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Cavities and exercise
What Do Cavities And Exercise Have In Common?
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You wouldn’t think tooth decay is related to exercise, but they do have a common link! Exercising may not have a direct effect on your cavities, but a chemical called lactic acid plays a role in both. Why is this worth mentioning? Well, many of my patients have often expressed the idea that develops teeth cavities by coming in contact with sugar. While sugar can eventually lead to decay, it does not do it through direct exposure. So how do teeth form cavities? From bacteria!

Lactic Acid

Bacteria exist everywhere. We have bacteria on our skin, in our intestines, and even in our mouth. Some bacteria, like Streptococcus Mutans, break down sugars and fermentable carbohydrates from the foods we eat and make lactic acid as a byproduct. The same lactic acid that our muscles produce when we workout. The bacteria then excrete this lactic acid onto the surface of our teeth, slowly breaking down the enamel into soft, decayed tissue.
When working out, the lactate produced can be repurposed into glucose and used as fuel for the entire body including the muscles, heart, and brain. Lactate is also metabolized in the mitochondria and used as powerful fuel for muscle contractions during workouts. It’s interesting to think that the same chemical that helps our bodies when we’re working out, can cause so much trouble in our mouths!

Preventing Cavities

By brushing and flossing regularly, you remove food debris from your mouth and deprive bacteria like S. Mutans of their food source. It’s not the act of limiting sugar contact with teeth, but proper hygiene that really helps prevent tooth decay. Brushing and flossing every day might seem like a tiresome chore, but doing this a few minutes a day—along with regular visits to the dentist—will ensure that you keep your teeth healthy for a long, long time.
If you’re not completely sure how to brush or floss properly, come on down to Highline Dental. Our skilled dentist, Dr. Kim, would be more than happy to show you the proper way to keep your teeth looking their best!

Dental Procedure
Can I Claim Dental Procedures On My Tax Return?
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It’s that time of year again; it’s time to file your taxes. The process is dreaded by many Americans because it can be complicated and confusing. We can help, at least a little. In this post, we’ll tell you what you need to know about claiming dental services on your tax return.

Can I Claim Them?

The short answer: yes! Dental care is expensive. Especially when it comes to surgery and orthodontic work, it can set you back thousands of dollars. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does consider many of these costs to be medical expenses, which means there’s a chance that you can count them as a deduction, but this is not true for all expenses.

Which Expenses Are Deductible, And Which Ones Aren’t?

The following dental expenses can be claimed on your tax return:

  • Dental surgery
  • Extractions
  • Artificial teeth
  • Braces
  • Hospital stays and any related x-rays or medications
  • Many routine and preventative services like time with a dental hygienist and sealants

Cosmetic procedures and non-prescription drugs cannot be claimed, in addition to services that were covered by your health insurance. When it comes to unqualified expenses if you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) you may be able to use that to cover the fee. Talk to your employer or provider to learn more about your specific benefits.

Don’t Delay! Come See Us At Highline Dental in Richmond

Just like you don’t want to wait until April 14 to file your taxes, don’t put off your bi-annual visit to the dentist! Make sure to come to see us in the first half of 2019 for a check-up. Here at Highline Dental, we offer a whole variety of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, including implants, veneers, whitening, and much more. Contact us today to set up an appointment for yourself and everyone in your family.

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Teeth Infections
How Different Types of Water Affect Teeth
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With a daily abundance of beverage options at your fingertips, are you aware of how your drink choices affect your overall health? Between the whopping amount of calories and added sugar in many sodas, sports drinks, and even some fruit juices, most of us know that water is the best choice for our oral health and overall health. Here, we’ll discuss the differences between three types of water: tap water, bottled water, and sparkling water which causes teeth infections.

Tap Water

When you turn on the faucet in your kitchen or bathroom, you’re using tap water. We wash our hands with it, we brush our teeth using it, and we often don’t think twice about it. This type of water must meet the standards of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In many parts of the country, this includes making sure it contains enough fluoride, which is often naturally occurring in the water supply (as is the case in Richmond, Texas), but fluoride is often added to a greater amount to offer more protection against tooth decay. Historically, the presence of fluoride in a community’s tap water has significantly reduced the occurrence of tooth decay. If you are using a filter with your tap faucet, you may be filtering out some of the beneficial fluoride, but usually it’s only in trace amounts so there’s no need to worry about teeth infections.

Bottled Water

In addition to being more expensive and potentially harmful to the environment, a standout characteristic of bottled water is that many brands do not include added fluoride. You and your family are missing out on some of the oral health benefits of fluoride if you get your water intake exclusively from non-fluoridated bottled water. So be sure you are brushing your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste and rinsing occasionally with a mouthwash that contains fluoride.

Sparkling Water

Although it unfortunately doesn’t contain fluoride, sipping sparkling water is a simple way to add a little excitement to your water intake with its satisfying little bit of fizz. Carbonation, the source of that fun fizz, technically changes the pH of water and leads to a more acidic drink, but plain sparkling water has thus far proved to erode teeth enamel about the same as regular water, its non-carbonated, un-sparkly cousin. However, a word of caution: if your sparkling water is flavored with citrus or sugar, beware! Citrus-flavored sparkling water is actually much more acidic than plain sparkling water and poses a greater risk of enamel erosion. And if your sparkling water contains sugar, it’s no longer really just sparkling water; it’s a sweetened beverage that makes you more susceptible to tooth decay.

Our Team Is Here to Help!

Still have questions about how water affects teeth infections? Ask anyone on our friendly and knowledgeable team. We love educating our patients about their oral health. Moreover, if it has been more than six months since you last had a dental checkup and cleaning, contact us to set up your next appointment.