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West End Dental is excited to begin seeing patients safely. These are unprecedented times, and we want to reassure you that we have taken every precaution to ensure your safety and wellbeing during your visit.

•  Taking temperatures and pulse oximetry measurements of every patient and caregiver before they enter our clinic.
•  Screening each person entering the building for any symptoms and redirecting them if symptoms are present.
•  Modifying our waiting rooms and how we deliver care to honor social distancing.
•  All caregivers will be masked as well as patients anytime they are not receiving treatment.
•  Increased cleaning procedures, frequency, and improved products for cleaning
•  We also request that patients please arrive as close to their appointment time as they can and that they please not bring additional persons to their appointment if possible.

We ask that you understand that our provider's time is more crucial than ever and request that you be prompt to your appointment, arriving no sooner or later than your appointment time. Understand that if you cancel your appointment less than 48 hours in advance or are more than 15 minutes late to your visit, we may charge your account a $50.00 non-refundable fee.

Thank you for choosing West End Dental. We are committed to safe, compassionate care, especially as we continue to deal with impacts of COVID-19. If you have any concerns before, during, or after you visit, please do not hesitate to make us aware of them. We are all in this together and are committed to creating a safe, compassionate and healing environment.

How to Eat Sweets You Love with Less Sugar

Posted on 1/15/2020 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
How to Eat Sweets You Love with Less SugarEveryone loves to indulge in a nice bar of chocolate or a piece of cake every once in a while. However, you may be aware that foods high in sugar content are bad for your teeth.

This is because the bacteria inside your mouth love to eat sugar just like us. When you eat sugar, you give bacteria the ability to grow more rapidly. This can lead to tooth decay. Though sugar is bad for your dental health, there are ways to enjoy sweets while not doing damage to your teeth.

Sugar Alternatives

If you like to bake or make your own sweets, you can use sugar substitutes to reduce the sugar content of the treats you make. One of our favorite sugar alternatives is stevia extract. Stevia is a plant that creates a substance that is sweet like sugar, but isn't damaging to the teeth.

Unlike other artificial sweeteners, stevia can be used in baking, making it the perfect substitute for sugar. Though stevia is a great alternative to sugar, it still needs to be used sparingly. People who eat large quantities of stevia often report upset stomachs and headaches. However, you should be fine with eating a small amount of it from time to time.

Sugar-free Alternatives

If you're not fond of baking or making your own sweets, there's no need to fret. Many of the sweets and snacks you love come with reduced sugar versions. Reducing your sugar intake will not only be great for your teeth but also your body. If you have a sweet tooth, try to find products with reduced sugar or no added sugar, and then, you'll be good to go.

Our dentistry prides itself on dental knowledge. If you have any more questions about how sweets can affect your dental health, give our office a call. We would be happy to answer any questions you have!
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