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Why Do We Get Dental Decay

What is the Most Prevalent Chronic Childhood Disease? 
by Dr. Chelsea Mason

Dental decay, or a cavity, is the most prevalent chronic childhood disease in the United States.  More common than the cold or flu!  Decay is a modern health epidemic and, in most cases, it can be prevented.  There is not a vaccine for it, which makes it even more important to prevent this widespread disease.  Dental decay is so pervasive in modern society that it has become almost a rite of passage for children, that they will inexorably experience it and require fillings, extractions or other dental treatment.  However, we need to remember that decay – a cavity - is generally preventable!    

Why do we get decay?  Generally, it is linked to our poor diet.  The disease presented after the Industrial Revolution only 150 years ago when processed, sugary and high carbohydrate foods became prevalent, widespread and accessible.  Our change in diet created a change in our oral bacteria, which causes the breakdown. 

The change in our diets to one that was more carbohydrate and sugar-based created a breeding ground for a different oral bacterium, Streptococcus mutans.  S. mutans is associated with cavities; it feeds off of the sugars and carbohydrates that we consume.  An acid is created in the mouth that eats our tooth enamel (the outer layer) and rots our teeth.  Humans are not born with S. mutans in their bodies; the bacterium is passed from mothers and fathers during infancy.  Hence, it is paramount for parents to have healthy mouths, too. 

In nature and in the wild, dental problems rarely present themselves.  Furthermore, people who move to the United States from underdeveloped countries often develop decay because of the Western diet they are exposed to; these people were not affected by it prior to moving to the United States. Our diet influences whether or not we get cavities! 

Children are not the only ones with troubles.  Adults who experience dry mouth are at a greater risk for developing cavities.  Over 400 medications have xerostomia, or dry mouth, listed as a side effect.  Dry mouth creates an acidic environment where S. mutans flourishes and contributes to the breakdown of our teeth.  Saliva serves as a buffer and reduces the acidity in the mouth.  Adults with little saliva are at greater risk for decay.

This information begs the question: What can we do to prevent cavities? 

Below are some general guidelines:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste. 
  • Invest in a powered toothbrush to more effectively remove plaque (the sticky film) on teeth compared to a manual toothbrush.
  • Clean between your teeth daily with floss to prevent decay; remember to floss first and then brush. 
  • Rinse your mouth with a fluoridated mouth rinse.
  • Avoid frequent snacking and sipping. Whenever you eat or drink beverages other than water, you help the bacteria in your mouth create acids that rot your teeth. If you snack throughout the day, your teeth are under constant acid attack.
  • Do not consume pop or other sugary beverages.  Or, if you do, drink these beverages through a straw or rinse with water immediately after consuming to reduce the acid exposure to your teeth. 
  • Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet; avoid highly processed foods.
  • Drink tap water. Our public water has added fluoride, which can help reduce tooth decay. Do not only drink bottled water. 
  • Eat tooth-healthy foods.  Avoid foods that get stuck in grooves and pits of your teeth. Healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables increase saliva flow.  Unsweetened coffee, tea and sugar-free gum help wash away food particles.
  • Consider fluoride treatments. Your dentist may recommend fluoride treatments, especially if you are at risk for developing decay.
  • Discuss the need for dental sealants with your dentist.  Dental sealants are protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent decay.
  • Ask about antibacterial treatments. If you're vulnerable to tooth decay because of a medical condition, then your dentist may recommend an antibacterial mouth rinse to reduce harmful bacteria in your mouth.
  • Ask your dentist about prescription-strength fluoridated toothpaste.  This toothpaste contains more fluoride than the over the counter toothpaste and is more effective at reducing dental decay. 
  • Chew xylitol-based sugar-free gum. 
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examinations.

It is our responsibility to help reduce the most common chronic disease in children and prevent its prevalence in adults, too.  Together, we can reduce and eventually defeat dental decay!

New Air Filtration System Protects Patient and Staff Health

We recently installed a Surgically Clean Air Filtration System in our office to protect our patients and our team from airborne pathogens. 

The 6-stage filtration and sterilization process destroys pollutants including odors, gases, mold, allergens, and viruses from the air. The filters meet the guidelines for General Surgery applications. 

These world-class medical-grade air purifiers help reduce the spread of illness. The system is in use at hospitals, medical labs, dental clinics, and surgery centers. The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry installed four of the units to purify the air in a 3,000-square-foot anatomy lab. It's also in use at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, based in Massachusetts, and at the William Osler Hospital in Toronto.

Dr. Mason is always looking for ways to improve the health and safety of her patients and staff. Click here to learn more about the system and how it protects you and your family.

If you'd like to see video testimonials about the highly-effective system, click here.


Thank You for Voting for Dr. Mason

Thank you to everyone who voted for Dr. Chelsea Mason Dental as the Greatest Dentist in the Great Lakes Bay. We're thrilled to receive this honor for 5 consecutive years.

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Fast Forward to Straight Teeth with Propel

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If you're looking for a discrete and fast way to straighten teeth, then ask Dr. Mason if Invisalign® and Propel are right for you. Dr. Mason has years of experience in using this innovative technology to gradually straighten teeth. Typically, treatment takes about a year. With Propel, the timeline accelerates.

Invisalign® employs a series of comfortable, removable, transparent aligners to gradually straighten your teeth.

If you want to fix misaligned teeth, but are put off by the thought of wearing traditional metal braces, call our office today to schedule your complimentary Invisalign consultation.

New Technology Aids in Detecting Early Signs of Oral Cancer

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Technology has improved the quality of dental care, allowing us to detect problems early when treatment is most effective. Dr. Mason recently updated her technology to include the Identafi® system. This technology is on the front line of detection, helping us see the signs and symptoms of oral cancer before they're visible to the naked eye. The device helps us identify the biochemical and morphological changes in the cells of your mouth, throat, tongue, and tonsils.

Each day, about 132 Americans are diagnosed with mouth cancer, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. One person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. Worldwide the problem is far greater, with more than 640,000 new diagnoses every year. The American Cancer Society estimates that oral cancer strikes tens of thousands of people each year, and only 56% of those diagnosed survive for more than five years. Early detection is vital to surviving oral cancer.

Free Health Screenings Available for Saginaw-Area High School Students

Saginaw-area high school students are invited to take advantage of free health screenings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 22 at Heritage High School, 3465 North Center Road in Saginaw, Michigan. The screenings include an echocardiogram and EKG test. 

The Dr. Ramesh Kumar Foundation, Live Like Max Foundation and Beaumont sponsor the screenings, designed for students between 13 and 18 years old. To register online or for more information, click here.

The goal of the screening is to identify any pre-existing heart conditions that could increase the risk of participating in physical activity or athletics.

Brace Yourself for a More Beautiful Smile

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Orthodontic treatment is an excellent investment in your long-term well-being. We understand, though, that for many families, the cost of treatment may feel overwhelming. That's why we're offering to match your $500 down payment for Invisalign® during August.

To take advantage of this limited-time offer, call us today at (989) 686-6110 to make an appointment for an evaluation. Click here to learn more about Invisalign.

Dr. Mason also offers payment plans to help people reap the medical and psychological benefits of a straighter, healthier smile. Invisalign is safe and effective for adults and children.

Dr. Mason Voted Best Dentist Four Times in a Row

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Thank you so much to everyone who voted for Dr. Chelsea Mason as the best dentist in the Greatest of the Great Lakes Bay 2018 contest. Great Lakes Bay Magazine holds the contest every year. For four years in a row, you have voted for Dr. Mason in the dentist category.

We're blushing a little, but we're also thrilled that you place such trust in our team.

We pledge to continue providing the outstanding comprehensive dental care you've come to expect from Dr. Chelsea Mason Dental. We pride ourselves on creating a compassionate, empathetic and caring environment for families in the region.

Thank you again for recognizing our work.

Protect Your Teeth with a Custom Mouth Guard

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Did you know that 5 million teeth are knocked out each year during sports activities? Studies show that if you're involved in a contact sport and you aren't wearing a mouth guard, you're 60 times more likely to sustain a dental injury. It's painful, it's expensive and it can ruin a fun game season!

Protect Your Teeth with a Custom Mouth Guard!

Dr. Chelsea Mason Dental specializes in creating professional-grade mouth guards that protect your teeth and improve your performance in the game. Our custom mouthpieces offer many advantages over stock or “boil and bite” guards sold by sporting goods stores:
  • Superior protection
  • Increased durability
  • Improved comfort and less interference with breathing and speaking. This ensures you actually wear your mouth guard at all times.
We truly believe that you and your loved ones deserve the same protection enjoyed by professional athletes. Call us today at (989) 686-6110 to schedule your consultation!

A custom mouth guard may be fully or partially covered by your dental plan.

Act Now to Use Your 2017 FSA/HSA Funds

It’s amazing to think that the end of 2017 is only a few weeks away! Thanks to all of our patients, it's been a wonderful year. As the year closes, Dr. Mason reminds everyone to check their Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) balances. If you have unused funds, now is a great time to move ahead with treatment. These accounts will cover orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign® .

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Mailing Address

3433 East Midland Road
Bay City, MI 48706

Phone Number

(989) 686-6110

Fax Number

(989) 686-6170

Hours of Operation

Monday: 8am – 5pm
Tuesday: 8am – 5pm
Wednesday: 8am – 5pm
Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Friday: By appointment only