3 Easy Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay

Tooth decay—also known as dental caries—is caused by the activity of bacteria around the teeth and gums. These oral bacteria feed on food particles and metabolize them into acids that attack tooth enamel, eventually cause tooth decay and cavities. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to keep the bacteria at bay, and prevent tooth decay. Good oral hygiene can even help repair the early signs of tooth decay.

Stay Consistent with Oral Hygiene

The number one most important thing you can do to protect your teeth from decay is to brush and floss on a regular basis. Twice-daily brushing, along with daily flossing, prevent the buildup of plaque by depriving bacteria of the food they use to make enamel-destroying acids. The night-time brushing is particularly important because saliva production is reduced when you’re asleep—so going to bed without brushing means your teeth are especially vulnerable.

Chew Gum after Meals

One of the body’s most important natural defense mechanisms against tooth decay is saliva, which contains minerals that strengthen teeth and enzymes that neutralize harmful acids. Chewing helps stimulate saliva production, so chewing sugar-free gum, or sucking a sugar-free candy, after eating is a good way to get saliva flowing and reduce bacterial activity. If you’re unable to brush your teeth after a meal, chewing gum is a good substitute.

Reduce Your Sugar Intake and Eat More Decay-Fighting Foods

The main food sources for oral bacteria are sugars and starches. These are the foods that bacteria use to manufacture those tooth-destroying acids, so the heavier your diet is in sugar and starch, the higher your risk of tooth decay and cavities. It’s especially risky combined with poor oral hygiene habits, since this combination means sugar and starch are left on the teeth for long periods of time, allowing bacteria to grow unchecked. This doesn’t mean you can’t eat sugary foods, of course, but when you do, it’s important to mitigate the damage by brushing or chewing sugar-free gum afterwards.

Dietary choices play an important part in the fight against cavities, and it’s not just about reducing your sugar intake. Foods like dairy products and leafy green vegetables are high in calcium and are great for strengthening teeth as well as bones. High-fiber foods help keep saliva flowing, and whole grains and vegetables contain nutrients like magnesium and B vitamins that are important for healthy teeth and gums.

Schedule your next routine checkup with James Mitchell DDS and keep prevention methods part of your dental care.


Your Hollywood Smile is Clearly within Reach

With the nominees announced and Academy Award season in full swing, our print, TV and online media channels are splashed with bright, star-quality smiles on a daily basis. And while we often think that whitening products and treatments are the only ways to capture that beautiful smile, we also have to consider straightening misaligned teeth. Award-winning smile As you may know, Mitchell Dentistry is a preferred provider of Invisalign, a clear aligner system for teeth which offers fantastic improvement previously only achieved with traditional braces. For 2015, the Invisalign G5 has a significant collection of new features and technology innovations. The benefits are applicable to both adults and teens, and make it easier to treat difficult issues, specifically deep bite, a challenging and very common type of orthodontic condition where the upper teeth excessively cover the lower teeth resulting in teeth that don’t line up properly. InStyle Magazine reports that celebrities like Zendaya and Coco Jones (actresses, singers and dancers) have been treated with Invisalign. More and more adults (even one of our patients who is 80 years old!) are opting for the new treatment as a discreet way to correct misaligned teeth.   invisalign-pic Ask us more about Invisalign next time you are in – soon you too can be Oscar-ready for your close up!

3 Reasons to Choose CEREC

Getting dental restorations used to be very time-consuming—a process that required multiple visits with long waits in between for the restorations to be made—but that’s not the case anymore. The revolutionary CEREC process has reduced the time it takes to make and place restorations to just one single session. These and other advantages make it the hands-down most convenient choice for restoring cracked and broken teeth.

The CEREC System Works for All Restoration Types

Your dentist can make any kind of tooth restoration using CEREC, including crowns, veneers, and fillings. This system can create crowns and fillings for repairing cracked, chipped, and broken teeth, as well as veneers and crowns for aesthetic improvements, and can do it all in the same session. After more than two decades, CEREC is now so widely-used that a restoration is placed via this method every 20 seconds.

CEREC Uses Safe, High-Quality, Bio-compatible Materials

In the past, dentists had few options in terms of materials suitable for the repair of damaged and decayed teeth. The most commonly-used restoration material was amalgam, an alloy containing around 50% mercury, along with silver, tin, and copper. None of these materials are bio-compatible, and mercury is a known toxin. While the data on whether amalgam itself is toxic are inconclusive, many dentists have stopped using it due to safety concerns.
CEREC is different—this system uses restorations made from bio-compatible ceramics that are durable and highly stable, and they look and function just like natural teeth. CEREC restorations are long-lasting, and since they can be matched to your unique tooth color, they look great too.

Only One Session Needed to Create an Entire Mouthful of Restorations

Perhaps the biggest advantage of the CEREC system is how incredibly fast and convenient it is. Whether you need one or a whole mouthful, your restorations can be made and fitted in just one session. Your dentist will:
– Examine your teeth to determine what types of restorations are needed
– Prepare your teeth for the restoration
– Create an impression of your teeth
– Use the impression in a sophisticated 3D software program to design the restorations
– Use the CEREC restoration milling machine to create the restorations
– Fit, polish, and bond the restorations to your teeth
Your CEREC dental needs are solved with the all-in-one single appointment, and without the need for temporary restorations. It’s a truly amazing process that can dramatically improve your teeth, and your smile, with no waiting required.
Contact James Mitchell DDS for more information.

New Year, New Science: The Latest in Dentistry and Health

Dentists give new meaning to the term “spit and polish” dentalimage We recently read a report from Dentistry Today that says UCLA researchers are working on a test that could have the ability to diagnose diseases like diabetes and cancer. It’s also possible the test could diagnose neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases. That means your dentist may soon be on the front lines to discover a diagnosis that can save your life. It turns out that saliva contains many of the same disease-indicating molecules that appear in blood. As a result, the test looks promising for diagnosing Type 2 diabetes and gastric cancers, specifically. The researchers used genomics and bioinformatics to analyze 165 million genetic sequences. The most valuable information that the researchers can use in the future is that saliva has a high medical value. This means that as dentists, we may soon be able to take saliva samples that can be tested for numerous diseases. And if that happens, disease diagnosis will be much simpler for you and your loved ones. Of course the scientists still need to conduct more research to fully understand the functions of the various RNAs and how we can best use this information in the future. We will share more with you when the research becomes available! All the best for a Happy New Year & a Healthy Smile from Mitchell Dentistry!