Dental Service Project: St. Pete Beach Clean Up Evening

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School’s out for the summer! Are you trying to come up with ways to get your kids outside, or to be more productive, or have you wished there was a service project that was okay for kids? Well Dr. Brayer and Dr. Phane seem to be able to find ways to include their kids in service projects. Last summer, Dr. Brayer’s kids set up a neighborhood lemonade stand and donated their earnings to the Oral Cancer Foundation! Follow her on instagram to see pictures of her and her kids making sandwiches for homeless shelters and other wonderful and fun events. Being so involved can be a lot of work, so … Read the rest

Brushing Without Toothpaste: Should You Even Bother? St Pete Dentist Says…

And 8 steps on the proper way to brush your teeth.

Brushing Without Toothpaste: Should You Even Bother? Forget Your Toothpaste

It’s happened to all of us. You’re unpacking your travel bag after a long trip, and you’re dyin’ to get to bed. Eager to brush up and hit the rack, you grab your toothbrush, and aim for the toothpaste. Nothing. Groggy-eyed, you fumble around some more, searching. Still nothing. Looks like you forgot the toothpaste – again. After the front desk informs you they’re out, you wonder what you’re going to do. Should you even bother to brush? Well, as it turns out, according to the American Dental Association, brushing without toothpaste might be just what you needed.

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Xylitol Quick {Prevention} Facts from Your St. Pete Dentist

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  • Bacteria in the presence of xylitol cannot make biofilm that can become plaque
  • Now in CAMBRA protocol for infants-adults in caries prevention.
  • For dry mouth say Xylitol is moisturizing, hydrating, and soothing
  • Xylitol is a natural 5-carb sugar that bacteria cannot metabolize: this interferes with bacteria’ss ability to produce toxins.
  • Xylitol is produced in our body 5-10 grams daily as part of digestive process
  • Xylitol occurs naturally in berries, dark green vegetables as well as other sources
  • Xylitol encourages or promotes oral health
  • More exposures daily to xylitol (especially for infants and toddlers) you deprive the bacteria of food source, which will weaken the bacteria making it harder for them
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