Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Skip The Sugary Drinks

As summer sports activities heat up, so do thirsts.  But before reaching for a sports or energy drink, consider the harm it may be doing to teeth.  That’s because the average 32-ounce sports drink contains as much as 14 teaspoons of sugar -- about ¼ cup!

Drinking liquids that contain so  much sugar can be extremely harmful to teeth.  Sugar is the food source on which oral bacteria feeds.

Serious athletes who engage in long and strenuous workouts may need to rehydrate with an energy or sports drink that contains sodium and carbohydrates, which help the body retain fluids.  But, there are lower-sugar products on the market that will meet most athletes’ needs.

But, for most of us who do less intense activities, such as walking or a leisurely game of tennis, plain and simple water should handle most rehydration needs.  Water is not only healthful to the body overall, it also actually helps wash away the bacteria that naturally builds up in the mouth.

The bottom line:  get out there and play -- but refresh wisely!

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Salute To The American Dental Association

In 1859, 26 dentists met at Niagara Falls and started the American Dental Association (ADA).

In 1908, the ADA published its first dental health education pamphlet, which recommended brushing at least two times a day, regular flossing, and twice yearly dental check ups.

Today, the ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 157,000 dentist members, and is the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients.

Wilmette Dental has been providing dental care at the 4th and Linden location for over 35 years.  We wish to thank you for your trust and confidence, and the opportunity to help you and your family achieve a healthy smile, which will last a lifetime. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact any of our dental team directly at

Monday, May 4, 2015

Toothpicks Go WAY Back

Imagine a stone-age human dining on a delicious meal of mastodon, and then cleaning his teeth with a toothpick.

Strange -- but likely true. Ancient humans, it seems, were using ordinary toothpicks nearly 1.8 million years ago, according to findings by European researchers.

Paleoanthropologists from Switzerland, Finland and the Republic of Georgia studied the mandibles (lower jaws) of early humans from the famed Dmanisi archeological site in Georgia,  one of the biggest collections of early human remains in the world, and found evidence of  periodontal disease caused by repeated use of what is described as “an early toothpick.”

The study revealed that some jaws had small, cylinder-shaped lesions in the area between the tooth area and the gum. When researchers inserted a toothpick into the area, it went through the space.

Based on that and other findings of wear, scientists believe that this is the first clear evidence of toothpick-related local periodontal problems (as well as proof that there can be too much of a good thing -- be careful with toothpicks).

 If you are looking for a dental practice with deep roots in -- and a long history on -- Chicago's North Shore, Wilmette Dental  is accepting new patients.  Feel free to call our office at 847-251-0085 or request an appointment online at