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Welcome to the news section of Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS!

Here you will find relevant articles pertaining to keeping your teeth and mouth health.  Oral hygiene is extremely important, as well as having a beautiful smile.

Our practice in Newport Beach, California believes that regularly scheduled maintenance visits are critical to maintaining optimum oral health. When we see our patients regularly, any problem that arises can be addressed promptly before it gets to be a large and sometimes expensive and painful problem.

When you’re unable to come into the office or are between visits, please visit our news section to stay up to date on the latest techniques and information in the field of periodontal care.

We welcome all new patients and feel free to give us a call to schedule an appointment at 949-640-5680.

 

The Problem with E-Cigarettes, Vaping, and Your Teeth

 

“Vaping”, the term for e-cigarette smoking, have falsely gained a reputation for being a safer and healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes.  As per the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, nearly 80 percent of e-cig users think the sticks do less damage than regular butts.

Rarely is it advertised that e-cigarettes still contain nicotine.  This, as we are all generally aware of, is extremely bad for not only your health, but also your teeth.  Although you can regulate the amount of nicotine in e-cigarettes, it is still harmful on teeth and gums.

“Nicotine as a vasoconstrictor and the vacuum created in the mouth by the vaporizing both inhibit the body’s ability to produce saliva. Saliva is necessary to help rid the mouth and teeth of bacteria and with a reduced amount can lead to dry mouth, bacteria buildup and tooth decay – all the necessary ingredients for bad breath.” –Dr. Scott Finlay, DDS

If you are an E-cigarette user, discuss this with Dr. Wittenauer during your next visit.  Understanding your risk factors for periodontal disease or any type of dental problem can help them to better monitor your teeth and gums for early warning signs.

Why Sports Drinks are Bad for Your Teeth

Although sports drinks seem like a healthy alternative to the sodas and other sugary beverages out there, it is a common misconception as sports drinks can cause serious damage to your teeth. 

Statistics

Approximately 30-50% of U.S. adolescents and young adults consume energy drinks and 51-62% of adolescents consume at least one sports drink per day, surveys show.

Recently, Consumer Reports magazine tested 27 energy drinks to find out the levels of caffeine in each. They found amounts ranging from 6 milligrams to 242 milligrams per serving. Some servings were as little as 2 ounces, and some bottles contained multiple servings. In comparison, soda is required to be no more than .02% caffeine (200 parts per million). This translates to approximately 35-50 milligrams of caffeine per 12-ounce can.

Suggestions

Scott Finlay, DDS has some great tips on the issue:

  •  Minimize the amount of sports drinks you consume
  • Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.  Brushing immediately adter drinking acidic drinks can cause serious corrosion of dentin, the layer below your tooth’s enamel
  • Drink with a straw or in one sitting.  Dentists say: “Sip all day, get decay.”
  • Neutralize the effect of sports drinks by alternating sips of water with the drink
  • Chew sugar-free gum to increase the amount of saliva in your mouth or rinse your mouth with water following consumption of sports drinks.  Both will help decrease the acidity in your mouth and return the PH of your mouth to a more normal level.

Alternatives

A couple great alternatives to these types of energy drinks can be coconut water or natural fruit juices.  These options are much less expensive, and much better on your teeth, as well as having more positive hydrating properties.

The office of Dr. Wittenauer provides gentle routine dental care and maintenance as the core of their general dental practice.