ABC’s of Dentistry – Allergies

Published on June 14, 2013 by

allergyAllergies are an every-day issue for many people, and for others, it’s only a problem in the dental office. There are several items in dental offices made of latex, such as masks, gloves, and syringes. Latex is a natural rubber harvested from trees, and prolonged exposure to the dust from powdered gloves sometimes triggers an allergic reaction. Local anesthetics used in a dental office can also, rarely, cause an allergic reaction. These anesthetics are used to numb the mouth and gums during relative dental procedures. Allergic reactions to local anesthetics are rare, but are known to happen from time to time.

The potential for an allergic reaction should never be reason not to go to the dentist. You should still visit the dentist at least twice a year. Here are several tips to help avoid allergic reactions, if this is a problem for you, while going to the dentist.

If you have a latex allergy, consider going to the dentist early in the morning, before the latex particles build up in the air as the day goes on.

If you are allergic to an anesthetic, tell your dentist! There are usually other options that don’t contain the preservative in them that the allergy is usually linked to.

You should always let your dentist know if you have allergies, by completely filling out the medical history forms, and telling your dentist beforehand.

Energy Drinks are Rotting Your Teeth!

Published on June 6, 2013 by

640_Generic_Energy_DrinksThe popularity of sports and energy drinks, especially among teens, is cause for concern at the dental office. A study published in the May/June 2012 issue of General Dentistry found that regular exposure (15 minutes a day, 4 times a day) to these drinks started causing serious enamel damage in as little as 5 days. Overall, energy drinks caused about twice as much decay as sport drinks.
While it is better to not drink energy drinks at all, the best way to drink harsh drinks is to use a straw. That way, the liquid isn’t drenching your teeth, and just passing over your tongue.

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