Did You Know?
Please keep sugar-free gum away from your dogs!!! Xylitol is embraced by the dental community because of its potential role in cavity prevention. Dentists are recommending more Xylitol-sweetened products, particularly chewing gum to their patients. However, it’s important to know that Xylitol even in small quantities, is toxic to dogs. To read more about this go to http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/endocrine/c_dg_xylitol_toxicity#.UegMqG0WmbM.
Our pets are like family so be sure to keep these products away from Fido!!
Good News for Chocolate Lovers!
There is good news for chocolate lovers: new research indicates that chocolate could be considered a “superfood,” joining the ranks of blueberries and broccoli. It can even fight tooth decay.
Chocolate is produced from cacao, which contains powerful concentrations of polyphenols, flavonoids, and antibacterial properties. Researchers stress that these benefits apply only to dark chocolate – not milk chocolate – and the higher the natural concentration of cacao, the better.
Cincinnati Patient Review
Are His Patients Too Now. I Realized A Long Time Ago That Dr. Peck Sets His Standards
Way Above Other Doctors And Strives To Have Cutting Edge Technology Available
To His Patients. We Live 45 Minutes From Dr. Peck’s Office And I Don’t Think Twice
About Driving So Far Because I Know My Family And I Are Getting The Best Oral Care
Dr Peck Is An Exceptionally Talented Dentist Who Is Meticulous, Focused And
Patient As He Works- Even On The Most Challenging Patients! He Also Has A Great
Sense Of Humor. I Think I Respect Him Most For The Compassion He Has For His
Patients. Which Brings Me To Jamie, Who Assists Dr Peck And Also Works With
Patients Independently. She Is A Sweet And Kind Soul Who Has Always Been So
Good To Me. Betty And Bev Are The Nicest Receptionists I Have Ever Met And I Have
Never Seen Them Without A Smile.
3 Red Flags That Your Teeth Are In Trouble
Tooth woes can do the same, and it can be confusing to decide whether to ignore them or seek help.
Well, in all honesty, a face to face check up and an x-ray or two are usually needed for a true diagnosis.
But being the tooth whisperer (*chuckle*) that I am, here are some red flags i.e. the I-cant-afford-to-let-THIS-get-out of-hand that require immediate attention:
1. Sensitivity to heat
While its not uncommon to get a zinger or two with cold things like ice water or ice-cream, its inconvenient though not often serious. But ooh boy if you get a zinger with your hot coffee or soup, its time to take notice.
Heat is a signal, loud and clear, that something is brewing, like a cavity or a root canal-to-be.
2. Lumps or bumps
Notice something new (to you) that wasnt there before, on your lip, gums or tongue? If it doesnt go away within a week or so on its own, get it checked.
It may be nothing serious, at least thats what we hope for. Then again, it could. And theres only one way to find outby getting it looked at and possibly biopsied.
Biopsy may be a scary word, but all it is a getting a sample of your cheek or tongue using a swab or a brush for a closer look. The last thing you want to do is ignore it, and it turn out to be oral cancer.
The same goes for any red or white spots, even if theyre not lumpy or bumpy.
3. Throbbing toothache
A dull and/or throbbing ache almost always is an infection waving to you, Yoo-hoo, Im here! Left on its own to dilly dally, infection can keep spreading, painful or not. Before long, it can spread far enough to be life-threatening (and yes, an infection from something as small as a tooth can do that).
On a side note, Ill add that it is perfectly possible to have a cavity, a lump or an infection happily brewing inside your body, and IT DOES NOT HURT.
Then again, neither does dangerously high blood pressure or cholesterol . . . at first. Out of sight may mean out of mind, but not necessarily out of trouble.
We strongly advocate prevention and oral wellness, but if you have an issue thats misbehaving, let us know.
Sports drinks hit the wire today with a red light that their level of acidity is increasingly responsible for irreversible damage to teeth, especially amongst adolescents and younger adults, their predominant target market.
The acidity levels are responsible for eroding tooth enamel, the hard, shiny, white outer surface of the teeth. Once this is compromised, the inner softer dentine can start to decay quite easily, with the tooth cavity making a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Some fifty percent of US teenagers are reported to consume energy drinks and as many as sixty two percent consume at least one sports drink per day. Parents and young adults should be made aware of the downside to the heavily marketed products.
Back To School Dental Checkup!
It’s that time of year again. You’ve got the new clothes and backpack, but what about your childrens smile and oral health? Back to school time includes making sure your children maintain good health throughout the school year so they dont miss too much school. Be sure youre scheduling their regular checkups to keep them as healthy as possible!
Dental Checkups are increasingly becoming mandatory in many states and should become an important part of back-to-school preparations. Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in children and can interfere with learning and lead to more serious complications. A child who is in pain from tooth decay will have trouble focusing in school. Especially with young children, find a good pediatric dentist or a general dentist who is known for his ability to work with children. This will help encourage life long good dental habits. In addition to treating tooth decay, the back-to-school dental visit can focus on dental hygiene and prevention.