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The Scoop on Coffee Breath - More Than Just Coffee


The Scoop on Coffee Breath - More Than Just Coffee

Apparently, the five-year-old son of a friend recently confronted her just prior to his school-driveway departure. He said, "Don't even fink about kissing me when you drop me off at school. Your breff smells like coffee."

Unsurprisingly, caffeine is America's drug of choice. We consume a total of 700 million cups in a single day! We at Soulsmile love our coffee. There's always a fresh pot brewing in the team lounge and don't even get us started on all the awesome coffee joints in town (looking at you, Case, Noble and Mix!). Yes, it stains teeth. Yes, added sugar can contribute to cavities. But we are big believers of enjoying life's treats, especially when coupled with a proper hygiene routine. 

We do, however, care about coffee breath. Coffee breath is not simply the smell of coffe. If that were the case, "coffee breath" flavored ice cream would sound just as appealing as coffee ice cream. Any takers? Not here. Coffee breath is actually the smell of sugar-eating bacteria in your mouth laced with coffee. 

So how does your gorgeous cappuccino become a menacing platform for bacteria? It turns out the chemicals in coffee contribute to a slow down in the release of saliva. Saliva production is usually one of our mouth's best defenses, sloshing around to disrupt bacteria. With coffee, this lapse in saliva flow creates the perfect breeding ground for the more than 500 species of bacteria in your mouth. Studies have shown that showing milk in the mix can increase these effects even more.

Not pretty.

So, to keep your pearly whites smelling fresh, there are a handful of tips to offset the effects of coffee after consumption:

  • Brush your teeth 
  • Chew a piece of gum
  • Drink water
  • Eat something mouth-watering (think fruit, not bread)

Another factor to consider is your mouth's normal bacterial state. Bacteria grows exponentially. So the more bacteria that's present before coffee will contribute to more after coffee (and a worse smell). Come in for regular hygiene visits with Soulsmile, our Ashland OR dental office, and consult with our awesome team members on the best home care routines to keep your oral health in check at all times. 


Rogue Valley Maker Faire Recap


Rogue Valley Maker Faire Recap

We're a little late with this recap, but still thought it would be fun to share our Maker experience! On November 19th Soulsmile helped sponsor and participate in the Rogue Valley Mini Maker Faire here in Ashland. Maker Faire is billed as "the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth" and its true! Its a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. A place where people can share what they are making and learning. 

We brought our CEREC machine to show people how we are using CAD/CAM technology in the dental office to make teeth! With this technology, we can provide patients with inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers in only one appointment. Worldwide, more than 30 million teeth have been produced with CEREC. 

We wanted to share some of the great questions (and answers) we discussed that day for all you science-minded folks out there. 

How do you design the new tooth on the computer?

Answer: The wand you'll see as part of the unit is call the Omnicam. It is actually a camera that records a streaming video to capture both 2D and 3D data. The data then produces a digital replica of a patient's dentition, accurate down to just a few microns.

Is this a 3D printing technology?

Answer: It is not. 3D printing is an additive process while the CEREC milling unit uses a subractive process. We start by putting in a full block of material. Then, two opposing diamond burs reduce the material to its final shape. 

How long does it take to mill a tooth?

Answer: On average, about 12 minutes. 

Why are the blocks purple?

Answer: Many of our restorations are milled from a material called Emax. The material, lithium disilicate (LS2), is the strongest, most durable porcelain available. The block appears purple in color throughout the milling process because they are in a slightly softer state. Once they are the correct shape for the restoration, they are baked in an oven at 900 degrees, allowing the material to crystallize. This turns the material to the final tooth color and hardens it.

These are just a few of the fun facts. If you're interested in learning more, call us to make an appointment and Dr. Kivel can show you how it works.