Sports and Energy Drinks Cause Irreversible Damage to Teeth.
Sports and energy drinks are increasingly popular among kids and young adults. Even thought these drinks are not “pop” or “soda” they still have high amounts of sugar and acidity. The constant supply of sugar causes cavayies ( decay ). The mouth can never get back to normal ( non-acidic ) if there is a frequent supply of sugar. The bacteria use the sugars as a food source and their waste product is acid that causes holes to develop – or cavities. The already acidic nature of these drinks causes the condition to progress rapidly. The acidic levels lead to erosion of the enamel.
It is difficult to manage what kids drink and when they drink. Marketing makes it seem essential to constantly hydrate with these sports drinks. Remember water is best for hydration and if electrolytes are needed they should be consumed in moderation and not continuously. It doesn’t help that these drinks are sold in many of our schools.
From the American Academy of General Dentistry:
Last week, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) issued a press release about a study published in the May/June issue of General Dentistry, showing that the alarming increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks, especially among adolescents, is causing irreversible damage to teeth. Specifically, the study focused on the high acidity levels in the drinks, which cause significant erosion to tooth enamel. As a result, the AGD has secured an expansive amount of national media attention, with resulting articles appearing on: CBS National News, Health.com, The Huffington Post, and ABC National News.
Air abrassion is a method of working on a tooth (preparing a tooth) that does not use a dental handpiece (aka the drill). You might have heard a recent ADA radio ad talking about air abrasion. It is “drilless” because it uses a hig pressure stream of air blasted particles to remove tooth structure. It is also advertised to be able to be used without anesthesia (no needles). Sound Great! BUT, it can’t be used to remove old fillings (metal or resin), it can’t be used near the gum, it can’t be used to prepare crowns (bridges or onlays) and it can’t be used for larger fillings. When a cavity (caused by decay) is small it can be treated without anesthetic whether or not an air abrasion is used.
At Martin Dentistry we don’t utilize air abrasion because it is rather limited in its use. In dentistry despite good records, xrays and exams there can be more damage to a tooth than was apparent. If you were told that no handpiece or anesthetic was going to be used and then they had to be you might be upset. We strive to find decay before there is pain or symptoms so that it can be treated quickly and effectively. The technology of air abrasion has been widely available in dentistry for over 20 years. Its limitations make it a less than popular alternative.
A cavity is a hole caused by damage to the structure of the tooth. A cavity is caused by decay (or dental caries). Decay is an IRREVERSIBLE bacterial infection, meaning the decay will get bigger until it is removed. The decay will keep going and eventually destroy the tooth. Decay does not hurt in the early stages, which is good. As the decay progresses and the cavity gets bigger the symptoms of a tooth ache appear. If the decay reaches the nerve then severe symptoms or swelling can occur.
We can treat the decay and fix the cavity by doing a filling, crown or onlay. Fillings are done when the damage is smaller, crowns and onlays are done when the damage is greater. With the decay removed, the remaining healthy tooth can be saved and the missing areas replaced. We use complete exams and the latest technology to look for cavities caused by decay BEFORE they cause a tooth ache or before you can notice them. When they are detected early they can be treated quickly and easily, sometimes without numbing.
Locally Grown Gardens is a great year round farmers market that serves lunch and dinner. It is located on the Monon at the corner of 54th street in SoBro (thats south Broad Ripple). You will walk in to take a look and end up buying things and food you didn’t know you needed! Chef Ron Harris is the owner and operator. It is a great place to relax, browse and catch a bite to eat. They always seem to have a fire burning. Enjoy!
The Indiana Dental Association has wonderful information on the destruction of teeth by sugary drinks. Please visit www.drinksdestroyteeth.com Bacteria cause cavities. Bacteria eat sugar and make acid which causes the cavities. So if you only have two sugary drinks, BUT you sip them all day you are giving the bacteria all the food they need to make cavities ALL DAY LONG. Normally your mouth will get back to normal (non-acidic) in about 15-20 minutes after you eat or drink. Teeth that are damaged enough by acid stay damaged or get worse. Remember cavities and cracks start LONG before they can be felt or before a tooth ache becomes noticeable.
If you enjoy a drink with sugar, brush after drinking. Don’t sip on the drink for extensive periods of time. If you are really thirsty water is the best drink. Watch children and what they drink. It is easy to forget that Minute-Maid apple juice has as much sugar as a can of Coke!
At Martin Dentistry we have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. We get the chance to do what we enjoy everyday, helping people with great dental care. One of the other things to be thankful for is cooking! The following is a Martin family recipe
Cranberry raspberry gelatin
1 can of jellied cranberry – melted, 6 oz of raspberry jello dissolved in 2 cups of hot water, 1 package of frozen raspberries – thawed, 1 cup of crushed pecans. Dissolve the jello in the boiling water, add the jellied cranberry and stir. Add the raspberries and pecans. Pour into a serving dish and let cool and firm. It takes about 2 hours. An easy recipe, but it always get eaten. Enjoy
We frequently have questions and address concerns about having dental radiographs or x rays. People are concerned about radiation exposure. Fortunately exposure to sources of radiation can be measured and compared. While it is best practice to avoid exposure if unneeded, the flip side is you are exposed every day all day long to sources of radiation. We will use a MICROSEVERT as a dose for examples sake.
Compare a set of 4 bitewing xrays: 5 doses
Eating a banana a week for a year: 5 doses
Normal Background Radiation for a day: 10 doses
Traveling to LA fro NY by flying: 40 doses
Living in a brick home for a year: 80 doses
Mammogram: 3,000 doses
Chest CT scan: 5,800 doses
Yearly dosage allowed for a US radition worker: 50,000 doses
We use radiographs to help detect disease and cavities, which if left untreated will become worse over time. As you can see from above, the dose received at the denatl office is very low. At Martin Dentistry we use DIGITAL radiographs, which reduce exposure over traditional xrays by 60% . You should be concerned about health and what you are receiving, but you should also be informed. If you have any questions or need more information don’t hesitate to ask.
First of all, rubber dams are not made of rubber or latex. We use a non-latex material to avoid allergy reactions.
Rubber dams are used to isolate the teeth and to help keep things dry. Our filling materials won’t work if they are wet.
A holder is placed around one of the teeth and holes are place in the dam for the remaining teeth. Dams allow use to work quicker, have better isolation, gain a better bond strength and make restorations that last longer. In other words, better quality and longer lasting restorations. That saves time and trips to the dentist. Don’t worry we won’t make you wear one home
When cavities, fractures or trauma damage teeth a filling may not be able to fix the situation. When a majority of the tooth is gone, something more solid and whole is needed to fix the problem. That is when crowns (caps) or onlays (a restoration that replaces a lot of tooth structure) are used. With CEREC 3D we can make some crowns and onlays in the office while you wait. That means no second appointment and no temporary. They are natural looking and as hard as your natural teeth. CEREC restorations can not be used in all situations and we will always chose what treatment is in your best interest.
I love food. I love to prepare, cook, experiment and serve (not so much with the clean up). I love to provide such a basic need for people. I think that is why I enjoy dentistry so much, there are so many similarities with cooking.
We are lucky that we have so many outlets and resources for great food in Indianapolis. I want to take the time every so often to share some of our favorite spots.
www.sunkingbrewing.comGreat craft beers. The cream ale is my favorite. 3rd and college. How many microbrews come in a pint can?
www.sweetiesgt.com Great cupcakes, deserts and cakes (and fondue). 62nd st/Broadripple ave. near Broad Ripple high school. No, I am not making business for ourselves.
www.tastecafeandmarketplace.com Incredibly fresh and inventive breakfast and lunch. The best creme d’pot in Indianapolis (also the best fries). 52nd and college
www.goosethemarket.comWonderful beer/wine cave with cheese and meets served. Great meat case and gelato to keep the kids happy. 25th and Delaware
www.tocookornottocook.com My daughters website of her favorite things. Cooking doesn’t have to be scary.
I’ll have more suggestions in the future. Enjoy and cook for someone.