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Chewing Sugarfree Gum Helps Keep Mouths Healthy

Chewing sugar-free Gum Helps Keep Mouths Healthy

We all know sugar-free gum tastes great and freshens our breath, but did you also know that it is good for your teeth? Chewing sugar-free gum after meals has proven benefits for oral health.

Chewing sugar-free gum after meals helps:

  • Stimulate saliva flow
  • Neutralize plaque acids
  • Maintain proper pH
  • Promote tooth remineralization
  • Clear food debris

Chewing sugar-free gum, especially after eating and drinking during the day, is a simple step to improving your oral healthcare.

And, remember, while chewing sugar-free gum is beneficial, it does not replace brushing and flossing. It is important to remember to maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day.

Wrigley’s has been researching the oral care benefits of chewing sugar-free gum since the 1930s. Their dedicated science and technology team continues to conduct research into the oral-care benefits of chewing. They also partner with national dental associations and dental professionals worldwide to support this research, promote oral health education and support better access to oral care.

Wrigley’s Orbit® and Extra® sugar-free chewing gums were the first chewing gums to be awarded the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

To further maintain your oral health and the overall beauty of your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Griffin. Please call (972) 242-2155 or you can use the “Ask Dr. Griffin” form at the top of the page. 


A Cup O’ Joe a Day May Keep Cavities Away

Coffee & CavitiesCould a cup of coffee a day really keep plaque and cavities away?

According to research, that might just be the case. Studies suggest that black coffee may actually help prevent plaque and tooth decay.

A study, published in 2009, by the KLE Society’s Institute of Dental Sciences, in Bangalore, India, found that compounds in coffee could reduce plaque formation. Plaque is a complex biofilm, which contains the bacteria Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans), and is the main culprit in tooth decay and gum disease. Coffee brewed from roasted coffee beans was found to contain antibacterial activities against certain microorganisms, such as S. mutans. Scientists performed laboratory tests with 1,000 people of both genders, which showed coffee molecules actually prevent adhesion of S. mutans on tooth enamel.

Researchers also suggest that trigonelline, which is a bitter alkaloid in coffee, that contributes to the aroma and flavor of the beverage, has been found to reduce the incidence of dental caries due to its ability to prevent the S. mutans from adhering to teeth enamel.

Another study from 2010, by researchers at Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University, examined the effects of Coffea canephora extract – a type of coffee bean that makes up 30% of the world’s consumed coffee – on baby teeth that had 10 days of biofilm growth. The results of this study concluded that the coffee extract actively broke down the bacterial biofilms, which are responsible for causing plaque, which leads to harmful tooth decay.

It’s important to add, both studies show that coffee should be consumed black and when milk and sugar or sweeteners were added, it no longer had beneficial properties.

Even though these studies show promising results that coffee may boost your dental health, it doesn’t mean you should ditch the toothbrush and floss. There are still problems with drinking a lot of coffee, including staining and the effects of acidity on tooth enamel. To minimize staining and the effects of acidity from coffee, swish with water after drinking, brush and floss at least twice a day, and visit Dr. Griffin regularly.

If you are needing to make your next appointment, please call us at, 972-242-2155, or you can use the “Ask Dr. Griffin” form at the top of this page.


Dentistry Can Be Quite Punny!

Paul A. Griffin, DDS, PAAlthough dentistry and oral hygiene are both serious business, it’s good to joke around from time to time. We’ve put together some of our favorite dental puns and jokes that we think are quite punny... Enjoy!

Be kind to your dentist because he has fillings too.

I’ve been to the dentist several times so I know the drill.

Contemplating my imminent root canal procedure was deeply unnerving.

My cavity wasn’t fixed by my regular dentist, but by a guy who was filling in.

A dentist and manicurist fought tooth and nail.

My dentist would simply not stop working on my teeth. He was abscessive compulsive.

An endodontist gets on everybody’s nerves.

No one knew she had a denture until it came out in conversation.

My dentist seems distracted, I think he was brushing me off.

Dentists have the same old grind day after day.


Q: What is a dentist’s favorite clothing store?
A: The Gap

Q: What does an orthodontist do on a roller coaster?
A: He braces himself

Q: What does the dentist of the year get?
A: A little plaque

Q: What game did the dentist play when she was a child?
A: Caps and robbers

Q: What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea?
A: Denis.

Q: What is another name for a dentist’s office?
A: A filling station

Q: What did the dentist say to the golfer?
A: “You have a hole in one.”

Q: What is the best time to go to the dentist?
A: At tooth-hurty (2:30).

Q: How did the dentist become a brain surgeon?
A: His drill slipped.

Q: Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused a Novocain injection during root canal treatment?
A: He wanted to transcend dental medication!


If you know of any funny dental jokes or puns you’d like us hear, or are in need of an appointment, please feel free call us today, at 972-242-2155. Or, you can use the “Ask Dr. Griffin” form at the top of this page.