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Posts for: April, 2015

April 27, 2015
Category: Informational
Tags: Diet Soda  

Pepsi To Remove Aspartame From Diet Soda, But Bad Affects On Your Teeth Continue -- 

Diet Pepsi is removing the artificial sweetener aspartame from their diet soda after customer complaints.  The company will replace it with other artificial sweeteners, including Splenda. The new version hits shelves this summer.  Pepsi’s decision was in response to falling sales of diet soda and concern from consumers.  The company, together with CocaCola, blame the declines on public perception that aspartame is unsafe. The FDA, however, says more than 100 studies show aspartame is safe.  The FDA has said of the sweetener, “Aspartame is one of the most exhaustively studied substances in the human food supply” and agency “scientists have reviewed scientific data regarding the safety of aspartame in food and concluded that it is safe for the general population under certain conditions.”

The “Sip All Day, Get Decay” slogan isn’t just meant to be a catchy tagline – it’s literally the truth!  Sugar in soda combines with bacteria in your mouth to form acid, which attacks the teeth. Diet or “sugar-free” soda contains its own acid, which also can damage teeth. Each attack lasts about 20 minutes and starts over with every sip of soda you take.  These ongoing acid attacks weaken tooth enamel. Kids and teens are most susceptible to tooth decay because their tooth enamel is not fully developed.

You can avoid tooth decay and other health problems that arise from drinking too many soft drinks, other carbonated beverages, sports drinks, iced and sweet teas and other sweetened liquids (like fruit juices).  Limiting your intake, brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting your dentist regulary (minimum every 6 months) will reduce your rist of tooth decay and improve and/or maintain your oral health. 

April 23, 2015
Category: ISDS
Tags: Awards  

Dr. Richard Osmanski Recognized for His Service  - 

The Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) Capital Conference was held in Springfield this week.  Dental colleagues meet here for legislative briefings and to discuss a variety of topics in dentistry.   ISDS President, Dr. Edward Segal, awarded Dr. Richard Osmanski with an ISDS Component Award for his service as the McHenry County Dental Society President.  


A Sore Mouth and Bleeding Gums May Be Symptoms Of Stress.

A sore mouth or jaw and bleeding gums may be two symptoms of stress.  A sore jaw can be a sign of teeth grinding, which usually occurs during sleep and can be worsened by stress.  Stressed-out people also have a higher risk of periodontal disease.  Protect your mouth by exercising and sleeping more, which will help lower stress. Also be sure to visit your dentist regularly and let them know if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. 

April 08, 2015
Category: Informational
Tags: Dislodged tooth  

Dislodged Tooth Should Be Placed In Milk Or Patient’s Saliva In Transit To Dentist.

If a tooth has been knocked out it should not be washed or put in any alcohol or peroxide solution. Instead, patients should place the tooth in a container with a small amount of their own saliva or milk. Then get to your dentist as soon as possible, because that tooth could literally be re-implanted and potentially survive if you do the right thing with it.


Candy & Toy Safety:
• In order to prevent choking, avoid hard, round candy; thick or sticky candy; or candy with nuts. Caramel, sour balls and jaw breakers can be dangerous because children's airways are higher and narrower than an adult's, creating a choking hazard.
• Fake grass is not easily digestible, so keep it away from little children.
• Be sure that Easter toys and dolls (such as bunnies, chicks etc) are free of choking hazards. Pieces that can be removed from a doll or toy pose a potential choking danger to small children.
• Chocolate Bunny's are an Easter tradition…however, be very careful when giving such gifts to children who are peanut or nut allergic. Make sure you read the label of contents, as many chocolates, although said to be "pure chocolate", may have been in contact with nuts or peanuts during their preparation or packaging.

Egg Safety:
• Eggs are a potentially hazardous food, in the same category as meat, poultry, fish, and milk. In other words, they are capable of supporting the rapid growth of disease-causing bacteria like Salmonella. Before boiling eggs for Easter decorating/painting, they must be kept refrigerated.
• Never leave raw eggs in any form at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Don't eat or cook with cracked eggs or eggs that have been un-refrigerated for more than two hours.
• Hard-boiled Easter (decorated) eggs left in room temperature for many hours or days as a decoration or table centerpiece should be discarded and not eaten.
• Use only clean, unbroken eggs. Discard dirty or broken eggs. When you boil your eggs, make sure the water is hot (185-190 degrees F). Cool your eggs in cold water or just in the air.
• Cleanliness of hands, utensils and work surfaces is essential in preventing spread of bacteria. Always wash your hands when handling your eggs, especially between cooking, cooling and dyeing. Wash hands again, along with all utensils, equipment and counter tops that have been in contact with any raw food before preparing other foods.

If you keep these few simple tips in mind, you should be able to enjoy a fun, problem-free Easter celebration.