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Sep
12

Study Shows: First Cereal, Then a Glass of Milk

If you’re like most parents, you worry that giving your child sugary cereal will lead to tooth decay. But according to a new study, giving your child a glass of milk afterwards may help reduce the risk.

The study was done by the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry and published in July 2013 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.  

In the study, 20 adults consumed 20 grams of Froot Loops cereal, then drank either milk, water or fruit juice or nothing at all. Using a special device called a touch microelectrode, scientists measured pH, or acidity, levels after they ate the food, after they drank the liquid and then one half hour later. As a standard, a pH below 7 is considered acidic, whereas a pH above 7 is considered alkaline.

Results showed the adults who drank milk had the biggest increase in pH, from 5.75 to 6.48. Those who drank water rose to 6.02 and those who drank fruit juice remained at 5.84. Those who drank nothing at all remained at 5.83.

The scientists concluded that milk was the best choice for neutralizing the acids in the mouth following consumption of sugary carbohydrates, and therefore could help prevent decay. They say the evidence also suggests milk helps to re-mineralize tooth enamel and prevents the growth of plaque-causing bacteria.

They say juice, on the other hand, may just be adding fuel to the fire. While juice is considered a healthy drink, it also has a high amount of sugar, which increases acidity.

The conclusion? If you have to feed your children sugary cereals, follow it up with a big glass of milk.  Talk to your Buckhead dentist for more information on preventing tooth decay in your children.

Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid

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Aug
12

Materials Used For Dental Crowns

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Dental crowns can be a good choice for those wanting to restore their beautiful smiles by covering teeth that have become chipped, cracked, or discolored. Crowns are also used to restore the functionality of a decayed tooth that has undergone a corrective root canal by adding strength and protection to its structure. Likewise, some teeth with particularly large fillings may benefit from the protection of a crown. If you are considering getting crowns as part of your dental treatment plan, you may want to know something about the various types of materials used in manufacturing those crowns.

Some of the strongest materials used in making crowns are metals. Although they are very durable and long-lasting, they lack in aesthetic appeal so many people choose to use them only in less noticeable places such as in the back of the mouth. An alternative choice is to have a crown whose base is made of metal, to which porcelain is then fused; thus, providing strength and durability while having the more natural appearance.

Some people are allergic to metal or just prefer not to have metal crowns; in such cases, a crown can be manufactured of all porcelain or all ceramic. These crowns will give you the most natural appearance; however, they are less durable than metal and can wear down or chip over time. Finally, the least expensive crown can be made of resin material. Resin dental crowns also have a natural appearance but will need to be replaced more quickly than other types.

Whether you are needing dental crowns to restore one or more teeth, or simply desiring a nicer smile, your Buckhead Dentist will be able to help you choose the right option to best meet your individual needs.

Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid

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