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Is Sparkling Water Bad for my Teeth?

Here is the answer you have all been waiting for…

Answer: Because any drink with carbonation has a higher acid level, some have been concerned about the effect Sparking Water may have on your tooth enamel.  It has been found that when comparing tap water to sparkling water they are pretty much the same.  Tap water is the BEST for you because of fluoride and also no added ingredients.  

If you love the fizziness of carbonated water, be sure to be mindful about your drink of choice.

  • If the sparkling water is citrus flavored it will add more acid to the drink which is less healthy for your enamel.  Plain is better.
  • Do not sip it all day long exposing your teeth over and over again.
  • Some sparkling water brands add sugar.  Not Good!  It is no longer just water then.  Tap water is the best!

Be Well

   Healthy Oral Health Habits are the key!

Tooth decay is the build up of plaque, a thin film of bacteria that grows throughout the day. It grows on your teeth’s enamel which is a protective outer coating.  When this bacteria builds up along the gum line and under the gums it can cause gum disease which in turn can cause gingivitis.   With out attention and constant good oral health habits, gingivitis can eventually cause periodontitis, an infection that destroys gums and teeth and the tissue and bone that holds them in place.  This can be a serious problem not only to your oral health but your health in general.  There continues to be research linking oral health to total body health.  Take this seriously so you can continue to enjoy living a healthy life.  

Brush 2x a day for two minutes and floss everyday with regular check ups with your dentist.

Vaping September 2019


“CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use.” 

This is a direct quote from the CDC website.  The the link is found below.



Watermelon is Full of Health Benefits


WebMD Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH,RD,LD on June 17, 2018

Watermelons red color inside comes from lycopene, an antioxidant. Watermelon has more of this nutrient than any other fruit or vegetable.                                        

Watermelon can be good for your heart.  It is rich in an amino acid called citrulline.  Citrulline helps move your blood and can lower your blood pressure.                     

Watermelon has a natural pigment called beta-cryptoxanthin that could protect your joints from inflammation.

Watermelon gives you more than 30% of the vitamin D you need each day.

Watermelon is 92% water.  Great for hydration!

Watermelon has vitamin A, B6, and C which are all great for the skin.  A recipe for a face mask includes; 1 T watermelon juice and 1 T greek yogurt mixed together. 10 min.                                                        

Watermelon can soothe a sweet tooth without all the calories. Fat free, low cholesterol and no sodium.  Sorbet recipe; puree watermelon in blender, add a squeeze of lime juice and freeze.

Watermelon has high water content, antioxidants and amino acids which all help during a workout and add to that potassium which helps with cramping.

Watermelon keeps your blood glucose levels steady.

Watermelon is easy on the digestive system.

Watermelon seeds are ok to swallow if one slides down by mistake.  They actually have nutrients as well.

Watermelon is best when free from nicks, dents and bruises.  Find one with a yellow spot on the bottom not white.  It can keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator and can be frozen for smoothies.

Be creative when thinking of ways to eat watermelon; salads, sorbet, smoothies and more.    Always wash the outside of the melon before cutting.                      



EpiPens can Save a Life!

Epinephrine Pens have been proven to effectively treat severe allergic reactions.  Recently a study reported in Reuters (6/13, Rapaport) stated that EpiPens may still be potent months after the expiration date.  The cost of refills can be very expensive.  Researchers examined “the contents of 46 different autoinjectors to see how much epinephrine remained at least two years after their labeled expiration date.”  They saw that at two-years post expiration, 80% of the devices still retained 90% or more of the epinephrine, indicating they were still effective under the FDA rules.”  The findings were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. 

Authors,Lynn Kassel BCPS, Caroline Jones PharmaD, Abebe Mengesha PhD.  College of Pharmacy, Health Sciences, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

5 Things every Family should know about Dental Health


This information is from ADA

 5 Things Every Family Should Know About Dental Health

Use toothpaste with fluoride for infants and children

Consider sealants to prevent decay or treat beginning cavities on the back teeth

Ask about all the options for calming your child during dental procedures

For jaw pain, try conservative treatments first

Don’t replace fillings just because they’re old

For more information go to…

Tooth Color and Whitening

Tooth color and whitening has grown to be one of the major concerns patients share when talking to a dentist.  It is always wise to talk to your dentist before moving ahead and trying to undo the years of stains (tobacco, tea, coffee, red wine,  aging, trauma and certain medications).  All of these can contribute to a less than Hollywood look to your smile.

Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter. 

It is important to talk to your dentist before moving forward because whitening does not work on all teeth. 

Here are 4 ways to put a little brightness back in your smile. 

  1. Stain Removal Toothpastes.  These do not change the color of the tooth but use abrasives to remove surface stains. Only use ADA approved products. ADA Seal of Acceptance 
  2. Chair-side Bleaching or In Office Bleaching is done in the dental office and changes the color of the teeth with bleach.  Protection of applied to the gums. Usually only one appointment can make a difference.
  3. At Home Bleaching from your Dentist is sometimes offered.  This would be under the dentist guidance and at slower pace.  The bleach and tray are sent home with the patient with instructions.  It is sometimes preferred because it can be done at home.
  4. Over the Counter Bleaching Products.  Here is a great guide when selecting a particular product.  Get a list of all ADA-Accepted at-home bleaching products. These products are not as strong as what the dentist would use in his office but can still offer a good product.  

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Over use of some of these products can damage gums and/or enamel so always share your thoughts and concerns with your dentist who can guide you to healthy oral health. 

Northern Michigan Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Cares about your Oral Health. 

Always brush 2x a day and floss everyday.

Be Well, Be Healthy!

It is all connected !

The link between your Oral Health and General Health is overwhelming. 

All parts of your body are connected, supporting, responding and reacting to each other.  If you are experiencing pain or see a change in your mouth have it looked at and diagnosed, it could be connected to something serious.    


“Common Oral Bacteria May Accelerate Growth Of Colon Cancer 

   A release on EurekAlert (3/4) states scientists previously have “demonstrated that about a third of colorectal cancers are associated with a common oral bacterium called F. nucleatum,” and “those cases are often the most aggressive.” Now, in a studypublished in the journal EMBO Reports, researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine discovered how F. nucleatum “accelerates the growth of colon cancer.” The release states “the researchers found in cell cultures that noncancerous colon cells lack a protein, called Annexin A1, which stimulates cancer growth,” and “they then confirmed both in vitro and later in mice that disabling Annexin A1 prevented F. nucleatum from binding to the cancer cells, slowing their growth.” The researchers also found that “F. nucleatum increases production of Annexin A1, attracting more of the bacteria,” and “patients with increased Annexin A1 expression had a worse prognosis, regardless of the cancer grade and stage, age, or sex.”

        The Daily Mail (UK) (3/4) reports Dr. Yiping Han, of Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine, said the research helps explain why some cases advance more quickly than others. “We identified a positive feedback loop that worsens the cancer’s progression,” said Dr. Han.”

From ADA Morning Huddle March 5, 2019

Kids and Teens and E-Cigarettes

From the ADA (American Dental Association) Morning Huddle January 30,2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics’s quote, “The increasing use of e-cigarettes among youth threatens five decades of public health gains.” is alarming.  Be Aware