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October 14, 2018
Category: Children
Tags: Candy  

With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies—and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful. 

Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what can contribute to cavities. 

But don’t hang up your costume just yet.  Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun.  It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.

To help you sort through the trick-or-treat bag loot, we have a rundown of some common candies and their impact on your teeth:

Chocolate

Chocolate is probably your best bet, which is good because it’s also one of the most popular kinds of candy handed out on Halloween. Chocolate is one of the better candies because it washes off your teeth easier than other types of candy. Dark chocolate also has less sugar than milk chocolate.

Sticky and Gummy Candies

Be picky if it’s sticky. These are some of the worst candies for your teeth. This candy is harder to remove and may stay longer on your teeth, which gives that cavity-causing bacteria more time to work.

Hard Candy

Hard candies are also ones to watch on Halloween. They can actually break your teeth if you’re not careful. You also tend to keep these kinds of candies in your mouth for longer periods of time so the sugar is getting in your saliva and washing over your teeth.

Sour Candy

You might want to pass on things that make you pucker – especially if they are sticky and coated in sugar. Sour candy can be very acidic.  And that acidity can weaken and damage the hard outer shell of your teeth, making your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.

Popcorn Balls

Have some floss handy if you’re enjoying one of these fall favorites. Kernels can get stuck in-between your teeth. They are also sticky, sugary and can be hard.

September 12, 2018
Category: ISDS
Tags: Awards  

Congratulations to Dr. Osmanski for receiving an award at the recent Illinois State Dental Society Annual Session.

The DENT-IL-PAC award was given to him for his non-partisan lobbying efforts that have had a significant impact on the Illinois Legislature, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the State Board of Dentistry. These lobbying efforts ensure that the interests of the practicing dentists and future dentists are addressed and influence the political process for the good of dentistry and the well being of patients.

His efforts help create lawmakers in the Illinois General Assembly and U.S. Congress who understand dentistry and oral health care and create a statewide contact dentist system so that every politician in the state has a personal friend in dentistry, furthering the relationship between legislators and dentists.  

 

 

September 07, 2018
Category: Technology
Tags: CariVu  

CariVu – Cavity Detection Device

We are now using a brilliant new approach to discovering caries and cracks.



DEXIS CariVu™ is a compact, portable caries detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to support the identification of cavities and cracks.  

By hugging the tooth and bathing it in safe, near-infrared light, CariVu’s transillumination technology makes the enamel appear transparent while porous lesions trap and absorb the light. This unique caries detector allows the clinician to see through the tooth exposing its structure and the actual structure of any carious lesions with very high accuracy.

Similar in appearance, DEXIS CariVu images read like familiar X-ray images — lesions will appear as dark areas. Think of the CariVu as the ultimate companion tool for cavity detection.  If the doctor identifies a suspicious area on an x-ray — especially between the teeth  — your “second opinion” can be a transilluminated image that reveals the extent of the condition and helps confidently determine whether it needs monitoring over time or requires immediate treatment.

When used together, a radiograph and a transilluminated image provide a comprehensive picture of the health of a patient’s tooth.

Some patients think that just because you can't see your back molars, it's OK to lose them.  That it's a small thing to remove a heavily decayed or damage molar.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  When a molar is lost: 

1) The remaining teeth shift into the space left behind, increasing the chance you'll get jaw pain, headaches, broke or cracked teeth and severe wear. 

2) Because your jawbone is no longer stimiulated, it will recede, causing a sunken aged appearance.

3) Favorite foods go by the wayside as chewing becomes more difficult.  

Our primary mission is prevention, but if one or more of your molars needs support, we can help!  There are many options available that can fit in your budget. The most affordable and common option to replace a back molar is with a bridge or crown. While both are effective, there are some downsides that come with these options. For example, you won’t have the same biting force or appearance of a natural tooth. Plus, your surrounding teeth are more prone to tooth decay and you’ll likely need to have a replacement bridge or crown made in the future.  

Dental Implants are the best option to replace a back molar. Implants look and function just as your natural teeth. You’ll have a permanent solution to tooth loss using an implant that closely mimics natural teeth. You’ll resolve all of the complications and risks associated with a missing tooth to protect your oral health and quality of life.

 

According to an article in Newsweek this month, drinking sugary soda could raise the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Scientists at Columbia University of New York studied rates of Alzheimer’s disease in older people and found a link between sugary drinks and the neurodegenerative condition that an estimated 5.7 million Americans currently deal with. However, more research is needed to prove whether Alzheimer’s is caused by these drinks. 

The team presented their findings at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2018 in Chicago on Monday. As there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, researchers are racing to find ways to not only ease the symptoms such as memory loss and cognitive decline, but also prevent the condition from developing in the first place. 

Past studies indicate type 2 diabetes, which can be triggered by consuming excess sugar, is a risk factor for dementia.

To test their hypothesis, the researchers studied 2,226 elderly people who lived in New York City over the course of seven years. The researchers documented the food and drink the participants consumed that contained added sugar, including in soft drinks, fruit drinks and food. Of the total participants, some 429 developed Alzheimer’s disease.

The scientists found those who ate 30.3 grams of added sugar per day were 33 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared with those who consumed 5.8 grams per day.

They found similar patterns in those who drank a soda every other day, at 20 grams sugar on average, compared to those who consumed 1 can every 100 days; 23 grams of sugar per day in punch or fruit drinks compared with 0.4 grams; and 2.5 teaspoons of sugar added to food or drinks per day compared with no added sugar.

When all there categories were compared, drinking sugary soda was “significantly” associated with a higher risk of Alzheimer’s when compared to other sweetened products, the authors said.





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