Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Xylitol Helps Fight Tooth Decay

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that has been shown to help fight tooth decay. Many non sugar sweeteners like sorbitol will not contribute to tooth decay, but xylitol is unique in that it actually helps fight tooth decay. A cavity in a tooth is an infection by very specific types of acid producing bacteria. These bacteria need sugars for energy to produce the acids that leech the calcium from your teeth forming a cavity. The presence of xylitol actually inhibits these nasty bacteria when they try to digest it thereby reducing their presence in your mouth. Xylitol is found in many mints, candies, and gums. A certain dosage is needed each day to get this effect(5 or more grams). A great website I ran across on xylitol and how to use can be found here....

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Amorphous Calcium Phosphate

ACP or Amorphous Calcium Phosphate is a substance which can actually heal damaged enamel. When teeth decay they lose calcium when bacteria produce acid. This is a crucial part of the infection that is tooth decay process. The softer, decalcified tooth substance is a perfect home for these nasty bacteria. Eventually the weakened enamle collapses and becomes the whole in a tooth we think of as a cavity.
Fortunately, early dacay is reversible. By increasing fluoride and bioavailable calcium and reducing carbohydrate intake frequency teeth will absorb more calcium and heal themselves. ACP is such a breakthrough because it contains a form of calcium that can actually be absorbed by enamel.
ACP is available in over the counter and dentist dispensed products, even chewing gums. Look for and use this product..when paired wit fluoride i can make your teeth stronger and even improve their appearance.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Good article on Implants

I ran across this NY Times article on dental implants and it is mostly "spot on". Give it a read.