Green Tea May Hinder Zika Virus

A recent study points to an ingredient in green tea, epigallocatechin (EGCG) blocking the zika virus from gaining  access to a human host cell. You can find more details of the study at

ZPak #2 Associated with Increased Cardiovascular Death

A study has shown Z-Pak #2 (the five-day regimen) to  increase the risk of cardiovascular death, mainly for those who already have cardiac issues.  This information just shows that no medication is perfect.  Doctors always have to weigh the bad with the good and Azithromycin has proven to be a very effective drug.

In dentistry, we usually use Z-Pak#1 which is the three-day regimen. It is extremely effective for fighting intraoral infections.


Why am I Still Getting Cavities?

Unlike diabetes where the amount of sugar that you ingest can eventually cause the disease, dental caries is influenced by the number of times a day you ingest sugar.  Every time you eat something that contains carbohydrates (almost every food) you get ten minutes of decay activity.  This can really add up.  In my office ( I use this example:  If you had ten apples and you could eat them all at once (apple sauce?) you would get ten minutes of decay activity. However, if you ate one an hour you would get one hundred minutes of decay activity.  Now I’m not saying which is better for you medically.  We know that physicians believe small, frequent meals is better than a few large ones. I’m just telling you what’s best for your teeth.  If your doctor has prescribed small, frequent meals you must recognize the danger to your teeth and act accordingly i.e. more frequent brushing and flossing, possible a fluoride rinse or tray.

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