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 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 your 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 From 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.
For a complete list click here!

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.

To read more click here!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Could Coffee Reduce Your Risk Of Oral Cancer?

It's quite possible! Although this idea is still being researched and is yet to be confirmed, the study appears to be promising. 

A brief on oral cancer:

People who use tobacco or alcohol are naturally at a higher risk of developing oral/pharyngeal or mouth cancer. People who have HPV (human papillomavirus) are also at a high risk as recent studies have shown. Oral cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages due to the fact that the symptoms can easily be mistaken as something else.  Common symptoms include mouth sores that don't seem to heal, or pain that will not go away.

Where coffee comes in:

There have been many studies over the years linking coffee to a reduced risk of mouth cancer.  The study which brings us here today actually began in 1982.  Nearly 1 million people took part, submitting their health and lifestyle information, including their tea and coffee intake.  When the study began, all participants were cancer free.  After nearly 30 years of monitoring and follow up, the results of the study were astonishing.  Out of the near million people who participated, 868 people died from oral/pharyngeal or mouth cancer.  When the relation to these deaths with coffee and tea consumption was analyzed, it was found that participants who reported drinking 4 or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 49% reduced risk of death from oral cancer than those who reported drinking less or only having an occasional cup.  Gender, alcohol and tobacco were not a factor.  The link to decaffeinated coffee was insignificant and the link to tea drinkers was non-existent.

What that means now:

While we would all love to believe that coffee is the cure for oral cancer, unfortunately, more research needs to be done.  There are many factors that would need to be considered before they can determine coffee as a guaranteed treatment.  There are also many other types of cancers, this study only focused on one.  So, for now, myself and my fellow coffee drinkers can simply feel a little bit better about our consumption.  As more research and studies unfold, however, I imagine we can expect to see a breakthrough on this idea soon.

Until then, Cheers to coffee!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Can Older Women Who Suffer Tooth Loss Develop High Blood Pressure?

According to the American Journal of Hypertension, a new study indicates that there was a positive association between tooth loss and hypertension risk among postmenopausal women.

Researchers believe that people who experience tooth loss change their eating habits by, eating softer foods and more processed foods. With the extra Increase of high sodium foods, it can cause hypertension.

Postmenopaules women should improve their dental hygiene, monitor their blood pressure, keep a healthy diet, exercise and if necessary loss weight!

Study information found here!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Do You Suffer from Chronic Dry Mouth?


Well, if you do, there is hope!

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 sweeteners containing Xylitol offer comfort to those suffering from dry mouth. Xylitol coats the soft tissues of the mouth, sealing in moisture and stimulateing saliva flow.

A plethora of amazing over-the-counter products are endorsed by dentists for treating dry mouth. Some products to check out are Biotene, Oasis and Sensodyne for Dry Mouth.

Don't suffer in silence!  Tell your dentist if you suffer from this malady.  Chances are he'll suggest one of the products listed above.

Keep Smiling! 




Thursday, March 21, 2019

Are Older Adults Keeping Their Teeth?

According to the analysis by NIDCR scientists published in the January 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association, Yes... tooth loss in older adults is on the decline! Research has found that adults experiencing complete tooth loss declined sigficantly (from 17% down to 11%)

Dr. Bruce Dye, DDS, MPH states "It’s good news that older Americans are keeping more of their teeth because past studies have found that tooth loss can reduce the quality of life.”

To read more, click here!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

All About Dental Sealants

What is a dental sealant?
A dental sealant is a thin, white, plastic coating used on the surfaces of your teeth (molars specifically) to help prevent tooth decay.  The procedure is painless and only takes a few minutes.  
How do they work?
Just how it sounds!  The sealant is applied to the molar surface which allows a light, but powerful protective coating to seal in the tiny cracks and crevices that could potentially trap food and bacteria, which could lead to tooth decay and other long-term problems.
When should I consider getting  them?
Most dentists suggest applying sealants as an extra measure in preventive care early on as your adult teeth grow in.  Because most tooth decay in teens and children are found in this area, the earlier you get them, the better.
Do all teeth need sealants?
No, just molars.  Molars are far more vulnerable to tooth decay because they are designed for chewing.  The rest of your teeth are shaped and designed for their specific purpose and sealants just simply aren’t needed.
How long do they last?
The average life of a sealant is anywhere between 5-10 years.  Over time, they can wear down or chip, at which point, they should be reapplied.
Does this mean I won’t get cavities at all?
Definitely not.   While they do offer a strong layer of protection, they are not designed to replace your daily dental maintenance.  They protect, they do not prevent.  Maintaining healthy dental habits will better allow the sealant to do what it is supposed to.
Does my regular dentist do them?
Yes, a general dentist should be able to do it, or the hygienist.  A specialist is not necessary.
Are they covered by insurance?
Because it is considered a preventive procedure, most insurances and dental plans cover sealants at 100%.  Obviously this will vary, so be sure to check with your provider beforehand. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dental Black Triangles

Have you ever noticed some people have a small black triangle located in between some of their teeth, and looks like a speck of pepper? I have, and always wondered what it was!

So, what exactly are dental black triangle?

According to Larry Picard, DDS, dental black triangles are clinically knowen as open gingival embrasures. This is a gap between the teeth that is often due to bone loss, recession of the gum line, and sometimes due to movement in the teeth.

There are a few different ways to fix this problem:
  • Interproximal Reduction (IPR) in conjunction with Invisalign
  • Veneers
  • Bonding
  • BioClear

Picture is from google images 
Information found here here!


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Which is Better? Dental Cleaning Methods--New vs. Old

A look into the ever advancing world of dental medicine has spurred me to blog about a topic that many of my customers have addressed with me over the years. Adult cleanings. Now, keep in mind that with technological advancements in the dental field comes a variety of skepticism...that is, people do not like change.  They tend to prefer that you should stick to what works!
We begin with what I call the old method, which entails scraping and picking away the plaque and tartar from your teeth....approximately 45 minutes in the chair and you come away with your mouth feeling fresher and cleaner; along with a knowledge of what the hygienist has been doing with her life for the past 6 months...it just goes with the territory, folks! With further advancement comes the prophy jet, which basically uses a high pressured stream of water to blast away the build-up, (oh, and just FYI, I have heard many, many complaints about this one) and now, the newer laser cleaning, (the jury is still out on that method). We haven't had much feedback as yet about this one, however I have a feeling in this instance that "no news is good news".... as in no one in my scope of the industry has complained!
The general consensus, in the end, is that most people do seem to prefer the old tried and true method, particularly the older crowd, asserting that the prophy jet doesn't seem to leave their mouths feeling as fresh, or that it doesn't  completely remove the plaque. Additionally, it is a much quicker method, which seems to give the impression that enough time is not being spent on the cleaning, therefore it can't be as effective as the old way.
Tell us what you think!!! We'd like to hear about your experiences.
Which do you prefer? The new way or the old way?

As always, keep smiling!


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Should You Fill Rotten Baby Teeth?


Filling rotten baby teeth may be an unnecessary as well as uncomfortable experience for children to endure, some experts say.

About 40% of five-year-olds have tooth decay and at least one in ten is treated with fillings. But evidence from the case notes of 50 dentists suggests fillings may not offer significant benefits.

Read more here!


Original post was on June 24, 2009

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Could You Make Your Own Braces? Would you?

I've read about different and more crude attempts at home orthodontia and lets just say, it's a frightening concept...(what some people will come up with and bravely attempt).

However, in an article published recently, the story of a New Jersey college student and his idea to make his own clear plastic braces is making a stir in the dental industry.  He did, in fact, create a model of his own teeth using a computer and a 3-D printer and then manufactured 12 sets of clear plastic straightening trays for a fraction of the cost of Name Brand braces. When I say fraction....I mean his total cost was about $60. The kicker?  It worked!

I, for one, am NOT that technologically inclined, however, many people are. Now, I suppose in this case the end result could've been disastrous. And this spin off of the modern "Invisalign type" orthodontia will not work for everyone, but just look at the picture in this article and see for yourself!  He did an amazing job.  It made for a great success story and one that may encourage others to try similar tactics, although it should be stated that no one ( unless you are a trained professional) should try this at home!

Click here for the full article.  It's a captivating topic.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Invest In Your Dental Health With Your Tax Refund!

Tax season is upon us once again!

According to USA Today, the average tax refund is $3,100.00. While spending that money on new clothes, down payment on a car or a nice beach vacation, people should be more realistic and invest it other places such as their dental health.

Did you know that dental care gets more expensive the longer it's neglected? Brushing and flossing and regular check-ups aren't costly but when you don't brush, floss or see your dentist regularly you can develop serious dental problems like gum disease and cavities which may require surgery down the road.

So why not take some of that tax refund and protect your teeth?



Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Lose A Tooth? Don't Worry, You May Be Able to Just...Grow Another?

Wow. Isn't technology awesome? Imagine going to the dentist, having a tooth extracted and finding out that you can simply grow another in its place; with a little help from science, that is.  It may be the way of the near future....it may even be cheaper than implants (and we all know that the full process for an implant can take up to 6 months, right?)  Apparently this new process of growing a new tooth can be done in only 9 weeks and it involves stem cell technology.  Unbelievable!

Here is a link to an article that explains the science behind it, and the process.  Amazing.

Now if they could only come up with a way to do an extraction that is non-invasive...well, one can dream, right?

Keep Smiling!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

What's Wrong With Refilling A Tooth That Needs Replaced?

Unfortanly this was my dilemma last month, and Dr. Spindel explains why you shouldn't keep refilling a tooth!

"Often when removing an old filling a crack is discovered. Unless the part of the tooth that has cracked is completely removed, a permanent filling is not a great option. Currently, dentists do not have a bond or superglue that can adequately repair cracks and often when a tooth has a crack, entirely removing enough of the tooth to get rid of the crack is not possible without ruining it. In that case, a portion of the crack remains and a dentist's best choice is to "shoe the cusps" with a indirect restoration (either an onlay or crown). Covering the cusps will better distribute occlusal (biting) forces and discourage the crack from propagating. Residual cracks in teeth do not heal themselves and tend to either stay static or propagate further.

So what's wrong with just refilling the tooth with an even larger filling? Even if no crack is found,  unless a dentist can actually onlay the cusps and restore good proximal contacts with a composite filling in one session, a laboratory fabricated restoration is really the best option. If a tooth needs more than three surfaces restored, prepping, taking an impression and sending it to a laboratory is really the most predictable way to ensure a long lasting result. will make it easier to properly restore the tooth to it's proper function. Whether a  crown or an onlay is utilized, fabrication out of the mouth using a model is the best option.

That being the case, it is not unusual for patients to strongly advocate for their dentist to just "put in a filling for the time being and " I will crown it in the future, when I can afford it". That may sound reasonable, but most patients will not fix a tooth that's not broken and will wait until they develop another problem with their restored tooth, even though they were warned that it should have a crown or an onlay.

Unfortunately, sometimes when they do return with a problem, it is too late to salvage the tooth and if it sustains an "unlucky break" ( one that involves the tooth into the boney alveolar housing) the tooth may need to be extracted. At this point the tooth replacement involves an extraction and a three unit bridge or an implant replacement. Both of these options are much more expensive than a single crown would have been. Removable tooth replacement is an affordable option, but most patients prefer not to go this route if they have any other options."


Information was found here!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bad Breath Doesn't Always Mean Bad Hygiene

Generally, when we encounter someone with bad breath, we think of gum disease or poor oral hygiene habits. The first thought that comes to mind (after trying to escape the close proximity) is that they probably don't brush their teeth regularly. Judgmental lot, we humans! But there may be a much more sinister malady at play.  Think tongue plaque.  Yep, that gross, slimy coating on your tongue that builds up over time and wrecks havoc on the bacteria count in your mouth...  Epiphany! Oh, so this is why the dentist includes a tongue scraper in that little hygiene goody bag you get when you have your teeth cleaned!  Turns out it is an important part (or it should be) of your daily oral routine. Why?  Because that bacteria can cause gingivitis.  That's right, gum disease, aka  periodontal disease, infection, bad breath and extreme embarrassment.  Or, to mention the extreme, loss of teeth.
So why take a chance?   Brush, floss and then scrape your tongue for goodness sake!

Keep Smiling!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Frequent Dental Surgery Questions

I recently had dental surgery, and before I could ask any questions the dental assistant went over all frequent questions that people ask!
  • What kind of foods can I eat after surgery?
    • Cold, soft foods like jello, pudding and cottage cheese
    •  Avoid hard, sharp foods like chips, nuts, and popcorn
  • I just had surgery, and the stitches already came out, is that okay?
    • Unless told otherwise, losing the stitches in not an emergency, they are usually placed to help control bleeding during the surgery. 
  •  How do I avoid a dry socket?
    • Don't smoke
    • Keep the surgery spot clean
    • dont over excert yourself
  • What do i do if the surgery site is still bleeding?
    • Place a small piece of gauze over the extraction site and bite down for 20-30 minutes at a time. 
    • It's not unusual to notice small amounts of blood during the healing process.
  • What about pain management?
    • The dentist usually prescribes a non-narcotic and narcotic pain medication. 
    • The best way to keep pain under control is to alternate the medications.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Massage May Help For TMJ Related Pain

If you suffer from TMJ, Bruxism or a misaligned jaw, you know that the pain associated with it is no joke!  Many people complain of headaches, muscle fatigue and clenching of the jaw.  Chewing food, yawning and sometimes swallowing and talking can be painful. 
As remedies go, what works for some won't always work for others but there is one treatment that seems to get positive reviews all across the board.  Massage!  It is not a cure all for the disease, however it can reduce pain and swelling and make movement of the jaw less painful. 
Look for a massage therapist in your area that is trained for TMJ, or, if you are into the self-care movement, there are plenty of online tutorials that explain how you can do your own massage.  Find something that works for you but always check with your dental provider first!

Keep Smiling!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Take Oral Health To Heart

Valentines's Day isn't the only heat-related holiday celebrated in February! American Heart Month is celebrated every February to raise awareness for heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, but many people don't realize its connection to oral health. The same bad bacteria in your mouth that can cause tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease have been found in the plaques that build up in heart disease patients' arteries and make them more susceptible to heart attacks and strokes.

You can keep your mouth and heart healthy by brushing and flossing, avoiding tobacco products, exercising regularly and eating a diet that is low in cholesterol, fat, and salt!

Infornation is from a flyer I recived from my dentist, Dr. Ghasem K. Darian at Winning Smiles

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Soda Vs. Egg Experiment For Kids

Currently, a Polar Vortex is reeking havoc on the majority of the United States. Schools, State agencies, and major stores have been closed for almost a week due to extreme temperatures.

Kids can get extremely bored being cooped up all day, and I'm sure most parents have pulled out all the stops to keep their kids bordem at an all-time low.

How about learning healthy brushing habits by doing a fun experiment?

Supplies:
  • ADA-accepted toothpaste
  • ADA-accepted toothbrush
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Cup
  • Dark soda or juice 
 Tell your children that they will be doing an experiment to see what happens when the outer shell of the egg is exposed to the soda or juice. *The egg is the replica of a tooth*

  • Submerge the hard-boiled egg into a glass of soda or juice and let it sit overnight. 
    • Take bets on what will happen to the egg.
  •  In the morning remove the egg from the soda or juice and let the children examine the egg. 
    • What's the color look like?
    • Is the egg as hard as it was the night before?
    • Explain that this is what happens to your teeth when you eat/drink sugary products.
  • Now load up the egg with toothpaste and try to scrub away the strains!
Hopefully, this is a fun experiment for the kids and one they will never forget!

The experiment found here!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Is Sedation Dentistry The Right Choice For You?

If you are dental phobic, anxious because you have a long complex procedure ahead of you or are having oral surgery, conscious sedation may just be right for you! What if you could have your dental procedures done while "consciously asleep" and wake up with no memory or trauma whatsoever? It sounds too good to be true but it is becoming a safe and efficient way for a dentist to treat severely anxious or phobic patients.
Conscious sedation allows you to relax in the chair while allowing the dentist to complete long or complex procedures without further distressing you. Now, please don't confuse this with general anesthesia, because it isn't! You will still be able to respond to questions and follow instructions. You will typically still be given local anesthesia such as lidocaine, but won't remember the shot. While you are not actually physically asleep through the procedure, you may think that you were because of the mind-erasing effect.
The process is rather simple. A small pill, such as triazolam, is given approximately an hour before the procedure. More medication may be given depending on the patients response to the first pill. Everyone is different. It is advised to ask someone to drive you to and from the appointment.
Now, keep in mind that not every doctor is able to use this form of sedation. It requires special training and certification.  This includes Cardiac Life Support training to help ensure the safety of the patient in an emergency.
It is becoming a more popular way to treat anxious and fearful patients, but as always, do your homework first. Check the doctors credentials and make sure he/she has had the proper training, or has a qualified, licensed anesthetist on staff.

Now this is something to smile about! So, Keep Smiling!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Hydrogen Peroxide: Benefits For The Mouth

Keeping hydrogen peroxide on hand comes with many other benefits besides cleaning cuts and wounds. Did you know that you can use hydrogen peroxide in your mouth?

Whitening teeth - Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent but not as effective as other whitening methods.

Easing a sore throat - Gargling hydrogen peroxide may ease discomfort by reducing the bacteria count.

Gum Disease - Since hydrogen peroxide contains antibacterial properties, it may help treat gum disease.
When plaque forms on the teeth, it consists of a slimy film of bacteria called biofilm and when hydrogen peroxide is used it releases oxygen that helps destroy that bacteria.

Mouth sores -Like I mentioned above with all of its antibacterial properties, hydrogen peroxide may help treat minor mouth irritations like canker sores and cuts from braces.

Mouthwash - Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water and swish around the mouth.

Disinfectant - That's right, soaking your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide helps kill germs. It also works on retainers and mouth guards!

Here are a few important notes:
*Do not use any type of hydrogen peroxide. Use  3% concentration!
*You may experience foaming in the mouth, don't worry its normal!
*To avoid irritations, limit usage to 1 time a week!


Information found here and here!




Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Interesting Functionality of Taste Buds

When your're taking a bite of a big, juicy burger or sipping on a milkshake, you know one thing... It tastes good, right? Did you ever think about why that is? 


Your tongue and the roof of your mouth are covered in thousands of these tiny little buds. When you eat, your saliva helps break down food. Your taste buds send little messages to your brain which tell you all kinds of information like whether or not the food tastes good, if it's hot, cold, sweet, sour, etc.

Taste buds are most important because they play the biggest part in how we enjoy different foods and flavors. As a child, you would have been more sensitive to different foods because your taste buds were not only on your tongue, but on the roof and the sides of your mouth. As an adult, you may notice that certain foods you were unable to eat as a child taste better. This is because your taste buds are more centered to your tongue area and are now less sensitive.

Here are some tidbits of information about your taste buds:

-Buds that taste bitterness are located at the back of the tongue. Sour taste buds are located on either side of the tongue, with salty/sweet buds on the tip. The center of the tongue does not have many taste buds. There is research that disputes this theory.  Some believe that there are no "zones" in your mouth for sensing specific tastes.  Who knows?  Things (and theories) are always changing!

- The five taste categories are salty, bitter, sweet, sour and umami (savory).

- If you get fat, so does your tongue!  This is believed to be a contributing factor in Sleep Apnea.

- Taste buds are not visible to the naked eye.

-Taste is the weakest of the 5 senses.

- Girls have more taste buds than boys.

-We have approximately 2000-4000 taste buds inside our mouths.

Taste on, and Keep Smiling!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Do You Know How Forensic Dentistry Works? Check This Out!

I personally find it amazing how a forensic dentist can identify a person just by using dental records.

The deceased people who are most often identified through dental records are those who were victims of fires, this is do to the fact that the tooth enamel is hardest substance of the human body and can sustain temperatures of more than 2,000 degrees. Teeth that have been through this kind of heat can be very fragile and could shrink but if used carefully they can still be used in identification.

To identify a person the forensic dentist needs a copy of the deceased persons dental records. In case of multiple people the forensic dentist receives a list of possible dental records and compares them to the teeth in hopes to find a match. A forensic dentist that is working on a corps were the teeth are still in tacked requires them to work in the morgue. The best way to compare teeth is through X-Rays, but sometimes those aren't available, so notation on the members charts can also tell the dentist if they are a match.

Identifying a person without any dental records can be very difficult but things such as broken teeth, missing teeth or anything that may be recognizable by family and friends can be helpful. Also things about a persons lifestyle can be helpful in determining the deceased person such as if they smoked a pipe or was a bagpipe player they will have a distinctive wear pattern.

In addition to dental records, the forensic dentist can pull DNA from the pulp located in the center of the tooth. Unlike the enamel, the pulp can become damaged.

Dental Identification is often the last resort in trying to identify a deceased person.


*Information was found here

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Surprising Uses for Whitening Toothpaste-Who Knew?

Here are five toothpaste "hacks" that may not be commonly known. I may just have to try some of these myself!
  • Remove crayon from painted walls.  All you need is some toothpaste and a damp cloth, buff lightly then rinse the area.  Off it goes!
  • Scuffs on linoleum or tile floors.  Again, just a little toothpaste and a damp cloth.  Works like a charm.
  • Fingernails and Toenails.  This one I wish I had thought of myself!  Wet an old (emphasis on old) toothbrush, add toothpaste and generously apply to fingernails and toenails. Wait a few minutes, then scrub a little bit.  Rinse.  They will look fresh and bright!  It takes away the yellowing effect. Of course it would!  It works on teeth, right? I love this!
  • Clean jewelry.  It shines up diamonds and gold just as good as any jewelry cleaner would, and you already have it in your cabinet.  
  • Headlight haze.  How many of us pay good money to have the headlights treated after yellowing and scratching occurs?  Buff it out with toothpaste. If nothing else, you may be able to put off the expensive treatment for awhile. 
  • Skunk Spray Deodorizer.  Never would have thought of this one! The instructions I read are as follows: If your pet encounters a skunk, try this.  Wet him down, rub toothpaste into his fur, then rinse. Apparently the fluoride helps to eliminate some of the odor.  Not sure about this one.  I'd check with the vet first.  Some toothpaste contains xylitol, which is known to be a health risk for pets.
Enjoy!
Keep Smiling! 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Cold And Flu Remedies Could Effect Your Teeth

Sneezing - check
Coughing - check
Sore Throat - check
Headache - check
Exhausted - check
Feel like crap - check

Yup, you caught a dreaded cold.

There are tones of remedies that you can try to help relieve your symptoms but did you ever think that they may be causing damage to your teeth?

Decongestants:
These help battle runny noses by drying things out, but it can ultimately leave things to dry, like saliva flow. Reduced saliva flow can cause bacterial growth in the mouth, which can cause problems like gum disease and tooth decay...Gross

Cough drops and throat lozenges:
Sugar is the common ingredient in these products, and we all know sugar can lead to tooth decay. So this means, holding it in your mouth for extended periods can cause damage. Try using sugar-free cough drops and lozenges next time.

Cough Syrup:
Cough syrup is sticky and can leave a film on the teeth which can lead to tooth decay. Also, cough syrup contains alcohol which can decrease saliva flow. This makes it hard to wash away the film stuck to your teeth.

Hot Tea:
Yes, drinking hot tea is great to help cure a cold but it still has tooth eroding ingredients.  It is best to drink hot tea through a straw, this minimizes the contact with the teeth.

Orange juice:
Orange juice is rich in Vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system but the acidity can soften tooth enamel.

Even though protecting your teeth is the last thing on your mind when your sick, it will help prevent further damage in the future!


Information found here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Your Fight Against Gum Disease-Think Coenzyme Q-10

I am always looking for natural, effective ways to heal the body without the use of drugs.  I found this while searching for a supplement to help heal gum disease.
Coenzyme Q-10 is essential to the body to help build new cells.  It is a component that can reduce inflammation and assist in healing infection. Gingivitis and Periodontitis are bacterial diseases of the gums.  There are lots of ways to prevent and treat gum disease, such as regular cleanings, scaling, root planing and topical rinses. However, for those who prefer a more holisitc approach, consider Coenzyme
Q-10. 
Here is a link to an article explaining the health benefits of taking a Coenzyme Q-10 supplement.

Always check with your doctor and/or your dentist before taking any supplement, and, as always,
Keep smiling!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Tooth Loss And Premature Aging

Did you know? Having a full set of teeth isn't only essential for a healthy smile - it's also critical to keep you looking young! Tooth loss can age you without immediate treatment. That's because the bone tissue around the missing tooth no longer gets stimulated by chewing, causing the bone, skin, and jaw to deteriorate over time. Even one or two missing teeth can lead to noticeable facial sagging.

The best thing you can do to prevent premature aging due to tooth loss is to see your dentist as soon as possible after you lose a tooth. Depending on the severity of your tooth loss they may recommend a fully customizable dental bridge treatment for one or more missing teeth.

Information is from a flyer my dental office sent to me.
Winning Smiles - Dr. Ghasem Darian

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Digital Dentistry-Advanced Technology At Its Best

Dentistry has never been an exact science, but it's getting closer! With the introduction of digital equipment and qualified personnel to manage it, both doctor and patient are reaping the benefits.  Intra-oral cameras, 3D imagery, and virtual restoration software makes for more precise diagnoses and treatment, meaning less pain and trauma for the patient.
With these advancements it is now possible for the dentist to produce same-day crowns from a 3D digital model of your tooth, using a small square ceramic block.  The computer can match the dimensions exactly. He can create digital dentures. Although these generally cannot be done in a day, the process is definitely more precise.  He can take a digital x-ray or scan of your face and jaw and virtually rebuild your mouth with implants, allowing you to see the finished product on a screen before treatment even begins!  All of this technology comes at a hefty cost, however.  It can cost upwards of $150,000 to $200,000 to equip a dental office with this type of software and machinery. Of course, the cost is passed on to the patient in different ways, but, wouldn't you rather have a well fitting set of dentures as opposed to a loose pair that you can't wear?  Or a crown that fits like the permanent tooth you once had? Or implants that function and feel like a brand new set of natural teeth?  Worth the cost, in my opinion.  Feel free to weigh in! I welcome your opinion.

As Always, Keep Smiling!