Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

How chocolate effects teethMost of us were taught when we were kids that sweets like chocolate will rot your teeth. While this may remain true for some types of our favorite sweet snack, that doesn’t mean we have to take it off the menu all together. In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, containing high percentages of cocoa, may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Dr. Brewer at Brewer Family Dental wants Lexington residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet-tooth safely.
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How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!

dental sealants services in Lexington KYIf you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get Lexington children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Brewer Family Dental, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health[LINK], so here’s some information on how Dr. Brewer can help protect your kids from tooth decay. If you have any questions or would like schedule a consultation, please give us a call.

Kids and Cavities

In the back teeth, there are numerous nooks and crannies that toothbrushes can’t quite get to. Referred to as pits and fissures, these areas on the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars are particularly susceptible to tooth decay in children between the ages of 6 and 14. Food can easily get stuck in the tiny grooves and remain for long periods of time, which, combined with bacteria, creates the perfect environment for tooth decay and cavities.
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The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth

missing teeth replacement in Lexington KY We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as fun as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set (minus wisdom teeth). Dr. Brewer wants everyone in Lexington to know that replacing a missing tooth is important to your dental health. Read on for more information and please give Brewer Family Dental a (859) 554-4799 with any questions or concerns.
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HPV and Oral Cancer: What you need to know

HPVWe love to talk about the fun and interesting sides of oral health, but today, there is something much more serious on our minds. We care about the health of everyone in Lexington, and as dental care professionals, we feel it is our duty to educate you on how to be as safe and healthy as you can be. While you have probably heard of the human papilloma virus and oral cancer, most people don’t know that they are linked. Here is some information from Dr. Brewer about the topic. If you have any questions, please feel free to give Brewer Family Dental a (859) 554-4799.
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Updating your Health History May Help Save Your Teeth

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Although you might think of your general health and your dental health as two separate categories, they are much more connected than the average Lexington resident would suspect. Just like the information you provide to your doctor helps him/her keep your health in good shape, Dr. Brewer depends on your input for optimum dental health. We at Brewer Family Dental like to go above and beyond for our Lexington patients, but we need your help to make sure you get the quality dental care you deserve. Here are a few reasons why: Read more ›

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To Be or Not To Be Sugar-Free: The Facts About Common Sweeteners

sweeteners effect on teethOriginally created for people that can’t consume regular sugars, alternative and artificial sweeteners have become extremely popular in Lexington in all kinds of different products. From chewing gum to diet soda, Dr. Brewer wants you to know which of these options are best for your dental and general health, so here are the facts about a few of the most common sweeteners. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Brewer Family Dental.
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Fluoride: Good or Bad?

fluoride for dental careAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fluoridation of drinking water is ranked among the ten greatest public health achievements of 20th century America. However, a quick search of the internet tells us that fluoride is actually toxic if ingested in large enough quantities. So which is it? Do the health benefits outweigh the negatives of fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water? We at Brewer Family Dental know that Lexington folks care a great deal about their health, so we’ve put this article together to examine the facts and help you come to your own decision. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to give us a call (859) 554-4799

Why Use Fluoride in the First Place?

In order to understand the controversy, we must first to understand what led to putting fluoride in toothpaste and water. Even today, dental caries (tooth decay) is considered the most prevalent chronic disease in children and adults. With that in mind, it’s not hard to understand why Grand Rapids, Michigan took a leap in 1945, becoming the first city in the world to fluoridate its drinking water supply. The hope was that fluoridation would dramatically reduce the amount of tooth decay in children. After 11 years, the National Institute for Dental Research validated that hope, announcing that fluoridation had coincided with a 60% drop in the rates of tooth decay. Fast forward to 2000 and roughly half of the country’s water supply is fluoridated.

How Does Fluoride Work?

Fluoride aids in the protection of teeth by preventing decay in two ways:

  • Fluoride keeps plaque-based bacteria from producing decay-causing acid.
  • Fluoride remineralizes, or repairs, areas of teeth that have been damaged by decay.

Is Fluoride Dangerous?

As Mark Twain is famous for saying, “too much of anything is bad…” That is certainly true for fluoride. Too much fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, a condition that permanently stains and pits the enamel of the teeth. More serious complications, such as skeletal fluorosis, can occur as well. In extremely high doses, fluoride can even cause death. The important thing to know is that fluoride’s popularity has led to its inclusion in more than just water and toothpaste – namely juice, soda, food, and pesticides.

Moderation is Key

As long as fluoride doesn’t exceed the EPA regulated 4mg/L, research suggests that the benefits outweigh the potential complications. The trick is monitoring your fluoride intake from all sources, not just water and toothpaste. However, there are plenty of anti-fluoride activists that advocate for removing fluoride from all sources.

What’s Dr Brewer’s Position on Fluoride?

Like most other dentists, Dr. Brewer recommends that Lexington residents use fluoride toothpaste, but reminds us to rinse thoroughly. If you have any questions about fluoride or would like to chat about anything dental, don’t hesitate to give Brewer Family Dental a call (859) 554-4799!

Sources

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/products/how-much-fluoride.htm
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/products/fluoride-free-toothpaste.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00056796.htm
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/DentalCaries/
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/54577-too-much-of-anything-is-bad-but-too-much-good
http://fluoridealert.org/articles/kennerly/

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Are You Singing the Toothache Blues?

home remedies for toothaches in Lexington KYAre you or a loved one suffering from the toothache blues? Don’t wait around in pain for the problem to resolve itself. Although, at Brewer Family Dental, we do enjoy spending quality time with our patients, we don’t want any Lexington residents to have to undergo dental procedures that could have been avoided. A toothache can be a sign of a much more serious problem that should be addressed immediately, but there are a few things you can do at home, in the meantime, to get temporary relief from toothache pain: Read more ›

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Replace Missing Teeth – Dentures & Dental Implants

So you’re missing a tooth—or a few!

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An apple a day will not take care of this one, unfortunately. It’s time to consider dentures or dental implants. A variety of personal and practical factors will determine which solution is best for your new smile. Don’t feel lost among all the pros and cons of choosing a tooth-replacement plan. Brewer Family Dental in Lexington is an experienced practice you can trust to  help guide you on your journey from missing teeth toward a complete, natural, and healthy smile.

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I’d Rather Have a Root Canal

root canals in Lexington KYHave you ever heard someone say, “It was worse than a root canal?” Most of us in Lexington are used to hearing root canals compared some genuinely unpleasant circumstances, but Dr. Brewer would like set the record straight and talk about how root canals can do some serious dental good. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to give Brewer Family Dental a (859) 554-4799.
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