May 16, 2019
More than half of all teenagers/young adults need to extract their third molars – commonly called wisdom teeth. The main reason for this is the lack of space to accommodate them. In other words, the jaw is not large enough to fit in all of the teeth that want to grow into the mouth.
This problem usually shows itself in the late teen years and manifests as a condition called pericoronitis (inflammation of the gums around the wisdom teeth).
The usual and customary approach for most dentists is to use local anesthetic along with a relaxant such as oral medication and/or sedation. While the procedure itself is usually fairly painless, that is not the case for the post-operative healing time. In fact, the discomfort can become quite high on the pain scale.(more…)
May 9, 2019
We read quite often about the lack of dental care in the childhood population.
As reported in the Journal of the American Dental Association, fully 82% of children went to the dentist and utilized preventive services.
It has been, and remains, a concern that the segment of children growing up in poorer populations have numbers far below 82%.
In fact, reports by parents, relatives and caregivers point to a 76% utilization rate of children from households that are at less than the federal poverty level, while 80% of those from 100 – 200% of the poverty level have seen the dentist for preventive services.
A drop-off indeed, and we’d like to see 100% of all children see a dentist regularly, this is heartening.(more…)
May 1, 2019
It has long been accepted that about 1% of all Americans will never get a cavity, almost no matter what else is happening in their lives or with their oral hygiene.
Recently, one possible reason for this was discovered by research in Sweden.
The researchers identified a genetic variation that influences the body’s ability to fend off decay-causing bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. Stay tuned for more scientific factoids about your dental health…
April 3, 2019
Porcelain veneers can provide a conservative alternative to full coverage crowns in many cases.
The short answer is that all procedures have positives and compromises associated with each.
We always make our recommendations based on your personal needs and desires.(more…)
March 28, 2019
A major undiagnosed cause of being overtired, overweight, pre-diabetic or just plain down might just be obstructive sleep apnea.
It is estimated that perhaps 50% of all Americans suffer from some level of interrupted sleep due to inability to breathe regularly during the night.
There are many causes, but good dentists will always see you in a holistic manner while making treatment recommendations based upon that view.
There are plenty of oral signs that you may be suffering from sleep apnea — a compromised airway due to enlarged tonsils, a smaller airway at the back of your throat, an enlarged tongue for example.(more…)
March 19, 2019
Plenty of people.
One group that especially comes to mind is patients who reside in assisted living facilities.
Many times these residents have a difficult time getting to and from the dentist.
Some facilities have vans on site which can transport patients effectively and safely.
Other patients struggle to be in for financial or physical issues.
When a patient can go to the dentist and get her veneers, Night Guards and other work done in the same visit, the stress and inconvenience factors go way down.
Sometimes, we can even restore dental implants on the same day.(more…)
March 7, 2019
Researchers have reached the conclusion that nearly half of all children use too much toothpaste.
The fact that children are, in face, brushing their teeth regularly is a good thing and more and more are doing so.
However, using too much toothpaste can cause some problems down the road.Most children use fluoridated toothpaste as most dentists and hygienists recommend it to help reduce the rates of cavities.
However, we usually recommend a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste, not a full load across the entire brush as sometimes depicted in television ads.(more…)
March 6, 2019
There are many systemic impacts of drinking too much soda, especially those containing phosphoric acid.
The most common is the resulting lower level of bone calcium from a condition called nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism. Bottom line, thinning bones.
Non-sugared sodas – colas, root beers and citrus drinks – present acid which erodes tooth enamel, even if it doesn’t cause tooth decay.
Sugared drinks not only the erosive acid but present mouth bacteria and plaque with the particular “food” they need to grow and produce more mouth acid which results in cavities.(more…)
February 4, 2019
Many of our patients complain of sensitive teeth sometimes throughout the mouth, but mostly they complain of one or two teeth becoming sensitive. The type of sensitivity is almost always of the cold and sweet variety. This pain can be minimal or quite painful yet dentists are not sure why this is the case.
We do know that tooth enamel contains no nerve endings and acts as a covering for the dentin, the second layer of the tooth. Roots have no enamel and thus any part of a tooth root which is exposed to the oral cavity has no enamel to protect nerve endings from being exposed to irritants such as sweets and cold liquids.(more…)
January 28, 2019
Did you know that more Americans die from an accidental opioid overdose than from car accidents? It’s true. According to the National Safety Council, since 2017 one had a higher risk of death from opioids than from a car crash.
It’s true. According to the National Safety Council, since 2017 one had a higher risk of death from opioids than from a car crash.
Opioid overdose deaths also surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the second most likely cause of unintentional and preventable death, following suicides. However, the rise in rank of overdoses wasn’t attributable to a decrease in motor vehicles deaths. In fact, deaths from motor vehicle crashes also have trended upward in recent years.(more…)