Archive for January, 2017

Tea and your Teeth

According to a study in the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, brewed tea is one of the best drink options for your teeth.
The study found that the effect of black or green tea on tooth enamel was similar to that of water, which has no erosive effect. The study clearly showed that drinking brewed teas resulted in dramatically less enamel loss than drinking soft drinks and fruit juices.
Another study in the Journal of Periodontology has shown that green tea may also have additional benefits for your oral health, and may help eliminate bacteria that cause gum disease.
Just remember — don’t add sugar to your tea, and you should avoid the prepackaged, bottled ice teas because they contain citric acid, and high amounts of sugar.

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Periodontics

Periodontal disease is a common infection around your tooth affecting your gums. There are many risk factors, including tobacco use, medications, hormone fluctuations and genetics. A deep cleaning and consultation with your dentist can help correct this problem.

Dental Medication

 

At times physicians and dentists recommend patients take antibiotics before certain dental procedures. This is called antibiotic prophylaxis. But why do healthcare providers suggest this extra step? We all have bacteria in our mouths, and a number of dental treatments can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream. For most of us, this isn’t a problem; however patients with heart conditions should be more cautious. The American Heart Association has guidelines identifying people who should take antibiotics prior to dental care. The list includes people with: Artificial heart valves, heart transplant, unrepaired cyanotic congenital heart disease, and people with palliative shunts. If you have any questions regarding premedication before a dental procedure consult your dentist, For your dental health, I’m Dr. John Kenney.

Nutrition

Great nutrition plays a part in keeping your smile healthy!