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Can I eat candy with braces?

If you have braces and a sugar craving comes along, you might be tempted to sink your teeth into an oozy, gooey candy bar. But can you eat candy with braces? If you've had to ask yourself this very question, the answer probably isn't too surprising. There are tons of foods you can and can't eat with braces. Unfortunately, one of those foods that you can't eat is candy. Candy is specifically not recommended for a number of reasons. Understanding why and how eating candy when you have braces will affect your chances of completing a successful orthodontic treatment—which ultimately affects the health of your teeth and gums in the long run—will hopefully help diminish your cravings for sweet treats while you have braces, and hopefully beyond your orthodontic treatment as well. It's All About the Sugar Let's take a look at the obvious: candy is bad for you, whether you have braces or not. It's loaded with sugar, which [...]

By | November 12th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Xylitol: Naturally occurring sugar

Xylitol is an amazing naturally occurring sugar. It was first found and isolated in wood products. We've grown a bit since then and now it is commercially harvested from mainly corn cobs and birch. Xylitol is considered a sugar alcohol since it has five carbons in its chemical structure. It's most commonly known as a sweetener. But many don't know the amazing benefits it comes with. Some of the benefits xylitol comes with are: helping prevent ear infections helping prevent cavities it also has fewer calories than sugar is a safe alternative for diabetics. Xylitol sweeteners come in granulated crystals, just like regular sugar. It can be used in baking, coffee or tea, or anywhere you would normally use table sugar. It is also commonly found in gums, mints, and other snack foods If Your Dentist Doesn't Recommend Xylitol Based Products Get A New One! Tooth decay happens when bacteria in your mouth consume the sugars we eat. When you [...]

By | September 3rd, 2018|News|0 Comments

Nutrition and prevention for your oral health

Proper nutrition means eating a well-balanced diet so that your body can get the nutrients needed for good health and wellness. If your diet is low in the nutrients your body needs, your mouth may have a more difficult time resisting infection. This may contribute to periodontal disease, a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Although poor nutrition does not cause periodontal disease directly, many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and can be more severe in people with nutrient-poor diets. If you're caring for children, a balanced diet along with good oral hygiene habits will help them develop strong, decay-resistant teeth. Pay particular attention to calcium, phosphorous and proper levels of fluoride. Eating patterns and food choices among children and teens are important factors that affect how quickly youngsters may develop tooth decay. When bacteria come into contact with food in the mouth, acid is produced that attacks the teeth. This can eventually lead to tooth decay [...]

By | August 27th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Is sugar the culprit?

More than likely, you've been told your entire life that sugar is bad for your teeth. And while it's true that excessive sugar can be damaging to your dental health, it is still essential to most diets (in moderation, of course). So if you're wondering if sugar is the culprit of your cavities, plaque build-up, and other oral health issues, there are a few things our dental team want you to know. It's Unhealthy to Avoid ALL Sugar First of all, understand that sugar is found naturally in a lot of foods that are actually quite good for you, including fruits. For this reason, it is not practical to avoid all sources of sugar in your diet, though you should do your best to avoid sources of added sugar. Particularly sugary foods and drinks to avoid for your oral (and overall) health include soft drinks, energy drinks, and candy. Sugar Can Wear Away Tooth Enamel The biggest danger of sugar [...]

By | August 20th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Seven stages of sugar withdrawal (And why it’s all worth it!)

With addictiveness similar to cocaine, quitting sugar can come with a host of not-so-fun withdrawal symptoms. But before you give up on giving up, these steps can prepare you for what to expect when you decide to cut out sugar. And show you why it's all worth it in the end! 1. Okay, this seems easy enough. During the first stages, your body hasn't alerted to the fact that you're no longer pumping fructose into your system. With your delicious and detoxing recipes, you'll feel on top of the world. What cravings? 2. The cravings kick in. Fructose is one addictive beast and it won't let go of you without a fight. Plus, the temptation will be everywhere. Some Programmers have actually told us they'd have dreams about giving into their cravings and bingeing on sweet treats. Stay strong. Eat some protein. The best is yet to come. 3. Headaches, Oh, the headaches. But not before the headaches. Much like [...]

By | August 13th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Sweets and your oral health

Everyone knows eating too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, but few are aware of exactly how that happens. It's not the sugar itself that does the damage, but rather the chain of events that takes place after you eat that piece of cake. Your children may be more inclined to heed your warnings about the effects of sugar on teeth if they know about the continuous tug-of-war taking place inside their mouths. Sugar and tooth decay Sugars in food and drinks play a major role in the development of dental caries. Bacteria within the plaque use the sugar as energy and release acid as a waste product, which gradually dissolves the enamel in the teeth. In 2010, the World Health Organisation (WHO) commissioned a systematic literature review to answer a series of questions relating to the effects of sugars on dental caries. The systematic review showed consistent evidence of moderate quality supporting a relationship between the amount of [...]

By | August 6th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Signs of sugar addiction

Sugar is downright addictive stuff. It's no wonder many of us find it SO tough to shake its hold on us. But tough doesn't have to mean unachievable. In fact, with a little support and self-awareness, you can slay your dependency on the sweet stuff once and for all. 5 SIGNS OF SUGAR ADDICTION Sugar addiction is very real. It has to do with a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine promotes a sense of wellness. When there's plenty of dopamine floating around, you feel good. And guess what? Whether you abuse drugs like cocaine and heroin or binge on sweets-the brain is flooded with dopamine. You may be a sugar addict if: You make excuses for your sugar. To satisfy your sweet tooth, you make special trips to the store or coffee shop. For motivation, you reward yourself with something sweet. You have a secret sugar stash, or you binge on sugar when you're alone. You have tried to stop eating [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments

How to eat sugar and avoid cavities

The truth is, sugar exposure only causes tooth decay when the mouth has an abundance of cavity-causing bacteria that can process that sugar into enamel demineralizing acids and/or sugar is consumed in large amounts frequently throughout the day. Individuals that do not have a high bacterial challenge or a high quantity of cavity-causing bacteria on their teeth are at lower risk for sugar consumption causing cavities. So... how do you eat sugar and avoid cavities? 1. GET TESTED Many dentists now have the ability to test for the magnitude of cavity-causing bacteria on your teeth using the CariScreen Caries Susceptibility Test. If you test high, eating sugar can mean your teeth are exposed to more acid than if you test low, you want to starve the strep mutants to death, don't feed them sugar. The dentist can also recommend ways to lower the number of bad bacteria on your teeth. 2. LIMIT FREQUENCY Every time we eat our teeth are [...]

By | July 23rd, 2018|News|0 Comments

How to reduce sugar cravings

Avoid Processed Foods. Did you know that sugar and processed foods are as addictive as heroin or cocaine? In a 2013 study from Connecticut College, researchers confirmed that Oreos could be as addictive as cocaine, after observing how the popular cookie affected lab rats' behavior and brains. Eating sugar artificially stimulates a region of your brain called the nucleus accumbens to produce dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter. Soon, dopamine levels drop, and we start to feel "flat"... or a bit "down." We crave this pleasant, feel-good feeling again, so sugar leads to addiction. Boost Your Serotonin. Serotonin, a.k.a. the "happiness hormone," can be raised through diet, exercise, and the right sleep schedule. When you have plenty of serotonin, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Naturally. The all-natural sweetener Xylitol is naturally occurring in many of the fruits and vegetables we eat on a daily basis. Once extracted and processed it yields a white, crystalline [...]

By | July 16th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Tracking sugar consumption

Sugar does not have an established recommended daily value, but it is recommended that you limit your daily consumption of it. This can be difficult to do, especially if you aren't sure how much sugar is in the foods you are eating. While most packaged foods come with a nutrition label that indicates how many grams of sugar are in that food, other foods you eat may not have this label. By learning how to obtain the sugar content of any food, you can feel confident in your ability to keep track of your daily sugar intake adequately. Step 1 Keep a notebook or pad of paper handy. Jot down the amount of sugar in each food or beverage you consume. Step 2 Check if there is a nutrition label. The amount of sugar found in the food is listed under the carbohydrates section of the label. Remember that the values shown on the food label are based on one [...]

By | July 9th, 2018|News|0 Comments