Decalcification White Spots on Teeth? We Can Help!

Categories: Oral Health

Decalcification, also known as demineralization, is the loss of calcium and phosphate from the bones or teeth. It is the first stage, but a reversible stage, of dental cavities. Every time we eat acidic foods or drink acidic beverages, our mouths become acidic. It is the acid that pulls the minerals, calcium and phosphate, from the tooth structure. This causes hard enamel to be softened and weakened. The good news is that our own saliva is our body’s defense mechanism against the decalcification of our teeth. It washes the acids and food debris from our teeth and restores a neutral PH environment in our mouth. Saliva also replenishes calcium and phosphate to our teeth, a process called remineralization.

White spot lesions, or decalcified lesions, are caused from prolonged contact with acidic bacterial plaque (biofilm). The growth of this plaque is a continuous process. Plaque should be removed from all dental surfaces at least every twelve hours, and brushing and flossing are good ways to do this. When the acidic biofilm is not removed, it depletes the tooth surface of calcium and phosphate. Saliva is unable to neutralize the biofilm and the bacterial plaque is left to grow and evolve. Dry mouth can also dramatically increase the rate of decalcification, even with adequate plaque removal. Without the right amount of saliva, a dry mouth remains acidic for long periods of time. Therefore, the teeth are not replenished with calcium and phosphate, and white spots occur.

You can reverse this process with exciting new dental products and home care. We will discuss steps to help reverse white decalcified lesions in our blog and on our Facebook page next week.

Invisalign — Exciting Changes

Categories: Invisalign

I want to make you aware of some exciting changes with Invisalign, the clear trays (aligners) used to straighten teeth. I’ve been using Invisalign for almost eight years with good success and predictability.

Invisalign has an engineering team and they have redesigned their use of attachments and how they redirect single teeth. Engineers are trained in studying forces, speed, movement and shape. Who would be better suited to study tooth movement? By analyzing tooth shape from millions of case submissions, the engineers can move teeth with greater predictability. This is done in the laboratory and translated to the software.

Invisalign formerly offered two levels of straightening: Full Case, 11 or more aligners, and Express Case, 10 or fewer aligners. They have added a new level, Express 5, 5 or fewer aligners for minor tooth correction. Aligners are changed every two weeks, so an Express 5 Case would be complete in ten weeks.

Invisalign was a good product, but now it is an even better product. If you have been considering straightening your teeth, come in for a consultation and see what Invisalign can do for you.

– Dr. Bruce Stewart

Second Annual Candy Buy-Back

Halloween is an exciting time of year for children, with Halloween parties in elementary schools and trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Most of us remember the excitement of running from house to house filling our bags with lots of treats, mostly candy. As adults we have a slightly different view of these festivities, as we understand the link between the sugars in sweets and tooth decay and overall health. This cache of candy can mean trouble for teeth, and is particularly bad for children with braces. So why not encourage your children to sell their candy to us at Dr. Bruce Stewart’s office? Have them pick out a few of their favorite pieces and then bring the rest of the loot to our office.

From Tuesday, November 1 through Thursday, November 10, we encourage all former costumed characters to bring us their candy loot. We will pay $2 for every pound of candy, up to $10 per child. Parents of these former ghosts and goblins can enter their name into a drawing for a $40 gift card to Meijers. The drawing will be held at the end of the day on November 10 and the winner will be notified that day.

Cash versus cavities—the choice is easy. Choose Cash!!!