Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Is kissing dangerous to your health??

Is kissing harmful to your health? With just one kiss couples can share more than 500 different types of disease-causing germs and viruses, warns the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists.
Some different types of things you can catch are:
  1. Cold Sores-Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus. They appear as tiny, clear, fluid-filled blisters that form around the mouth and lips.

  2. Colds-Common cold and flu viruses can be transmitted very easily through contact with the saliva.

  3. Mononucleosis-Mononucleosis, also known as the "kissing disease."
Remember people can look healthy and you may never know if they have any diseases.

To read more look here!

Monday, March 19, 2018

There are Natural Ways to Clean Your Dentures!

Many products made for cleaning dentures can be expensive and harsh.  If your dentures have metal parts, some commercial denture cleaners can cause them to corrode over time.  Here is a short list of inexpensive, reliable (old time, tried and true) products that you can use to clean, disinfect and even help remove tartar from your false teeth! (Yes, even false teeth can get a buildup of tartar over time, cultivating an unhealthy array of germs and bacteria.)

Here goes!:

1. BAKING SODA.  Make a paste with a little bit of the soda and water and use your denture brush to clean your dentures.  It will freshen, too.

2. VINEGAR.  Use equal parts of vinegar and water and soak your dentures for 20-30 minutes. This will also help to remove tartar buildup.

3. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE.  This is especially useful for disinfecting.  Soak in a 3% or 6% solution (the usual strength sold in stores) for approximately 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Now, there were a couple of other suggestions that I found online that I didn't think were particularly useful; that is, they were not things that I would personally try for cleaning something that you would put in your mouth! Someone on another website suggested a bleach/water solution for disinfecting and a teaspoon of Calgon water softener added for removing tartar. Of course you would need to rinse your dentures especially well so as not to get the bleach solution in your mouth. Hmmm...I don't know...  To me, that falls into the same catagory as fixing your dentures with super glue.  What do you think?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Things To Keep You From Getting Bored In The Waiting Room

Have you ever been in this situation? You are sitting in the waiting room at your dentist's office and start to get bored. You then realize that you have forgotten to bring a book or something else to keep you occupied. The magazines are 2-3 months old and there is not any that you like. I know I have been there before. I have created a list of things that you can do to help pass the time of that dreadful wait. Try them out and let me know which one works the best!

1. See how many different words you can make out of the phrases on the signs hanging on the wall. For example, if there is a sign that says "payment is due at the time service is rendered", see how many words you can make out of that phrase. (team, meat, serve, pending) just to name a few.

2. Engage yourself in a magazine scavenger hunt. Pick a topic or a name and count how many times it is referenced in the mountain of magazines that surround you. (President Obama is one that can keep you occupied for hours)

3. If you brought your cellphone, update and clean up your contact's list. That is something that people always mean to do, just never find the time.

4. Correct and complete the puzzles in the magazines that other people "attempted" to do.

5. Play "name the noise". When you hear a sound coming out of one the exam rooms, try to identify it. (If you are unable to do so, chances are very good that you will experience it first hand very soon).

Some dental centers have created an office theme that is designed to keep you occupied and take your mind off the dental work that you are about to endure. However, if you are stuck in a boring waiting room, give these a suggestions a try. Feel free to comment with more ideas so I can update the list in a few weeks

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Is Sparking Water Putting You At Risk For Tooth Decay?

There is something about flavored fizzy water that makes you fell refreshed and energized all day but can it be damaging your teeth?

According to Mouth Healthy (brought to you by the American Dental Association also known as the ADA) sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth. Research showed that two forms of water (sparkling and plain) had the same effects on the teeth even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic.

Below are some tips on how to enjoy sparkling water without damaging your teeth:

  • If your in the mood for something fizzy, grab a sparkling water. This is far better for your teeth than a energy drink or a soda.  
  • Pay attention to whats in your sparkling water, added flavors such as citrus, have a higher than normal acidic level which can cause damage to your enamel. 
  • Sparking water brand that have added sugar can no longer be considered sparkling water because they can contribute to cavities. 
It doesn't matter how many sparkling waters you drink in a day its still important to drink regular water!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Could Red Wine Help To Prevent Tooth Decay?

It may just do that!

According to the results of a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Red Wine is rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are loaded with antioxidants and it was found that they can help to fend off the effects of bacteria in the mouth that can cause cavities and plaque. Who knew?!

Now, I wouldn't go off and drink more red wine just yet. This was only one study.  It's likely there will be another one to disprove it down the road.  But it is an interesting concept, isn't it?

Keep Smiling! 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Brushing Your Teeth With Soap?

Yuck! I'm sure majority of us have had our mouths rinsed out with soap as a kid for saying a bad word. Well, regular bar soap has been shown to work better than toothpaste.

Dr. Gerard F. Judd, Ph.D., Chemistry and Fluoride Researcher of Arizona is the man behind the tooth soap movement. He wrote a book called the "Good Teeth, Birth To Death". This book gives tips on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy well into your elderly years.

The main reasons Dr. Judd believes you should brush with bar soap is because toothpaste contains high amounts of glycerin which deposits a layer on the tooth that covers the plaque and prevents is from being brushed where bar soap actively kills bacteria and plaque, thus preventing the onset of gingivitis and tooth decay.

Yes, soap is does not a pleasant taste but after 3-4 brushes you will get used to the flavor. The recommended soap is detergent-free and contains a high amount of olive oil.  You can also mix essential oils like peppermint or spearmint to help improve the flavor.

After brushing your teeth and tongue rinse well. You should feel like your teeth are cleaner and for a much longer period of time.

What do you think about brushing with bar soap? Would you try it?

Article found here!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Avoid Green Teeth This St. Patrick's Day

With St Patrick's day coming up on March 17th, there is always the fun when you have the green teeth. Here are some ways to avoid it:

  1. AVOID THE GREEN BEER: Requesting beer without food dye is actually possible. Green beer is only offered by request in most situations. If you still want to celebrate the Irish way, stick with an Irish beer like Guinness.
  2. SKIP THE ICING: Try to avoid desserts like cake and cupcakes that have green icing. This will show up worse on your teeth than just drinking it as it will stain in between your teeth. Eggs will be dyed green as well as ice cream, so watch out for foods that may not look natural in color.
  3. TAKE A TOOTHBRUSH: If you decide to participate in the green ritual, all is well. The green stains gathered from the food coloring can easily be removed with a brushing and whitening toothpaste. Your best option is to brush shortly after the consumption of the food to prevent tooth staining. However, if you don’t want to carry a toothbrush with you or physically don’t have anywhere to put it, brushing your teeth before bed will suffice. Your goal here is to not show up to work the next day with a green smile.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dental Hygiene For Men

Here are some of the risk factors for developing gum disease:

Being male: Men are more likely to suffer from gum disease than women.

Being African-American: Black men are more likely than white men to develop gum disease.

Lack of funds and insurance: People at the lowest socio-economic levels tend to have the most severe gum disease. This is largely because they don't have access to (or can't afford) regular dental care.

Age: As we get older, our gums gradually recede, exposing the roots of the teeth to plaque. We also produce less saliva, which plays an important role in rinsing plaque out of the mouth.

Genetics: If your parents lost teeth to gum disease, you are at greater risk.

Neglect: Not brushing and flossing regularly.

Poor diet: Sugary snacks and drinks encourage the growth of plaque, and crunchy snack foods can damage enamel and teeth.

Clenching, grinding teeth: Chronic teeth grinding can sometimes result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. The chronic grinding may also damage tooth enamel and wear teeth down. This kind of damage can lead to the need for a host of expensive dental work, including bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, partial dentures, and even complete dentures.

Smoking: Recent studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of gum disease. In addition, following periodontal treatment or any type of oral surgery, the chemicals in tobacco can slow down the healing process and make the treatment results less predictable.

Original Post by btflbutterfly77 on November 5th 2009

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Fact Or Myth? Truths You Need To Know About Tooth Whitening


TRUTH: Modern methods of teeth whitening, including laser teeth whitening or Air Flow technique, have minimal harmful effects. Nevertheless, one must remember that teeth whitening may not be recommended for all people, especially for those who have extremely sensitive teeth, problematic enamel, underdeveloped tooth tissues, or facial composite restorations and crowns.

TRUTH: In average, the effect can last for about a year or so, but after every additional bleaching procedure the duration of the effects usually decreases. Generally most patients will "touch up" bleach their teeth periodically to maintain their pearly whites. 

TRUTH: It is, actually, very harmful, because sodium bicarbonate we use for baking has very strong abrasive effects. If you want to whiten your teeth in an easy way, the use of special whitening toothpastes with bicarbonate contain much smaller particles of bicarbonate and they do not damage teeth as much.

TRUTH: While Peroxide MAY slightly lighten your teeth if swished with, it CAN however cause serious chemical burns to the soft delicate tissues inside your mouth. This route is highly discouraged by dental professionals.

TRUTH: This is absolutely not true! A tooth can look healthy and white, but, at the same time, it can have cavities, problems with the root or other abnormalities that require treatment.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Tips For Pet's Oral Health

Dental disease affects 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over age 3. Periodontal trouble in animals causes the same problems that it does in humans: from mild tartar and gingivitis to receding gums; significant inflammation and tooth loss.

Keep Your Crest In The Cabinet:
When you are ready to start brushing your pet's teeth do not use your toothpaste, this has to much fluoride in it, also this is toxic to animals. You can go to your local pet store and find tooth past that is right for your pet.

Open Sesame:
While holding your pet, put a little bit of the toothpaste on your finger, and let them taste it. Next gently put your finger in their mouth and rub the gum line. Once you and your pet have this down (may take a few weeks) try using a children's soft toothbrush.

It's All In The Wrist:
The most comfortable way to brush your pets teeth is have them on your lap (if they are small enough) and have their head face away from your body. Use your left hand to brush the right side of her mouth and vice versa. For large pets, have them face you while they sit and start brushing!

When All Else Fails:
Try tarter-control treats!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Plaque Attack Experiment

Did you know February is National Children's Dental Health Month? Well now you do!

If your a teacher or have a child at home and would like to teach them about dental plaque, here is a fun easy science experiment!


  • 2 plastic cups
  • 2 spoons
  • 4 tsp. yeast
  • 2 cups of warm water (not hot)
  • 1 TB of sugar
  1. Place 2 tsp. of yeast into each cup.
  2. Add 1 cup of warm water into each cup.
  3. Add 1 TB sugar to ONE cup.
  4. Stir to mix (using separate spoons)
  5. Watch the PLAQUE ATTACK!!
This is an great lesson to show children why its so important that we brush and floss our teeth twice a day.

*If your a teacher you can pair this lesson with a new toothbrush for each student for extra excitement!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Foods To Avoid After Your Wisdom Teeth Are Extracted

Many people leave their doctors office following a surgical extraction with a list of generic "do's and dont's", but a lot of people don't have a clear understanding of which types of foods to stay away from until the gums are healed. Below is a list of suggestions (straight from a dental assistant) to help with the decision making process.

Foods and Beverages to Avoid

Chips of any kind
Crunchy cereal
Alcoholic beverages
Carbonated beverages (these can interfere with the natural clotting that occurs after the procedure. The clotting is important to protect the open socket.)
Piping hot beverages

In addition to these foods and drinks, smoking is an irritant and should be avoided following an extraction. Both smoking and drinking through a straw can be harmful as the sucking motion can cause the bleeding to begin again.
As with any surgical procedure, check with your doctor or dentist if you experience excessive pain, bleeding or anything out of the ordinary.

Remember: A good rule of thumb is if it's crunchy, don't eat it!

Keep smiling!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Botox Reduces Teeth Grinding!

Botox is most commonly known for getting the crows feet and wrinkles out of your face. At least that's what is promoted the most about it. However, in reality, botox is used for a lot of medical conditions. If you have get chronic migraines, botox will help. Stiff muscles, a botox injection will take care of it. Even for the some with a overactive bladder.

What about teeth grinding? Yes, it reduces that too. Teeth grinding (medically known as bruxism), is a serious issue that can greatly damage your teeth, cause TMJ, and end being very costly to treat. Most of the time it treated with a mouthguard that is designed to reduce the risk to your teeth. However, even with the mouthguard you are still grinding in your sleep. Instead of grinding tooth to tooth, you are grinding on the mouthguard itself. Which, in essence, still causes the jaw pain and can lead to TMJ. It protects your teeth really good, but has a limited effect to protecting your jaw.

Botox on the other hand, has been proven to great reduce the grinding all together. 

So, if you are a chronic teeth grinder, maybe Botox is something to consider.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dental Prosthetics From All Eras

Did you know that 35 Million Americans are missing teeth in one or both jaws?

We all know that replacing missing teeth can be expensive and time consuming but replacing teeth is nothing new. Humans have been replacing teeth for decades.

Lets take a look thought the ages of dental prosthetics:

Stone Age:
If someone had a cavity the ancient dentist would scraped out the hole using a stone tool and then would fill it with bitumen (a tarry substance).

Gold Teeth:
Gold made its debut about 2,500 years ago, and dentistry took full advantage. One of the earliest uses of gold wire was to hold teeth together. Gold was able to interact with water, air, food and the environment of a persons mouth without causing rust or wearing.  Picture below is an example of a gold bridge.

Early unambiguous (and rare) examples of prosthetics were fashioned entirely from gold, predating the Roman empire.

Pre-Roman Bridges:
Etruscans crafted some of the oldest known prosthetics and have made one of the earliest attempts at bridges. The picture below is a replica of an Etruscans bridge from around 1901.

Etruscan bridges are among the oldest known dental prosthetics.

Paul Revers, Tool maker:
One of Paul's many talents included dentistry. He would make dental prosthetics using ivory. In 1775, Paul was able to identify the body of a friend thanks to a bridge he crafted himself. This is where the use of dental records and prosthetics came into play when they need to identify bodies.

Along with gold, ivory has historically been a popular material for dental prosthetics.

Modern era:
Modern prosthetics are now made from ceramic. Today, dental prosthetics are held firmly to a patients jaw and are often indistinguishable from natural teeth!

An example of a ceramic dental crown on a model jaw.

Imagines and more information can be found here!

Monday, February 12, 2018

To Disinfect or Not - A Toothbrush Dilemma

This post is from a couple of years ago but I think with the current flu season upon us and the fact that it is particularly bad this year, it's worth a repost.

It is that time of year again, you know, when viruses abound in the form of head colds, flu, bronchitis, stomach viruses...your kids bring it home from school, it's prevalent in the workplace, grocery stores, etc. When we or someone around us is sick, we tend to reach for that can of Lysol spray or the bottle of bleach and disinfect everything from our doorknobs to our computer keyboards and even the telephone receiver!  But....what about our toothbrushes? Unfortunately, there is no clear answer to that.  Research differs on the subject.  Some healthcare providers suggest that you boil your toothbrush or rinse it in a bleach solution and then with clear water, or even replace it.  Others will tell you that there is no need because you cannot reinfect yourself with the same virus over and over as your antibodies will prevent it.  Hmmmm.....not so sure I believe that. but to be clear, I am no doctor!

So, who to believe? Personally, I trust my own instincts. To prevent illness from spreading in my household or workplace I will disinfect everything you can imagine that may have have a hint of a virus.  Now, this is a personal thing and others may not feel that way but I prefer to err on the side of caution, and my "phobia" has served me pretty well over the years!  Follow your instincts.  If you think it will help to disinfect your toothbrush then do it, if for no other reason than your own piece of mind!

Stay Healthy and Keep Smiling!

Friday, February 9, 2018

First Aid For A Broken Or Knocked Out Tooth

If you have ever broke a permanent tooth or had one knocked out, there is always that moment of "What Do I Do Next". Well, hopefully this can give you some insight.

It is important to remember, that you have about a 30 minute window to save the tooth a increase the chance that it can be successfully re-implanted into your mouth.

Here are some first aid tip to help you!

1. Collect Teeth or Teeth Fragments
  • Handle teeth carefully because damage may prevent re-implantation.
  • Touch only the crown, the top part of the tooth. Do not touch the root of the tooth.
  • Rinse the tooth gently in a bowl of lukewarm water for no more than 10 seconds only if there is dirt or foreign matter on it. Do not scrub, scrape, or use alcohol to remove dirt.

2. Re-Insert or Store Teeth

  • Rinse mouth with warm water.
  • If possible, reinsert permanent teeth into the correct sockets and have the person bite on a gauze pad to hold teeth in place.
  • If you can't reinsert permanent teeth, or for baby teeth or teeth fragments, store them in whole milk or between your cheek and gum to prevent drying.
3. Treat Symptoms
  • Control bleeding with sterile gauze or cloth.
  • For pain and swelling, apply a cool compress. Encourage a child to suck on a frozen pop.
4. Get Help
  • For teeth that have been knocked out, see a dentist or go to an emergency room immediately. Take the teeth or teeth fragments with you. Even if the teeth have been successfully reinserted, you should see a dentist.
  • For chipped or broken teeth, call a dentist.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dental Impressions

Getting a dental impression is not a pleasant or a comfortable procedure for those of us who have a gag reflex but getting those impressions play an important part into your oral health!

Dental impressions produce a replica of your teeth and oral tissue and are used for many different procedures including: Crowns, mouth guards, whitening trays, retainers, bridges, veneers, dentures and other things. 

To make a impression of your mouth the dentist or their assistant will mix up a material and put that into a impression try, then they will slowly insert it into your mouth so it covers the entire dental arch. After the material has hardened they will remove the try and the impression will be sent to the lab for further processing. 

Here are a few pointer if you need a dental impression in the future ask the dentist or the assistant if you can sit up during the procedure, try breathing through your nose and try to focus on anything else besides the gunk in your mouth. Once the impression has been removed ask for a sip of water or mouthwash to rise out your mouth. 

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tooth Enamel Erosion-Once It's Gone, It's Gone.

Dental enamel, unlike bones, does not regenerate or "heal" once it is damaged. Dental enamel is formed during the original growth of the tooth underneath the gums. While there are many factors that can contribute to the loss of dental enamel, such as poor dental hygiene or certain hereditary conditions, there is good news. Researchers are actively seeking treatments and therapies that could change everything. Of course, proper hygiene and regular visits to your dentist are the best way to combat any kind of dental dilemma, but for dental enamel in particular, there are now certain treatments that can help slow the process of enamel degeneration that can be applied during your regular dental visits as part of your preventative maintenance regimen. There is also a plethora of information circulating on the internet that implies there are certain natural remedies that can heal cavities and regenerate tooth enamel, although it isn't scientifically proven as yet.

Keep Smiling! 

Friday, February 2, 2018

When Flu Season Is Over, Change Your Toothbrush

As we come to the end of this wretched flu season, if you are anything like me, you do the normal routine: Wash blankets, pillow cases, sheets and basically disinfect the whole. Especially if you or someone in your household has or had the flu.

However, on thing that often gets overlooked is replacing your toothbrush. Even if you didn't have the flu, you want to make sure you replace it. If some in your household had it, or anyone who visited your home had it, then the bacteria and or virus can attach to basically anything. If that gets on your toothbrush, when you brush your teeth you are in essence introducing that virus right into your body.

There is a common misconception that a toothbrush is always clean. I can see why that would be assumed. You put toothpaste on it and essentially clean your teeth. However that is not the case. The bristles on the toothbrush are tall and there are many area for bacteria to hide. The toothpaste on it does not clean the brush. There are not many ways to effectively and fully clean your toothbrush so it is better to just replace it.

The ADA recommends that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months and after you get sick.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Question From Our Member

Questions From Our Members

E. Munds of Stockton, California asks: 

“I have been told that since I have diabetes it is really important to have regular dental check-ups.  Is this true?”

Savon’s Answer

Keeping in mind that we are not dentists, we did some research and for the best information at Northgate Dental and Dr. Catherine Cox.

Dr. Cox says:  “Yes, if diabetes is left untreated, it can take a toll on your mouth. Here’s how:
  • You may have less saliva, causing your mouth to feel dry (dry mouth is discussed above)

  • Because saliva protects your teeth, you’re also at a higher risk of cavities

  • Gums may become inflamed and bleed often (gingivitis)

  • You may have problems tasting food

  • You may experience delayed wound healing

  • You may be susceptible to infections inside of your mouth

  • For children with diabetes, teeth may erupt at an age earlier than is typical
Regular dental visits are important.  Research suggests that treating gum disease can help improve blood sugar control in patients living with diabetes, decreasing the progression of the disease.  Practicing good oral hygiene and having professional deep cleanings done by your dentist can help immensely.”

Original post from our February 2018 Newsletter!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Single Tooth Implants, Explained

This is a subject that many people don't understand, myself included.  The following is an article that explains the entire process, in detail, with pictures!  Ordinarily I wouldn't just randomly post a link but I believe this will help to explain what an implant is, in what instance it would be the preferred treatment and what is involved in the process. I have to give props to Colgate for this one....very good and informative stuff!  

Click here for the link, and enjoy! 

Keep smiling!!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Symptoms of Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums. This is the initial stage of gum disease, and the earliest to treat. Gingivitis is due to a long term effects of plaque deposits. Plaque is a sticky material made up of bacteria, mucus, and food debris that develops on the exposed parts of the tooth.

Ways to reduce Gingivitis is to have your teeth cleaned on a regular bases. Brush and floss everyday, along with using a mouth rinse.

If you start noticing any of these symptoms consult with your dentist....

bleeding of the gums

bright red or red-purple appearance to gums

mouth sores

swollen gums

gums that are tender to touch

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Can Using Urine Grow Human Teeth?

I know disgusting...but if you or someone you know are missing teeth this may be something to look into in the future.

Chinese researchers have been able to generate human teeth buy using urine. They have done this by isolating the necessary stem cells from the urine. Once the stem cells are isolated, they are able to implant those cells into the human jaw then they found a way to generate structures that are similar to human teeth.

Is using urine the safest way to obtain stem cells? Many researchers have found that urine is the safest out of all the human stem cell generation. As weird as it sounds, using urine isn't all that unusual. Scientists have used the cells to form a lining in bladders, helps generate muscles/nerve cells and may even be used to create cartilage and bone!

For more information on using urine to grow human teeth click here!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Chemotherapy And Your Oral Health

The optimum goal, of course, is to always be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to dental health. But when one is undergoing treatment for cancer, it is extremely important to seek preventive care prior to beginning chemotherapy treatment, whenever possible. This can help to ward off some of the side effects of chemo, which can range in severity (it differs with each person) from dry mouth to burning and/or mouth sores and even infection, if your mouth isn't healthy beforehand.
Speak with your doctor prior to starting your treatment and ask whether preventive dental care should be considered.
 Click here for an article that explains the importance of good dental care for cancer patients.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Can Modern Dentistry Ease Dental Phobias?

According to the Columbia University of Dental Medicine, 40 million Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of their anxiety and fears.

Dental training today has advanced to the point where dentists mostly use general anesthesia for sedation. Using Nitrous Oxide helps reduce the anxiety of patients and keeps them from putting of important dental procedures.

Other new alternatives dentists are using to help reduce anxiety is:

  • Having patients wear virtual reality goggles to help take their mind off of the procedure. 
  • No drill dentistry - now a laser beams are used to excavate and clean moderate sized cavities.
  • Showing their patients what technology will be used and how it will operate. This builds the patients trust. 
There are more options to help reduce your fear of going to the dentist then there has ever been before, thanks to modern technology!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Effect of Eating Disorders on Your Oral Health

Bulimia and Anorexia are eating disorders that can lead to many physical problems, including dental pain, discomfort and erosion of the teeth and gums. It is estimated that nearly 90% of Bulimic patients have signs of tooth erosion due to purging (vomiting). 
Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder that harms your overall health and can be particularly destructive to teeth. The digestive system contains strong acids that break down food. When vomiting is used to purge food from the body, these acids attack tooth enamel, leaving them vulnerable to pain and sensitivity, cavities and cracks.. Vomiting often can severely erode tooth enamel and over time, teeth will become sensitive to hot or cold, and become worn and translucent.
Anorexia Nervosa is a disorder in the same category as Bulimia.  It also causes overall deterioration of the body and adversely effects the mouth and teeth due to malnutrition and vitamin deficiency. This can cause lesions to form on the surface of the teeth, periodontal disease, mouth sores, enlargement of the salivary glands, dry mouth and redness or dryness of the lips. 
If you or a loved one shows signs of poor oral health because of an eating disorder, contact a dentist as soon as possible and seek help for the condition.  The sooner one begins treatment, the better.  When it comes to your oral health, prevention can go a long way toward preserving the teeth and gums until your eating disorder is under control.
Keep Smiling! 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Warning signs of a tooth abscess

We all know tooth pain is the worst possible pain. It makes eating and drinking very difficult, and may also cause an infection in or around the tooth called an abscess.

Here are some warning signs of an abscess:

Throbbing pain
Tender tooth
Gums are red and swollen
Swollen face
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your dentist right away

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What Is The Isolite Mouthpiece?

Isolite is a mouthpiece that has been developed to help make dentistry easier and safer.

This mouthpiece accommodates every patient from children to the elderly. When the mouthpiece is place in the mouth the tongue and cheeks are retracted and protected. This helps decrease any risk of injury during procedures. The mouthpiece also has a light for better visibility as well as an internal suction, minimizing the the chance of debris aspiration. As an added bonus, the mouthpiece has built in bite blocks so the patients can rest their jaw!

Click here for the full article!

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Poor Dental Heath Links To Malnutrition.

Malnutrition is a growing problem in society these days. There are many programs, treatments, supplements and plan available to help a person that suffers from this. Malnutrition is more common with seniors than anyone else. One of the reasons is because of poor dental health. Seniors that have poor dental heath are more likely to eat poorly or not completely chew their food. If they have a sore tooth, missing teeth, a denture that does not fit too well, a broken denture or even a poor quality denture, it would make it uncomfortable for them to eat and chew properly. Nutrients are dispersed in the body more-so when the food is chewed. Food not chewed properly will be digested but the nutrients that the food contains will not all be received by the body.

If you or someone you love is suffering from malnutrition, be sure to talk to them about their dental health. Find out if they are having trouble eating due to something going on with their teeth or dentures. If so, have them checked by a dentist as soon as possible.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Treating The Geriatric Dental Patient

This topic came about this month because of a call I received from an older gentleman whose wife was diagnosed with advanced osteoporosis.  She needed implants and he had spoken to several doctors…all of whom were general practitioners and very qualified but all of whom he felt were not knowledgeable enough on the subject, and he wanted to know more.  He asked where to go for a good opinion.  I recommended an oral/maxillofacial surgeon.  The point, however, is that this patient was prepared.  He was really doing his homework.  I was impressed.  I asked him what prompted him to be so conscientious. He said his family doctor. Good call.  I'm sure you will agree this was an unusual occurance. This doctor gracefully deferred to the dentist.
It is unfortunate that elderly patients often do not understand the correlation between the medications they take and their effect on dental treatments; or even the medical conditions they may have and their effects on dental health.  Doctors and dentists do consult, but the root of the problem lies with the patient’s failure to fully disclose their medical issues beforehand.  This because they have no idea that one problem has anything to do with the other…such as diabetes, which has an effect on gum disease or, osteoporosis, which can weaken the jawbone and cause issues during extractions, grafting and implant surgery.
So, how do we educate the patient and make them understand the importance of disclosure?  Well, it appears that also falls on the dentist in most cases...if they dont tell, the dentist has to ask. It's difficult to teach an old dog new tricks.  That said, we can offer educational pamphlets or articles, but more often than not a dentist will have to drag information out of them, because they come from a time when things were simple! They just don't understand the complexity of today's world.
Now, I have heard it said that a doctor is not a dentist, but a dentist has to be both!  I'm sure you would agree.