Posts for: September, 2012
There is a common misconception about chewing gum. Many patients think that chewing gum will cause widespread cavities. Not true. While many gum products have sugar in them (which we all know helps cavities develop), most gum products are not as harmful as you might think.
Gum helps stimulate salivary flow, which is a buffer to the acids produced by plaque (which is the main cause of tooth decay). Chewing a sugar free gum can serve several purposes. First, it helps in dry mouth situations. Second, the bacteria products which cause bad breath are somewhat diluted. Third, the chewing process will help loosen food particals and promote a healthier environment.
Just remember, not to chew gum while undergoing orthodontics or while having crown or bridge work (it can loosen temporary restorations)
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.
With the fall sports season apon us, we see more patients asking us to make custom fitted mouth guards. What many patients don't realize is the true function of the mouth guard. Yes, most of us know that a well fitted mouth guard will protect the teeth from truama, but did you know that the primary purpose is to prevent a concussion? When properly constructed, the mouth guard will prevent a blow to the mouth from causing the manble from getting pushed into the soft bone covering the brain in the joint area. Also, the minimum thickness is around 5mm so most guards need to be replaced annually. If you see holes in the back of the guard, it's time for a new one. A worn guard is totally ineffective for concussion prevention.
If you would like us to make you a custom guard, please call. We can make them in all team colors!