Academy of International Dentistry Fellow, Don Shaw on Health Threat of Failing an Acid Test.

Dr. Don Shaw, partner and co-owner of Bess & Shaw Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, reveals that mouth breathing contributes to tooth erosion and decay as much as drinking a fizzy sugary beverage before going to bed.

Beaumont, TX, April 12, 2016: Partner and co-owner of Bess & Shaw Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Don Shaw, DDS posted a new blog on his website entitled, Do Your Sleeping Habits Pass the Acid Test? Dr. Shaw questions readers asking, “Do you sleep with your mouth open or closed?” He continues saying, “If you are a mouth breather you definitely don’t pass the acid test.”

don shawShaw elaborates by asking another question. “What do you suppose would happen if, instead of brushing your teeth before going to bed each night you drank a fizzy soda or glass of orange juice?” He assumes that, “We all know that drinking either of those things before going to bed is going to cause tooth erosion and decay.” “That’s why,” says Shaw, “we all practice good oral hygiene and brush our teeth before retiring at night.”

As Shaw proceeds, he states, “But, now scientists have discovered something that will cause just as much damage to the teeth as if you had gone to bed right after consuming a sugary drink. An article in Sleep Review Magazine published findings that state, “Sleeping with your mouth open can cause tooth erosion and decay.” They agree that mouth breathing can be “as damaging to teeth as sipping a fizzy drink before bed.”


The entire blog can be read at

About Dr. Shaw

Dr. Don Shaw graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1981. Prior to dental school he attended Texas A&M University and Angelo State University.  Dr. Shaw has been practicing general dentistry and orthodontics for 34 years. He has been in the Beaumont area for the last 13 yrs. Since he began practicing dentistry Dr. Shaw has kept up to date in all areas of continuing education.

He has a passion for mission dentistry, serving in Peru and throughout Mexico. Dr. Shaw is a member of state and national dental organizations and has served as a delegate to the Texas Dental Association, Peer Review Chairman, and a board member of the Dental Society of Southeast Texas.  In 2008 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International for the advancement of dentistry worldwide. He has been married to his wife Peggy for 41 yrs. and has two grown children and two grandchildren.

About Bess & Shaw Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

We are proud to provide a state-of-the-art facility for the highest quality dental care available. It is one of our top priorities to protect the wellbeing of our valued patients. For this reason, our office meets and surpasses all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and CDC (Center for Disease Control) standards. We are confident that you will feel right at home in our office as we welcome all patients as if they were family.

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