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Posts for: March, 2018

The next time you buy a pack of gum, make sure you pay attention to the ingredients.

The American Dental Association (ADA) found that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following a meal can help prevent tooth decay.

Saliva is essential for fighting cavities and the act of chewing increases saliva. Saliva helps remove food that is stuck between your teeth, neutralize acids and creates disease-fighting substances. 

But won’t chewing any gum do the same thing? 

Although the act of chewing does increase saliva, the sugar in gum that contains it mixes with saliva and stays in your mouth for long periods of time. This can lead to an increased risk of cavities. Chewing sugar-free gum that uses ingredients such as sorbitol or xylitol, which are sugar substitutes, increase saliva without allowing sugar to harm your teeth.

It is important to remember that chewing sugarless gum is not a substitute for brushing or flossing. To see which brands of gum are good for your teeth, be sure to view the American Dental Association’s approved list.

If you are concerned about the health of your gums or you’re due for a six-month cleaning, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian today.

We know dental visits can create a little anxiety, but there are some people that experience severe anxiety or even a phobia of the dentist. 

9-15% of U.S. adults do not visit the dentist due to anxiety, but avoiding the dentist is never a good idea. If you or someone you know experiences dental anxiety and is struggling to schedule a visit, here are some tips that can help ease the worry.

Focus on Breathing

Focusing on your breathing is an excellent way to keep your mind from racing and has been shown to ease anxiety.

Bring a Friend or Family Member

Take a good friend or family member with you to help you feel more comfortable. If someone is sitting in the room with you it may help you feel more at ease.

Listen to Music

Music is a great way to keep your thoughts from racing and helps to block out any of the noise that may be going on during the cleaning or procedure.

If you experience dental anxiety, do not avoid the dentist. Routine trips to the dentist is an important part of protecting your mouth from dental health issues. If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, be sure to speak with Dr. Florian to discuss how we can help your visit as comfortable as possible.