One More Reason To Just Stay In Bed This A.M.?


You’re late for work, skip breakfast and during the commute, pick up a doughnut and cup of coffee and you’re on your way. This common quick-fix breakfast scenario can lengthen your time spent in the dental chair, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education.

The sugars in doughnuts have been identified as a risk factor for gum inflammation and cavities. The AGD has reported findings that show the sugars in oatmeal cookies amount to only one-fifth of the sugars in plain doughnut particles.

The amount of sugar and cream in your coffee also can have a direct effect on the amount of cavity-causing bacteria. Tannins found in coffee etch into the pits and grooves of the tooth enamel, producing a rough, stained surface.

What can someone do to lessen the sugar bath their teeth receive from this breakfast combination?

“Don’t nurse your coffee or pick at that doughnut throughout the morning,” says AGD spokesperson Paul Bussman, DMD, FAGD. “When you eat your doughnut quickly, it limits the exposure time to the sugar attack.”

“Also, cut back on the amount of cream and sugar for your coffee,” advises Dr. Bussman. “Try picking up fruit or another morning meal substitute.”

Hope our sharing this message from the AGD hasn’t ruined your morning – our goal is to help you not ruin your smile. Feel free to contact us with any questions. Thanks, Dr Cole and Dr Stanford 708-460-3040


Tastes Great, Cuts Calories, AND Cuts Cavities!

It tastes great, cuts calories, AND cuts cavities! Sounds too good to be true but its fact. Check out these exerpts from the Academy of General Dentistry to find out more.
Xylitol is a sweetener which is found in beets, corncobs, raspberries, and other natural sources. It can’t be metabolized by bacteria, slowing the acid-producing process that causes cavities. Regular use of xylitol reduces dental plaque (the first stage of cavity development, tartar formation, and tooth staining) which promotes better dental health.

Xylitol is a safe, natural and convenient way to supplement daily dental care. Xylitol gum or mints used 3 to 5 times daily is considered optimal. Try to use it immediately after meals and snacks to help reduce plaque, inhibit adhesion of bacteria to the teeth, and reduce contact time of sugar on teeth.

Pet owners should note that xylitol is harmful to dogs. To prevent poisoning, dog owners should keep products containing xylitol out of the reach of their dogs.

Xylitol can be found in chewing gum, candy, toothpastes, mouthwash, and some foods. To find out more, contact Dr Cole and Dr Stanford at