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Why Use Xylitol Gum?

Female smiling with white teeth and pink lipstick Many people have often heard that chewing gum directly after consuming a meal is good for your teeth. However, many gums are often loaded with ingredients that are actually harmful to teeth, such as sugar and aspartame. Chewing gum that contains sugar can actually cause the enamel of the teeth to erode, which eventually leads to cavities, and the ingredient aspartame has been linked to cancer, diabetes, and birth defects.

What is Xylitol?

Derived from a plant tissue called xylose, xylitol is a crystalline alcohol that is used as a sweetener in a wide-array of foods.

How Does Xylitol Work?

Xylitol tastes just like sugar and unlike its enamel-eating counterpart, it is not converted into acids that cause tooth decay. It is able to achieve this because it reduces the level of bacteria in the saliva, sometimes up to as much as 90%. Xylitol can also repair damaged tooth enamel that has been affected by the acids that sugar produces. In addition to restoring the enamel, the amount of plaque that is present in the mouth decreases since harmful bacteria are unable to stick to the teeth after xylitol is present.

To further protect your teeth, always read the label on your gum and try to chew brands that contain xylitol and not sugar or aspartame.

If you wish to improve the appearance of your teeth or if you have cavities that you want to get rid of, we encourage you to contact our Beverly Hills office today. Dr. Kevin B. Sands looks forward to meeting and helping you achieve the best smile possible. To schedule your consultation, call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form today.

 

Why Is Flossing Important?

Woman holding dental floss in her hands flossing her teethEvery time you visit the dentist, you will inevitably be asked, “Do you brush your teeth at least twice a day?” Most of you will say, “Yes!” But, how many of you can say yes to the second question: “Do you floss everyday?”

Here are some of the reasons why dentists stress the importance of flossing and making it a part of your daily routine:

Reduces Plaque Build-up

Plaque contains bacteria, which, following a meal or snack, can release acids that attack tooth enamel. Repeated attacks can cause the enamel to break down and eventually result in cavities.

Reduces Tartar Build-up

Tartar buildup on front lower teethPlaque that is not removed daily by brushing and flossing will eventually harden into tartar. When this happens, your gums can become inflamed and may bleed. Unlike plaque, only your dentist can remove tartar. Flossing helps remove plaque between your teeth.

Avoids Tooth Decay

Brushing alone cannot clean the entire tooth especially since toothbrushes cannot reach in between your teeth. Flossing on a daily basis will help to prevent tooth decay and cavities especially in those hard to reach places. If cavities aren’t treated, they can get larger and cause more problems, such as severe toothache and infection.

Reduces Gingivitis & Periodontal Disease

Drawing of teeth with 4 stages of periodontal disease, each in a separate corner: healthy, gingivitis, periodontal pockets, and periodontitis

As plaque and tartar continue to build up and are left untreated, it can lead to inflammation in the mouth, which is also known as gingivitis (gum disease). If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. Periodontitis is inflammation around the tooth; it is a serious infection that can damage the gum and bones that are holding the teeth in the mouth and can eventually lead to tooth loss. If you’ve experienced tooth loss, then dental implants may be an option for you.

Reduces Bad Breath

Who wants to walk around with bad breath? Flossing on a daily basis will help remove plaque and food that can cause bad breath.

Prevents Heart Disease

Bacteria from plaque and tartar can increase inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation can then trigger the release of a large number of chemicals called, mediators, which is the same cause of inflammation indicated in heart disease.

Take care of your pearly whites and they’ll take care of you. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, and make flossing a part of your daily oral care program.

Feel free to contact our Beverly Hills practice for all of your dental needs. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Kevin Sands, please call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form.

How Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss

Dental implant in gum next to regular tooth in gumWhenever an individual loses one or more teeth, the mass of the bones in the mouth decreases in size. This bone loss affects the gums and muscles of the mouth as well as the nerve endings that surround it. In many instances, patients opt for dentures, crowns, or bridges because these provide a decent smile and are an easy short-term fix. However, the problem with these options is that they sit on top of the teeth rather than connect to the bones inside the gums. This can eventually lead to nerve pain and the possibility of the jawbone to dissipate if the mouth is not properly cared for.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth with a metal post that replaces the root of a missing tooth. Unlike the other tooth alternatives mentioned, patients do not need to worry about dental implants slipping or causing damage to the bone because the posts of the implant screw directly into the jawbone.

Stopping Bone Loss

Since dental implants screw directly into the root of a tooth, they fuse with the jawbone over time. This prevents bone loss and lessens the possibility of complications occurring in the gums and nerves of the mouth. Although there are various options available when replacing your teeth, only dental implants can prevent bone loss.

For all of your dental needs in Beverly Hills, please feel free to contact the cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Kevin B. Sands. Call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online consultation form today.

Are You Brushing Your Teeth Correctly?

It’s pretty common knowledge that one of the most important ways to maintain good oral hygiene is to brush your teeth twice a day. However, many people brush their teeth incorrectly without even realizing it. This can not only allow plaque and bacteria to build up and lead to cavities, but incorrect brushing can also potentially cause damage to tooth enamel. Here are some helpful suggestions to make sure you get the most out of your brushing time.

Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

Many people mistakenly think that stiffer bristles will get teeth cleaner, but the reality is that tough bristles can actually damage the tooth enamel and irritate the gums. Brushing with bristles that are sturdy enough to remove plaque but soft enough so they don’t damage the teeth is the best start to a healthy mouth.

Do Not Brush Too Hard

Pressing the bristles against your teeth too hard or brushing too vigorously can erode tooth enamel. You can get your teeth just as clean without damaging them by safely using gentle brush strokes with the right technique.

Angle Your Toothbrush Toward the Gum Line

For brushing the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth, position your toothbrush so that the bristles are at a 45-degree angle and pointed toward the gum line. This will help remove stubborn plaque from along the gum line.

Young woman brushing teeth

Use Vertical or Circular Strokes

Avoid brushing with horizontal strokes across the teeth. Vertical or circular strokes will work better to remove plaque by getting into the crevices of the teeth. Don’t forget to brush every surface of your teeth – the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces – as well as the gums.

Brush for 2 Minutes

Brushing your teeth for an entire 2 minutes with the proper technique is a great way to guarantee that your teeth get thoroughly cleaned. Dividing the mouth into quadrants and brushing each for 30 seconds will ensure that you spend an equal amount of time on each section of your mouth.

Floss Daily

While brushing your teeth correctly is very important to your oral health, brushing alone is insufficient for reaching areas between the teeth. Flossing at least once a day is essential for preventing gum disease and tooth loss because it is the only effective way to remove plaque from between the teeth.

If you have any questions or concerns about your dental health, please contact Dr. Kevin B. Sands, DDS, at his Beverly Hills cosmetic dentistry office. Please feel free to call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sands.

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