Fluoride alternatives

X-ray showing from a young patient with holes in his teeth.

Have you ever been in one of those situations where you come up with a great answer, but it’s too late?  While at Yankee Dental Convention in Boston this year, I found the answer to a question that was given to me earlier this year. When asked, I didn’t have a great answer.  But if the question ever comes up again, I hope I will have more to share on the topic. The question that was asked was derived from the x-ray shown.  The young mother is a very articulate, educated women who is very protective of her child. The mother was very much against x-rays, but when explained that we would be unable to do a filling on a … Continue reading →

A candy for the prescription?

This last week, I was asked if I could pick up a prescription for my neighbor.  As I was standing in line at the local pharmacy, waiting for my turn to pick up the medications, this is what I saw. I couldn’t help but laugh. Candy bars?  Really?  York Peppermint Patties, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, M&M’s Plain, Almond Joys, Butterfingers, Milky Way,  Snickers, Hershey Chocolate, Kit Kat Bars.  And last, but not least, my personal nemesis, M&M Peanuts. Top 10 Medications Prescribed in the USA A few years back I had seen a list of the top 50 medications prescribed here in the United States. Unfortunately I can’t find my handout, so I googled the following search term, “top prescribed medications … Continue reading →

Rockport YMCA

TAKE THE ZERO SUGARY DRINK PLEDGE! A shout out to Jason Wood and the Penobscot Bay Rockport YMCA. We just received some email informing us about the Zero Sugary Drink Pledge. We think it’s a fabulous idea for the oral health of you and your kids. We at Seasons of Smiles Dental accept your challenge and take your pledge!!! No Sugary drinks except water and lowfat milk.  We’re in!!! We just need to check with Jason and check out the rules on Sugar Free Moxie. Our pledges have been mailed in. Our fingers are crossed.  Great incentives, we are definitely hoping for the family pool party at the Y. Below is a copy of the email we received, in case you didn’t … Continue reading →

The Crazy Amount Of Sugar Hiding In Random Foods

The Crazy Amount Of Sugar Hiding In Random Foods

  The Crazy Amount Of Sugar Hiding In Random Foods Sugar is Everywhere What is it with dentists and sugar? When I saw this video, I couldn’t help but think of one of our favorite dental patient kids, I would see him on a regular basis, around town, with a big liter bottle of Mountain Dew soda, and I couldn’t help but cringe knowing that I would have to break the bad news to him at his next dental cleaning. To my pleasant suprise, it still amazes me that his teeth could be bathed in Mountain Dew on a regular basis and never get a cavity. Why is it? It just doesn’t seem logical! I don’t think there is an … Continue reading →

Why we Love Xylitol!!!

They sent us some free samples of Xylitol Gum to our office.

Taken From California Dental Association MOVING FORWARD. TOGETHER. What is xylitol? Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that helps prevents cavities. You may recognize other sugar alcohols used in sugarless products, such as mannitol and sorbitol. Xylitol is the sugar alcohol that shows the greatest promise for cavity prevention. It is equal in sweetness and volume to sugar and the granular form can be used in many of the ways that sugar is used, including to sweeten cereals and hot beverages and for baking (except when sugar is needed for yeast to rise). How does xylitol prevent cavities? Xylitol inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause cavities. It does this because these bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) cannot utilize xylitol to … Continue reading →