Neal J. Buffington DDS
    604 1st Avenue West
    P.O. Box 1120
    Columbia Falls, MT 59912
    Tel: (406) 892-4296

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    Xylitol: What is it?

    Xylitol is recommended by dentist, medical doctors, periodontists, pediatricians, and many health organizations and health professionals worldwide as a sweetener for anyone concerned with dental health, upper respiratory health, and sugar consumption, in general. The main goal of xylitol, in regards to dentistry, is to help neutralize the acidic environment in your mouth to help prevent cavities and assist with the remineralization process for weakened enamel. After eating a meal, the foods you eat break down into sugars which excrete acid. By chewing xylitol gum after eating you can decrease the amount of acid production occuring, thus decreasing your chance of cavities. Pure xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar. It is a naturally occurring 5-carbon sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables and produced in small amounts by the human body. It has the same sweetness as sugar (sucrose) but with 40% fewer calories and none of the negative tooth decay or insulin release effects of sugar. Xylitol also has a low glycemic index (7) and has little effect on blood sugar levels, allowing a healthier subsitute for individuals with diabetes. If interested in purchasing any of the Xylitol products they are available in our office.

    Can Good Oral Hygiene Save Your Life?

    When you think of efforts that can decrease your risk of a heart attack or stroke, you don't immediately zero in on your teeth and gums. But a growing body of evidence says that what goes on in your mouth could harm the health of your heart and beyond. Studies have shown that bacteria present in your mouth can lead to severe medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer of the blood, lungs and heart. By allowing the bacteria to build and multiply in your mouth it allows for a slow leakage of bacteria into your system which, over time, can reak havak on your body. Read about all the info here: Prevention is key, so good oral hygiene and routine dental visits may save your life.

    What is Flouride? 

    Fluoride is used and recommended for use on a daily basis by dentists and dental hygienists to aid in the reduction of cavities and sensitivity. Fluoride is an obtundant which closes off the microscopic pores that lead to the nerve of the tooth, if sensitivity is present, fluoride can help block these pores and prevent further sensitivity.

    Nutritional Counseling: Carbohydrates

    Many people are aware of carbohydrates and the role they play on overall health, but most don't realize the negative effects they cause in association with your teeth. The initial breakdown of simple carbohydrates ie. chips, crackers, goldfish, etc. is into sugar. The biproduct of sugar is acid which essentially eats away at the tooth structure thus causing cavities. An easy way to think about the detriment this causes to your teeth is to look at other items you may be eating. Generally speaking, if you are eating sticky items such as fruit roll-ups, candy, etc- you can feel when it is stuck between your teeth and you work to remove it. When eating items such as bread or crackers, it's less likely you'll notice that it becomes lodged between your teeth allowing it the chance to breakdown into sugars and cause the most damage. This tends to be one of the biggest culprits of childhood decay. Be aware of what your child is snacking on, and homecare associated. Decrease the number of times you provide crackers/goldfish, etc. to your child- (see next section-frequency vs. amount). The only way to remove food from between your teeth is with floss. So, floss away! 

    Common Misconception: Candy=Cavities
    Frequency vs. Amount

    It's true, candy can cause cavities, but what is more concerning is the frequency, not the amount, in which the candy, pop, or carbohydrates are consumed. The more often you expose your teeth to sugars and acids, the more at risk you place yourself for decay. For example, if you drank a bottle of soda in one setting, you just exposed your teeth one time to the sugar and acid present in said cola. Now, if you continually drink soda throughout the day, you are re-exposing your teeth multiple times to the sugars and acids in that product thus causing greater detriment to your enamel allowing them to break down quicker. Like we stated above, candy and pop are not the only culprits of cavities. Be aware of the frequency you are exposing yourself to simple carbohydrates.  

    What is ClearCorrect?

    ClearCorrect invisible braces are the clean and simple way to straighten your teeth so you can show off your smile! Looking for an alternative to metal braces? ClearCorrect is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort—every reason to smile. With ClearCorrect, your dentist or orthodontist can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.

    Dental Herb Company® Products           

    AT LAST!  Truly natural oral hygiene products made without alcohol, chemicals, sweeteners or preservatives.  These formulas contain herbs and essential oils which have been used for centuries to maintain healthy tissue.  Only pure and complete essential oils, not diluted or fractionated "flavorings" or chemically synthesized "active ingredients" are used.  These alcohol-free, botanical tinctures are made from organically grown or ecologically wildcrafted medicinal plants which contain an exceptionally high concentration of bioactives. They are superior to the lower quality extracts found in most commercial products (even other supposedly "natural" ones). NON-STAINING - Dentists report there is no staining from the use of Dental Herb Company products.

    ALCOHOL-FREE - These products are alcohol-free to protect your health.

    ECONOMICAL - The dense concentration of these pure, high quality ingredients makes these products very cost-effective. A small amount goes a long way. You will find that the daily cost of DHCO products is actually less than most commonly sold prescription oral health medications. Tooth & Gums Toothpaste - 4 oz. tube, very refreshing.  Once you've used this, it will be very hard to go back to toothpaste full of chemicals and artificial sweetner.  No sodium lauryl sulfate (foaming agent). 
    Ingredients are calcium carbonate, deionized water, vegetable glycerine, titanium dioxide, sodium carrageenan, kaolin, gum cellulose, extracts of echinacea aungustofolia, echinacea purpurea, gotu kola, green tea, pure essential oils of peppermint, red thyme, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus globulus and lavender, plant saponins.  {Available for sale at our office} Tooth & Gums Tonic Antiseptic Rinse - a highly concentrated blend of natural herbs and essential oils, extremely refreshing, keeps breath fresh for hours.  18 oz. bottle is approx. 2 months supply. 
    Ingredients are deionized water, vegetable glycerine, extracts of echinacea aungustofolia, echinacea purpurea and gotu kola; pure essential oils of peppermint, red thyme, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus globulus and lavender, plant saponins.  {Available for sale at our office} Tooth & Gums Under the Gum Irrigant - for use in a HydroFloss or Waterpik.  Very refreshing, your mouth feels really clean!
    Ingredients are vegetable glycerine, extracts of echinacea aungustofolia, echinacea purpurea and gotu kola; pure essential oils of peppermint, red thyme, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus globulus and lavender, plant saponins.