Addicted to Soda

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Notice the Acid enamel erosion!

Whoa, hard to believe! But the consumption of soda can cause similar damage like the illegal use of drugs such as methamphetamines or crack cocaine.   The tooth erosion can occur from the acid found in soda.  According to the study conducted by the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, researchers found the same type and severity of damage from tooth erosion in each of the participants.

Obviously, in order to have the same effect, a significant amount of soda has to be consumed.  Nonetheless, the effects are similar and need to be conscious of.

And our recommendation to patients is minimize the intake of soda and consume more water.  If you can’t stop drinking soda, don’t brush immediately afterwards because you could damage your teeth enamel.  Rather chew xylitol based sugarless gums or rinse with water to remove the acid agents left behind by soda.

If we can be of help, don’t hesitate to contact us for your complimentary consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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Dentist Sandy Springs: Who Moved My Cheese?

cheeseOr ‘ate my cheese’, because dairy products may be good for your oral health.  A new study suggests that consuming cheese products may help protect your teeth against cavities.  So not only do you get strong bones, you get healthy teeth.[1]

The study sampled 68 patients ranging in age from 12 to 15 and found a higher pH level in those that consumed cheese, which may have induced a higher saliva level from the chewing, suggesting that cheese has anti-cavity properties.  Additionally, various compounds found in cheese may adhere to tooth enamel and further help teeth from acid (found in wine for instance).

If we can be of help or answer your questions, please feel free to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

 


[1] General Dentistry, Journal of Academy of General Dentistry, May/June 2013.

Dentist Sandy Springs: Red or White Wine?

wineAfter a long day, a glass of wine may just be what’s in order, especially since so many studies have proven it to be so good for us.  Well, white wines just can’t catch a break.  Once again, white wine turns out to be a lot worse for teeth.[1]  However, it’s not the alcohol in the wine that bad for your teeth, 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. The study recommends white wine drinkers 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.   Therefore, you need to leave some time before brushing teeth to give the enamel a chance to recover from the acid attack or 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 in 2009 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

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


[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.

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

BPA-Protect your kid’s teeth! Dentist Sandy Springs

DemineralizationBPA (Bisphenol A) is a chemical compound used to make many plastic products.   It has been used unwittingly in the manufacture of many brands of plastic cups, food containers and even baby bottles.    Recent awareness is focused on the exposure to BPA as it may relate to health problems in humans, particularly problems with reproduction and development.  As a result, Europe has prohibited the manufacturing or sale of baby bottles containing BPA.  As a cautionary measure, a number of BPA-free products have been developed to replace those that were previously assumed to be safe.  Now there is concern about exposure to BPA and the possible negative effects on dental health.

A recent 2013 study published in the American Journal of Pathology[1], suggests that exposure to BPA may harm the enamel of children’s teeth.  The study looked at the effect of low levels of daily exposure to BPA on the tooth enamel of molar incisors of rats.  Analysis of the teeth showed numerous characteristics that are common with a tooth enamel pathology that selectively affects first molars and permanent incisors.  This condition known as MIH (Molar Incisor Hypomineralization), affects approximately 18% of children between the ages of six and eight.

Clearly, more research is needed on this very important oral health issue.   However, to err on the side of caution, we recommend purchasing BPA free products.  If you have questions about BPA exposure and your dental health, feel free to give us a call or email.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Dentist Dunwoody: What Discolors Teeth?

Porcelain VeneersTooth discoloration and staining can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness.  There are many causes of tooth discoloration, some within your control and some not.  Here is a short list of some causes and possible cures:

1.   Drinks: Coffee and tea tend to stain teeth, especially when sipped over a prolonged period of time.  Periodic professional cleanings and in-office tooth whitening will reverse these effects.

2.  Smoking/Tobacco:  Smoking and chewing tobacco have a negative effect on tooth color, gingival health, and breath.  The best treatment is to quit smoking.  Again, periodic in-office cleanings and professional tooth whitening can minimize the discoloring effects of smoking.

3.  Dental Restorations: Metal restorations tend to breakdown at the edges (margins) and may reduce the transparency of tooth enamel.  For a nice aesthetic appearance, replacing metal fillings with tooth colored composites or porcelains reverses these effects.  Even tooth-colored restorations are subject to stains with time and may need replacement.

4.   Age: As we get older there is a cumulative effect of tooth staining.  The outer tooth enamel wears down with time, causing teeth to turn yellow.  Porcelain veneers or dental bonding can replace the worn layer and restore that once lost youthful smile.  In some cases, tooth whitening may be an appropriate solution.

5.  Chemicals and Medications:  During the tooth development of a child, certain antibiotics such as tetracycline or excessive ingestion of fluoride can cause permanent tooth staining.  Though these stains cannot be cleaned or whitened, porcelain veneers or composite bonding can give the stained teeth a new look.

In addition to the causes listed above, trauma and genetics play a role in changing tooth color. Keep your teeth whiter and brighter by regular dental cleanings (which usually include stain removal and polishing) and ask us about our cosmetic options to get that right smile.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200B

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

 

Thank you for all your referrals.  We truly appreciate them.

Information included is not dental or medical advice.  For your specific information

 be sure to consult your dentist.

 

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Dentist Sandy Springs: What Discolors Teeth?

Tooth discoloration and staining causes embarrassment and self-consciousness.  Though many causes of tooth discoloration are under your control, some are not.  The following is a brief list of some causes and cures:

  1. Drinks: Coffee and tea tend to stain teeth, especially when sipped over a prolonged period.  Periodic professional cleanings and in-office tooth whitening reverse these effects.
  2. Smoking/Tobacco:  Smoking and chewing tobacco have a negative effect on tooth color, gingival health, and breath.  The best treatment is to quit smoking.  Periodic in-office cleanings and profession tooth whitening minimize the discoloring effects of smoking.
  3. Dental Restorations: Metal restorations tend to breakdown at the edges (margins) and may reduce the transparency of tooth enamel.  Replacing metal fillings with tooth colored composites or porcelains reverses these effects.  Even tooth-colored restorations stain with time and may need replacement.
  4. Age: With aging comes the cumulative effect of tooth staining.  The outer tooth enamel wears down with time, causing teeth to turn more yellow.  Porcelain veneers or dental bonding replace that worn layer and restore the youthful glow of teeth.
  5. Chemicals and Medications:  During the tooth development of a child, certain antibiotics such as tetracycline or excessive ingestion of fluoride can cause permanent tooth staining.  Though these stains cannot be cleaned or whitened, porcelain veneers or composite bonding can give the stained teeth a new look.

In addition to the causes listed above, trauma and genetics play a role in changing tooth color. Keep your teeth whiter and brighter by regular dental cleanings (which usually include stain removal and polishing) and ask us about our cosmetic options to get that right smile.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200B

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

 

Thank you for all your referrals.  We truly appreciate them.

Information included is not dental or medical advice.  For your specific information

 be sure to consult your dentist.