February is National Children's Dental Health Month. Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. We wanted to take a moment to recognize how important it is to our team at Tamal Vista Family Dentistry to provide your child with the best possible experience when it comes to visiting our office. Kids can be nervous, especially when someone is getting up close to their face and mouth. Sometimes children detect a parent’s apprehension, which might have come from a negative experience they had as a child. Whatever the reason may be, we take special care in making every patient in our office feel calm and comfortable!
With the popularity of sparkling water on the rise, products like La Croix and San Pellegrino are being consumed more and more as people are shifting away from sugary sodas. Many patients and friends have expressed concerns over whether or not carbonated water is damaging their teeth.
Here is the scoop! Sparkling water’s abscence of sugar is an added plus, however it is acidic. All acidity weakens teeth, but it is the amount of time in contact with the teeth, as well as the level of acidity, that determines how much damage can occur. Sparkling water gets its fizz from carbon dioxide, which in your mouth becomes carbonic acid, giving you that refreshing sensation. Although your teeth are in contact with the carbonic acid in these beverages, the level of acidity in most sparkling water is much less harmful than sodas and fruit juices. Unfortunately, many of these fizzy waters are flavored with citrus juices (sorry Pamplemousse fans), which can make them more harmful.
As with most things we enjoy, moderation is the key. Consumption of fizzy water is safe for your teeth, especially those without added flavoring. Be mindful of what is in your sparkling water. Those with more citrus flavors or sugar added can increase the risk of damage to your enamel. Try to enjoy these drinks in one sitting or with meals to limit the exposure to your teeth. Also, rinsing out with plain water will help minimize the effects by neutralizing the oral environment.
At 104, Mr. Joe Saccone can still charm this dental team with his sweet smile and a great sense of humor!
Joe Saccone, a treasured member of the Marin community, founder of United Market and Marin Bocce enthusiast, stopped by this week to make sure his pearly whites were in top condition! When asked what the key was to maintaining his smile all these years, he said "My secret to keeping my teeth for over 100 years is to see my favorite dentist regularly, use my electric toothbrush - brushing my gums ALWAYS. I eat healthy, having very little sugar, though I do like a good chocolate every once in a while! But the true key to longevity is a nightly scotch - 18 year old is my preference." Joe has been so dedicated to his oral health, that he came to his dental cleaning scheduled on his 100th birthday! We were so pleased to see him, we told him "this one is on us - you earn a complementary cleaning every 100 years! Joe will celebrate #105 in January 2019! We wish you well!