How Sugar Affects Your Teeth

April 19, 2019

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 11:38 am

With the weather warming up, it’s tempting to turn to sugary snacks and drinks to keep you cool and refreshed. But have you stopped to think about how all of the sugar that you are consuming affects your teeth? Our dentist in Bloomingdale and West Loop has seen firsthand the negative effects that sugar causes to not only your mouth, but your overall health.

Tooth Decay

Sugar from the foods that you eat and the drinks you consume will produce acids inside of your mouth that eventually dissolves and damage your teeth. This bacteria can continue to build up and eventually cause even more serious damage to your smile by eroding your enamel. If you are regularly losing your enamel, it can lead to tooth sensitivity as well as cavities. It is important to prevent enamel loss in order to take care of your mouth in the long-term.

What is Contributing to Decay?

There is a lot of added sugar in many of your favorite foods and drinks, including soft drinks, juices, energy drinks, protein bars, cereal and so much more. It is important to read the nutrition facts before you eat or drink something to ensure it does not have excessive amounts of added sugar.

Prevention Tips

In addition to avoiding a sugar-filled diet, you should use a straw when drinking to reduce the amount of exposure of sugar to your teeth. Our dentist in Bloomingdale and West Loop also recommends brushing with fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth. Drinking a lot of water is another great way to help dilute the sugar and rinse out your mouth.
Scheduling regular dentist reservations with our team is another great way to stay one step ahead of decay or erosion. Contact Pure Dental Spa today to get started!

Oral Cancer Awareness Month: What to Know

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 10:20 am

Every April, our dentist in Bloomingdale and West Loop Chicago want to call attention to oral cancer. As this month is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we think it is a great opportunity to help educate our patients about oral cancer and the warning signs that go along with it.

What is It?

Oral cancer includes cancer that develops in the mouth and upper throat, and it collectively kills nearly one person every hour of every day of the year. Many people are unaware that this type of cancer exists, so now is the perfect opportunity to educate yourself and others. Of people who are newly diagnosed with oral cancers, only 60 percent will live longer than 5 years. This is likely due to the fact that the cancer is not discovered until it has progressed into a later stage.

Warning Signs

Being aware of the warning signs of oral cancer is an important part of staying healthy. If you are experiencing any of the following problems, make sure to visit our dentist in West Loop Chicago or in Bloomingdale as soon as possible:
-White or red patches in your mouth
-Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw
-An ulcer or sore that bleeds or doesn’t heal
-A lump on your mouth, throat or lips
-Consistent pain or tenderness
-Unexpected weight loss
Not all of the above signs are representative of oral cancer, but it is important to get the symptoms checked out nonetheless.

Schedule a Velscope Screening

One way to detect oral cancer is through Velscope screenings, which we offer for only $25! This is something that patients should get once annually. Schedule a reservation with us today!

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