Pass the Milk, not the Cookies

Did you know that drinking milk may help prevent tooth decay?

“According to a study in The Journal of the American Dental Association, drinking milk after eating sweet foods could help reduce the damage sugar can do to your teeth.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Dentistry tested the effects of drinking milk, apple juice or water on teeth directly after eating a sugary cereal and whether it would affect the acidity of dental plaque.

They found that drinking milk after eating cereal helped lower plaque acid levels the most, followed by water, cereal only and apple juice.”

So encouraging your children to drink milk can help them more than just creating better bones.  It can strengthen their teeth as well.




Dental Emergencies – They Happen

Have you ever had a tooth to chip on your coffee cup?  Or maybe you were chewing on ice or some popcorn and your crown breaks. Dental Emergencies happen and when they do they’re not any fun.  When a dental emergency happens the best thing is to remain calm and don’t panic.  Also make sure that it is really a dental emergency.

According to any dental problem that requires immediate treatment in order to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding or alleviate severe pain is considered a dental emergency.

Is it a Dental Emergency?

Smoothing a chipped tooth, re-cementing a crown that is not causing pain and composite bonding to repair a tooth are not dental emergencies. Typically, such problems can be dealt with during your dentist’s regular office hours.

If you are not sure whether or not you are having a true dental emergency, answer the following questions:

  • Are you bleeding from the mouth?
  • Are you in severe pain?
  • Do you have any loose teeth?
  • Have you been hit in the face or mouth?
  • Do you have any swelling in the mouth or facial area?
  • Do you have any bulges, swelling or knots on your gums?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be having a dental emergency and should call your dentist immediately. It’s important to describe to your dentist exactly what has happened and what you are feeling.

If you experience extreme pain caused by hot or warm foods or beverages, try drinking ice water. It might relieve the pain. Sip on ice water and hold some in your mouth until you see the dentist. If you are having sensitivity to cold or if it causes pain to breathe in air, avoid cold foods and beverages. Breathe through your nose and call your dentist’s office. If you experience pain in a tooth when biting down, it might indicate an abscess. This is an emergency and you should call your dentist’s office.


If you experience an emergency we are here for you.  Call our emergency number 423-605-7009 as soon as possible.