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August 17, 2010

Welcome to our blog! The skinny on sweets.

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 7:15 pm

Welcome to the WahlFamilyDentistry.com blog.  I (Michael Wahl) am new to blogging, but I hope that the dentists, hygienists, and staff at Wahl Family Dentistry can share some interesting and informative items with you about dentistry, our practice, and our patients.

There is an interesting article in yesterday’s New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/17/health/17real.html) showing that more important than large amounts of sweets eaten infrequently is better than small amounts eaten frequently when it comes to tooth decay.  The reason is that every time sugar is exposed to the bacteria in dental plaque, the bacteria releases the acids which cause tooth decay, and the acids last for about 30 minutes each time.  Better to have this acid exposure once than many times.  We know that almost everyone will eat sweets — the important thing is to brush and floss as soon as possible after doing so.

Michael Wahl