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Gentle Touch Family Dental Care
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Study: Chocolate Consumption Linked To Decreased Cardiovascular Disease, Stroke Risk. BBC News (6/17) reports that a study published in the British Medical Journal of more than 20,000 middle-aged and elderly people “concluded that compared to those who ate no chocolate, those who ate up to a small bar a day had an 11% lesser risk of cardiovascular disease and a 23% reduced risk of stroke.” BBC News adds that “those who ate the most also tended to be younger, have a lower weight, waist to hip ratio, and blood pressure, and were less likely to have diabetes and more likely to carry out regular physical activity – all of which add up to a favourable cardiovascular disease risk profile, researchers said.” Yahoo! News (6/17, Wanjek) reports that “researchers said the finding might be due to ‘reverse causation’” in which people with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease avoid chocolate because they believe it to be unhealthy, while those with lower risk eat more because they feel that it will not negatively impact them. Meanwhile, Yahoo! News reports that researchers “also noted that consuming too much candy and other high-calorie, sugary foods could lead to dental cavities, obesity and diabetes.” However, in its coverage of the study, the Daily Mail (UK) (6/17) reports that “contrary to what might be expected” a 2007 study “found that theobromine, the stimulant compound found in chocolate, hardens tooth enamel more effectively than fluoride,” protecting “teeth against erosion by acids.”
Xylitol Among Healthy Sweeteners. In a lengthy article titled “A Healthy Candy Revolution,” Canadian Manufacturing (5/13, Hein) reports on several sugar alternatives that candy manufacturers are turning to in their attempt to move their products in a more healthy direction. The article notes that one of those sugar alternatives is xylitol, which “is safe for diabetics and provides substantial oral health benefits.” One manufacturer of the sweetener, has a line of candy that uses xylitol and includes lollipops, gum, hard candy, mints, and taffy that is available at Whole Foods, the article notes. Moreover, “Xylitol has received positive support in the Journal Of The American Dental Association and from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine” and a recent paper in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that xylitol chewing gum “can provide a ‘real clinical benefit’ in terms of several oral health issues that commonly affect many seniors.”
WE'RE MOVING! Our New Office Opens At 4025 W. Bell Road., Ste. 20 On June 2, 2015 Dr. Oatis and his Dental Team are excited to announce the opening of their new office. The new facility is conveniently located on the south side of West Bell Road. We look forward to seeing you soon!
DIY Tooth Whitening Among Dr. Oz’s Questionable Recommendations. In an article examining five examples of claims Dr. Oz has made on his show that are not supported by science, LiveScience (4/23, Lewis) reports that Dr. Oz “has promoted a do-it-yourself method” for whitening teeth that “does not actually whiten teeth, and may in fact weaken them, according to a study published in 2014 in the journal Operative Dentistry.” The method involves brushing with a mixture of strawberries and baking soda. That method “lacks the chemicals hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide, which are essential ingredients in tooth-whitening products, according to the American Dental Association.”
Review: One Quarter Of Patients Misuse Opioids For Pain Management. Dr Bicuspid (4/17) reports that a new systemic review published in the journal Pain found that “about 1 in 4 patients misuse opioids prescribed for chronic pain.” The rate of opioid addiction is about 10 percent, according to the review. “With such a high rate of prescribed drugs misuse, the researchers questioned whether the widespread use of opioids for pain management is worth the risk,” Dr Bicuspid reports. The article goes on to point out that “while the opioid epidemic is a multifaceted problem, dentists have a prime opportunity to help patients understand the risks and benefits of prescription pain relievers, because they write 12% of prescriptions for immediate-release opioids in the U.S., according to a 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.”
Dislodged Tooth Should Be Placed In Milk Or Patient’s Saliva In Transit To Dentist. A CBS’ The Doctors (4/7) segment on first aid “dos and don’ts” offered patient advice on what to do if a tooth is dislodged. During the segment, Reader’s Digest editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello discussed several first aid situations, noting that a tooth that has been knocked out should not be washed or put in any alcohol or peroxide solution. Instead, patients should place the tooth in a container with a small amount of their own saliva or milk. Moreover, during the segment host Dr. Travis Stork advised patients to “get to your dentist as soon as possible, because that tooth could literally be re-implanted and potentially survive if you do the right thing with it.”
Study: Older Adults With Fluoridated Water Keep Teeth Longer. The New York Times (3/31, D7, Mcneil, Subscription Publication) reports that an Irish study has found that community water fluoridation, which was “long ago proved to protect children from cavities,” also helps adults over 50 retain their natural teeth. The study was part of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging and done by researchers at the dentistry school of Trinity College Dublin. It involved 5,000 adults older than 50 and found “those who lived in areas with fluoridated water were more likely to report having all their teeth.” The Times goes on to point to the safety of community water fluoridation, adding that good oral health has “long been linked to general well-being in older adults” and may be linked to specific health maladies such as heart disease.
Emergency Dental Visits Up 64 Percent Nationwide Day After St. Patrick’s. CNBC (3/17) reported in an online video that data shows emergency dental visits spike the day after St. Patrick’s Day because “people are just plainly behaving badly” and are accidentally “getting their teeth knocked out.” According to CNBC, emergency dental visits increase by 64 percent the day after St. Patrick’s day, and “nearly 10 states have more than a 100 percent increase.” The only state in which emergency dental visits decline the day after St. Patrick’s is Vermont.
Poll Finds Increase In Tooth Fairy Payouts. The Daily Mail (UK) (2/25) reports that according to a recent survey by oral healthcare company Sunstar Gum parents are now paying between $5 and up to as much as $13.25 per tooth via the tooth. The study questioned 1,000 parents across New York City, LA, Boston, Chicago and the Dallas/Houston areas. New York City had by far the highest average payout per tooth at $13.25, while Boston came in last at an average of $5.02 per tooth. The Inquisitr (2/25) also reports the story, adding that “A Yahoo! Facebook survey on the issue of tooth fairy inflation revealed that parents felt the price for teeth today is way too high.” Meanwhile, “another recent poll, carried out by Delta Dental found that the Tooth Fairy left $225 million under kid’s pillows nationwide last year, according to CNBC.” WTOP-FM Washington (2/25) reports that “the poll found that there were differences in the average gift for a tooth based on” the parents’ ages as well, with children of parents under 35 receiving an average of $5.40 per tooth, children of parents between 35 and 44 receiving an average of $4.24, and children of parents over 45 receiving an average of $2.45 per tooth. WTOP also reports that “Delta Dental says the poll has generally been a good indicator of the economy’s overall direction.”
WPost: Bruxism Seems More Common Around Washington, DC. In an article running more than 1,400 words, the Washington Post (2/10, Ianzito) reports on bruxism, providing anecdotal evidence that around the Washington, DC area the disorder seems to be more prevalent than the estimated 10 percent of the population that suffers from it overall. The Post reports that “severe damage can result” from bruxism, and “symptoms can include wear on the chewing surfaces of the teeth (more with grinding than clenching), indentations in the teeth, especially at the gum line, cracked teeth, broken fillings or even indentations on the tongue or bite marks on the cheek.” The Post adds that stress is generally believed to be a large factor, and “some dentists suggest such things as yoga, meditation and cutting out caffeine,” while most will prescribe a night guard to prevent tooth damage.
National Children’s Dental Health Month “The Perfect Time” For Children To Learn About Importance Of Oral Health. The Brattleboro (VT) Reformer (1/30) reported that “February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (which is sponsored by the American Dental Association) and the perfect time for children to learn about the importance of healthy teeth and gums.” As part of that effort, the Brattleboro Reformer reported on ways to maintain oral health in children, which the article said parents should encourage through example by visiting the dentist twice per year. Additionally, parents should encourage a diet low in processed sugars, frequent brushing and flossing, proper hydration with fluoridated tap water, and that parents should closely monitor their kids’ toothbrushing habits to ensure that they are developing healthy technique.
A recent study published by researchers in Japan found that elderly patients who wear dentures while they sleep have a higher risk of developing pneumonia than those who remove them. Related reading: Runners at higher risk for tooth decay The study examined 524 seniors with a median age of 87.8 years old (453 of which wore dentures) and tracked the participants’ oral health and hygiene status, as well as medical issues. The patients were reexamined each year until their hospitalization or death from pneumonia.. In the three-year span of the study, there were 48 events associated with pneumonia, including deaths or acute hospitalizations. 40.8% of the denture wearers (186 patients) reported wearing their dentures while sleeping. Researchers found these study participants were more likely to have gum inflammation, tongue and/or denture plaque and other oral health issues, and were at a 2.3-fold higher risk for pneumonia than those who removed their dentures before sleep. Wearing dentures while sleeping also resulted in a greater oral inflammatory and microbial burden. The study concluded that physicians and dentists should discourage geriatric patients from wearing dentures while they sleep to minimize the risk of pneumonia.
WSJournal Examines Mouthwashes. The Wall Street Journal (1/13, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports on mouthwashes, which it points out can do more than freshen breath, many people’s inaccurate perception of mouthwash’s primary function. In fact, the Journal reports that the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs investigates the effectiveness of therapeutic mouthwashes, and has given its seal of acceptance to 128. The article goes on to explain the difference between cosmetic and therapeutic mouthwashes, and therapeutic mouthwashes that contain alcohol and those that contain fluoride, adding that using mouthwash is not a reason for patients to stop flossing.
Physicians Make New Dental Recommendations For Infants, Expecting Mothers. The Chicago Tribune (1/9) reported Friday on new recommendations for pregnant mothers and children, including several related to oral care. According to the Tribune, new recommendations include introducing infants to fluoride toothpaste, providing fluoridated tap water to babies rather than bottled water, and routine oral health assessments during pregnancy for expecting mothers.
WSJournal: Most People Should Visit Dentist Twice Per Year. The Wall Street Journal (12/30, Chen, Subscription Publication) considers the frequency with which people should visit the dentist. Citing Dr. Edmond R. Hewlett, a professor of dentistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Journal reports that while a small number of people can get away with less than the recommended twice-per-year dental visits, others will in fact need to visit the dentist more than two times per year. Dr. Hewlett said that the recommendation was envisioned with an average person in mind, meaning middle-aged people who don’t smoke and who brush their teeth twice per day.
Loss Of Teeth Linked To Faster Decreases In Memory, Walking Ability. HealthDay (12/20, Preidt) reported that research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that “older adults who have lost all their teeth have faster decreases in memory and walking ability than” individuals “who still have at least some of their teeth.” The research involved approximately “3,100 participants 60 and older.” Investigators found that individuals who had “no remaining teeth did about 10 percent worse on tests of memory and of walking speed than those with at least some teeth.”
Study: 58% Of People More Likely To Be Hired After Tooth Whitening. On its website, Valet Magazine (12/17) reports that according to a recent study commissioned by Match.com, good teeth are what women “judge men on most” when first considering a romantic relationship, while independent research firm Kelton Research “found that 58% of a study’s participants were more likely to be hired and 53% received larger salary offers after their teeth had been whitened.” Citing the advice of dentists, the article goes on to advise on methods to whiten teeth, including visiting the dentist for a professional whitening treatment.
What Causes My Bad Breath? What Is It? Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is breath that has an unpleasant odor. This odor can strike periodically or be persistent, depending on the cause. In many people, the millions of bacteria that live in the mouth (particularly on the back of the tongue) are the primary causes of bad breath. The mouth's warm, moist conditions make an ideal environment for these bacteria to grow. Most bad breath is caused by something in the mouth. Some types of bad breath, such as "morning mouth," are considered to be fairly normal, and they usually are not health concerns. The "morning mouth" type of bad breath occurs because the saliva that regularly washes away decaying food and odors during the daytime diminishes at night while you sleep. Your mouth becomes dry, and dead cells adhere to your tongue and to the inside of your cheeks. Bacteria use these cells for food and expel compounds that have a foul odor. In addition, bad breath can be caused by the following: Poor dental hygiene — Infrequent or improper brushing and flossing can leave food particles to decay inside the mouth. Infections in the mouth — Periodontal (gum) disease Respiratory tract infections — Throat infections, sinus infections, lung infections External agents — Garlic, onions, coffee, cigarette smoking, chewing tobacco Dry mouth (xerostomia) — This can be caused by salivary gland problems, medications or by "mouth breathing." Systemic illnesses — Diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus disease, reflux disease and others Psychiatric illness — Some people may perceive that they have bad breath, but it is not noticed by oral-health-care professionals or others. This is referred to as "pseudohalitosis." Symptoms A person may not always know that he or she has bad breath. This phenomenon is because odor-detecting cells in the nose eventually become accustomed to the constant flow of bad smells from the mouth. Others may notice and react by recoiling as you speak. Other associated symptoms depend on the underlying cause of bad breath: Poor dental hygiene — Teeth are coated with film or plaque, food debris trapped between teeth, pale or swollen gums Infections in the mouth — Gums may be red, swollen and bleed easily, especially after brushing or flossing; pus may drain from between teeth; a pocket of pus (abscess) at the base of a tooth; loose teeth or a change in "fit" of a denture; painful, open sores on the tongue or gums Respiratory tract infections — Sore throat, swollen lymph nodes ("swollen glands") in the neck, fever, stuffy nose, a greenish or yellowish nasal discharge, a mucus-producing cough External agents — Cigarette stains on fingers and teeth, a uniform yellow "coffee stain" on teeth Dry mouth — Difficulty swallowing dry foods, difficulty speaking for a prolonged period because of mouth dryness, a burning sensation in the mouth, an unusually high number of dental caries, dry eyes (in Sjögren's syndrome) Systemic (bodywide) illnesses — Symptoms of diabetes, lung disease, kidney failure or liver disease Diagnosis A dentist or physician may notice the patient's bad breath while the patient is discussing his or her medical history and symptoms. In some cases, depending on the smell of the patient's breath, the dentist or physician may suspect a likely cause for the problem. For example, "fruity" breath may be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes. A urine-like smell, especially in a person who is at high risk of kidney disease, can sometimes indicate kidney failure. Your dentist will review your medical history for medical conditions that can cause bad breath and for medications that can cause dry mouth. Your dentist also will ask you about your diet, personal habits (smoking, chewing tobacco) and any symptoms, including when the bad breath was noticed and by whom. Your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, oral tissues and salivary glands. He or she also will feel your head and neck and will evaluate your breath when you exhale from your nose and from your mouth. Once the physical examination is finished, your dentist may refer you to your family physician if systemic problems are the most likely cause. In severe cases of gum disease, your dentist may recommend that you be seen by a periodontist (dentist who specializes in gum problems). You will need diagnostic tests if the doctor suspects a lung infection, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease or Sjögren's syndrome. Depending on the suspected illness, these tests may include blood tests, urine tests, X-rays of the chest or sinuses, or other specialized testing. Expected Duration How long bad breath lasts depends on its cause. For example, when the problem results from poor dental hygiene, proper dental care will begin to freshen the mouth immediately, with even more impressive results after a few days of regular brushing and flossing. Periodontal disease and tooth abscess also respond quickly to proper dental treatment. Bad breath resulting from chronic sinusitis may be a recurring problem, especially if it is caused by a structural abnormality of the sinuses. Bad breath the results from a systemic illness may be a long-term problem that can often be controlled with proper medical care. Prevention Bad breath caused by dental problems can be prevented easily. Daily maintenance calls for brushing your teeth, tongue and gums after meals, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwashes approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Regular visits to the dentist (at least twice a year) should be made for dental examinations and for professional teeth and gum cleaning. Bad breath also can be combated by drinking plenty of water every day to encourage saliva production. An occasional swish of the mouth with water can loosen food particles. Other products that keep breath fresh and prevent plaque from forming include sugar-free gum, sugarless lozenges, raw carrots and celery. Treatment The treatment of bad breath depends on its cause. When To Call A Professional Call your dentist promptly if you have bad breath with painful, swollen gums that bleed easily or loose teeth. Also, call your doctor if you have bad breath along with a fever, sore throat, a postnasal drip, a discolored nasal discharge or a mucus-producing cough. Even if you have none of these associated symptoms, call your dentist or physician if your bad breath continues despite a good diet and proper dental hygiene. If you have diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or chronic liver or kidney disease, ask your doctor how bad breath can be a sign that your underlying medical condition needs immediate medical attention. Prognosis Once bad breath has been diagnosed, the outlook for fresh breath is usually excellent as long as you stick to your dentist's or physician's treatment plan.
Is There an Association Between Gum Disease and Diabetes? For the nearly 21 million Americans that have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, adding serious gum disease to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Is There a Two-Way Street? Emerging research also suggests that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Research suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for oral health problems, such as gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease). People with diabetes are at an increased risk for serious gum disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums. The Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health states that good oral health is integral to general health. So be sure to brush and floss properly and see your dentist for regular checkups. If I Have Diabetes, am I at Risk for Dental Problems? If your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you are more likely to develop serious gum disease and lose more teeth than non-diabetics. Like all infections, serious gum disease may be a factor in causing blood sugar to rise and may make diabetes harder to control. Other oral problems associated to diabetes include: thrush, an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth, and dry mouth which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities. How Can I Help Prevent Dental Problems Associated with Diabetes? First and foremost, control your blood glucose level. Then, take good care of your teeth and gums, along with regular checkups every six months. To control thrush, a fungal infection, maintain good diabetic control, avoid smoking and, if you wear them, remove and clean dentures daily. Good blood glucose control can also help prevent or relieve dry mouth caused by diabetes. What Can I Expect at My Checkup? Should I Tell My Dental Professional About My Diabetes? People with diabetes have special needs and your dentist and hygienist are equipped to meet those needs — with your help. Keep your dentist and hygienist informed of any changes in your condition and any medication you might be taking. Postpone any non-emergency dental procedures if your blood sugar is not in good control.
Important Reasons for Mouth Guards A mouth guard is a soft plastic or laminate device used in sports to prevent oral injuries to the teeth, mouth, cheeks, tongue and jaw. The American Dental Association projects that one third of all dental injuries are sports related.1 The use of a mouth guard can prevent more than 200,000 oral injuries to the mouth each year. The types of dental injuries that can occur without the use of a mouth guard are chipped or broken teeth, fractured crowns or bridgework, lip and cheek injuries, root damage to the teeth, fractured jaws, and concussions. Any athlete may be at risk for oral injury and any injury can be prevented with the use of a mouth guard. Mouth guards are mandatory in collision sports such as football, hockey and boxing where the risk of injury is likely. Children and adults involved in incidental contact sports like basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, soccer and volleyball may consider wearing a mouth guard to prevent injuries to the mouth. A study of high school athletes found that seventy-five percent of injuries occurred when mouth guards were not worn and forty percent occurred during baseball and basketball. Nine percent of all athletes suffered some type of oral injury while another three percent reported a loss of consciousness. Fifty-six percent of all concussions were suffered when mouth guards were not worn. Trauma related to sports is more prevalent than previously reported.2 Child or adult, a mouth guard is essential for all athletes. For more information about the right mouth guard for you, consult your dental professional.