Is Your Energy Drink Wearing Down Your Smile?

Woman Receving a Dental Exam at Pure Dental Health Atlanta GAEnergy drinks are becoming more and more popular. People consider them a “healthier” alternative to sodas and a more effective beverage at improving sports performance and boosting energy levels. Unfortunately, despite their flavor and claims of enhancing your level of play, these drinks pose an overwhelming risk to your teeth.

Double Whammy

Sports and energy drinks contain two major threats to the health of your teeth: sugar and acids. In fact, they contain high amounts of each. While sugar most certainly contributes to cavity formation, it is the acids in these energy drinks that is most detrimental. The pH is acidic enough to dissolve your tooth enamel, or the glossy outer layer of your teeth. Once this layer breaks down, it doesn’t grow back. Furthermore, it exposes the less hard dentin layer to decay and infection.

Sip or Gulp: It Matters

If you must consume an energy drink, there is actually a right and wrong way to drink it if you are trying to protect your smile. To reduce the harmful effects on your teeth, it is best to consume the beverage all at once, rather than sipping on it throughout the day – or through a two-hour sports practice. According to an article in SELF, your saliva remains acidic enough to dissolve your enamel for upward of 20 minutes after just one sip of an energy drink.

To protect your teeth even more, consider chasing your energy drink with a few sips of water. Even chewing a piece of sugarless gum can help neutralize the acids in your mouth and save your enamel from irreversible damage. Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after you indulge on an energy drink, as the scrubbing can cause acid abrasion if you don’t wait about an hour.

Symptoms of Enamel Damage

If energy drinks are your go-to source for hydration and sports fuel, you need to watch for signs of enamel erosion. Do you suffer from discoloration, sensitivity or frequent cavities? This may indicate that you need to see a dentist and cut back on your energy drink habit. There are treatments for these disruptive dental symptoms and we can explain your options at Pure Dental Health. Schedule your appointment in Buckhead or Dunwoody today!

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Toothpaste: Should You Go All-Natural?

Toothpaste on a ToothbrushDo you prefer organic foods? What about all-natural products for your skin care or household cleaning products? If chemical-free, organic products are important to you, then you are highly likely to also see the value in using an all-natural toothpaste – after all, your toothpaste is a product you put in your mouth, not just on your skin or hardwood floors.

What is organic toothpaste?

Organic toothpaste is most commonly referred to as “all-natural toothpaste.” It means that it contains nature’s own ingredients to fight bacteria, scrub away stains and freshen breath. Many conventional toothpastes have chemicals or synthetic filler products to clean the teeth, some of which are simply added just to create some suds or foam during your brushing session. An all-natural toothpaste typically contains herbs, essential oils and natural sweeteners. Considering you use your toothpaste twice a day, it may be important for you that it contains xylitol or stevia instead of saccharin and other artificial ingredients.

Is an all-natural toothpaste just as effective?

Yes! Contrary to popular belief, using an all-natural toothpaste can be equally effective at fighting decay, bad breath, gum disease and staining. You’ll be surprised at how powerful some of nature’s ingredients can be.

What about fluoride?

Fluoride is a key component of optimal oral health, and most patients get it through their toothpaste. However, some people get enough fluoride in their drinking water or other sources. While many all-natural toothpastes don’t contain fluoride, there are some that do. So you don’t have to make the choice between going organic and getting fluoride!

What are other non-dental benefits?

Another less discussed advantage of choosing an all-natural toothpaste involves animal testing. Most organic toothpaste manufacturers take a strong stance against testing the product on animals. In addition, organic toothpastes are free of dyes. They tend to be a tooth-colored white instead of blue or pink for a more purely formulated product. If animal testing and extra dyes makes you cringe, you may feel better about switching out your conventional toothpaste for an all-natural brand.

Need more help on choosing the best toothpaste for your unique smile? Contact Pure Dental Health. We treat every patient with the individualized dental care plan they deserve, which includes helping you find all-natural products for your teeth if that is important to you.

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Fluoride Treatments for Adults: Who Can Benefit?

Atlanta GA Dentist Office in BuckheadWhile you may be familiar with fluoride as it relates to children’s dentistry, you should know that the importance of fluoride for your smile spans all ages. Fluoride is a key mineral in keeping your teeth strong and healthy, as it targets the outer enamel layer of your teeth. This layer is what protects your teeth from pain, infection and decay.

Fluoride is known for its ability to naturally make your teeth more resistant to cavities. This earth mineral acts as a shield to ward off harmful bacteria from penetrating and harming your teeth. In pediatric dentistry, fluoride treatments are common practice. Statistics show that young patients that receive fluoride treatments are 40% less likely to get cavities! But what about adults? Can they benefit from fluoride in the same way?

Ideal Adult Candidates for Fluoride Treatments

Patients of all ages and walks of life can benefit from fluoride. However, there are certain groups of adults who are ideal candidates for getting fluoride treatments or supplements from their dentist. If you have one of the following that makes you especially prone to cavities, fluoride treatment can help protect your smile:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Braces
  • Gum Disease
  • History of cavities

There’s no shame in admitting that your smile needs some extra help to stay healthy. Fluoride treatments are an easy, affordable and painless way to protect your teeth. Many of the above-listed conditions are out of your control. For example, you may need a certain medication that gives you dry mouth or you may have metal braces that make it harder to keep your teeth clean. Fluoride treatment can help bridge the gap.

Fluoride can be applied to your teeth in a quick in-office procedure that requires no anesthetic. However, adults may also elect fluoride supplements. Finally, you can increase your fluoride consumption by drinking more tap water instead of bottled water. Most importantly, make sure you are using a fluoride toothpaste when brushing your teeth every day.

For additional help on finding a fluoride source to benefit your dental health, please let us know. At Pure Dental Health, we recognize the importance of fluoride and proudly offer fluoride treatments for children, teens and adults!

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Cavity Prevention

When it comes to cavity prevention the best person for the job is you. Choices you make on a daily basis are essential to keeping your mouth healthy and cavity free. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Doing simple actions routinely will help to ensure that your mouth does not fall victim to destruction and decay. The only catch is that you must actually do the simple actions – and that is entirely up to you.

Cavities are formed when bacteria inside the mouth produce acids that attack the tooth enamel and create holes in the teeth. These holes are called “cavities,” and they can lead to serious oral health issues and destruction. There are millions of bacteria living within your mouth on any given day. These bacteria start out helpful, assisting in the breakdown of food particles left behind after eating. However, when these bacteria are allowed to hang out inside the mouth for too long, they become destructive. As they are breaking down food particles they begin to produce acids to help with the process. These acids are destructive and begin to eat their way through the tooth enamel. When a hole is created in the tooth a cavity has been formed, making the tooth extremely susceptible to more devastating decay.

There are three simple steps that you can do to prevent cavities:

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing helps to loosen up the bacteria from the teeth so that it is more easily rinsed away.
  2. Floss daily. Flossing is your number one defense against cavities. Floss removes bacteria-laden plaque from the gum line and from between the teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot reach.
  3. Visit the dentist for regular cleanings and dental exams.

At Pure Dental Health, we want to partner with you in cavity prevention. Taking the necessary steps to ensure that your mouth is healthy is the key to achieving and maintaining the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Detecting Cavities Early

Prevention is key in just about every area of life. If you have the means to prevent something bad, dangerous, or devastating you should take the time to do it. Dental health care is no different! There are many simple things that can be done to ensure that your oral health care is as effective as possible for keeping your mouth clean, healthy, and beautiful. At Pure Dental Health in Buckhead, Georgia, we are a comprehensive dental practice that puts a high emphasis on preventive dental care. One way that this is done is through early cavity detection. While cavities may seem like a small nuisance, they can actually have a significantly negative affect on your overall health.

Cavities are small areas of decay within a tooth. If this decay is not caught early and treated effectively, the decay can quickly spread to neighboring teeth, the gums, and ultimately into the blood stream where it can quickly spread to the heart and other organs. Detecting cavities early is extremely important. New technology allows dentists the opportunity to detect cavities months, or even years, before they would normally be found. Early detection allows for the earliest possible treatment in order promote and preserve a healthy tooth structure. However, this early detection is only possible when patients come in to the dentist’s office for regular dental cleanings and checkups.

For many reasons, oral health care is often put on the back burner in many people’s lives. Making the time to keep appointments, busy schedules, anxieties of visiting the dentist – all of these contribute to ignoring oral health. However, not taking the proper steps to ensure a healthy mouth can have dire consequences. By making regular dental visits a priority, your dentist can detect cavities early – preventing major, costly dental work in the future. If you are looking for a trusted dental practice in Atlanta, please contact Pure Dental Health. Our contemporary dental office will allow you to feel comfortable, and our esteemed staff will make you feel at ease and welcome. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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