Thursday, October 17, 2019

Don't Waste Your Time Taking Pain Medication Before A Dental Bleaching!

Did you know that taking an over the counter pain medication may not help with pain during or after professional dental bleachings?

 "According to a new systematic review published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, patients who took the drugs before having their teeth bleached experienced similar levels of sensitivity as those who did not take them."

I wish I had known this before but I learned the hard way! The first time I ever had my teeth whitened, I didn't think anything about it, it never crossed my mind that I would experience major tooth sensitivity afterward. This was probably the most pain I have ever experienced in my life, I swore that I would never do it again. Anyway a few years later, I was told that they (my dental office) had a new bleaching product that was made for people with sensitive teeth.  I gave it another chance but this time I took Ibuprofen beforehand. Well, my experience was the same, I actually didn't complete the bleaching process and still had major tooth sensitivity.

In my opinion, dental bleachings are not worth the pain associated with it! 

Have you ever experienced major tooth sensitivity after dental bleachings? 




Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Altitude and Ear Pain

Not really dental related, but worth the read If you're one of those people who has a problem clearing your ears on an airplane or at high altitudes!
Here is a small list of things you can do to relieve those pesky symptoms:
  •  Yawning - the most effective way to clear the ears.
  •  Swallowing
  •  Chewing Gum
  •  Valsalva Maneuver (aka, Plug your nose and blow!)
  •  Nasal Sprays (relief for allergy sufferers)
  •  Decongestants
Since babies are not able to clear their ears on an airplane,  there are different ways to help them get through the discomfort which is typically worse during assent and descent. Using the following techniques while climbing or during take-off and landing may help:
  • Breastfeeding
  • Bottlefeeding
  • Pacifiers
These are just a few suggestions that may be useful!
Keep Smiling!
 Oh, and....Here's a little hump-day humor to brighten your day!




Monday, October 7, 2019

The Best Products For Dogs With Halitosis

Dogs show a lot of affection with their mouths. After all, we all know that when a dog licks you, it probably means she likes you. But dog mouths are kind of…gross. Even if you work to give your dog dental bones and brush her teeth regularly, she still might end up with halitosis—really bad breath—so stinky it makes you push her away when she wants to lick you. Dogs with halitosis need an extra oomph of help from their human companions. It’s likely that their bad breath is caused by a particularly stubborn set of  “bacteria, infection and inflammation,” according to Dr. William Craig, formerly of the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice.

Take Eira, for example. When she was a puppy, I brushed Eira’s teeth regularly. My toddler even brushed her tiny puppy teeth. Just as humans can get that nasty combination of inflammation and bacteria, dogs can, too (albeit different bacteria, specific to the canine species).

I’d purchased somewhat of a cheap toothbrush and generic puppy toothpaste, and I regret it. I left the tiniest trace of toothpaste on the brush and when I went to grab it a week later, the whole head of the toothbrush was covered in mold. Disgusting! I’ll spare you a photo of that.

I halfheartedly used the rubber finger brush after that, but it didn’t do much. Before long, Eira’s breath began to stink. We started wrinkling our noses at the thought of receiving doggy kisses from her, which was sad. She loves giving us doggy kisses. That’s when we started researching different products that could help relieve her (and us) of the halitosis that threatened to come between our affection for each other.

The Best Water Additives:
Consider water additives the mouthwash for dogs, but without the need to swish and spit. The best water additives should do three things: freshen breath, remove plaque, and halt tartar buildup. Throughout the day as your dog eats, plays, and gets into icky things in the yard, those things deposit bacteria into her mouth. You need to brush that bacteria away before it hardens into tartar, which is more difficult to remove and can lead to rotten teeth and gum disease.

Here are our favorite water additives for dogs.

TropiClean Fresh Breath Plaque Remover Pet Water
Add this to your pet’s water for a month and see what happens. It’s almost guaranteed that the plaque and tartar buildup on his teeth will fade—and best of all, the light peppermint scent just about eliminates nasty dog breath. While the bottle says you don’t need to brush your dog’s teeth if you use this pet water, it’s always a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth. The bristles of a special dog toothbrush (which I’ll show you in a little bit!) directly rub against a dog’s tooth, scraping away the nasties. Combine this head-on action with additive water, and you’re likely to notice a big difference in your dog’s breath and overall mouth health.

Nylabone Advanced Oral Liquid Tartar Remover for Dogs
Remember Nylabone? That company with all the fantastic dog chews? They make a water additive, too, that modifies the chemical composition of your dog’s saliva. This helps your pup fight plaque and tartar buildup while also freshening that stinky doggy breath.

Paws & Pals Natural Water Additive for Dogs 
This water additive does the same thing as the other two, but with two differences: first, it uses all-natural ingredients like purified water, aloe, and peppermint to fight plaque and improve breath health. Second, this water additive makes it clear that it’s to be used in addition to regular brushing. 

The Most Effective Toothbrushes:
Dogs, like humans, benefit from daily tooth-brushing. I confess that I haven’t always lived by this rule, but since Eira’s breath really started stinking, I’ve made it a point to brush her teeth daily. The typical human-like toothbrush “for dogs” doesn’t work so well for us. Neither do finger toothbrushes because Eira ends up chewing on my finger—she thinks it’s a toy.

Instead, we use a special toothbrush with a round head. 

VTurboWay 360-Degree Puppy and Small Dog Toothbrush
The rounded toothbrush works wonders because every part of its surface is working for every moment that it’s in your dog’s mouth. Dogs don’t generally love having their teeth brushed, and eliminating the job of lining up bristles with dog teeth makes the job easier to do. If the job is easier, you’re more likely to do it, and your dog’s halitosis will become less pungent.

This toothbrush features soft bristles for a small dog or puppy’s little teeth.

Petrodex 360-Degree Adult Dog Toothbrush
For a dog with bigger teeth (full-grown adult teeth), try this 360-Degree toothbrush from Petrodex.

The Tastiest Toothpastes:
First and most importantly: never give your dog human toothpaste, even if you think human toothpaste will knock out that terrible halitosis. Fluoride, an essential ingredient in most human toothpastes (even child-friendly toothpaste) can be harmful to dogs. Thankfully, there are tons of dog-specific toothpastes out there.

Pura Naturals Pet Puppy Toothpaste
Puppies need a gentler toothpaste than older dogs do, so this organic puppy toothpaste is a perfect choice. Your puppy’s halitosis problems should never start if you brush his teeth daily with this toothpaste (and add that Paws & Pals Water Additive to his dish!).

Petradex Enzymatic Dog Toothpaste, Poultry Flavored
Like enzymatic spray for potty training, an enzymatic toothpaste is essential to eliminating foul odors in your dog’s mouth. This is the toothpaste Eira currently uses, and she adores the chicken flavor. It might sound gross to us to have a meat-flavored toothpaste, but for dogs? That’s heaven.

Because of the enzymatic nature of the toothpaste, your dog’s breath doesn’t smell like chicken, thankfully. Eira’s breath smells much better since we started using this toothpaste (along with several of the other products on this page)—basically, it smells like nothing. And for humans, that’s heaven.

Breath Sprays for Dogs: Do They Really Work?
One final trick to treat your dog’s halitosis is breath spray. Or rather, a stream of smell-destroying liquid that you pump into your dog’s mouth.

We love this spray by Arm & Hammer:

You simply pump a couple squirts onto your dog’s teeth and gums and then try to keep them from drinking or eating for an hour afterward. (So don’t do this when your pet is hungry or thirsty!) Like a water additive, this spray neutralizes odors and helps fight plaque buildup.

If None of These Solutions Work…
There might be something more serious than halitosis going on with your dog. Remember, dental health is vital to your dog’s health, so if you haven’t been brushing your dog’s teeth regularly, start now. Fight that halitosis, plaque, tartar, tooth rot, and gum disease with the products in this review and you’ll hopefully never need to visit the vet on account of your dog’s teeth.



This is a direct copy from:
Melchor, L.O. (2019, June). The Best Products for Dogs With Halitosis. Retrived from https://yourdogadvisor.com/dogs-with-halitosis/


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Malnutrition - Common Among Senior Citizens With Dental Problems

Malnutrition is a growing problem in society these days.  Believe it or not, it is more common among senior citizens than with any other age group. One of the reasons for this could be because of poor dental health. Affordability factors in to this issue in a big way.  

Seniors that have severe dental issues are more likely to skip meals or eat soft, non-nutritional foods, which leads to malnutrition. They may have sore teeth and gums, missing teeth, a denture that does not fit well, a broken denture or even a poor quality denture that would make it uncomfortable for them to eat and chew properly. Nutrients are best dispersed into the body when the food is chewed properly. 

It is important to note that senior citizens have different nutritional needs than younger crowds. It is essential that they eat regular balanced meals for optimal health. 

Signs of malnutrition include:


  • Weight loss
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Memory issues
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Anemia
If you suspect that someone you love could be suffering from malnutrition, be sure to talk to them about their dental health. Find out if they are having trouble eating due to dental issues. If so, have them checked by a dentist as soon as possible.

There are many programs, treatments, supplements and plans available to help people who suffer from this problem.  Don't let them suffer in silence!  

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Oral Care And Substance Abuse

The first thing people notice about you is your smile. However, if you struggle or have struggled with substance abuse you most likely don't want to smile because of your teeth.

Published in the Journal of the American Dental Association a study was conducted by the University of Utah School of Dentistry.  Researchers decided to explore "the effect of comprehensive oral care for a more holistic approach to substance use disorder treatment."

Their findings were shocking! Participants who had major oral procedures done stayed in treatment approximately two times longer than needed and more than 80% completed their treatment.

It's amazing how much power a smile has over us!!

To read the rest of the study click here!


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Inexpensive Dentures, Crowns, Veneers..Not Always Your Best Option

Would you settle for plastic dentures?  Are you looking for cheap dental work?  Well, ok, but do your homework!

In today's world of technology, cosmetic dentistry is fast becoming one of the most expensive options for people to help improve their appearance. Veneers, Implants and Dentures are among those options.  With that in mind, there are many discount facilities out there that claim they can makeover your smile for a fraction of the norm.  A good rule of thumb here is to remember this: you'll probably get exactly what you pay for!

When it comes to dentures, and especially dentures....cheap is not always better!  Cheap dentures can cause more problems than they're worth in terms of repairs, adjustments and fit. Don't get me wrong...there are many who need them and simply cannot afford to pay for an expensive set. But trust me, there are still options out there to get affordable dentures. When considering discount dentures as an option to keep costs down, one should always avoid the advertisements from places that offer a "quality product" in one day or less, or a product with sub-grade materials such as plastic.. 

The bottom line is this: Explore your options!  There are facilities out there that will finance your dentures, there are finance companies who will loan to people who might not otherwise qualify, and there are still places available that will make a quality product for less money.

Keep Smiling!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Extraction Aftercare!

Aftercare on a tooth extraction can vary depending on the type of procedure that was done and how your body responds to healing.

One thing is for sure, you may have bleeding for 24 hours, so don't freak out!

  • 1-2 days after an extraction:
    • Rest - try not to bend over or pick up anything heavy.
    • Change gauze - if needed, change gauze every 30 min.
    • eating- Eat soft foods and chew on the opposite side of the mouth.
    •  Avoid Swishing - Put water in your mouth and gently tilt head from side to side and spit. SO NOT swish.
    • No Straws - sucking can cause dry sockets.
    • Medications - take prescribed medication as needed.
    • No smoking - just like the straw, this can create a dry socket.
    • Elevate head - when you sleep, elevate your head. This will prevent blood pooling and make healing fast.
    • Brush and floss - super gentle around the extraction site.
  • 3-10 days after extraction:
    • Saline rinse - use warm salt water to rinse the mouth.
    • Brush and floss - continue as normal.
    •  Eat - continue eating soft foods.
If you are experiencing any pain after a week or 10 days, consult your dentist right away!

*These are basic instructions. If your dentist gives you an instruction sheet, please follow theirs*



Information found here!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Braces in Adulthood-Would You Consider It?

Can you imagine visiting your dentist at age 50+ and having him suggest that you wear braces to correct your bite or straighten your teeth? It happened to me!  I have always had straight teeth.  I never needed braces as a child and never dreamed that I would, but now, I'm told braces would correct my bite and help to align my jaw! I am not going to consider it but I will admit that I was surprised to learn that I was a candidate at all.

There are many forms of cosmetic dentistry on the market today, but braces remain the most common and necessary treatment for adult dentition. More and more, people over the age of 40 are opting for braces and for a variety of reasons. For some, it's all about appearance, some may have needed them but couldn't previously afford them, accidents, impacted wisdom teeth causing a misalignment...whatever the reason it is becoming more prevalent in the adult population.  Creative financing makes the option much more affordable nowadays.

For those who wish to forego the 2 year orthodontic plan, full mouth restorations - implants and veneers would be the next big step, assuming one can finance that sort of treatment. It will flat lay you away as the pricing goes but you can get instant gratification as the process can often be done in just one day.  Isn't technology wonderful?

Keep Smiling!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

My Teeth Could Use Some Brightening- What Actually Works?

We all know that coffee, tea, wine, dark snacks, and condiments will stain our teeth. This does not mean you have to swear them off though!

The dietitian says:
 Just rinse your mouth with water right after eating, or stash some sugar-free chewing gum. Consider adding foods and drinks that work towards whiter teeth into your diet, such as cheese, fruit, and veggies.

-Lisa Young, PH.D

The dentist says:

Use at home teeth whiting kits such as Crest 3D whiting strips for lighter stains. For darker stains or instant result, you will need professional whitening.


-Marc Lowenberg, D.D.S.

The makeup artist says:.
Cool-toned lip colors create an optical illusion. Fair skin should wear pinks, medium/olive toned skin should wear reds, while darker skin tones should stick to plums. Another trick is to dust some bronzer. Tanned skin makes teeth stand out!

-Matthew VanLeeuwen, Celebrity makeup artist


 Information was found in the Redbook magazine. October 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Clear Braces-From Mail Order Kits to Invisalign, Are They Right For You?

Clear braces are the current rave...and many young adults and teens are hoping to escape those "ugly metal braces".  But are they right for you?  Maybe not!

Clear braces may sound like a more attractive deal than they really are.  There are many mail order types available, ranging from $79 kits to $1895 packages that allow you to take your own impressions, mail them in and then wait for the aligners to come in the mail.  What many people don't understand is that there are  certain dental maladies that clear braces cannot fix, such as a tooth that has not fully erupted or grown in, or a twisted tooth, or even a misaligned jaw.  Those things require metal braces. While companies like Invisalign have come a long way in recent years, i.e. treating more severe cases of malocclusion, there are still advantages to wearing metal braces. Additionally, you may be required to wear clear braces for a longer period of time than you might with metal braces.  

Clear braces are expensive.  Although some insurance companies now cover Invisalign, be sure to see a certified Invisalign provider to make sure it is the right fit for you!  

Keep Smiling!  

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Probiotics For The Mouth?

That's right! Probiotics are not just for gut health they can keep your mouth healthy too!

Here are some ways the benefits of oral probiotics:
  • Helps prevent Plaque 
  • Helps fight bad breath
  • May prevent oral cancer
  • Helps manage symptoms of Gingivitis
  • May decrease inflammation in the mouth
 Although taking probiotics is beneficial to most people, however, children, seniors, and pregnant women should avoid taking them. 

If you are the type of person who cannot swallow pills or like me who forgets to take them you're in luck because there are many different types of foods that you can get probiotics from such as enhanced milk, yogurt, cheese, sauerkraut to just name a few!

Remember to consult with your dentist before being probiotics!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Importance of a Dental Provider's Role in Early Detection of HIV

It is commonly known that early detection of HIV combined with advances in treatment can give individuals more years, more options, and more hope.  The dental community can be the first line of defense in identifying possible signs of HIV.  Dental teams have a unique opportunity to identify individuals who may be HIV-positive and unaware of their status. There are oral conditions which may indicate the existence of HIV such as thrush (candidiasis), enlarged saliva glands, mouth ulcers and dry mouth. Once identified, the dental practitioner then has the opportunity to discuss, counsel, and offer referral for HIV testing and treatment. Early diagnosis can significantly improve the health & longevity of infected people. Additionally, with early diagnosis the number of people who know their HIV status increases, which can also be helpful to reduce the number of new cases, as once people are aware of their infection, they are significantly less likely to put others at risk of transmission. Currently, some dental offices are conducting rapid HIV testing.  This may be an especially appropriate venue in a public health dental facility or private practice in areas that have high reports of HIV infection. It has been reported that possibly one of every five people living with HIV in the U.S. is unaware of their HIV status. In recent years, with the advances in medicine, people are now living longer and thriving with HIV infection. The earlier they can be diagnosed and begin treatment, the better the outcome.

Stay well and Keep Smiling!  

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Question From Our Member

Question from our member:

“My doctor said I can have a better smile if I had a crown lengthening procedure.  I don't even have a crown in my mouth so what is it and will it really help?”

Savon's answer:

You probably have what is commonly called a “gummy smile”.  This means that while your teeth may appear to be very short they are actually be the proper length, but they're covered with too much gum tissue.  To correct this, your dentist can perform a dental crown lengthening procedure.

During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue removed or reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth.  This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a bigger smile and you don't need to have a crown to have this procedure.


*Original post from our September 2019 Newsletter*

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Fact: You Don't Really Need Toothpaste to Get Your Teeth Clean

It's true!  The fact is, we really don't need toothpaste!  Here's why.
Some toothpastes contain polishing compounds (abrasives), some contain undesirable chemicals (such as sodium lauryl sulfate, a key ingredient in soap...yuk!) fluoride (we've all heard about the controversy there).  Still others contain a healthy balance of all of that and a desensitizing agent as well. Then there's peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen etc. for flavoring.
Trust me, you can do just as well with a drop of peppermint essential oil for a fresh mouth. Or even a dab of baking soda. 
When you consider all the unnecessary additives in a tube of toothpaste, one might conclude that it's better to do without.... but the fact is it really doesn't matter what you use, only how often you brush. All you need is a good toothbrush. You can brush with plain water after a meal, then floss and effectively get the germs off of your teeth!

The more natural things you can use the better, including baking soda, coconut oil and peppermint essential oil.  They're easier on the checkbook, and on the smile!

Keep on smiling!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Alignment Problems To Watch For In Children

When your children are between the ages of six and eight you will want to pay close attention to the alignment of their teeth.
If you notice any of the following problems, you will want to talk to an orthodontist about orthodontic treatment.
  • Excessive spacing: Usually happens with abnormal growth of the jawbone.
  • Crowding: This is when the jaw is too small to accommodate permanent teeth.
  • Under-bite: When the lower jaw grows larger than the upper jaw.
  • Over-bite: When the upper jaw grows larger than the lower jaw.
  • Open-bite: When the teeth are  unable to make physical contact for a proper bite.
  • Cross-bite: When the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth.
  • Over-jet (protruding): Teeth that are too far forward commonly known as "buck teeth".
If these problems are left untreated they can result in tooth decay, gum disease, headaches, and earaches, as well as speaking, biting or chewing problems.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

RFID To Help Monitor Stress Level in Dental Patients

We don't really to talk too much about the stress of going to the dentist. Hence, the reason most people do not go unless they absolutely have to. Long waits in the waiting room, long waits in the opertory and just the stress of not knowing what is going to happen and whether it will be painful or not.

Well, researchers at Columbia University are using new technology to help with that. They are designing a new dental center that is built to monitor and reduce patient stress as well as speed up the process of a dental visit.

It is designed around a bracelet that the patient is given when they check in. This bracelet is equipped with RFID (radio frequency identification) technology. Once activated, the center will be able to tell where in the office the patient is located, what procedure they are having done, any dental information on file, how long they have been waiting and measure the patients stress level by measuring heart rate and respirations. They will also be able to tell the real time stress level of the patient while the procedure is being performed.

This is one piece of technology that I personally am very interested in and, if proven to work, would love to see in every dental center across the nation. Especially if it speeds up the visit like they suggest.

Thoughts, anyone?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Swollen Gums Around One Tooth?

Yes, it's possible. I have experienced it myself a few years ago from eating an everything bagel. One of the seeds somehow got below the gum line and I didn't notice it until my gum became swollen around my front tooth.

There are many different reasons why gums can swell around just one tooth, these can include poor oral hygiene, gum disease, abscess or as I mentioned above, trapped food debris.

Although swollen gums may not be painful if it's not treated it can cause major problems down the road such as periodontal disease (gum disease).

Below are some home remedies that may help reduce the gum swelling:
  • Antiseptic mouthwash
  • Warm salt water rinse
  • Essential oil and warm water rinse (Tea tree oil)
  • Tumeric gel application
  • Brush and floss after every meal/snack
If swelling hasn't subsided after a few days, it's time to see your dentist!






Thursday, August 8, 2019

What Is Gingivostomatitis?

Have you ever heard of Gingivostomatitis?

Gingivostomatitis is a highly contagious mouth infection which causes painful sores, irritated gums, blisters, fever, bad breath and swelling in and around the mouth.

This infection can affect anyone but is seen more in children under the age of six.

There are many different factors that can cause gingivostomatitis:
  • Herpes Virus
  • Coxsackievirus (a virus that is transmitted by touching a contaminated surface)
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • bacteria
  • allergies
  • exposure to chemicals
  • radiation and chemotherapy
You can do some treatment on your own at home by:
  • Rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater
  • Avoiding spicy, salty or sour foods
  • Eat soft foods until the mouth is healed
  • Brush your teeth and gums with a periodontal toothbrush (super soft bristles) 
  • Take over the counter pain medications
If the symptoms are not starting to healing after a week or two it's time to seek medical attention!

Your dentist or doctor may take a culture or perform a biopsy to see if you have gingivostomatitis. If that is what you have, they may prescribe an antibiotic and clean the infected area to help promote faster healing!


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

MYTH'S BUSTED: CAVITIES

Cavities are no fun at all. No joke about that! However, there are a lot of myths out there about cavities. Let's see if we can play myth busters on a few of them.

MYTH: Only Sugar Can Cause Cavities:
FALSE:  Sorry mothers, I hate to take away your reason for your kid to have that candy car. Yes, sugar does cause cavities, but that is not the only culprit. If you want your kiddo to stay cavity free then you should steer them clear of bread and pasta, too. They contain starch, which is another cavity culprit.

MYTH: Extra Brushing Will Heal or Slow Down The Progression Of A Cavity
FALSE: Tooth enamel does not grow back. When you have a cavity, you need to get it filled. If you don't, you will eventually need a root canal and/or a crown. Brushing will not heal it or slow it down. Now, on the positive side, brushing will reduce the risk of obtaining more cavities and it will also keep the cavity clean and reduce the risk of infection.

MYTH: If I Have A Cavity, I Would Feel It
FALSE: Well, mostly false. If you feel the cavity and are experiencing pain, then you are probably dealing with a serious cavity that is much more advanced. When a cavity is starting chances are really good that you will not be able to feel it. Which is all the more the reason why regular dental checkups are so important.

So, it appears we have busted a few of the myths! I am sure there are many more. Do you have any that you would like to know about? Comment on this blog and we will try to find out if it is Myth or Fact!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Effects Of Nitrous Oxide

You may have heard the term "laughing gas" but did you know the correct term is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is an orderless, colorless and safe sedative that is inhaled through a mask. Many people think they will be asleep during their procedure but this is not true. The patient will be alert and be able to respond to directions.


 Many dentists and doctors use "laughing gas" to make their anxious patients comfortable and help manage any pain they may experience.

 People react to certain things differently so some people may not experience any side effects, while some people may experience short term side effcts after the removal of the mask.

Short term side effects may include:
  • Dizziness
  • Sluggish
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shivering 
The most common reason for these side effects is usually caused by inhaling the gas too quickly or by inhaling too much.

If a person is still experiencing these symptoms after a few days they should seek medical attention right away.




  


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

What is Ogliodontia...or Absent Teeth?

This may not be as uncommon as you think!  This malady affects between 1.5 and 10 percent of the population. For clarification, a single missing adult tooth is called agenesis.  Multiple missing teeth - ogliodontia, and when a child is missing his complete set of adult teeth it is called anodontia.  Sometimes this is hereditary, sometimes it is spontaneous.

Baby teeth can begin to fall out as early as age 4, or as late as age 9.  Typically, a child loses his first tooth around age 6.  Permanent teeth begin to appear within a few months.  In some cases, however, a permanent tooth doesn't appear in it's place.  This is why it is so important to take a child for a dental visit and x-rays by age 3 or 4.  X-rays will tell a dentist whether permanent teeth are forming in the jaw normally.  Most kids will  have all of their permanent teeth by age 15.

There are options for kids with missing adult teeth such as orthodontics, implants or even space maintainers if a tooth is forming but not fully erupted. If your child is missing any of his adult teeth,  check with your pediatric dentist to find out the best treatment option.

As always, Keep Smiling!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Dentistry IS Science. It is also an Art. But does this justify the high cost?

So often we will have someone call our office and they are absolutely shell shocked at the cost of a dental procedure or a treatment plan.  Let me start by saying that dentistry is rarely simple anymore. It is a science, yes, but it is also a fine art, and in many cases you get what you pay for. Cosmetic dentistry, in particular, is among the most costly. If you've ever seen a full mouth reconstruction done, you'll have great respect for the dentist/artist.  This is a craft that requires at least 8 years of schooling, constant continuing education and even further instruction and practice to be able to perfect these restorations and perform oral miracles.  Not to mention the high cost of the technical machines and tools needed.  If you understand that, you understand why the cost is so high.  But, if you are one of those people who visits the dentist every 10 or 20 years, there is no avoiding the shell shock factor, which is why I've linked this blog to an informative page.
I recently found a site that gives the average consumer an idea of what restorative dentistry costs.  It is broken down by procedure and it's probably the most informative, simple breakdown I have seen to date.  If you are considering cosmetic restoration or have many dental issues and are in need of a full-mouth makeover, look HERE  first.  I think you'll be glad you did.
The moral of the story here is to visit the dentist regularly for cleanings (for prevention, if nothing else) and stay informed. Don't become a shell shock victim!

Keep Smiling!


Dentistry Going Green?

According to an article published in Dentistry Today, the Univesity of Costa Rica (UCR) throws away 166 saliva ejectors (spit sucker) each day, 3,317 each week and almost 4,000 each year.
Now imagine the number of saliva ejectors that are thrown away all around the world. Crazy, right?

Thanks to four dental students at UCR, tossing each individual saliva ejector may be a thing in the past. They have developed a metallic saliva ejector that can be used over and over again because it can be cleaned in the autoclave just like many other dental and medical tools.

The metal ejector will cost dentist more but they will pay for itself in the long run!

What do you think about the reusable metal ejector?

Click here for the article!




Thursday, July 18, 2019

Oral Care Tips For Someone With Special Needs

If you have never taken care of someone with a developmental disability, you need to realize it requires a lot of patience and skills.

You may think that brushing someone's teeth would be a simple task, right? Think again! It takes planning (what will be the best way to make your client and yourself comfortable during the process), time and the ability to manage their physical, mental or behavioral problems. 

If you are a first time caregiver, here are some tips that can help you ease your way into caring for someone's oral care:
  • Location - You can brush someone's teeth pretty much anywhere! All you will need are a toothbrush, toothpaste, a bowl, floss, a glass water, and good lighting!
  • Behavior - If your client has behavioral issues, brushing their teeth may be difficult. Try using the "tell-show-do" method.
    • Tell - Explain each step before you do it.
    • Show -  Let your client hold and touch each tool that will be used.
    • Do - Do the steps the same way as you explained them.
  • Timing - Let your client adjust, they may just be getting to know you, it can take some time before they will let you work in and around their mouth.
  • Positive feedback -  Let your client know that they are doing great!
  • Routine - Try to have the same routine each day and have it done at the same time. This may help eliminate any fears.
  • Make them comfortable - Let them hold onto a special item or toy, this may reduce anxiety. Play calming music or come up with a creative game like "show me your biggest smile"!
 *Remember making your client comfortable will make your job easier!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bad Business Reviews, Formal Complaints and Social Media

In this age of social media, bad news travels fast.  Faster than the speed of light, it seems.  One careless complaint can ruin a reputation, a practice or even a person.  Always try to keep that in mind when a problem arises and opt for civil communication, instead.  

There are many ways to resolve issues with your dentist, whether they are staff related, price discrepancies or quality of care issues. The key is communication. I certainly would not advise anyone to file a complaint with the board because a receptionist was rude, or post it on any review forum, ever! Only as a last resort would I suggest filing a board complaint for anything less than malpractice. 


This would be my suggestion instead: Consider a well written letter; certified, registered mail. Clearly state the problem (keeping opinions out), and state what you would consider to be a fair resolution. Send it directly to the dentist, return receipt. Allow him a reasonable amount of time to respond...10 days or so. Believe me, he will be much more receptive to a resolution than his receptionist or office manager because it is his license that is on the line!  Nine times out of ten the complaint will be resolved when it is approached this way. This method works! 

Keep Smiling! 



Thursday, July 11, 2019

Having Straight Teeth May Not Always Guarantee Happiness

Yes, you read that correctly!

According to Dr. Esma Dogramaci at the University of Adelaide Dental School in Australia, people who haven't had any orthodontic work and have varying levels of crooked teeth showed patterns of higher psychosocial scores, which means they were more optimistic than people who had orthodontic treatment.

The research was done to gauge how straight teeth affects peoples happiness. Researchers looked at how people handled new or challenging problems, how much they cared about their health, how much support they received from family and friends and optimistic levels.

What are your thoughts on this study?


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Nail Biting is a Tough Habit To Break

Are you a nail biter? Do you know someone who is? If so, this is something you may want to pay attention to!! Nail biting is actually considered by some psychologists and physicians to be a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD). Here are some fast facts about nail biting that you may not know:
  • It is estimated that as many as 40% of teens and 30% of adults may be compulsive nail biters.
  • It is considered to be a nervous disorder, and even an indication of anxiety and passive aggression.
  • It is (in some cases) also hereditary!
  • Thumb sucking and lip biting fall into the same catagory.
The effects of nail biting on the teeth and gums is a serious issue. Long term, it can weaken the structure of your teeth and cause them to loosen, chip or crack. It can also cause misalignment. Bacteria lives under your fingernails, and it is introduced into your mouth when you bite your nails, carrying the possibility of viruses like E-Coli, influenza, the common cold and other diseases that we can't even pronounce... Think about it...whatever you've touched recently may still be lurking around under your nails. Ugh! In addition to that, constant nail biting can cause permanent damage to your nails and nailbed. There are topical applications that have proven useful for kids who are nail biters, but it isn't really effective for teens and adults. Therapy is useful, but expensive. For most, it is a very hard habit to break but have faith....it can be done!
Ladies, you may benefit most from this remedy...switch to acrylic nails and manicures that include polish and artwork! I have personally known people who have successfully grown out their nails by doing this. It works!

As always, Keep Smiling!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Stay Safe This Fourth Of July!

Happy Independence Day!


Today the majority of us will be celebrating with our family and friends by enjoying some bbq, attending concerts, hanging out by the water and finishing up the night by watching fireworks!

Did you know the Fourth of July is one the leading holidays for injuries?  According to the Pew Research Center on average more than 45,000 people visit the emergency room for injuries from July 4 -5 every year due to fireworks.

Every year it seems like there is always some kind of story on the news of people who are trying to show off to their family and friends. Some of these stories include: Setting firecrackers off in their hands, on a boat, out of their butt crack, making firecracker bombs and the list goes on.

But, the most disturbing one to me are the people who let firecrackers go off in their mouth?

If a firecracker explodes in a person's mouth it makes restoring oral functions very challenging if they survive.

The explosion can cause loss of teeth, broken jaws, severe burns, and injury to the upper airway caused by smoke inhalation. The road to recovery call be very painful and long.

If you are planning on setting off fireworks tonight, please do it responsibly!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Milk...A Tooth-Protecting Superfood!

If you are an avid milk drinker like me, then this is a blog you definitely want to read. I go through 2 gallons of milk a week, and I mean I GO through it. I personally drink at least 2 gallons of milk a week. What can I say, I love milk! So I had to ask to the question, is it good for your teeth? Well, great news my fellow milk drinkers! IT IS!

It has been proven that dairy products such as milk and cheese actually reduce tooth decay. Milk contains proteins called caseins which will join together with the calcium and phosphorus to create a protective later on the surface of your teeth. (aka enamel). This helps prevent tooth decay by reducing the bacterial acids. Furthermore, the calcium and phosphorus also help strengthen and even repair the enamel on your teeth.

So, drink up my fellow milkaholics. It will help keep our smiles bright!

Oh yeah on a side note: The ADA has recommended not to have milk and cookies because as we all know they sugary items such as cookies are bad for your teeth. However... there is still hope for us on that too. The it is recommended that you have the cookies THEN the milk. That will eliminate the sugar acids that plague your teeth.

As great as that sounds, milk and cookies always sounds better than cookies then milk or milk after cookies, and we all it know it tastes better too!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Can You Scuba Dive or Snorkel With Braces On Your Teeth?


Do you want to experience the underwater life this summer but feel like you can't because you have braces? 

Well, don't cancel your plans just yet because there is plenty of room for the regulator or snorkel to fit on the inside of your teeth but it's recommended to get comfortable with the equipment in your mouth long before you jump in the water.

If you plan on diving and you wear rubber bands, take them out before the dive. This is very important because they may snap, become lodged somewhere in your mouth or even the possibility of you swallowing them when you clear your ears and adjust to the pressure by wiggling your jaw.

As a certified scuba diver who had braces, I can say it was very easy and I barely noticed that I had my braces on. If you are still a bit wary, you may want to stick to the snorkeling or doing a shallow dive until you get more comfortable.

After every dive or snorkle, make sure to rinse your mouth with fresh water and drink plenty of water.

Good luck!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Mouthwash is an Accent to Brushing, Not A Replacement

I am sure we have all been there, myself included. In a hurry, running late, don’t have time to brush, so you swish away some mouthwash and go on your merry little way. Well, we may be able to get away with it every once in a while, but making a habit of it can do more harm than good. Fluoride is good for your teeth, gums and mouth, but too much can have a counter-effect and make things worse.  Which is why using it correctly is important. 

Mouthwash is beneficial for killing germs, giving your teeth and gum that fluoride rinse, freshening your breath and breaking loose some particles between your teeth. However, brushing and flossing is more important.

Brushing removes the plaque and tartar and flossing cleans out between your teeth and gum line. Places you can’t get by swishing around mouthwash. There is no definitive answer of whether or not using mouthwash is more effective before or after you brush. So that may be something that you should consult with you dentist about and see what they recommend for you!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Could A Plant-Based Diet Help Reduce Gingivitis?

According to a recent trial held at the University of Freiburg, in Germany explains that yes, a plant-based diet could help reduce gingivitis!

A randomized trial of 30 patients who suffer from gingivitis were split into two different groups, experimental and control. The experimental group changed their diet to low carb and animal protein and included foods rich in omega-3, vitamin c and d, antioxidants, plant nitrates and fibers for four weeks.

Each group was provided with the necessary tools to take care of their oral hygiene. Although the trial showed there were no differences in plaque reduction, the experimental group did, however, has less inflammation and bleeding to their gums. 

This trial was published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

MS And Your Oral Health

The effects of MS are widespread over the body but one thing many don't consider is how it can affect your oral health, both directly and indirectly.

As the disease progresses, motor function becomes impaired, pain can be intense, the immune system is suppressed.  Brushing and flossing can be difficult for these patients as motor function and dexterity are essential to be able to exercise proper hygiene.

In addition to motor function, medications can cause dry mouth, which creates a perfect place for bacteria to grow and leads to cavities and gum disease.  The use of steroids can weaken the immune system which in turn allows infections to flourish.

Depression is another factor in oral health management.  Depressed individuals may tend to push aside personal hygiene including brushing and flossing, so keeping a watchful eye on your loved one is important as they may need a gentle nudge here and there to get them back on track.

It is so very important that MS patients keep good oral hygiene.  To do that, they may need assistance.  In the event that it isn't possible, here are some suggestions that may help to make brushing a little easier for them.


  • Buy a thick handled toothbrush or wrap some type of gripping material around the handle to make it easier to hold.
  • Invest in an electric toothbrush.  It's easier to hold and doesn't require a lot of movement.  
  • Another good investment might be a Waterpik! Again, it requires less dexterity and movement. 
  • Ask a caregiver or a family member for help.
  • Schedule additional cleanings at the dentist.  Instead of the usual 2 per year, schedule 4 instead.  This helps keep ahead of gum disease.               
Keep Smiling!                                                                                                                                                                               

Thursday, June 13, 2019

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 workout, your mouth has the perfect environment for cavities. Sugar feeds decay-causing bacteria and our defenses against this bad bacteria live 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!!



Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The New Charcoal Toothpaste Fad - Yea or Nay?

Fads are exactly that...fads.  While it may seem like a good thing, the opposite is often true. In the case of charcoal toothpaste, the results are in.  Not a good thing!!!  
Charcoal toothpaste can actually cause the damage to your teeth that it purports to prevent, according to a study published in the British Dental Journal.  It is an abrasive product.  It can actually wear away the enamel on your teeth making them more susceptible to decay, and can damage your gums.  There are a few charcoal toothpaste products that have fluoride, but with the abrasive properties of the toothpaste it does little to protect the enamel of the teeth.  
So, the jury is in, and charcoal toothpaste has been touted as a "marketing gimmick".  
Buyer beware!
If in doubt, the link to the article can be found here.  Don't be afraid to ask your dentist about it.  No doubt he/she will tell you the same thing.  

Keep Smiling! 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Question From Our Member...

D. Jamis of Atlanta, Georgia asks: 

“I went to the dentist for an exam and cleaning but when they found that I had heart problems, they wouldn´t do anything until my cardiologist sent them a letter saying it was ok for them to work on me.  I think that´s dumb, don´t you?”

Savon’s Answer:

I guess dumb is in the eye of the beholder.  The reason for the concern is probably due to one or more of the medications that you are on.  As a rule of thumb, anyone with at heart condition is usually on some type of a blood thinner.  The dental facility needs to know if you need to and are able to stop taking your medication prior to having a dental procedure performed.

Original post is from our June 2019 newsletter!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Green Tea Drinker? It's a Good Thing for your Oral Health!

It's a commonly known fact that green tea has many health benefits.  It's a natural antioxidant and it's great for your digestive system. Aside from that, it apparently has oral health benefits!
The following tips are just a few ways your mouth can benefit from drinking Green Tea:

Did you know?

1. It can help to prevent and reduce Periodontal Inflammation
2. Evidence has shown that it can prevent and destroy Oral Cancer Cells
3. Inhibits the Formation of Dental Plaque
4. Repels Odor-Causing Bacteria, giving you better breath! 
Just a couple of cups a day can make a difference. Additionally, there are dental products out there that have Green Tea as an ingredient.  Look for these products in your local health food stores.  

This is another great reason to enjoy your afternoon tea!
Keep Smiling! 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Are You Suffering From Keto Breath?

The Ketogenic (Keto) diet is known for its extremely low carbohydrates and high-fat foods. People who have followed and stuck with the Keto diet have been very successful.

One major side effect of starting keto is "keto breath". This has been described as a fruity or sweet smell which often disappears once the body is in ketosis. It can take about 21 days for the body to adapt so until they try these tips for better smelling breath:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Increased carb intake
  • Chewing gum or sucking on mints
  • Brushing teeth frequently
 As gross as "keto breath" sounds, it's an indication that the keto diet is working!

Information found here!





Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Why Are Some Types of Cleanings More Expensive Than Others?

This is a very common question that we get from our members and the answer is rather simple. Not all cleaning are the same. Basically, there are 4 main types of cleanings, Regular Cleaning, Difficult Cleaning, Periodontal Treatment and Periodontal Maintenance.
Regular Cleaning: This is the basic cleaning that you get a few time a year. They are relatively inexpensive and don't take to long to complete. It consists of the cleaning, a few x-rays, fluoride rinse and an examination.
*Difficult Cleaning: This cleaning is more involved than a regular cleaning but not as intense as the periodontal treatment. This is also referred to as deep cleaning. This is usually done on patients that have not had their teeth cleaned in a while and and who may have a lot of plaque and tartar build up. It consists of the same things as a regular cleaning, but also includes more scraping and cleaning of teeth and gum line. It is more expensive than a regular cleaning and takes more time to complete.
*Periodontal Treatment: This is for patients with periodontal disease or the symptoms thereof. The severity of the diagnosis will determine whether the dentist will handle the treatment in the office or or refer the patient to a periodontist. This treatment is not done in one visit. It is done in anywhere from 2-4 visits with each visit treating 1 quadrant of the patient's mouth. This is the most expensive type of "cleaning". For a patient in periodontal treatment, in most cases, no other dental work on their treatment plan will be done until the periodontal treatment is complete.
*Periodontal Maintenance: This is for any patient that has had a periodontal treatment. After completing the treatment, every cleaning thereafter is a maintenance cleaning and treatment follow up. This is more invasive than a regular cleaning and a difficult cleaning and at times more expensive.
If you and your family member are paying different prices for a cleaning at the same dental office, then there is a good chance that you are getting different styles of cleanings. You should check with your dental center for clarification.

As always, Keep Smiling!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Two Famous People Who Doubled as Dentists!

I found this article while reading a fellow dental blog and I thought it was a really interesting find!

Enjoy!


"Famous People You Didn't Know Were Dentists"
Who says dentistry isn’t exciting? Our noble profession has captured the hearts and imaginations of some pretty interesting people over the years. Granted, eventually these folks turned to other less fascinating professions—like acting, gun fighting, inventing, painting and saving the country—but still, they all had their “roots” (pardon the pun) in the enviable art of dentistry. Just check out this list of people you didn’t know were dentists:

Edgar_Buchanan· Edgar Buchanan: This popular character actor started out as a successful dentist before moving to California in 1939. Although he co-starred in countless movies over the years, Buchanan was probably best known for his memorable roles in 1960s sitcoms like “Petticoat Junction,” “Green Acres” and “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Once he was bitten by the acting bug, he left dentistry. But, interestingly enough, his wife actually took over his successful practice after he retired.

dholliday• John Henry “Doc” Holliday: You may remember Doc Holliday for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and their famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, but Holliday was actually a dentist who was trained in Pennsylvania and developed a booming little practice in Atlanta. After a short time, Holliday contracted tuberculosis and he was forced to leave his practice and move out West, where the rest is, well…history.....

Get the rest DentalBuzz.com!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Toothpaste Bites?

Last night I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across a video explaining what toothpaste bites were so I decided to check out their website!

Bite toothpaste was founded in 2017 by Lindsay McCormick. She describes Bite toothpaste as a zero-waste toothpaste tablet that is vegan and cruelty-free. Another bonus is that they are sold in glass bottles with cardboard refill packets.

All you have to do is:
  • Pop one in your mouth.
  • Bite down and start brushing.
 This product will foam up just like a normal toothpaste but without all the harsh chemicals!


I thought this was a neat idea, what are your thoughts?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Canine Orthodontics- Would You Consider Braces For Your Pet?

Maintaining your pets oral health is as important as making sure that they are vaccinated or that they are receiving regular veterinary care. They should have regular cleanings. Animals are susceptible to many of the same physical ailments as humans, including dental issues! They can get cavities, periodontal disease, abscesses, broken teeth...just about anything a human can get, they can get, including crooked teeth! And they feel the pain of these ailments, just as we do. Your pet may actually be a candidate for braces! Now, braces are not for every dog or cat...it will depend on their age, type of malocclusion and their ability to tolerate the discomfort of wearing braces, but there are a variety of specialists available out there who practice veterinary dentistry. Check with a veterinarian in your area, he or she can probably recommend one!

Keep smiling!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Can CBD Oil Reduce Dental Pain?

Recently I turned in a research paper for a class I was taking. My research topic was "What are the benefits of using CBD oil to treat diseases on older adults?" This made me wonder if CBD Oil could be beneficial for dental health!

Although there has been little research on CBD oil and dentistry, studies have shown that CBD Oil may help reduce dental pain and abscesses because it contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

There are a couple of different ways to use CBD Oil:
  • Orally - The easiest way is to buy capsules and take it like a normal over the counter medication. If you have a hard time swallowing pills you can just buy the oil and add it to foods or beverages.
  •  Direct Application - Apply CBD spray, oil, crushed capsules or soaked gauze pad directly on the affected tooth or gums - this may be the fastest method to relieve dental pain. 
 If you decide to use the direct method to reduce pain or swelling, make sure to wash your hands prior to application.

Like all things, you can expect a side effect. CBD Oil can reduce saliva production and may cause you to experience "cotton mouth". Make sure to drink plenty of water, chew sugar-free gum and make sure to brush and floss regularly.


*Remember this is just a temporary fix, you need to see your dentist right away at the first sign of any dental pain.*

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Sjogren's Syndrome-Dry Mouth Affects Your Oral Health

Many people have never heard of this disorder....for some it is a simple inconvenience, but to the more severely affected, it is debilitating.  Sjogren's Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that primarily causes chronic dry mouth, lips and dry eyes and nasal passages.  It can be a primary disease (all by itself) or a secondary disease, on the heels of other autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and others. It is a progressive disorder.  Having chronic dry mouth can cause a variety of oral problems; higher incidence of cavities, mouth sores, burning tongue, swollen salivary glands, thrush and oral infections. The important thing for people with Sjogren's to remember is to stay hydrated and manage the symptoms, rather than letting them continue without treatment.  If you have Sjogren's or if you think you may have it, contact your healthcare provider and make sure you see a dentist regularly. Often, your doctor and your dentist can work together to help you manage your symptoms. Coconut water is an excellent source to hydrate the body and is reported by some to have a profound effect on combating the annoying symptoms of Sjogren's.

Keep Smiling! 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Can I Use Coconut Oil As A Toothpaste For My Cats And Dogs?



Yes, Coconut oil is effective and safe for your fur baby. Although brushing your animal's teeth with the coconut oil is the best method, they will still get some oral health benefits just from licking a small amount of the oil.

Below are some reasons to use coconut oil as toothpaste for your pet and yourself:
  • No harmful chemicals -  Conventional toothpaste has an antibacterial chemical called Triclosan, which has been linked to endocrine disruption. Endocrine disruption can cause major health issues such as cancers, preterm/low birth weight in babies.
  • Effective against cavity-causing bacteria - Massaging coconut oil into the gums daily significantly helps reduce decay-causing bacteria as well as plaque.
  • Inexpensive - Unlike conventional toothpaste that can be expensive, one jar of coconut oil will last months because you only use a small amount.
Other health benefits your animal can receive from coconut oil:
  • Improves skin and coat - When you are brushing their teeth or letting them lick the coconut oil you are improving the look and feel of your animal's coat.
  • Provides energy and helps dogs lose weight - Coconut oil promotes a healthy metabolism while increasing your animal's energy and promoting healthy joints.
  • Aids in digestion - Coconut oil may help with soothing your dog's digestive system while increasing nutrient absorption.
Many vets are starting to recommend using coconut oil on a regular base since its an excellent source of nutrients, which keeps your dog in good health! 

The recommended dose of coconut oil is 1 teaspoon per 10 - 30 pounds. 

When starting use 1/4 the recommended dosage and build up to the recommended level over 3-4 weeks. If hurried right away you may notice flu-like symptoms.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Are Expensive Electric Toothbrushes Always The Best Option?

I'm thinking the answer is no.  In this economy, who wants to pay upwards of $80 for a toothbrush that essentially does the brushing for you, not to mention the replacement toothbrush heads, which cost an additional $35 for 3 or 4 of them.  That is not to say that it isn't nice to have a product that helps you do the work; I personally buy the battery powered toothbrushes at a cost of about $6.99.  Each one lasts approximately 3 months, which is the typical length of time the dentists recommend for a toothbrush before you change it out, and that makes the total cost per year about $28 and my teeth feel just as clean as with the more expensive toothbrush (you know, the one you have to charge once a week to keep it going) without the expense.
This is just a personal rant....others may feel differently, but until someone proves to me that an expensive toothbrush is actually better, I'm going with the cheaper option!

Feel free to weigh in on this....doctors and consumers! 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Fields Of Dentistry



Dentistry - Profession or science dealing with the prevention and treatment of diseases and malformations of the teeth, gums, and oral cavity, and the removal, correction, and replacement of decayed, damaged, or lost parts, including such operations as the filling and crowning of teeth, the straightening of teeth, and the construction of artificial dentures.

General Dentist: Provides general dental prevention, care and maintenance services such as regular cleanings, fillings, and simple tooth extractions. The general dentist will refer patients to other dental specialists for more specialized treatments when they are needed.

Periodontist: Specialize in the care of the supporting tissues of the teeth and mouth. They specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum disease and any other condition affecting the gums, jaw bone, and other tissues.

Endodontist: Perform root canal therapy. They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the nerve, pulp, arteries, and veins found in the internal cavity that makes the teeth alive.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: Performs procedures on the jaw and mouth including teeth extractions, implants, and reconstruction. Oral surgeons identify and treat conditions, injuries and defects (cleft lip, etc.) affecting the mouth, jaw, and face. They often work together with a cosmetic dentist and orthodontist in reconstructive procedures.

Cosmetic Dentist: Perform cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of someone's smile. They specialize in appearance-enhancing procedures such as veneers, bonding, and whiting of the teeth.

Prosthodontist: Specialize in replacing missing teeth. These specialists attach structures such as crowns, dentures, and bridges to replace missing teeth.  Some prosthodontist preforms dental implant surgery.

Pedodontists: Specialize in treating conditions affecting children's teeth. They offer dental care from infancy through the teen years.

Orthodontists: Specialize in jaw adjustment and teeth positioning. They can straighten crooked teeth, correct misaligned teeth, fix biting problems. They use braces, retainers and other structures to adjust imporfections.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

When We Disagree With Our Dentist's Diagnosis

Quite often we field phone calls from members who would like to change their dentist because they disagree with a diagnosis. Often times, the perception is that the dentist is "over-diagnosing" on the treatment plan to make more money. Now I can assure you that 98% of the time that is not the case.

 Know that every dentist is different. One dentist may identify something that one did not. Another one may have training or access to new technology that the other one doesn't. Different training, different perspectives...it doesn't mean that one or the other is wrong.  This usually goes way beyond wrong or right. 

How a dentist diagnoses is often dependent on how/where they were trained. Some dental colleges have a more aggressive diagnostic curriculum as others have a more conservative diagnostic curriculum. Depending on which curriculum the school that your dentist went to had, depends on which type of diagnosis you may get.

Although an aggressive diagnostic treatment plan may be overwhelming to patient, it is not always a bad thing. It focuses on the long term solution to your dental problems with more of a restorative style of treatment..
A conservative diagnostic treatment plan is not a bad thing either. It focuses on trying more to save the original teeth that you have, rather than replace it with a crown or something else, until that is really needed. It should be discussed with you and your dentist and it really comes down to what is right for you at the time. 

As I said, it is not that either one of the dentists is wrong or right, or that one is a better dentist than the other. It simply comes down to how they were taught to diagnose your treatment. It does not mean that aggressive diagnostic dentist is trying to rip you off by over diagnosing (which is the common misconception by patients). It does not mean that the conservative dentist is under diagnosing and missing things that need to be done (which is another common misconception by patients)
In fact, an aggressive treatment may cost you more money now, but can save you a lot of money in the future. However, on the flip side of things, the conservative diagnosis treatment will save you money now, but could cost you more in the future.

We commonly recommend and encourage patients to obtain a 2nd opinion when concerned about the particular diagnosis that they are given, prior to just changing to another dentist based solely on a diagnostic result.

Keep Smiling!  

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Bad Breath Could Mean Bad Health!



Yuck, what is that smell? Could it be your breath? Checking your breath may not just save you from embarrassing social moments, but it may save your life. Recurring bad breath could be a sign of underlying medical conditions.
  • Electric Nose Technology: Detects lung cancer from bad breath- This is a cheaper alternative than doing a biopsy to detect lung cancer. The "electronic nose detects different profiles of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in exhaled breaths." All you would need is a simple breath test.
  • Breath tests can detect heart failure- By taking a breath test, Researchers can use "mass spectrometry technology to analyze the sample for molecular and chemical compound signs of heart failure."
  • Fish Breath: Kidney Failure: "The fishy breath occurs when kidney failure affects the respiratory system" and makes it hard to breathe. This is because the damaged kidneys can no longer filter waste products from the blood and turn it into urine.
  • Sleep Conditions may cause dry mouth- Saliva decreases during sleep, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Excess Weight- A poor diet and lack of water can play a significant role in bad breath. Try drinking large amounts of water and eating lots of fruit and vegetables, this will help keep breath fresh.
If you notice recurring bad breath, please seek medical help!
Information was found here!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Traditional Dental Floss or Floss Sticks, Your Decision!

Floss sticks are quickly becoming the way of the world. They are easy to use, make flossing quicker and saves you from getting the string imprints in your fingers, but it is really the best option?

Traditional dental floss has been used for years. It is tested, approved, recommended and used by most dental centers. It is great at removing the excess food particles, plaque and bacteria between your teeth. However it is really difficult to control. It takes some work and technique to make sure that you do it right, especially if you are trying to get in between the back molars. It also requires that you stick your fingers inside your mouth, which is a problem for some people. However it is really effective at cleaning your teeth properly.

Floss Swords are less intrusive in your mouth. They are simple and easy to use and allow you to reach the back molars without much trouble. However, their effectiveness is in question. Ideally, when you floss with traditional floss, between each tooth you pull a fresh piece of floss. With a floss sword, you use the same piece until you are done. This can transfer bacteria from one to tooth to another. One could argue that if the sword is rinsed before each tooth that it wouldn't do that, but does anyone actually do that? 

Personally, I use both. In some areas of my mouth, my teeth are tight to each other and it is hard to get the thick piece of floss or sword between them, so I use traditional floss on those. I use traditional floss on all of my front teeth and I use a floss sword on my molars. I do rinse the floss sword after each tooth, but that's just me. 

It basically comes down to your preference and the recommendation of your dentist and hygienist so make sure you check with them. Whatever one you choose you will definitely get kudos for flossing. That's the part of dental care that is skipped the most!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Treat Your Sensitive Teeth At Home!

Do you suffer from sensitive teeth?

It has been found that one in eight people experience sensitive teeth. I guess I'm one of the eight that suffer (although my sensitivity is mild).

Below are just a few home remedies you can try to help prevent sensitivity:
  • Oil Pulling - Oil pulling with sesame oil (may reduce gum disease) or coconut oil  (may reduce plaque formation) has the potential benefits of lowering tooth sensitivity.
    • Swish a tablespoon of either oil in the mouth for twenty minutes before spitting out.
    • You can use extracts to add some flavor (i.e., Peperment extract) 
  • Guava leaves - Chew on guava leaves. The extracts of the guava flavonoids have the potential to soothe toothaches and tooth sensitivity.
  •  Clove gel - This has been a remedy for toothaches for a very long time. Applying clove gel to the gums may help reduce tooth sensitivity and pain. 
  •  Garlic - Chewing on a piece of garlic briefly produces a compound called allicin. Plaque that builds up around the tooth can worsen tooth sensitivity and fighting it with garlic can slow down the process and lessen the pain.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Never Be Afraid To Ask Your Dentist Questions!

Just about everyday I get a call from one of our members that has questions about the work that dentist recommended. It is not that they are necessarily questioning the work that has been advised, more times than not it is a case where the patient is confused as to what the dentist wants to do. More times that not my response is "Have you asked your dentist about this?". Surprisingly, the majority of the time the answer is "no". After a while, it started to make me wonder what the apprehension was to ask to the dentist, so I started to ask about it. 

Here are some of the reasons that I have been given:

1. I don't want to offend the dentist.
2. I don't want to make him/her think I am questioning their ability.
3. I don't want to waste the dentist's time.
4. I was too embarrassed

These are just a few of the reasons that I have heard. Whatever your reason is for not asking questions, it is something that I would strongly advise that you try to overcome. It is no different than when you are talking to your general doctor. When you are discussing whatever treatment that they want to do, I am willing to bet that the majority of you ask questions and explore options. It's no different with dental work. The work that is being done to your mouth is important to your health and at times can be a rather large investment. Ultimately the decision of what treatment is performed is up to you and there is no better decision than and informed decision.

I am confident that I can speak for the dentist when I say that they prefer that you ask the questions. I have never heard of a dentist getting offended by it, nor have I heard of a dentist complaining that it is a waste of their time. Dentists do not expect you to know every term and everything thing involved in your treatment plan. Also, I have learned over the years that dentists themselves are more comfortable working on a patient that has a clear understanding of what is being done.

So again, don't be afraid to ask your dentist questions. More often than not they are happy to answer.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Are You Risking Your Health By Kissing?

"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 diseases and viruses that 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.

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