Free Dental Advice
Sometimes we forget that dentists are also doctors and that we should be listening to their advice. Read on for some words of wisdom from dentists about common concerns around dental care.
Chew Your Way to Fresh Breath
If you want to reduce the bad bacteria in your mouth, you should be all over xylitol [a sugar substitute found in chewing gum]. It changes the chemistry of your mouth. Six or seven pieces of xylitol gum every day will help keep cavities away.
With any kind of mouth piercing, there’s a huge risk of infection if it’s not done in a really sterile environment. I’ve seen cases where we’ve had to cut out pieces of the tongue because the infection was so rampant. Even when things go well, virtually everyone I see with a tongue piercing has chipped front teeth. Don’t pierce your tongue.
Mercury’s an Urban Myth
Amalgam [silver] fillings do release a small amount of mercury but you’d have to have about 300 fillings for the level to get high enough to pose even the smallest risk.
Taking metal fillings out can release more mercury than leaving them in. There’s no proof they do harm. Convincing patients to remove fillings for health reasons is quackery.