Posts for: December, 2014
Poinsettias were first introduced into this country in 1828 by the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett. Over $220 million worth of poinsettias are sold during holiday season.
The original ball lowered in Times Square on New Year's Eve back in 1907 was made of iron and wood and decorated with 100 light bulbs. The modern New Year's ball is made of Waterford crystal, covered with 696 light bulbs, 96 strobe lights, and 90 rotating pyramid mirrors.
South Charlotte dentist Dr. Richard Bateman sees many patients in advance of the winter holiday season. This is the time of year when many people splurge on tasty foods, treats and drinks. Generally you’ll want to avoid any beverage that has a high acidic or sugar content. Here is a short list of four specific drinks that you should scratch off your holiday list if dental health is a top concern.
One of the drinks that you’ll want to avoid during the holidays is egg nog. Egg nog is a drink made of whipped eggs, cream, flavorings like nutmeg and sometimes a bit of alcohol. It’s also full of sugar, which notoriously attacks the enamel of your teeth. As delicious as this drink may be, avoid drinking it as much as possible. If you make your own egg nog, consider substituting bad white sugar for a sugar substitute suggested by your South Charlotte dentist Dr. Bateman.
On the morning of a big holiday, we all love to have a large breakfast with a nice glass of orange juice. But orange juice is one of those beverages that has a very high acidic content and isn’t good for dental health. Drink a glass of milk or ice water with your holiday breakfast instead.
Sweet Alcoholic Beverages
Most alcoholic beverages have some sugar content, but the sweeter alcohol varieties, like Moscato and Rose champagne usually have more sugar content due to the way it is fermented. Avoid drinking sweet alcohol before, during and after your holiday dinner.
If there’s one drink that you should definitely avoid at your holiday dinner, it’s soda—both regular and diet. Soda is addictive because it has such a large amount of sugar—about 30 to 40 grams per can to be exact. Even sugar-free soda isn’t good for your teeth because it’s still highly acidic and corrosive to the teeth.
Make a Post-Holiday Dental Appointment
When you’re thirsty during the holidays, drink as much water as possible in between small “doses” of your favorite traditional drinks. Also, remember to keep up with regular brushings and flossing. Finally, make it a priority to schedule a post-holiday checkup with South Charlotte Dentist Dr. Richard Bateman for a thorough cleaning. Visit his site at http://www.batemanfamilydentistry.com to make an appointment request or call (704) 541-5059
Gum diseases (also known as periodontal diseases) are a group of diseases that affect the tissues that support and anchor the teeth. Left untreated, gum disease results in the destruction of the gums, alveolar bone (the part of the jaw where the teeth arise), and the outer layer of the tooth root. Most people do not feel a thing because the disease is usually painless. However, gum disease is serious and can cause tooth loss if not treated. It begins when bacteria forms under the gum tissue from improper brushing and flossing. Your hygienist and dentist examine your gum tissue at regular checkups to see if you have healthy gums.
Dr Bateman tests our new one-hour bleaching. It's always fun for us to get the boss in a dental chair! :)
Chewing tobacco is not only bad for your health, it can cause oral cancer and effect your weight & diabetes. In 1980, two studies were reported in the Journal of the American Dental Association by dental researchers led by Drs Robert Going and Stephen Hsu. They were interested in the sugar content of tobacco in relation to how it might raise the risk of dental cavities. They found that on average 34% of the weight of pouch tobacco has some kind of simple sugar. For plug tobacco, it was 24% and for snuff 2%.
Chewing tobacco can be the cause of cavities because when sugar sits on the tooth surface, it can cause decay. Also, chewing tobacco can cause oral cancer and we encourage you to get oral cancer tests often if you chew tobacco. Check out the link below from the Mayo Clinic for additional information.