PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As dental health professional who has served the industry for more than 25 years, dentist James Loye
remains dedicated to encouraging his patients to always improve their daily routine to enhance overall oral health. While regular dental checkups, brushing and flossing typically remain at the top of the list of priorities for all patients, Dr. Loye explains that it is also essential that all individuals consider how their dietary practices can help--or hurt--their oral health.
As a way to better illustrate this connection, Dr. James Loye points to a recent article
from Dentistry IQ that highlights new research regarding how dietary choices--specifically that of milk consumption--can help prevent cavities. The article explains, "Washing down sugary breakfast cereal with milk after eating reduces plaque acid levels and may prevent damage to tooth enamel that leads to cavities, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Dry ready-to-eat, sugar-added cereals combine refined sugar and starch. When those carbohydrates are consumed, bacteria in the dental plaque on tooth surfaces produce acids, says Christine Wu, professor of pediatric dentistry and director of cariology, who served as principal investigator of the study."
James Loye comments, "While most would discourage against sugary, carb-rich cereals as a way to prevent tooth decay, it is most likely unrealistic for all to follow this advice on a regular basis. This new study focuses on how dietary choices can help prevent against cavity development. As such, those who are concerned about how their nutrition impacts their dental health may want to revisit how other food choices--such as drinking milk--can improve their overall oral hygiene."
When it comes to how the study may impact common nutritional routine, DentistryIQ observes how those who eat cereal with milk and drink fruit juice for breakfast may benefit from the findings. Specifically, Wu explains, "Wu says most consumers think that since milk is considered to be cavity-fighting, acid production by plaque bacteria can be minimized by mixing it with cereal. However, in an unpublished study in her lab, it was discovered that the combination of Froot Loops and milk became syrupy. Eating cereal combined with milk lowered plaque pH to levels similar to that obtained after rinsing with a 10 percent sugar solution. Eating sugar-added cereal with milk, followed by drinking fruit juice is thus a highly cavity-causing combination."
"While this study is looking at a fairly common breakfast routine and introduces a simple solution for preventing tooth decay, the research signifies a much greater turn in the way the dental industry--and patients--look at diets and oral health. For instance, this research suggests that it may not necessarily be what we eat--but the combinations of what we consume--that contribute to overall dental health," Dr. James Loye concludes.
is a certified dental professional with nearly 30 years of experience in the industry. Currently working in San Diego, California, he is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Loye is devoted to creating a professional environment in which patients feel welcome while treating all individuals who come into his office with respect and compassion.