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October 3rd, 2018

 

The crisp Autumn air is a good indication that the holidays are quickly approaching and will be here before we know it!  Beautiful Smiles would like to remind you that as the calendar year ends - so do most dental insurance benefits and flex spending plans.  Any benefits not utilized before December 31st will be lost forever. If you have dental treatment that you have been postponing, it is important to make an appointment as soon as possible!  To schedule all your family’s appointments and use the money and benefits you earned, please call us at 215-536-8111

Thanks to Invisalign®, you can have a perfect smile without metal wires or brackets!

September 18th, 2018

When it comes to straightening your smile, our team at Beautiful Smiles knows that having a mouth full of metal braces may not be your idea of fun. Luckily for you, Dr. Aleta Detwiler and Dr. Teresa Stiteler can offer a cosmetic alternative: Invisalign!

Using a series of clear, comfortable, and completely customized aligners, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted without traditional braces.

Since Invisalign aligners are discreet, they’re hardly noticeable when you speak and smile, and because they’re removable, you can eat and drink whatever you want. Just remember to brush and floss before putting your aligners back in! Treatment with Invisalign is just as effective as with metal braces, and the results are just as amazing!

If you want to know more about Invisalign, contact our Quakertown, PA office to schedule an appointment.

Back to School!

August 7th, 2018

Back to school is quickly approaching! Remember to give our office a call to schedule your kids appointments!

Just as a reminder, dental exams are required for Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 7th grade! Forms are available at school, or here at Beautiful Smiles!

Availability is limited so give us a call at (215) 536-8111 and schedule their appointments today!

Happy Summer!

July 17th, 2018

Getting a cavity seems like delayed punishment for eating that special dessert every weekend or for the few days you forgot to floss. When you are doing everything right with minimal exception and a cavity is diagnosed, it is discouraging. Knowing how cavities form and what causes them is valuable in knowing how to prevent them. In this blog post, Dr. Aleta Detwiler and Dr. Teresa Stiteler will help you understand cavities!

A cavity is not a one-time event. It is actually a symptom of a disease called caries. Tooth decay is a result of an active infection and condition in the mouth. There are ingredients to this infection, which include bacteria, acid, your tooth, and a food source. The main bacterial culprit is S. Mutans. Bacteria live in a housing structure called biofilm. This offers them protection, food, and an ideal replicating environment.

Biofilm can be healthy if there is a balance of good bacteria. When you have caries, the numbers of “bad” bacteria increase and produce an environment where they thrive and therefore cause tooth decay. A main indicator of this is a pH measurement of your saliva.

Several factors can influence the biofilm pH. Foods and beverages all have different pH levels. The lower the number, the higher the acidity. Since acid promotes tooth decay, a beverage like soda will promote a cavity. Water, being neutral, is a good choice to promote healthy oral pH. Healthy eating can still cause cavities. Here is an example of a highly acidic, yet traditionally healthy meal:

Toast with store-bought strawberry jam, and a cup of cottage cheese topped with fresh cranberries.

Instead, here is a better choice, which involves mixing acidic healthy foods with alkaline (non-acidic) foods to reduce the overall pH:

Toast with almond butter, and Greek yogurt topped with fresh blueberries.

The first example will result in a very low pH in the mouth and even in the rest of the body. The second meal mixes highly acidic blueberries with an alkaline Greek yogurt. Dairy products from cows are highly acidic. Toast is acidic because of the yeast and almonds are alkaline.

A natural buffer is saliva. Whenever mouth breathing or medications compromise the saliva flow, the pH is going to drop and caries can go rampant. Getting a cavity is not just about the sweets or forgotten flossing sessions. It is about the pH levels and bacterial management.

For more helpful tips about how to avoid cavities, contact us at (215) 536-8111

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