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Posts for: February, 2016

By Geary Dentistry
February 24, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental erosion  
TestYourKnowledgeAQuizonDentalErosion

1. What is dental erosion?
a. tooth decay; b. dissolving of tooth enamel by acids in food or drink; c. destruction of tooth material by wear; d. attacks on teeth by bacteria

2. Which of these drinks does not cause dental erosion?
a. orange juice; b. cola drinks; c. water; d. energy drinks

3. Soda sweetened with artificial sweeteners does not cause dental erosion.
a. true; b. false

4. Brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic food or drinks may make erosion worse.
a. true; b. false

5. Waiting after consuming acidic foods or drinks allows time for your saliva to neutralize the acid and add calcium back to the enamel in your teeth.
a. true; b. false

6. How long should you wait before brushing after consuming acidic foods or drinks?
a. 10 minutes; b. 20 minutes; c. 30 minutes to an hour d. eight hours

7. Loss of tooth surface material due to dental erosion is reversible.
a. true; b. false

8. People who suffer from bulimia, a psychological condition in which they frequently induce vomiting, often develop severe dental erosion from stomach acid.
a. true; b. false

9. What is the meaning of a low pH value?
a. high pH means high acidity; b. low pH means high acidity; c. neutral pH means high acidity; d. none of the above

10. Properties of a beverage that define their likelihood to erode your teeth are its acidity and its buffering capacity (resistance to being neutralized by saliva.)
a. true; b. false

11. Cola beverages, sports and energy drinks, and fruit juices have a low pH and high buffering capacity. What other factors determine their likelihood of causing dental erosion?
a. acid concentration; b. drinking them more frequently; c. swishing them around in your mouth; d. all of the above

12. How can you reduce dental erosion from the beverages you drink?
a. drink acidic beverages only at mealtimes and not all day long; b. drink beverages with added calcium; c. sip drinks through a straw to reduce contact with your teeth; d. all of the above

Answers: 1b, 2c, 3b, 4a, 5a, 6c, 7b, 8a, 9b, 10a, 11d, 12d

How did you score on our quiz? We hope you gained some information that will help you reduce dental erosion and preserve your teeth’s vital protective enamel.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about acid erosion of teeth. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Dental Erosion.”


By Geary Dentistry
February 12, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Soda  

Should I Avoid Soda? What you need to know about soda and your teeth.

You drink a lot of soda, and even though you’ve switched to diet, you wonder what it’s doing to your body and your teeth. You are right to be concerned because soda can harm your teeth and your body in many ways. Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary at Geary SodaDentistry in Brookfield, Wisconsin want you to know just how bad soda really is for you.

Soda can contain as much as 39 grams of sugar, that’s over 9 teaspoons in a 12 ounce can. That’s a lot of sugar, and this sugar combines with the normal bacteria in your mouth and creates a bacterial acid. This acid is so strong it can eat right through your tooth enamel. Underneath your tooth enamel is a layer called dentin. When the acid has eaten through to the dentin, you have a cavity that needs treatment. Diet soda is also very acidic, with a pH of 3.2; to give you an idea, battery acid has a pH of 1 and water has a pH of 7.

Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, Wisconsin, want you to know soda isn’t just bad for your teeth. Its effects can be felt through many of your body systems and organs. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, soda has been known to:

  • Increase your risk of obesity
  • Raise your blood sugar levels
  • Raise your risk of heart attack
  • Raise your risk of diabetes
  • Decrease the density of your bones!

If you are thinking about giving up soda, the best advice is to try to wean yourself off gradually by drinking less soda and mixing soda with water. When you do drink soda, be sure to:

  • Swish with water and spit it out
  • Brush with toothpaste or water
  • Drink with a straw to keep sugar off of your tooth enamel
  • Avoid soda before you go to sleep
  • Drink soda quickly; don't gradually sip it for a long time

We all want to live healthier and better and getting rid of soda in your diet can go a long way toward improving how you feel. The constant flow of sugar is bad for your body and especially bad for your teeth. Drs. Terence and Mary Eileen Geary at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield, Wisconsin want you and your teeth to be at their best. Call today and get soda out of your life!


By Geary Dentistry
February 09, 2016
Category: Oral Health
ActorDavidRamseySaysDontForgettoFloss

Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”