Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Keeping Healthy Teeth The Natural Way

For years people have gone the all-natural route instead of pharmaceutical medicines. Today many people turn to herbal remedies for many reasons. A couple being it is cheaper then the alternatives and you are not getting the chemicals found in traditional medicines.

For those of you that drink green tea, did you know it is good for fighting dental cavities by getting rid of bacteria? Apples also help keep bacteria away too. To ease that toothache you may have you can use clove oil, vinegar and also you can place an ice bag on your face wherever the pain is. Those things will help ease your pain until you can get into the dentist. Most people push aside the little parsley that comes on your dinner plate, but if you have somewhere to be after dinner and don’t have time to brush your teeth or any gum on hand eat the parsley and it will do the trick.
To whiten your teeth rub the white inside of an orange rind against your teeth and rinse after a few minutes or you can make a paste using a few strawberries, let it sit for a few minutes then rise with a little baking soda.
Those are just a few examples on how you can use herbal remedies that are all natural and healthy for you.

Keep Smiling! 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Question From Our Member...

Question From Our Member:
B. Scott of Long Island, New York asks: 

I have a strange taste in my mouth and some pain from my tongue.  What could be causing it and what should I do?

Savon’s Answer

After doing some research, here is our best non–medical advice.

The most common causes of pain in the tongue can be from canker sores; cold sores; dehydration; dry mouth; fever (sickness); or thrush.  Thrush can appear as a white lesion that bleeds when scraped or as a red, roundish lesion.

Pain or burning of the tongue can also indicate a vitamin deficiency, such as B12 and/or vitamins B2, B3, B6, and B9.  Other pains in the tongue can be caused by more serious conditions such as oral cancers, which can appear as red and/or white lesions.

Complete loss of taste is called ageusia, partial loss of taste is called hypogeusia, and a distorted sense of taste is called dysgeusia.  The most common cause of strange taste is due to medications.

The most common peculiar taste is a metallic taste, which is associated with some forms of antibiotics, antihistamines, antifungals, antipsychotics, blood pressure medications, diabetes medications, seizure medications, and Parkinson´s disease medications.

Other more common conditions that can change one´s taste are dry mouth, colds or flu, smoking, loss of smell, and nutritional deficiencies (vitamin B12 and zinc).

If a sore does not go away fairly quickly or if you have a change of taste sensation and you are not taking any medications, we strongly suggest that you consult your dentist for an examination as soon as possible.

*The information provided in this answer was derived from “Perio–Implant Advisory”.

**Original post was from our April 2020 Newsletter

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Little Dental Humor To Brighten Your Day!

Some Dental Humor from The Way Back Machine!  We could all use some humor right now.  Thought this was worth re-posting.

Some patients...

Too much flossing...no way

Keep Smiling, everyone! 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Quarantine Dental Activities For Children

The majority of us have been social-distancing for about 2 weeks now and if you have children at home this may "seem" longer! Right now is the perfect time to teach your children about oral health.

Here are a few fun activities that I came across:

1. Toothbrush Painting Teaches Brushing Movements:Cut a tooth shape from a large sheet of white paper. Give your child an old toothbrush and let her dip it into poster paint and brush the paper tooth as if it's her own. Show him how to make movements up and down, back and forth and circularly on the painting. This art project is fun and teaches children the concepts of proper brushing. Please remind young children that old toothbrushes are for painting and not to be put in their mouth. 

2. How Sugar Affects Our TeethWe tell our children not to eat too many sweets because sugar that's not removed by brushing our teeth can cause cavities on the tooth enamel. For a simple experiment at home, submerge a hard-boiled egg (which is made of calcium carbonate similar to an enamel material) into a clear glass of cola or grape juice for 24 hours. Notice the discoloration of the eggshell. Invite your child to gently brush the egg with a toothbrush and toothpaste. As he removes the stain, ask what caused the stain. Now discuss why toothbrushing is so important after eating.

3. Happy Face SnacksMaking happy faces with your food is one of the many dental activities for kids that you can do with your family. Provide a variety of healthy snacks on the table. Give your children a paper plate and challenge them to create a happy face using foods like broccoli florets, carrot coins, orange and apple slices, cauliflower florets, nuts, raisins and popcorn. After they have finished their creation, snap a photo for the memory and let them enjoy their edible art. This is a great time to discuss healthy foods versus junk foods. Ask why your kids think these foods provide healthy teeth and a happy face.

There are also many places online where you can print off dental activities such as coloring pages, crossword puzzles, habit calendar, and etc. 

The activities listed are from Colgate!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Plus Side of a Good Dental Plan!

I read a really good article recently that makes a good argument for Dental Plans! Not directly, of course, but if one considers that dentistry is among the most expensive in terms of healthcare and that there is no regulatory agency that holds dental prices in check, a Dental Plan can be extremely beneficial. Dental insurance companies pay little to nothing and put a cap on your benefits.
Now, when I say Dental Plan, I don't mean the ever growing "in-house" type of plan that some dentists are trying to promote; those will save you very little money overall and if a problem arises...well, where are you going to go? The plan would not be accepted by another facility! No, I'm suggesting a bonafide, BBB accredited discount plan.
Dental plans go far beyond what insurance companies do in terms of savings.  More procedures are covered, there is no limit to benefits, coverage is immediate and there is no waiting 12 months for a large procedure...Seriously, why would one NOT consider a dental plan? Do your homework, but at least check it out. You'll find that the savings and a small investment for a membership are well worth the effort, especially now, in an uncertain market.  Everyone needs dental work at some point.  Be prepared with a good dental plan.

Don't wait for a toothache!!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Are You A Diabetic?

If your answer is yes, you need to read this article "Brushing 3 times a day may cut diabetes risk" by Melissa Busch, Drbicuspid.com assistant editor. 

March 10, 2020 -- Want to lower your risk of developing diabetes? Brush your teeth. Brushing teeth at least three times per day was linked to lowering a person's risk of developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published March 2 in Diabetologia.

Individuals with dental disease and many missing teeth significantly increased their risks of developing the life-threatening disease, further emphasizing the importance of good oral hygiene, according to the researchers.

"The frequency of toothbrushing was associated with a decreased risk of new-onset diabetes, and the presence of periodontal disease and missing teeth may augment the risk of new-onset diabetes," wrote the authors, led by Yoonkyung Chang, MD, of the neurology department at Ewha Womans University College of Medicine Mokdong Hospital in Seoul, South Korea.

Inflammatory reactions are an important cause of diabetes because it increases insulin resistance and endothelial cell dysfunction. Like diabetes, periodontal disease affects many in the general population. Since periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene can provoke transient infection and systemic inflammation, the authors hypothesized that periodontal disease and oral hygiene indicators would be associated with the occurrence of new cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Researchers collected data on about 188,000 patients from the National Health Insurance System-Health Screening Cohort (NHIS-HEALS) in Korea, dating back between 2003 and 2006. They looked at oral hygiene behaviors, such as the number of times they brushed their teeth and when and why they visited dentists, as well as dental records.
An analysis of the data showed that about 1 in 6 of the included subjects had periodontal disease. About 31,500 people had diabetes when follow-ups were conducted 10 years later, according to the study authors.

Using computer modeling and after adjusting for patient demographics, including age, sex, and blood pressure, physical activity, alcohol consumption, smoking status, vascular risk factors, and history of cancer, the researchers determined that individuals who brushed their teeth at least three or more times per day reduced their risks of developing diabetes by 8%.
On the flip side, dental disease was associated with a 9% increased risk of developing diabetes, while those who had at least 15 missing teeth had a 21% increased risk, the findings showed.

The authors noted multiple study limitations, including that the results couldn't be generalized to other ethnicities because the participants in this study were Korean. Also, there may be recall bias because participants self-reported their oral hygiene indicators.
While the results did not reveal the exact mechanism connecting oral hygiene to the development of diabetes, it showed that toothbrushing likely plays a role in it.

"Improving oral hygiene may be associated with a decreased risk of occurrence of new-onset diabetes," the authors wrote.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Do You Know How Many Types of Teeth Humans Have?

We have four different types of teeth, and each has a different function:

Incisors (Front Teeth) for cutting off bites of food.

Cuspids (sometimes called canines because of their long sharp points) for tearing food.

Bicuspids (with two points) to tear and crush food

Molars with large relatively flat surfaces to crush and grind food.

Now that you know each of your teeth serves a purpose,  be sure to take care of them with check-ups at least twice a year. (:  

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Chipped Tooth?

The majority of us will chip a tooth at some point during our life, and if you have done so already, you know that it can be a painful and a hassle.

Luckily there are a few options for fixing a chipped tooth:
  • Dental Bonding - If the chipped tooth is very minimal, dental bonding (filling) can do the trick! Typically this doesn't require numbing and can be fixed in one visit. 
  • Crowns - Crowns are usually needed for significant chips. This option usually takes two appointments. The first appointment the dentist will take an impression of the tooth and they will send you home with a temporary crown while the real crown is made. At the second appointment,  your dentist will cement on the permanent crown.
  • Veneers - These are thin porcelain shells that are attached to the natural tooth, to improve the appearance of your smile. Some people opt to fix just the chipped tooth but others choose to get veneers on all of their front teeth. Veneers usually take two appointments. The first appointment your dentist will reshape (trim the enamel) your natural tooth, take impressions and color match your teeth. Your dentist may or may not send you home with temporary veneers. At the second appointment, which will be about 2-4 weeks later your dentist will cement the permanent veneers on. 
Always ask your dentist for their professional opinion on which option is the best for you!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Go Ahead, Enjoy Your Cheese!

Have you ever read the book "Who Moved My Cheese"? (If you haven't it is a great book, I definitely recommend.) Well, for those of you who want to protect from cavities, that phrase could become common in your household.

A study that was published in the June 2013 issue of Journal of General Dentistry reveals that cheese increases the dental plaque pH level of the mouth above 5.5 which, in essence, reduced the chances of that person getting a cavity. This does not apply to all dairy products. Milk and sugar free yogurt were also used in the study. Those results showed no change in the dental plaque pH level, which doesn't hurt your mouth or put you at risk, but it doesn't help it either. 

So, why cheese? Let me explain. The study suggests that it has to do with saliva. Saliva creates and maintains the acidity level in your mouth. The increased chewing motion of eating the cheese creates more saliva. Combine that with the vitamins, nutrients and other compounds in cheese that can stick to the tooth enamel and the result you get is better protection against cavities.

Of course, we all know that the BEST way to protect from cavities and other dental related problems is to maintain good oral health practices and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

But, go ahead, enjoy your cheese!

Sources: Journal of General Dentistry, May/June 2013 Issue
              Science Daily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605130118.htm

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Can Vaping Cause Periodontal Disease?

Do you vape or smoke e-cigarettes? If so, you may be at risk of periodontal disease. 

Check out the article below: Vaping changes oral microbiome, increases perio risk, by Tony Edwards (DrBicuspid.com contributor writer)

Vaping changes a user's oral microbiome and makes the mouth more prone to inflammation and periodontal disease, according to a new study by researchers from the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry.
The altered microbiome in e-cigarette users influenced their immune environment compared with nonsmokers and cigarette smokers in the in vitro study, the researchers reported in iScience (February 26, 2020). They found that two cytokines involved in inflammatory responses (IL-6 and IL1β) were elevated in e-cigarette users.
"Our study suggests that vaping electronic cigarettes causes shifts in the oral environment and highly influences the colonization of complex microbial biofilms, which raises the risk for oral inflammation and infection," stated Deepak Saxena, PhD, a professor of basic science and craniofacial biology and a senior author of the study, in an NYU press release.
The mouth contains microbes that can influence the respiratory and digestive systems. While cigarette smoking increases the risk of periodontitis and other oral health issues, less is known about the effects of e-cigarettes or vaping.
E-cigarettes are defined as a handheld device in which a user inhales nicotine as a vapor. These devices were initially touted as an alternative to traditional cigarettes and a way to help smokers stop smoking. However, there are increasing reports of illness or deaths from these devices, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its initial recommendations for healthcare providers on how to deal with vaping-associated illness.
The researchers studied the oral microbiome of 119 patients (39 who had never smoked, 40 who smoked cigarettes, and 40 who used vaping devices). Almost 80% of those who smoked in the study were men, while the percentage of women in the never-smokers group was almost 44%. Participants exclusively using e-cigarettes vaped an average of 0.5 e-cigarettes per day, whereas participants exclusively using combustible cigarettes smoked an average of 11 cigarettes per day.
The researchers used a sequencing technique to profile the microorganisms in the mouths of participants. They reported that the microorganisms found varied, with the e-cigarette users having an abundance of Porphyromonas bacteria, while an increase in Veillonella bacteria was found in both e-cigarette and cigarette users.
Periodontal disease or infection was significantly higher among cigarette smokers (73%), followed by e-cigarette users (43%) and nonsmokers (28%). While bleeding on probing followed the same order (cigarette smokers, vapers, nonsmokers), the researchers reported that this result showed no statistical significance.
"The predominance of these periodontal pathogens in the mouths of e-cigarette users and traditional smokers is a reflection of compromised periodontal health," stated Xin Li, PhD, an associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology at the NYU College of Dentistry and also a senior author of the study, in the release.
Cytokines IL-6 and IL1β were highly elevated in e-cigarette users, the researchers found. They also reported that e-cigarette aerosols made cells prone to bacterial infection, which points to a greater risk for infection in e-cigarette users.
The authors listed the in vitro study design, with cell culture models using oral pathogens, as a study limitation. They also recommended using additional intracellular pathogens such as Listeria for future studies.
Nevertheless, the researchers concluded that vaping changes the oral environment.
"Our study suggests that vaping electronic cigarettes causes shifts in the oral environment and highly influences the colonization of complex microbial biofilms, which raises the risk for oral inflammation and infection," Saxena stated.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Modern Advancements in Dental Xray Technology

The advancement in x-ray technology is nothing short of amazing. The old days of having to hand develop the images, use lighting boards and wait a while are long past us.

Digital x-rays today are quicker, clearer, readily available at any time and more accurate than ever before. Almost every dental center is now using them. The feedback that I have received from the dentists about them have been great. It really makes their job easier and making tracking the treatment progress easier as well.

For the patient it is less intrusive, the process is quicker and they have the peace of mind that their dentist is getting the best image possible of their teeth and mouth. Not to mention that the dental office now has the ability to save multiple x-rays electronically that will not fade or get damaged over time from being placed in a file.  As I write this, no doubt the process is being improved upon as technology advances. 

Just another reason to keep smiling!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Prevent The Flu By Starting With Your Toothbrush

Flu season is upon us again, we are constantly washing our hands to prevent the spread of germs. But it is JUST as important to pay attention to your toothbrush.

Here are some helpful tips that could help prevent you from catching that nasty flu:
  • Replace your toothbrush about every 2-3 months. If you already have a cold replace the brush once you feel better.  
  • Sterilize the toothbrush, this should be done about once a week. If someone in the household is sick you may want to do this twice a week. The best way to sterilize the toothbrush is by running it through the dishwasher when you do a load of dishes. If you don't have a dishwasher, place your toothbrush in a microwave-safe dish and fill it up with about 2-3 inches of water and bring to a boil for 3-4 minutes.
  • Store your toothbrush away from others, use a toothbrush cover if possible and always store it upright. Also try to use your own toothpaste, because if the bristles touch the toothbrush of others you are spreading germs from one person to another.
Good dental habits are very important to a healthy body. Take care during this flu season!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Say Cheese...

Excuse me, do you have a moment to talk about cheese? I sure hope so because what I am about to tell you is interesting!

We all know that cheese is a great source of calcium and protein but did you know that cheese is actually good for your teeth?

Check out this article "Is cheese Good for Your Teeth?"  by Hygienist Rachel Nicholson-Moriarity as she will explain the dental benefits of eating cheese!

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. 

Image result for mountain dew mouth
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