Last updated 5 months ago
Consuming dairy products is vital to maintaining good overall health, and it’s especially important to bone health. But there has been little research about how dairy products affect oral health in particular.
However, according to a new study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), consuming cheese and other dairy products may help protect teeth against cavities.
The study sampled 68 subjects ranging in age from 12 to 15, and the authors looked at the dental plaque pH in the subjects’ mouths before and after they consumed cheese, milk, or sugar-free yogurt. A pH level lower than 5.5 puts a person at risk for tooth erosion, which is a process that wears away the enamel (or protective outside layer) of teeth.
“The higher the pH level is above 5.5, the lower the chance of developing cavities,” explains Vipul Yadav, MDS, lead author of the study.
The subjects were assigned into groups randomly. Researchers instructed the first group to eat cheddar cheese, the second group to drink milk, and the third group to eat sugar-free yogurt. Each group consumed their product for three minutes and then swished with water. Researchers measured the pH level of each subject’s mouth at 10, 20, and 30 minutes after consumption.
The groups who consumed milk and sugar-free yogurt experienced no changes in the pH levels in their mouths. Subjects who ate cheese, however, showed a rapid increase in pH levels at each time interval, suggesting that cheese has anti-cavity properties.
The study indicated that the rising pH levels from eating cheese may have occurred due to increased saliva production (the mouth’s natural way to maintain a baseline acidity level), which could be caused by the action of chewing. Additionally, various compounds found in cheese may adhere to tooth enamel and help further protect teeth from acid.
“It looks like dairy does the mouth good,” says AGD spokesperson Seung-Hee Rhee, DDS, FAGD. “Not only are dairy products a healthy alternative to carb- or sugar-filled snacks, they also may be considered as a preventive measure against cavities.”
KnowYourTeeth.com is the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) source of consumer information on dental care and oral health. Its goal is to provide reliable information in a format that is easy to use and navigate, and to provide the tools that will help consumers of all ages to care for their teeth and with other aspects of oral care. The website answers important dental health questions, offers the latest information on current dental treatments and tips for first-rate oral hygiene, and can help visitors find qualified dentists near where they live or work.
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 38,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGD members stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. The AGD is a member of the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, a first-of-its-kind national dental coalition composed of 35 leading dental health organizations. The Partnership’s campaign is designed to educate parents and caregivers on how to improve their children’s oral health in simple ways. The campaign offers families oral health resources through the website 2min2x.org.
Last updated 6 months ago
Choosing the right dentist is important for you and your smile. At Dental Care of Stamford, we are dedicated to providing you with comfortable and complete dental care in Fairfield County, Stamford, and Old Greenwich. We invite you to keep reading and learn what sets us apart in both dental care and customer service.
Dental Care of Stamford aims to make caring for your teeth convenient for you and your family. We are open from 7am-8pm six days a week to accommodate work and school schedules. Our office also offers same-day appointments and free babysitting services for busy parents.
Your comfort is our dentists’ number one priority. You will receive personalized care tailored to your exact needs during each and every appointment. Dental Care of Stamford offers a range of sedation options for anxious patients of all ages. We believe that receiving the dental care you need should—and can—be a positive experience for everyone.
At Dental Care of Stamford, we aim to provide what we call “one location care.” This means that our dentists, periodontists, oral surgeons, and orthodontists are on premises for your benefit and convenience. There is no need to transfer records or drive to a specialist’s office to receive the dental care you need because we provide it all under one roof.
You will receive only the very best care from your dental team at Dental Care of Stamford. Our experienced dentists offer and are proficient with cutting-edge dental technology and treatments. We proudly provide patient education for the benefit of you and your family. You will love visiting us because we put 100% into every dental service we provide.
Discover the difference choosing the right dentist can make by scheduling your appointment with Dental Care of Stamford today. Please call us at (203) 803-1815 to ask about our dental services and find out how you can become our newest satisfied patient. Click through our blog for more advice and information about orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and general dental care in Stamford.
Last updated 6 months ago
Sedation dentistry offers many benefits to both patients and dentists. Various options allow you to receive the dental care you need quickly, easily, and without feeling anxious.
This video explains the levels of dental sedation available and how they can benefit you. For short, routine procedures, nitrous oxide allows you to relax during dental work and recover quickly to return home after your appointment. For longer and more involved dental work, oral or IV sedation offer greater relaxation and pain control for patients.
If you’d like to learn more about dental sedation and whether it could be right for you, contact your dentist at Dental Care of Stamford by calling (203) 803-1815. We offer comfortable, convenient dental care for children and adults six days a week. Browse through out website for more useful dental care information.
Last updated 6 months ago
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, porcelain shells that cover the fronts of your teeth. They can cosmetically enhance your smile for a variety of reasons. Your cosmetic dentist can tell you if you are a candidate for this minimally-invasive dental procedure.
Teeth can become discolored for many reasons, ranging from staining caused by foods and medications to injuries sustained to the roots of the teeth. The natural aging process also contributes to discoloration of tooth enamel over time. Not all teeth respond well to bleaching, and those with sensitive teeth may find this procedure uncomfortable when performed repeatedly. Dental veneers provide you with a whiter smile in exactly the shade you want using stain-resistant porcelain that will last for years to come.
Minor cosmetic damage to your teeth can be corrected with veneers. If you suffer from bruxism, years of clenching and grinding your teeth can wear away enamel and cause your teeth to look flat or shortened. Small chips and other damage can also detract from the overall look of your smile. Your dentist can apply veneers to as many or as few teeth as needed to correct shortening or damage and create an even, healthy-looking smile. Repairing the look of these teeth can improve the overall appearance of your face as well, making you appear younger.
Dental veneers can correct some types of tooth misalignments without the need for orthodontic treatment. If your teeth suffer from minor crowding or spacing, your cosmetic dentist may be able to improve their look with veneers instead of braces. You can quickly transform your smile into one that is even and appealing for a lower investment of both time and money.
If you have questions about dental veneers, contact the dentists at Dental Care of Stamford by calling (203) 803-1815. We offer a wide variety of dental services to ensure that you will love your smile. Check us out on the web to read through our blog and learn more about general and cosmetic dentistry.
Last updated 6 months ago
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