Are you avoiding the dentist because you're afraid of the scolding you're going to get for neglecting your teeth? Unfortunately, too many people feel this way. At our office, we don't play guilt games. We're more concerned with treating your needs, regardless of how long it's been since you've seen a dentist. We understand how fear and embarrassment can create a cycle of procrastination. You might just be amazed at how quick, simple and, yes, pain-free 21st Century dentistry has become! We have all kinds of ways of keeping you relaxed and comfortable. We even feature sedation dentistry, which lets us compress procedures into just a few visits, and sometimes only one. You're awake but relaxed—and before you know it [...]
And what exactly does 'impacted' mean? Any tooth has the potential to become impacted—that is, emerges in some oddball direction that crowds other teeth. But the most famous culprits are third molars, the last-to-emerge wisdom teeth. Not many mouths can accommodate these teeth. They often wind up pressing against their neighbors, ultimately pressuring the rest of the teeth to disrupt their alignment. That's not a wise thing to let happen. Wisdom teeth get our attention when they cause pain and swelling. Routine X-rays, beginning around age 12, alert us to problem potential before wisdom teeth start getting disruptive. X-rays can let us know whether those mighty molars must go.
Inflammation That Could Be Deadly Illness or injury to your body should trigger your immune system to heat up at that location and essentially smoke out the enemy. If your immune system is healthy when the mission is accomplished, the inflammation subsides and healing begins. But sometimes an immune system doesn't know when to stop. It smolders beneath the surface, destroying the very tissue it's supposed to heal. This potential volcano at the core of your body is called Chronic Inflammation. CI is thought to trigger such diseases as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and gum disease. A simple blood test for chronic inflammation focuses on C-reactive protein (CRP), which the liver produces when inflammation is present. Individuals with [...]
Lurks in Every Pantry Your sugar bowl sits on the table, and you lift its lid only to sweeten your morning coffee. You deserve a medal for exemplary nutritional behavior! Are you sure? Most folks eat more of it than they realize—150 pounds per year on average. That's 6 ounces—3/4 of a cup—every day. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight, many of them children. Doctors predict that an epidemic of diabetes will follow the obesity epidemic. Lose that sugar bowl and you still consume it in cakes, pies, and cookies. Ditch the desserts and your intake remains high. What's going on? Here's what—sugar is added to canned fruits, vegetables, soups, breakfast cereals, gravies, sauces, meats, salad dressings, rice and pasta mixes, [...]
Because we're concerned about more than your teeth… If you're a woman taking oral contraceptives, it's understandable that you might not wish to mention this prior to a dental procedure. But it's truly important that we know, and here's why: Your dental procedure may include an antibiotic prescription to fight the bacterial infection. It's known that some broad-spectrum antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of a birth control pill, increasing the chance of pregnancy. Antibiotics are wonderful weapons against infection, but they have their limitations. A few valuable suggestions: If you start, don't stop. Whether you're prescribed an antibiotic by us or your physician, don't stop taking them just because you "feel better.” There's a chance the most resistant bacteria will [...]
It might be a big Italian meal—meatballs, lasagna, red wine—or a serious encounter with stuffed jalapenos. Whatever your preference, if you suffer heartburn, you're going to pay for it. Every month, 40% of the population suffers heartburn. An unlucky 10% reach for the antacids or acid blockers daily. Heartburn is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux, the escape of acids from the stomach back into the esophagus. There is a burning sensation behind the breastbone, maybe a sour taste in the mouth. Mild-to-moderate heartburn is a nuisance, but with chronic reflux, stomach acid can irritate the lining of the esophagus, larynx, and throat. Recurring episodes of heartburn during sleep can even erode tooth enamel. Any hoarseness, persistent throat clearing, or difficulty [...]
A mouth at age 50 enters a whole new world marked by a set of problems you never dreamed of when your mouth was filled with bubble gum and the latest slang. Celebrate Great Taste! Expect taste buds to fade gradually with age. But the senses of taste and smell can disappear quickly in diabetics—or overnight as a result of stroke, Parkinson's, or Huntington's Disease. Have the loss checked out—and make food more palatable with herbs and spices. Don't Swallow Bitterness! Menopause often leads to hormonal imbalance or to vitamin or mineral deficiency, resulting in a bitter taste or burning in the mouth. Detection of the deficiency can lead to correction of the problem. Tender is the Face TMJ (temporomandibular [...]
What's the most common thing nearly half of American toddlers do when they're tired, relaxing, sleeping, or being scolded? They suck their thumbs! Thumb-sucking is the earliest and most common habit among children. It's nothing for parents to worry about—unless the habit persists. Only after age four does thumb-sucking threaten to damage children's teeth Some thumb-suckers simply rest the thumb in the mouth, sucking only at certain times. Others work at the habit and can displace teeth severely. If, when you remove the thumb from your child's mouth you hear a "popping," it signals a great deal of pressure on the teeth that may cause an overbite or underbite. If the child is over four, you may want to discuss [...]
Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world and strikes over 43,000 people each year in America. Over the past 30 years, survival rates have only increased from 45 percent to 54 percent, with survival rates lower among African Americans and people under 40. In a recent poll, the National Institute of Dental Research found that a sizable population understood the causes and early signs of oral cancer. Along with genetic disposition, risk factors include smoking or chewing tobacco, regular alcohol consumption, and excessive exposure to the sun. Because early detection is essential to improving survival rates, any of the following warning signals should prompt an immediate oral examination: viral or fungal infection sores that don't seem [...]
An aching tooth's a warning. Often it's a cavity, but not always. Other Toothache Causes... After a filling, a tooth can sometimes be a bit sensitive. It's a normal reaction that should soon correct it-self. In the morning, an aching tooth could be the result of grinding or tooth-clenching overnight. Not a cavity, but a habit you need to shake. Aches can also come from unfamiliar pressures due to tooth movement, especially when a tooth has shifted because a lost tooth wasn't replaced. Sinus problems can make an upper molar ache. An infected sinus presses against the nerve and can cause pain. Any change in tooth-feel is a warning worth investigating, so don't hesitate to contact us if pain persists.