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I Just Ate a Candy Cane.  Now What?!?

I Just Ate a Candy Cane.  Now What?!? November 28, 2018 It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  It could also be the sweetest.  Are you like Buddy the Elf?  “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.”  While we love Buddy and that beloved Christmas movie, we’re not so sure about his nutritional advice.  While you and your family are enjoying the sweet treats of the season, keep these tips in mind to ward off “sugar bugs” (the cutesy name we use for the bacteria that cause cavities).
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Bad Breath

Bad Breath June 28, 2017 It would not be a stretch to say that every single person has experienced bad breath at some point in his or her life.  We are all susceptible to “morning breath” or “garlic breath”, which are neither surprising nor difficult to fix.  Many people suffer from persistent bad breath which seems difficult to cure.  As with most things, finding the cause of the problem will lead us much closer to a solution.  Let’s take a look at the most common causes of bad breath. What causes bad breath? When you get to the bottom of bad
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Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) April 25, 2017 What is dry mouth? Dry mouth or xerostomia is a condition in which the salivary glands do not function properly.  In some cases, there is some limited salivary flow. In others, there is no salivary flow at all.  At rest (when not eating), your body is supposed to produce more than 1/10mL of saliva per minute, and when chewing, more than 7/10mL of saliva per minute.  Anything less than this is considered dry mouth.  Some people can tell when their mouth feels dry, but others are unaware of it.  If you’re not sure, ask
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Product Highlight: Xylitol

Product Highlight: Xylitol September 13, 2016 What is xylitol? Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants. Xylitol is not an artificial substance, but a normal part of everyday metabolism and widely distributed throughout nature in small amounts. It does not break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth. It also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth, increases saliva flow, and is shown to stimulate remineralization of teeth. Research studies have shown a linear reduction in the levels of Streptococcus mutans (the bacteria that causes cavities) in plaque
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