You know that eating sugar isn’t just bad for your diet – it is bad for your teeth! Eating sugar creates an acidic condition in the mouth. Acidity strips minerals from tooth enamel, causing it to weaken and be more vulnerable to bacteria.
As a result, tooth decay occurs. But what if you don’t have time to brush after lunch? Or after a sugary snack? Simple. Grab some Xylitol!
Xylitol is a naturally occurring compound that actually creates an unwelcome environment for oral bacteria; they simply cannot stick to teeth in a Xylitol-rich environment. In fact, studies show a dramatic reduction in new tooth decay in patients who chewed Xylitol sweetened gums. And it isn’t hard to find anymore. Xylitol is found in some sugar free or whitening gums such as Trident. Just check the label and keep some handy for those times you indulge in sweets!
The Erdenheim, PA dental practice of Chesheim Dental Associates incorporates the latest in innovative dental technology to enhance patient care. One such example is the Tekscan® for computerized occlusal analysis. The T-Scan is a diagnostic device that records your bite force dynamics, including occlusal force, location and timing. What does that mean for you?
The position of your bite is very important. The slightest change can throw it off. For example, if you lose or break a tooth, your bite balance changes. When we restore your tooth with a crown or tooth-colored filling, it is important that it is placed correctly within your bite. If the filling surface is too high or too low, your bite will be thrown off balance.
With the T-Scan we can precisely analyze your bite – making sure it is in an optimal position so the forces are balanced and even. No longer do we have to ask you, “Does that feel ok?” There is no more guesswork. We know where the correct bite position is.