Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Colors & Themes Really Make A Difference In A Dental Office

Have you ever wondered why your dental office is decorated a certain way...or maybe why it isn't?  The fact is, color can make a waiting room or an operatory look inviting, or make you want to turn and run!  Imagine that you walked in to a dental office for the first time and the walls were say, a dark shade of ming orange and the chairs were red.  You might immediately turn around and head for the door and see that the accent wall is, eeek!  A deep shade of purple.  Now there is a dentist in serious need of a decorator!
So, would you immediately distrust that dentist?  He or she may be the best technical dentist in the state, but the fact is, color speaks volumes to a patient in a waiting room, and first impressions are everything. There is actually a psychology to color in the medical/dental world.
Green, in pale variations, is a relaxing color.  Seafoam is very popular and is also relaxing.  Blue denotes honesty and security and softer shades of pink and mauve are calming. In contrast, red in darker shades is an angry color...it can enhance an already bad mood, or make an anxious patient more anxious. The idea is that it should be inviting and you should have a sense of being in good hands immediately when you walk in.
Now, that is not to say that you should turn and run if the colors are wrong, but in case you ever wondered why you may feel a certain way or get a certain impression when you walk in to a dental facility, it could be the decor!

Keep smiling!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Cigarette Butts...

Did you know that there are approximately one billion smokers around the world? Crazy, right!

Let's think about how many cigarettes that equals. According to smoking statistics from around the world, about 6.5 trillion cigarettes are sold yearly and that breaks down to 18 billion cigarettes a day!

As we all know, second-hand smoke can cause major health issues but have you ever wondered if cigarette butts are dangerous? Me either, until I read an article called "No butts about it: Used cigarettes emit toxins, study finds" by Melissa Busch. Click here to read this interesting article!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Broken Bridgework - Get it Fixed ASAP!

I had a friend who recently went to the dentist with severe pain in the area of her bridge. This pain had been present for a couple years but only when she chewed, so she didn't think much of it. Eventually it got worse and worse until the pain was unbearable, she was sick, her face was swollen and she couldn't eat.

Well, it turns out that for 2 years the bridge was actually broken. There was decay in a tooth underneath her bridge allowing for trapped food to get in which lead to a major infection. This made her really sick.
After almost 3 hours in the dentist chair and some oral surgery, they finally got her taken care of and had a new bridge on its way for her.

Just because a crown, implant or bridge is not "real" per-say, doesn't mean that it can be ignored if something goes wrong with it. It should be treated and maintained just like a real tooth at all times.

If you have questions as to how to properly care for your bridge, be sure to consult with your dentist.

Keep Smiling!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Determine Your Overall Health Just By Looking At Your Tongue!

Have you ever took a good look at your tongue? Me either!

Even though the tongue is one of the strongest muscles in the body and allows us to swallow, it plays an important role in our health.

With that being said, it's time to go look in the mirror and open wide!

If you notice any of the following, see your dentist as soon as possible.

White Coating: This could mean you have oral thrush commonly know as a yeast infection. This is where the genus candida develops on the mucous membrane.
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White Patches: A condition called Leukoplakia, which leaves thick white patches on the tongue. This is often seen in people who smoke and chew tobacco.
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Black Hairy Tongue: Yes, this is a real thing! This condition is temporary and harmless, it just gives the tongue a dark, furry appearance. This is just a collection of dead cells that are stained by tobacco use, dark-colored drinks and foods. Treatment is easy, just a good brushing and tongue scraping does the trick!
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Overly Red Tongue: The symptoms are common to Kawasaki disease. Kawasaki disease is the inflammation in the blood vessels causing swelling and redness. This could be due to low levels of Vitamin B12. This can be easily added to your daily routine!

Irregular Red Bumpy Patches: This can be a sign that you have a fever...Get out that thermometer and double-check!

Tender Tongue: This could be a sign of a food allergy or the dreaded canker sore is about to appear.

*All pictures were found on google*

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Do You Grind Your Teeth? Know These Facts!

I suffer from bruxism.....I have for many years now, and I thought I'd do a little research and blog about it because it affects your body in so so many ways. First, you should know that it is an unconscious, involuntary thing. When you are unconsciously grinding your teeth (clenching while awake, clenching and grinding while you are asleep) you are putting up to ten times the force on your teeth and jaws than when you are chewing food! Many people don't even realize they're doing it, and consequently, suffer from unexplained problems such as jaw pain, muscle fatigue, headaches, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, TMJ and a variety of other conditions, aside from the fact that it can fracture, shorten and cause your teeth to loosen, erode and decay.

The long term effects of bruxism are distressing because it can actually change your physical appearance! It can cause bags under the eyes, enlargement of the muscles around the joints of the jaw and curling of the skin around the lips. There are devices (night orthotics) that dentists can make for you to wear when you're sleeping to prevent this damage from happening. If you suspect that you are having this problem, ask your dentist today about a diagnosis and a night orthotic device to help correct the problem before it does long term damage.

Keep Smiling!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Questions From Our Members - Sleep Apnea

Question from our member:

D. Davis of Newport Beach, California asks: 

“I am an obese man with sleep apnea.  My doctor has suggested that trimming my tongue fat may help with my sleep apena.  Is there any truth to this?”

Savon’s Answer:

Yes, it does appear that reducing tongue fat may help clear up obstructive sleep apena.  In a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, researchers used a M.R.I. to measure the effect of weight loss on the upper airway in obese patients. They found that a reduction in tongue fat lessened the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) symptoms.

About 22 million Americans have sleep apnea, which can be a potentially fatal health condition.  Not only does it disrupt your sleep, it can increase your risk for high blood pressure and stroke.

Obesity is the primary risk factor for developing sleep apnea, but a recessed jaw or large tonsils can also be the cause.

Original post is from out February 2020 Newsletter!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

CBD Oil for TMJ and Related Pain

There are many causes of TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Pain) but it seems the most common occurrence is pain. Studies have shown that by treating the causes of TMJ, pain can be greatly reduced or even alleviated.  One of the chief causes of TMJ is bruxism, or teeth grinding.  This can happen as a result of whiplash, misalignment of teeth, stress, anxiety and a variety of other reasons. It can cause damage to the teeth, headache, tinnitus and pain, among other things, over time.  It has been suggested that CBD oil (Cannabinoids) can help relieve the painful symptoms of TMJ by reducing stress, anxiety and relaxing muscles; thereby relieving pain.
Click here to read an interesting article about TMJ and treatment with CBD oil for relief without side effects!

Keep Smiling!!!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Soda Vs. Teeth

Starting at a young age we are told "stay away from sugary drinks, they are bad for your teeth". As a kid, you probably thought "yeah right" and now you are wishing you had listened to your parents.

Did you know that citrus-flavored sodas are the worst for your teeth? with that being said...Mountain Dew is the worst type  and it can cause "mountain dew mouth"  if you drink enough of it. 

Mountain Dew mouth is said to mostly affect the Appalachia region of the United States due to the poverty levels. About 98% of the people who live in this region suffer from tooth decay before the age of 44.

If you are a Mountain Dew drinker, you should rinse your mouth out with water after every can, bottle or cup of Mountain Dew. Also, continue to brush and floss twice a day and see your dentist every 6 months for professional cleanings. 

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Picture is from google images'

Information found here!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Aches And Pains In The Jaw - It Could Be TMJ!

Also known as TMJ, this disorder has a series of problems that go along with it. Your aches and pains might actually indicate Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.

The following are some of the symtoms associated with TMJ:

1. Misaligned teeth (an incorrect bite will affect the jaw.)
2. A 'clicking' or 'grinding' sound when you open or close your mouth.
3. A ringing or aching in and around the ear.
4. A pain or tenderness of the hard or soft tissue in the jaw area.
5. Facial pain.
6. Aches or pains when chewing or swallowing.
7. Headaches.
8. A 'locking' jaw joint.
9. A shoulder and/or neck ache.

Although any of these signs and symptoms could be a Temporomandibular Joint Problem, it takes a health care professional that is trained in that specific area to diagnose a TMJ problem. If you think you may have TMJ, discuss all of your symptoms with your dentist or your personal care physician.  It is a treatable disorder.  There is no need to suffer!

Keep smiling!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Tooth Cupping

Have you ever heard of tooth cupping (dental cupping or dental potholes)? Good, neither have I!

What is tooth cupping?

Tooth cupping happens when the enamel and dentin that protects the outside of your teeth have worn down (erosion) causing concave dents within your teeth.

What causes tooth cupping?

There are many factors that can cause enamel erosion, some include:
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Excessive soft drink consumption
  • Juice
  • Dry mouth
  • Poor diet
  • Medications

Depending on the severity, your dentist may suggest one of the following to prevent further damage:
  • Low: left alone
  • Medium: small amount of compost restoration (filling) 
  • Critical: crown  
If you notice start to notice any concave dents, consult with dentist for further treatment options!

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*Picture is from google images*

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tips for Better Dental Health in Dogs

This is one area that is the most neglected when it comes to a dogs health.  Tooth decay and gum disease can lead to a variety of health problems for your pet, such as infection and malnutrition.

Here are some useful tips to help you maintain your dogs oral health. 

Do The Breath Test

Sniff your dog’s breath. If it smells bad and is accompanied by a loss of appetite, vomiting or excessive urinating, might be a good idea to take your dog to the vet.

Check Under Lips
Check your dog’s gums often looking to make sure they are pink, not white or red. His teeth should be clean, without any brownish tartar.

Signs of Oral Disease
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Inflamed gums
  • Tumors in the gums
  • Cysts under the tongue
  • Loose teeth
Chewy Treats
They now make healthy chew treats that focus on dental health for dogs of all sizes. Dogs need to chew in order to keep their teeth strong.  Just make sure you buy a size that is appropriate for your dog!

Chew Toys
They not only satisfy your dog’s desire to chomp, they also help make his teeth strong. They can help massage his gums and keep soft tartar off his teeth.

Original post by btflbutterfly
Edited by walnutflwr 10/29/14

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Dry Socket Remedies

If you have ever suffered from a dry socket you know how painful they can be. Luckily, there are a few home remedies to help alleviate the pain until you are able to see your dentist.

  • Clove Oil: Apply 1-2 drops of clove oil onto a gauze pad and place it on the site of the extraction. Clove oil contains antimicrobial and antiseptic properties along with eugenol to help relive pain.
  • Salt Water Rinse: Rinsing with warm salt water helps reduce swelling and helps prevent bacteria from forming.
  • Honey: Soak a sterile piece of gauze in honey and dab it gently onto the extraction site. Honey contains antibacterial properties that may help protect against infections.
  • Turmeric: A mixture of turmeric and mustard oil has been proven to reduce pain and discomfort.
  • Green or Black Tea: Soak a tea bag in hot water, remove and let it cool. Once the tea bag is cool place over the extraction site. Tea's contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Aloe Vera: Apply a small amount of aloe to the extraction site. Aloe contains antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, it also contains collagen which promotes faster wound healing.
Remember these are just a few remedies to help manage the pain until you can see your dentist. It's important to have your dentist take care of the dry socket because they will remove any debris that are in the extraction area. They also have medication that they will "stuff" into the hole to help promote faster healing. You may be asked to come back for check ups until the socket begins to heal. 

Information found here!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Some Dental Randomness...Fun Facts!

More endless research on the internet turned up these interesting trivial facts!
  • In the year 1900, the tooth fairy would leave approximately 12 cents. In the year 1998, one dollar. Imagine, at the current rate of inflation....the year 2020...NICE! $$$$$
  • You cannot conceal your smoking habit with mouthwash or brushing before a visit! That's right, your dentist knows :).....Apparently, the smoke residue seeps into the tissue surrounding your gums....
  • You would need to have more than 300 amalgam fillings to even come close to the amount of mercury that is considered dangerous.
  • 100 years ago, 50% of adults in North America were toothless!
  • The first electric toothbrush was introduced in 1939.
  • The antibacterial properties in Black and Green Tea CAN help prevent cavities.
  • Chewing gum that contains Xylitol can help prevent cavities by reducing the bad bacteria in your mouth!
  • Mouthwashes containing alcohol are only temporarily effective, and the alcohol dries out your mouth.
  • Snails have teeth! Thousands of them....
  • Turtles are toothless!
  • You will get more radiation from an hour in the sun than from a dental x-ray.
One more....this one is great!
  • A survey once done by Time Magazine concluded that 59% of Americans would prefer to sit in a dentist's chair than to sit next to someone on a cell phone!
Enjoy, and Keep Smiling!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

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