Did you know that diet sodas are just as damaging as a regular sodas at weakening tooth enamel. Many people consume carbonated beverages, fruit juice, and highly acidic foods every day but probably don’t realize that they might be harming their teeth. The acid in the foods we eat and drink can cause tooth enamel to wear away, making teeth sensitive, cracked, and discolored.

What is tooth erosion? Tooth erosion, or tooth wear, is the loss of tooth structure. Basically, tooth erosion refers to the wearing away of the hard part of your teeth, which is called the enamel.

What causes tooth erosion? Tooth erosion occurs when the enamel on your teeth is worn away by acid. Usually the calcium contained in saliva will help re-mineralize (or strengthen) your teeth after you consume small amounts of acid, but the presence of a lot of acid in your mouth does not allow for re-mineralization.

Acid can come from many sources, including:

• Carbonated drinks. All “fizzy” drinks, including soda (even diet varieties), contain a lot of acid and can dissolve enamel on your teeth very quickly. More damage is done when you drink large amounts and or you hold the drink in your mouth for a long time.

• Pure fruit juice. Juice has similar effects on your teeth because it contains a lot of acid.

• Bulimia and acid reflux. Bulimia, a disease in which a person vomits to avoid gaining weight, and acid reflux also can cause tooth damage due to stomach acids. Medical and dental help should be sought immediately if you or anyone you know suffers from a condition such as this.

What are some signs of tooth erosion? Below are some signs of tooth erosion, ranging from its early stages (sensitivity, discoloration, rounded teeth) to the later, more severe stages (cracks, severe sensitivity, cupping).

• Sensitivity. Since protective enamel is wearing away, you may feel a twinge of pain when you consume hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks.

• Discoloration. Teeth can become slightly yellow because the dentin is exposed.

• Rounded Teeth. Your teeth may have a rounded or “sand-blasted” look.

• Transparency. Your front teeth may appear slightly transparent near the biting edges.

• Advanced Discoloration. Teeth may become more yellow as more dentin is exposed because of the loss of tooth enamel.

• Cracks. Small cracks and roughness may appear at the edges of teeth.

• Severe Sensitivity. As more enamel is worn away, teeth become increasingly sensitive.

• Cupping. Small dents may appear on the chewing surface of the teeth. Fillings also might appear to be rising up out of the tooth.

What can I do to prevent tooth erosion? Because there are different reasons why you may experience tooth erosion (e.g., swishing carbonated drinks, drinking a lot of juice or wine, eating disorders), talk to your dentist about your habits so that a plan for preventive action can be determined. Here are some general things you can do to protect your teeth:

• Reduce or eliminate drinking carbonated drinks. Instead, drink water, milk, tea, or coffee—but skip the sugar!

• Drink acidic drinks quickly and use a straw so that the liquid is pushed to the back of the mouth. Don’t swish them around or hold them in your mouth for long periods.

• After consuming high-acid food or drinks, rinse with water to neutralize the acids, and wait an hour before brushing your teeth.

• Chew sugar-free gum to produce more saliva so your teeth can re-mineralize.

• Brush with a soft toothbrush and be sure your toothpaste contains a high amount of fluoride.

Sensitivity can be reduced by using fluoride and brushing with toothpaste that is specially formulated to reduce sensitivity. There also are over-the-counter, enamel- building products available in stores. Be sure to check with your dentist before trying new products.  Contact Dr. Jerry Paz by phone at 636-456-2454 or learn more at www.pazdental.com

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If you have to our office, or visited our website anytime in the last year year you have probably seen our “wall of fame” or our hardcover book of testimonials. When it comes to dentistry we strive to provide you the absolute best there is to offer. We strive not only to improve your smile but provide an atmosphere that provokes you to use it. When that combination of health and Happiness is achieved we have done our job. But, Don’t take our word for it here is what our clients have had to say about Dr. Paz and the team at Laser Comfort Dentistry.

Dr. Paz is considerate. I feel he takes extra care to make sure I am comfortable. I keep waiting for it to hurt and it never does. I am so Glad I can come to Dr. Paz – Dorthy

Great Job, Now I am proud of my smile again! “Marvelous, simply marvelous”. -Tom

Thank you for making my husband smile again  – Terri

The other day someone told me that they love to see me smile because my teeth are so pretty. Thanks for the great work! – Ruth

How does one say thank you to someone who deserves more than just words. I have a special needs child and Dr. Paz does everything to make sure sara was not scared one bit. Now sara does not mind going to the dentist as long as its Dr Paz – Carolyn

The laser was fantastic!! Its the only way to go – Butch

Thank You Very much For making my dental fear go away. You all make me feel no pain. Thank you with a Big Smile – Jessica

Wow! My Smile is Better than i ever imagined it could be. Thanks to Dr. Paz and his wonderful staff. I recommend invisalign and Laser Dentistry to anyone wanting a better smile! – Kathy

I will Tell you of my first root canal experience. I was terrified before I came… I had friends telling me all of these horrible stories. So much so that I almost cancelled my appointment. However I kept the appointment for fear of any more tooth pain that i might endure- And the visit was Great! The staff, Dr. Paz everyone was great. The root canal was done in no time and I didn’t feel a thing. It was nothing of what nightmare my friends had, put into my head. I will never go anywhere else! –Tammy

I would just like to say you that I have never had such a good time at a dentist office. You are Friendly and kind to me every time I have Come and I appreciate it. -Love Landy

Thank You, To all that Share Their story with us and their love ones. Thank you for putting a smile on our Face! To read more testimonials visit www.pazdental.com

Surprising but true: the major cause of tooth loss in adults is not decay – it’s periodontal (gum) disease. And it’s completely painless right up to advanced stage.

More than half of all people over the age of 18 have at least the early stage of periodontal disease. After age 35 about three out of four adults are affected.

Some people seem to be more susceptible to gum disease that others. Anything from pregnancy, systematic disease (like diabetes), and certain medications can contribute to its development. Smoking increases the likelihood dramatically. Some unlucky folks are inherently more susceptible because of unique bacterial and chemical mixes in the mouth and encourage plaque.

The results of gum disease aren’t pretty early stages show up as persistent bad breath and red swollen gums.Eventually tooth loss is inevitable.

But there is good news. Once you’ve been diagnosed your dentist can start you on the treatment program that involves mechanical removal of plaque and smoothing the root surfaces of teethe so gum tissue has a chance to reattach. As Co-therapist, your dentist will depend on you to continue to work at home. It’s critical to the Success of your treatment that you:

1. Brush and floss twice a day

2. Come in regularly. Only a hygienist can get your teeth their cleanest.

3. Maintain a healthy diet.

Periodontal disease can be treated at every stage. If you notice any signs of gum problems, do call your dentist for a periodontal exam. Together you can beat the statistics and have a good chance of never having to wear dentures.

At Laser Comfort Dentistry we check for signs of Periodontal (gum) disease at your regular checkup and cleaning. If you are diagnosed gum disease even at an early stage please take action immediately. Contact Dr. Jerry Paz by phone at 636-456-2454 or learn more at www.pazdental.com

Most everyone is aware that sugar is bad for your oral health. Common knowledge states that the more sugar you eat, the more cavities you will have. Although that’s not the most accurate statement, it is a good starting point for the discussion on what causes dental cavities.

Your mouth is the perfect environment for hundreds of species of bacteria and fungi. Get rid of the notion that all bacteria and fungi are bad because in reality vast majority of the bacteria in your mouth are beneficial. The population of bacteria in your mouth (oral flora) actually helps to protect your teeth from decay and to protect your body from infectious diseases, among other benefits.

On the contrary, your mouth also provides the perfect environment for a few cavity causing bacteria, namely certain strains of Mutans streptococci and Lactobacillus. If your oral health is one that promotes the growth of these bacteria, then you are much more likely to get cavities. A diet high in simple sugars mixed with inadequate oral hygiene is the perfect recipe for you to have dental caries. Essentially, based on what you eat and how well you take care of your mouth either promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria or these cavity causing (cariogenic) bacteria. Once you put food in your mouth, these bacteria start to use the microscopic leftovers to make bacterial super glue. This glue is actually made up of glucans, which are molecules produced by the bacteria which allow it to stick itself to your teeth. Once the bacteria is stuck on the tooth, the acidic products of digestion are released from the bacteria. These acidic waste products are what dissolve the enamel of your teeth and ultimately create cavities.

This isn’t the whole story. These bacteria also produce poisons called mutacins, which kill other bacterial species. This essentially allows more of the same bad bacteria to fill the space where the good bacteria previously was. On top of that, they also produce storage molecules , which allow the bacteria to continue producing acidic wastes even after you’ve removed all the food from your mouth.

The important thing to understand is that these bacteria are very difficult to get rid of. Brushing and flossing usually won’t do the trick. That is why your insurance covers and your dentist insist on seeing you 2 times a year for a cleaning and exam. By Following these guidelines we are able to limit the amount bacteria and build up that causes cavities.

Call Laser Comfort Dentistry Today 636-456-2454 or visit www.pazdental.com

Thanks to everybody who celebrated our 25th Anniversary with us on thursday October 14th. We had a blast with some long time friends and enjoyed meeting some new people. If you missed it we gave away Lots and Lots and had some amazing food and fellowship. We love Warrenton and we love our patients. Thanks again for making the last 25 years amazing!!

Your Invited!

As a thank you to our valued patients and the community for the past 25 years of success, we invite you to come celebrate with us Thursday October 14th from 4pm-7pm  Dr. Jerry Paz and the team at Laser Comfort Dentistry would like to invite you to stop by Thursday night October 14th for free food, music and giveaways the entire family will enjoy.

507 N. Hwy 47 Warrenton, Mo 63383