Friday, August 28, 2009

A Sour Smile is not a Happy Smile, From 19th Street Dental

It’s no secret that sweet, sugary candies and drinks have an adverse effect of the health of your smile, but what about sour or tart candies? We at 19th Street Dental thought you might want to know what kind of an effect does eating or drinking something sour have on my smile?

Recent research from the Minnesota Dental Association suggests that the amount of acid in sour candies is enough to eat away at tooth enamel and cause cavities. Here are a few souring facts about sour candies, and some helpful tips on how to protect your teeth from 19th Street Dental (even if you cannot give up sour candies all together).


-Sour candies can be very acidic, and may actually burn the gums and cheeks, while weakening and wearing down the enamel on your teeth. (Check the acid levels in some of your favorite candies)

-It can take almost 20 minutes for the acid in sour candies to become neutral. Holding the acid in your mouth by sucking on sour hard candies or chewing sour gummies can keep the acid active for more than 20 minutes.

-The acid in sour candies can cause cavities and severe tooth decay.

Protect your teeth

-Limit the amount of sour candies that you eat on a daily basis, and if you do indulge, remember not to suck or chew on sour candies for long periods of time.

-After eating sour candies, rinse your mouth out with water, drink milk, or eat a couple slices of cheese. This will help neutralize the acid in your mouth (wait at least one hour before brushing your teeth with toothpaste, as this can actually increase the effects of acid on your teeth)

-If tooth erosion has already begun, ask your dentist about ways you can help reduce sensitivity and continue to protect your teeth.

Hope this helps! From 19th Street Dental.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

19th Street Dental Around the Web

If you've ever visited us at 19th Street Dental, you already know that we love connecting with our patients. We love the ability to communicate with all of you online too! Besides our web site and our blog, 19th Street Dental is on many other networks too!

* Share a video with us, or watch one of ours on YouTube

* View and comment on our photos on MySpace

* Write a review about your 19th Street Dental experience on Yelp

See you around the web!

--19th Street Dental

Friday, August 14, 2009

Write a Review of 19th Street Dental

Whether you have visited us for a week or for years, we love to hear your feedback about 19th Street Dental. Now with the internet, it is even easier to write your thoughts and share them with the world. We want to encourage you to write a review of us of Yelp. It only takes a moment!

Thank you!

--Dr. Patel

Friday, August 7, 2009

Summer Fun with 19th Street Dental!

Its summer here at 19th Street Dental, a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories. Whether you are headed to a barbeque, a camping trip, or just having fun in the sun, we want to hear about it! Leave a comment on our blog and tell us about your summer!

Happy Travels,

-From 19th Street Dental