Posts for: June, 2013
Summertime and Sports Drinks Can Take a Toll on Teeth
People who are just trying to stay cool during the summer months or are active in summer sports are consuming lemonade and sports drinks at a considerable rate. High energy and sports drinks are often used to rehydrate after exercising or replacing body fluids. Recent studies have found that popular sports drinks and beverages can cause irreversible damage to the dental enamel resulting in long-term dental problems.
Does what I drink matter?
According to a recent study in the Academy of General Dentistry’s clinical journal, tooth enamel damage caused by non-cola and sports beverages is 3 to 11 times greater than from cola-based drinks. The beverages that were cited as causing the most significant concern include lemonade, energy drinks, and sports drinks, followed by supplemented fitness water, iced tea and cola beverages.
To avoid having this problem :
*Rinse your mouth with water for 30 seconds to dilute sugar and acids
*Drink water or low-fat milk in place of acidic beverages
*Use a straw positioned to the back of your mouth to limit the contact of acids and sugars with your teeth
*Drink fluoridated water and brush with fluoride toothpaste to help remineralize the teeth
*Limit your intake of sports and soft drinks
Even though the summer heat appears to be the perfect time to increase one’s consumption of sports and soft drinks, lemonade, ice tea, and other summertime beverages, there are important indications that what we drink may have a dramatic effect on the health of your teeth. Read labels. Remember that dental erosion is irreversible.
***ARTICLE COURTESY OF DELTA DENTAL OF MI***
You already know that stress can be physically harmful. It can raise blood pressure and cause severe headaches, among other things. What’s often overlooked is that stress can also take a toll on your mouth. If you’re feeling the pressure lately, pay extra attention to your oral health. Here are some things to look for:
- It’s not uncommon for people under a lot of tension to unknowingly develop bruxism, better known as teeth grinding or clenching. Over an extended period of time, grinding can cause problems such as jaw pain, earache, headache, and, of course, worn down teeth. Normally, your teeth rarely touch during the day. If you catch yourself clenching or holding your teeth together, relax your face and jaw muscles and let your teeth apart. Think – ‘lips together, teeth apart.’ Stopping to do this several times a day can help break your grinding or clenching habit. If you’re a night-grinder, talk to your dentist. He or she may recommend a mouth guard to reduce wear and tear on teeth.
- There’s evidence that stress can harm your immune system, making it easier for infection to develop and stick around. That can mean canker sores and/or a cold sore outbreak if you’ve had them in the past and are already infected with the virus. If mouth sores are a recurring problem for you, talk to your dentist about medication that can shorten their duration.
- Too much stress can also lead to bad oral health habits like smoking, drinking and neglecting your daily brushing and flossing. If you’ve had a lot of extra anxiety lately, try to keep up with your oral health routine. It will serve you well when your stress levels return to normal.
We know there’s not always an easy way to reduce stress, but eating healthy, exercising regularly and spending time with loves ones are all good places to start.
***ARTICLE COURTESY OF DELTA DENTAL OF MN***
A new study from Harvard has linked gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, to pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer has been named as the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. According to the Harvard School of Public Health , more than 30,000 Americans are expected to lose their lives to pancreatic cancer this year.
While there have been many studies documenting the link between poor oral hygiene and other medical problems, such as heart disease and stroke, this is the first study to find a solid link that gum disease could actually increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.
This particular study began in 1986 and documented over 50,000 men working in health professions. Between 1986 and 2002, researchers verified 216 cases of pancreatic cancer, with 67 of those cases having periodontal disease. In summary, after adjusting for factors such as diabetes, smoking and others, the findings showed that the men with gum disease were 63% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer by rate of comparison than men that did not have gum disease.
Dr. Dominique Michaud, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard, states that one possible reason for the link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer could be that “Individuals with periodontal disease have elevated serum biomarkers of systemic inflammation, such as C-reactive protein, and these may somehow contribute to the promotion of cancer cells.” Dr. Michaud also offers another explanation that a person with periodontal disease has increased levels of carcinogens and oral bacteria in their mouth.
From Tammy Davenport