March Madness: Basketball Can Take a Toll on Teeth

March Madness: Basketball Can Take a Toll on Teeth

March Madness March Madness is upon us! 2017 marks the 79th annual NCAA Playoff Basketball tournament. March Madness is a phenomenon that grips our country from the second week of March through the first week of April. March Madness is the moniker that is given to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. These tournaments determine the National Champions of college basketball.

When it comes to March Madness, there will be Cinderella stories that will live on in the hearts of fans, players and coaches for years to come. There will be upsets, like SMU losing to underdog USC in the first round of the tournament, or you losing in your office pool bracket the very first day. But, there is one upset a basketball player doesn’t want, and that is a dental injury.

As any basketball player or fan can tell you, the game has grown more physical and contact-heavy. Basketball players are five times more likely to sustain injuries to the mouth and face than football players, so it’s especially important to provide mouth protection on the hardwood. Mouthguards should be a routine part of a basketball player’s protective gear.

Whether you’re player yourself or the parent of a budding NCAA player, there are several options for mouthguard protection.

Types of Mouthguards

Stock mouthguards. These type of mouth guards are preformed, inexpensive and can be found at most sporting goods stores. They cannot be custom fit, so they are bulky and make talking and breathing difficult. Dentists typically don’t recommend them because of their limited protection.

Boil and bite mouthguards. Available at most sporting goods stores, these offer a slightly better fit than a stock mouth guard, but they can still bulky and uncomfortable. They can be softened in boiling water and then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.

Custom-fit mouthguards. When it comes to injury prevention, a custom-fit mouthguard is your best option. This type of mouthguard is made by taking an impression of your teeth, by your dentist, and sending the models to a dental lab to fabricate the mouthguard. It offers the best protection, fit and comfort level because it is specifically made for your one-of-a-kind teeth and bite.

 

Don’t let a dental injury get you sidelined. Protect your teeth this spring during March Madness by calling Paul A. Griffin, DDS, PA, at 972-242-2155, and see what we can to do to help you play a smarter game of basketball. You can also use the “Ask Dr. Griffin” form at the top of his page.

World Oral Health Day

March 20th is World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health DayWorld Oral Health Day is celebrated globally every year on March 20 to promote the importance of good oral health throughout life. Organized by the FDI World Dental Federation, World Oral Health Day was launched in 2013 to raise awareness of maintaining good oral health and its significance in safeguarding general health and well-being. This is done through an international awareness campaign created and launched by the FDI, adapted and promoted locally by national dental associations in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Global sponsors and supporters of World Oral Health Day include, Henry Schein, Philips, Unilever and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program. Which offer the global dental profession a chance to take action in a worldwide effort to reduce tooth decay and organize programming and events under a single unifying message.

This year’s theme is “Live Mouth Smart”, which empowers people to take control of their oral health – throughout life – so they can enjoy a healthy, functional mouth from childhood into old age.

There are many ways you can Live Mouth Smart and make sure you have set yourself up for a healthy future.

Adopt good oral hygiene habits from early in life and have regular dental check-ups. This helps you maintain optimal oral health into old age and ensures you live not only a longer life, but also one free from the physical pain and often emotional suffering caused by oral disease.

Safeguard your oral health, which has a positive impact on your general health and well-being, helping you live a better quality of life into old age.

Avoid risk factors such as tobacco, harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets – especially those rich in sugar – which helps protect your oral health and prevent other conditions such as heart disease and stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.

Understand good oral health is much more than a nice smile and oral disease can impact every aspect of your life – including your ability to perform basic functions.

Get involved with World Oral Health Day activities on 20 March, and demonstrate your commitment to protect your own and your family’s oral health.

For more information visit worldoralhealthday.com.

 

How Does Dental Insurance Work?

How Does Dental Insurance Work?Insurance

How does dental insurance work? It doesn’t. Just kidding. Dental insurance does work, it just doesn’t work the same way as health insurance, which most people assume it does. When most people think about health insurance, they think first about covering costs of treatment for serious medical conditions or accidents. But, dental insurance is a completely different animal.

“Dental insurance” is not really insurance, it’s more like a benefit. Most dental plans are chosen and by employers to save you some money on your dental care, but it does not relate at all to your personal dental needs or “catastrophic” dental needs.

That being said let’s look at a little history of dental insurance.

Dental insurance was first introduced in 1954 and gained popularity in the 60’s. By the 70’s, many employers offered dental insurance plans. These plans typically covered 100% of preventive care, 80% of minor dental work, or basic dental work, such as fillings and simple extractions, and 50% of major work such as crowns and bridges.

The annual maximum annual coverage of dental plans in the 70’s was $1000. Back then, $1,000 bought a lot of dental care. Today, the average cap on dental plans is…wait for it… $1,000. Um what? Yep, you read that right — most plans still offer $1,000, some plans offer $1500, and the rare plan offers more, but the average is still $1000. So in over 40 years, dental maximums have not gone up. Based on the Consumer Price Index, $1000 in 1970 would now be around $6258. Yes, you read that right. What you could have bought in 1970 for $1000 would cost you over $6000 today.

Let’s take a look at how most dental insurance plans work these days.

First, you have a deductible, which is typically $25 or $50. This is applied and paid by you when you have your first appointment for dental treatment like a filling or crown. Most plans do not apply this deductible toward your exams and cleanings, therefore no money is due from you during these types of appointments, unless your plan does not cover certain procedures such as fluoride for adults.

Then, you have your reimbursement levels, or the percentages of what your dental plan will cover. Most plans are typically grouped into three categories:

  • Type 1 (Preventative/Diagnostic) 100% coverage – exams, x-rays and cleanings, fluoride and sealants for kids up to a certain age.
  • Type 2 (Basic restorative) 80% coverage – fillings, root canals, extractions, periodontal procedures.
  • Type 3 (Major restorative) 50% coverage – crowns, dentures, bridge work.

The coinsurance would be the percentage of the covered dental expense you pay, after the deductible has been met. So, if your plan covers 80% of a procedure your coinsurance would be 20%.

Next, is the annual maximum benefit. Most plans have a maximum of $1000.00 – $1500.00. Once you have reached that maximum, dental insurance will not pay for any more treatment that may be needed for the year. Which leaves you paying out of pocket.

Looks pretty straight forward doesn’t it? But hold on, many plans have exceptions especially with dental insurance. Here are some possible exceptions that dental plans may have:

WAITING PERIODS: Woops! You have to wait 6 months from your effective date on the group dental plan for Type 2 services to be covered!

MISSING TOOTH CLAUSE: If the tooth was missing prior to your effective date with the group plan, too bad. They are not going to pay to replace it with a bridge or implant.

FREQUENCYS: The group plan allows certain services at certain intervals. Cleanings every 6 month plus 1 day.  (I’m not kidding, have your cleaning 1 day too soon and you insurance won’t cover it.) Full sets of x-rays are usually limited to every 3-5 years. That means if you switch dentists you want to have those x-rays sent over before you arrive.

And finally,

DOWNGRADES: Most plans have “downgrades”, meaning the insurance may approve a procedure, but pay for a less expensive procedure (Example: You have a tooth colored filling on a back tooth. Your insurance pays what it would pay for silver, leaving you with the difference in cost).

So, that’s basically how dental insurance works. As you can see it can be easy and confusing at the same time, and, not a whole lot hasn’t really changed with dental plans in over 40 years!

 

If you have any questions about your dental insurance please feel free to call us here at 972-242-2155. Or you can use the “Ask Dr. Griffin” link at the top of this page.

 

Astronaut, Senator, & Almost a Dentist

Sen. John Glenn Almost Pursued Dentistry

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Group portrait of Dr. Homer & Margaret Castor, John, Annie, David & Lyn Glenn, and Tommy & Jane Hosey, circa 1950.

The ADA News reports that in an interview before his death, Sen. John Glenn, who in 1962 became the first American to orbit the Earth, said he came close to becoming a dentist. Dr. Patrick M. Lloyd, dean of Ohio State University College of Dentistry, spoke to Sen. Glenn and his wife, Anne Castor Glenn, “to reflect on the life and career of Mrs. Glenn’s father, Dr. Homer W. Castor, a 1919 graduate of OSU’s dental school.” The article notes that “Sen. Glenn, an astronaut with a decorated military career and who served as Ohio’s U.S. senator from 1974-99, revealed that he almost followed Dr. Castor’s footsteps in practicing dentistry.” Sen. Glenn died on Dec. 8, 2016 at the age of 95.

To view the full interview of Sen. Glenn and Mrs. Glenn, visit dentistry.osu.edu/journal/story/storytelling.

 

If you or your family need to schedule your next appointments with Dr. Griffin, please call us, at 972-242-2155. Or, you can use the “Ask Dr. Griffin” form at the top of this page.

 

Kovanaze Is Here!

Kovanaze Is Here!

Kovanaze, the much anticipated, “needleless” local anesthetic, for the use on upper front teeth, is now on the market, and Dr. Griffin is now offering it as an alternative to traditional injections for the upper front teeth and palate. Kovanaze

Kovanaze is the first product of its kind that allows for dental anesthesia to be administered through the nose without the use of a needle.

Kovanaze contains a vasoconstrictor and local anesthetic combination (oxymetazoline hydrochloride and tetracaine hydrochloride) which is administered intranasally. It is indicated for regional anesthesia when performing restorative procedures on the upper, front 8, teeth in adults and children who weigh 88 lbs. or more, though the company plans to investigate its use with children, as well as for other procedures.

So, if you’ve been putting off dental work you need because you’d rather stay away from needles, it’s time to stop worrying. Call us today to schedule your next appointment, at 972-242-2155. Or, you can use the “Ask Dr. Griffin” form at the top of this page.

 

Super Bowl Recipes That Are Good For Your Teeth

Super Bowl Recipes That Are Good For Your Teeth

Are You Ready for Some Football?! Getting together with friends to watch the Super Bowl is an American tradition. Super Bowl parties are full of fun, football, and food. But, not all those Super Bowl snacks are good for your teeth, or your waistline. We have found a few tasty game day recipes that are healthy for your teeth and the rest of the body. Of course, these are snacks aren’t perfect, but these recipe ideas can help make game day just a bit more tooth-conscious!

Southwest Jalapeño Greek Yogurt Dip

IngredientsHealthy Teeth Recipes

  • 2 whole fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded
  • 16 ounces of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry Hidden Valley Ranch (or other brand) Fiesta Dip Mix
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

Place jalapeños, yogurt, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, or overnight, before serving.

This dip will complement any raw vegetable. Be sure to try it on bell peppers, carrots, and broccoli florets.

Why is it good for your teeth?

Raw veggies require lots of chewing, which stimulates the gums and also stimulates the salivary glands which helps dissolve the food and sugars in your mouth. The Greek yogurt gives your teeth a boost of calcium which also helps to keep your teeth strong. The dip is also low in fat and sugars, so it’s a double-win.

Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip

Healthy teeth recipesIngredients

  • 2 cups Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa (or cacao) powder
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Stir until it is an even dark color and all of the brown sugar granules have dissolved, about 3 minutes.

Serve with apples, strawberries, and other fresh fruit.

Why is it good for your teeth?

The Greek yogurt in the recipe is high in calcium and protein, which makes it a good pick for the strength and health of your teeth. The probiotics found in yogurt may also benefit your gums, because it may help to counter the growth of “unfriendly” bacteria in the mouth.

Cocoa beans contain tannins, polyphenols and flavonoids, which are strong antioxidants that can benefit your mouth and teeth. There are also recent studies emerging from the U.S., and abroad, that support the fact that chocolate is effective at fighting cavities, plaque, and tooth decay in the mouth. Scientists from Tulane, the University of New Orleans, and Louisiana State University’s School of Dentistry, discovered a compound in cocoa extract, theobromine, that helps harden tooth enamel. The extract, a white crystalline powder whose chemical makeup is similar to caffeine, helps harden teeth enamel, making users less susceptible to tooth decay.

Sun-dried Tomato Hummus

healthy teeth recipesIngredients

  • 2 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 jar (10 oz.) sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1 cup tahini paste
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil

Serve with carrots and cucumbers

Directions

Put chickpeas, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, tahini, tomato paste, some salt and smoked paprika in a food processor or blender and process until well combined and smooth. Drizzle in sesame oil adding more if you want a thinner consistency. Adjust seasonings to taste. Add more oil, lemon juice or tomato paste if needed. Serve with a drizzle of oil.

Why is it good for your teeth?

Protein rich chickpeas don’t contain any saturated fat or cholesterol, making hummus a good choice for your overall health. Chickpeas are also rich in folic acid, which keeps your mouth healthy by promoting cell growth throughout your body. Carrots also contain beta-carotene, which is used in vitamin-A production for strong teeth. Cucumbers are not only a healthy alternative to chips, but they are rich in vitamins B and C and have even been shown to help freshen breath and naturally whiten teeth!

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Ingredientshealthy teeth recipes

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons hot paprika
  • 2-3 medium zucchini, cut into thick matchsticks
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons seltzer water
  • Vegetable or olive oil spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray or oil. Put panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan, salt and paprika in a shallow bowl and mix to combine. In a separate shallow bowl, whisk eggs with seltzer water. Dip each zucchini piece in egg then breadcrumb mixture and put on prepared baking sheet. Lightly spray the tops of the zucchini fries with the cooking spray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until crispy on all sides. Remove from the oven and serve.

Why is it good for your teeth?

Zucchini is a good source of vitamin C and manganese, the nutrient that promotes calcium absorption, which of course is vital to healthy teeth.

We hope you enjoy these recipes and remember, regardless of what you choose to snack on during the Super Bowl, be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each time! 

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment please feel free to call us at 972-242-2155, or, you can use the “Ask Dr. Griffin” form at the top of this page.

Improve Your Smile

Improve Your SmileSmile

A bright and beautiful smile can give your confidence a boost. Dr. Griffin can perform a variety of  cosmetic procedures to help you improve the look of your smile. Learn more about the cosmetic dentistry procedures that you dentist provides today!

  • What is cosmetic dentistry?
  • What are some common cosmetic procedures?
  • Which procedure is right for me?

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work that improves the appearance of the teeth, gums, or bite.

What are some common cosmetic procedures?

Common cosmetic procedures include whitening, bonding, crowns, veneers, and contouring and reshaping.

  Whitening
Whitening, also called bleaching, is a chemical procedure used to make teeth whiter. Some people have their teeth bleached to remove stains, while others simply  want a brighter smile. Dr. Griffin may perform bleaching in the office or provide  you with an at-home bleaching kit to be used under his supervision.

  Bonding
Bonding is the process of using a composite resin to fill the gaps between teeth or to whiten them. Bonding may also be used to correct chipped teeth or minor decay. The bonding procedure may be completed in a single office visit, and the results often last for several years, although some bonding resins are more susceptible to staining or chipping than other restoration materials.

  Crowns
Crowns are placed over a tooth to create a normal appearance. Crowns can be used to restore fractured, misshapen, or discolored teeth, or those with significant structure loss. Crowns have a longer life expectancy than other cosmetic restorations, but they are also more expensive and time-consuming to place, requiring more than one office visit. Crowns are generally used in cases in which other cosmetic procedures would not be as effective.

  Veneers
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain placed over the front of the teeth to change their shape or color. In addition to improving teeth with uneven surfaces, veneers can be used to correct chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked teeth. Placement of veneers requires more than one office visit. They are more expensive than bonding restorations but they have better color stability and longer life expectancy.

  Contouring and reshaping
Often combined with bonding, contouring and reshaping procedures are used to correct crooked, chipped, irregularly shaped, or overlapping teeth. Contouring and reshaping procedures can alter the teeth’s length, shape, or position; contouring can also be used to improve bite. Contouring and reshaping procedures may be completed in a single visit and are ideal for patients with normal, healthy teeth who want subtle changes to their smiles.

Which procedure is right for me?

The condition of your teeth and your desired results will determine which cosmetic procedures are best for you. Dr. Griffin can answer your questions and make recommendations on how to best improve your smile.

For more information about cosmetic dentistry procedures please do not hesitate to call, we here at Paul Griffin, DDS are happy to help!  You can call us at 972-242-2155 or simply use the “Ask Dr. Griffin” form on this page.

(Information gathered from the Academy of General Dentistry)

Dental Injuries

Dental Injuriesdental injuries

If you regularly participate in sports you are at a higher risk for dental injuries. With 13-39% of dental injuries being sports-related, there is a significant risk of a dental injury occurring when taking to the field or the court. It’s important to understand the types of injuries that could happen and what to do if such injury occurs.

The most common sports injuries are avulsed (knocked-out) teeth, luxated (displaced) teeth, and fractured (broken) teeth. While most dental injuries can be avoided by taking some simple precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard, accidents do happen, and it is important to know what actions to take when they do.

Avulsed (knock-out) Teeth

Immediately call our office for an emergency appointment. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone re-attachment. Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub. Place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum to keep it moist. It is important not to let the tooth dry out. If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk or saline solution.

Luxated (displaced) Teeth

If a tooth becomes luxated, or displaced, try to reposition the tooth back to its normal alignment using light pressure, but do not force the tooth. Apply gentle pressure to keep the tooth in position until you can be seen. In addition, call our office as soon as possible for an appointment. The tooth might have to be splinted in place next to the two healthy teeth on each side of it.

Fractured (broken) Teeth

For a fractured tooth, rinse the mouth out and use an ice pack to reduce swelling, and take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for any pain. Minor fractures, such as a chip, can be repaired with a filling or bonding. Moderate fractures, without pulp damage, are likely to require a full coverage crown. However, if pulp damage does occur the tooth will need endodontic (root canal) treatment. On the other hand, severely fractured teeth, like those fractured at the gumline or with root fracture, are often difficult to repair and require extraction.

Can I somehow prepare for dental injury emergencies?

Yes, by packing an emergency dental care kit including:

  • Dentist’s phone numbers (office and emergency number)
  • Saline solution
  • Handkerchief
  • Gauze
  • Small container with lid
  • Ibuprofen (Not aspirin. Aspirin is an anti-coagulant, which may cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency.)

Getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

If you have any questions regarding dental injuries or if you have a dental emergency please feel free to contact Dr. Griffin at 972-242-2155. Or, simply use the “Ask Dr. Griffin” form on this page.

‘Twas the Week Before Christmas…

Christmas‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the office
Dr. Griffin was stirring, the crowns & fillings were flawless;
The ops were all clean and tidied with care,
In hopes that more patients would soon be there!

Mandy and Barb were nestled all snug in their chairs,
While visions of cavities and calculus danced through the air;
And Kasi in the front office, in all her front office fame,
Had just finished filing an insurance claim,

When outside the office there arose such a clatter,
Dr. G sprang from his chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the window he flew like a flash,
Tore open the blinds, expecting a crash.

The parking lot was clear of any fallen snow,
Because we do live in Texas, you know,
When, what to Dr. G’s wondering eyes should appear,
But a huge red sleigh, and eight big reindeer,

The hefty old driver was not so lively and quick,
We knew in a moment something was wrong with St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles Dr. G’s team came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, _Kasi! _now, _Mandy! _ now_ Barb!
Bring Santa quick and go get my garb!
To the front of the office, to the back operatory,
They brought Santa back and to get his story.

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So back to the chair Dr. G’s team they flew,
With their instruments ready, to search out a clue.

And then, in a twinkling, in came the Doc
With his mask and his gloves he eyed like a hawk
Using his mirror for careful inspection,
Dr. G detected the site of infection.

There on Santa’s molar was a spot that was shocking,
And black as the coal in a naughty kid’s stocking!
Dr. G said “this situation is of the utmost gravity,
Dear Ol’ St. Nick, you have a cavity.”

Santa’s face usually jolly was now pure dismay,
As he said to us all, “Christmas is only a few days away”
“Dr. G, can you fix it before Christmas night?
I have presents to deliver and a long, long flight”

Dr. G spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled up the cavity without a quirk.
Santa’s eye’s again twinkled, his smile was now bright,
He would make Christmas night, to all our delight!

With his pain now all gone and his treatment complete,
Dr. Griffin made sure to tell him to limit the sweets.
Santa gave him a nod, thanked us each and every one,
And made sure he left presents before he was done.

Then he sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
_”Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”_

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Paul A. Griffin, DDS!!

We will be celebrating the Christmas season and New Year’s Day with our families and friends, so we will be out of the office, starting December 23, 2016, and we will be back, refreshed, and ready to care for our wonderful patients on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Should an emergency arise, simply call the office, at (972) 242-2155 for our emergency number. If you have any questions, you can always use the “Ask Dr. Griffin” form at the top of this page.

 

 

Holiday Sweets & Your Teeth

Holiday Sweets Can Lead to Ho-Ho-Holes in Your Teeth!Sweets

Too much of a good thing is never more true than during the holiday season. There tends to be an overabundance of everything – especially sweets. While it’s impractical to suggest complete avoidance of holiday goodies, Dr. Griffin encourages moderation to make sure you receive the gift of great oral health!

Here are some common sweets to limit during the holidays:

  • Hard Candies & Candy Canes: The problem with candy canes and other hard candies is the prolonged amount of time that they linger as you slowly dissolve them in your mouth. Not to mention, the temptation to chomp them, which can lead to cracks or chips in your teeth. Consume them carefully and brush after having a candy cane or other hard candies.
  • Baked Goodies: It is so very tempting to overindulge especially when there’s an abundance of baked goods lying around. But all those cakes and cookies are filled with sugar and can do significant damage to your pearly whites. Of course, we know even suggesting skipping the cookies and cakes is entirely impractical, so enjoy them in moderation.
  • Holiday Drinks: Festive beverages offer more than warm and holiday cheer, they add a lot of sugar. Eggnog, hot cocoa, and apple cider are overloaded with sugar. If you just can’t say no to your favorite drinks at least wash away some of that sugar with water.
  • Sticky, Chewy Goodies: Chewy, sticky treats such as caramels or those sparkly gumdrops on your gingerbread house are particularly damaging to your teeth. Not only are they high in sugar, but they get stuck to your teeth and are difficult for saliva to break down. Brushing after consuming them is your best defense.
  • Fruitcake: Even though fruitcake is considered to be somewhat of a holiday joke, some people actually do like a good homemade fruitcake. The sugary, dense, candied-fruit studded cake can wreak havoc on your oral health, so limit your fruitcake intake.

We definitely don’t want to be a Grinch by saying you can’t enjoy all of those yummy holiday sweets, just enjoy them in moderation. If you do find yourself overindulging, spend some extra time flossing and brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Another good tip to is to stick to one small serving of your favorite drink or snack and follow up by swishing with water, chew sugar-free gum, or brush soon after finishing to wash away some of the sticky sugar residue.

We hope that this Christmas and Holiday season brings you great joy. Thank you for being part of our family here at Paul A. Griffin, DDS, PA