Don’t Forget the Cranberries!

This Thanksgiving, make sure cranberries are on the menu … but without adding sugar. The nutrients in cranberries, called polyphenols, help protect teeth against a strand of bacteria responsible for accelerating tooth decay. When bacteria bind together, it creates plaque on your teeth. The polyphenols help prevent the bacteria from sticking together. So enjoy the …

Visiting the Dentist with Confidence during COVID-19

As the weather cools and people move indoors, the numbers for COVID-19 are increasing, but it is not a good idea to put off needed dental treatments and regular check-ups. Your oral health is a strong indicator of your overall health, so it is important to visit your dentist with confidence during this time.   …

Halloween May Look Different, But the Candy Is the Same!

Families may be planning for a more low-key Halloween this year, but the candy is still flying off the grocery stores shelves. Remember, candy that melts easily (chocolate, particularly dark chocolate) is your best choice and also washes away easily. Avoid hard and sticky candies such as lollipops, gummies, and caramels. These stick to your …

Are You Grinding Your Teeth More? Here’s What to Do about Bruxism

There have been many stories in the news about a suspected rise in teeth grinding — also known as bruxism — due to pandemic anxiety. Dentists around the country say they are seeing patients with more cracked teeth, jaw pain and tension headaches resulting from excessive teeth grinding and clenching. What Is Bruxism? Bruxism is …

What Drinks Are the Worst for Your Teeth?

A 2004 University of Maryland Baltimore Dental School study found that soda, particularly light colored soft drinks, and canned iced tea appeared to aggressively harm teeth. Ginger Ale, Mountain Dew and Sprite, as well as Arizona iced tea, were some of the worst offenders. Diet and regular versions had the same bad effect. Drink water.

Mask Mouth: It’s Real, and Here’s How You Can Avoid It

To slow the spread of coronavirus in North Carolina, the Governor’s Executive Order mandates face coverings for ages 5 and older when individuals are outside their homes.  As more people wear masks for longer periods of time, we have noticed an increase in the very real problem of “mask mouth.” What Are the Symptoms of …

Fluoride Fast Facts

Fluoride is a mineral that exists naturally in water, though not in high enough levels to protect teeth. Fluoride is added to drinking water supplies as a public health measure for reducing cavities. Decisions about adding fluoride to drinking water are made at the state or local level. In 2011, the Department of Health and …

Drink Tap Water!

While bottled water is trendy, adults and children should drink water the old fashioned way, out of the tap. Our Winston-Salem/Forsyth County local drinking water meets all safe water quality standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency, and it contains fluoride, which is beneficial for teeth of all ages. A recent study of 275,843 New …

Fluoride … It’s Not Just for Kids

The addition of fluoride to the public water supply during the 1940s has been heralded as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, helping to prevent cavities in both children and adults. However, the debate over fluoride is one that does not seem to abate. Major health organizations, including the …

How Does Aging Affect Your Teeth?

Don’t buy into the myth that your teeth become more unhealthy as you age. It is not aging that automatically causes your teeth to deteriorate. In fact, if you take care of your teeth during childhood and adulthood, you can still have healthy teeth well into your senior years. Here are some of the ways …