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What does the fifth dentist recommend?

Attention gum chewers…

This is what you should be chewing.

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Before I’m accused of being a corporate shill for Hershey’s (I can see the headlines: “Saginaw Dentist Sells Out to Chocolate Company!”) let me explain.

It seems that Ice Breakers Ice Cubes are the only gum sweetened with xylitol that can be found easily in stores. There are a ton of xylitol gums out there, but I just haven’t seen them around.  If anyone else has, please feel free to comment and prove me wrong.

Why should you care?  Because xylitol is proven to be good for teeth.  Specifically, xylitol cannot be broken down by the bad bacteria found in your mouth in the same way that regular sugars are.  Which means that xylitol cannot be used to create acid by those bacteria, which means that this acid can’t attack your teeth and cause cavities.

Even better is the fact that xylitol is taken up by the bad bacteria and they can’t do anything with it.  For lack of a better description…it kind of constipates them!  Over time, using a xylitol gum can actually change the make up of the bacteria in your mouth.  It actually gives the advantage to the “less bad” bacteria!  Cool stuff.

So all the gum chewers out there need to go out and try some xylitol gum.  Check the ingredients on the box and try it out.  Your teeth will love you for it!

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me at alan@meadfamilydental.com.  We would love to hear from you!

Groovy!

Have you ever felt your back teeth with your tongue?  They’re kind of lumpy.  And between each of these lumps are grooves.  These grooves, called “developmental grooves,” can be shallow but are often deep in lots many teeth.  By deep I mean, uncleanable with your tooth brush.  People with deep grooves are at greater risk for cavities by no fault of their own. Even worse, these deep grooves are areas of the tooth that haven’t completely formed, which communicate with the deeper, softer parts of the tooth. They can become like giant highways for acid producing bacteria!

So what can you do?  I often recommend a restoration that I like to call a “groovectomy.”  We “remove the groove” in an effort to reduce the patient’s risk for cavities.

I was taught in dental school that grooves sometimes hold stain but don’t always need to be treated.  Experience has made me more skeptical.  This stained groove was “talking to me.”  Suspicious groove
Do you have deep grooves or shallow grooves?  Make an appointment to see us and we’ll let you know!

“You Had an X-ray”

Our Kathy is at it again! She and her talented family composed, performed and directed this YouTube video which is taking the dental world by storm!

Enjoy!

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