Dentist Blog

By Dr. JoAnne Carr
January 23, 2017
Category: Preventative Care
Tags: Dental trivia   dental facts  

Happy New Year!

 Listed below are three random facts that are relevant to mouths and dentistry, procured from my inbox:

1.   Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

2.   The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

3.   Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

Hooray for the oral cavity and its uniqueness! 

Here’s to another year of dental health and great smiles.

By Dr JoAnne Carr
October 17, 2016
Tags: Fluoride   hygiene   decay prevention  

 

December 5, 2016 is the date when areas of Santa Clara County will begin receiving fluoridated water. 

Here are the zip codes of fully or partially fluoridated water as of December 5, 2016:

94022       94024       94028       94040       94041

94043       94085       94086       94089       94301 

94303       94304       94305       94306       95002

95008       95032       95035       95054       95111

95112       95116       95118       95120       95121

95122       95123       95124       95125       95127

95131       95132       95133       95134       95135

95136       95138       95148   

Interestingly enough, the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) voted to fluoridate its water five years ago, in 2011.  It has taken this long to fund and implement the change.  Fluoridation for the entire county is expected to be complete by 2020. 

Non-fluoridated zip codes:

94087       95013       95014       95020       95030

95037       95046       95050       95051       95053

95070       95110       95113       95117       95119

95126       95128       95129       95130       95139

94550       95023       95033       95140       95141

If you live in an area that will be newly fluoridated, we recommend that you discontinue your children’s fluoride supplements starting in December.  (Fluoride drops or fluoride in vitamins are regularly prescribed when drinking water is non-fluoridated.)

Questions?  The SCVWD has a great website:  http://www.valleywater.org/services/Fluoridation.aspx

By Dr JoAnne Carr
October 05, 2016
Category: Preventative Care

Question:  Is the water in the South Bay fluoridated?

Answer:  It’s complicated.

First, some background info.  What’s the big deal about fluoride?

Fluoride has been shown to be a player in the fight against tooth decay (i.e., cavities).  Fluoride gives teeth resistance to acid attack from the bacteria in plaque.  It also reverses early decay by remineralizing the enamel of your teeth.

Fluoride comes in two forms:  topical and ingested.  The topicals are toothpastes, mouth rinses and in-office varnish we paint on your teeth.  Ingested fluorides are swallowed, like supplements and fluoridated water. 

20-40% = the decrease in tooth decay when fluoride is added to a community water supply.

So…….fluoride in your water IS a big deal because it helps you, and everyone else in town, not get cavities.  It really works!

Is it safe?  Yes.  “After 60 years of research and practical experience, the preponderance of scientific evidence indicates…..(fluoride is) both safe and effective”, says the American Dental Association website:  http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Member%20Center/FIles/fluoridation_facts.pdf?la=en

Fun fact:  The CDC has proclaimed community water fluoridation as one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.

Not-so-fun fact:  San Jose is the largest city in the US without fluoridated water.

But that is about to change!  Stay tuned. 

By Dr. JoAnne Carr
August 11, 2016
Category: Hygiene

To floss or not to floss – continued….

The Best comment I have regarding last week’s flossing news is from Emily Willingham of Forbes Magazine: “I would like to urge the people of Earth to please continue flossing their teeth or using something to clean between them, if possible… Unless you are Gollum, you probably get food bits stuck between your teeth that toothbrushes, no matter how good you are with them, aren’t gonna get out…The story questioning the benefits of flossing doesn’t actually say that flossing has no benefits.”

By Dr. JoAnne Carr
August 08, 2016
Category: Hygiene
Tags: Flossing   no need to floss  

Flossing not beneficial? Balderdash!

It was hard not to miss this morning’s front page Mercury News treatment of the latest dental bombshell:

The federal government, after compiling studies on flossing, said there’s little or no evidence it benefits dental health and has stopped recommending its use.

The article goes on to say the Associated Press examined the research and failed to find convincing evidence that flossing is effective. The studies found were “weak, unreliable,” and of “very low” quality.

What do we, who spend our days in the dental trenches say in response?

First, after looking in mouths for 30+ years, we can unequivocally state that regular flossing greatly reduces plaque buildup, prevents cavities, and keeps gums healthier than they would ever be without said flossing.

Second, perhaps this Flossing Kerfuffle is a benefit in disguise since it will create new dialogue in what has been a tired old story since 1979 (the year the government began recommending that Americans floss every day). How many times a day do we hear, “I know I should floss, but I haven’t been doing it.” Now we can replace the guilt with an honest to goodness conversation about why we think floss is still one of the most important tools in the oral health toolbox. It will become not just a duty one has to endure, but a free will act of self- care that will help reduce bleeding, save jawbone and keep teeth comfortable and functional for life.

What’s not to like about that?

Thank you, U.S. government!





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