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Archive for November, 2015


Top 5 Tips to Help Overcome Dentist Fear


1) Communicate your concerns to your dentist.

Don’t keep quiet! Dentists know that patient fear is common. If you can communicate what exactly concerns you, they can explain the problem or procedure and put you at ease.

2) Find a dentist you are comfortable with, and establish a trusting relationship.

There are many personality types within the dental field, and ensuring that you trust, can confide in and are comfortable with your dentist will enhance your experience.

3) Check out the office before your first visit.

You should feel comfortable visiting the office, talking to the dentist and staff before your first appointment. Getting familiar with the people and the space will ease your first visit, and should help you feel safe and secure.

4) Take a deep breath and try to relax.

Some simple breathing techniques can make a world of difference in times of stress. Deep breaths and happy thoughts will help keep your anxiety levels at a minimum.

5) Visit the dentist more, not less!

It may sound counterintuitive if you don’t want to be there in the first place, but consistent dental care can prevent problems. The more responsible you are about getting routine care, the fewer problems you’ll have down the road.



Does Fluoride in Water Really Help?


To answer the question – yes! It really does.

The use of fluoride in public drinking supplies has over 70 years of research to back it up. It has been shown to effectively prevent tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults. Whether from a public water source at home, school or work, we are enhancing our oral health when we make the decision to drink water.

Fluoride occurs naturally in water sources around the globe. The magic of fluoride lies in what it does: fluoride makes tooth enamel stronger and more able to resist tooth decay. It also has the ability to rebuild compromised tooth enamel, and reverse early signs of tooth decay. This is why so many commercial dental products, from toothpaste to mouthwash, contain fluoride.

The fluoridation of public water is safe, effective and healthy. Approximately 75% of the U.S. population is served by fluoride-enhanced water, as of 2012.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called community water fluoridation one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, and the enhanced oral health of over 210 million Americans attests to that.

For more information on the benefits of fluoride, check out this great video from the American Dental Association:



What Your Hair Could Be Saying About Your Teeth


We all strive to maintain healthy teeth and hair. We brush and tend to our hair. We floss our teeth and schedule regular cleanings. But did you know that oral health and healthy hair are connected?

At this spring’s General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research, a study called “Hair Keratins as Structural Organic Components of Mature Enamel: The Link Between Hair Disorders and Susceptibility to Dental Caries” was presented to high acclaim.

In this study, it was found that mutations in keratin can have a negative effect on dental health. Keratins are the fibrous proteins that protect epithelial cells from damage or stress. They are the key structural components making up the hair shaft, as well as the outer layer of skin.

In some cases it was found that mutated keratin correlated to poorer dental health. Those with hair disorders, like hair loss, could be prone to an increase in tooth cavities, due to altered tooth enamel structure and hardness.

Of course, proper oral hygiene, genetics and dietary choices are always big contributors to overall dental health. That said, make sure you’re brushing your hair and your teeth to the fullest!

For more information on the link between hair and oral hygiene, read here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150314084150.htm


Osteoporosis and Oral Health


Having osteoporosis can affect more than just your bones. The treatment for osteoporosis as well as the disease itself can harm your oral health.

If you suffer from osteoporosis, then it is important to let your doctor know about any medications that you may take. Many osteoporosis medicines called antiresorptive agents strive to strengthen bones, but can cause a rare condition to form. Some patients who take an antiresorptive medicine can develop osteonecrosis, which is a rare condition that can cause severe damage to the jaw bone.

Osteonecrosis occurs as a result of reduced blood flow to the bones in the joints. Without the appropriate level of blood flow the bone starts to die and may break down. With this rare condition the bone literally dies, causing immense pain and structural problems in your mouth and teeth.

It is most common to develop osteonecrosis after a dental procedure or surgery, which is why it is important to share your medication list with your doctor before you opt for a procedure. Knowing your medication list and your medical history may lead your dentist to go for a different treatment plan, or another procedure.

Make sure to share your medication list with your doctor before your next trip to the dentist’s chair.



A Whistling Sound Could Be a Bad Sign


There are many reasons to have dental work done. Whether you are getting a root canal, a cosmetic procedure, or a cap, there are risks associated with every treatment. For dentists, any procedure that deals with the contour or position of the front teeth could affect the sounds a patient makes, in other terms; changes to the front teeth could alter how a patient speaks.

If teeth are not the correct distance apart then a whistling sound can occur when a patient says a word with an s in it. This is called a sibilant sound and it is made when air is forced through the teeth’s biting edges. This speech impediment is most common in people with dentures, but people who have had alterations to their front teeth are also at risk.

A whistling sound can happen after braces come off, when dentures go in, or when veneers are placed. If veneers are too long or too thick then they can cause a whistling sound that can really bother patients. It can be difficult to fix this speech impediment.

One way to fix the issue is to try thinning and polishing the teeth’s biting edges or by adding bonding. The issue is that the inside of the teeth are where linguistics lie, so the issue must be addressed there as well.

Make sure to address this potential side effect with your dentist before you have any work completed on your front teeth. Ask multiple people after your procedure if they can hear a change in the way that you talk, if they can then go back to your dentist and ask for them to retreat your teeth.


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