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Red Wine? That’s right-vino rosso could actually keep your teeth healthy
Red wine may be good for your heart, cancer insulin levels-so why not …your teeth? It may seem counterintuitive (and like a recipe for stained choppers), but a new study suggests that red wine could help keep your teeth healthy. Spanish researchers created a mixture of cavity-causing bacteria similar to those found in your mouth and then treated it difference liquids. They found that red wine (even nonalcoholic varieties) and grape seed extract both helped to get rid of the bacteria. Wine is rich in polyphenols, health-boosting compounds that have antibacterial properties. An excuse to pour a nice merlot with dinner? We’ll take it. Just make sure to keep your intake to the recommended one glass per day.

CREST-Adventurous has mint chocolate trek.
CUPCAKE-Satisfy your sweet tooth-literally. The manufacturer swears that brushing with this will leave your teeth feeling “frostingly fresh.” $5 at
BLUEBERRY-While aimed at an audience of children, there’s no rule saying adults can’t enjoy some blueberries while brushing! And infused with natural calendula, this paste’s aniti-inflammatory properties are a win for gums and teeth alike. %.85 at
CHOCOLATE-Chocolate lovers can get their fix with a most decadent brushing experience. At
CINNAMON- Spice up your mouth with TheraNeem’s herbal and spice infused paste. Available at Grassroots Natural Market. $7.79 at

Radiography and the Pregnant Patient
The risks and the benefit must be weighed when deciding whether a radiographic examination is appropriate for an expectant mother.
The use of diagnostic imaging in pregnant patients can be concerning for both patients and clinicians. Clinicians who have a solid understanding of the radiation delivered by various radiographic techniques and the acceptable exposure thresholds are best prepared to effectively advise their patients. Though radiographs can enhance treatment diagnosis and planning, the exposure can elevate a person’s lifetime risk of cancer. The two principal s of radiation protection to help manage the risk: appropriate justification for performing each procedure and careful optimization of the radiation dose used during each procedure. Basically, each person should have the proper x-ray so that the dosage is correct for them.
Dr. Sturner says that he is not worried about excessive radiation in our office. We make it our practice to not x-ray unless necessary. Also, we have our digital x-ray machines calibrated to make sure they are using the correct dosage of rads.

ACHES & CLAIMS Behind the Buzz to Make Injections Less Painful
The Ache: whether it’s a vaccination, a blood draw or a numbing injection at the dentist, people find getting stuck with needles to be painful.
The Claims: Vibrating devices placed near the injection can trick the nervous system into dampening pain signals.
The Verdict: A handful of scientific studies have found the devices reduce perception of pain during needle sticks. More research is needed to confirm findings, scientist say. That said, some clinicians say their patients love them.
The theory behind the devices is that the body can process only a limited amount of sensation at once. When vibration is felt at the same time as pain the nervous system filters some of the pain signals to avoid flooding the brain with too much information, says Canadian psychologist Ronald Melzack, a professor emeritus at McGill University in Montreal who co-developed this so-called gate control theory of pain in the 1960’s. Dr. Melzack, who has no connection to companies selling the vibrating devices, says the filtering effect isn’t powerful enough to ease intense pain, but would make a needle-stick more tolerable.
Dental schools often teach students to wiggle the lip when giving the numbing shot, says Jeffry Shaefer, an assistant professor in charge of education on pain and anesthesia at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
The commercial devices are designed to make delivering effective vibration easier The DentalVibe is a $695. Device invented by dentist Steven G. Goldberg and sold to dentist by Bing Innovations LLC of Boca Raton, Fla. It has two prongs that provide pulsing vibrations.
In a 50-person Turkish study, published earlier this year in the journal of JSM Dentistry, patients got shots on one side of the mouth with the DentalVibe and the other side without. They reported less pain in the device side. Harvard researchers, in a study expected to be funded by Bing, will study the effect of the DentalVibe on pain from a particularly unpleasant shot called the “long buccal,” which anesthetizes the lower gum and check toward the back of the mouth.
The Buzzy is a vibrating plastic oval device that can be held or strapped to the skin while giving a shot. It is sold by MMJ Labs LLC in Atlanta in heavy-duty professional models for $70 to $100, or a consumer version for $40 ($60 for a larger model). Buzzy comes in black or with bumblebee or ladybug designs. Buzzy is used by patients for injections at home, and doctors administering Botox and fillers.
In December, Quest Laboratories rolled out a The Penguin a similar product to the Buzzy. Quest director says that “Everyone who has come in contact with it thinks it makes difference .
Dr. Sturner’s opinion on this new gadget is…..He does not want a plastic ladybug or bumble bee near his face. He thinks that it is a waste of money.

Can cheese reduce wine stain on your teeth?
TRUE. According to Emanuel Laylieu, D.D.S., a cosmetic dentist in New York City, 15 seconds can make the difference to keep your teeth white. If you like red wine, but agree that the purple mouth is not pretty. Eat 1 ounce of hard cheese pre- and post-drink. The calcium forms a film to prevent staining, and chewing it whisks away dulling acid.
I thought this was a pretty interesting concept so I asked Dr. Sturner his opinion on this theory. He definitely thinks that it may make a difference, but we are going to try it to see if it works. Check back in May to see if it works.