Springfield Mo Dentists Warn Stop The Pop!

By Tracy Davis

Springfield MO Americans consume huge quantities of soft drinks each year, warns Springfield MO dental implants provider Dr. Kelly Barnett. Spoon out ten teaspoons of sugar and see how much sugar is in a 12-ounce can of soda. Now spoon out 17 teaspoons and see how much is in a 20-ounce bottle.

But sugar isnt the only problem with soft drinks; carbonation is also very hard on your teeth. Frequent exposure to soda causes measurable loss of tooth enamel, observes Dr. Marc Barnett, a Springfield MO dentistry provider. According to a recent study by the Academy of General Dentistry, colas are ten times more corrosive to tooth enamel than fruit juices. The culprits in soft drinks are the citric and phosphoric acids that create carbonation.

However, our Springfield MO cosmetic dentists have ways to combat sodas insidious effects. We offer our patients a special fluoride varnish. The 1.5% sodium fluoride varnish is applied to teeth after each cleaning and, over time, provides a higher concentration of fluoride than any other method. It actually strengthens tooth enamel and clinical studies have shown it to reduce tooth decay by 40%.

This varnish is a great product, says Dr. Tracy Davis, a Springfield MO tooth whitening provider. Its simple to apply and can really help reduce the incidence of decay. It works well with adults who have root sensitivity or high rates of cavities. Its especially helpful for older adults who have problems with dry mouth which can encourage root decay.


The Barnett-Davis Dental Group provides a multitude of dental treatments for patients of all ages. General dental services include preventive cleanings, root canals, laser-assisted gum therapy and cavity removal, tooth colored fillings, mini-implant supported dentures, crowns and bridges. They also provide cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers, bondings, Invisalign orthodontic clear braces, tooth whitening and cosmetic tooth and gum contouring. Emergency cases are always seen promptly.

About the Barnett-Davis Dental Group

Located in the Springfield MO area, Drs. Barnett and Davis practice cosmetic dentistry as well as a full range of general dentistry everything from implant dentistry to preventive dental care to veneers to the full range of cosmetic dentistry. They want their patients beautiful smiles to last for a lifetime. The Springfield MO dentists at Barnett-Davis Dental Group employ the latest technological advances to improve their patients level of comfort and the accuracy of diagnosis and preventive treatments.

Kelly served as the first female president of the Greater Springfield Dental Society and has been a delegate to the Missouri Dental Association. She is vice president of the Board of the OTC hygiene and dental assisting school. Marc serves on the Childrens Smile Center board in Ozark to treat under-privileged children.

Family ties and small town values brought Marc and Kelly to the Ozarks in 1984. Marc practiced dentistry in Nixa and Kelly maintained a solo practice in Ozark for 17 years. In the fall of 2001, they combined their efforts and expertise into one modern, high-tech dental office in Ozark.

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