Can You Get a Cavity in Your Dental Implants?

By investing in dental implants, you made a positive, smart choice. You opted for a long-term tooth-replacement solution that has a proven, high rate of success in patients of all ages.

Dental Implant Cavity

You may be nervous about taking care of your implants. Though they can not get cavities, that doesn’t mean they can’t sustain a different kind of infection if they aren’t cared for regularly.

What Is Peri-Implantitis?

Just like natural teeth, implants must be cleaned each and every day to keep plaque build-up at bay. Though plaque won’t lead to a cavity, it can accumulate near the soft tissue of your gum causing peri-implantitis. This is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissue surrounding the implant.

At first, the gums may bleed and become extremely sensitive, but more serious symptoms involve bone loss around the base of the implant. This could result in gum recession, which would expose the supporting implant structure. The tooth could appear longer and eventually the entire implant could loosen.

Taking Care of Dental Implants

Peri-implantitis is preventable, if you make your dental health a priority.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss — mostly due to decay, gingivitis, or injury. For many years, the only treatment options for those with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. Today, we have dental implants available.

Model of white teeth and dental implantWhat Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw bone. This provides a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

What Are The Benefits?

There are many advantages of dental implants over other tooth replacement options:

Improved appearance – Dental implants are made specifically for your mouth. They will look and feel like your own teeth because they are designed to fuse with bone and be permanent.

Improved speech – Ill-fitting dentures can slip within your mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without they worry that teeth might slip.

Eating easier – Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult and may also make it difficult to enjoy some of your favorite food. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence.

Improved comfort – Because they become a part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of slipping dentures that are know to cause sore and irritated gums.

Durability – Dental implants are very durable and are made to last many, many years. With good care, they may last a lifetime.

Convenience – Dental implants mean no more messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place, or the need to remove them every night for cleaning. You care for your dental implants just the same as you would your real teeth.

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Our New Sirona Orthophos XG 3D X-ray Machine

We are proud owners of a new x-ray imaging machine, Sirona Orthophos XG 3D. We brought this new, state-of-the-are piece of equipment into our office for its ease of use and reliable results.  We’re excited to be using this awesome piece of equipment to not only streamline our practice, but also offer our patients the safest and most comfortable experience possible.

Here are some of the key features:

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-2-53-23-pmHybrid Unit
This hybrid unit not only provides the right 2D image, it is now augmented with the ability to capture an x-ray image in 3D. One scan provides a 2D and 3D image together.

Simplified Patient Positioning
With the auto-positioner, the operator can automatically tilt the patient’s head to get the perfect angle with no interference. The mulit-point stabilization allows the operator to position the patient comfortably through the on-screen guide. Proper patient positioning and stabilization is critical for diagnostic images.

Adjustable Area Of Exposure
The operator is able to adjust the area of exposure by zeroing in and capturing the region of interest that was prescribed by the dentist without exposing unnecessary regions to radiation. The field of view is also large enough to avoid needing to stitch together several images, thus eliminating multiple exposures. The operator also uses the alignment guide, giving them a perfect view of the area to be scanned, eliminating mistakes and the need for re-takes. Short scan time ensures that patient movement during the scan is kept to an absolute minimum, thus further reducing radiation dose.

Integrated Software
The integrated software gives us the ability to scan, diagnose, plan dental implants, and document findings quickly and efficiently. The ability to use these images to map out a blueprint for dental implants allows us to plan the implant with the highest accuracy. This is also an excellent tool for patients to visualize the implant and proposed treatment.

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Your Toothbrush: When It’s Time To Say Goodbye

replace your toothbrushYour toothbrush is one of the first things you see in the morning. Other than regularly seeing your dentist, your toothbrush is responsible for the health and hygiene of your teeth. There will be a time when it reaches the need for replacement. After all, a lot of viruses and bacteria live on it, when they get transferred from your mouth to its bristles.

Here are some factors to help you determine when it’s time to say goodbye to your toothbrush:

  • If the bristles are frayed or clumped, and don’t serve any purpose.
  • After you get well from a sickness. You would not want to fall sick again soon.
  • If anyone, even a healthy person, used it by mistake. Shared bacteria is the worst.

Otherwise, you should change your toothbrush after every two months for hygiene reasons.

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Fruit Juices And Smoothies Have High Sugar Content

The next time you offer your children a healthy smoothie instead of a soda, you may want to remember that it could contain as much as 13 g/100 ml, equivalent to around 2.5 tsps in a 3.5-oz serving, or approximately two thirds to a half of a child’s recommended daily sugar intake.

idealibrary_19797According to Yale Health, the average American consumes around 22 tsps of added sugar every day; for teens, the figure is closer to 34. One 12-oz can of soda contains 10 tsps of sugar.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommend no more than 3-4 tsps of sugar a day for children, and 5 tsps for teens.

As awareness spreads about the impact of sweetened drinks on weight gain and tooth decay, many people are turning to fruit juices and smoothies as healthy alternatives to sodas, iced tea and other favorites.

Even 100% juice is not guilt-free

Even 100% fruit juice is not as innocent as it seems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend not giving juice to infants under 6 months, and children aged 1-6 should have no more than 4-6 oz, or one half to three quarters of a cup. The recommended amount for 7-18 year-olds is 8-12 oz, or 1-2 cups.

Researchers from the University of Liverpool and the University of London in the UK assessed the sugar content of 203 fruit juice drinks, 100% natural juices, and smoothies aimed at children, using information from the pack label. They checked the amount of “free” sugars in UK-branded and store-brand products.

Free sugars include glucose, fructose, sucrose and table sugar, which are added by the producer, as well as naturally occurring sugars in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates. Although fructose occurs naturally in fruit, when consumed as a drink, it can cause dental caries – as can any other sugar.

There are other naturally occurring sugars in whole fruits and vegetables, which the body metabolizes differently, and they act to curb energy intake. These were not included.

Over 40% of drinks contain 4 tsps of sugar

The average sugar content of the 21 pure fruit juices assessed in the survey was as high as 10.7 g/100 ml or just over 2 tsps, and in the 24 smoothies, it was up to 13 g/100 ml, or just over 2.5 tsps. Over 40% of all the products, contained 19 g, or around 4 tsps, of free sugars, the maximum daily amount recommended for children.

Based on the findings, the team recommends:

  • Not counting fruit juices, juice drinks and smoothies with a high free sugar content as one of the “5 a day”
  • Consuming fruit whole, not as juice
  • Diluting fruit juice with water or opting for unsweetened juices, and allowing these only during meals
  • Limiting intake to 150 ml/day, or just over 5 oz

Medical News Today asked Dr. Simon Capewell, who led the research, whether, in the light of these findings, we should reduce our fruit intake, too.

He told us:

“No. Fruit is very good for the health. Vegetables likewise. Indeed, we would recommend unlimited fruit and vegetables.”

Whole fruit has a higher fiber content than juice, it takes longer to consume, it is more satisfying, and there is evidence that the body metabolizes whole fruit in a different way, adjusting its energy intake more appropriately than it does after drinking juice.


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5 Reasons to Scrape Your Tongue Every Day

13335549_10157121025675601_3401142193123133939_n#1 Improves the breath:

Removing the bacteria, food debris, fungi, and dead cells from the tongue significantly reduces the odor from the mouth.  You may have been told to use your toothbrush for this purpose, but brushing the tongue does NOT efficiently remove all of the film that develops on the tongue.  You will be blown away the first time you  do this by the amount of gunk that comes off of the tongue.

#2 Improves your ability to taste:

Removing build-up from the surface of your tongue will better expose your taste buds.  This will lead to better enjoyment of the flavors of your food.  Ayurveda teaches that the better we enjoy and savor our food, the better our bodies digest and assimilate, leading to better over all health.  Also, Ayurveda teaches that blocked taste buds and tongue receptors interferes with our body’s ability to communicate with our brain about what types of foods we need to maintain our health, leading to false cravings.

#3 Avoid toxins being reabsorbed into your body:

As you sleep, your body is detoxifying.  Much of the film on your tongue is toxins excreted from your body.  You don’t want to re-ingest that do you?  NO!  Scraping your tongue first thing in the morning will remove this sludge from your tongue and from your body, improving your over all health and improving your immune system.

#4 Improves dental health:

By removing bacteria and toxins, you are also contributing to better dental health as well, leading to healthier teeth and gums.  The bacteria that you remove from your tongue are responsible for things like periodontal problems, plaque build-up, tooth decay, gum infections, gum recession, and even loss of teeth.

#5  Get to know your tongue:

Did you know your tongue is a mirror reflection of your internal organs?  Just like with hand or foot mapping, the tongue is mapped out to reflect various parts of your internal body.  You can learn so much about what is going on in particular areas just by looking at your tongue every morning.  Also, by scraping your tongue, you are actually stimulating and massaging those corresponding internal organs, just like in acupressure or acupuncture.  Pretty cool, huh?

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Tooth Decay Risk Doubles for Children Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

Cosmetic DentistryThere is a high percentages of tooth decay in baby teeth in developed countries, a rate of 20.5% in children ages 2-5 in the US.

While cavity prevention in young children generally focuses on sugar restriction, oral fluoride supplementation and fluoride varnish, some studies have suggested that secondhand smoke plays a role.

Secondhand smoke may directly affect teeth and microorganisms in a number of ways, including inflammation of the oral membrane, damage to the salivary gland function and a decrease in serum vitamin C levels, as well as immune dysfunction. Although it has not been scientifically proven, this would suggest that reducing secondhand smoke among children could help prevent cavities.

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 11.44.11 AMA team of researchers based in Japan set out to investigate smoking during pregnancy and exposure to household smoke in infants at 4 months of age as risk factors for caries in deciduous teeth.

They wanted to know whether maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure of infants to tobacco smoke at the age of 4 months would increase the risk of caries in deciduous teeth.

The team analyzed data for 76,920 children born between 2004 and 2010, who attended routine health checkups at 0, 4, 9 and 18 months, and at 3 years of age at health care centers in Kobe City, Japan.

Mothers completed questionnaires to provide information about secondhand smoke exposure from pregnancy to 3 years of age and other lifestyle factors, such as dietary habits and oral care.

Incidence of caries in deciduous teeth was defined as at least one decayed, missing or filled tooth assessed by qualified dentists.

High risk of cavities in children of parents who smoke

Compared with having no smokers in the family, exposure to tobacco smoke at 4 months of age was associated with an approximately twofold increase in the risk of cavities. The effect of maternal smoking during pregnancy was not statistically significant.


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5 Things You Never Knew About Your Toothbrush

You use it every day, but when was the last time you put real thought into your toothbrush? An effective tool is essential for a proper brushing, which not only shines up your pearly whites, but also prevents bacteria and inflammation — both of which are linked to everything from heart disease to dementia. We asked the experts for a brushup on what features matter most.

Should you opt for an electric brush with a round, rotating head or a traditional rectangular manual brush? Many dentists believe they’re both effective if you’re using the right technique, but a review by the healthcare nonprofit the Cochrane Collaboration found that over a three-month period, round, rotating heads (which resemble the type used during professional cleanings) removed 11 percent more plaque than manual brushes. If you go the manual route, dentist Kimberly Harms, DDS, a consumer adviser for the American Dental Association, recommends that people with narrow jaws (your dentist can tell you) choose a brush with a tapered head.

There’s no one-size-fits-all toothbrush, but keep in mind that big brushes can miss plaque buildup in tight spots between teeth and hard-to-reach areas in the back. “You’ll know you’ve found the right size head if it can comfortably clean all the way around your last top molar,” says Fremont, California–based dentist Ruchi Sahota, DDS.

Always opt for soft or extra soft. “Many people mistakenly believe that hard-bristle brushes do a more thorough job, but the opposite is true,” says Harms. “Because hard bristles don’t bend well, they can miss areas under the gums and between teeth that are most in need of cleaning.” And they’re harder on your gums: A 2011 study in the Journal of Periodontology found that people who brushed with stiffer bristles experienced an 11 percent increase in gum bleeding after eight weeks.

Unless you find them easier to hold, fancy padded grips that appear to be ergonomically designed have no effect on how well you brush, Harms says.

Is it Time to Change Your Toothbrush?
If it’s been more than four months, yes.

According to the American Dental Association, more than 40 percent of Americans don’t know how often to change their toothbrushes. GoodMouth, a new mail-order subscription service, eliminates the guesswork. “Many people use the same brush for six months or even a year,” says dentist Seth Keiles, DMD, the company’s cofounder and chief medical officer. “In that time, worn bristles become less effective at removing plaque, food particles, and bacteria, putting you at increased risk for cavities and gum disease.” GoodMouth will send you a new brush every other month for a $5 delivery fee. And for every person who signs up, the company will donate two toothbrushes to underserved communities in the U.S. that lack access to quality dental care.

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