Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dental Cleaning Methods--New vs. Old

A look into the ever advancing world of dental medicine has spurred me to blog about a topic that many of my customers have addressed with me over the years. Adult cleanings. There is what I call the old method, which entails scraping and picking away the plaque and tartar from your teeth.... this method, followed by the prophy jet, which basically uses a high pressured stream of water to blast away the build-up, and now the newer laser cleaning, and the jury is still out on that method...we haven't had much feedback as yet, however I have a feeling in this instance that "no news is good news".... as in no one has complained! The general consensus, though, is that most people do prefer the old tried and true method, particularly the older crowd, asserting that the prophy jet doesn't seem to leave their mouths feeling as fresh, or that it doesn't  completely remove the plaque. Additionally, it is a much quicker method, which seems to give the impression that enough time is not being spent on the cleaning, therefore it can't be as effective as the old way.
Tell us what you think!!! We'd like to hear about your experiences.
Which do you prefer? The new way or the old way?

As always, keep smiling!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Unexpected Way Running Affects Your Teeth

We all know that exercising is great for your health. One of the primary reasons for running is that it helps lose weight, fight heart disease and relives stress. However running can also have hidden negative effects on one of the most important parts of your body; Teeth.

When you add all the carbs, sports drinks and protein bars that are likely consumed during or after a work out, your mouth has the perfect environment for cavities. Sugar feeds decay-causing bacteria and our defenses against this bad bacteria lives in our saliva.

While most runners breath through their mouth, the mouth is usually dry during the entire run which slows saliva rates and makes it harder for the mouth to clean its self. Therefore, when the mouth is dry, your teeth are at risk.

Here are a few things you can to save your teeth during a workout!
  1. Stay hydrated
  2. Pop a sugar free mint or a piece gum after a workout (helps your saliva glands to start working again)
  3. Brush and floss regularly

Remember oral hygiene is very important!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Get Sensitivity Relief -Like Never Before-

The other day I was looking through one of my magazines and I came across this new ad for Crest Sensi-Stop Strips. It caught my attention since I have tooth sensitivity, and I wanted to learn more about this new product.

Crest Sensi- Stop Strips is a new way to take care of your tooth sensitivity. These thin, flexible strips deliver a key ingredient for 10 minutes right where it is needed to provides sensitivity relief up to one month of protection.

This unique strip is designed to cover the outer gum line of your sensitive teeth for just 10 minutes, giving the special ingredient time to build a lasting barrier that helps stop sensitivity pain by blocking tubules.

* Remember ask your dentist before starting anything new*

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Essential Role Of Dental Sleep Medicine

By definition, according to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine,  Dental Sleep Medicine is an area of practice that focuses on the management of sleep-related breathing disorders including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through the use of oral appliance therapy and/or upper airway surgery.

More and more dentists are entering into this field of treatment.  The way it works is this: A qualified physician diagnoses the condition through a series of studies done on the patient,  then the dentist provides treatment; ( i.e. usually a custom fitted oral device, worn during sleep and designed to keep the airway open by supporting the jaw and tongue.)

A loved one may notice heavy snoring or interrupted breathing patterns that can happen many times during the sleep cycle, however, if you live alone the following signs could be an indication that you may need to be checked out:

                  Mild to heavy daytime sleepiness
                  Morning headaches
                  Decreased libido
                  Inability to concentrate

Additionally, if you are overweight  you may have a higher risk for sleep apnea.  Essentially, through oxygen deprivation and lack of refreshing sleep, this disorder can wreak havoc on your body over time. It can put you at risk for high blood pressure, stroke and even heart attack, not to mention the risk of sudden death while sleeping due to the closing of the airway.

Many people have this disorder and are unaware of the danger it poses.  It is effectively a silent killer.  If you think you or a loved one may have this, contact your healthcare provider and arrange for a screening.  It could save your life!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Why Do I Need A Full Mouth Debridement?

Have you been meaning to go to the dentist but things keep popping put - work, school, kids. Before you know it, years have passed.  You finally made your dentist appointment and they tell you they need to do a full mouth debridement, you are probably wonder what this is right?

A full mouth debridement is the removal of plaque and calculus that interfere with the ability of the dentist to preform a comprehensive oral evaluation.

Full mouth debridement takes longer than a normal cleaning and you may need to undergo periodontal treatment if periodontal disease is apparent.

After having a full mouth debridement your dentist will have you come back about 2-3 weeks later, after your gums have healed so he can properly exam your mouth. Now your dentist will be able to detect any cavities, if periodontal treatment is needed and many others!

Remember it's not to late to get your smile back on track!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

These Bad Habits Can Destroy Your Teeth!

I came across this informational write-up today while web surfing.  There are things listed here that you may find surprising.  I know I did.  Some of these habits are obvious, some not so obvious. All are habits you might want to break in the interest of preserving your oral health. Enjoy!

  • Grinding your teeth - (a habit that many people don't even realize they have)
  • Chewing Ice
  • Eating cough drops or other hard candy
  • Smoking -(Hard on tooth enamel and gums!)
  • Chewing on a pencil (the metal binder at the top)
  • Eating Sunflower Seeds 
  • Drinking soda 
  • Opening things with your teeth
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Bulemia or Anorexia (Has a similar effect to Meth use)
  • Meth Usage (A condition known as meth-mouth....Look that up!  It's not pretty) 
  • Potato Chips (salt and fat stick to your teeth and can cause bacteria to grow)
  • Tongue piercing
  • Sports injury
  • Gummy Candy
  • Fruit Juices 
  • Munching on Raisins (Raisins can cause cavities) 
Keep Smiling! 

Healthy Teeth - Fact Or Fiction?

Sweets rot your teeth?
  • Fiction - It's actually a byproduct of the bacteria on your mouth that creates the pores in your tooth structure that we call "cavities".  Starchy foods attract those acid-producing bacteria just like sweets do.
We've all read about what the bacteria that flies around our bathrooms...keeping my toothbrush covered or in a case keep it cleaner?
  • Fiction - Covering your toothbrush or storing it in a closed container actually creates a better environment for those microorganisms to flourish than the open bathroom air.
Discolored teeth can be just as healthy as pearly whites?
  • Fact - Discolored teeth are not necessarily unhealthy. Sometimes when the enamel becomes thinner by age, the darker layer shows through.
It's normal for your gums to bleed from time to time?
  • Fiction - Bleeding is not OK. Bleeding is the sign of infection, and if the infection is not treated the infection can become worse.
If it does not hurt, there's probably nothing wrong?
  • Fiction - Most infections of the mouth and teeth (gum disease and tooth decay) don't hurt. By the time something starts hurting, the treatment can often be much more expensive  and treatment can be more extensive.
Flossing is as important as brushing?
  • Fact - Flossing is just as important as brushing. Flossing helps remove plaque and food from between the teeth and under the gums.
Kids don't need to go to the dentist until they have teeth?
  • Fiction - The ADA recommends babies see the dentist with the eruption of the first tooth r by the age of 1.