10 Fun Facts About Tooth Brushes

1. When selecting your toothbrush, look for the ADA Seal. The ADA Seal of Acceptance is the gold standard for toothbrush quality. It’s how you’ll know an independent body of scientific experts, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, has evaluated your toothbrush to make sure bristles won’t fall out with normal use, the handle will stay strong and the toothbrush will help reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease. 2. The toothbrush is 5,000 years old. In various forms, [...]

2019-07-30T02:34:14+00:00April 28th, 2019|Dental Information, General Dentistry|

Abscessed Teeth Increases Risk of Heart Attacks

In a study carried out at the University of Helsinki in cooperation with the Heart and Lung Centre of the university and published in the Journal of Dental Research a dental abscess ( infection at the root tip of a tooth ) increases the risk of coronary artery disease, even if there no pain. The study states, “Acute coronary syndrome (heart attack) is 2.7 times more common among patients with untreated teeth in need of root canal treatment than among [...]

2019-07-30T02:34:27+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Dental Information, General Dentistry|

ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Research has found that the use of antidepressants increased the odds of implant failure by four times. Each year of antidepressant use doubled the odds of failure. More than one in 10 Americans over the age of 12 use antidepressants, making it the second most prescribed type of drug in the U.S., according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IMS Health. And the rate is increasing. Antidepressant use has surged 400 percent between the [...]

2019-07-30T02:35:07+00:00January 21st, 2019|Family Dentistry, General Dentistry|

Cannibas Use and Gum Disease

Recreational use of Cannabis is permissible in some states, including California. Anecdotal and observational reports have pointed to Cannabis use being involved with receding gums and gum disease. An analysis of the data from the National Health and Nutritional Examination indicated the following: Periodontal (Gum) disease, one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States, is a major cause of tooth loss among adults. Although periodontitis has a genetic component, factors such as increased age, gender, chronic conditions [...]

2019-07-30T02:35:16+00:00January 16th, 2019|Dental Information, General Dentistry|

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|

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|