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June 2017 

Hello Summer!As we hit the halfway point of the year, we’re welcoming in the season with smiles, surprises, the return of our newsletter, and a healthy dose of gratitude.

Between summer vacation, little league baseball, and the countless other activities of the summer months, we hope you’re finding time to enjoy the long days and the time it affords us to relax and reconnect.If you have visited the office for a checkup in the past few months, you may have noticed that we’re making time to celebrate our patients and our 10 year office-anniversary in the Canteralocation. Time flies! It’s wonderful to think about how our office has grown in those years, and we’re looking forward to all the new changes and excitement ahead. This past year, our dental family has grown and expanded, we’ve continued to learn and develop new ways to provide excellent care, and we’re making plans on how we can innovate and maintain that progress to benefit you, our patients. For all of you who allow us to provide you with health and wellness, thank you for being a part of our office, and for partnering with us in your goals toward better oral health and improved overall health.

Enjoy the summer!

Yours in health,

Dr. DeLacey, Dr. Larson, and the entire team





June is Oral Health Month!

The American Dental Association and Colgate have teamed up for Oral Health month, and are working toward a donation to “Give Kids a Smile” - a foundation which provides dental health care to underserved children. More information is available online, along with activities, educational info, and a chance to participate in this great outreach campaign!! Click the logos on the right to learn more!







Summer is perfect for cold drinks! Iced tea, lemonade, iced coffee, and so many more. Be careful though. Acidic drinks as well as added sugar in drinks can cause problems. Both sugar (natural or additive) and acid are the main players in the cause of tooth decay. So, be sure to follow up a ‘sugary’ or ‘acidic’ drink with a glass of water, and schedule regular appointments for a cleaning and exam.Your teeth will thank you!

Clickto learn more on sugary drinks

Clickto learn more on the benefits of water



We’re always working to bring the latest and greatest to our patients. Whether it’s attending seminars or hosting a meeting in our office during lunch hour, learning about new technology, treatment, and products is important to us. In the last few months, we’ve been using a new toothpaste that is designed for certain conditions. This paste, Parodontax, is specifically designed for patients that need to improve the health of their gum tissue. It can significantly reduce bleeding and inflammation, while also helping to control build-up and keep teeth healthy. This new toothpaste may not be for everyone, so ask for more information next time you’re in the office! We’d be happy to help and provide a sample! Click the toothbrush to learn more.


It has been busy around the office! There are several new faces this year, as well as some new additions to our dental family outside the office as well. April, Brooke, and Jackie have been great new members of our office team, while Dr. DeLacey and Lauren both have new additions to their family. We’re thankful for all of these special people and for new members of our extended family. Some of our awesome team pictured below (from left to right): Kathy, Jen, Brooke, Amy, Tammie, Lauren, April.



At the beginning of June, we will be saying farewell to Brooke, one our office assistants. We’re so proud of her as she heads off to the Navy and we wish her the best of luck! We’ll miss you Brooke!





Why Is Quitting So Hard?

In 2010, 21.6% of Americans were smokers, and 70% of them wanted to quit. Quitting and sticking with it can be a huge physical, social, and emotional challenge.

An addiction to nicotine is more powerful than an addiction to heroin or cocaine. When you inhale nicotine through tobacco products, the nicotine reaches your brain almost instantly to produce a feeling of reward. Over time, your body craves more nicotine and becomes dependent on it. When your body does not get nicotine, if you are dependent on it, you may have withdrawal symptoms. You may feel irritable or angry, have a headache, or be unable to concentrate. Smokers also rely on the routine of smoking for example, in the car on the way to work, or with friends at break time, or after dinner. Quitting is thus a very tough challenge for smokers. Its important to consider which medications, if any, can help you quit. Some smoking-cessation medications contain nicotine. These medications help to lessen withdrawal symptoms by slowly lowering the nicotine levels in the body. They let the smoker focus on breaking the social habits of nicotine without battling the withdrawal symptoms at the same time. Medications that do not contain nicotine also are available with a prescription. One medication (bupropion) is contained in the products called Wellbutrin and Zyban, and it works to calm the cravings of smoking. Nicotine medication and these products can be used together. In fact, the combination is both common and successful. Another prescription medication that is now available and that does not contain nicotine is called Chantix. Choosing the right medication can be difficult, but medications can make it easier to quit and to stay quit. Talk to your doctor if you have more questions about medications.

 How Can I Develop a Quit Plan?


Although medications can help you quit, they are only part of the overall process. Here are a few steps to prepare you to become and stay smoke-free:

• Choose a quit date—and stick to it

• Find people who will help you quit

• Be prepared. Think ahead about the challenges you may come across—for example, wanting to light up with your morning cup of coffee, or having to turn down a cigarette from a friend who smokes.

• Understand your medications. Know how and when to use them and what to expect from each of them.

• Have self-help materials available. Great resources and links are available at how2quit.htm.

• Get information on available programs and services. Check out the National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines at 800-QUIT-NOW.

• Keep busy. Distract yourself by exercising, drinking water, or chewing gum.

• Avoid temptation. Establish a new routine to help you avoid old habits.

• Understand “slips.” Smoking 1 or 2 cigarettes is not a relapse—just a slip. Knowing what caused the slip will help you prevent it in the future. 






Nasal spray




Does it contain nicotine?








How does it work?

Slowly released nicotine into the skin

Releases nicotine into the mouth

Releases nicotine into the mouth

Sprays nicotine into the nose

Puffs nicotine into the mouth and throat

Works in the body to decrease nicotine cravings

Activates nicotine receptors in the brain and blocks nicotine from attaching to them

Does it need a prescription?








How do I use it?

Apply 1 patch to a non-hairy area each morning

Chew it until a minty or peppery taste is releaed then “park” it between your cheek and gum

Suck one lozenge until it is gone

Use one spray in each nostril once or twice per hour

Use one cartage until it is empty

Take it as prescribed. Begin first dose 2 weeks before quit day

Take it as prescribed.Begin taking first dose 1 week before quit day

Can I still smoke while I use it?








What side effects might occur?

Skin irritation, trouble sleeping, vivid dreams, upset stomach

Mouth soreness, hiccups, upset stomach

Insomnia, nausea, heartburn

Irritation inside the nose, stuffy nose, changes in taste and smell

Coughing, runny nose, irritation of mouth and throat

Trouble sleeping, dry mouth

Nausea, trouble sleeping, vivid dreams, constipation, gas, nausea

How long can I use it?

8 weeks

12 weeks

12 weeks

3-6 months

6 months

12 weeks (may continue up to 6 months as directed from your doctor)

12 weeks (If successful, an additional 12 weeks is recommended)

Who should not use this medication?




People with asthma or wheezing

People who have had seiziers, eating disorders, or alcohol abuse. People who have taken another bupropion medication or are on an antidepressant



I should check with my doctor first if…

I am pregnant, breast feeding, or have had heart disease

I am pregnant, breast feeding, or have had heart disease

I am pregnant, breast feeding, or have had heart disease

I am pregnant, breast feeding, or have had heart disease

I am pregnant, breast feeding, or have had heart disease

I am pregnant or breast feeding

I am pregnant, breast feeding, or have kidney problems or get kidney dialysis






Xylitol- A sugar that's good for you?

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“Do I have any cavities?” is a question that I hear from almost every patient who sits in my chair. Parents are always relieved when, at the end of their child’s appointment, I tell them that their kids are cavity free. Sometimes, despite good oral hygiene, dietary choices can lead to an increase in decay. In addition to good home care, fluoride rinses or prescription fluoride toothpastes, there are times when we as dental professionals will recommend something called xylitol. It has gained support in the US in the last ten years; Europe has been widely been recommending xylitol products since the 1970’s.

So what exactly is xylitol and why do we recommend it? Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that our bodies actually can process from some foods we eat. It is found in berries, mushrooms, oats, and corncobs. It has gained popularity for those with diabetes because at a glycemic index of 7, it is much lower than sugar and does not affect insulin levels.

It is mandated as safe by the FDA, and it has no known toxicity or cariogenicity. It has 40% fewer calories than sugar, and 75% fewer carbs. Dentally, it has several benefits. Streptococcus mutans is the main bacteria that causes cavities. Strep mutans cannot metabolize xylitol to use it as a food source. It can inhibit the bacteria, but it also interacts with calcium and is transported in saliva where it helps to remineralize enamel that has been demineralized (an early cavity lesion). The best thing about xylitol is that within minutes, it can neutralize acids and give the mouth a neutral pH. This can be beneficial for people who are genetically prone to decay, or people who have lots of acid in their diets from soda, juice, wine, energy drinks, or foods that are naturally acidic.

In order to be effective, xylitol needs to be consumed in at least 5 grams per day, with some researchers recommending 8-10 grams per day. Chewing gum, mints, and lozenges are good ways to get xylitol. My personal favorite is Ice Cubes gum, which can be readily found in Target, WalMart, and grocery stores. Whole Foods carries an array of gums and mints, and other products can be found online. Some pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens carry Xylimelts, which are lozenges that are put onto the cheek to deliver xylitol overnight. It is especially helpful for people who have dry mouth from medications or autoimmune issues. The best website for information is A few warnings about xylitol use: as with other sugar alcohols, it can have a laxative effect if taken in too large of quantities. Also, as their bodies cannot metabolize xylitol, it is absolutely toxic to dogs and ferrets. Please feel free to ask your hygienist or Dr. DeLacey about xylitol products at your next appointment.


It's more than Just a Cleaning

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It’s More Than Just a Cleaning

Anyone who has had a dental cleaning by me, Robin Cimino RDH, BS, will appreciate my nickname of ‘Robin the Relentless ’; affectionately (I hope) given to me by a patient. I’m thinking the name is referring to my never ending litany on the importance of clean teeth, and my obsession with getting absolutely every speck of debris off of every surface, even in places they don’t know exist. You may ask, “Why would anyone want to clean teeth for a career?” Hopefully this will shed some light on the big mystery; I can effect a change in behavior that can improve the quality of a person’s life. WOW! Hold that thought.
This past February the entire staff of DeLacey Wells Dental, yes ALL of us, went to a dental convention called Midwinter here in Chicago. It’s a big deal. We are introduced to cutting edge concepts, technology and products. We have the opportunity to stay current with Continuing Education on major topics like oral cancer and the relationship between inflammatory systemic diseases and oral health, just to name a few.
The next time you come to the office for your routine dental cleaning and checkup, it’s so much more. Preventing periodontal disease (gum disease) and tooth decay is just part of our job. Dentistry is evolving into an advocate for comprehensive overall health.
If you were paying attention you were supposed to be holding a thought. Now here comes the finale. Early in my career I had a male patient who was battling severe gingivitis (bleeding gums). We did everything dentally possible to treat him. He had super oral hygiene habits and yet he still had this ongoing issue. I looked at his medical history and he was healthy. I remembered in hygiene school that some medical conditions can cause bleeding gums. So I asked, “When did you last see a physician?” It had been over ten years. I highly recommended a physical. A week later his wife called to thank me. His physical revealed a blood sugar level of over 350. Normal is under 100.
So the next time you come in for your re-care appointment, it’s more than ‘just a cleaning’.

What we drink-hydrating or harmful?

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“Do you drink pop?” “Do you drink coffee with cream and sugar?” “Do you drink Gatorade or Red Bull?” “Do you drink a lot of orange juice or other fruit juices?” “Do you drink wine?” Have you ever wondered why you are asked so many ridiculous questions during your preventive dental visits? These questions are more relevant to your dental health than you may think. Dietary habits have changed over the course of the last 50 years. As we have become a society increasingly spending more time in our cars commuting and being taxi cab drivers for our children, our cars have become changing rooms and kitchen tables. Additionally, the number of calories we drink has increased exponentially. Not only can we choose from soda, diet soda, bottled water, juices, power drinks, and energy drinks, but also from thousands of different coffee creations. In the dental world, used to warn our patients about the sugar in regular sodas and advise a switch to diet sodas. This is not a solution; in fact….it is just as big a problem. What we are drinking is affecting more than just our waistlines.
High school science taught us that pH is the measure of the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution. Solutions with a pH less than 7 are said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. Pure water (tap) has pH very close to 7, or neutral. Everything that we put into our mouths to drink and eat has a pH. What does this have to do with dentistry? A lot. In laboratory experiments tooth enamel can begin to dissolve at a pH of 5.3. Dentin is the layer underneath the enamel, and can be exposed for a number of different reasons. Dentin begins to dissolve at a pH of 6.7. Back when we would advise switching from regular soda to diet because of the sugar, what we failed to understand was that it wasn't just the sugar that was harmful, it was the acid. Taking a look at the pH of very common, everyday drinks is concerning. As a patient, you might have been asked many questions relating to what kind of drinks you consume on a regular basis. Dietary counseling has become a big part of the oral hygiene instruction I give to my patients on a daily basis. A lot of people dread their dental appointments anyway, and now we are advising taking away their beloved diet Coke, too…. Not necessarily, but we want our patients to be aware of the risks and then try to give solutions that will potentially help.

We don’t mean to be a buzz kill, but over time the damage begins to show. Acid erosion, tooth sensitivity, and decay are all potential issues. There are over-the-counter toothpastes specially formulated to help fight the acids that we ingest daily. Prescription level fluoride toothpastes can also be used to fight decay and tooth sensitivity. Xylitol, a natural sugar, has research behind it showing that it can help to fight bacteria that cause decay as well as raise the pH of the mouth. Xylitol is readily available in over the counter gums and mints. (Bottled water is not necessarily a solution because, surprisingly, some have been tested at a pH well into the acidic range.) We as dental professionals just want to help. Tooth sensitivity is a big problem in today’s dental world, and it’s easy to see why. Please feel free to ask us about it when you are at your next dental appointment.