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WE WANT TO HELP YOU SMILE!

April 10, 2021

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Did you know that 48% of young adults have untagged themselves from a photo on Facebook because of their smile?

We’ll help get you smiling with confidence again! Schedule an appointment today.

 

Did you know that 48% of young adults have untagged themselves from a photo on Facebook because of their smile?We'll help get you smiling with confidence again! Schedule an appointment today.

Posted by Dr. Robert Mitchell DDS on Friday, July 24, 2020

DID YOU KNOW????

March 10, 2021

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One-third of the tooth is hidden underneath the gums.

Posted by Dr. Robert Mitchell DDS on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

FLOSS FLOSS FLOSS

February 10, 2021

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Flossing is more than just pulling a string between your teeth.

To floss properly, the floss should glide against both sides of each tooth, arcing around the tooth so as to fit above the gum line. Each tooth should be flossed, not just those with tangible particulates.

Flossing is more than just pulling a string between your teeth.To floss properly, the floss should glide against both…

Posted by Dr. Robert Mitchell DDS on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Osteoporosis – Post In:Senior Dental & Health Tips – By Natasha Gayle

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Osteoporosis can affect your dental health, too. Find out the correlation between osteoporosis and dental health. http://bit.ly/2fwmgSm

Osteoporosis is a fairly common skeletal disease in which calcium is lost, causing bones to become weaker and more susceptible to fractures. The disease affects men and women who are 50 years old or older, but it’s most common in women who are 70 years old or above. As the body ages, bone mass and strength decrease; osteoporosis adds to this process.

According to Dentistry IQ, researchers even predict that by the year 2020, this disease could affect more than half of Americans who are older than 50.

Osteoporosis can affect your dental health, too, especially if you are taking anything to help contain this disease. Below, we will talk about the correlation between osteoporosis and dental health.

What Causes Osteoporosis?

First, let’s look at the causes of this skeletal disease. There are many possible causes. These include:

  • Genetics. Has someone in your family had osteoporosis? If so, you could be at risk of getting this disease.
  • Calcium Deficiency. The National Institutes of Health recommends adults 19 – 50 years old have 1,000 mg of calcium per day; they further recommend that adult men ages 51 – 70 years maintain that same recommendation, while adult women 51 to 70 years of age increase to 1,200 mg of calcium per day.
Source: National Institutes of Health

Source: National Institutes of Health

  • Smoking. Studies done have indicated a correlation between tobacco use and decreased bone density. However, experts have a hard time determining if it’s the smoking that results in osteoporosis or if it’s some other factor that smokers have in common.
  • Menopause. Menopause causes a lack of estrogen, which decreases bone density. The longer a woman experiences these lower estrogen levels, the lower her bone density will be and the greater risk of developing osteoporosis, particularly for women who experience menopause early.
  • Excessive Caffeine or Alcohol Intake. Both caffeine and alcohol absorb the calcium you need for strong bones, so the more caffeine and alcohol you consume, the less calcium you’ll keep in your body.
  • Inactive Lifestyle. An inactive lifestyle can lead to osteoporosis. A daily exercise routine consisting of various exercises can help slow down bone loss and maintain muscle strength.

How Can Osteoporosis Affect Dental Health?

We’re always saying how your dental health affects your overall health and vice versa. This is a perfect example of that.

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects your bones. Your teeth and jawbone are bones, so it can damage your jawbone and cause bone loss in teeth. It can also trigger gum and periodontal disease when it affects the bone beneath your gums.

Will My Dentist Be Able to Tell if I have Osteoporosis?

Your dentist may be able to detect the first stage of osteoporosis after reviewing your medical history and conducting a dental exam. Further dental x-rays may indicate progression of the disease by showing the density of the jawbone and bone loss surrounding the teeth from year to year. If the bone loss decreases overtime, that’s a strong indicator that you may be suffering from the disease.

Other signs that may alert your dentist to a possible osteoporosis diagnosis include:

  • Bone loss in and around the teeth and jaw
  • Tooth loss
  • Loose or ill-fitted dentures
  • Gum disease

But whether or not your dentist is able to identify if you have osteoporosis, you need to let him/her know if you do, in fact, have the disease to avoid a case of osteonecrosis.

What Is Osteonecrosis?

Osteonecrosis is a disease that results in dead bone tissue due to reduced blood flow in the joints. In dental, it’s often referred to as Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ).

Osteonecrosis symptoms include:

  • Pain, swelling or infection of the gums or jaw
  • Recently treated or injured gums that are not healing
  • Heaviness of the jaw or numbness
  • Exposed bone
  • Loose teeth

*Contact your dentist or physician immediately if you develop any of these symptoms following a dental procedure or treatment.

Maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental visits is the best way to lower your risk for ONJ, as well as communicate what you are taking for the disease with your dentist.

Tooth extractions and other dental procedures may still be done if you are at risk of ONJ, but they must be proceeded with caution.

Experts suggest that anyone who must undergo jawbone surgery stop bisphosphonate treatment at least three months prior to the time of surgery or undergo surgery before beginning bisphosphonate treatment. The risks involved with doing so will need to be weighed, depending on the necessity of the dental treatment or surgery. Talk to your dentist or physician if you are undergoing bisphospohnate treatment and need dental treatment. DO NOT STOP TREATMENT WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING YOUR DENTIST AND PHYSICIAN.

How Does Osteoporosis Affect Dental Implant Patients?

Senior at dentistDental implants are anchored to the jawbone, so the health of the bone is a contributing factor.

A few clinical studies on the effect of osteoporosis on dental implants have indicated implant failure in patients who had osteoporosis after going through menopause, which we mentioned earlier.

Others have reported some success but note that there is a reduction of bone healing surrounding the implants in individuals with this skeletal disease.

Therefore, the use of dental implants on patients who have osteoporosis may not be entirely out of the question. Your dentist will need to know that you have the disease, or may be at risk of getting the disease (based on genetics and age), so he/she can offer a proper treatment plan or recommendation on whether or not you should proceed.

How Does Osteoporosis Affect Dentures?

Osteoporosis can affect the ridges within the mouth that hold dentures in place. This can result in ill-fitted dentures. Some women have even noted needing to get fitted for dentures upwards of 3 times because of the effects of this disease.

How Can You Prevent Osteoporosis?

There are several factors that cause osteoporosis, as mentioned earlier in this post. Some of these cannot be helped–like genetics, gender and age–but there are a few steps you can take to improve your chances of avoiding this disease.

1. Calcium Intake. Osteoporosis results from a lack of calcium consumption, so making sure you are getting your required daily dosage of calcium is important. (We recommend getting your daily dosage by following a high-calcium diet and not relying on the use of supplements, as they can have their own adverse side effects).

Some calcium-rich foods include:

  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Fruit juices
  • Soy and rice beverages
  • Tofu
  • Fish with soft bones like sardines and salmon
  • Most grains (breads, pastas, unfortified cereals)

2. Vitamin D. Including vitamin D into your diet could help stave off osteoporosis as it helps strengthen bones.

3. Exercise. Maintaining (or starting) an active lifestyle may protect you from this disease. Be cautious when beginning exercises later in life. If you already have the disease and don’t yet know, exercise could result in a fractured bone (even the simplest of exercises).

4. Stop Smoking. As mentioned above, while not 100% certain of the correlation, there is some connection between smoking and osteoporosis. Avoiding this unhealthy habit will have multiple benefits to your health and dental health, besides just avoiding this particular disease.

5. Decrease Caffeine and Alcohol Consumption. Caffeine and alcohol absorb the calcium you need for strong bones. Reducing your intake of these two elements can help reduce your risk of weak bones.

What Should I Do if I Have Osteoporosis?

Let your dentist know if you have osteoporosis or may be at increased risk of developing the disease (age, gender, genetics). You’ll want to communicate what you are taking, especially before undergoing any type of dental treatment or surgery (this is a good rule of thumb whether you have osteoporosis or not since what you take can affect the dental treatment you receive).

Likewise, if you have not alerted your physician to your condition, you’ll want to let them know as well so they can help you treat the disease.

Conclusion

So, what does this all mean? With the expected increase in this diagnosis by the year 2020 and taking into considering increased life expectancy due to medical advancements and technology, dentists may encounter more cases of osteoporosis in their dental patients, which will require more communication between dentist and patient and specified dental treatment plans to prevent possible complications.

Dental Jokes

January 10, 2021

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What do you call two dentists who live on opposite sides of the world?

Molar opposites. 😂

Six Myths About Oral Health And Overall Health by Steve Auger

December 20, 2020

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Myths can be stubborn creatures. While some myths may not be harmful, misconceptions about our health can be a different matter.

See if any of these persistent myths could be affecting your oral health or general wellbeing.

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “at least you have your health.” Maybe you’ve uttered it yourself. It’s usually said in an effort to make the best out of a less-desirable situation, though there’s some truth behind it. Serious conditions such as heart disease, cancer, ALS, Type II diabetes and mental illness usually grab headlines in the healthcare field. But many people don’t realize the connection between oral health and overall health.

The mouth serves as a window into a person’s health, but there tends to be a lot of confusion about how mouth care affects our well-being. Let’s bust some myths about your oral health:

‘Tooth Decay Is Mainly Caused by Sugar.’

Not so, according to Dr. Gerry Curatola of Rejuvenation Dentistry in New York City. Sugar certainly plays a role in tooth decay but it isn’t the main perpetrator. Acids from naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth combine with saliva, resulting in plaque buildup on teeth. Often this happens during the consumption of carbohydrates.

‘Fillings Made of Silver Aren’t a Health Risk.’

Fifty-two percent of silver fillings are made of mercury, according to Curatola, and over time, this mercury can leech out into the mouth. Mercury has been linked to a few autoimmune and chronic diseases, and fillings containing this element should therefore be replaced in a timely manner, if not avoided altogether. People with silver fillings who grind their teeth, drink a lot of hot or carbonated beverages and chew a lot of gum may be particularly prone to this effect.

Gum Disease Isn’t Very Common.’

Gum disease is all too common. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 47 percent of adults age 30 and older have some form of gum disease. And as we age, we’re naturally more susceptible to infections, including those in the gums. Sixty-four percent of adults age 65 and older have either moderate or severe gum disease.

Bad Breath Is a Sign of Gum Disease.’

Although bad breath indicates you might have gum disease, it’s also a sign of other potential health issues. The only sure way to know is by making an appointment with your dentist. If he or she gives your mouth a clean bill of health, consult your primary care physician. Bad breath can also be a symptom of acid reflux, a bowel obstruction or some other digestive issue, often nicknamed “stomach breath,” according to Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S.

‘Diabetes Means You’ll Get Gum Disease.’

Diabetes, a condition many people deal with on a daily basis, affects the processing of sugar in the human body and can lead to issues with the heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves. Poorly regulated blood sugar makes it hard to curb common issues like gum disease, but it doesn’t cause an infection of the gums. Those who have diabetes need to be meticulous when taking care of their teeth, so they can remain as healthy as anyone else.

Women Can Ignore Bloody Gums When They’re Pregnant.

The American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthy site notes that some women experience a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” This doesn’t occur in all women, though. Thorough toothbrushing and flossing, along with additional dental cleanings, will abate bleeding gums despite the complications that come with pregnancy.

The best way to avoid any oral health issues is to make mouth health a priority. That means regular brushing, flossing and trips to your dentist for check ups and professional cleanings every six months. Using a toothpaste like Colgate Total® Advanced Deep Clean is a good way to prevent cavities, gingivitis and bad breath. Recognizing the importance of oral health and overall health will keep your body working just right.

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/six-myths-about-oral-health-and-overall-health-1014?fbclid=IwAR2mAfDnHl95KT6UuJK2bCbOmC4ClJ1ake_EQkt6d2hb9D5toJ9qhjBlIJQ

Are you brushing the right way?

December 10, 2020

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We know how to eat candy, but do we know how to brush our teeth? http://r29.co/2wEQgDt

Gobble Gobble

November 26, 2020

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Wishing you the happiness of good friends, the joy of a happy family, and the wonder of the holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving from Dr. Mitchell and the team!

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Dental Jokes are FUN!!!

November 12, 2020

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Do you know what mamelons are? No, they’re not a type of fruit.

When your child’s permanent incisors erupt, you may notice bumpy ridges on the end of their new teeth. These are known as tooth mamelons. They’re nothing to worry about and usually wear down over time.

 

Do you know what mamelons are? No, they're not a type of fruit.When your child's permanent incisors erupt, you may…

Posted by Dr. Robert Mitchell DDS on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

FLOSS FLOSS FLOSS

November 1, 2020

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Flossing your teeth every day removes food particles, plaque, and debris that brushing can’t reach. This helps you keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. But not everyone knows the right way to do it.

 

 

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