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Drinks Destroy

Fizzy drinks make fuzzy teeth! Keeping teeth healthy for a lifetime means preventing tooth decay and erosion. Tooth erosion is a newer phenomenon and one that is preventable, according to the Indiana Dental Association which provided the following information:Erosion is the chemical loss of enamel due to acid. Acid is found primarily in soft drinks, sports drinks, juices and acidic foods. Acid reflux, vomiting and other illnesses that produce stomach acid in the mouth can also erode tooth enamel.Enamel is [...]

2019-07-30T02:35:24+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Family Dentistry, General Dentistry|

Gum Disease is Associated with Alzheimers

A recent study published in PLOS ONE suggests that periodontal (gum) disease may initiate Alzheimer’s Disease. Long-term exposure to periodontal disease bacteria causes inflammation and degeneration of brain neurons in mice that is like the effects of Alzheimer's disease in humans, according to this study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Although other studies have demonstrated a close association between periodontitis and cognitive impairment, this is the first study to show that exposure to the periodontal [...]

2019-07-30T02:35:31+00:00December 29th, 2018|General Dentistry|

High Blood Pressure

It is currently estimated that one in three U.S. adults is living with high blood pressure, yet less than half have their condition under control, according to the American College of Cardiology. A recent study confirmed the link between gum disease and high blood pressure. This study, published in the American Heart Associated journal Hypertension, included more than 11, 750 U.S. adults who were examined between 2009 and 2014. The goal of the study was to see if gum disease [...]

2019-07-30T02:35:39+00:00December 2nd, 2018|General Dentistry|

Is Brushing Your Teeth In the Shower a good idea

Should you brush your teeth in the shower? Is it estimated that about 4% of Americans routinely brush their teeth in the shower according to a recent survey by the Delta Dental Plans Association, a dental-insurance provider. That’s about 13 million people. What are the pros and cons? Some say that it saves time and water. As to saving time, it’s debatable. To save time, one would have to multi-task by scrubbing the body and brushing the teeth at the [...]

2019-07-30T02:35:46+00:00October 12th, 2018|General Dentistry|

Jowl Lines May Be Caused by Grinding Your Teeth

There is a muscle that attaches the corners of our mouth to the border of the lower jaw. It is called the “depressor anguli oris.” It is also called the “triangularis”. Triangularis is a muscle of facial expression. Specifically it allows us to frown. It stands to reason if we frown a lot, we are likely to over-develop this muscle. The consequence is “jowl lines” that go at an angle from the corners of the mouth to the bottom of [...]

2019-07-30T02:35:51+00:00September 14th, 2018|Cosmetic Dentistry|

Long In The Tooth

The number of teeth you keep as you get older could indicate just how long you will keep getting older. The main reason for loss of teeth in adulthood is gum disease, called periodontitis. This disease causes bone loss, which leads to loosening and drifting of the front teeth. This leads to the phrase, “long in the tooth,” which implies old age. Aside from periodontitis, recent research has closely related tooth loss to “stress” during a person’s life, including specific [...]

Maintaining Good Health by Taking Care of Your Toothbrush

Most dentists agree you should change your toothbrush at least every two to three months. According to a recent report, “20 Things You Should Throw Away For Better Health”, by TIME (1/30, Jones) a toothbrush is one of these things. The American Dental Association (ADA) spokesman, Ruchi Sohota, was quoted to say, “Toothbrush bristles start to fray after two months and should be replaced by three months”. After daily wear, a tooth brush can get worn and become less effective [...]

2019-07-30T02:36:05+00:00July 2nd, 2018|General Dentistry|

Marijuana Use May Lead to Gum Disease

Long-term marijuana use may lead to gum disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Marijuana (cannabis) is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. According to a 2014 survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), as many as 22.2 million people used cannabis in the previous month. Marijuana use is common among teenagers. NIDA reports that nearly 20% of 12th graders are currently using marijuana. Short [...]

New Study Further Confirms How Diabetes Leads to Gum Disease

A new study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers has found that the oral microbiome affected by diabetes causes a shift in the likelihood of disease. The microbiome is the microorganisms that coexist with our own cells. We depend on a vast army of microbes to stay alive. Microbiome protects us against germs, breaks down food to release energy, and produces vitamins." Hence, when microbiome is affected by diseases such as diabetes, it has been hypothesized that we are more [...]

No More Root Canals

What if there is no more need for root canal treatment to be done in order save a “dead” tooth? Researchers at the University of Nottingham and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University has developed new regenerative dental fillings that use stems cells inside our teeth to repair tissue. This potentially can make conventional root canal treatment a choice, but not the only alternative when you have an “abscessed” tooth, or a tooth which has a “dead” nerve. This new [...]

2019-07-30T02:36:38+00:00February 22nd, 2018|General Dentistry, Sleep Dentistry|