The Sugar Shakedown

The Preservation Dental presentation of Tooth Quake Friday, June 17, 2016 in Northville, Michigan. (Photo by Steve Fecht)

My name is Dr. William Demray and I have owned and operated my private dental practice in Northville for almost 40 years. Welcome to my Dental Download!

Over the years, one thing remains clear: dental decay-especially in children- is the most prevalent disease in the world. Dentists have forever preached the mantra, brush for 2 minutes 2 times a day to prevent decay. However, preventing decay is not quite that simple. Education is the best defense against those sneaky ‘sugar bugs.’ For the next few months, I plan on breaking down the major factors of dental decay. Now for today’s Dental Download…

WHAT?

There are several elements the play into the speed and severity of dental decay. Each week, I will pick an element and break it down further, including the what, when, where, and hows of combatting decay.

Frequency/Episode

For your dental health, the number of times sugar is consumed throughout the day is more detrimental than the amount consumed per “episode.”

Chemistry/Content

The different chemical makeups of sugar (i.e. a piece of fruit versus a candy bar) make a difference in the speed of decay.

Form/Stickiness Factor

In a nutshell, the stickier the sugary treat, the more dangerous it is to the health of your teeth.

Defense

I will give you tips and ideas of how to handle different encounters with sugar bugs, including what to do when you out and about with no quick access to a toothbrush.

WHEN?

The time of day when sugar is consumed matters in the fight against decay.

WHERE?

There are specific “high risk” areas in your mouth to be aware of when consuming sugar.

HOW?

By understanding each factor, you can better protect yourself and your family against sugar bugs while still enjoying ice cream socials, Halloween, and other sweet-laden events.