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>> BETSY SYKES: WE DO HAVE AN E-MAIL QUESTION THAT
COMES TO US THIS EVENING. I HAVE SOME FOOD-RELATED QUESTIONS;
DOES MILK REALLY MAKE TEETH HEALTHIER OR IS THAT A WIVES' TALE? AND ALSO, MY
MOTHER TELLS ME THAT WHEN MY SON EATS AN ORANGE, HE SHOULDN'T SUCK ON
THE SECTIONS WITH THE PEEL STILL ON (WHICH HE LOVES TO DO) BECAUSE THE ACID
IS BAD FOR HIS TEETH. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
>> DR. VENEZIE: THERE ARE LOTS OF TALES OUT THERE
ABOUT DIFFERENT FOODS, AND SOME GOOD INFORMATION, SOME
NOT SO GOOD INFORMATION. BUT I THINK, I'M GLAD THAT THE
VIEWER HAS POINTED TO ISSUES RELATED TO FOOD, BECAUSE THAT'S
I THINK ONE OF THE MAIN FACTORS IN TERMS OF GETTING US A GOOD
START, A GOOD HEALTHY START TOWARD GOOD ORAL HEALTH.
WHAT WE KNOW IN TERMS OF FOODS THAT ARE PARTICULARLY HARMFUL
ARE THOSE THAT EITHER CONTAIN SUGAR OR TYPES OF SUGARS, BUT
ALSO EVEN STARCHY SNACKS LIKE POTATO CHIPS, CRACKERS,
GOLDFISH, THINGS WE LOVE TO GRAB WHEN WE'RE ON THE GO AND WHEN
WE'RE WANTING A SNACK. AND IT IS THOSE SUGARS AND THOSE
STARCHES THAT REALLY BEGIN THE PROCESS OF TOOTH DECAY.
TOOTH DECAY HAPPENS WHEN BACTERIA FEED ON THOSE SAME
PRODUCTS THAT WE LOVE TO FEED ON, AND THE BACTERIA TURN THOSE
SUGARS INTO ACID THAT THEY PRODUCE. ESPECIALLY IF THE FOOD IS
STICKY, CHEWY, STICKS TO OUR TEETH, ITS CLEARED TAKES
LONGER TO CLEAR FROM OUR MOUTH, THAT ACID ATTACK LASTS LONGER.
AND SO IT IS ALSO THE FREQUENCY AT WHICH WE NIBBLE AND SNACK ON
THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. MILK CERTAINLY IS BENEFICIAL TO
US IN TERMS OF GIVING US CALCIUM, AND OTHER MINERALS,
VITAMIN D, SO I WOULDN'T EVER DISCOURAGE FOLKS FROM DRINKING
MILK. WE NEED IT. BUT EVEN MILK USED IN A HARMFUL
WAY CAN LEAD TO TOOTH DECAY. WHAT WE SEE -- WHEN WE SEE THAT
MOST OFTEN IS CHILDREN WHO TAKE A BOTTLE OF MILK TO BED WITH
THEM AT NIGHT, AND THAT LAST LITTLE BIT OF MILK SITS AROUND
THE TEETH FOR HOURS ON END. MILK CONTAINS SUGARS AS WELL.
SO IT CAN JUST BE JUST AS HARMFUL IF WE USE IT IN THE WRONG WAY.
SO IT IS REALLY ABOUT TRYING TO MAKE GOOD HEALTHY CHOICES.
I WOULDN'T BE CONCERNED ABOUT AN ORANGE. I DON'T THINK THAT'S
GOING TO CAUSE A PROBLEM. BUT I WOULD BE MORE CONCERNED
ABOUT THE PACK OF OREOS OR THE PACK OF -- THE BAG OF POTATO
CHIPS WE TAKE WITH US AND NIBBLE ON IN THE CAR ON THE WAY TO
SOCCER PRACTICE, THINGS LIKE THAT.
>> DR. KING: TWO OTHER FOOD-RELATED FACTS, WHEN THINKING ABOUT THE
QUESTION ABOUT THE ORANGE. IS SUCKING ON LEMONS, I'VE
CERTAINLY SEE PEOPLE WHO HAVE A REAL HABIT OF SUCKING ON THE
LEMONS. THE ACID IN THE LEMON IS VERY ACIDIC. THAT'S NOT A
GOOD HABIT FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE. ALSO DR. VENEZIE MENTIONED
JUICES AS HAVING NATURAL SUGARS. YOU SEE MOTHERS TRYING
TO DO THE RIGHT THING THEY GIVE THEM A SIPPY CUP WITH APPLE
JUICE, AND THEY WALK AROUND ALL DAY SIPPING ON THE SIPPY CUP AND
THAT CAN REALLY CAUSE TREMENDOUS DAMAGE. THERE IS ENOUGH SUGAR IN THE
APLLE JUICE WHEN YOU HAVE THAT FREQUENCY THAT CAN
CAUSE SOME REAL PROBLEMS.
>> DR. HOLLOWELL: ONE OF THE THINGS, THE QUESTION ABOUT
ORANGES, AS DR. VENEZIE SAID, CERTAINLY HABITS WHICH LOTS
OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ARE PART OF THE DIET IS VERY
CRITICAL TO PROVIDING PATIENTS GOOD DIETARY HABITS AS WELL AS
IT STIMULATES THE SALIVA AND THEREFORE THE CLEANSING FOR THE
TEETH, THE NATURAL PROCESS FROM SALIVA IS GOING TO IMPROVE THE
OVERALL HEALTH OF THE TEETH BY REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF PLAQUE ON
THE TEETH, AS WELL AS PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO
REMINERALIZE THROUGH THE SALIVA THE MINERALS IN SALIVA WILL
REMINERALIZE TEETH AS THEY ARE BATHED IN THE SALIVA.
>> BETSY SYKES: ALL RIGHT. JUMPING OFF THAT TOO, CHEWING
SUGARLESS GUM, I HAVE HEARD, READ, THAT THAT CAN HELP IN
BETWEEN MEALS OR SNACKS IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO
BRUSH. IS THAT TRUE?
>> DR. VENEZIE: IT DEFINITELY IS. AS DR. HOLLOWELL WAS POINTING
OUT, THE SUGARS AND PRODUCTS THAT CAUSE TOOTH DECAY NEED TO
BE CLEARED FROM OUR MOUTH, AND SALIVA IS THE WAY WE CLEAR THOSE
PRODUCTS FROM THE TEETH. AND CHEWING SUGARLESS GUM
STIMULATES SALIVA FLOW AND CAN CERTAINLY HELP AT THOSE TIMES,
MAYBE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY WHEN WE DON'T HAVE AN
OPPORTUNITY TO BRUSH. CERTAINLY A GOOD IDEA.
>> DR. HOLLOWELL: AND SOME OF THE RECENT PRODUCTS INCLUDE
XYLITOL AS A SUGAR THAT GIVES US A POSITIVE AND ENJOYABLE
FLAVOR FOR THE PRODUCTS, BUT STUDIES SHOW THAT THE XYLITOL HAS AN
EFFECT ON THE BACTERIA THAT WILL REDUCE SOME OF THE
CARIOGENIC BACTERIA, AND CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS
MUCH MORE HEALTHY IN THE MOUTH FOR THOSE PEOPLE, BOTH IN THE
INTERIM BETWEEN BEING ABLE TO BRUSH AS WELL AS TO FOLLOW AFTER
THAT TIME THROUGHOUT THEIR COURSE OF LIFE.
>> DR. KING: THE XYLOTOL IS REALLY GOOD. STUDIES ARE STARTING TO SHOW --
IT'S SUGARLESS, IT IS A BIT OF A CHALLENGE TO REALLY GET THE
THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS, YOU HAVE TO CHEW PRETTY MUCH FOR A PRETTY
LONG TIME. THAT'S SOMETHING I THINK WE'LL BE LEARNING MORE
ABOUT AS TIME GOES ON. I THINK IT'S A PRODUCT WE NEED TO WATCH.