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This weekend we celebrated my Mom’s birthday.  We usually go to the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach every year for her birthday and enjoy the sunshine while perusing the local artisans crafts with a cold glass of wine.  This year was much different because mother nature decided to rain on our tradition, which was fantastic because we got to try something new!  We strolled through the ever so hip and quaint SOCO and stopped for some oysters at Shuck.  Along with the tasty and slippery omega 3′s (oysters) I sampled I washed them down with a lovely effervescent glass of Brut Champagne.

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Champagne is my guilty pleasure because I love the bubbles and just the touch of sweetness a glass of brut possesses.  Unfortunately that ‘touch’ of sweetness is more than 2.5g of sugar per tiny flute!  Sugar is not only bad for teeth, but it also creates a more acid environment in the body.  An acidic environment can harbor fungal growth and inflammation and is toxic on your liver and kidneys, not to mention it contributes to diabetes. There is so much bad press about sugar lately and rightfully so, it is really important to limit your sugar intake not just for your teeth but for your overall health.

Still want something sweet? Xylitol is a plant base sugar which has been proven to lower the acidity in the mouth and help fight tooth decay.  Just adding xylitol to water 2g 2x/day has been shown to help fight tooth decay by lowering the acidity of the mouth. Next time you are craving something sweet try swapping a TicTac for some Xylamints!

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xxoo,

Sarah Jebreil, DDS

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