important.

7. Once a tooth is treated, the decaying stops

You can still get decay later in the same tooth. Once you have a cavity filled and it’s maintained properly then you shouldn’t get a cavity in the same spot again. Although, sometimes fillings get old and bacteria can find it’s way in inconsistencies of the filling, thus causing tooth decay.

8. Cavities are more likely to be found between teeth

Yes, flossing between teeth is very important. But it’s also just as important to brush the teeth in the back of your mouth. Most cavities happen in the deep grooves of molars.

9. Gaps between teeth are more prone to cavities

Bigger gaps are actually easier to keep clean. Tight teeth are harder to clean and allow bacteria to stay in place.

10. Chips and cracks in teeth will lead to decay

Cracks and chips can create hiding places for bacteria, but not always. That’s why it’s important to fluoride rinse, which can get into those nooks and crannies.

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Matrix bands, what are they?

Matrix bands are used virtually in every dental office. The band is made of some sort of metal or plastic that is secured around the crown of a tooth to confine the restorative material filling a cavity. This band protects adjacent teeth during preparation or curing process of a filling.

Keystone Matrix Bands

Keystone offers high quality matrix bands.

The most popular and most used band is the Tofflemire system, which Keystone Industries manufactures. This system sufficiently isolates the prepped tooth and protects the adjacent teeth. This system works great and is a cost-effective solution for filling cavities.

Keystone offers a Matrix Roll in two different sizes, a Matrix T-Band in two different sizes and a Matrix Band Tofflemire. These rolls and band are made of high quality, medical grade stainless steel. Because of the strong steel material, they will not rip or tear und stress, while having a smooth edges to ensure the patients comfort.

Comfort of the band is important since most general dentists use matrix systems in direct restoration involving the proximal surface.

Be sure to check out Keystone’s matrix systems and see how they can provide the most comfort and best results.

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Dental Amalgam remains safe to use

Patients are often concerned about the use of dental amalgam because it contains mercury. However, new policy statement from the American Public Health Association (APHA) supports the use of amalgam as an effective and safe filling material. The APHA maintains that dental amalgam has level of mercury that is well below the threshold of being a health hazard to the patients.

Limiting the use of amalgam could have negative effect, especially in low-income areas where cost-effective fillings often need to be used. Meanwhile other filling options continue to be much more expensive. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has long supported the use of dental amalgam as a restorative material, while the American Dental Association recently supported the APHA’s stance. With the backing of these credible organizations and advance training by its handlers, amalgam shouldn’t be considered a threat. However, dental practices need to develop good practices in dealing with the amalgam waste.

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