Is Chewing Gum Good Or Bad For Your Teeth?

DID YOU KNOW that the average American consumes 1.8 pounds of gum each year? With so much gum going into our mouths it’s important to know how chewing gum affects our dental health. You may have heard that it’s both good and bad for your teeth… so what’s the real answer? Read on to find out!

Avoid Chewing Gum Sweetened With Sugar

Gum has always been a childhood favorite! What child doesn’t love that sweet burst of flavor or a bubble-blowing competition with friends? Unfortunately, gum sweetened with sugar is bad news for teeth.

When you or your child choose sugary chewing gum, you’re not the only ones satisfying your sweet tooth. The bacteria in our mouths like sugar too! And they enjoy it long after we’ve spit our gum out. These bacteria use sugar as fuel, producing acids that weaken tooth enamel and cause cavities.

Stick To Sugarless Gum

Here’s the good news: chewing sugar-free gum can actually boost your oral health! Chewing gum increases saliva flow in your mouth, strengthening your teeth and washing away food debris and bacteria. While the same is true for sugary gum, the increased saliva flow isn’t quite enough to offset the damage that the sugar can do.

According to the American Dental Association, studies show that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal can prevent tooth decay. Saliva helps neutralize acids in our mouths after eating. It also contains calcium and phosphate which strengthen tooth enamel, our teeth’s first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria.

So, when choosing gum, “stick” to the sugarless kind!

Gum Can’t Replace Good Oral Hygiene

Chewing sugar-free gum can only act as a supplement to your daily oral hygiene routine and can’t replace daily brushing and flossing. Keep up your everyday mouth-healthy habits and you’ll have strong, beautiful teeth for life!

Check out the video below to learn more about how chewing sugarless gum can supplement your oral hygiene routine!

Make The Right Choice For Your Smile

Chewing gum is fun and delicious! But remember, the type of gum you choose can make a big difference for your teeth. So next time you’re at the checkout counter and reach for a pack of gum, make sure it’s sugar-free. Your smile will thank you!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

New Year, New Resolutions!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our wonderful patients, fans, and friends!

Here at Avant Dentistry, we’re excited for 2017 and we wanted to take a moment to share our new year’s resolutions with you. Also, we’d love to hear YOUR resolutions too!

Here Are Some Of OUR Resolutions

Vermelle:

Like most years, my greatest New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and be healthier.  My biggest motivation are my children–not only so I may continue to provide and take care of them, but also to be a positive role model for them so they may also learn to live healthier lifestyles.   In addition to trying to eat healthier, I also plan on introducing some extra cardiovascular efforts like using the stairs on the metro versus using the escalator, and during my lunch break going for a quick walk around the neighborhood.

Dr. Yu:

Hmmm, my New Year’s resolutions…here are a few that come to mind:

  1.  Drink simpler coffee drinks.  I’ve always been a sucker for “frou-frou” drinks…caramel macchiatos, creme brulee lattes, and the like.  They’re just sooo tasty, which usually means they also carry a higher sugar content, aka a lot of wasted calories.  Since I’m also a foodie, I’d much rather save those calories for some delicious food and actual dessert 😉
  2. Since the Michelin guide came to Washington, DC this past fall, there are a number of awarded restaurants I’ve been dying to try.  So the plan is to try as many of them as I can…which is even more motivation to cut out those “frou frou” drinks 😉
  3. Improve my posture.  Neck and back problems are pretty common among dentists.  And recently, I’ve definitely noticed my posture has declined over the past years, and I’m hoping to counteract the effects by increasing my core strength with simple core strength exercises, pilates, and barre classes.
  4. Complete my Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD), something less than 1% of all dentist ever achieve!
  5. We lost a lot of wonderful people too soon in 2016 – in addition to the well-known celebrities which we will definitely miss, we also lost some close friends and colleagues.  We never know when it will be our time; so I’m simply reminded to embrace life, appreciate the people we have in our lives (and tell them often), and just be thankful!

Need a bit of help keeping your New Year’s resolution? Check out the video below!

Now Share YOUR Resolutions With Us!

So, now that you know OUR resolutions, what are YOURS? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Happy New Year!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

We’ve been ANIMATED!!! Check out our new video!

We were looking for a fun & unique way to illustrate how Avant Dentistry is different than any another dental office.  And we thought what better way than an animated video!  It was a fun process, for sure; still cannot believe we got it down to 90-seconds!

We’re really proud of how it turned out!  We’d love to hear what you think?!?!

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Ready For Winter Fun? Our Team Is!

WHETHER YOU LIVE IN a winter wonderland or enjoy warm weather and sunshine year-round, every region has something unique to offer during the winter months.

Today, Avant Dentistry’s team would like to share what some of our favorite ways to pass the time this time of year!

Our Team’s Favorite Winter Activities

From Vermelle:

“I have so many wintery favorites….I love seeing all the festive lights and listening to Christmas carols–it definitely puts my entire family in the mood for the Christmas holiday!  But my all-time favorite activity this time of year is decorating, especially baking (cookies) with my kids 🙂 ”

From Dr. Yu:

“Winter-time to me means skiing (hopefully somewhere out west)!  Skiing with my brothers is one of my favorite childhood past-times, and I am so fortunate that I get to continue that tradition with them, and now with my little nephews!  Christmas time is my favorite time of year…I love everything about it:  the decorations, the lights, the music, the cool brisk air, bundling up in warm scarves and gloves, drinking hot chocolate, singing (mostly harmonizing) Christmas carols, baking Christmas gingerbread cookies, watching feel-good Christmas movies, wrapping Christmas gifts (and spoiling my nephews rotten of course!), then watching their excitement on Christmas morning, cooking dinner with my family, and if I’m super lucky, Christmas is topped off with pretty, light and fluffy snow 😉 “

Upcoming Events

Still looking for gift ideas for that “hard to shop for person”?!?!  Everyone loves the gift of a whiter smile!  We are running our $99 Whitening Special for 10 sets of professional strength disposable trays!  They make great stocking stuffers too! May your holidays (and smile!) always be bright!

We are soon (start of 2017) to launch an in-office Photobooth campaign, which appeals to our team’s fun side!  For the cherry on top, everyone that participates is entered into a raffle to win Apple’s newest iPad mini 2!!!   How to enter???       4 Simple steps:

  1.  Take a photo in our office photobooth (optional props provided)
  2.  Post it on your Facebook
  3.  Tag our office, and
  4.  Just make sure your post is “public,” so we can be sure to enter you into the raffle.

Easy, right?!!? We’ll announce the winner on Facebook!  Join us in the fun…. bring on 2017!!!

We love winter as much as these fuzzy little guys!

What Are YOUR Favorite Activities This Time Of Year?

We’ve had a lot of fun sharing our favorite winter activities, now we want to hear from you! Share your favorite ways to pass the time this time of year in the comments below or let us know on social media!

Thank you for making this the most wonderful time of the year!

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered!

WANT TO KNOW what our patients have been asking us? Here are the top five frequently asked questions we get at our practice!

#1: “How often do I actually need to visit the dentist?”

For most people, twice a year. Even if you do have perfect oral hygiene, plaque and tartar buildup are inevitable. With a professional cleaning every six months, your teeth will stay clean and healthy. We can also catch problems early at your biannual appointments, often saving you time, pain and money!

If your dentist wants you to come in more than twice a year, it may be because you have gum disease, are pregnant, or smoke, among other things. How often you need to make a dental visit is based on the health of your gums as well as how committed you are to a good oral hygiene program.

#2: “My tooth doesn’t hurt so I why do I need a filling?”

A cavity forms when bacteria in plaque produce acids that eat away at your tooth. It will usually not hurt at the beginning stages since it is only harming the protective outer layer of the tooth called the enamel. If a cavity is left untreated, the decay will reach the inner layers of the tooth, finally causing pain and sensitivity.

Most dental problems don’t have any symptoms until they reach a more advanced stage. That’s why it’s important for you to come in every six months–we can catch problems before you even begin feeling them!

#3: “What can I do about tooth sensitivity?”

Start by using desensitizing toothpastes, which are specially formulated to soothe the nerve endings in the tooth and reduce pain.  Potassium nitrate is the common ingredient contained in these toothpastes.  You can also help by limiting acidic foods and drinks which eat away at your tooth enamel over time, causing sensitivity.  In addition, don’t brush too aggressively, and avoid abrasive toothpastes, such as “whitening toothpastes.”  This can cause gum recession (and sometime even “notching” in your teeth!), which is a frequent cause of sensitive teeth.  If these steps do not help, come in to see us! There are other in-office treatments we can provide to reduce sensitivity.

#4: “Why are my teeth getting more yellow?”

A darkening or yellowing of the teeth is inevitable over time, as this occurs naturally with age. However, trauma and certain lifestyle behaviors can contribute to tooth discoloration. The most common culprits for surface stains are cigarettes, wine, coffee, tea, cola, sports drinks, berries, hard candy and tomato sauce. If your smile has lost its sparkle, talk to us about the whitening options we provide in our office!

#5: “Should I be using an electric or manual toothbrush?”

While an electric toothbrush can help patients with limited dexterity ensure a better cleaning, a manual toothbrush, if used for the appropriate amount of time and done with proper technique, can perform just as well as a powered toothbrush.   Certain features may attract you to an electric toothbrush, however, such as the ability to gauge pressure or a built-in timer.  But it is important to remember that NOT all electric toothbrushes are the same, and if used improperly can cause more damage.  We personally like the Oral B Pro5000 Smart Series because not only does it have a timer, the ability to synchronize to a Bluetooth app to monitor your routine, but most importantly the lighted pressure sensor, which alerts you when you are brushing too hard.

We’re also often asked about wisdom teeth! Check out the video below to learn more:

We Love It When Our Patients Ask Questions!

The more educated you are about your teeth and mouth, the better you will feel about going to the dentist and making decisions for your oral health. Have any more questions?  Call us or come in today!

Seeing our patients smile is what we live for!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Hello world!

Back by popular demand…we have relaunched our Smile Blog!  By sharing our thoughts and opinions on dental-related topics, we’re hoping to keep our patients (and our community) updated on the latest techniques and technology; helping make sense of trending dental news and topics;  answering commonly asked questions; and all while keeping it light and upbeat, sprinkled with upcoming events at our office 🙂  Of course, we’re open to any requests, topics, or questions you might have for us to write about in future posts, so please feel free to comment below!  See you soon!

 

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.