Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cavity Prevention: Toothbrush, Floss & Red WIne?

Cavity buster!
I just read an article that made me happy! I know that there are health benefits to drinking red wine that include fighting heart disease - but did you know that researchers have found that red wine helps fight off bacteria that can cause cavities?


Apparently, from the article provided by the American Chemistry Society, researchers grew cultures of bacteria most responsible for common dental diseases as a biofilm. They tested under realistic conditions by dipping the biofilms in different liquids for several minutes. They tested red wine, with and without the alcohol, red wine including grape seed extract and water.

The comparison produced amazing results!
Red wine either with or without the alcohol as well as the wine with grape seed extract were the most effective at getting rid of the bacteria. Good news for the 60-90% of people globally who encounter dental issues.

Tonight i plan to brush my teeth, floss and enjoy a nice merlot….not necessarily in that order ;-)!

For my established patients and perhaps new patients, i can't stress enough the importance of a regular dental checkup which includes a thorough teeth cleaning. Please refer to my dental hygiene page on my website for more information and schedule an appointment with Heather!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Are women more likely to get routine dental care than men?

Not sure why, but yes, women are more likely to get their routing checkups and dental exams than men. I recently read an article that they are 33% more likely receive preventive dental care, such as regular checkups. WOW. 

So who were the other groups that were less likely to go to the dentist on a regular basis? 

  • people with no dental insurance
  • smokers
It is a fact that dental care increases overall health. Maybe all Americans should take the queue
 of women and get routine dental care!
My staff includes great detail hygienists who do a full, thorough and gentle job of making sure your teeth and gums are healthy and clean. Please schedule an appointment and take care of your smile!