Thursday, November 29, 2018

Could Antibiotics Worsen Oral Infections?

Usually, when you have an infected tooth, your dentist gives you antibiotics before any procedure right?

Well, new research from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio has found that antibiotics kill the "good" bacteria which helps keep the infection and inflammation at bay and can do more harm than good.

 Pushpa Panduyan stated "Of course, antibiotics are still needed for life threating infections. No question about that. Our bodies have many natural defenses that we shouldn't meddle with," she said. However, needless overuse of antibiotics is not helpful."

"Also, we know there is a definite link between oral health and overall health," she added.

 For the research and results click here!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Green Tea for Your Oral Health

Isn't it great when you find out that a product you use regularly and have come to love has added health benefits?  It's a commonly known fact that green tea has many health benefits for the human body.  It's a natural antioxidant and it's great for your digestive system. But I just recently found out that it provides many oral health benefits as well! 

Green Tea Facts:

  •  It Reduces Periodontal Inflammation
  •   It Kills Oral Cancer Cells
  •  It Inhibits the Formation of Dental Plaque
  •  It Repels Odor-Causing Bacteria

Studies have shown that just one cup of brewed green tea per day can reduce or slow down the process of gum recession, inhibit bacterial growth and can stop the recurrence of bleeding gums. Sounds promising and the added benefit is that green tea is refreshing and tastes great!  Now, remember not to drink the canned or bottled kind or sweetened tea as these have added ingredients and sugar.  The great benefits I've just outlined come from fresh brewed green tea.  

Enjoy, and Keep Smiling! 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Say NO To Cavities This Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today we get to sit down with family and friends while we enjoy a wonderful meal and share with everyone on what we are thankful for!

One major thing to be thankful for is a healthy mouth, and I have a few tips on how to stay cavity free today.

  • Reduce sugar intake
  • Watch out for the starchy foods
  • Floss after dinner and dessert
  • Drink plenty of water
Remember its also essential to see your dentist on a regular basis for professional cleanings!








Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Ice Chewing - A Dangerous Habit!!

Chewing ice is a common, thoughtless habit that most of us are guilty of. We all know it's bad for you to chew ice, but if you're anything like me, you've found yourself chomping on a cube or two every now and then. Seems harmless, but according to the following facts, an ice chewing habit can mean trouble in more ways than one:

-Chewing ice is a sign of iron deficiency anemia and other nutritional deficiencies.

-Chewing ice is also a sign of Pica- a medical condition where people have strong urges and cravings to chew on non-nutritional substances such as rocks, pottery, dirt and ice.

-Chewing ice is also a guaranteed seat at the dentist office. It causes tiny fractures and chips which could lead to an abscess and cause you to need a root canal. Cosmetic dentistry to fix chipped or broken teeth can be pricey and is often not covered by insurance companies.

-Constant chewing can also damage existing fillings and crowns as they are not as structurally sound as a natural tooth. This could lead to a lot of pain and an expensive dental bill.


It's a difficult habit to break not to mention how annoying it is to hear someone else do it. But to this day I avoid drinks with ice because I still can't help myself!  Anyone else have an ice-chewing addiction like me? :D

Keep Smiling! 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Tooth Loss Can Lead To Malnutrition

Rutger University Students conducted a study which was recently published in the Journal of Aging Research and Clinical Practice showed that out of 107 senior citizens that were treated at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Clinic between 2015 -2016, 25 percent of those patients suffered from malnutrition or were at risk for malnutrition. 

Those patients who suffered from malnutrition have an average of 10 to 19 teeth. If you're unable to eat because of the lack of teeth, your body is not getting the nutrients it needs to function which can lead to more severe health issues such as:

  • Cancer
  • Liver Disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Mental health issues
    • Depression
    • Schizophrenia
  • Ability to digest food or absorb nutrients
    • Crohn's disease
    • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Dementia
  • Anorexia
 To prevent any of the following health issues due to malnutrition, talk to your dentist about getting dentures or implants.

Informations found here!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

What is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a conservative yet very effective way to enhance your smile with an easy treatment that requires little, if any, advanced preparation and usually no enamel reduction.  Dental bonding uses a composite resin filling that reduces or eliminates natural flaws in your teeth.

There are two types of bonding:

1. Minor Corrections - For correcting small fillings and fillings in front teeth, bonding is a good solution that can generally be completed in one dental visit. Color matching to your natural tooth provides a nice result and the bonding adds strength to a weakened tooth.

2. Major Corrections -For greater durability and strength, such as needed by a large filling, tooth colored fillings can be created at the dental lab. First, a mold is made of your teeth and you’ll receive a temporary filling. The dental laboratory creates a very durable, custom-fitted filling made of porcelain, then bonded to your tooth on your second visit.


Ask your dentist if bonding would be right for you.  it is a more inexpensive way to correct imperfections and brighten your smile!  

Keep smiling! 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Which Should Come First, Brushing Or Flossing?

Is there a correct order on how you keep your teeth clean? Is it brush then floss or floss then brush?

My observation is that the majority of people brush their teeth first, then floss, but according to the Oral Health Foundation, flossing should come first. Flossing loosens the bacteria and food debris from in between the teeth, which makes brushing more effective.

Dr. Nigel Carter, Cheif Executive of the Oral Health Foundations, states "Brushing alone only cleans three of the five surfaces of our teeth, so cleaning between them before we pick up our toothbrush is hugely beneficial. It helps to prevent gum disease by removing plaque from areas the toothbrush alone cannot reach."

So next time you're ready to clean your teeth remember to floss first!

Is Your Mouth Always Dry?

Many people suffer daily from a condition known as Xeristomia or Dry Mouth. Dry mouth can be brought on by any number of medical maladies and various prescription drugs. Most sufferers have found little to no relief from this condition and find themselves constantly drinking more water in hopes of quenching it.
New studies have shown that gums, candies, rinses and sweetners containing Xylitol offer comfort to those suffering from dry mouth. The xylitol coats the soft tissues of the mouth sealing in moisture and stimulates saliva flow.
A plethora of amazing over-the-counter products are endorsed by dentists for treating dry mouth. Some products worth checking out are Biotene, Oasis and Sensodyne for Dry Mouth.
Be sure to check with your doctor if you have the symptoms of dry mouth.  Make sure you find the cause before you use any OTC treatments! 

As always, Keep Smiling!  

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Reduce Risk of Gum Disease With This Easy Rinse

It happens during any given dental appointment; that embarrassing moment when your hygienist asks how often you floss, and your reply (most likely) is, "Not often enough," at the same time he or she clucks disapprovingly and shakes his or her head.  Turns out they know what they´re talking about.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly half of American adults aged 30 years and older (47.2 percent) suffer from some form of gum disease.  Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the main threats to dental health, but maintaining a healthy mouth goes beyond the benefits of a bright smile.

Gum disease is a chronic, inflammatory condition, and recent studies suggest that gum disease and tooth decay may be associated with an increased risk of other inflammatory conditions, including heart attacks and strokes if left untreated.  The CDC describes common warning signs of gum disease, including bad breath, gums that are red, swollen, bleeding, or tender; pain when chewing; loose or sensitive teeth; receding gums; change in bite; and change in the fit of partial dentures.

Additional factors that increase the risk of gum disease include smoking, diabetes, stress, and poor oral hygiene.  That said, most people can improve their dental hygiene and reduce their risk for developing gum disease by following a few simple steps:
  • Brush:  Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste.  Pick a toothbrush style that fits your mouth and feels comfortable, and you will be more likely to use it.  If your teeth are sensitive or you want them to be whiter, look around; there´s a toothpaste for that.

  • Floss:  Floss your teeth once a day.  Dental floss is available in a variety of widths and thicknesses, although some people prefer disposable flossers, which are often easier for children to use.

  • Rinse:  Oral rinses play an important role in a dental health routine.  Gum disease is caused by bacteria, but an oral rinse formulated with bacteria-targeting ingredients can help keep gum disease at bay.
Healthy Gums Oral Rinse from TheraBreath contains cetylpyridinium chloride, an ingredient approved by the FDA and clinically proven to kill the germs linked to gum disease.  “Gum disease is more serious than people think.  It starts out with just bleeding and sensitive gums, but in its advanced stages, it can cause tooth loss,” says Dr. Harold Katz, founder and chief researcher for TheraBreath.  For more information about keeping your mouth healthy and reducing your risk of gum disease, go to The TheraBreath Website.  Healthy Gums Oral Rinse from TheraBreath is available at Walmart.

A direct reprint from News USA via Copyright Free Content
Also reposted to our Savon November 2018 Newsletter!