Reasons for Sedation Dentistry

sedation patient smiling in richmondSome patients hear about sedation dentistry and think “I don’t need that—I’m tough!” Toughness aside, there are many reasons why people might seek out sedation for dental procedures. You don’t have to suffer from an irrational fear of the dentist (or needles) to take advantage of its many benefits!

Dental anxiety may be the number one reason why people seek out qualified sedation dentists, but it’s not the only one. There are many circumstances and situations in which ordinary “tough” patients might benefit from a deeper level and relaxation and comfort during their dental visits.

Long Appointments

If you’ve ever sat through a long, slow root canal and thought “will this ever end?” then you may want to think about sedation for your next long appointment. Sometimes patients who need multiple treatments that would ordinarily require two or three office visits can get them done in a single afternoon, thanks to sedation.
With light levels of conscious sedation, patients can often withstand long appointments without getting restless, bored, or irritable. While conscious sedation does not induce a state of unconsciousness, many patients find its effects so relaxing that they easily fall asleep, even while treatment is in progress.

Low Pain Threshold, Sensitive Teeth

It’s a fact that all good doctors will agree upon: different people have different levels (and types) of pain they can withstand. Given that some people have sensitive teeth and gums, it’s understandable that the same treatment might affect different patients in far different ways.
If you have a tendency to “cringe and bear it” when getting a dental cleaning, dental sedation may offer you a more comfortable experience at your next appointment. While some forms of sedation target psychological anxiety, other forms provide an analgesic (painkilling) effect that can alleviate the pain you’ve been suffering in silence.

Physical Restlessness

Do you get antsy during dental appointments, and often feel like you need to take a break to stretch your legs? Is the phrase “nervous energy” often used when others describe you? If so, you’ve probably had a hard time sitting still during dental appointments in the past. There’s no shame in wanting to enjoy a more relaxed appointment. Oral conscious sedation can help both the body and mind relax, so you can enjoy a more restful and calm experience.

Sensitive Gag Reflex

It’s a medical fact that some people have a more sensitive gag reflex than others. Individuals with this condition may be more prone to vomiting when they develop a cough and may even have trouble brushing their teeth sometimes.

If you’ve ever experienced a gagging sensation while your dentist is working on your teeth, you may have a sensitive gag reflex; Sedation dentistry can help you alleviate this problem. The medications that induce relaxation work on the body as well as the mind, so all your reflexes are more relaxed than usual.

For the same reason, patients with diseases that affect the central nervous system often use sedation to get through their dental appointments. For example, patients with cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease routinely use sedation to help them stay still during treatment.

Aversion to Dental Visits

Some patients don’t have a fear of the dentist, per se, but they really hate going! If you know someone who’s ever said “I don’t need a dentist; they’re all crooks” and proceeded to let a cavity advance to the point of needing an extraction—you know this type.

An aversion to dentistry usually stems from a bad experience or an insensitive provider in the patient’s past. There often is a good bit of fear underlying their emotions, even if stubbornness seems like the main problem. With patients like these, low levels of sedation can often make them feel more amenable to treatment. If you can get them through the door, we can often help “hard cases” like these.

Sedation Dentistry is Safe, Comfortable, and Easy

Ultimately, sedation dentistry has been used safely for decades and rarely causes unwanted side effects in properly screened candidates. Dr. Frank Straus has put many years into his training as a sedation specialist and takes great joy in providing his patients with happier dental experiences.
When you come to Advanced Dental Care of Richmond we will discuss your oral health and medical history, as well as the challenges you’ve faced in prior dental appointments. Together, we will help you decide whether you want to pursue dental sedation for your next routine visit.
Call us at 804-741-4177 to set up an appointment with Dr. Straus or Dr. Han. We look forward to helping you have a more positive dental experience at our Richmond, VA practice.

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Painless Dentistry is Possible!

painless dentistry is possible in richmond“You might feel a little pinch.”
“This won’t hurt a bit!”
“Oh, that hurts you? I’m surprised.”


If you’ve ever heard any of these phrases uttered by a dentist, you probably have bad memories of painful dental appointments. You may even be avoiding routine preventive care, and we don’t blame you one bit!

We’re not going to lie. Sometimes dental cleanings and treatments can cause sensitivity. We dental professionals always do our best to predict when a patient may feel pain and counteract it beforehand. However, each patient may have a different pain threshold and varying levels of sensitivity in the dental nerves. A treatment that causes no pain for one patient may be excruciating for another. It can make the situation even worse when you feel powerless to move or deal with the pain, due to the fact that we are busy working in your mouth. Put the two together and it can make you want to forget going to dentist ever again!

Some patients are simply more sensitive than others, but that’s no excuse for you having to suffer through a painful appointment to get the oral care you deserve. If you’ve had bad experiences in the dental chair in the past, we invite you to experience painless dentistry through dental sedation.

How Does Dental Sedation Prevent Pain?

There are several forms of dental sedation. Some are better for anxiety and fear, while others have known analgesic (painkilling) effects. For example, oral conscious sedation relies on anti-anxiety medication, while nitrous oxide gas and IV sedation can prevent you from feeling negative sensations in the mouth.

For patients who wish to remain conscious during their appointments, nitrous oxide gas allows you to minimize any sensations of pain, while still being moderately aware of your surroundings. If you are concerned about safety, rest assured that nitrous oxide gas is incredibly safe, even for young children. In fact, this medication is considered so safe that it is commonly used to reduce the pain of childbirth for women in labor. Because the gas is inhaled in conjunction with oxygen, its effects end soon after the nose mask is removed.

Patients who seek a deeper level of sedation—i.e., those who want to be “knocked-out” during dental treatments—often choose IV sedation. This option includes analgesic, antianxiety and other medications that are delivered directly into the bloodstream. IV sedation requires more preparation and care after the appointment. For example, because the drugs stay in your system for several hours, it is not safe to try to drive or operate heavy machinery after the treatment.

What to Expect During Your Sedation Dentistry Consultation

When you have your first visit with Dr. Frank Straus, explain the troubles you’ve had in the past and he will help you decide which type of sedation you would like to try. Your oral health and medical history will need to be discussed, and he will likely need to conduct a cursory oral exam. If it’s been a while since your last appointment, you will probably need a deep cleaning and may need additional treatments for demineralized enamel or tooth decay. Dr. Straus will explain the details of each level of sedation, including the medications used, physical after-effects and cost. Ultimately the choice will be yours.

If you’ve had painful appointments in the past, we guarantee you’ll have a better time at the dentist from now onward. At Advanced Dental Care of Richmond, we specialize in painless dentistry, so your comfort and satisfaction always come first!

Call us at 804-741-4177 to set up an appointment with Dr. Straus or Dr. Han. We are located on John Rolfe Parkway and have office hours Monday through Friday. Painless dentistry is in reach!

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Help! I’m Afraid of the Dentist

fearful patient at the dentistDo you have a phobia of dental visits? Maybe it’s the jarring sound and vibrations of the dental drill. Perhaps it’s the feeling of being incapacitated with people moving their hands around in your mouth. For some, it’s the memories of painful dental treatments in the past. Whatever the source of your dental phobia, your feelings are valid—but you shouldn’t let them prevent you from getting the care you need.

Dental Anxiety

If fear of the dentist has kept you from routine dental appointments, you are not alone! Millions of Americans don’t go to the dentist regularly, as many as one in three adults. For many of these people, anxiety over personal discomfort is the cause.

Some signs of dental anxiety may include:

  • Worry over upcoming appointments
  • Panic or discomfort in the dental chair
  • Difficulty sitting still during appointments
  • Fear of needles or painful treatments
  • Aversion to the sights, smells, and sounds of the dental office
  • Unhappy memories of past experiences
  • Regularly canceling appointments
  • Ignoring dental pain

Dental anxiety can be a real problem, but the good news is that many dentists now cater to anxious and phobic patients by offering sedation services. If you live in the Richmond, VA area, sedation dentist Dr. Frank Straus can help you overcome your fear and enjoy anxiety-free dentistry.

You Don’t Have to Suffer!

We know how difficult it can be to make and keep dental appointments when you’ve had bad experiences in the past. However, the bottom line is that dental visits help you prevent cavities and gum disease; if you aren’t getting regular dental cleanings due to fear and anxiety, there’s a good chance you may already have signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Let it go too long, and you may soon be experiencing severe dental pain from a deep cavity, or worse. We want you to have the best oral health possible, and a qualified sedation dentist can help you achieve this.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses mild to moderate levels of medication to help patients achieve a more relaxed state of mind. These medications induce a feeling of calmness and prevent you from feeling any potential pain or bodily discomfort. Ultimately, sedation dentistry allows you to relax and enjoy a pain- and anxiety-free dental appointment, with either a mild, moderate, or deep level of sedation. You wouldn’t undergo a medical procedure without sedation, so we don’t expect you to suffer through a dental appointment without sedation, either.

Dr. Straus is trained and certified in safe dental sedation techniques and offers four options to accommodate his patients’ needs. Visit our website to learn more about our sedation dentistry services.

  1. Nitrous Oxide Gas – This gentle gas-based medication works quickly to make you feel calm and its effects end soon after treatment. This means patients can drive themselves home or return to work after an appointment.
  2. Oral Conscious Sedation – This treatment consists of mild anti-anxiety medications that are taken in pill form. Many of the medicines used in this form of sedation are the same as those given to nervous fliers and people who experience panic attacks. This level of sedation does not make you go to sleep, but many patients feel so calm and relaxed that they end up falling asleep anyway.
  3. Anxiolysis – This level of conscious sedation uses both nitrous oxide gas and low doses of oral medications. It is often helpful for patients with severe anxiety who do not want to be completely unconscious during their appointments.
  4. IV Sedation – This deeper level of sedation is best for patients who don’t want to be aware of events during their appointment or don’t want to remember the experience. Medications are delivered intravenously, which means they take effect very quickly, and can be adjusted easily if too little a dose is given.

You Don’t Need to Be Scared of the Dentist Anymore

If you’ve been too fearful to go to the dentist in recent years, we invite you to experience painless and stress-free dentistry with Advanced Dental Care of Richmond. Dr. Straus understands the struggle, and will never make you feel bad about your anxiety or the state of your oral health. We operate a patient-centered practice, which means your health and happiness always come first!

Call us at 804-741-4177 to set up an appointment with Dr. Straus or Dr. Han. We promise to never proceed with exams or treatments until you feel comfortable! Call us today to learn more.

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What Is the Role of Dentin in a Tooth?

Dentin is the layer of calcified tissue under the enamel and one of the four major components of the tooth. It is yellow and much less brittle than enamel. If the enamel becomes too thin or chipped, a tooth may appear yellow because the dentin is showing through. Unlike enamel, it is porous, and those with exposed dentin may have hypersensitive teeth. If you’ve ever experienced toothache after drinking something hot or cold, your dentin could be exposed.

If your gums recede and your dentin becomes exposed, food and drink that never hurt your teeth before may begin to cause pain. This is because dentin is porous, and the tubules in within dentin allow substances to directly stimulate the nerves inside your tooth. This results in a shooting pain similar to the one felt when a cavity gets too wide and deep.

Dentin is not meant to be exposed. Protecting the enamel layer is the best way to maintain oral health. Once enamel is gone, it’s gone forever. So, maintaining and strengthening enamel is necessary for protecting the sensitive layer of dentin underneath. To protect enamel, avoid sugary drinks and foods. Plaque that collects in and around the tooth contains bacteria that feed on sugar. When this bacteria comes in contact with sugar, it releases an acid that corrodes enamel. Consuming less sugary foods and drinks will allow your enamel to stay strong. Also, regularly brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist will keep your enamel strong and preserve the sensitive dentin underneath.

Treatment Options for Exposed Dentin

If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, schedule an appointment with Advanced Dental Care of Richmond for immediate treatment. We will give you fluoride varnish that will strengthen the existing enamel and dentin. A thorough, professional dental cleaning will allow your teeth to recover and avoid future sensitivity. For over 25 years, Dr. Straus and his team have provided cutting-edge dental services for families in Richmond. We are committed to helping patients repair and maintain their smiles.

Although visiting the dentist is the surest way to preserve your dentin layer, there are a few things you can do at home too. Using a soft bristle toothbrush with low abrasive, fluoride toothpaste will gently clean out any holes in the dentin. Look for fluoride toothpaste with the official ADA seal. These certified toothpastes will push calcium and phosphate around the tooth and strengthen it against enamel-eating acids.

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What Is Dental Erosion?

Dental erosion is when acid wears away tooth enamel. Enamel is the hard, protective coating of the tooth that protects the part of the tooth that’s outside the gums. Enamel is translucent, but the dentine underneath can either be white or various shades of yellow. Although enamel protects your teeth from food and drink, consuming acidic beverages and grinding your teeth can permanently remove your mouth’s most important protection. Unlike a broken bone that repairs itself over time, tooth enamel has no living cells and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

Protecting tooth enamel is critical for maintaining overall oral health. Strong tooth enamel keeps teeth white, healthy, and free from cavities. The best ways to keep enamel strong is by avoiding sugar drinks, consistently brushing and flossing, and regularly visiting your dentist. For those living in and around Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Straus and his team at Advanced Dental Care of Richmond are here to help. Our cutting-edge dental equipment enables us to provide various dental services such as preventive treatment, teeth whitening and sedation dentistry. Call our offices at 804-741-4177 or visit our website
today!

What Causes Dental Erosion?

Dental erosion is caused by friction, stress, and/or corrosion. The tooth-to-tooth friction that results from teeth grinding will quickly wear down tooth enamel. Also, chewing on hard objects such as fingernails or pen caps will wear the enamel surface. Stress fractures from tooth cracks allow acids to bypass enamel and permanently damage the delicate dentine underneath. To avoid physical causes of dental erosion, stop chewing hard objects, and, if you have a cracked tooth, see a dentist right away.

At Advanced Dental Care of Richmond, Dr. Straus offers premium cosmetic dentistry. Those with cracked or chipped teeth can restore their smile with bonded veneers. Veneers are shells that are bonded to the front of the tooth, restoring your smile to its beautiful, natural state. Also, we offer dental crown treatment for patients with damaged or misshapen teeth. Studies show that a good smile can improve self-esteem. If you have a broken or misshapen tooth, call Dr. Straus today!

The most common cause of dental erosion is excessive soft drink consumption. Sodas have high levels of phosphoric and citric acid. Fruit drinks likewise have highly erosive ingredients. Heavy drinking of sugary or alcoholic beverages can dehydrate your mouth and inhibit saliva production. This can cause acids to remain on your teeth and eat away their protective enamel. Whenever you’re craving a sugary drink, pair it with water to stay hydrated.

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For Richmond families who want high-quality, affordable dental care, Dr. Straus and his team are here to help. To schedule an appointment, call 804-741-4177 or fill out our online contact form.

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Ways to Strengthen Tooth Enamel

Candy and soda have a special kind of allure. During holidays and special events, sugary treats are abundant and tempting. When deciding whether or not to indulge in a dessert or two, consider these helpful, teeth-saving tips. Taking care of your teeth doesn’t have to be expensive. Brushing, flossing, and regularly visiting a Richmond near Henrico VA dentist are the most essential cavity-preventing measures.

Dr. Straus and his expert team at Advanced Dental Care of Richmond are dedicated to helping patients preserve and strengthen teeth. Our preventive dentistry practices enable patients to avoid oral health complications such as periodontal disease, cavities, and enamel wear. We follow ADA guidelines by recommending the best personal preventive practices such as brushing and flossing daily, avoiding sugary foods, and regularly visiting your dentist. If you’re due for a cleaning, call 804-741-4177 to schedule an appointment today!

Tooth Enamel 101

Tooth enamel is the thin outer covering of the tooth that protects it from wear and decay. It’s the white part of the tooth that shines when your smile is properly maintained. It insulates the teeth from extreme hot and cold temperatures, and it makes possible activities such as biting and chewing. Unlike other parts of the body, tooth enamel is not composed of living cells. Because of this, it can’t regenerate and grow once it’s gone. It’s important to protect your teeth from enamel erosion by avoiding products and activities that permanently remove your teeth’s protection.

Simple Steps for a Protected Smile

Bacteria in the mouth create acid when they feed on sugar. One simple way to strengthen tooth enamel is to avoid sugary foods and drinks. Although soft drinks with artificial sweeteners are a better choice than ones with real sugar, they are high in tooth-decaying acids. If you’re thirsty, the best choice is water.

Being picky about your toothpaste can also strengthen tooth enamel. The ADA considers fluoride to be “nature’s cavity fighter” because it repairs the early stages of tooth decay and strengthens enamel. Also, toothpaste that contains sodium chloride, dissolved calcium, phosphate, and fluoride ions has been found to reduce the rate of enamel decay and strengthen existing enamel hardness. Next time you’re out shopping for toothpaste, find the ones with the official ADA Seal of Acceptance to protect and fortify tooth enamel.

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Tooth Decay and Diet

The best thing about tooth decay is that it’s entirely preventable. Tooth decay happens when plaque in your teeth comes in contact with sugar and produces acid. This acid attacks your tooth enamel and can lead to tooth decay. If not treated quickly, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss. Those with tooth decay will first experience a toothache. Then, swelling will appear in your gums near sore teeth. Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth is another sign that acid is corroding your tooth enamel.

Regularly brushing your teeth, flossing and visiting the dentist can help prevent tooth decay. If you already have a toothache, visit a dentist as soon as possible. Although full dental treatment depends on the severity of the decay, Dr. Straus and his team will help restore your smile. A visit every six months will help you avoid severe tooth decay because we will catch it in its early stages and give you a fluoride toothpaste to begin treating your mouth. If the decay has already eaten through the enamel, you may need a filling, crown, root canal, or tooth extraction. Our cutting-edge dental equipment enables us to provide a variety of dental services such as sedation treatment, laser dentistry, and dental implants. To schedule an appointment today, call 804-741-4177.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay results from not brushing or flossing regularly and neglecting to visit a dentist every six months. Also, consuming foods and drinks that are high in sugar causes bacteria in the mouth to grow and create plaque. Excessive smoking and drinking can inhibit saliva production in the mouth, inhibiting the body from naturally removoing acid producing bacteria.

Foods and drinks that are high in sugar increase the risk of tooth decay. Hard candies such as caramels, jawbreakers and Jolly Ranchers dissolve into sugar that doesn’t easily wash away. Sugar that stays in the mouth for an extended period of time will increase the rate of tooth decay. Plaque is the sticky substance that is constantly forming on the teeth. It contains bacteria that feed on sugar and release an acid that eats through enamel. Lowering sugar intake decreases the amount of acid those bacteria produce and leads to cleaner, healthier teeth.

How to Lower the Risk of Tooth Decay

Brushing and flossing daily and regularly visiting your dentist will prevent most tooth decay. Also, avoiding food and drinks that are high in sugar will allow you to quell the acid-producing bacteria in your mouth. Don’t snack before bedtime, and eat fiber-rich foods and vegetables that generate saliva flow. Even chewing sugarless gum sweetened with xylitol 20 minutes after a meal will help prevent tooth decay, though it is no substitute for brushing and flossing.

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Strengthening Gums and Teeth

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums are essential to overall health. Poor oral health can affect other parts of your body and lead to illness such as heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. Cutting down on sugary foods, brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and regularly visiting your dentist will effectively reduce and prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

The team at Advanced Dental Care of Richmond is committed to helping Virginians maintain healthy teeth and gums. Our state-of-the-art dental technology allows for cutting-edge practices such as sedation dentistry, laser treatment, and advanced cosmetics. We proudly consult and perform expert treatments to help restore smiles and maintain oral care. To schedule an appointment, call 804-741-4177 or fill out our online contact form.

Foods and Substances to Avoid

Avoiding food and drinks that are harmful to your teeth is critical to maintaining oral health. Reducing sugar intake will prevent your gums and teeth from experiencing further damage. Refined sugars found in candy and colas corrode your teeth and cause cavities. However, natural sugars found in fruits do not damage your teeth. Reducing refined sugar consumption and eating more vegetables and calcium-rich foods will prevent tooth and gum decay.

Harmful toxins found in cigarettes will yellow teeth and lead to gum disease. Also, excessive drinking can dehydrate your mouth and restrict helpful saliva from keeping your teeth clean. Saliva prevents food from sticking to your teeth and washes away food particles. While drinking moderate amounts of alcohol, stay hydrated and maintain healthy saliva levels by drinking water. Staying hydrated and quitting smoking will greatly improve your overall dental health.

Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Certain vitamins and minerals effectively strengthen gums and teeth. Vitamins A and B maintain the soft tissue in gums and prevent toothaches, oral sensitivity, and receding gums. Vitamin A can be found in beef, liver, milk, cheese and eggs, and vitamin B can be found in meat, fish and mushrooms.

Vitamin D and calcium are also essential for keeping teeth and gums strong. Vitamin D enables the absorption of calcium and prevents gum inflammation. Calcium is critical for tooth strength and can be found in most dairy products such as milk, eggs and yogurt. However, be careful to avoid added sugars in yogurt that can corrode your teeth.

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Regularly brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist are the most significant ways to prevent tooth and gum decay. Dr. Straus and his team at Advanced Dental Care of Richmond are committed to helping Virginians restore and maintain their smiles. For over 25 years, we have aimed to help patients achieve optimal oral health through expert dental practices. Visit our contact
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How To Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Not only does good oral hygiene improve your smile, it can keep you in good health. Maintaining oral hygiene can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. Oral health begins with good teeth and can affect the rest of your overall health. In order to maintain a healthy body and mouth, consider the following tips.

How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

Since oral health begins with clean teeth, regular brushing is vital. Take the time to brush your teeth twice a day with proper equipment and good technique. Most dentists agree that proper brushing takes at least two minutes. Using a soft toothbrush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride will go a long way in improving oral hygiene. Also, brushing twice a day—once after breakfast and again before bed—will help keep your mouth clean.

Although remembering to brush and using the right equipment are important, brushing with the correct technique and knowing when to replace your toothbrush are critical to healthy oral hygiene. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle until it fits your mouth comfortably. Then, gently brush in back-and-forth motions around the inside, top and outside of your teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue! Thorough tongue brushing rids your mouth of bacteria that cause bad breath.

Rinse and Floss

Maintaining oral health is about consistently performing small habits. These habits, such as brushing, flossing and rinsing, don’t take much time, but they are critically important to overall dental health. Once a day, use floss to remove any plaque between your teeth that wasn’t removed by brushing. Flossing before you brush enables fluoride from the toothpaste to coat the surface of each tooth. Before flossing, break off at least 18 inches of length. This lets you firmly grip each side of the floss while carefully cleaning between your teeth. Gently curve the floss around each tooth, and avoid digging into the gum.

After flossing, a thorough rinse will keep your mouth clean. Visit your local dentist to find out about which rinse best suits your oral needs. While most mouthwashes focus on bacteria, some contain additional ingredients that focus on areas that may be specific to you. For instance, chlorhexidine can help treat swelling and redness. Whatever the case, Dr. Straus and his team at Advanced Dental Care of Richmond will consult you on which oral care products you should use.

Dr. Straus uses state-of-the-art dental technology to provide personalized care to each patient. He is passionate about giving up-to-date dental treatment to families in and around Richmond. From sedation dentistry to cosmetics and teeth whitening, Dr. Straus will help you maintain your oral health.

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Is Chewing Sugar Free Gum Good for your Teeth?

Studies show that chewing sugar-free gum 20 minutes after a meal is good for your teeth. The motion of chewing gum increases saliva flow. Saliva contains bacteria-fighting substances that wash teeth and strengthen tooth enamel. Although chewing gum containing sugar can increase the risk of cavity, sugar-free gum is beneficial for your teeth.

While chewing gum after meals can provide an additional tooth cleansing, consistent brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are crucial to the healthy maintenance of your teeth. Dr. Straus and his team at Advanced Dental Care of Richmond proudly help families repair and maintain their smiles. Our cutting-edge dental equipment allows us to provide a variety of services such as sedation dentistry, laser treatment, and advanced cosmetics. Call our offices today at 804-741-4177 or schedule an appointment online.

Xylitol Removes Tooth Bacteria

Xylitol is a gum sweetener that inhibits the growth of Streptococcus mutans, one of the bacteria that cause cavities. Chewing gum with xylitol removes this bacteria’s ability to stick to the tooth. Regularly exposing teeth to xylitol changes the type of bacteria that survive on tooth surfaces and leads to an overall cleaner mouth.

Research also shows that xylitol can repair damage to the enamel by stimulating saliva glands. Saliva production is the body’s way of cleaning and maintaining a healthy mouth. Eating sugar foods creates an acid attack on your mouth that creates cavities. If brushing is not an option, chewing gum with xylitol can keep a neutral pH level in your mouth and stop acidic plaque from building up in and around your teeth

Brush, Floss, and Regularly Visit Your Dentist

Regardless of the benefits of chewing gum after meals, it is not an adequate replacement for regularly brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist. The ADA recommends brushing twice a day and cleaning plaque between your teeth once a day. Visiting a dentist at least every six months (sooner if you have cavities or gum disease) is also essential for maintaining healthy teeth.

The expert team at Advanced Dental Care of Richmond is dedicated to helping families repair and maintain healthy smiles. For over 25 years, we have provided quality dental care for families around the Richmond area. We offer dental cleanings and preventive, relaxation, and cosmetic dentistry. Those looking to maintain a healthy body and mouth will love our preventive dentistry services. We assess your bite, conduct a cavity exam, check the gums, and screen for oral cancer. Dr. Straus and his local team will help your family save money and pain in the long run by stopping cavities before they become worse.

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To learn about other simple tips such as chewing gum after a meal, make an appointment with Dr. Straus today! Call 804-741-4177, or fill out our online contact form.

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