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Bergkirchweih 2018

Just in time for the Whitsun weekend starts tomorrow on 17 May in Erlangen as every year the fifth season – the Erlanger Bergkirchweih! Again, over one million visitors are expected in ten days. Young and old enjoy every year at the numerous attractions. For many adults, the sociable bustle at the beer cellars is in the foreground! The mountain-cooled festival beer tastes best, especially on hot days. Who would have thought that beer could have something to do with your teeth?

Unfortunately, the number of dental accidents increases at Erlanger Bergkirchweih, only good that the beer is also a great storage medium for broken teeth. Beer itself has only indirectly something to do with teeth, but something directly with saliva! And saliva is the most important protection mechanism for teeth! On the one hand, many minerals are dissolved in the beer, which harden the tooth surface via the saliva. It’s good! And on the other hand, saliva qualities can be illustrated on the basis of the beer foam. There are different “good” saliva. Proverbs such as “there’s nothing left for you” do not come by accident!

Some of us have a lot of saliva, some very little. Some spit can neutralize carious acids quickly, some only slowly. Some spit is very fluid and glides well, and some is very sticky and foams like beer foam. Foaming spit is not very good for teeth, because the foam comes from lack of wettability to the tooth surface. That is, the saliva does not attach well to the tooth surface but rather rolls off on it. This air is trapped, it creates foam.

If the beer mug or beer glass is dry when pouring it produces a lot of foam. This phenomenon is even stronger when the pitcher is not only dry but also dusty. Due to the dry, possibly dusty surface of the pitcher, the beer can not undergo good wettability to the surface. The beer rolls along the surface, air is trapped, it creates foam! Therefore, the tip for all beer drinkers: Rinse the beer glass with water before pouring! And the tip for all with foaming saliva: chewing dental care chewing gums with cooling xylitol, which improves the wettability.

The subject should not apologize for excessive beer consumption! Do not drink too much at the Erlanger Bergkirchweih. The practice team wishes you a lot of fun at this year’s “Berch”! coziness cheers!

If you have any questions about this or other topics, do not hesitate and ask the dentists of “Beautiful Teeth Erlangen”.

Stay healthy!

Implant Myths!

There are many myths in dentistry. Like, for example, losing a tooth with every pregnancy, or having caries triggered by a worm that pokes its way through the lazy tooth! These stories are of course complete nonsense!

There are also many myths about dental implants. Why is that? On the one hand, because dental implants, like other dental treatments, generally scare people and, on the other, because many wrong stories are in circulation. So it happens that one first advises a patient about implants, immediately meets with negative words. Many report stories in their circle of acquaintances that all implants were inflamed and had to be removed. These stories are usually over the top and as bad news is always bad news spreads faster and better than good news. Because of the many satisfied implant patients you usually hear nothing. And there are a very large number of satisfied implant patients. However, most of them do not go about peddling their positive experiences and do not immediately point out to everyone that they are implant wearers.

Implant dentistry is a great success story and has returned the smile to many people. The scientific study situation is clear: since the beginnings of dental implantology 45 years ago, 80% of all implanted implants are still in the mouth of your carrier. The number since the turn of the millennium is even better with over 95%. Success can therefore be planned.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind to get happy with his implants: First, the dentist should be able to place implants. He should have a specialization in dental implantology. A well-trained “implantologist” knows immediately whether his patient is suitable for implants or not. Because even failure is plannable. A patient should have sufficient oral hygiene to be able to take good care of his high-quality implants. Bad oral hygiene is a no-go. Even patients with aggressive gum disease are less suitable for implants. Strong smokers can override the desire for implants if they do not stop or reduce smoking.

If all the conditions are right, you will have fun with your implants for a long time. And do not listen alone to horror stories from your circle of acquaintances.

If you have any questions about this or any other topic, do not hesitate and ask the dentists of the dental practice Dr. med. Trapper & Dr. Aplas.

Stay healthy!

Your Dr. Rüdiger Aplas

A high on the (real) bubble gum!

When the Americans brought chewing gum across the pond to Germany after the Second World War, many thought at first: what kind of stuff is that? You should chew on it without swallowing it? What should that be good for? Many American inventions encountered and often encounter German incomprehension until they are quite normal and indispensable.

Nowadays nobody asks anymore if there is a raison d’être for the chewing gum. Last year, about 17 million Germans chewed gum at least once a week. Alone of it about five million daily use. It comes in many different colors and shapes. Children love the “Hubba Bubba” and try to beat each other in the size of the bubble gum bubbles. Some adults need the very “hard” ones to clear their nose with their essential oils.

Unfortunately not all of them have the positive effect on our oral health and therefore also on our teeth. I am writing this article because I do not understand why chewing gum is still on the market that contains normal household sugar. Before I speak of the positive effects of sugar-free chewing gum, I must first condemn this negative type of chewing gum. Sugary chewing gum supplies the mouth and thus the caries bacteria with sugar over a longer period of time than normal sweets. Thus, the risk of a hole in the tooth is significantly higher than sugar-free chewing gum. Sugary chewing gum should be taken off the market completely. The classic “Wrigleys Spearmint” has become obsolete (unfortunately also the Hubba Bubba, the child calls in me).

As bad as the sugary chewing gum is for the teeth, the sugar-free one is extremely positive! Why is that? First of all, of course, because he has no sugar. Caries Bacteria get nothing to eat and thus can not build apartments in our teeth. There are also special dentifrice chewing gums that even contain a special sugar substitute, namely xylitol. Xylitol is birch sugar, has 40% less calories than table sugar with almost the same sweetness of the same. Dissolves xylitol in the mouth, it extracts heat from the environment and a cooling effect occurs. This cooling effect triggers a stronger salivation, which is extremely important for our teeth. The increased spit flushes caries bacteria, carioacids and plaque away. More saliva also means more natural minerals for the teeth! This results in far fewer holes on the teeth!

Xylitol is generally an enemy of caries bacteria. Many studies (Turku / Finland) have shown that xylitol reduces caries by as much as 85%. Also xylitol can “slow down” already existing, smaller decay places. Also, caries bacteria can attach less well to the tooth surface. In 2000, it was also shown that children (up to two years) of young mothers who chewed xylitol gum daily had far fewer decay bacteria than other peers. Xylitol is the secret weapon against tooth decay. Therefore, it is also recommended for children who brush teeth less well. In these cases it is advised to give children a xylitol-containing chewing gum immediately after consuming food.

In addition to this clever xylitol, chewing gum still has the effect of sticking well. Thus, plaque is torn from the tooth surface, there can be no tooth decay. Therefore, the dental advice: After eating a chewing gum with xylitol chew.

The experience in dealing with our patients shows: Patients who frequently use the (right) chewing gum have clearly better teeth than those who never chew gum. That’s another reason why chewing gum is no longer questioned today!

If you have any questions about this or any other topics, do not hesitate and ask the dentists of the group practice Dr. med. Tanja Trapper & Dr. Rüdiger Aplas.

Stay healthy!

Your Dr. Rüdiger Aplas

The sweet danger

In the morning a marmalade bread with sweetened coffee or tea, at lunch a meal with sweetened lemonade and in the evening as a dessert a treat: we eat almost twice as much sugar as advised. This not only leads to obesity, diabetes or a fatty liver, no, it also causes tooth decay on the teeth!

The main enemy of the teeth is the table sugar, called sucrose. This is most commonly found in everyday life and consists of the short-chain carbohydrates glucose and fructose. The short-chain sugars are particularly good at supplying the caries bacteria at the tooth surface with energy, resulting in a rapid destruction of the enamel. Long-chain sugars, e.g. stuck in potatoes, but can also cause tooth decay. When potato starch has long been exposed to the human spit, long-chain short-chain sugars and the caries attack on the teeth start again.

So if you reduce your own sugar consumption, you help your own health and thus your teeth. However, if you can not do without the sweetness in life, the food industry offers you an almost unmanageable number of sugar alternatives:

This includes on the one hand the sugar substitutes without calories such as aspartame, cyclamate and saccharin. And on the other hand, the sugar substitutes, which have fewer calories and do not cause tooth decay. These include substances such as sorbitol, xylitol and maltitol. Unfortunately, in the confectionery industry, except for dentifrice chewing gum, sugar substitutes such as xylitol have been barely successful. Xylitol-containing chewing gums are an excellent alternative to reduce the risk of tooth decay, especially in children who do not want to make friends with the toothbrush. On the one hand, caries bacteria can not process xylitol, so the acid attack on the teeth does not happen and, on the other hand, chewing xylitol results in a cooling effect. This stimulus saliva is formed, the caries bacteria washed away quickly.

The currently very popular sugar substitute stevia, which is made from honeywort, is also very well suited to prevent tooth decay.

As you can see, if you consciously go through life, you can enjoy sweetness in the future without regret.

If you have further questions on this or other topics, do not hesitate and ask the dentists of “beautiful teeth Erlangen”.

Your Dr. Rüdiger Aplas

Dry mouth or hyposalivation

The dry mouth or xerostomia describes a reduction in salivary flow to a minimum of 0.1 to 0.3 ml per minute. Why is that important at all? Ask yourself now?!

The spit is the most important natural protection for our teeth and the oral cavity! Without saliva, the teeth get little or no minerals, which the teeth need for their “hardness”! Also, no carious acids are dissolved quickly or caries and periodontitis germs are washed away. All this has far-reaching consequences for the oral cavity of the affected patients:

viscous, foamy saliva

Vulnerable mucous membranes with recurrent mucosal infections

superficial change of the tongue with e.g. burning tongue

Rapid destruction of teeth in only “small” carious areas

Who is the most affected? Scientific studies show that with increasing age, the number of people with little spit increases. Why is that? Dry mouth is often triggered systemically. So this is a concomitant of systematic changes in the human body, triggered by general conditions or drugs that are used against certain diseases. For example, in autoimmune diseases such as the Sjögren syndrome or an undetected or poorly adjusted diabetes mellitus.

Much more often, however, the dry mouth is triggered by taking medication, so is an unwanted side effect of those. In older age, the number of ailments increases as well as taking the medication. Typical medicines here are remedies for depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, but also sedatives, hormone preparations or painkillers, etc. can cause dry mouth. If you want to know if your medication can cause dry mouth, read the leaflet or ask your doctor or pharmacist.

The aging of our society will thus increasingly influence the future work of the dentists. The more teeth are obtained by the dentists and the longer they remain in the oral cavity, the greater the caries wave will be, especially those of the “root caries”. Because in old age, root surfaces of the teeth are exposed more freely. In combination with the dry mouth, unfortunately, a quick destruction of the teeth is inevitable! True to the motto: “Once the root is exposed, it is blatantly blatantly”!

Therefore, preventive measures by the dentist are absolutely necessary so that it can not come so far. If the typical signs are noticeable in a patient, close checks with a distance of no more than three months are sensible. The teeth can also be fluoridated and professionally cleaned. To a lesser extent, dental care gums with xylitol have also strengthened. This natural birch sugar promotes the stimulus saliva with its coolness. With pronounced dry mouth saliva substitutes from the pharmacy are particularly recommended. These preparations, which are usually available in spray form, simulate natural saliva and facilitate speech, chewing and swallowing. These agents also protect the teeth perfectly. So you can still bite powerful in the future.

If you have questions on this or any other issues, just agree!

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