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August 22, 2012
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Did you know tooth decay, also known as cavities, is the second most prevalent disease in the United States (the common cold is first). Tooth decay occurs when plaque, the sticky substance that forms on teeth which includes bacteria, combines with the sugars and starches of the food we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing at least twice a day (preferably after each meal), flossing daily and going to your regular dental checkups. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also ways to prevent decay.

August 07, 2012
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Xylitol is a healthy sugar for your teeth!  Sugarless gums of any kind can help boost dental health, because they stimulate saliva production and can help cleanse teeth. But those sweetened with xylitol – a type of sugar extracted from a variety of plants – can actually battle tooth decay, because xylitol works against Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Xylitol is available as a general sweetener at health stores.  Brands of chewing gum that contain Xylitol: Spry, Xponent, Xylichew and some types of Trident.

By contactus
August 02, 2012
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Another great "food" for your teeth is actually a drink:  Water!  When it comes to oral health, water is indispensable. It’s the primary component of saliva, and is important to both tooth and gum health. Water is valuable as the final rinsing agent for foods and sugary drinks, and, if fluoridated, works to prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel.

By contactus
July 24, 2012
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High-fiber fruits and vegetables.  High-fiber foods not only physically “scrub” the teeth, but also stimulate saliva flow by requiring longer chewing times. Saliva is the mouth’s first line of defense, because it neutralizes tooth-damaging acids, and contains calcium and phosphates that help rebuild minerals leached away by bacterial acids. Crunchy, juicy fruits and vegetables also have high water content that helps offset their sugar content. High-fiber foods are also a key foundation of an overall healthy diet, so they offer a double benefit.

By contactus
April 30, 2012
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We have patients of all ages who are undergoing orthodontic treatment.  Some are strictly for aesthetic purposes, but many are to create a more ideal bite.  It's important to have your teeth in proper alignment due to all the wear and tear that we put them through on a daily basis.  Some of your adult teeth have been in your mouths since you were only SIX years old!  These teeth have been used for chewing, tearing (I always think of a good portuguese pop), and of course the clenching and grinding that we'd all love to be able to stop.  If your teeth are not aligned well, they will wear down faster, crack easier, and be more likely to ache.  Orthodontic straightening of teeth is also very helpful in good oral hygiene.  They're easier to keep clean and free from stain because they aren't overlapped!



Rockdale Dental Associates
Lisa M. Carvalho, DMD
499 Rockdale Ave
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 992-4608
 
Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday: 7am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 7am - 5pm

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