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Archive for June, 2016


What’s Bone Loss Got To Do With It?

As women enter the menopausal stage, they are at a higher risk for bone fractures, but according to a new study at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, they “also may be at a higher risk for gum disease as well.” It is stated that further investigations may need to occur to finalize some of the correlations, but the researchers did see a direct link between postmenopausal women and gum disease issues.

During menopause, estrogen levels drop, and lower estrogen levels are said to “impact the mouth and cause inflammatory changes in the body that can lead to gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease.” If left untreated, the end result is unfortunately tooth loss. Wanting to further research the correlation between gum disease and post-menopausal women, the researchers studied 191 women between the ages of 51 and 80 who had gone through menopause in the last ten years. The women were not smokers or on hormonal replacement therapy or any other medications for the past five years. What they found was that the strongest sign of gum disease was in fact bone loss scores. The scores of this analysis were also balanced with the factors of “weight, height, previous bone fractures, rheumatoid arthritis, smoking habits, diabetes, and other factors.”

So what does this mean for women going through menopause? Having regular dental checkups can help postmenopausal women be aware of changes in their oral health due to the effects of menopause.



Learn how tartar can affect your oral health.

While we all seem to know a lot about plaque, the overall population knows a lot less about tartar. Tartar is a hardened, yellow substance on your teeth. Tartar is formed when plaque is not removed from teeth and is left to harden.

Once tartar hits, it is big trouble for your teeth. Teeth become harder to brush and floss once tartar hardens on your teeth. Even worse, tartar can cause harm to your gums. If any tartar hardens above the gum line, then it will cause irritation and damage to gums, which leads to gum disease.

To fight against tartar practice good dental habits, brush twice a day, floss, and even consider using tartar control toothpaste. Don’t smoke either, because studies show that tobacco use makes your chances of having tartar much higher. Also limit starchy and sugary foods in your diet because they release harmful acids that promote plaque buildup.

Try your best to avoid tartar, because once you have it, only a dental professional will be able to remove it.



Very Unusual Problems with Your Teeth

In all areas of health there are some health issues and problems that are rare and typically unusual, dentistry is no different.

Having a rare or unusual dental condition does not mean that it cannot be fixed or treated, but simply that it is better addressed when caught early on. Make sure to have your child screened for any oral health abnormalities, because these abnormalities could include:


This is an extremely rare genetic condition that causes the patient to be missing all of their teeth. The condition simply never allows the teeth to grow in. After a person loses their primary teeth, known as their baby teeth, their permanent teeth never grow in.

Other related genetic disorders include hypodontia, which is when between one and six teeth simply do not grow in and oligodontia, which is the absence of more than six teeth if not all.

In order to keep your child healthy and happy, dentures, implants, and other jaw and facial structural needs must be met so that they can eat, talk, and function normally.

Talon Cusps

Sometimes a claw-like growth can develop on the back of one of your child’s teeth. This usually happens to teeth at the front of the mouth and can cause problems with your child’s bite, crowding of the other teeth, gum and cheek irritation, and a build up of plaque.

These teeth usually don’t have pulp in them so your dentist can file it down. If the tooth does have pulp that a root canal may also be needed.

Early trips to the dentist can help to diagnose any unusual oral issues.

You will want to know what is going on in your mouth if you have one of these conditions.



Mona Lisa Smile: Can you tell the difference between a real and a fake…smile?

Everyone does it…and everyone fakes it. A smile is a natural expression of how we are feeling, as well as a facade for how we want others to view us. A smile can be both disarming and deceiving. So how can we learn to trust one?

Smiling is an impulse not just reserved for expressing delight. The corners of the mouth can turn up when feeling frustrated or in certain instances of pain, for example. However, paying attention to more than the shape of the mouth can reveal how a person is really feeling. A smile in the midst of frustration will leave quickly, and a pasted-on, “Say cheese” smile will look unnatural on the face. But a genuine smile will build up gradually and be accompanied by the contraction of an involuntary muscle at the corners of both eyes. This full expression cannot be forced, as the muscle moving the outside corners of the eyes is only initiated when experiencing delight.

So real happiness triggers a real smile…but real smiles may also do the same job in reverse. In a study comparing grins (and non-grins) in old yearbook pictures with levels of happiness years later, those captured with a genuine smile had the highest levels of satisfaction with life. So stop forcing the smile and focus on whatever motivates a real smile…and we’ll learn to trust others and ourselves in the process.

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