Wesley R. Davis, DDS
Hershey, Pennsylvania Dentist
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What Would Happen if You Gave Up Sugar for a Month?

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Do you have any idea how much sugar you consume every day? You may have already cut out sweet treats and beverages like colas that you know are loaded with the sweet stuff.An awareness of the negative impact that too much sugar has on your body, and particularly your oral health, is an essential first step. But what if you decided to cut sugar out of your diet entirely for one month?Sugar – It’s Everywhere!The American Heart Association allows 24 grams of sugar per day for women (36 grams for men), so some sugar in your diet is okay. But if you aren’t reading ingredient labels, you may be surprised at ...

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Are You Missing Steps When You Floss? Double Check Here!

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The purpose of flossing is to finish the job that tooth brushing starts. Even the best toothbrush can’t get in the crevices between teeth where bacteria-filled plaque can collect and eventually lead to gum disease.Of course, your hygienist will thoroughly floss your teeth during your semi-annual cleanings. But you need to support your oral health with good hygiene habits between visits, which includes flossing once a day.Common Flossing MistakesMost people have a general idea why they need to floss and how to do it, but it’s ...

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3 "Healthy" Snacks That Can Lead to Tooth Decay

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You want to make sure that your family’s diet is rich in healthy, nutritious foods that support good health. But a lot of the foods and drinks that we consume may seem like healthy choices, but in reality, may be contributing to oral health problems.Beverages, in particular, are a problem because they often have lots of hidden sugars and because we tend to drink them throughout the day. Some beverages are not just high in sugar but may be carbonated or high in acid that can also eat away at dental enamel and lead to tooth decay.Beverages to Avoid for a Healthier SmileHere are a few of the worst culprits ...

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Use E-Cigs? What You Need to Know about the Effect on Your Oral Health

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Vaping has become a highly popular alternative to tobacco, and the Centers for Disease Control estimate that in the US alone, about 9 million people today are using E-cigarettes.One reason for their popularity is that E-cigarettes are seen as a safer alternative to smoking, although studies in this area are not conclusive. They also tend to be less expensive than smoking tobacco and, since e-cigarettes produce vapor and not smoke, they can be used nearly anywhere.Nicotine and Your Oral HealthResearch conducted In 2014, by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that more research needs to be done on the long-term effects of e-cigs on your general health. But we ...

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3 Problems Dr. Davis Can Solve with a Crown or Bridge

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When you suffer damage to a tooth – whether it’s due to trauma or disease – you should have it addressed immediately. Waiting to seek treatment only leads to discomfort, embarrassment, and more complicated dental problems in the future.Is A Crown or Bridge Right for You?Fortunately, reliable solutions for addressing tooth damage are widely available. You are probably familiar with having a tooth filled, but what about crowns and bridges? What do they do and how can they be used to fit into your treatment plan?Dental crowns are used when a tooth is too damaged to be saved with a filling. Since a crown completely encloses a tooth, it provides ...

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Want Your Best Oral Health? Don't Neglect Your Nutrition

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Most of us have too much going on in our lives to give a lot of thought about how the foods we choose affect our oral health. You got the message from your dentist about sugar, and you know it’s not good for your teeth; so what else is there to know?Simple vs. Complex CarbohydratesThe cavity-producing process goes something like this: the bacteria that is always present in your mouth feed on particles of food left behind, producing acid as a byproduct, and acid is to be blamed for eating away at dental enamel and causing cavities.Bacteria need carbohydrates for food, and they prefer table sugar. But other simple carbs ...

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What Your Mouth and Your Car Have in Common

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Owning a car comes with many responsibilities, and one is maintenance. You rely on it for transportation, so it’s essential to have it serviced regularly. If you don’t, you risk losing the function of the vehicle, which can ultimately result in costly repairs.How Your Oral Health is SimilarMaintaining your oral health comes with responsibilities too, like keeping up with routine “maintenance” like brushing your teeth, watching your diet, and visiting your dentist routinely. If you don’t look after your teeth, you risk losing function, and you may face more complicated and costly treatment.We understand that waiting for an oil change is a lot different than sitting in the dental chair ...

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