Posts for: October, 2017
In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to take a moment to talk a bit about preventative healthcare.
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we strongly promote and encourage bi-annual teeth cleanings and check-ups, fluoride treatment alongside cleanings, and x-rays. These are all examples of preventative healthcare measures in regards to your oral health. We also encourage our patients to brush and floss at least twice a day, minimize sugar intake, eat teeth and gum health-promoting foods, and drink plenty of water. These are also all examples of preventative healthcare measures. We stand behind Juice Plus+, Sonicare toothbrushes, and Invisalign. These are all preventative healthcare tools.
The idea is simple. Take care of and maintain your health instead of waiting to fix it once it is in disrepair. It is far easier, far less expensive, and far less time consuming to practice healthy habits and take preventative measures than to try and fix what is broken. This is true for all avenues of health. Diet and nutrition, exercise, positive lifestyle changes and choices, and the conscious act of listening to your body are all equally important. Of course, there are some things that are out of our control, but this falls under listening to your body and taking charge when something isn’t right. The sooner you act, the better off you will be.
For example, gum disease is preventable. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. Red and swollen gums that bleed easily characterize this condition. There is typically little discomfort at this stage. However, this is not something that should be overlooked just because it is not causing pain. Gingivitis is usually caused by poor oral hygiene. Smoking, inadequate nutrition, and substance abuse can also contribute to this condition. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. Periodontitis can lead to chronic inflammation, tooth loss, and even heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes. With preventative healthcare, it should never have to get to this point. This scenario is common throughout our body and with countless conditions and diseases.
You have one body and it is your only permanent place in this world; keep it a place that you want to continue to live in!
Stay tuned for more about preventative health and some simple changes that can make grand differences in your bodily home. Thanks for sharing a smile with us!
It’s hard to avoid stress in the 21st Century. We’re all bombarded with stressors, from work to family — even our smart phones!
The problem really isn’t the stressors themselves but how we respond to them and try to relieve stress. This can often have a negative effect on our health. One example: bruxism, also known as teeth grinding or clenching.
These habits involve the rhythmic or spasmodic clenching, biting or grinding of the teeth, often involuntarily, beyond normal chewing function. It often occurs while we sleep — jaw soreness the next morning is a telltale sign. While there are other causes, stress is one of the most common for adults, bolstered by diet and lifestyle habits like tobacco or drug use, or excessive caffeine and alcohol.
Teeth grinding’s most serious consequence is the potential for dental problems. While teeth normally wear as we age, grinding or clenching habits can accelerate it. Wearing can become so extensive the enamel erodes, possibly leading to fractures or cracks in the tooth.
When dealing with this type of bruxism, we must address the root cause: your relationship to stress. For example, if you use tobacco, consider quitting the habit — not only for your overall health, but to remove it as a stress stimulant. The same goes for cutting back on your consumption of caffeinated or alcoholic drinks.
Adopt an “unwinding” pattern at night before you sleep to better relax: for example, take a warm bath or keep work items or digital media out of the bedroom.Â Many people also report relaxation or stress-relief techniques like meditation, mindfulness or biofeedback helpful.
There’s another useful tool for easing the effects of nighttime teeth grinding: an occlusal guard. This custom-fitted appliance worn while you sleep prevents teeth from making solid contact with each other when you clench them. This can greatly reduce the adverse effects on your teeth while you’re working on other stress coping techniques.
Teeth grinding or clenching can prove harmful over time. The sooner you address this issue with your dentist or physician, the less likely you’ll experience these unwanted consequences.
If you would like more information on the causes and treatments for teeth grinding, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding: Causes and Therapies for a Potentially Troubling Behavior.”
While having straight pearly whites will definitely inspire you to share your smile with the world, there is a deeper layer of health benefits beneath the aesthetic benefits. Your overall health has roots in the quality of your oral health. When your teeth overlap, there is a higher chance that food, bacteria, and plaque will build up in those tough to reach places. Straightening your teeth makes keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy so much easier.
Inflammation, bacteria, and poor oral hygiene cause gum disease and if left untreated, the affects can spread beyond your mouth. Inflammation is the leading cause of most degenerative diseases, as we have discussed previously. Oral infections that are left untreated can spread and lead to severe maladies such as pneumonia and heart disease. This all stems from inadequate oral hygiene.
Think how easy it would be to brush and floss if your teeth were lined up and the tight spaces between your teeth were perfectly vertical. Another thing to consider is how much easier it is to keep your teeth and gums clean when you can remove your aligners during the straightening process instead of trying to work around a mouth full of braces. Invisalign makes oral hygiene easy during and after your treatment.
When your teeth are aligned, your mouth is better prepared to fight against potential periodontal problems.
Invisalign also makes straightening your teeth discreet, comfortable, and convenient. You can take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss, but you will barely even notice they are on once you get used to wearing them initially. Invisalign is ideal for a number of different causes and is perfect for adults and teenagers. Invisalign is usually a much faster treatment approach than braces and is far more comfortable.
Interested? There is no time like the present to fix your smile and improve your oral health! The benefit of doing it this month (October 15-November 30) is that you will receive a complimentary consultation, $500 off your records, a Sonicare Flexcare Platinum toothbrush, and a Zoom take-home whitening kit. That’s $1,000 worth of savings! Call us today to schedule your consultation.
Happy Dental Hygiene Month!
Did you know that October is dental hygiene month? This year at Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we have decided to celebrate dental hygiene month and all of our wonderful patients, we are having a promotion on Invisalign.
You might be thinking to yourself, what does Invisalign have to do with dental hygiene? While most people might assume that straightening your teeth is only for cosmetic reasons, this couldn’t be further from the whole truth. While straightening your teeth obviously has cosmetic value and the majority of people interested in straightening their teeth want to do so for cosmetic reasons, the health benefits should not be overlooked.
For this reason, we are offering a complimentary Invisalign consultation, $500 off your records, a Sonicare Flexcare Platinum toothbrush, and a Zoom take-home whitening kit at the end of your Invisalign treatment. This deal will help you straighten, whiten, and take care of your new smile. As we always say, a smile makes a face!
So, how is straightening your teeth beneficial for more than just cosmetic reasons?
According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can significantly improve your overall oral and general health. Straighter teeth lead to:
Reduced chances of pneumonia, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke
Our Invisalign promotion runs between October 15 and November 30, 2017. Come on in and take advantage of this incredible offer and start your easy journey to a new and improved smile.
Later this week, we will elaborate on these amazing health benefits and how Invisalign differs from traditional braces.
So, you’ve just acquired an attractive restoration with dental implants. You may be thinking at least with these teeth you won’t have to worry about dental disease.
Think again. While the implants and their porcelain crowns are impervious to decay the surrounding gums and bone are still vulnerable to infection. In fact, you could be at risk for a specific type of periodontal (gum) disease called peri-implantitis (inflammation around the implant).
Bacterial plaque, the thin bio-film most responsible for gum disease, can build up on implant crowns just as it does on natural tooth surfaces. If it isn’t removed with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings the bacteria can trigger an infection in the gums.
Besides weakening gum tissues, gum disease can also cause bone loss, of critical importance to dental implants. An implant depends on the bone they’re inserted in to hold them in place. If the bone around an implant becomes infected it could begin to be lost or dissolve (resorb), which could lead to loss of the implant.
That’s why it’s critical to keep the natural tissue structures supporting your implants infection-free. Not only is daily hygiene a must, but your implants and any remaining natural teeth should undergo professional cleaning at least twice a year or more if your dentist recommends it.
Cleanings involving implants will also be a bit different from natural teeth. While the dental materials used in the crown and implant post are quite durable, regular cleaning instruments can scratch them. Although tiny, these scratches can become hiding places for bacteria and increase your risk of infection.
To avoid this, your hygienist will use instruments (known as scalers and curettes) usually made of plastics or resins rather than metal. The hygienist may still use metal instruments on your remaining natural teeth because their enamel can tolerate metal without becoming scratched creating a smoother surface.
While keeping implants clean can sometimes be a challenge, it’s not impossible. Implants on average have a long-term success rate above 95%. With both you and your dentist caring and maintaining these state-of-the-art restorations, you may be able to enjoy them for decades.
If you would like more information on caring for dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Maintenance: Implant Teeth must be Cleaned Differently.”