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By Joel Snyder 20 Jun, 2017
Over the years, I have treated family and friends going through cancer therapy. The symptoms
and side effects of the disease and its treatment can cause physical and oral changes that affect
how you feel and live. The following information is meant for these patients with head and neck
cancer and their caregivers understand and cope with the management of their oral care.

You are welcome to request my whitepaper for more information, call for consultation, or schedule a pre-treatment examination.
---Katharine Jones DDS
By Danielle Burgess 09 Jun, 2017
A person's dazzling smile can provide a lasting impression. Having yellow teeth, missing teeth, or tooth decay can also leave a lasting impression, but not in the way you want it to. 3 million people have dental implants and that number is growing by five hundred thousand a year! Opting for teeth implants not only improve your overall appearance but they can also provide improved speech, self-esteem, ease with eating, and improved oral health. Finding a dental office that has the experience, reputation, and dentists with the expertise needed for this procedure is a must! When you find a dental office that has these qualifications make sure you know what to expect, and go in prepared with questions and concerns. 

Here is a quick dental implants 101 lesson to get you started!

What are dental implants exactly? The definition (according to WEBMD) is: "Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth." A dental implant is made to look, feel, fit and function like a natural tooth when implanted by an experienced cosmetic dentist. To determine if implants are right for you, a consultation with your dentist is needed. During this appointment, your teeth and gums will be thoroughly examined and evaluated. Anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Smokers have a high risk of an unsuccessful implant, so if you're not willing to quit you may want to consider other options. Also, if you have any oral health issues unrelated to the missing teeth, decay or gum disease, they will need to be taken care of first as they can make treatment less effective in the long run. 

The most common dental implant is Osseointegration. This is a process in which the dental implant anchors to the jaw bone. It can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to anchor and heal, and can also be performed in one sitting. Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved especially with local anesthesia. WEBMD states that "patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction." Once the implant is in, the soreness can be taken care of with an over the counter medication. It is recommended that 5-7 days after surgery, your diet should be restricted to soft foods only. If stitches are present, they may need to be removed at the dentist office during a follow up visit. 

Dental implants are extremely durable and while they may need periodic adjustments they can last a lifetime. It is even the preferred option over dentures or a tooth supported bridge. Once you have found your preferred dental office be sure to inquire about the types of dental implants, the aftercare needed (it is based on the individual), and whether or not you're eligible! It is a life changing procedure that can change your smile and self-esteem forever! Now that you know the dental implant basics, what are you waiting for?
By Joel Snyder 13 Apr, 2017

Many people know that poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even lost teeth. But are you aware that failing to brush or visit the dentist regularly also can lead to more serious health issues? According to Colgate, recent research suggests that there may be an association between oral infections, particularly gum disease, and cardiovascular disease and preterm birth.

A healthy mouth is good for more than just a pretty smile. Oral health can affect the entire body, making dental care more than just a cosmetic concern.

Many people know that poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even lost teeth. But are you aware that failing to brush or visit the dentist regularly also can lead to more serious health issues? According to Colgate, recent research suggests that there may be an association between oral infections, particularly gum disease, and cardiovascular disease and preterm birth. Gum disease also may make diabetes more difficult to control, since infections may cause insulin resistance and disrupt blood sugar.

Your mouth also can serve as an infection source elsewhere in the body. Bacteria from your mouth can enter the bloodstream through infection sites in the gums. If your immune system is healthy, there should not be any adverse effects. However, if your immune system is compromised, these bacteria can flow to other areas of the body where they can cause infection. An example of this is oral bacteria sticking to the lining of diseased heart valves.

Other links have been found between oral health and overall health. In 2010, researchers from New York University who reviewed 20 years of data on the association concluded that there is a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the UK also found a correlation. Analysis showed that a bacterium called "Porphyromonas gingivalis" was present in brains of those with Alzheimer's disease but not in the samples from the brains of people who did not have Alzheimer's. The P. gingivalis bacterium is usually associated with chronic gum disease and not dementia.

Researchers also have found a possible link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. Harvard researchers found that men with a history of gum disease had a 64 percent increased risk of pancreatic cancer compared with men who had never had gum disease, based on studies of men from 1986 through 2007.

While oral health issues may lead to other conditions over time, symptoms also may be indicative of underlying conditions of which a person is unaware. Inflammation of gum tissue may be a warning sign of diabetes. Oral problems, such as lesions in the mouth, may indicate the presence of HIV/AIDS. Dentists may be the first people to diagnose illnesses patients don't even know they have.

An important step in maintaining good overall health is to include dental care in your list of preventative measures. Visit the dentist for biannual cleanings or as determined by the doctor. Do not ignore any abnormalities in the mouth. Maintain good oral hygiene at home by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once per day. Mouthwashes and rinses also may help keep teeth and gums healthy.

Oral health and other systems of the body seem to be linked. Taking care of your teeth promotes overall health. 

By Joel Snyder 20 Dec, 2016

A brilliant smile, fresh breath -- and the ability to sip a frozen margarita or two without any unnecessary pain -- are the best case scenarios when it comes to oral health, right? "There are three key factors that affect the health and appearance of our teeth: oral health routine, diet and lifestyle choices," Cosmetic dentist and Philips Zoom ambassador Dr Luke Cronin from Quality Dental said.

"Make sure you clean your teeth regularly and effectively, this means morning and night for around two minutes. Electric toothbrushes are clinically proven to remove more plaque than manual brushing. You should also floss every day, flossing removes the food particles and subsequent plaque that can get lodged between teeth that cannot be reached by your toothbrush. The final element of good oral health -- and a great smile -- is regular check-ups and cleans at the dentist."

1. Plaque Problems

"In the absence of effective daily brushing and flossing, plaque build up will occur on your teeth and below the gum-line. Bacteria then forms, which can lead to decay of the tooth's external enamel and other dental problems such as gum disease," Dr Cronin said. "A worst-case scenario is where tooth decay and/or gum disease is undetected or ignored, the structure of the tooth and the surrounding tissues are damaged to the extent that teeth either fall out or have to be removed."

2. Gum Disease

While teeth are the stars of the show when it comes to oral healthcare, our gums need TLC too. Dr Dunn -- who is Macquarie Centre's principal dentist and a Philips Sonicare ambassador -- explained that there are generally no painful symptoms until late on, so patients are often left unaware of the damage being done to their gums. "A patient may notice red and puffy gums (gingivitis) which may bleed from brushing and flossing, leading patients to shy away from effective cleaning," he said. "If left untreated, the gingivitis can progress into periodontal or gum disease. This causes teeth loosening/loss in susceptible people, due to the disease progressing into the supporting bone surrounding the teeth." Dr Dunn advises regular check ups and early intervention to aim to halt the effects of gum disease.

3. Mouth Ulcers

Not many of us haven't felt the uncomfortable sting of a mouth ulcer from time to time. So what causes them? "Ulcer's usually form from minor injuries to the mouth, including those suffered as a result of hard brushing, certain trigger foods including acidic fruits, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, allergies, braces, stress or as a result of a bacterial, viral or fungal infection,' said Dr Dunn."Some are due to generalized medical conditions including auto-immune diseases," Dr Dunn explained that ulcers present as painful lesions to the mouth tissue, on the cheek or gums. The best way to avoid ulcers is, well, avoidance and sleep. "Avoid known acidic trigger foods, follow a balanced and healthy diet, and get enough sleep - plus good oral hygiene is essential," Dr Dunn said.

4. Dental Cavities

If giving up sugar entirely isn't doable -- and we all know how hard it is to avoid office donut time -- then minimise the harm. "Regular consumption of food and beverages that are high in sugar causes the most damage to your teeth. When sugar is consumed it interacts with the bacteria that naturally occurs within the mouth," said Dr Cronin. "The bacteria feeds on the sugar to produce acids that attack the tooth's enamel, if teeth are not regularly cleaned these acids create holes or cavities in the tooth."

Dr Cronin's advice? If you do indulge in a sugary treat or a soft drink, it's worth taking the time to clean your teeth soon afterwards, or rinse your mouth out with water to remove any sugar that is sticking to the surface of your teeth. "Saliva and fluoride both contain minerals that help repair weakened enamel however they will only do so much to counter the effects of sugar on your teeth," Dr Cronin explained.

5. Discolouration In Teeth

You may not be able to start your day without a latte or two but it's not doing anything to help keep. But there are actually ways to regime an holistic boost -- and naturally whiten your teeth too? Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice done in conjunction with your usual brush and floss routine -- and can whiten teeth more gently. Miranda Kerr is a fan. So what is it?

"Oil pulling is a powerful detoxifying remedy that can help whiten teeth, freshen breath and prevent gums from bleeding," Cocowhirl founder Denise Gribben said.

Oil pulling involves swirling an organic coconut oil around the teeth and gums -- for up to 20 minutes on an empty stomach -- in order to draw out the toxins. The oil's natural antiobiotic and antiviral properties can brighten and clean the teeth.

If alternative methods aren't for you, Dr Cronin suggests, "your best bet is to have a regular clean at your local dentist to remove staining and stubborn plaque build-up."

6. Halitosis

Rachel Hall runs an holistic fresh breath clinic. She's seen -- and smelt -- it all when it comes to halitosis. "There are a surprising number of non dental causes of bad breath," Hall said. "Medications can cause dry mouth and without enough saliva, food particles and bacteria can stay on the teeth. Sinus infections, mouth breathing and some gut bacteria can cause bad breath too. To find out honestly if your breath is less than fresh, lick your wrist, let it dry for 10 seconds and then smell it."

If you don't like what you smell, there are simple ways to fix it. Hall suggests brushing and flossing (you can now also try interdental cleaners) regularly, buying a tongue scraper and using it daily, drinking more water and even using a saltwater gargle to keep your throat and tonsil area clean. "Chewing sugar free gum can help combat bad breath too. To care for your breath holistically, keep fit, get plenty of sleep and avoiding sugar with reduce inflammation in the body which means your mouth will naturally be healthier and fresher," Hall said.


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By Joel Snyder 09 Dec, 2016

There's nothing more aggravating or borderline debilitating than tooth irritation. And along with the pesky   pain   comes the daunting reality that you could have a dentist appointment in your near future involving Novocaine, a root canal, and a 3-day recovery. But before you call out of work, line up your Netflix queue, and beg a friend to come over for support, it's important to consider the many reasons why that   pain coming from your pearly whites might not be cavity-related at all.

"Toothache or tooth pain can be the result of a myriad of causes other than a simple   cavity," says Gerry Curatola, dentist and founder of   Rejuvenation Dentistry   and   RealSelf   advisor. "That's why it's important to be discerning and attentive to what type of pain it is, where it's coming from, and when it's happening."

To help you pinpoint the issue, here's the lowdown on the other reasons you might be experiencing dental discomfort.

1. You brush too hard and it's led to gum recession.
Of course you want to get those puppies as clean as a whistle, but applying too much pressure or   brushing too aggressively   can actually lead to more problems—and pain. "Doing this wears away at the actual tooth structure, as well as the recession of the gums that normally covers the root of the tooth," says Ira Handschuh, dentist at the Dental Design Center in White Plains, NY. You may notice extreme sensitivity to eating and drinking cold items, which is due to your root structure being more exposed. While you can't "undo" the damage caused by overbrushing, you can make an appointment with your dentist, who can place tooth-colored fillings on the areas where the tooth has worn away, says Handschuh. "Sometimes even placing a gum graft to build the gums back to the height they were originally is also possible," he says. Your best bet to avoid this fate altogether: Invest in a high quality electronic toothbrush or a manual extra-soft bristled brush, and dial back the pressure.

2. You have a gum infection.

If you've been told that you have   periodontal (gum) disease, you're far from alone. In fact, nearly half of the US adult population 30 and older has mild, moderate, or severe periodontitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But even if you're lucky enough to not have it, you can still contract a gum infection. "This occurs when germs or bacteria enter the teeth or gum area and multiply to a point where the body cannot fight off the bad bacteria," says Melissa Thompson, a Massachusetts-based dentist and owner of three Aspen Dental practices. "The infection may cause pain or swelling, a small pimple above the tooth or area, the release of pus, or even a bad taste in the mouth." As soon as you notice any of these signs, it's best to get to your dentist's office, stat. "Gum infection may lead to an abscess, which can cause even worse pain," says Handschuh. "Your dentist will have to clean out the gum region around the infected tooth and prescribe antibiotics and oral rinses immediately."

3. You've experienced tooth trauma.
You might be thinking that, if this were the case, you'd know right away, but surprisingly, tooth trauma can be the result of an incident that happened many years ago. "This can entail anything from falling and hitting the teeth, being in a car accident where there's a force to the mouth or jaw, or even chewing on some type of food that traumatizes the tooth," says Handschuh. Along with tooth trauma or a tooth fracture comes increased pain and   sensitivity when chewing, which causes the tooth to   flex   and irritates the nerve endings within the tooth.

"If a patient were to fall and hit or damage a tooth, their dentist would need to keep watch on that tooth with regular follow-ups and x-rays to make sure there's no infection and also that the nerve inside the tooth is not dying," says Thompson. If the tooth has died as a result of trauma, signs would include discoloration on the outside of the tooth and temperature sensitivity. "A root canal and crown is typically the treatment recommended for a dead tooth, and, if the tooth needed to be removed, implanting a bridge or removable appliance such as a partial denture would be the next step," she says.

4. You have a severe sinus infection.

Especially during allergy and flu season, a   sinus infection   may creep up in a way that doesn't even feel like a normal one. "Since the roots of certain teeth actually sit right by the sinuses, the pressure from a sinus infection actually mirrors tooth pain," says Handschuh. "Instead of dental treatment, one would need medication like a decongestant and possible antibiotic prescribed by her family physician."

5. You grind or clench your teeth while sleeping.
Maybe a significant other has already clued you into the fact that you have this habit, but it can cause more than just annoyance to your bed partner. "In some cases,   chronic teeth grinding   can result in a fractured or loose tooth," says Handschuh. "So it's very important to have your teeth evaluated by your dentist so he can examine the way your teeth fit together, and consider whether or not any of them are hitting too hard or too early." An imbalance in where your teeth meet when they grind together is what can cause problems like tooth and muscle pain. "There are many ways to treat this type of pain, one of which might be the use of a night guard, which assists in removing forces off of some teeth and placing the forces evenly throughout the oral cavity," he says.

6. You recently had fillings or drillings done to a tooth.
If this is the case, you may notice sharp sensitivity when biting down in the area that you had work done. "When teeth are drilled, you may experience sensitivity to cold for a couple of weeks, which is normal, but if there is sensitivity when you bite, especially on hard substances, an adjustment may be needed so that you are chewing more evenly," says Thompson. Since you'll most likely notice this occurrence after you've already left your dentist's office, you'll have to schedule a follow-up visit so that your dentist can check on the bite and make minor adjustments to alleviate the pain. "Your dentist will adjust the bite if needed, and if it's temperature-sensitive, he may place a topical fluoride or desensitizing paste on the area," says Thompson.

7. You have a cracked tooth.
This can be caused by a number of things, including biting into something hard that causes the tooth to crack, an injury from something outside the mouth, like falling or an accident, or even tooth clenching and grinding. "If there is a crack, the tooth pain could be experienced when biting down, chewing, or even drinking something hot or cold," says Thompson. If the crack is to one of your front teeth, you may be able to actually see the damage, but if it is to the back teeth, visibility might be more difficult. Visit your dentist's office right away so she can examine or restore the area before the crack worsens—and immediately stop chewing on anything hard. "If it's due to jaw clenching and teeth grinding, a custom-made night guard will be recommended to protect the teeth from future trauma," says Thompson.

The bottom line:   Tooth pain might have a simple, easy-to-treat cause or it may be more complicated, so it's always best to play it safe and head to your dentist's office for an evaluation. "If left untreated, some tooth pain and infections can lead to life-threatening concerns and can spread throughout the body, causing an even greater infection," says Handschuh. Follow up with your regular   dental care appointments   every 6 months (or more frequently if recommended by your dentist) to avoid these more serious scenarios. "Have an open, honest dialogue with your dentist to set up a commitment to keep your mouth healthy and pain-free for your entire life," says Handschuh.


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By Joel Snyder 02 Dec, 2016

The situation:   You wake up, go to the bathroom, and groggily brush your teeth after a late night. Then you look down and—gasp—it's not your   toothbrush. Or maybe you find yourself at your significant other's place without your own gear and figure it couldn't hurt to borrow a 'brush. But a moment later, you wonder, "What have I done?"

What you're worried about:   "What if I catch some weird mouth disease! HIV! Hepatitis! Zika!"

The very worst thing that could happen:   In theory, it's pretty grim. A review of case   studies, published in   Nursing Study and Practice , found that toothbrushes often   contain disease-causing bacteria   and viruses such as staph,   E. coli , and   Pseudomonas . You could get a periodontal disease, or oral herpes (which causes cold sores) if the toothbrush's owner currently has a fever blister. If your gums bleed and bacteria enters your bloodstream, you're even at risk for hepatitis, HIV, and other communicable diseases. ( The Power Nutrient Solution  is the first-ever plan that tackles the root cause of virtually every major ailment and   health   condition; get your copy today!)

"Whatever bacteria is in that person's mouth, you're going to get it in your mouth," says Marco Coppola, DO, chief medical officer and vice president for medical affairs at Family ER + Urgent Care in Irving, TX. And it's certainly possible to catch a cold, flu, or sore throat from germs that may be hanging out on those bristles. "Viruses are pretty hard to kill, and they can live a couple of days on plastic and metal," Coppola says.

What will probably happen: You likely won't catch anything more serious than a cold, which won't happen as long as you don't share spit when your partner is sick. "The reality is that people living together will spread bacteria in many ways," says Justin Sycamore, DDS, a dentist in Thousand Oaks, CA. "Kissing, sharing food and drinks, and holding hands will all cause the transfer of bacteria. Sharing a toothbrush is gross, but it's probably little more harmful than many of the other things that couples and families do."

Still freaked out? Grab some strong mouthwash, like Listerine. "If you rinse with it immediately after the toothbrush contact, you should minimize or even negate the exposure," says Sycamore.

Still, if you don't know someone very well, or you see a   cold or fever blister, it's safer to skip the toothbrush swap. And everyone should be replacing her toothbrush every 3 months and after any illness, such as a   stomach   bug or the flu. "That prevents contamination again in the future," says Cyndi Blalock, DDS, a dentist in St. Peters, MO. "Even to yourself."


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By Joel Snyder 29 Nov, 2016

While cavities and plaque build-up may be what's on your mind before a teeth cleaning, your dentist is looking for a whole lot more. "The mouth is the window to the body," says David Silverstrom, DDS, of The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, NJ. "Often, diseases like cancer, anemia and diabetes will first be identified by the dentist in a regular examination, and this saves lives." And it's not just diseases—dentists can discover everything from your bad habits to your favorite beverages simply by asking you to say, "Ahh!"

1. You flossed right before your appointment—and that's the only time.
Sorry, but you can't fool your dentist into thinking you floss daily by doing so the night before or morning of your visit. "The gums of people who only floss right before a visit are bleeding or look damaged," says Timothy Stirneman, DDS, of All Smiles Dental in Algonquin, IL, "whereas, healthy gums are nice and tight and pink," he says. Kenneth Wong, DDS, of Santa Monica adds, "When patients floss right before coming for a cleaning, I can see the slices where the floss cut at the gum because they were overzealous."


2. You're pregnant.
"Nearly 40% of women will develop gingivitis during their pregnancy," says Glen Stephenson, DMD, of Prevention Dental in Boise, ID. "This is caused by increased progesterone, which facilitates the growth of bacteria, causing gingivitis. Some women will develop a deep red lump on their gums called a pregnancy tumor or pyogenic granuloma." (This type of tumor is completely benign and will go away after the pregnancyis over.) Stirneman adds that most women are typically pretty far along before their gums start bleeding, so it's not as though a dentist will magically "discover" that a patient is pregnant.

3. You bite your nails.

Without looking at your hands, a dentist may be able to detect this habit. "Signs include chips and cracking of the teeth, plus wear and tear on the teeth from the constant stress on them," says Keith Arbeitman, DDS, of Arbeitman & Shein in New York City. "This can cause your teeth to become uneven and lead to jaw pain and discomfort." Kyle Stanley, DDS, of Helm, Nejad, Stanley in Beverly Hills adds, "Patients that bite their nails using their front teeth usually have leveled off, flat front teeth. The nails themselves are not what cause the damage, but rather the contact that occurs between the top and bottom teeth," he says.

4. You used to suck your thumb.
"Most children that suck their thumbs or a finger have no long-term effects from the habit," says Stephenson. "However, those who did so past the age of seven or eight may show significant changes to their bite or the position of their teeth. Much of that can be corrected through orthodontic treatment, but some telltale signs can remain." Alice Lee, DDS, of Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, adds, "We can sometimes see protruding front teeth, and this can impact how kids' jaws are coming together and growing and can also impact their speech."

5. Your bad breath may mean something.
"General bad breath can be categorized as halitosis," says Arbeitman. But dentists are also trained to identify "fruity" smells and "fishy" smells, which can mean numerous things. " 'Fruity' breath could indicate uncontrolled diabetes or a dietary fast that has gone too far, while 'fishy' breath could be a sign of kidney or liver failure," he explains. If the smell is "very foul," says Arbeitman, it could be anything from gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) to an underlying lung abscess and bronchitis to a tonsil stone. Timothy Chase, DMD, of SmilesNY in New York City, adds, "The first thing the dentist should do is rule out the odor coming from the teeth and gums. After that, he should recommend that the patient see an ENT to rule out sinus issues, and a GI doc to rule out reflux issues."

6. You may have an eating disorder.
"Many patients are surprised that their dentist is the first one to ask about eating disorders," says Chase, "but bulimia exhibits a very distinct pattern of tooth wear that your dentist can easily identify." Stephenson notes that, "This erosion happens almost exclusively on the tongue-side of the front teeth and can contribute to increased cavities." But Silverstrom is quick to point out that acid erosion on the back of a patient's teeth does not always indicate an eating disorder. He says other possibilities include acid reflux and the use of antidepressants or mood-elevating drugs, both of which reduce the amount of saliva in the mouth, thereby upping the odds of acid damage.

7. You have a sinus infection.
"Often patients will call saying that they need a root canal," explains Ira Handschuh, DDS, of The Dental Design Center in NY, "when in fact it's actually a sinus infection and not a tooth problem at all." The reason, he explains, is because the roots of the top teeth are positioned in the same area as the floor of the sinuses. And both sinus infections and toothaches can show symptoms of pressure. "A simple home test is to have a patient bend over to touch their toes. If the pressure or pain increases just by doing this, the pain is most likely not tooth-related and he should see his ENT or primary care physician before coming to the dentist," he advises.

8. You have a vitamin deficiency.

"A deficiency of vitamins and minerals can cause many oral conditions, like burning tongue syndrome, tissue sloughing off, increased infections, delayed healing, bone infections, and easy-to-bleed gums," explains John P. Dougherty, DDS, MAGD, of Artistic Dental at the Biltmore in Phoenix, AZ. Stephenson adds, "Surprisingly, iron deficiencies show up in many ways in your mouth. It can give some patients severe sores in the corners of their mouth while others have changes in their tongues. Some may experience a painful burning sensation, or all the small papillae fall off their tongue leaving it glossy and smooth. Getting more iron will solve these problems."

( Photograph by Tetra Images/Getty Images )

9. You have diabetes.
"Many times, imbalances in sugar will show a rapid change in the healthof your gums, including increased swelling, bleeding, and sensitivity," says Handschuh. "In conjunction, the consistency of saliva may change, and there may be increased decay. These may all be signs of sugar levelsthat are out of control, so dentists can alert patients to see their doctor to check for diabetes."

10. You have a drinking problem.

"Alcoholic patients are cavity-prone because alcohol tends to dry the mouth out," says David Tarica, DMD, of 34th Street Dental in New York City. "A dry mouth will lead to cavities, because saliva neutralizes the damage-causing acid in our mouths. In addition, alcoholics have 'chipmunk red cheeks,' and the smell alone is usually a giveaway."

11. You have oral cancer.
"The first signs of oral cancer can be seen from the following: unexplained bleeding in the mouth, white, red, or speckled patches in the mouth, a change in the way your teeth fit together, swellings, thickenings, lumps or bumps or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth," explains Michael Apa, DDS, of Rosenthal Apa Group in New York City. "An oral surgeon should be consulted for a biopsy of any suspicious tissue."

12. You love Gatorade.

You may know why you chipped your tooth, but Hugh Flax, DDS, of Flax Dental in Atlanta says that even though the cause may be apparent, "there could be underlying factors that weakened the tooth and made it susceptible to being chipped in the first place." He explains that teeth can be softened by sodas and other sugary beverages over time, which may make a tooth more susceptible to chipping. Energy drinks, which tend to be even more acidic than soft drinks, may cause even more damage to tooth enamel, he says.


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By Joel Snyder 04 Nov, 2016

Seventy-five percent of Americans have some form of gum disease, according to  The New York Times .

Former president of the American Association for Dental Research, Dr. Robert Genco, calls periodontal disease — an advanced form of gum disease that affects half of Americans — a public health concern. “[It] is one of the most prevalent non-communicable chronic diseases in our population.”

While gum disease can cause bad breath, inflammation, infection and tooth loss, studies suggest that it affects the rest of your body as well. Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr. Nigel Carter, explains, “The link between oral health and overall body health is well documented and backed by robust scientific evidence.” Periodontitis is associated with osteoporosis, stroke, diabetes, heart disease and low-birth-weight infants.

There are obvious and heavily reported culprits of gum disease, including smoking, consuming sugary or acidic foods, poor oral hygiene and stress. But an increasing body of evidence points to fluctuations in hormones as an additional cause. The American Academy of Periodontology concedes, “Some drugs, such as oral contraceptives, antidepressants, and certain heart medicines, can affect your oral health.”

Indeed, the connection between dental health and sex hormones is well established. Increased estrogen levels, particularly during puberty and pregnancy, stimulate blood flow in the mouth and change the way gum tissue reacts to irritants in plaque, causing gums to become red, tender, swollen and more likely to bleed — ripe conditions for gum disease. Periodontitis prior to puberty is, therefore, very rare. In both cases, “the elevation of female hormones (estrogens) causes blog vessel changes in their gums, making them more susceptible to the effects of bacteria,” says President Elect of the American Academy of Periodontics, Dr. Susan Karabin, DDS.

A recent analysis by researchers at Case Western Reserve University, which reviewed 61 journal articles with nearly 100 studies for a collective answer on “whether hormones have a relationship to gum disease and specific women’s health issues”, predictably found that women are at greater risk for dental problems — and the conditions associated with them — because of their hormones.

So it’s no surprise that oral contraceptives, which increase estrogen and/or progesterone levels in the body to prevent pregnancy, impact dental health, too.

In one study, current pill users ages 20-35 had deeper gum gaps, more severe tooth attachment loss and more bleeding sites upon probing than non-users. The study concluded decisively that “current users of oral contraceptives had poorer periodontal health.”

In another study, the mean amount of gum destruction was significantly higher in women on oral contraceptives compared with those using other forms of birth control. The longer users had been on birth control, the worse their gums were.

In yet another study, women using oral contraceptives had 16-fold higher levels of certain mouth bacteria and two-to-three times more tooth bone inflammation than women on other forms of birth control. Likewise, women on the pill experience “a statistically significant increase in gingival inflammation.”

What do we do?

For one, some assert that it’s not as bad as we think. Cleveland Dental Clinic notes: “The most profound changes in the gums are seen in the first few months after starting the birth control pills”; and, because newer birth control pills have lower concentrations of hormones, inflammatory responses may be less than what they once were — though the studies I cite are recent. One UK site recommends changing to a pill with a lower concentration of progesterone, though no research has been conducted on this specific proposal.

Dr. Angela Evanson, DDS, of Parker, Colo. emphasizes that there’s often no one factor contributing to gum disease. For this reason, dentists need to closely examine their patients’ history and habits, not just their teeth. Dentists should know if their patients are on the pill not only to help them take additional steps to prevent gum disease but also because oral contraceptives can lower the effectiveness of certain antibiotics used to treat it.

But dentists can only do so much. Patients are ultimately responsible for their own health, from their prescription choices to how much they floss.

In the end, timely, thorough treatment is most important. Evanson told me:

I see [patients with] gum disease from all sorts of things, but the solution is usually the same: minimize plaque by using an antimicrobial mouthwash, floss, don’t smoke, avoid sugar and soda, reduce stress. These simple measures can prevent—and even resolve—gum disease when practiced consistently.

By Joel Snyder 04 Nov, 2016

Moms, busy professionals, students and many other people are so busy throughout the day that they sometimes forget to take care of their mouths.

You’re so busy throughout the day that you might sometimes forget to take care of your mouth. While this is understandable, the fact that you’re busy shouldn’t mean that you neglect your oral health. When you forget or pass on brushing and flossing, you open to door to bacteria that can lead to bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. In order to stay healthy, you need to take care of your mouth even when you feel you have no time to do so.

People who lead busy lives should remember the following things to help them keep their mouths clean.

Carry travel-sized oral health products
Travel-sized oral health products can really come in handy. Many are small enough to easily keep in your car, purse or backpack so that you have them when you need them. If nothing else, try to keep some floss and a small bottle of alcohol-free mouthwash handy. That way, if you have a meal where you get something lodged in your teeth or feel that your breath may have taken a turn for the worse, you can try to take care of it while still out and about. In addition to those two things, you can also carry a travel toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste. Travel toothbrushes are compact and often have a small case or cover that allows you to carry and use them without any mess.

Drink lots of water
Drinking lots of water will help you wash away any food particles and bacteria that collect in your mouth. This will help keep your breath fresh, and because most water in the U.S. is fluoridated, you’ll even be strengthening your teeth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,   fluoride added into water helps remineralize teeth and prevent cavities. For this reason, it has been added to water supplies for over 70 years. By drinking lots of water and carrying a refillable water bottle, you’ll be able to help keep your teeth healthy.

Stay away from certain foods and drinks
Sugary foods and drinks should be avoided. When sugary foods are eaten, bacteria in the mouth interact with the sugar and leave behind an acid that can attack your teeth. This leads to cavities and tooth decay. Starchy foods high in refined carbohydrates, such as fried foods or snacks like potato chips, are no friend to your teeth and can lead to the same result as sugary foods. If you do end up eating these foods, you should make sure to clean your mouth after doing so.

Use sugar-free mints, lozenges or gum
Chewing gum or sucking on a mint can help clean your teeth. Gum and mints increase the amount of saliva in your mouth, which will wash away any leftover food or plaque that has collected on your teeth. While any gum or mint will increase the amount of saliva, sugar-fee gum or mints are much better and will help your oral health much more. Try to   use products that contain xylitol   instead of sugar as this natural alternative to sugar   actually fights off the bacteria that cause bad breath and tooth decay.

By Joel Snyder 04 Nov, 2016

Children in America are receiving more money for their lost baby teeth than ever before, research has confirmed. In New York, the average fee paid by parents under the guise of the Tooth Fairy has reached $13.25.

A survey carried out by oral health company, Sunstar Gum, revealed that parents in Los Angeles are also very generous, with an average offering of $9.69 per tooth. The survey involved around 1,000 people and focused on five cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Houston.

Although average donations were very high in New York, the survey showed significant variations between different cities. The findings ranged from $5.02 in Boston to over $13 in New York.

One mother who took part in the survey said that parents tend to give two or three times the average in New York, purely because everything tends to be bigger and bolder in New York City.

Delta Dental’s Original Tooth Fairy Poll showed that American parents left more than $225 million under their children’s pillows last year.

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By Joel Snyder 20 Jun, 2017
Over the years, I have treated family and friends going through cancer therapy. The symptoms
and side effects of the disease and its treatment can cause physical and oral changes that affect
how you feel and live. The following information is meant for these patients with head and neck
cancer and their caregivers understand and cope with the management of their oral care.

You are welcome to request my whitepaper for more information, call for consultation, or schedule a pre-treatment examination.
---Katharine Jones DDS
By Danielle Burgess 09 Jun, 2017
A person's dazzling smile can provide a lasting impression. Having yellow teeth, missing teeth, or tooth decay can also leave a lasting impression, but not in the way you want it to. 3 million people have dental implants and that number is growing by five hundred thousand a year! Opting for teeth implants not only improve your overall appearance but they can also provide improved speech, self-esteem, ease with eating, and improved oral health. Finding a dental office that has the experience, reputation, and dentists with the expertise needed for this procedure is a must! When you find a dental office that has these qualifications make sure you know what to expect, and go in prepared with questions and concerns. 

Here is a quick dental implants 101 lesson to get you started!

What are dental implants exactly? The definition (according to WEBMD) is: "Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth." A dental implant is made to look, feel, fit and function like a natural tooth when implanted by an experienced cosmetic dentist. To determine if implants are right for you, a consultation with your dentist is needed. During this appointment, your teeth and gums will be thoroughly examined and evaluated. Anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Smokers have a high risk of an unsuccessful implant, so if you're not willing to quit you may want to consider other options. Also, if you have any oral health issues unrelated to the missing teeth, decay or gum disease, they will need to be taken care of first as they can make treatment less effective in the long run. 

The most common dental implant is Osseointegration. This is a process in which the dental implant anchors to the jaw bone. It can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to anchor and heal, and can also be performed in one sitting. Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved especially with local anesthesia. WEBMD states that "patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction." Once the implant is in, the soreness can be taken care of with an over the counter medication. It is recommended that 5-7 days after surgery, your diet should be restricted to soft foods only. If stitches are present, they may need to be removed at the dentist office during a follow up visit. 

Dental implants are extremely durable and while they may need periodic adjustments they can last a lifetime. It is even the preferred option over dentures or a tooth supported bridge. Once you have found your preferred dental office be sure to inquire about the types of dental implants, the aftercare needed (it is based on the individual), and whether or not you're eligible! It is a life changing procedure that can change your smile and self-esteem forever! Now that you know the dental implant basics, what are you waiting for?
By Joel Snyder 13 Apr, 2017

Many people know that poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even lost teeth. But are you aware that failing to brush or visit the dentist regularly also can lead to more serious health issues? According to Colgate, recent research suggests that there may be an association between oral infections, particularly gum disease, and cardiovascular disease and preterm birth.

A healthy mouth is good for more than just a pretty smile. Oral health can affect the entire body, making dental care more than just a cosmetic concern.

Many people know that poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even lost teeth. But are you aware that failing to brush or visit the dentist regularly also can lead to more serious health issues? According to Colgate, recent research suggests that there may be an association between oral infections, particularly gum disease, and cardiovascular disease and preterm birth. Gum disease also may make diabetes more difficult to control, since infections may cause insulin resistance and disrupt blood sugar.

Your mouth also can serve as an infection source elsewhere in the body. Bacteria from your mouth can enter the bloodstream through infection sites in the gums. If your immune system is healthy, there should not be any adverse effects. However, if your immune system is compromised, these bacteria can flow to other areas of the body where they can cause infection. An example of this is oral bacteria sticking to the lining of diseased heart valves.

Other links have been found between oral health and overall health. In 2010, researchers from New York University who reviewed 20 years of data on the association concluded that there is a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the UK also found a correlation. Analysis showed that a bacterium called "Porphyromonas gingivalis" was present in brains of those with Alzheimer's disease but not in the samples from the brains of people who did not have Alzheimer's. The P. gingivalis bacterium is usually associated with chronic gum disease and not dementia.

Researchers also have found a possible link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. Harvard researchers found that men with a history of gum disease had a 64 percent increased risk of pancreatic cancer compared with men who had never had gum disease, based on studies of men from 1986 through 2007.

While oral health issues may lead to other conditions over time, symptoms also may be indicative of underlying conditions of which a person is unaware. Inflammation of gum tissue may be a warning sign of diabetes. Oral problems, such as lesions in the mouth, may indicate the presence of HIV/AIDS. Dentists may be the first people to diagnose illnesses patients don't even know they have.

An important step in maintaining good overall health is to include dental care in your list of preventative measures. Visit the dentist for biannual cleanings or as determined by the doctor. Do not ignore any abnormalities in the mouth. Maintain good oral hygiene at home by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once per day. Mouthwashes and rinses also may help keep teeth and gums healthy.

Oral health and other systems of the body seem to be linked. Taking care of your teeth promotes overall health. 

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