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Office blog

May 2011

Green Tea Can Protect You from the Dentist

A cup of green tea a day may keep the dentist away. That's the finding of a study recently published in Preventive Medicine, which examined over 25,000 Japanese people aged 40-64. Those who drank at least one cup of tea daily had significantly lower rates of tooth loss.

Scientists suspect that antibacterial molecules called catechins may be responsible for the dental benefits of green tea, possibly reducing rates of gum disease. Green tea also has high concentration of fluoride, which can strengthen teeth and fight tooth decay.

Retaining wisdom teeth could be more detrimental than previously thought.

   Recent evidence-based research has confirmed the long-held belief that it is indeed wise to remove wisdom teeth during adulthood as it not only improves dental and oral health, but also may reduce the risk illness later in life, according to studies from American Association of oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), surgeons and academics.

   Even when wisdom teeth are not diseased or symptomatic when they come into the oral cavity, their position and location in the mouth makes them difficult to keep clean and supports the accumulation and spread of harmful bacterial that can lead to more serious conditions later in life, according to a news release.

Looking for the right dentist part II

It's All about Choices and Communication

If you are not satisfied during the first part of your search-the phone call to the dental office-move on. If you are not satisfied with the second step-your initial dental visit and exam (or "get acquainted" visit)-move on. If you are not happy with the third step-the dentistry itself-it is time to express your feelings in person to the doctor. In other words, take charge. Let your fingers do the research, your mouth do the talking, and, by all means, vote with your feet.

Looking for the right dentist part I


Overcoming the fear and mistrust of going to the dentist requires finding the right person to take care of your teeth and gums. But before we can advise you on how to find that person, you need to do a little soul-searching because dentistry is a product as well as a service. And, because it is also a highly personalized service, it is tough to write a list of hard and fast rules concerning how to find a dentist who is going to be just right for you. This is a process that will take you time, research, and interviewing.