Posts for: February, 2012

By Charles Dean
February 28, 2012
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People living with diabetes are vulnerable to a host of systemic problems in their entire body. Unfortunately, the mouth and teeth are not immune from such problems, and many diabetics with oral problems go undiagnosed until conditions become advanced.

Infections and other problems such as receding gums and gum disease, or periodontal disease, are common afflictions among diabetics for many reasons; for instance, diabetics often are plagued by diminished saliva production, which can hamper the proper cleansing of cavity-causing debris and bacteria from the mouth. In addition, blood sugar levels that are out of balance could lead to problems that promote cavities and gum disease.

As with any condition, good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing and rinsing, as well as the proper diabetic diet, will go a long way in preventing needless problems.


By Charles Dean
February 23, 2012
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When one or more teeth become loose and fall out, it is termed as tooth loss. Tooth loss is natural for the milk set of teeth for kids as they get replaced by the permanent set of teeth. Apart from this, tooth loss is an undesirable entity which occurs due to physical injury or disease. The condition of missing teeth is medically termed as edentulism or anodontia.

Causes of Tooth Loss

Physical trauma or injury: Severe blow to the face or injury can cause the teeth to become loose and fall out. Our teeth are quite strong and hence it takes quite a large amount of force to displace the teeth from their sockets.

Gum (periodontal) disease: Gum disease is the leading cause for tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is the inflammation or infection of the gum tissues surrounding the teeth.
When gum disease has progressed to an advanced stage, it causes the resoption (degradation) of the bone supporting the tooth. This leads to the tooth loosening and eventually falling out.

Dental caries: It is an irreversible microbial disease of the tooth which damages the tooth structure. Also known as tooth decay or cavities, it can result in tooth loss over a period of time.

Prevention of tooth loss

  • Brushing and flossing: Gum disease and tooth decay occur often as a result of poor oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day to keep dental problems at bay. Flossing helps remove food debris in between your teeth and is recommended.
  • Regular visits to dentist: It is recommended to visit your dentist regularly to identify oral problems in their initial stage.
  • Fluoride therapy: use of fluoridated toothpaste and mouth wash is advisable as it prevents dental caries and hence tooth loss.
  • Dental sealants: Dental sealants are often applied in children on the chewing surfaces of back teeth as it acts as a physical barrier against dental caries.

Treatment

Dental implants: Dental implant is the replacement of the missing tooth/teeth by an artificial tooth which are embedded in your jaw bone. It is the most advanced treatment for tooth loss and is costly.

Bridges: Dental bridges are also known as fixed partial dentures. They replace the missing tooth and are supported by surrounding teeth.


Removable partial dentures: These are removable dentures which replace the missing teeth.

Complete denture: In cases of completely missing teeth, a complete denture is an effective way to replace the missing teeth.


By Charles Dean
February 21, 2012
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Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss - mostly due to tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, dental implants are available.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

There are many advantages to dental implants, including:

  • Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slip.
  • Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
  • Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
  • Improved oral health. Dental implants don't require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
  • Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
  • Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing your dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care (see below), implants can last a lifetime.

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders - such as diabetes or heart disease - or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, contact our office at 937-429-3160 to set up a free consultation with Dr. Dean.

Information taken from WebMD


By Charles Dean
February 16, 2012
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Oral Health Guidelines for Pregnant Women

Important Oral Health Information for Expectant Mothers

From , former About.com Guide

Updated February 24, 2010

About.com Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by our Medical Review Board

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAP) announced new oral health guidelines for pregnant women in 2009 tailored to assist them in maintaining healthy teeth and gums during their pregnancy and into the early stages of motherhood. Why is oral health care important during pregnancy? Mothers with gum disease have a higher instance of preterm birth, a potentially serious pregnancy complication that may cause health concerns for their infant, typically due to a low birth weight.

Pregnancy gingivitis is a common form of gum disease known to develop in almost half of all pregnant women likely due to the change in hormones. When kept at-bay, pregnancy gingivitis generally ends shortly after the birth of the child, although it should be monitored by a dentist periodically during pregnancy in order to prevent this form of gingivitis from progressing into more serious periodontitis, an advanced and irreversible form of gum disease that has been linked with preterm birth. Pregnant mothers with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to go into preterm labor. Prostaglandin, a chemical found in oral bacteria, may induce labor. And high levels of prostaglandin has been found in the mouths of women with severe cases of periodontal disease.

The following guidelines were developed by the AAP in response to the growing concern surrounding oral health during pregnancy:

  • Oral Health Education - Counseling and early intervention by healthcare providers such as physicians, nurses, and dentists to provide expectant mothers with the tools and resources necessary to understand the importance of oral health care during pregnancy.
  • Oral Hygiene - Removing the bacterial plaque, which researchers have connected to preterm birth and low birth-weight babies, is essential. Using the correct brushing and flossing methods greatly increase the amount of plaque that is removed from the teeth and gums.
  • Fluoride - The American Dental Association recommends the use of toothpaste with fluoride by persons over the age of six. Echoing their sentiment, the AAP oral health guidelines advise the continued use of fluoridated toothpaste during pregnancy, and recommends the use of an over-the-counter alcohol-free fluoride rinse to help reduce the amount of plaque in the mouth.
  • Nutrition - Educating expectant mothers about proper diet and nutrition during pregnancy will limit unnecessary sugar intake and in turn, prevent plaque build up.
  • Treating Existing Tooth Decay - Expectant mothers are encouraged to have existing tooth decay treated during their pregnancy, which experts believe is a completely safe practice during pregnancy. Restoring decayed teeth will help achieve oral health by removing the bacteria associated with tooth decay.
  • Transmission of Bacteria - Expectant mothers are discouraged from sharing food and utensils in order to prevent the transmission of the bacteria known to cause tooth decay.
  • Use of Xylitol Gum - Expectant mothers are encouraged to chew xylitol gum (four times a day) as research suggests that chewing this gum may decrease the rate of tooth decay in children.

Talk to Your Dentist

If you are pregnant or are considering pregnancy, discuss any concerns you may have with your dentist. Women who are thinking about becoming pregnant may want to consider their oral health before becoming pregnant as research suggests that treating existing gum disease in pregnant women does not reduce the instance of preterm birth. Despite this fact, experts insist that regular oral health care should continue throughout pregnancy.

Sources:

AAPD Releases New Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Guidelines. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Accessed: July 3, 2009. http://www.aapd.org/hottopics/news.asp?NEWS_ID=993

New Data Show Periodontal Treatment Doesn't Reduce Preterm Birth Risk - January 29, 2009. Duke University. Accessed: July 3, 2009. http://www.dukehealth.org/HealthLibrary/News/new_data_show_periodontal_treatment_doesn_t_reduce_preterm_birth_risk

The AAP Issues Statement on Periodontal Treatment During Pregnancy - January 30, 2009. American Academy of Periodontology. Accessed: July 3, 2009. http://perio.org/consumer/pregnancy-treatment.htm


By Charles Dean
February 14, 2012
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2458 Dayton-Xenia Road
Beavercreek, OH 45434
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cerecTechnology today is changing our everyday lives. Many people, however, aren't aware that technology also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating satisfying results. One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC AC, allows dentists to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience.

What is CEREC AC?
CEREC AC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.

How does the instrument work?
CEREC AC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. The dentist uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one hour.

What does this innovation mean for a patient?
A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. Dentists no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated. The CEREC AC has over a decade of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.




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