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Dental Potpourri

October 2014

With autumn in full swing, this month seems like a good time for some potpourri, not just for your home, but for your teeth as well!! Here are some random, non-related dental items of interest for your enjoyment.

Am I brushing long enough?

You no longer have to leave this question up to chance. The toothbrush company Oral B has a new iPhone app that you launch every time you brush! It encourages you to brush for a full two minutes. Just don’t drop the phone in the toilet!

Is Halloween bad for my child’s teeth?

We don’t want to discourage costumes and trick-or-treating, but the fact is the typically sticky and chewy candy given out on Halloween are some of the worst foods possible when it comes to cavity prevention. If your children indulge, please make sure their teeth are thoroughly cleaned before they go to bed. That’s when most of the damage is done.

Why does my breath stink in the morning?

At night, the saliva flow slows down considerably, causing normal mouth bacteria to have a party. As gross as it may be, when you wake up your tongue is littered with bacteria poop! Make sure to do a meticulous oral hygiene routine at night and upon arising, including brushing, flossing, rinsing, and yes – tongue cleaning! This will help to eliminate morning breath and make the world a better place.

If dental x-rays are so safe, why do you run out of the room when taking them?

At Fine Dentistry by Design, we use the latest in technology – digital x-rays. This decreases the amount of radiation by ninety percent or so; a level that we feel is perfectly safe. The lead apron we have you wear makes the amount of radiation you receive almost imperceptible. However, being exposed to that every day for months and years is a different story. That’s why we take extra precautions.

Chewing gum – is it good or bad?

Good question – and a tough one! The motion of chewing is believed to help rinse particles and debris from your teeth and gums, so that is good. Sugar-free gum contains xylitol, which can actually reduce cavities; that’s good as well. But for some people the chewing action causes a painful inflammation of the jaw joint, and of course gum that contains sugar is a major no-no. And in case you’re wondering, swallowed gum does NOT stay in your stomach for seven years!!

Any more questions?

At Fine Dentistry by Design, we are here for you! If you have any questions about your dental health, are in need of an examination and cleaning, or would like to refer someone to our growing family of happy dental patients, please give us a call at 301-984-2200. We accept most insurance plans, and offer free consultations!!