Marvin A. Fier, DDS

Summer Fun...with caution.
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  Many people feel that their teeth can substitute for tools and use them to open bottles, wrappers, and chew ice.  Doing any of these can be very harmful for your teeth and costly to repair.  
Whether it's a neighborhood barbeque or some other function, many summer social opportunities involve food, with a heavy emphasis on dessert.
Summer snacking might be an ice cream cone or a cold soda.  Many summer snacks have lots of added sugars, which contribute to cavities.  The bacteria in our mouth love sweets and convert them to acids, damaging our teeth and gums. 
 The key is moderation.  It's also best to eat sweets WITH meals so saliva can help wash away the sugar.  


Dear Friends,


It's a time for enjoying the outdoors and connecting with friends and family. We hope you find some of these tips helpful in keeping your mouth and teeth healthy this summer.

Wishing you and your families a fun and safe summer,





Just as you should protect your body and face from the harmful rays of the sun, a lip balm with SPF of at least 15 should be used regularly when you're outside. Your lips are very susceptible to damage from the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. This can be painful and lead to much more serious problems. The Mayo Clinic also points out that the UV rays can result in the formation of wrinkles on and around the mouth as a sign of early aging and sun damage.

A recent study found energy and sports drinks contain so much acid that they start destroying teeth after only five days of consistent use. Thirty to 50 percent of American teens use energy drinks, the paper says, and up to 62 percent drink sports drinks at least once a day.

"Bacteria convert sugar to acid, and it's the acid bath that damages enamel, not the sugar directly," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale Prevention Center. "So by incorporating a high acid load in a drink, we are just cutting out the middleman on the way to tooth decay."
These drinks are glorified sodas, with as much or more sugar, said Katz.

Energy drinks were the worst culprits, the researchers said. They said acidity levels vary among brands and flavors of energy drinks, and caused twice as much damage as the sports drinks. Nevertheless, while Katz said there may be a role for sports drinks for rehydration among endurance athletes under intense training conditions, they make little sense for anyone else.   



 Source:  Mayo Clinic  

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