As many varieties of artificial sweeteners have entered the market over the past 60 years, few people if any questioned whether or not these man-made “sugars” had any negative health effects at their initial launch.
Nowadays, several studies have linked artificial sweeteners with insulin resistance, metabolism slow-down, and even cancer. While the negative side effects of artificial sweeteners are a topic of heated debate, the effects of artificial sweeteners on teeth is well understood. Here are three popular “sugar-free” products and what we know about their effect on your oral health.
For some of us school is coming up, for others school has been out for a while. However, whether you’re in school or not, there’s one thing we know for sure: the back-to-school rush is hard to avoid.
From stores holding major school supply sales and parents rushing to get their kids necessary appointments in before the school year starts, it can be a hectic time to get your routine dental checkup done! Here are a few tips from us on the best ways to beat the back-to-school dentist rush!
For as many mysteries you may face as a parent, taking care of your child’s teeth shouldn’t be one of them. At Platinum Dental Care, we get a lot of questions about taking care of deciduous or “baby” teeth. Collaborating with resources provided by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), we have the answers to some of our FAQs below:
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At Platinum Dental Care, we care as much about the effects on your teeth as we care about the effects on your waistline. Here’s what we know about how keto, intermittent fasting, and other current trends affect our patients’ teeth. Continue reading “Can Keto, Intermittent Fasting, or Other Diet Trends Hurt My Teeth?”
According to the American Dental Association the number one reason American adults do not visit the dentist regularly is the cost of semiannual checkups.
Don’t let cost be the reason you neglect your oral health. The most affordable way to care for your teeth is by visiting the dentist more often, not less. Here are five ways to make your visits to the dentist more affordable.
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No matter where you choose to go this summer, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared and properly packed. Plus, while you’re out having the time of your life, you can’t neglect an important part of your hygiene routine: your teeth. Here are a couple of ideas for packing efficiently and getting the most out of your vacation without letting your teeth take a turn for the worse. Continue reading “Smart Packing Tips: Taking Care of Your Teeth On the Go”
At Platinum Dental Care, we believe that everyone should indulge in at least one of their favorite Christmas treats during the holiday season. Treats like Eggnog, Paneton, Chocolate Truffles, and other goodies have a nostalgic quality that makes resistance futile–you simply cannot celebrate Christmas without consuming these memory-filled treats! The wise consumption of holiday treats can have a positive impact on your oral and overall health which is why we say that indulging intentionally and taking a controlled approach to consuming holiday goodies can help you avoid cavities while at the same time avoiding holiday weight gain.
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Halloween is one of our favorite holidays at Platinum Dental Care! We love seeing the cute costumes of patients, putting on our own costumes, and decorating the operatories.
If the fact that whitening toothpaste doesn’t work surprises you, let’s clarify: Whitening toothpastes work as toothpaste, but brushing with whitening toothpaste can not remove deep stains. Whitening toothpaste has been around for a while, but has no one noticed that “whitening” toothpaste doesn’t really change the shade of your smile? Understanding the science of teeth whitening helps explain why whitening toothpastes don’t whiten.
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Platinum Dental Care patients receive an oral cancer screening at every appointment with one of our award-winning doctors. The reason we make oral cancer screenings a priority is that only a trained oral health professional can accurately identify the disease. In fact, just last year a dentist in Utah saved his patient’s life by detecting oral cancer in her mouth during a routine cleaning and exam . Oral cancer is a force to be reckoned with, but luckily many of its causes are avoidable and the disease more easily preventable than other cancers. If you are worried about the risk factors contributing to your oral health, talk to a Platinum Dental Care dentist about your concerns.
For many years, experts have agreed that excessive alcohol consumption combined with smoking will increase a patient’s risk of oral cancer. In 2008, Associate Professor Michael McCullough from Melbourne University, published findings in his study in the Australian Dental Journal about alcohol-based mouthwashes also posing a similar risk as frequent alcohol consumption . Professor McCullough stated in his findings that some mouthwashes were more dangerous than wine or beer because they contain higher concentrations of alcohol– some reaching as high as 26 percent.
While the logic behind Professor McCullough’s discussion of mouthwash was clear, no conclusive results were reached based on his hypothesis. In fact, since the publication of his research, at least ten epidemiological studies published over the last three decades strongly suggest that the use of alcohol-containing rinses do not increase the risk of oral cancer.
As with the consumption of alcoholic drinks, many believe the ethanol in mouthwash allows cancer-causing substances (such as nicotine) to permeate the lining of the mouth more easily, accelerating the process of deterioration and cell destruction.
While the logic appears sound, Professor Laurence Walsh of the University of Queensland’s School of Dentistry denies its truthfulness and claims that mouthwashes are more likely to help prevent cancer as they impair the production of molecules that have cancer-causing effects.
Whether or not you believe the rhetoric against alcohol-based mouthwash or not, at Platinum Dental Care we caution our patients against using a powerful alcoholic-based mouthwash on a daily basis. For our patients who smoke and use mouthwash to reduce the smell and taste of cigarette smoke in their mouth, we issue a special caution against alcoholic mouthwash. At Platinum Dental Care, our policy on mouthwash follows the guidelines set forth by current literature. Only in specific situations, such as before or after an oral surgery, do we recommend mouthwash.
Mouthwash is a powerful cleaning agent and has the power to aid with the healing of gums after gum therapy, and should be used as a pre-rinse prior to dental procedures. For short periods of recovery and used by prescription only, mouthwash can be a powerful tool for cleaning the mouth and facilitating quick healing. For everyday use, werecommend other types of mouthwash like Act, a fluoride mouthwash.
If you have any concerns about the mouthwash that you are currently using or that we have prescribed for you please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org phone number 801-293-1234