What Is LVI?

Have you ever noticed any of our framed training certificates around the office and wondered what they are for? They are certificates awarded when we complete important training courses in dental education and processes. Please read on to see how these sessions benefit you and why we think LVI is so special!

The LVI Philosophy

We recently returned from training in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). We have attended many of their training sessions over the years. We find their philosophy and training enables us to bring you the most advanced treatment methods and cutting-edge technology in dentistry.

The LVI emphasizes that the body is a system that works together — problems in one area can and do affect other areas — and they provide training that uses this knowledge to bring better treatment to patients. Your teeth, gums, tongue, and muscles in the face, jaw, and neck need to be in proper balance so your teeth will close together correctly and your oral system can work properly. It may be difficult to believe, but a misaligned bite can cause pain in your jaws, neck, and ears, in addition to causing headaches. I understand how the system works together so I can diagnose your oral problems and create a treatment plan that will resolve the issues, not create new issues.

Our Trips to Las Vegas Bring YOU the Jackpot

We have made many trips to study in Las Vegas at LVI over the years. The knowledge we have accumulated and continue to build upon flows directly into your dental care. We use state-of-the-art radiology equipment to obtain x-rays and will analyze your bite with myotronics — state-of-the-art devices for evaluation and treatment of the muscular and physiological aspects of the orofacial area and their impact on occlusion. Our advanced equipment helps me identify problems in your oral cavity, head, and neck that cause referred pain in other parts of your body. I can then create the best treatments to treat the cause and clear up the associated symptoms.

It is our mission to provide you the best quality dental care available. But the latest technology can only be used for diagnosis and treatment when you are in the office in our chair. When was your last checkup? Call us to set up an appointment today.

All the best,
Dr. Britt

What You Can Do to Improve Your Oral Health — for Free!

Did you know that establishing a healthy oral care routine can save you time and money and improve the quality of your life? Who wouldn’t want that?

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a familiar saying. How does it apply to your oral health? Quite simply, the care routine you practice at home today to keep your mouth, teeth, tongue, and gums clean can pay off long-term. Why? Because keeping your mouth and teeth clean prevents the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay from becoming established in your mouth, thus reducing a major cause of dental problems.

We have some tips to help you with your oral home care routine based on recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA), and most of them cost you nothing but time and self-discipline.

For Everyone

  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between teeth daily.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Limit sugary drinks and treats.
  • See your dentist for regular treatment and prevention.

Special Recommendations

If you are prone to suffer from gum disease, use mouthwash and toothpaste that have antimicrobial ingredients.

  • If you are cavity-prone, use a fluoride mouth rinse.
  • Use a power toothbrush to help remove plaque.
  • Avoid piercing the tongue.
  • Drink fluoridated water.
  • Avoid tobacco products.
  • Avoid “do-it-yourself” dentistry.

Schedule Regular Checkups With Our Office

Good home care will move you a long way toward achieving and maintaining good oral health. It is also important to keep your regular checkups with us so we can monitor your health and catch any problems while they are still small.

Oral hygiene is one of our “specialties.” Samantha and Dea are registered dental hygienists and crucial members of our team. Each has completed specialized training required to receive their degrees. They have also spent many hours adding to their knowledge and skills by completing continuing education courses. They perform many procedures for you, but perhaps you remember them most for the gentle care and attention they show when cleaning your teeth.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a checkup and cleaning. We look forward to welcoming you into our office, located in Brunswick, Georgia.

What Is “Cosmetic Dentistry?”

You hear the term “cosmetic dentistry” a lot, but what does it really mean?

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses the dental techniques and procedures that create a more pleasing smile for you. Dentists who want to improve the skills they gained in dental school must look to special continuing education to achieve their goals. There currently is no advanced degree in cosmetic dentistry, so any general dentist can use the term “cosmetic dentist” to describe their work. There is one way to know that your dentist has the skills and experience to provide you the highest-quality treatment.

Dr. Britt Is an Accredited Member of the AACD

I am happy to tell you that I have put in many hours of post–dental school training in order to become highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry. I’ve also devoted many additional hours toward achieving accreditation with the AACD so that you and each of my other patients will have a way to confirm my skill in cosmetic dentistry. I will continue training for the rest of my career so I will always be able to offer you the best dentistry available.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)

The AACD was founded in 1984 and has become the largest and most trusted organization for cosmetic dentistry in the world. The members developed standards for cosmetic dentistry, and the organization is dedicated to responsible esthetics. There are now over 6,000 dental professional members in the AACD worldwide.

As I mentioned earlier, for a dentist to excel in cosmetic dentistry, he or she must pursue additional training after leaving dental school. Fortunately, there are education programs in cosmetic dentistry available that fulfill this need. The AACD has learning opportunities for its dentist members and offers accreditation to applicants who pass rigorous tests of their clinical skills, case presentations, and an oral exam. Gaining accreditation requires an investment of time that can take several years to accomplish. It is a rare achievement — there are no more than 350 accredited members of the AACD in the world, and I am happy to be one of them!

If you want to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile, or if you are having dental problems of any kind, please contact my office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

All the best,
Dr. Britt

Our Exciting New Additions Bring You a Better Experience

As your dentist, providing you with treatments that solve your unique health issues is my purpose, and doing so safely and effectively with the most current proven methods is my passion. Technology in dentistry is constantly evolving and improving, and I am happy that I can share the benefits of that technology with you. Today I would like to share some information with you on two of our most recent additions.

MLS & Mphi5

One technology we use is the MLS laser. The MLS (Multiwave Locked System) is an effective tool for use in treatments including extractions, orthodontics, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), surgeries and more. The MLS laser combines and synchronizes two therapeutic wavelengths — a continuous wavelength and a pulsed wavelength. Used together, they provide greater anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects while reducing the potential for any thermal damage. A few advantages of this cutting-edge laser include:

  • Reduced swelling caused by bruising and inflammation
  • Reduced pain sensation
  • Accelerated cell repair
  • Faster healing, wound closure, and reduced scar tissue

We have been very pleased with the MLS, and I am happy to tell you that we recently purchased a new handpiece for the laser. Using the new Mphi5 handpiece will help us treat a targeted area more precisely and will allow treatment to a larger area in less time. This means an overall improved experience for you, which is important to us.

Planmeca Promax® 3D Mid Imaging

The next time we need to capture images for one of your treatments, you will be introduced to our new imaging unit, the Planmeca Promax® 3D Mid. This unit provides high-quality images that allow us to see the structures of your teeth, jaws, tongue, and face in incredible detail. The improved detail enhances our ability to identify and plan the best approach to treatment for restorations, implants, orthodontics, and much more. Additional advantages:

  • Low-dose imaging
  • Real-time tracking of jaw movement for TMD studies
  • Ideal for imaging patients with braces

You will enjoy having your dental images taken using this unit. It is open for your comfort and the ease of operation helps our team members complete the studies we need for your treatment in an efficient, fluid manner.

Please feel free to ask any team member for more information about any of the equipment and processes we use for your treatment. It is our pleasure to share with you.
I look forward to seeing you here at your next visit. Contact my office to schedule an appointment.
Best,
Dr. Britt

Saliva and Oral Health

The salivary glands make saliva. On average, we produce 2 to 4 pints of saliva daily. When the amount of saliva is too low, it can lead to dry mouth (xerostomia). Some diseases and medications can interfere with the amount of saliva the body makes. Or dehydration can cause it. An underlying condition may cause chronic dry mouth. The team at Dentistry by Angela Britt wants you to know about the role of saliva in oral health.

The Role of Saliva

Saliva contains substances to fight against decay-causing bacteria. It rinses away plaque, bacteria, acids, and food debris. Saliva has antifungal properties, helps remineralize enamel, and assists with the formation of certain sounds. Also, it allows us to enjoy the tastes and textures of our food. When saliva production is decreased, it can lead to dry mouth.

Causes of Dry Mouth

There are a variety of reasons for dry mouth, such as cancer therapy, medications, aging, and nerve damage to the head or neck. Medical conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and autoimmune diseases, can cause a dry mouth.

Symptoms of Dry Mouth

The symptoms of dry mouth include thick and stringy saliva; bad breath; altered sense of taste; problems chewing, swallowing, or talking; hoarseness; and difficulty wearing dentures. Also, mouth sores, a burning sensation in the mouth, and lips that are dry and cracked.

Dry Mouth Complications

Chronic dry mouth can lead to acids remaining on the teeth too long and wearing away enamel. Dry mouth sets the stage for a buildup of plaque, bacteria, and food debris, which can cause tooth decay. It also increases the risk of gum disease and thrush (oral yeast infection).

Saliva has a vital role in oral health. To help saliva production, drink plenty of water and limit the consumption of caffeine and alcohol. Use a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol, and chew gum containing xylitol.

For most people, dry mouth is temporary. But, if you’re experiencing chronic dry mouth, you can get help to identify the underlying cause. When was your last dental visit? Contact our office to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Brunswick, Georgia, and the surrounding areas.

Flossing Benefits

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Do you know about the link between oral health and overall health? Something that’s part of good oral hygiene practice is capable of protecting your health. Unfortunately, many people don’t do this as often as they should. We know this may not be what you want to hear, but we want you to make this part of your daily routine. It can help prevent several serious conditions.

Daily Flossing Helps Lower the Risk Of:

Heart Disease — According to the American Academy of Periodontology, patients with periodontal disease are twice as likely to have coronary artery disease. The inflammation resulting from gum disease can cause damage to the arteries.

Diabetes — The bacteria from gum disease may cause inflammation, which can contribute to insulin resistance and damage blood vessels. Insulin resistance increases the risk of becoming diabetic.

Gum Disease — When plaque remains on the teeth, it can cause inflammation of your gums, which can lead to gingivitis. Regular flossing helps reduce the buildup of plaque.

Bad Breath — When food particles and bacteria remain in your mouth too long, they give off bad odors, causing bad-smelling breath. Flossing every day removes the trapped food, which helps to eliminate odors.

Common Flossing Mistakes

Flossing Stops When Gums Bleed — If you haven’t regularly flossed, your gums will bleed at first. When you floss daily, the bleeding will subside as your gums become healthier.

Flossing Improperly — While flossing, don’t move the floss back and forth. Use an up and down motion to clean both sides of each tooth properly.

Flossing Too Much or Too Little — Flossing too much can cause damage to your gums and not flossing enough leads to a buildup of plaque and tartar.

Flossing Quickly — Slow it down. Take a few seconds on the sides of each tooth and carefully move the floss up and down at least 10 times.

The Proper Way to Floss

For good oral hygiene, floss once a day. Take the ends of a piece of floss approximately 15 to 18 inches long and wrap them around your middle fingers. Use 1–2 inches of floss per tooth. Place the floss between the teeth and wrap it around the side of the tooth. The floss should form the shape of the letter C. Slide the floss up and down each side of every tooth using a new section of floss for each side.

Brushing and flossing are meant to work together. When you don’t floss daily, you may leave up to 35 percent of the surface of your teeth vulnerable to decay. How long has it been since your last dental visit? Contact my office to schedule an appointment.

Best,

Dr. Britt

Healthy Foods for Your Teeth

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Eating healthy during the holiday season is not top-of-mind. There are many tasty treats and special dishes reserved for this time of year. Family members and friends go to great lengths to perfect their special recipe for your enjoyment. Did you know there are delicious, teeth-healthy choices you can add to the festivities? Let’s call them gifts for your teeth.

Gifts for Your Teeth

  • Chocolate — Dark chocolate (70 percent cacao, not sugar-filled milk chocolate) is healthy for your teeth because it contains the CBH compound, which hardens tooth enamel. This compound helps protect your teeth from decay.
  • Cheese — Cheese can fight against acid erosion. When your meals consist of bread, citrus fruits, sweets, or sodas, you expose your teeth to acids. Cheese consumed after your meal can neutralize the acid to prevent tooth decay.
  • Wild Salmon — Wild salmon (a fatty fish) is loaded with vitamin D, which helps your gums and teeth receive the full benefits of your calcium intake. Your body doesn’t take in calcium properly if there’s too little vitamin D in your diet.
  • Vegetables and Fruits — Crunchy vegetables and fruits scrub the surfaces of the teeth and increase saliva production. The scrubbing reduces plaque buildup, and the increased saliva neutralizes the acid, which damages tooth enamel.
  • Xylitol — Xylitol is a sweetener commonly found in sugarless chewing gums. It can help prevent tooth decay because the compound it contains can kill bacteria. Also, chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which aids in proper digestion.
  • Black and Green Teas — Black and green teas contain polyphenols which reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth. The antibacterial properties in polyphenols can help suppress the development of cavities.
  • Water — Proper hydration is good for saliva production. Saliva is necessary for the digestion of food, neutralizing acid, and hindering tooth decay. Water also aids in reducing plaque by rinsing away food debris.

Go enjoy your favorite foods and beverages in moderation. Focus on making special memories this holiday season. Celebrate your teeth by making teeth-healthy food choices and practicing good oral hygiene. If it’s been more than six months since your last exam and cleaning, call my office to schedule your appointment.

Fondly,

Dr. Britt

Is Dental Anxiety Your Fear Factor?

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Does the thought of going to the dentist fill you with anxiety? Anxiety toward the dentist and dental treatment leads to avoidance of dental care. Many people have some level of anxiety about dentists and dental treatment. Most people are able to push past their fears and get their treatment completed. For others, it’s not that simple. If you’re in that category, you have options to handle your anxiety and get the dental treatment you need. At Dentistry by Angela Britt, we make every effort to ease your dental anxiety.

Recognize the reasons for your anxiety.

Make a list of what makes you anxious about going to the dentist. Write down the reason behind your feelings. Below is a list of common triggers of dental anxiety.

  • Fear of actual pain or perceived pain triggered by needles, dental drills, or the dental setting in general.
  • Loss of control because you can’t see what’s going on. Also, you don’t know what’s going to happen next.
  • Previous bad experience or a secondhand experience of a family member or friend.
  • Feeling claustrophobic in the dental chair with people inches away from your face. You feel like your personal space is being invaded.
  • Embarrassment about the condition of your mouth. You fear that the dentist will judge you based on the condition of your mouth.

Communicate your anxiety.

Get it out in the open. Talk to the dentist about your specific fears or anxieties. Your dentist is there to listen without judgment and develop an action plan to calm your fears. Every effort will be made to make you feel comfortable and at ease.

Team members have the training to assist you in anxious moments as well. Everyone is ready to do their part to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

Solutions to ease your anxiety

NuCalm is a system clinically designed to allow patients to relax naturally. It works within minutes. The system is based on four components working together to put you in a state of relaxation. There are no side effects, so no recuperative time or supervision is needed.

Conscious sedation uses medication to help patients relax during dental treatment. Sometimes it’s referred to as sleep dentistry, but that’s not entirely accurate. Patients are generally awake but in a relaxed state. You take your medication the day of your appointment. Also, you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

Are you ready to take the next step toward facing your fears? Dr. Angela Britt and team members are ready to ease you dental anxieties. If you live in Brunswick, Georgia, or the surrounding areas, call our office to schedule an appointment.

Implants Can Improve Your Health … Really!

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You already know that implants can improve your smile … and your self-esteem. But did you know that they can actually improve your health as well? At Dentistry by Angela Britt, we want you to know all of the reasons that dental implants are one of our go-to solutions for toothlessness.

Let’s Review

Dental implants are tiny, biocompatible posts that are surgically implanted below your gums. After they’ve had time to heal, the implants are used as anchors for individual prosthetic teeth. These replacements not only look natural, they function just like the teeth you were born with. The obvious benefits are that you can eat what you want, speak clearly, and clean your implants with ease; the real magic, however, is in the implants themselves. You see, because they become fused with your jaw bone, the implants take the place of natural tooth roots, which are the keys to keeping your mouth healthy and happy.

The Unsung Heroes

Here is another reason we consistently recommend implants: they keep your teeth in place. While that may not sound like a big deal, it is actually one of the ways they keep you healthier than dentures would. Here’s how it works:

  • Your tooth roots and/or implants (as well as your teeth — both natural and prosthetic) keep the adjacent teeth from migrating.
  • When your teeth are properly aligned (which is a delightful outcome of implant placement), they are easy to clean.
  • When you can (and do) properly clean your teeth by brushing after each meal and flossing daily, you’re more likely to avoid gum disease and tooth loss.
  • When you avoid gum disease, not only are you less likely to lose teeth, you’re also less likely to experience the pitfalls of periodontitis, including diabetes, hypertension and stroke, and heart disease.

We cannot overstate the efficacy of dental implants! If you live in Brunswick, Georgia, or the surrounding communities, contact our office to schedule a consultation for these tiny wonders that just might keep you healthy!

Halloween Dos and Don’ts

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It’s that time of year, again … Halloween. Picking the perfect candy isn’t as easy as some may think: You have to strike the perfect balance between what the neighborhood kids love and what you won’t eat before the 31st even hits. The truth is, you can pick treats that are favored by the ghosts and goblins who come to your door and won’t harm their teeth (or yours). What are they? Click here to learn more.

Candy Basics

Different types of candy do different things to your teeth. Know what to choose and what to avoid to prevent decay.

  • Choose
    • Dark chocolate, as it is lower in sugar than other chocolates and, as some studies suggest, might have additional health benefits.
    • Sugar-free hard candy that stimulates the production of saliva, your body’s natural defense against plaque.
    • Sugar-free gum, which not only increases saliva production, but can also help clean teeth by dislodging small food particles that get stuck between teeth and in the grooves of the molars.
  • Avoid
    • Sticky or gummy candies, which are easily trapped in the crevices of your teeth where it is difficult for saliva to wash the sugars away naturally.
    • Sour candies, as not only do they stick to the teeth, they also damage tooth enamel due to their acidity.
    • Extra sweet treats that are made with little other than corn syrup and sugar, such as candy corn.

You Can Still Indulge

Since you can’t control what your neighbors buy and distribute to your little ones, know what to do when eating Halloween candy is unavoidable.

  • Timing — Saliva production increases during meals to aid with digestion, but it also helps neutralize acids in the mouth and wash away food particles. Because of this, the best time to eat candy is shortly after mealtime. For added protection, drink a tall glass of water after you finish.
  • Brushing — When you eat or drink anything acidic, such as sour candies or carbonated sodas, your enamel becomes temporarily weakened. If you or your family indulge in these this Halloween, wait 30 minutes before brushing to avoid causing further damage to your enamel.

I want you to enjoy this time of year with your friends and family, but there is no need to let Halloween treats ruin your smile. If you do happen to have a candy-related tooth injury, I’ll be right here to make sure you don’t end up with a toothy jack-o’-lantern grin.

Sink Your Teeth Into This: Dental Trivia

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At Dentistry by Angela Britt, we take teeth very seriously. We’re not opposed, however, to having a little fun by cutting our teeth on a little trivia. Whether you’re a fierce competitor for a local trivia team or prefer your trivia Jeopardy-style, we think you’ll enjoy this friendly dental-related trivia quiz.

A Very Real Danger

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When I remind you that you need to come in for an examination every six months, you may think, ‘Six months, eight months … what’s the difference?’ The truth is, two months could make a difference when it comes to your health. I’m not just talking about tooth decay or gum disease, either. There is a very real danger that could be avoided by being seen by me semi-annually, without fail. What is it?  Oral Cancer.

The Risk of Oral Cancer

Despite what you may think, oral cancer doesn’t just affect those who use tobacco products. While that certainly increases your risk, there are other risk factors, as well, including:

  • Heavy drinking (particularly when combined with tobacco use)
  • Gender, as oral cancers tend to affect more men than women
  • The human papillomavirus
  • Prolonged sun exposure, particularly without sunscreen
  • A weakened immune system

What to Look For

Only the well-trained eye of a professional can detect suspicious spots, but if you have any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with me sooner rather than later:

  • A mouth sore that doesn’t go away
  • Persistent pain in the oral tissues
  • A lump or thickened area on the cheek
  • A red or white patch in the oral tissues

Some of these symptoms may be caused by other conditions, but don’t ignore them for too long; after all, it’s far better to be safe than sorry.

The Benefits of Early Diagnosis

Like many cancers, oral cancer is highly treatable when detected early. This is exactly why I like to see you every six months. Not only do I conduct a thorough visual examination of your oral tissues, but I palpate the tissue as well to make sure everything feels as it should. If anything appears abnormal — which I will only know if I see you regularly — we’ll proceed with the next step, which in most cases is a biopsy. Whatever the case may be, early diagnosis increases your chances of survival.

If you’re even a little bit late for your semi-annual appointment, call today to schedule your next exam. From oral cancer to gum disease, oral health is connected to overall health; keeping you healthy is my priority.

Fondly,

Dr. Britt

The Wonders of Dental Implants

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No matter where you look — television, billboards, movies, magazines, you name it — you see beautiful people with beautiful smiles. All of these seemingly ideal people can be intimidating to anyone, but it’s particularly discouraging for anyone facing a tooth extraction. How will a missing tooth change your smile? Will it alter the way others view you? Will you need to have additional extractions in order to accommodate a partial denture or dental bridge? Lucky for you, Dr. Angela Britt has a solution for all of your problems: dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small, threaded titanium structures that are placed beneath the gums where they replicate the function of a tooth root. As the bone heals around them, they essentially become one with your jaw bone, offering unparalleled stability for the prosthetic tooth that will ultimately be attached. Because implants are individually placed, they can be used to replace as few or as many teeth as needed. The benefits don’t stop there. These wonders of dentistry also:

  • Allow you to eat what you want. Other prosthetic options come with a long “DO NOT EAT” list, but because implants are so secure, you can enjoy your favorite foods.
  • Make your daily dental health routine easy. Because each implant and attached prosthetic tooth is separate, they are easy to brush and floss. There is no need for effervescent tablets or overnight soaking.
  • Look like your natural teeth — maybe even better! If your extracted tooth wasn’t quite shaped or positioned to your satisfaction, your dental implant can correct that. The materials used in your prosthetic can be designed to match the color of your other teeth; no one will know it’s not the tooth you were born with.
  • Vastly improve the way you feel about yourself. It’s hard to live up to the beauty standards of the rest of the world, but let’s face it — looks matter. When you’re happy with your smile and confident about the way you look, you’re more likely to live life to its fullest. You’ll smile openly, laugh without covering your mouth, speak without fear of being misunderstood, and take advantage of all those social situations that you would have otherwise turned down.

At Dentistry by Angela Britt, we are pleased to offer this option to our patients. Whether you’ve been missing teeth for some time or will need to have a tooth extracted in the near future, we can help. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for dental implants. We proudly serve those in Brunswick, Georgia, and the surrounding communities.

Are Carbonated Waters Harming Your Teeth?

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You’ve heard it for years and years: Drink water, stay hydrated, get those 64 ounces in each day! When you’re trying to do what’s best for your body by drinking all that water, sometimes you need to mix it up a bit. While Perrier used to be the only alternative, it was expensive and offered two flavors, but since La Croix and other sparkling water manufacturers have entered the picture, water drinkers everywhere have rejoiced and bought case after case of fancy flavors that make it easier to meet their recommended daily water intake. Before you crack open a Cucumber Spindrift or Grapefruit Bubly, you might want to know how these thirst-quenching beverages are affecting your teeth. Panicking yet?

It’s All in the Bubbles

When it comes to drink options, carbonated beverages — those without sugars or other sweeteners, calories, or sodium — are a far better option than sodas, juices, and teas. The problem is that the carbon dioxide that gives your drink its fizz ultimately turns to carbonic acid in your mouth. Like any other acid, carbonic acid can weaken your tooth enamel. Not only is enamel your first defense against tooth decay, it also prevents sensitivity. Once the enamel has worn away, the dentin beneath is exposed, making it painful to enjoy hot, cold, or sour foods and drinks.

What’s the Problem?

If you only occasionally drink sparkling waters, then there really is no problem. There is a problem, however, for those who sip on that effervescent goodness all day long: The more you drink, the more acidity you expose your teeth to. This is really no different from adding lemon, lime, or other slices of citrus to your still water. If that’s all you’re drinking, you are constantly exposing your teeth to acids.

If you’re a fan of these fizzy drinks, the best course of action is to stick with plain water (without fruit slices to add flavor) most of the time. Treating yourself once in a while — even once a day — won’t cause much damage, but guzzling La Croix all day long has the potential to destroy your enamel.

If your teeth have been sensitive lately and you’re worried that your discomfort may be the result of drinking too many acidic sparkling waters, give my office a call. I’d be happy to help, no matter what your go-to beverage might be.

Fondly,

Dr. Britt

Enjoy Your Summer (But Not Too Much)!

No matter how grown up we are or how bogged down by responsibility we become, summer is a magical time. Perhaps that stems from our youth, when summer meant late bedtimes, weeknight sleepovers, hours in the pool, and cartoons all morning long. Whatever the case may be, we tend to throw caution to the wind during the summer — even as adults. At Dentistry by Angela Britt, we’re HUGE fans of summer, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t warn you about the dangers of summer. We’re not being dramatic: There are several things you may tend to do over the summer that could harm that beautiful smile. Here are a few examples:

  • Swimming — You’re probably wondering how swimming could possibly affect your teeth. It’s a healthy activity, after all. The problem arises when you get chlorinated water on your teeth. The acids in chlorine can damage your enamel, making your teeth more vulnerable to decay. Since it’s pretty much impossible to avoid getting water in your mouth when you swim, be sure to rinse your mouth with tap water after you step out of the pool.
  • Drinking — Not the kind of drinking you’re thinking about (although alcohol has its own drawbacks), though. We’re talking about those thirst-quenching drinks you crave when you spend hours in the sun. Sodas, lemonades, and sports drinks (that are often advertised as “healthy”) all have two ingredients that put your teeth at risk: acid and sugar. First, the acidity weakens the tooth enamel, which is your body’s first defense against decay. Then, the enamel weakened and porous, the sugar content stands a greater chance of penetrating the surface of the tooth, where it can cause decay. The best thing you can do for your teeth is drink good, old-fashioned water. If that’s not possible, be sure to rinse your mouth out after your finish your beverage.
  • Being Physically Active — No matter how old we are, we tend to spend more time outdoors during the summer. If being outside involves physical activity, then you could be putting your teeth at risk. How? By not wearing a mouthguard. A simple pick-up game of basketball with the other guys in the neighborhood could result in a painful and potentially costly injury. Do yourself a favor and wear a mouthguard during any outdoor activity, particularly if contact is involved.

We want you to enjoy your summer. We certainly plan to! But we also want you to be aware of how your summer activities can potentially affect your teeth. Your smile is the first thing others notice about you, so whatever you do, protect and keep it as long as you possibly can. If you live in Brunswick, Georgia, or any of the surrounding communities, we’d love to be part of your healthcare team. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.