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Due to the recent outbreak we are currently working on a modified schedule. Please contact us to schedule your next visit
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Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

Is It a Bad Idea to Drink Only Bottled Water?
Posted on 5/15/2020 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
Is It a Bad Idea to Drink Only Bottled Water?The type of water you drink can affect your health. While water in general is good for the body, there is a constant debate on whether bottled water is a better choice or not. Your teeth and your overall health can also be affected by the type of water you drink. It's important to realize that bottled water has a time and a place for when to drink it. It's convenient and portable, so it's easy to bring around, but it's vital not to make it your only source of water.

Here's Why Us Dentists Aren't a Fan Of Bottled Water

There are certain contents of bottled water that can completely affect what happens to your teeth. Most bottled water brands have dangerous pH levels that can potentially damage your teeth. It also generally lacks the essential fluoride that you need when staying hydrated. On a pH scale level of 0 to 14, the water you must drink should be at a 7. Going any lower could be acidic and anything higher than an 8 is Alkaline. Enamel starts to erode at a pH level of 5.5, so avoid drinks that reach that low of a pH level. Research has shown that the damage to your teeth increases with time. As you continue to drink soda, for example, it negatively affects your teeth if you sip it longer. Bottled water may seem to be cleaner, but general tap water will suffice in terms of staying hydrated and avoiding most dental issues.

Whether you decide to drink bottled or tap water, make it goal to remain hydrated no matter what. Municipal water may be a better option in terms of caring for your teeth, and it's vital that you look out for your dental health and make the necessary improvements.

Taking care of your teeth all begins with proper prevention and daily care. Our dentists will gladly work with you to help take care of your teeth and provide you with important knowledge on maintaining good dental health.

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