16. March 2010 04:49
CAVITIES ON THE RISE - DUE TO WHAT?
A product that most people consider to be healthy is actually increasing the prevalence of dental decay among children and adults. For the first time in many years, cavity rates are up and many dentists are reporting that adult patients who didn’t appear to be cavity-prone are showing up with decay around existing fillings and crowns. Decay is increasing significantly in otherwise healthy teeth - something that for a while has seemed pretty rare in adults. The culprit? Many researchers believe it is bottled water. While most of us know that drinking sugar loaded soft drinks and their sneaky cousins, the “sports drink,” can lead to dental disaster, we often forget that unlike tap water, bottled water does not contain fluoride.
The CDC reports that bottled water has become so prevalent in the diets of American children and adults that many are not getting the recommended amounts of fluoride. According to the International Bottle Water Association, bottled water consumption has recently doubled and the average American now drinks thirty gallons per year. Believing that is healthier, many patients are not only having their children drink bottled water, they are preparing baby formula with it too. So the million dollar question is - what should we do? Simple, we suggest you drink tap water whenever possible. Not only will you save money, you will be doing your teeth a big favor! Of course make sure you brush with a fluoride toothpaste and floss every day. If you have water that is not fluoridated (such as well water) or for some other reason are not getting the fluoride you need, please stop in for a quick visit. Many times we recommend special rinses or prescription fluoride so you can keep your teeth cavity free! Please discuss any concerns you may have with Dr. Rector or Dr. Marshall. Our fantastic hygienists ; Mary, Jill, Cindy, and Tammy are also great sources for your questions and concerns.
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28. December 2009 00:29
An interesting article I just read on Dr. Bicuspid is the type of information I like to share with my patients. It is as follows: New mouthwash offers targeted caries protection. A research team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) has developed a new mouthwash formulation that may provide long-term protection against tooth decay. The team, led by Dong Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical science in the UNMC College of Pharmacy, has developed a novel drug delivery system to carry antimicrobial agents directly to teeth. The formulation is designed to bind to the tooth surface and gradually release antimicrobials against cavity-forming bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans, Wang and his colleagues said. Their study was published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (November 2009, Vol. 53:11, pp. 4898-4902). "The beauty of this design is the simplicity," Wang said in a university press release. "All one may have to do is their routine oral hygiene procedure and then rinse with the formulation that we have developed. It could protect the teeth over a long period of time. The general research theme here is to manipulate the drug concentration at its intended action sites." Based upon the same principle, Wang's research group also explored the potential of using the drug delivery systems that they have developed to improve the treatment of arthritis, cancer, and other inflammatory diseases.
I will follow this closely. I have several patients that could potentially benefit from this new research.