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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
November 03, 2015
Tags: cavities   smoking  

Your Smoking Is Giving Your Children Cavities!

Children Living With Smokers More Likely To Develop CavitiesI think it is safe to to say that almost everyone knows that smoking tobacco is not a healthy activity.  It leads to numberous health problems for your lungs, heart and blood pressure.  It can cause cancer, stroke and early death.  But did you know how it is affecting your children?

Recently, the American Dental Assosciation released a study from Kyoto Univeristy in Japan that found young children who lived in households with smokers were far more likely to develop dental cavities than kids who lived in non-smoking homes.  Kids who lived with smokers were more than twice as likely to get cavites at three years of age than kids in non-smoking homes.  The ADA states that early exposure secondhand smoke greatly adds to the likehood of getting early dental decay.  Secondhand smoke for 4 month olds contribute to cavities by age three.  See the complete study here.

The graphic here on the left highlights smoking and its harms and shows where in the nation it is its worse.  Do yourself and your kids a favor and stop smoking now.  It is the best thing you can do for your health and your kids health.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
April 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: fluoride   paducah ky dentist   cavities   brushing   water  

New Flouride Levels

new fluoride recomendationsThe US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has made a new recommendation for community water fluoride levels.The previous recommended level was 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter and the new recommendation is now 0.7 milligrams per liter.  Is there something wrong with fluoride or is it unsafe?  Don't worry, that is not the case.  Adding fluoride to the water started in the early 1960's when there were few other sources of fluoride beside the water.  Now there are more sources.  You can get fluoride in toothpaste, fluoride prescriptions, mouth rinses varnish and gels.  With all the other available sources it is possible to get too much fluoride and cause a change in color to your teeth.  These changes usually show up first as small white spots.  The HHS and the American Dental Association decided to make the fluoride recommendation at the lower effective level in case someone was using these other sources.  If you were there is a small chance of causing those color changes.  An abudance of safety caused the change.

So what does fluoride do?  It works by stopping the tooth decay process by hardening the tooth structure.  It keeps the tooth strong and hard and prevents cavities from starting or making the cavity less severe.  That is a good thing.  With flouridated water you will have fewer cavities, less need for fillings or extractions and need less dental treatment. 

The water fluoridation program is "one of the ten most important public health measures of the 20th century" says the American Dental Association.  It has saved more teeth and made people dentally more healthy than anything else ever done.

If you or your child is drinking fluoridated water and brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, then you are receiving the correct amount of fluoride to protect your teeth and not risk causing any damage to your teeth with over fluoridation.  Keep up the good work.  If you don't have both of these, then see your dentist about what to do.  Trust me on one thing.  There is no denying the beneficial effects of fluoride so make sure you take advantage of them.

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Yes, Wine Tasters Are At Risk Of Tooth Decay!

wine harms your teeth

Calm down and take a breath.  I am not telling you to stop drinking your favorite adult beverage.  But I do want to tell you what a new study has found.  Researchers from the University of Adelaide, an Austrailian school has found that the acid in wine can cause damage to your teeth.  This is not going to happen to the person who has a glass of wine or two but it will affect those who are professional tasters.

The acid levels in wine are very similar to those found in orange juice.  No, I am not saying stop drinking orange juice but only giving you a reference. It is the acid in the wine that does the damage.

A professiona wine taster doesn't drink wine like you do.  They take a sample and hold it in their mouth to evaluate it.  They might do this dozens of times a day and it is the repeated exposure to the wine acids that cause the damage.  In fact, the study showed that just ten, one-minute wine tasting can change the tooth structure.  It softens the surface enamel making it more likely to get a cavity.  The acid can dissovle the enamel.  It doesn't happen at once but takes a prolonged period of exposure.  With a wine taster they may do this acid exposure day after day for a long time which eventuallys softens the tooth.  For a person who has a glass or two of wine with dinner, there are no worries.

So what does a wine taster do?  Luckily there are specific types of toothpaste that are strong in calcium phosphate and fluoride which remineralizes the tooth.  It essentially rehardens the tooth, reversing the damage done by the wine acids.

So don't worry, go ahead and pop the cork and enjoy your favorite grape.  Unless you hold wine in your mouth all day, you will be ok.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle
January 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Are You Preventing Baby Preventing Baby Tooth Decay?

 

preventing baby tooth decayThere are simple steps you can take to help prevent baby tooth decay.  The most important one is to decrease the exposure to sugary drinks.  Many baby formulas, milk and fruit juice have high levels of refined sugars.  Obviously, babies needs these liquids, so what do you  do?

  • Avoid giving milk or juice at bedtime.  Water can be used instead.
  • Avoid overly sugary drinks and only give others during mealtimes.
  • Do not clean the pacifier with your mouth as this can transfer cavity causing bacteria to the baby.

Here are some tips for keeping your babies mouth clean.

  • Practice cleaning your babies mouth even before the first tooth erupts.  Get the baby used to being clean.
  • Clean your babies mouth with a moist soft cloth.
  • Once your baby is one year old, clean the babies teeth with a small headed tooth brush.  Allow your baby to play with the brush in their mouth but until they are able to be thorough, until then, you must help them clean their mouth.

Taking these simple steps with help prevent baby tooth decay.

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