Chew on this…

Have you heard that chewing gum can be beneficial to your dental health?  Studies show that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.

A 2015 study published in the journal PLoS ONE states, chewing gum for up to 10 minutes can remove 100 million bacteria, or 10% of the microbial load in saliva.

Chewing gum also has an interesting history.  According to wrigley.com…

People worldwide have chewed on natural materials for hundreds of years. Some of these materials include thickened resin and latex from certain types of trees, various sweet grasses, leaves, grains and waxes.

The ancient Greeks chewed mastic gum (or mastiche, pronounced “mas-tee-ka”) for centuries. This substance is formed from the resin contained in the bark of the mastic tree found mainly in Greece and Turkey. Grecian women favored chewing mastic gum to clean their teeth and sweeten their breath.

The Indians of New England taught American colonists to quench their thirsts by chewing the gum-like resin that forms on spruce trees when its bark is cut. In the early 1800’s, lumps of this spruce gum were sold in the eastern United States, making it America’s first commercial chewing gum. Sweetened paraffin wax became an acceptable alternative around 1850 and eventually surpassed spruce gum in popularity.

Chewing sugar free gum can help your teeth in a number of ways. It increases the production of saliva, which helps neutralize plaque acids, it can help clean away food debris, can strengthen teeth, and can reduce the problems associated with dry mouth. Besides all that, it freshens your breath and tastes good too!

When choosing a sugar free gum it helps to look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

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Trick or Treat for your Kids Teeth

Can Halloween treats be tricks for your kids teeth? What are the best treats for your kids to indulge in this year? the worse?  Here is a list of some of the good and bad treats for your kids.

Good Treats:

  • frozen fruit bars with chunks of real fruit
  • sugar-free gum
  • light popcorn
  • pretzels

Not too Scary:

  • chocolate without sticky fillings
  • peanut butter cups
  • sugar-free lollipops

Bad Tricks:

  • taffy
  • gummy bears
  • caramel
  • sour candies
  • jawbreakers

While all candies are not bad for your teeth, eating too much of anything, even good things, is not recommended. Remember, anything that can get stuck in your teeth is probably not good for your teeth. And don’t forget to brush and floss. At Brogdon Dental, we want to help your kids keep their boo-tiful smiles!

Would You Like a Mint?

Everyone has bad breath now and then. Some of us more often than others. The technical name for bad breath is halitosis, and most of the time it is a temporary condition. Some foods, alcoholic drinks, coffee, tooth decay, dry mouth and certain medical conditions are all common causes of halitosis.

There are very few people in the world who cannot identify with having “morning breath.” Most of us wake up in the morning with bad breath because while we sleep bacteria multiply in the mouth. Simply brushing your teeth will take care of morning breath, as it will take care of about 90% of cases of bad breath.

Eating foods like garlic, onions, some cheeses, fish and coffee will also cause bad breath. If you are worried about having halitosis due to a meal or your day to day diet, you should consider carrying a small dental care kit – a toothbrush, paste, and mouthwash. If bad breath is a problem, make sure to clean your tongue when you brush.

Other tips to help you avoid the embarrassment of bad breath include sipping water frequently to keep the mouth moist and chewing sugarless gum for the same reason. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every two to three months, floss regularly and see Dr. Brogdon at least every six months for a thorough cleaning.

Regular dental care is vital to avoid bad breath because, following diet, tooth decay is the second leading cause of halitosis. Having your teeth cleaned every six months will help to insure that your teeth and gums stay healthy.

A few people suffer from chronic or persistent halitosis, which is often caused by an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, GERD, bronchitis or sinusitis. In those cases, seeking treatment for the underlying condition along with good dental care from Dr. Brogdon will help you overcome having frequent bad breath.

Finally, a small segment of the population, .5-1%, suffer from halitophobia, or delusional halitosis. People with halitophobia believe they have bad breath, but have not asked for an objective opinion. As with other phobias, the fear of bad breath can severely impact a person’s life.