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The Importance of Treating Gum Disease

Springfield, MO – Did you know that gum disease is linked to a host of other medical issues, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke? It’s crucial that if you suffer from periodontal disease, you maintain regular visits with your dentist to have it treated and ensure it doesn’t relapse.

“It is estimated that as many as three fourths of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease,” says Ozark dentist Dr. Nick Matthews. “What makes this important is that research shows patients who suffer from gum disease are at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and even some forms of cancer. So visiting your dentist isn’t just for a pretty smile – it could save your life.”

What is periodontal disease?
Ozark dentistPeriodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is inflammation and infection of the gum and bone tissue that surrounds the teeth. It is a primary cause of tooth loss in adults.

It is caused by plaque buildup on the teeth and is usually painless so you may not even know you have it.

If you experience any of the following, it’s important to visit a dentist as soon as possible:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums that are red, swollen or tender
  • Gums that have started to pull away from your teeth
  • Consistently bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth that won’t go away
  • Loose teeth
  • Any change in your bite or in the fit of your dentures

There are also some factors that can increase the risk of developing gum disease. If you have poor oral hygiene, smoke or chew tobacco, are pregnant, have diabetes or take certain medications, your chances for developing the disease are increased. Likewise, some people may simply be predisposed genetically to develop the disease.

Why treat periodontal disease?
Approximately 75 percent of adult tooth loss is due to periodontal disease. Untreated gum disease can turn into periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis leads to the loss of the tissue and bone that support your teeth. As they are lost, your teeth begin to loosen and eventually fall out.

But if you aren’t concerned about tooth loss, you should be concerned about your overall health.

Research on the link between gum disease and other health issues is ongoing. But there are several findings that are of interest.

The American Academy of Periodontology has reported that patients who have periodontal disease are twice as likely to suffer from heart disease. Periodontal disease patients are also more likely to have higher cholesterol levels.

How is what happens in your mouth linked to the rest of your body?

One study found that patients who have higher levels of disease-causing bacteria in their mouths were also more likely to have atherosclerosis of the carotid artery. That means the artery has started to harden as substances stick to it. This can cause clogs, which can lead to stroke or heart attack.

Experts have determined that bacteria can enter a person’s bloodstream though their gums. From there, it can travel through the body and clog arteries.

“When we fight off infection, our body’s natural defense mechanism is inflammation or swelling,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “If you suffer from periodontal disease, you most likely have red and swollen gums. Think then about what happens when that same bacteria travels through your bloodstream and does the same thing. This can increase your risk for a clot to form in your artery.”

But preventing gum disease, or treating it before it becomes too severe, is as easy as maintaining regular visits with your dentist. If you have experienced any of the signs mentioned previously, schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible.

Diagnosing and treating periodontal disease before it progresses will not only allow you to smile bigger, it might just lower your risk for heart disease.

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Home Remedies Shouldn’t Replace Traditional Care

Springfield, MO – Oil pulling, an oral care regimen that involves using oil essentially as a mouthwash, is gaining new followers in Western culture. While there is nothing dangerous about the practice, and it can actually be a nice supplement to a traditional dental care regimen, it should not replace traditional dental treatment with a trained dentist.

Tooth Care“The theory behind oil pulling is a rather simple one,” says Ozark dentist Dr. Tracy Davis. “The oil is used in the same way a traditional mouthwash would be. The patient swishes a tablespoon of oil, and the oil works to essentially pull tiny microbes away from the teeth. The oil works like a magnet, pulling bacteria that is hiding in the small crevices of your mouth out and trapping them.”

So how does it work? The tiny microorganisms that live in our mouths are covered with a fatty membrane that that is attracted to the fat in the oil. When they come into contact with one another, the fat of the bacteria will naturally adhere to the oil.

The best type of oil to use is refined coconut oil because of the lauric acid it contains. Laurid acid has antimicrobial properties that inhibit the type of bacteria that are the primary cause of tooth decay.

“A clean mouth can have anywhere between 1,000 and 10,000 bacteria living on each teeth,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “An unclean mouth can have between 100 million and one billion bacteria on each tooth. Oil pulling can help reduce the number of these bacteria that live in the mouth. But, while it can certainly help, it should never be a replacement for standard brushing and flossing and visits to the dentist.”

For patients who like more natural and holistic approaches to their health and dental care, oil pulling can be a wonderful added practice.

The longer the oil is swished in the mouth, the more bacteria it can remove. To reach maximum effectiveness, the oil should be swished through the teeth until it turns a milky white color. This indicates bacteria has been pulled off, and can take up to 20 minutes. Once you’ve thoroughly swished the oil, spit it out and rinse with water.

Patients who have added oil pulling to their oral care regimen claim that it has helped to whiten their teeth, reduces symptoms of gingivitis and alleviates bad breath. Other claims include helping to prevent cavities and relieving gum and tooth sensitivity.

“The primary cause of tooth decay is bacteria,” says Dr. Davis. “So from that perspective, it certainly makes sense that if oil pulling is effective at removing the bacteria from your mouth, it could then prevent tooth decay. However, there are additional problems that can lead to tooth decay or gingivitis, such as a genetic predisposition or unhealthy habits.”

Adding oil pulling to your dental care routine is a wonderful step, but should never replace care or advice of a trained dentist. If you would like to know more about how oil pulling can help you, ask your dentist at your next check-up what benefits you might be able to reap from the practice.

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Treating Tooth Sensitivity

Springfield, MO – Do you cringe every time you take a sip of hot coffee or iced tea? Sensitive teeth are a common problem, but there are some ways you can lessen your sensitivity.

But what causes sensitive teeth in the first place? Teeth are made of enamel, the hard surface that protects the crowns of the teeth, and cementum, which protects the root of the tooth under the gum line. Underneath both of these is something called dentin, which is more sensitive than enamel and cementum.

visit to the dentist“The dentin contains tiny, hollow tubes that, when the dentin’s protective covering is lost, allow heat and cold to touch the nerves inside the tooth,” says Dr. Tracy Davis, an Ozark dentist. “This causes sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and even when breathing through your mouth.”

The first step in preventing sensitive teeth is proper oral care. If you have sensitive teeth, it is important to brush and floss regularly, but not to be too aggressive as you may increase your sensitivity by causing damage to the protective structures of your teeth.

If you suffer from periodontal disease, sensitive teeth may be a by-product of that. If left untreated, periodontal disease can progress until the bone and supporting tissue around the teeth are destroyed, leaving the root of the tooth exposed. Regular dental check-ups can catch and treat periodontal disease in its early stages.

What are the best sensitive tooth treatments?

“First, it’s important to visit your dentist so we can rule out any underlying issues that might be causing your sensitivity,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “Our first step is typically recommending a desensitizing toothpaste. These toothpastes contain special compounds that can block the sensation from traveling through the surface of the tooth. Always look for one that has the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.”

It’s important to remember that it may take several applications of this toothpaste before you notice a difference. Multiple applications will help the compounds build up on the tooth enough to prevent the sensitivity.

Fluoride can be applied to strengthen the surface of the tooth, and decrease sensitivity. Fluoride can be applied in the dentist’s office, and you may also be given a prescription fluoride treatment to apply at home.

If the root of the tooth is exposed or enamel has been lost, bonding resin can be applied to the root surface. If a lack of gum tissue is the cause of the problem, gum tissue can be taken from another area of the mouth and grafted to the affected area. This will then protect the tooth root and reduce sensitivity.

If other treatments don’t work, you may need a root canal. This will target the problems in the pulp of the tooth and is the most successful way to eliminate tooth sensitivity.

The best way to avoid tooth sensitivity is to maintain a proper oral care routine. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush, using a fluoride toothpaste, twice a day. Floss your teeth once a day. If you have sensitive teeth, it is important to avoid brushing your teeth too hard or using an abrasive toothpaste.

You may also be encouraged to make some changes to your diet. Acidic foods and drinks, such as soft drinks and citrus fruits, should be avoided. Highly acidic foods remove small amounts of tooth enamel every time they come into contact with your teeth. Always use a straw for acidic drinks to limit their contact with your teeth. Drinking milk or water after having an acidic food or drink can balance out the levels of acid in your mouth.

It’s also important to remember to wait to brush your teeth until at least 20 minutes after you’ve eaten. Acid softens enamel, so brushing while they are still at work can actually ae your teeth more vulnerable.

If you’ve been suffering from sensitive teeth, schedule a consultation with one of the trained dentists at Excel Dental today. Help is on the way.


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Steps to Avoid Halitosis

Springfield, MO – Are you embarrassed by your chronic bad breath, and are looking for a way to keep it at bay? The Springfield, MO dentists at Excel Dental have several tips to help.

“It’s important to first understand what can cause halitosis,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “First, we can look to the bacteria that live inside your mouth. Our mouths are host to millions of bacteria. These bacteria can give off toxins and bad odors as they multiply in our mouths. This is why conscientious brushing and flossing, especially after meals, is so important.”

MO DentistryBut what else can cause bad breath?

Did you know that your tonsils have what are known as crypts, which are essentially just big holes? Smelly substances can sometimes collect in these holes, emitting a bad odor from our mouths.

Foods such as onions, garlic and fish can give off odors, even hours after we brush our teeth.

Smoking, chewing tobacco and other bad habits can also leave our breath smelling bad.

Additionally, some gastrointestinal issues can cause bad breath. GERD and ulcers can lead to burping, which leads to smelly gas being released. And many are now on low-carb diets, which can cause ketosis. Ketosis is a fat-burning state that can result in bad breath.

So what can you do to banish halitosis?

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brush with fluoride toothpaste and don’t forget to brush your tongue. Smelly bacteria can linger on the tongue, so pay close attention when brushing.
  2. Don’t forget to floss. Flossing will remove those tiny particles of food that get stuck in places your toothbrush can’t reach. It also removes plaque, which is bacteria that coats your teeth. Flossing is also a good prevention for periodontal disease, which is a common cause of bad breath.
  3. Remember to gargle. Using an antimicrobial mouthwash will help you fight halitosis and then a fluoride mouth rinse will make your breath sweeter.
  4. Drink water throughout the day. Dry mouth can cause bad breath, so be sure you’re drinking your 8 glasses of water a day.
  5. Add yogurt to your diet. Yogurt works to replenish the good bacteria in your stomach and can make for a healthier mouth. Other foods thought to help include celery and parsley.
  6. Chew gum with xylitol. Chewing gum produces saliva, which helps to wash away the stinky bacteria.
  7. Visit your dentist regularly. See a dentist every six months to be sure your mouth is healthy, and to catch issues such as gum disease that can cause bad breath.

“Bad breath is annoying and sometimes embarrassing,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “But it is easy to treat, and with an understanding of some healthy habits, it can be avoided. If you have chronic bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away after regular care, schedule an appointment with a dentist because it could be a sign of an underlying issue.”

Knowing the main causes of halitosis can help you avoid a smelly situation. Maintain proper oral health for a healthy smile and better smelling breath.


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Dental Implants to Repair Broken or Missing Teeth

dental implantSpringfield, MO – Do you have some missing teeth and are looking for a permanent solution to correct them, but aren’t excited about the idea of traditional dentures? Dental implants might be your answer.

The Ozark dentists at Excel Dental are trained in helping you find the right solution to repair teeth that can’t be restored. It’s important that once a tooth has been lost or removed that it gets replaced, not just for esthetics, but for function as well.

“Dental implants provide the stability we need to then place a replacement tooth,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “The implant keeps replacement teeth from moving around in your mouth.”

Implants fuse directly into the jawbone, which patients love because it means the replacement tooth or teeth can’t slip around in the mouth, and they will feel more natural and comfortable. They are an option for almost all patients, unlike standard dentures and bridges. Some patients can’t wear regular dentures because there may be painful spots in their mouths, or they have bad ridges. Others might not have surrounding teeth that are healthy enough for a bridge to affix to. But with implants, none of that is a concern.

Typically, patients who are healthy enough to visit their dentist for an extraction or oral surgery are good candidates for implants. Patients need to have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant in place. Patients who may not be proper candidates are those who are heavy smokers, who have uncontrolled chronic disorders such as diabetes and heart disease, who patients who have had radiation therapy to the head or neck.

Prior to the procedure, your dentist will work with you to create a custom treatment plant that meets your specific dental needs.

During the procedure, the titanium implant will be placed in the bone where the missing tooth was. The jaw will heal around the implant, anchoring it to the jaw. This process can take up to 12 weeks.

Once the implant is secured, a connector post is attached. This will hold your new tooth in place. Your dentist will make impressions of your teeth and create a mold of your bite to ensure the replacement tooth fits properly. Because it is secured to your jawbone, not only will it look like your natural teeth, it will also feel like your own teeth.

Advantages include:

  • Improved appearance and comfort
  • Improved speech
  • Better function
  • Durability and convenience

There are several types of implants available. The option that is best for you will be determined by a dental consultation, during which your dentist will take into account the amount of bone you have left, your general health and your preferences.



Do I Really Need to Fix My Broken Tooth?

TeethSpringfield, MO – Have you broken or chipped a tooth, but decided that because it didn’t hurt, you weren’t going to worry about repairing it? You could be setting yourself up for more extensive dental work in the future explain the Ozark dentists at Excel Dental.

“It’s something we see often,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “A tooth gets broken, but it doesn’t hurt right away, so the patient just ignores it. But by the time it does start to bother you, infection could have set in, or it could now be unable to be restored.”

Chipped and broken teeth are relatively common, especially if the tooth already has some decay in it. Injuries to the tooth can occur from getting hit in the face or falling, or simply from biting down on something hard. But receiving dental care for the broken or chipped tooth is important to ensure you don’t lose the entire tooth.

Until you can get to your family dentistry office, there are some things you can do to ease any pain or discomfort that might be associated with the tooth. Rinse your mouth with salt water and take an over-the-counter pain reliever, if needed. If the break has left a sharp edge that you fear could injure your mouth, cover the tooth with a piece of dental wax. Sugar-free gum can also work in a pinch. Eat soft foods and avoid biting down on the tooth until you can get to your dentist’s office.

“How we treat broken and chipped teeth depends on the severity of the damage,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “Small chips and breaks or cracks might be able to be repaired with dental bonding or even a filling, but large breaks will most likely require a dental crown.”

If you’re only missing a small piece of your enamel, a filling can be used to repair it. If the crack is to a front tooth sometimes your dentist will bond your tooth.

“Tooth bonding is a quick and easy procedure,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “First, we’ll slightly roughen the surface of the tooth so the bonding material will be able to adhere. Then, an adhesive is applied, followed by the bonding material. It will then be shaped to look like your natural tooth.”

Some breaks, however, will require a dental cap or crown to repair and restore tooth function. This is especially true in cases where there is a lot of decay. Your dentist will file the remaining tooth down, then cover it with a crown or cap. They can be made from metal, porcelain, resin or ceramic. An all-metal crown will provide the most strength, but a porcelain or resin crown will look almost exactly like a natural tooth.
“In some cases, we may need to perform a root canal,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “This will need to occur if the fracture has involved the root or nerve of the tooth. We’ll perform a root canal and build up a structure to which we can put a crown on.”

Veneers are also an option for broken or chipped teeth. A veneer is a thin, tooth colored material , made of porcelain or resin, that is placed over the entire front of the tooth.

Only a dentist will be able to tell if your injury has caused damage to the root or if there is risk for infection. Infection can occur if the break is large enough to expose the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is the area of the tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels. If the bacteria that enters your mouth makes its way to the pulp infection can set it.

The pulp tissue can die, and if it isn’t treated, tooth pain can remain or the tooth may need to be removed. To treat the tooth, a patient will need to undergo root canal therapy to remove the infected tissue and seal it. If your tooth hurts, changes color or becomes sensitive to heat, you may have damaged the pulp of the tooth.

If you’ve broken or chipped a tooth, but have been putting off treatment, call your dentist today to schedule an appointment to repair the tooth before further damage can set in.

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Learn the Truth About Red Wine and Cavities

Nixa, Missouri-News stories everywhere have been proclaiming that red wine can be of immense help to your oral health. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, red wine had no effect on the growth of the cavity-causing bacteria known as S. mutans.

General DentistryHowever, the researchers involved found that the type of alcohol limited the development of bacteria closely associated with periodontal disease instead. This clarification essentially means that red wine has still yet to be proven as a way to prevent cavities.

“The results from the study are somewhat interesting,” says Nixa dentist Dr. Tracy Davis. “The health of a person’s gums and teeth are closely associated. We still want to look for proven results over an extended period of time before advising patients to drink red wine for dental benefits.”

It’s important to know that the researchers came to their conclusion by holding the wine in their mouth for two minutes every seven hours over the course of one week. That’s very different from simply having a glass of red wine with dinner and enjoying improved gum health.

At Excel Dental, our dentists side with the American Dental Association in conjunction with all new trends and studies. So if you really want to keep your teeth strong and healthy, stick to the basics of a consistent oral hygiene routine
“Brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once a day,” explains Dr. Nick Matthews. “We can help you use the proper techniques and suggest the right toothbrush for your individual needs. That’s another reason why it’s so important to keep your dental appointments.”

If you have any questions about the latest craze that claims to improve the health of your teeth, please give us a call. We always stay on top of the latest dental news in order to educate our patients when they come in for an appointment.

Excel Dental is the top provider of family dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics, mini dental implants and laser-assisted dentistry for residents of Ozark, Springfield and Nixa. Visit our website for additional oral hygiene tips.

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ADA Putting Squeeze on MLB to Ban Tobacco Use in Stadiums

Ozark, Missouri-Few habits can be as destructive to one’s oral health as the use of tobacco. In an effort to step up the awareness of tobacco’s nasty consequences, the American Dental Association recently partnered with other major health organizations in urging Major League Baseball to ban tobacco use in stadiums.

men in tooth painOrganizations including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and Oral Health America signed a letter asking MLB commissioner Bud Selig to implement the change following the tragic death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. The Padres legend and habitual tobacco user was diagnosed with oral cancer several years ago. He died this summer from complications at age 54.

The letter addressed to Selig explained how tobacco does nothing but harm the health of baseball players and that it “sets a terrible example for the millions of young people who watch baseball at the ballpark or on TV.”

“It’s unfortunate how common tobacco use has become in baseball,” says Ozark dentist Dr. Nick Matthews. “Kids look up to so many of these players and see them with chew in their mouths. It’s a highly addictive drug that can absolutely destroy your gums and teeth.”

Selig explained in his response that that Players Association isn’t required to discuss the proposal until the current collective bargaining agreement expires more than two years from now. In between that timeframe, it’s a shame to think how many players and kids will become victim to tobacco use.

Whether you’re currently a tobacco user or haven’t tried it at all, consider the following consequences as explained by the ADA’s consumer website.

  • Gum disease
  • Stained teeth and tongue
  • Dulled sense of smell and taste
  • Slow healing after tooth extraction or other surgery
  • Difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
  • Oral cancer

“The best thing tobacco users can do is stop and come in for an oral cancer screening,” explains Dr. Tracy Davis. “Because it can metastatize to other parts of your body, oral cancer is one of the most deadly cancers. We’ll refer you to an oral surgeon for a second opinion if we detect a suspicious lesion.”

If you wish to speak to one of our dentists regarding your tobacco use, please call us. Our staff at Excel Dental wants to help you stop the habit and work with you in restoring your oral health.

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Are You Brushing Your Teeth Like a Dentist?

brushing teethOzark, MO-Brushing your teeth can be one of the most tedious things you do each day. Even if you brush regularly, you may not be giving your mouth the proper clean it requires for optimal oral health.

Let’s start with your toothbrush. The American Dental Association recommends that a soft brush be used to prevent gum irritation. But what about an electric toothbrush? Is that really the best toothbrush available?

“Whether you use a manual or electric, you have to be sure to maintain proper brushing habits,” explains Ozark dentist Dr. Nick Matthews. “Manual toothbrushes wear out after a while, so remember to switch out brushes every few months. That’s why we offer them to patients after their appointments.”

The length of time that a person spends brushing their teeth carries great importance. Our team at Excel Dental recommends brushing for about two minutes, focusing on each part of your mouth equally. However, don’t use too much force or pressure.

“Be thorough and gentle at the same time,” explains Dr. Tracy Davis. “Using too much force when brushing can be damaging to root surfaces and gums.”

The other obvious component in brushing is the toothpaste you use. If you go through the toothpaste section at your grocery store, you’ll find a variety of options, including ‘whitening’ or ‘tartar control.’ Still, dentists tend to side with normal fluoride toothpaste because it’s completely harmless to tooth structure.

You may already know that your favorite coffee, soda or juice consists of acid capable of softening tooth enamel. We recommend limiting these to mealtimes or rinsing your mouth with water after drinking fluids with sugar and/or acids. Your saliva has neutralizing ability and can also help to remineralize enamel, as long as sugars and acids are not reintroduced.

When you’re not brushing your teeth, there’s a good chance you store your toothbrush in a cabinet or in its own case. Experts have proven that it’s actually best to just rinse the brush, let it air dry and then store in a holder. Brushes that stay moist are likelier to grow bacteria.

Now that you have some of the best teeth brushing tips, you can feel confident in improving and maintaining a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.

“Getting into an oral hygiene routine and sticking to it can be difficult,” says Dr. Matthews. “But there’s no question that patients who have proper in-home dental habits are rewarded tenfold.”

Excel Dental is the leading provider of family dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics, mini dental implants and laser-assisted dentistry for residents of Ozark, Springfield and Nixa. Visit our website or call the office for additional oral hygiene tips.

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Fight Against the Wear and Tear of Your Teeth

dentistry MONIXA, MO-Massages are a popular way to combat the physical and mental grind that our bodies take on a daily basis. But people sometimes forget that our teeth are also built to last a lifetime. Shouldn’t we pamper them once in a while?

A recent article on WebMD explains that some of the most common hazards to our teeth can often be avoided.

Chipped, fractured or broken teeth can pose real problems to one’s dental health and overall well-being. The staff at Excel Dental recommends that those who have already had extensive dental work be cautious when biting down on hard foods.

“Teeth that undergo a lot of treatment are more susceptible to injury,” says Nixa dentist Dr. Tracy Davis. “Chipped teeth are usually fairly easy to correct. But when you start talking about fractured teeth, the repair or replacement is typically more extensive. Sometimes, the dentist’s only option may be to remove it.”

Remember that many dental injuries can stem from athletic incidents. So be sure to wear a properly fitted mouthguard during contact sports as a shield for your teeth.

Another destructive habit can be grinding your teeth. What may seem like a harmless quirk during the night can have a negative effect on your health. For example, teeth grinding gradually wears away the enamel in your teeth, leaving it prone to decay.

“Headaches, muscle pain and jaw pain can even point back to teeth grinding,” explains Dr. Nick Matthews. “Making a point to relax before bedtime helps a little bit. But we can also develop a mouthguard that minimizes teeth grinding very effectively.”

Tooth enamel erosion has a significant part in wearing down a person’s teeth. We recommend limiting the acidic foods and drinks you consume, especially sodas and other beverages high in sugar.

“You don’t necessarily have to stop drinking your favorite juice,” says Dr. Davis. “One compromise is to only have them with meals and drink water in between meals. You could also rinse your mouth with water once you’re done and remember to brush your teeth twice a day to protect the enamel.”

Excel Dental is the leading provider of family dentistry, Invisalign orthodontics, mini dental implants and laser-assisted dentistry in the Nixa, Springfield and Ozark areas. Visit our website or call the office to learn more about our treatment options.

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