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Missing one or more teeth can have a huge effect on your life.  It can lower your self-esteem and confidence and it also creates problems when it comes to chewing and digesting your food.  Most people are unaware of how missing teeth impacts our entire body.  Whether you have lost teeth due to gum disease, aging or trauma, missing teeth is a problem that can’t be ignored and needs to be addressed as it influences your quality of life.


Here are a 5 reasons why dental implants are life changing:


1.  Dental implants feel like natural teeth  –  Dental implants naturally fuse to your jawbone making them feel and look just like your own teeth.  Superior esthetics along with function.


2.  Dental implants prevent bone loss in the jaw  –  Our bone is a living tissue and needs constant stimulation to rebuild itself.  In the jaw that stimulation comes from our natural teeth.  Once a tooth is extracted the jawbone in the area starts resorbing.  Since implants fuse to our jawbone it is able to stimulate the bone to stay healthy and prevent resorption.


3.  Kind to adjacent natural teeth  –  in case of dental bridges or removable partial dentures  the adjacent teeth are compromised.  Dental implants are unconnected tooth replacements and are not dependent on support from adjacent natural teeth.


4.  Easy to clean  –  No special creams, floss or cleaning tablets are needed.  You care for your dental implants exactly like your natural teeth.


5.  Reliability. Dental implants have a documented 95% success rate. This is the highest of any tooth-replacement option.

When considering your dental health, having wrong and false information will be harmful. In this blog we get to the facts behind the most common dental myths.

Following are the 6 Dental Myths and Misconceptions:

Myth #1 – Cavities are only caused by sweets
Tooth decay happens when we eat foods containing carbohydrates such as sugars and starches. Not just sugary drinks or candy bars, but also breads, crackers, potato chips, cereal, milk etc… that are left on our teeth. Bacteria in our mouth digest these foods, and turns them to acids. The acids dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth, creating holes in the teeth called cavities, or caries. The longer the sugar is in your mouth, the longer the bacteria can feed and produce acid, and the longer the acid can work on the enamel. It’s not about the amount of sugar you eat, it’s about how long the sugar is in contact with your teeth.


Myth #2 – Children are more prone to cavities than adults
Children are not naturally more susceptible to cavities. They just not as good with brushing. They are not as thorough and don’t have the manual dexterity needed for brushing on their own. Help your children or use an electric toothbrush.


Myth #3 – I don’t have any pain, therefore my teeth are ok.
“It Doesn’t Hurt.” While that’s a good thing, the chances are if you felt pain or sensitivity to hot and cold, you will need more than just filling. The pain we experience with cavities comes when cavities are more advanced and causes damage to the nerve. Catching cavities early while they are small allows saving more tooth structure, and can spare you the added discomfort and expense.


Myth #4 – If My Gums Bleed I Should Stop Flossing
Absolutely not. If your gums bleed every time you floss, you’re probably flossing improperly or not enough. People who don’t floss regularly or properly often quit because it’s too painful. Once you begin doing it the right way, the bleeding should stop shortly. The more you floss, the more resilient your gums will become, and will stop bleeding. Dental Work Is Done On A Tooth It’s Stronger Than Ever


Myth #5 – Aspirin Placed Next to a Tooth Will Help a Toothache
Aspirin or other pain pills such as Tylenol, Motrin can only work when they enter the bloodstream. Aspirin placed directly next to your tooth will not enter your blood in any significant quantity. Aspirin is acidic and placing on the tooth or near your gum tissue can irritate the nerve more, and you can get an acid burn on your gums. Swallowing aspirin is what helps reduce toothache pain.


Myth #6 – I’ll need false teeth when I’m older
Getting older does not mean dentures are inevitable. With improvements in dental hygiene and advances in dentistry more of us are able to keep our teeth as we age. In 1968, 37% of adults had no natural teeth. By 1998, the figure had fallen to 12%.


Take care of your teeth, and they will take care of you.


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I often get asked, what is my favorite dental floss?  My personal favorite dental floss is Johnson & Johnson, Reach waxed floss. It cleans really well.   It doesn’t tear or shred when used between teeth with tight contact points. And for areas with wider spaces I double up on the floss to be more through.  Glide made by Oral B is slippery so it slips between tight teeth, but I just feel that it doesn’t clean as well.  For floss to be effective it has to properly remove the plaque buildup between our teeth, sort of like wiping between the teeth.  Glide is too slippery to clean effectively and thoroughly.


Improper cleaning will cause buildup of bacteria between teeth and resulting in your gums and teeth to be more sensitive, which will cause bleeding when you floss or possibly even hurt.   After about one to two weeks of flossing properly (depending on your gums), the bleeding and pain will subside.


Regardless of what is advocated by TV commercials for mouthwashes, flossing is the best way to remove buildup between our teeth. It simply can’t be replaced by mouthwash.


If you are unable to floss, Waterpiks are a great alternative.  They work well to flush food and debris between teeth, under fixed bridges, and under braces.

For people with dexterity issues or people who will just never floss will greatly benefit from Waterpik.  It is definitely better than doing nothing to clean in between your teeth.

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Short answer to how long you should be brushing your teeth is 2-3 minutes, 2-3 times per day.  Bacterial plaque builds up when there is too much time between brushing times.  This can lead to gingivitis or periodontitis.  Use a soft bristled toothbrush, and replace it when it shows signs of wear or every three month, whichever happens first.


Technique is just as important as the length of time for brushing.  Have a system in mind.  Start brushing your teeth in the upper right area moving to the upper left area on the outside. Once done with the outside/cheek, brush the inside/palatal area right to left.  Repeat for the lower teeth.  In this manner you don’t brush the same area multiple times while forgetting or not brushing some areas. Some electronic toothbrushes have timers to help you keep track. We love the Sonicare Ultrasonic toothbrushes.   Multitask while brushing your teeth.  Watch a little TV or read a page of your book.  This helps the 2-3 minute go by faster.


Be careful to not brush too hard which can lead to enable abrasion and irritated gum tissue.


Don’t forget to floss.

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This past week, we welcomed the vernal equinox—spring is here—so are seasonal allergies. A change in seasons can affect your teeth and overall all health.


Many allergy sufferers take allergy medication and will notice a dry mouth which is the most common side effect of these types of medications. Our warm weather allows us to be more active and be outdoors, which can lead to dehydration and dry mouth.


It is important to keep hydrated and keeping our mouths moist. Dry mouth increases the risk for tooth decay, gingivitis, bad breath and just not being able to enjoy food. Saliva helps keep harmful germs that cause cavities and other oral infections in check by limiting bacterial growth and washing away food particles. Saliva improves our ability to taste and easier to swallow food while aiding in digestion.


Here are some self-care tips you can use to help ease dry mouth. Good oral care at home and regular dental check-up, brush after every meal, use mouthwash designed for dry mouth, drink plenty of water—sip throughout the day, avoid tobacco, alcohol and caffeine drinks.


Enjoy the brighter, sunnier season!

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What is oil pulling for healthier teeth & gums and what does it do? Oil pulling has been around a long time. Oil pulling for healthier gums and teeth proponents claim that by swishing with coconut oil, olive or sesame oil for 15-20 minutes per day, we can reap the benefits of healthier gums, teeth and jaws. Oil pulling is great in preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis. The healing effects go beyond whiter teeth, it aids in detoxifying our bodies and helping with general pain.


But the University Of Saskatchewan College Of Dentistry is not sold on the idea. While there are published studies in favor of oil pulling.


Michelle Hurlbutt, RDH, MSDH, an associate professor of dental hygiene at Loma Linda University in Southern California states “Oil pulling should not be used to treat oral disease such as gum disease or tooth decay,” Hurlbutt said. “It’s more of a preventive rinse that could be used adjunctively with your regular mouth care routine.”


You can start with just five minutes and gradually increasing your time. Multitask while swishing. Take a shower, pack your lunch, make your bed… you get the idea. Don’t swallow the oil — spit it out in the trash not in your sinks, as it may clog up, and then brush your teeth.


Are you ready to try it for yourself? Use an edible, organic oil and let us know what you think.

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Dental implants have made it possible for anyone to have a smile makeover. All-on-4 Teeth in One Day Dental implants are fantastic and the closest replacement for your teeth in terms of function. They feel like teeth.
If you have been told that there is not enough bone or you are not a candidate for dental implants, if you have had all of your natural teeth removed years if not decades ago, there is a solution.


All-on-4 by Nobel Biocare is specifically designed for denture wears or those who are in need of a full upper and/or lower denture. By utilizing the All-on-4 procedure, patients will receive four implants and a full set of teeth per arch that is not removable. They are permanently fixed.


Typically one arch/jaw has 12 teeth. These teeth may be non-restorable due to decay or periodontal disease. You may have lost these teeth in the past. We can now remove all the diseased teeth, replace these teeth and other missing teeth by placing 4 implants and have new set of teeth supported by these implants. No need to take out dentures anymore. All-on-4 teeth are only removable by a dentist. This all done in one day, hence the name Teeth in One Day.


Benefits of All-on-4 or Teeth In One Day:
• Minimal recovery time
• Eliminates the need for bone grafting, in most cases
• Restores the ability to eat all types of foods
• Relieves frustrations of dentures
• Youthful appearance coupled with future bone loss
• Creates a whole new smile in one day
• Improves self-confidence and overall quality of life

On rare occasions,  crowns can and may break from a variety of reasons.  This can be a little scary and uncomfortable, “My Crown Broke, Now What?” Try and not panic.  Call your dentist and try to get in as soon as you can so the crown/tooth can be evaluated.  It is important to keep the area clean and free of debris.  Depending on whether the tooth is vital (alive) you may be sensitive to hot and/or cold foods and drinks which you may want to avoid.   If you have had a root canal (non-vital), you will not have any sensitivities but you should have it examined and treated ASAP.  There may also be sharp areas where the crown fractured and it can be very bothersome.


One of the main causes of crown fracture is your bite (the way your teeth come together) We can exert a tremendous amount of biting force/pressure which causes a lot of stress on our natural teeth, crowns, and fillings.  Especially if you are a grinder or a clencher.   So the right type of crown should be chosen carefully.


Sometimes the tooth under the crown is decayed and the crown is not supported properly anymore.  On very rare cases the crown is not bonded correctly or there is a material defect.  Broken crowns cannot be repaired and should be replaced fairly quickly to avoid other problems.

This is a very common problem that some patients have. Tooth sensitivity can happen after a filling.


Some sensitivity is normal after any tooth has been worked on, especially if there has been tooth decay. Decay irritates the tooth, and working on that tooth irritates it further, to where it can develop into a painful sensitivity.  If this is the only cause, expect the tooth to gradually get better, usually within a couple of days, but it can last for several months. As long as the tooth gradually improves, there should be no cause for concern.


Also one of the first questions I ask my patients that come back with a sensitive tooth is, “How does the bite feel?” If the tooth is contacting heavy or first, it can cause nerve inflammation that results in sensitivity.  This can be solved by a simple adjustment of the filling.  Often this is all that is necessary to make the tooth comfortable.


Sometimes the decay could have been close to the pulp of the tooth. In this situation, some bacteria will always be present in the thin porous dentin between the filling and the tooth. With the tooth being irritated from being worked on, it creates a situation in which the tooth can easily become infected. If the sensitivity persists, it indicates that the tooth is not recovering from this tooth infection and will need a root canal. This is fairly uncommon however, but still important to be aware of.


There are other possible causes for sensitivity or pain after new fillings. A dental examination may be required to discover another source of the problem.


Bottom line is if you have any kind of sensitivity after a filling is placed well after giving it time to adjust, see your dentist!

March 6th is National Dentist’s Day?


Wow, I didn’t know that there was a dentist’s day. I celebrated by taking it easy and having a second cup of coffee without rushing. I was up late last night catching up on a few episode of the 4th season of Downton Abbey. During my second cup I decided to extend this National Dentist’s Day all the way through the weekend. Although I am proud to be a dentist, I was surprised to find out about Dentist’s Day. I decided to embark on researching this holiday to see what I could find.


I found a website and it had a page about March holidays (March 1 is National Pigs day! can we cheer for BACON on March 1st? what is the protocol here?) but they didn’t have a real insight about our holiday’s origin. I did find some interesting info though. There is a Toothache Day, held annually on February 9th. Toothache Day???


Things one might want to do on National Dentist Day


The first thing you should do on National Dentist Day is to get active with your dental care. Maybe you haven’t been looking after your teeth the way you should.
o You can start by giving your teeth a good floss and having a good look at your teeth; maybe they need to be professionally cleaned or treated.
o Pull out your dentist’s telephone number and give a call just to give your greetings of the day. Your dentist is definitely going to be happy with that.
o Do not forget to have your teeth checked up on National Dentist Day. You could even give a call to your family members and friends to remind them to do the same.
o Last but not the least! don’t forget to replace your toothbrush on this day.


I’m not sure how I will spend the rest of my holiday weekend, maybe I will finish watching the rest of my Downton Abbey episodes.


Have a great Dentist’s Day.