Dunwoody Dental: Coconuts about Dentistry

Dunwoody dentist near meAccording to researchers, 60 to 90 percent of children in industrialized nations are affected by tooth decay or cavities.  But scientists from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland found that coconut oil which had been treated with enzymes stopped the growth of Streptococcus bacteria–a common cause of tooth decay.[1]  Also, enzyme-treated coconut oil inhibited growth of Candida albicans that causes thrush, a yeast infection characterized by whitish, velvety sores in the mouth and tongue.[2]

“Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it works at relatively low concentrations. Also, with increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important that we turn our attention to new ways to combat microbial infection,” said lead author Dr. Damien Brady from Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT).  This use of coconut oil in dental care products such as toothpaste and mouthwash could be an attractive alternative to current chemical additives.

The nice aspect of this is coconut oil may be selective by leaving healthy bacteria in place to help protect your teeth, rather than the typical broad spectrum products that indiscernibly wipe out all of your mouth’s bacteria. We will keep you updated as more research is published.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

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ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

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Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

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[1] The study was presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s autumn conference at the University of Warwick.

[2] Ibid.

Dentist Dunwoody: Red or White Wine?

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Red or White Wine, to be or not to be?

After a long day hard at work, a glass of wine may just be what’s in order.  Well, white wines just can’t catch a break.  Interestingly enough, white wine turns out to be a lot worse than red wines for teeth.[1]  And yet, it’s not the alcohol in the wine, but the acidity of the wine.

Apparently, the acid content of white wines like Chardonnay or Riesling destroys tooth enamel much faster than reds like Cabernet.  And to counter this effect, white wine drinkers are recommended to munch on cheese, which supplies calcium to counteract the wine’s effect.   Essentially, consuming wine with food means the saliva you produce as you chew helps to neutralize its acidity and limits its erosive potential.

In addition, you need to leave some time between drinking white wine and brushing teeth to give your enamel a chance to recover from the acid attack.  Another recommended solution, might be to chew xylitol gum to make the enamel less susceptible to being brushed away.

Now red, with all its great antioxidant benefits doesn’t get off the hook.  The red wines can stain your teeth.  And according to the Mayo Clinic, research studies regarding the benefits of red wine in preventing heart disease have had mixed results. The evidence still isn’t clear whether red wine has more heart benefits than white wine or even beer.[2]

Whether you choose to drink red wine or white may just be a matter of preference.   And while there may be benefits to drinking wine, you should do so in moderation.[3] The risks of drinking too much of any alcoholic beverage can easily outweigh the good.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

and

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] http://www.newser.com/story/72188/white-wine-hurts-the-choppers.html , according to a German study of human teeth soaked in various kinds of wine.

[2] http://www.livestrong.com/article/67623-red-wine-vs.-white-wine/#ixzz2fuduNxNe

 

[3] The Mayo Clinic states that moderation is defined as two drinks per day for men and one drink for women.