Dental Facts and Tips

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A beautiful smile can create the perception of a more intelligent, interesting, and successful person.

A new study by Beall Research & Training of Chicago proves it. The study showed two sets of photos of the same person before and after undergoing cosmetic dentistry. After dental treatment, all were ranked more attractive, intelligent, happy, successful, friendly, interesting, kind, wealthy, popular, and sensitive. Good oral care is one of the easiest ways to positively impact your overall health. We offer emergency and routine dental care for SIU Carbondale students.

The link between soft drinks and cavities:

Are you a soda drinker? Soda is sugar water with little nutritional value. Each regular soft drink contains an average of 10 teaspoons of sugar. How much sugar and acid is in your favorite soda?

Beverage Acid (pH)* Sugar
Water 7.0(neutral) 0
Barq’s 4.61 10.7 tsp.
Sprite 3.42 9.0 tsp.
Coke 2.53 9.3 tsp.
Diet Coke 3.39 0.0 tsp
Nestea 3.04 5.0 tsp
Gatorade 2.95 3.3 tsp.
Battery Acid 1.00 0.0 tsp.

* A low pH is bad

With every sip you take, the acid in soft drinks attacks your teeth and eats away your tooth enamel causing cavities. Excess sugar puts you at greater risk for dental decay, diabetes, and obesity. Soft drinks may stain your teeth with the artificial coloring. Save your smile by avoiding soft drinks!

Dental and health connection

Good oral care is one of the easiest ways to positively impact your overall health

The health of your mouth can influence your entire body. Take the quiz below.

  1. Do your gums bleed?
  2. Do you have cavities or bad breath?
  3. Do you have diabetes?
  4. Do you have heart disease?
  5. Are you pregnant or taking birth control pills?
  6. Has it been over a year since you had your teeth checked or cleaned?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be at risk for gum disease. Recent research has also linked bacteria in gum disease to diabetes, heart disease and low birth weight in babies. Visit your dentist or the Student Health Center’s Dental Service to find out more.