Energy Drinks and Your Youngster’s Teeth. Should You Worry?

Jul 14th, 2022
Easton Dentists Nov 18th, 2022

Sugary Energy Drinks Can Cause Dental Damage

The hard clack of cleats echo about as your “little” sports hero rushes to get out of the house … soon to be late for practice. Armed with all they’ll need for a day in the sun, their equipment bag is packed and slung awkwardly over one shoulder, bursting at the seams with untold numbers of pads and dirty gear. And after making a final beeline through the kitchen to raid your refrigerator of a 64oz bottle or two of rainbow-colored sustenance, they’re off for what will no doubt be another grueling practice session. You’re proud of your kids – they’re growing up. And yet you wonder as you stare at the door that just shut behind them. Are those technicolored drinks they’re drinking every day hurting them?

The truth, unfortunately, is yes. While they may keep your children energized and awake for the next few hours, the bad news is, they’re secretly eating away at their teeth – and fast.

Why Are Energy Drinks Such a Threat to Teeth?

The crux of the problem is the double-whammy that comes from an exceedingly high sugar content(in the ones that still contain sugar) and citric acid pH that can be as low as 2.9. Now, we understand pH can be a tricky thing to understand, so to help put that number in perspective, a bit, consider this: battery acid has a pH of 0.0 (so, a lower number means a higher acid content). Stomach acid (which we can imagine as being quite acidic, at least!) has a pH that fluctuates between 1.0 and 3.0.  A lemon, in contrast, comes in at around 2.0, a grapefruit at 3.0, and tomato juice at 4.0.

The real distinction though is in knowing that with each increase in numerical value, the acid intensity increases 10-fold. So, in the example above, a lemon ends up being 10 times more acidic than a grapefruit, and 100 times more acidic than tomato juice – a sensation you can certainly taste if you bite into one!  In contrast, milk and water have a pH of 7.0, so, it’s easy to see the difference in the numbers – they’re huge.

The Science

What all this means to your child’s teeth is the real question, though, and precisely what researchers at Southern Illinois University set out to discover in 2012.  The results, which surprised even the research team, showed considerable damage to tooth enamel after only five days of steady consumption. Five days.

To determine the effect of these drinks on our teeth, the research team looked at 22 popular sports and energy drinks, and exposed artificial tooth enamel to the beverages for 15 minutes at a time, four times daily. This schedule was chosen because it mirrors the consumption habits of many users who drink these beverages every few hours – a particularly common habit among those who consume sports drinks, particularly when your kids are involved in sports.  After each 15-minute exposure, the enamel was then placed into an artificial saliva solution for two hours to mimic what would happen once consumption stopped.  After only five days on this schedule, the enamel showed a 1.5% loss with sports drinks, and a shocking 3% loss with energy drinks.

We have seen to many patients in their younger years already suffering from extensive enamel loss. One case was especially heartbreaking because the patient thought they were doing a great job simply by staying away from soda. The result: it gave that patient more perceived freedom to consume these sports drinks at a higher rate because they were “better” than soda.

The Critics

While critics in the beverage industry suggest the time used to expose the enamel to the drinks may have been excessive, it’s widely known that snacking, as well as regular sipping of any beverage other than water, creates acidic activity in the mouth that promotes tooth decay. Of course, adults also need to be careful, and if you’re the weekend warrior type, or are pulling shifts and consuming these beverages throughout the day, the time of exposure might actually not be long enough.  The sweet spot is in the middle ground, and that’s basically the advice we’re going to offer today.

There is no doubt that these beverages are not good for our teeth. They’re also not good for our stomach, and esophagus if one is prone to acid reflux.

The Middle Ground — It’s about being Informed

We’re not asking you to force your kids to give up their sports beverages and energy drinks. However, it is wise to know the risks and to understand how you can help your kids combat some of their side effects. Here are two quick tips that will help if they can’t shake the habit:

  • Have them keep water nearby so they sip on it to dilute the acid covering their teeth. This also increases saliva production to help protect tooth enamel.
  • Suggest that they don’t brush immediately after consuming such beverages.  Why? Because in the thirty minutes to an hour after consumption, tooth enamel will be slightly softer, and brushing in this window of time literally ends up spreading the acid around to other parts of the teeth. Not good.  If brushing is desired, save it for an hour or so after.

Lastly, here is the breakdown of the most caustic to least caustic drinks as found by the researchers. Remember, the lower the number, the more harmful to your teeth!

Sports Drinks:

  • Filtered Ionozed Alkaline H2O – pH: 10.0
  • Water – pH: 7.o
  • Odwalla Carrot juice – pH: 6.2
  • Odwalla Vanilla Monster – pH: 5.8
  • Unflavored Pedialyte – pH: 5.4
  • Vita coco – pH: 5.2
  • Aquafina,Dasani, Smart water – pH: 4.0
  • GU2O – pH: 4.29
  • Powerade – pH: 3.89
  • Accelerade – pH: 3.86
  • Gatorade Endurance – pH:  3.22
  • Monster – pH:  2.7

Energy Drinks:

  • Red Bull – pH: 3.3
  • AMP Energy – pH: 2.7
  • Monster Energy – pH: 2.7
  • Full Throttle  – pH: 1.45
  • Rock Star – pH: 1.5

P.S. Don’t forget your annual checkup at Easton Dental and a mouthguard!!

Common Dental Problems Dentists Face

Aug 4th, 2021
Easton Dentists Oct 2nd, 2021

Every day, Dentists, such as yours in Columbus Ohio, face some common dental problems, some more common than others. At first, some of these problems may not be serious. If ignored and not addressed, eventually, they can lead to serious problems.

Here are some of the common problems that dentists face daily:

Bad Breath

Bad breath, also technically known as Halitosis, is a common dental problem that many individuals have. Bad breath can be caused by dry mouth, cavities, gum disease, bacteria on the tongue, and even oral cancers.

Even though a majority of individuals use mouthwash to stop bad breath, mouthwash may just be masking the underlying problem. In rare cases, there may be a serious concern that needs to be addressed.

Cavities

There are different forms of tooth decay, but the most common form of decay that dentists face are cavities.

Cavities occur when a sticky and hard substance called Plaque produce acids that erode the tooth enamel. Plaque is formed by a combination of bacteria, sugar and starches. Depending on how advanced the cavity has spread, in most cases, a filling would be a proper procedure to fix a cavity. However, in more serious cases, a root canal would be the proper course of treatment.

Preventing cavities and tooth decay is relatively easy: brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, go to your regular checkups and eat healthy by avoiding foods that are heavy in starches and sugars.

Gum Disease

Gingivitis and Periodontitis are infections of the gums and the soft tissue of the mouth. These infections are also one of the main causes of all tooth decay among adults.

On the surface, these infections may not be serious, but gum disease is strongly linked to heart disease and stroke.

To prevent gum diseases, it is critical to brush at least twice a day and floss.

Unattractive Smile

Although unattractive smiles are not considered a medical dental problem, they may be considered a problem to people who are unhappy with their smile. Unattractive smiles are a reason why individuals seek treatment to correct these problems.

A smile is important to an individual’s self-esteem. Fortunately, with advancements and techniques in dental sciences, virtually everyone can have a smile that they can be happy with. Through teeth whitening, dental implants, dental bridges, dental partials, or any other cosmetic work, your dentist can achieve your perfect smile.
If you believe that you have any of these common dental problems, it is highly advised that you see a dentist. Although these minor dental problems may not seem serious at first, as time progresses, these could become severe.

At The Dental Center at Easton Town Center, Dr. Glimer, an experienced board certified dentist, deeply cares and understands your dental concerns. Our staff wants you to know that we are highly trained and that we pride ourselves on providing the best care and attention you need to keep your smile healthy. If you believe you have any concerns above or questions regarding your oral health, make an appointment with us today!

What To Look For When Selecting a Dentist in Columbus

Jul 17th, 2021
Easton Dentists Aug 16th, 2021

Dentists in Columbus Ohio work with a lot of patients day in and day out. Just as in any profession, there are individual dentists who enjoy their job with a passion and excel at it, and there are others who just do the minimum to get by. When looking for a dentist, it is important to look for qualities that will make you feel welcomed.

If you are looking for a dentist, here are some traits and qualities that make great dentists:

Easy to Talk to

The best dentists in their field try to learn about their patients on a more personal level before treating them to make them feel comfortable. This makes the patients less anxious and makes them feel like the dentist truly cares about them.

Trustworthiness

There are a lot of sharp and hazardous objects that dentists use every day: syringes, dental picks, drills, x-ray machines and other types of dental equipment. As a patient, you should be able to trust that your dentist is capable of making your experience pain-free and pleasant.

Passionate

There are a lot of dentists who become burnt out in their careers. It is very important to find a dentist that comes to work every day with passion, a smile, a great attitude, and leaves work the same way. These kinds of dentists are eager to constantly learn about new techniques and procedures in dentistry that make life easier for them and their patients.

Great Communicator

Successful dentists can convey their thoughts clearly and efficiently to their patients and staff. Whether it is a simple routine or a complex procedure, a dentist must be able to communicate this important information to you effectively.

At The Dental Center at Easton Town Center, we understand your thoughts and concerns. Visiting a dentist should never be uncomfortable or intimidating. Dr. Gilmer and his professional staff are committed to making every office visit a positive experience. We encourage you to ask questions; together we can make sound decisions about the dental and oral healthcare for you and your family. Schedule an appointment with us today!

How to Become a Dentist

Jul 14th, 2021
Easton Dentists Aug 16th, 2021

“I wrote a song about dental floss, but did anyone’s teeth get cleaner?”  — Frank Zappa

Dentists are the medical professionals that specialize behind the most beautiful of smiles. Day after day, patient after patient, these medical individuals diagnose, treat, and prevent the most common and uncommon oral problems.  These problems can range from plaque build up to oral cancer.

But what does it take to be a dentist in the state of Ohio?

Enroll in a Bachelor’s Degree Program

Traditionally, those becoming aspiring dentists opt for a science-related or pre-dentistry majors to increase their chances of being accepted to dental school.  However, exceptions have been made for individuals who complete an undergraduate degree in an unrelated field.

Take the Dental Admissions Test

The Dental Admissions Test is an examination that grants a prospective dental school candidate admission to a college of dentistry.  The exam is five hours long, contains 280 multiple-choice questions, and its topics include natural sciences, mathematics, and perceptual ability.

Graduate from an Accredited Dental College

Upon completion of any pre-dentistry or science-related undergraduate programs and the Dental Admissions Test, a prospective dentist must graduate from an accredited dental college with either a Doctorate of Dental Surgery or a Doctorate of Dental Medicine.

The first 2 years of dental school encompasses a heavy general dental science curriculum. Upon the final 2 years of dental school, students must participate in clinical practicum and get hands-on experience in dental clinics under supervision.

Obtain Licensure

In the United States, all dentists must obtain a license to practice dentistry.  To obtain licensure, a dentist must take a 2-part exam covering dental science, ethics and clinical procedures given by the state.

Consider a Specialization

Finally, a prospective dentist must also declare a specialty with the American Dental Association (ADA) and the state in which they want to practice. The ADA recognizes 9 different specialty areas: Public Health Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Pediatric Dentistry.  Becoming a specialist in dentistry usually entails an additional 2-4 year education and residency (depending on the state’s requirements) to obtain a specialty license.

At The Dental Center at Easton Town Center, Dr. Brad Gilmer graduated successfully with honors from THE Ohio State University and is currently a member of The American Dental Association, The Ohio Dental Association, The Columbus Dental Society, and The Chicago Dental Society.  With years of practical experience under his belt, you can rest assured that you are in caring and more-than-qualified hands.

Our highly experienced and welcoming dental staff in our office in Columbus Ohio deeply care about our patients.  The Dental Center at Easton provide only the best dental care at an affordable price for you and your family.  If you are due for a check-up, schedule an appointment with us, we would love to meet you; we want to make your visit as pleasant

Acid Reflux And Tooth Sensitivity

Jun 21st, 2021
Easton Dentists Jul 16th, 2021

As if acid reflux wasn’t painful enough, now your teeth are aching. Are acid reflux and tooth sensitivity related? We have the answer.

Do you have acid reflux? Common symptoms of acid reflux include a burning sensation within the chest and throat, dysphagia, sore or hoarse throat, the feeling of a blockage or lump within the throat, and of course the acid reflux itself; or sour regurgitation of ingested foods and liquids that comes up with a burning sensation. While this illness has much to do with heartburn, did you know it could also have a staggering effect on the health and wellness of your teeth? We’re looking at how acid reflux and tooth sensitivity are related.

Acid reflux is caused by a backup of bile or stomach acids that make their way into the esophagus, causing pain and discomfort along the way. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 7-million Americans suffer from acid reflux and may not realize the damage it is doing to their teeth until decay has already become severe. One way to ensure the health of your teeth is to inform your dentist of any medical conditions you may have, including acid reflux. This will help your dentist best determine which procedures and medications you should be prescribed. He may also be able to help you develop a safer diet for your stomach, and your teeth.

Other ways to avoid the negative effects of acid reflux is to avoid ingesting acidic foods and beverages, wash your mouth out with water immediately after reflux and avoid brushing your teeth for at least one hour after an acid reflux experience. These will help you stand on guard against this frustrating illness.

Contact The Dental Center to discuss your relief options from severe tooth aches and sensitivity. Call today (614) 414-0111 to schedule an appointment.

How To Find A Columbus, Ohio Dentist You Can Trust

May 4th, 2021
Easton Dentists Jun 8th, 2021

One of the most important things to consider when you’re choosing a Columbus, Ohio dentist for you and your family is how comfortable you feel with that person.  If you trust your dentist, the odds are that you will visit them on a regular basis.

Is explaining your symptoms and asking questions easy for you? Does it feel as though the dentist is truly listening to your concerns and understands your questions?

Dr. Gilmer has over 10 years of experience in family dentistry and is committed to providing professional, advanced dental care to his patients of all ages. He is well respected in the community and is known for listening to his patients concerns.

Columbus, Ohio Dentist & The Dental Center

Now you can feel comfortable expressing your fears or anxiety with a doctor who treats every patient like family. With an emphasis on preventative care for the patient’s lifetime, our complete list of dental services caters to each patient.  From routine cleanings and emergency visits to complete smile transformations and restorative dentistry, we utilize the latest dental techniques to give our patients the most innovative services.

Our beautiful office at Easton is designed with your comfort in mind. By uniting a calm atmosphere with innovative technology, we have created a place where each of our patients receives the quality care they need and deserve – in the most efficient manner. That’s why we’re one of the Columbus, Ohio dentist providers.

From the moment you walk in our front door, our team will make you feel comfortable, cared for and welcome. Our state-of-the art facility has the latest certified equipment, so we can offer you the most advanced treatment options.

Flexible Columbus, Ohio Dentist Appointments

The Dental Center at Easton Town Center strives to deliver lifetime care to the Columbus area, because we believe that oral health is an integral piece to your overall health. But sometimes finding a Columbus, Ohio dentist that meets your schedule isn’t always easy.

Our philosophy is to provide care that will be in your best interest now, and in the years to come, so you have a smile that will last a lifetime working your schedule, not ours. That’s what makes life easy choosing your next Columbus, Ohio dentist.

We welcome you to make The Dental Center at Easton Town Center  your first choice in dentistry for your family. We are currently accepting new patients now. Make an appointment today by calling (614) 414-0111. Read more about scheduling your next Columbus Ohio dentist appointment.

Save Money with Regular Dental Checkups

Mar 9th, 2021
Easton Dentists Apr 14th, 2021

Do you put off going to the dentist because of the expense? Maybe you think that you can get by skipping regular dental exams to save some money. However, by skipping regular dental checkups you are putting yourself at risk of seeing bigger bills than the cost of a routine appointment.

People who don’t receive regular dental exams often end up going to the emergency room for oral problems.  Did you know that the emergency room is unequipped to solve underlying dental health problems and the visit there usually costs 10 times more than seeing a dentist to address the same problem?  Seeking routine care can prevent the need to seek emergency dental care after the damage is done, at a much lower cost.

Additionally, oral care has a substantial impact on your overall health. By neglecting regular dental checkups, you are not only putting your oral health at risk but also your overall health and wellbeing. Many diseases can be diagnosed and treated early during regular and routine oral care. Astronomical hospital bills for diseases that could have been prevented can be avoided with an annual dental exam.

Don’t let yourself get stuck with a sky-high hospital bill because you didn’t get regular dental checkups. Call The Dental Center today to schedule your appointment!

How to Make Dental Care Fun for Children

Feb 18th, 2021
Easton Dentists Mar 3rd, 2021

Good dental hygiene habits are developed at a young age. This makes it so important to teach your child early on the importance of brushing and flossing. Your child’s oral health is also a huge part of their overall health and well-being. The best way to approach dental care with your child is by making it fun.

Toddlers and preschoolers think it is great fun to choose their own toothbrushes and toothpaste! One way to get them excited is to take your child to a drugstore and allow them to choose a toothbrush featuring a favorite cartoon character or a favorite color. Just make sure that the brush is American Dental Association approved. There are many fluoride toothpastes made especially for kids that your child can choose too.

For older children (starting at around four or five), try introducing flossing as a fun alternative to. Regular floss can be a challenge for children, so try starting out with a dental flosser. These come in a variety of colors, so they are not only easier for children but also fun!

Children should begin taking advantage of our pediatric dentistry services every six months when they are around one year old. Contact The Dental Center today to make an appointment and get your child started on a lifetime of good oral health!

Oral Care Does Not Retire When You Do

Feb 6th, 2021
Easton Dentists Mar 3rd, 2021

Many retirees may feel that, in their senior years, they do not have to worry about taking care of their dental health. The truth is that at an older age, the contrary is true, and it is more important than ever to keep up with healthy dental habits.

Engaging in proper dental care is one of the most important things that anyone can do for your health – even if you’re retired! Not only is dental care crucial to enjoying good a wide variety of positive health benefits, but it can also save you money on treatment procedures for problems that may arise from poor dental habits. The general health of our mouth and teeth is linked to our overall sense of well-being in a variety of ways. To begin with, having strong teeth allows us to properly chew food, which is essential in managing our nutritional intake and ensuring that our bodies stay strong. Research shows that teeth that are not regularly flossed can have a very negative effect on our respiratory health as well.

Additionally, poor dental health may have an adverse effect on speech and self-esteem. This can cause more than just health problems – poor health care can result in a harder time communicating, leading to social anxiety and other important issues as we age.

No matter where you are in life, it’s never too late to schedule a dental checkup. Contact Easton Dental in Columbus Ohio today to schedule your appointment, and we’ll make a plan to keep your teeth in top shape well into retirement!

When to Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment

Sep 27th, 2020
Easton Dentists Oct 8th, 2020

It is Time to Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment!

Along with brushing and flossing twice a day, the American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months. Regular visits to the dentists are an essential part of maintaining good dental health. During your checkup appointment, your dentist (or dental hygienist) will evaluate gum health, examine your head and neck to check for abnormalities, and examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies. Here’s what you can expect at your next regular dental exam:

Head and Neck Examination

During the head and neck examination, your dentist will:

  • Evaluating face and neck, to look for anything out of the ordinary
  • Checking out lymph nodes
  • Examining your lower jaw joint movement

Clinical Dental Examination

The assessment of tooth and gum health is performed next. During this phase, your dentist will:

  • Examine the Gums and Tongue
  • Check for signs of gum disease and loose teeth
  • Take any oral X-Rays that might be needed
  • Check for any broken teeth or fillings
  • Check for signs of tooth decay

Dental Cleaning

The last part of the dental visit consists of cleaning your teeth. This includes:

  • Removing plaque and tarter from your teeth
  • Polishing teeth and flossing between teeth
  • Reviewing a proper dental hygiene regimen for you.

Remember, regular brushing and flossing aren’t enough to ensure good dental health. Contact The Dental Center today at (614) 414-0111 to set up your next appointment and be on your way to a healthier smile!