AUGUST 11, 2015 - BACK TO SCHOOL: BRIGHT IDEAS, BRIGHT SMILES!
June 16, 2015 - THIS SUMMER, DON'T TAKE A BREAK FROM DENTAL HEALTH
When you think of summer, you probably think of swimming pools, cookouts, and sunshine — but do you also think of your oral health? During the summer, there are actually things that you should keep in mind when it comes to your smile. Armed with some information, though, you can have a fun summer while maintaining beautiful and healthy teeth.
* Plan healthy breakfasts and snacks;
*Drink plenty of water - Ice Water and Water infused with lemon slices are a good options; always watch the soda intake;
* Pratice the 3-2-1 rule: Eat 3 Healthy meals, brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes; Floss 1 time every day.
HAPPY SUMMER, SPARKLING SMILES!!!!
May 12, 2015 -Soda, Fruit Juice and Dental Erosion
As summer approaches, we want to make sure our body is well hydrated and we want to drink plenty of liquids. Just make sure you are drinking great amount of good, quality water. Keep in mind that soft drinks, diet an and regular soda , sports drinks, flavored fizzy water even fruit juices, usually contain great amount of sugar, and they are also very acidic. Those drinks can be ingested in moderation, but if they are consumed too often, they are well known to be harmful to your teeth and your body! When thirsty, drink more water!
"Dental erosion is when enamel - the hard, protective coating of the tooth - is worn away by exposure to acid. The erosion of the enamel can result in pain - particularly when consuming hot or cold food - as it leaves the sensitive dentine area of the tooth exposed.
The enamel on the tooth becomes softer and loses mineral content when we eat or drink anything acidic. However, this acidity is cancelled out by saliva, which slowly restores the natural balance within the mouth. But if the mouth is not given enough time to repair itself - because these acid attacks are happening too often - the surface of the teeth is worn away.
Anything with a pH value (the measure of acidity) lower than 5.5 can damage the teeth. Diet and regular sodas, carbonated drinks, flavored fizzy waters, sports drinks, fruit and fruit juices are all known to be harmful to teeth if they are consumed too often.
Study finds that a 'substantial proportion' of adults have dental erosion
The study finds that a substantial proportion of adults show some evidence of dental erosion, with the most severe cases being among people who drink sugary soft drinks and fruit juices.
Examining 3,773 participants, the researchers found 79% had evidence of dental erosion, 64% had mild tooth wear, 10% had moderate tooth wear and 5% displayed signs of severe tooth wear. The participants in the study with moderate and severe tooth wear consumed more soft drinks and fruit juices each day than the other groups.
Among participants with lower levels of tooth wear, the researchers found that milk was a more popular drink than soda or fruit juice.
Men were also found to be at twice the risk for dental erosion as women, and tooth wear became more severe with age among the participants.
Commenting on the study, Dr. Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, says that while fruit juice may be a nutritious drink, the high concentrations of sugar and acid can lead to severe dental damage if these drinks are consumed often each day.
"Water and milk are the best choices by far, not only for the good of our oral health but our overall health too," says Dr. Carter. "Remember, it is how often we have sugary foods and drinks that causes the problem so it is important that we try and reduce the frequency of consumption."
"Dental erosion does not always need to be treated. With regular check-ups and advice your dental team can prevent the problem getting any worse and the erosion going any further. The more severe cases of tooth wear can often result in invasive and costly treatment so it is important that we keep to a good oral hygiene routine to make sure these future problems do not arise."
Many sodas and fruit juices contain at least six teaspoons of sugar, and as they often come in portions that are larger than recommended, they can lead to tooth decay as well as dental erosion."
Written by David McNamee
April 23, 2015 - Th e importance of Regular Dental Check ups goes beyond Preventing Cavities and Gum diseases.
We are finishing the month of April, standing up against oral cancer.
This short educational video was on the CBS News today. It shows few signs of cancer lesions in the mouth, and it emphasizes the importance of regular dental check ups.
And as a reminder, we are offering complimentary Oral Cancer Screening for the month of April, extending it to the first week of May 2015.
Just contact us to schedule your appointment, and we will be glad you say "Ahhhh!"
April 2, 2015 - Essential Oils and Your Health
Are you slightly nervous when you hear the word "Dentist"? Well, you are not alone. Dental anxiety is very common among people, and it is usually linked to a past, not so pleasant experience. In order to provide great care to our patients, in a friendly, calm and more relaxed environment, we are proud to incorporate aromatherapy in our office, by diffusing therapeutic grade essential oils into the air.
If you would like to learn more about how Essential Oils can Improve your Health, please join us on April 9, Thursday, at 6:30 pm. Health Coach Stacey Wynn will be talking about the topic, in this Free Health Event. Please share with your family and friends. For more information click on the link below or call us at
"Authentic aromatherapy uses therapeutic plant extracts, which support the body in seeking balance and carry a variety of health benefits.
Plant extracts, also known as essential oils, are concentrates taken from roots, seeds, leaves or plant blossoms. Different oils, or combinations of oils, can be used in different ways. Some are used to promote physical healing, such as healing fungal infections, rashes or reducing pain and inflammation, while others are used as stress reducers or mood lifters.
Researchers are not entirely clear on how aromatherapy works. Some believe that sense of smell plays a major role, communicating with parts of the brain that serve to store emotions and memories and influence our physical, mental and emotional health. Others believe that it’s not about the aroma but the process that occurs in the body after their application and how the oils interact in the blood with hormones or enzymes.
Studies have shown that essential oils might have health benefits. As a result, aromatherapy is used in a variety of settings, from spas to hospitals, to treat various conditions. Aromatherapy is used to improve mood, promote relaxation and relieve pain. In a study by the National Institutes of Health, participants who used aromatherapy had reduced stress levels during stressful situations. Relaxing and anxiety-reducing scents include lavender, vanilla, chamomile, frankincense and patchouli. Vibrant citrus aromas such as orange, lime and lemon have uplifting tendencies and are good choices to reduce depression.
Although essential oils are generally safe when used correctly, proper care should always be taken. Some oils can cause skin or allergic reactions and most oils need to be diluted before being applied directly to the skin. Since some essential oils can react with certain medications, or shouldn’t be used with certain health conditions, it is always best to get advice from a qualified aroma-therapist when choosing oils. Always remember to check that the oils you use are made from high quality plant ingredients and are not synthetic aromas claiming to provide aromatherapy benefits."
By Jacqueline Silvestri Banks
·Published March 18, 2014
April 1, 2015 - Oral Cancer Awareness Month
As April is Oral Cancer Month Awareness, we would like to remind everyone that regular oral cancer examinations from your dental professional are the best methods to detect oral cancer in its early stages. Regular dental visits can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.
Oral cancers are part of a group of cancers commonly referred to as head and neck cancers, and of all head and neck cancers they comprise about 85% of that category. Brain cancer is a cancer category unto itself, and is not included in the head and neck cancer group. Historically the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. Tobacco and alcohol are essentially chemical factors, but they can also be considered lifestyle factors, since we have some control over them. Besides these, there are physical factors such as exposure to ultraviolet radiation. This is a causative agent in cancers of the lip, as well as other skin cancers. Cancer of the lip is one oral cancer whose numbers have declined in the last few decades. This is likely due to the increased awareness of the damaging effects of prolonged exposure to sunlight, and the use of sunscreens for protection.
In 2011, there were an estimated 281,591 people living with oral cavity and pharynx cancer in the United States. Each year, roughly 30,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 8,000 people die from the disease. While historically the majority of people are over the age of 40 at the time of discovery, it is now occurring more frequently in those under this age. Exact causes for those affected at a younger age are now becoming clearer in peer reviewed research, revealing a viral etiology (cause), the human papilloma virus number 16 (HPV16). The human papilloma virus, particularly version 16, has now been shown to be sexually transmitted between partners, and is conclusively implicated in the increasing incidence of young non-smoking oral cancer patients. This is the same virus that is the causative agent, along with other versions of the virus, in more than 90% of all cervical cancers. For people under the age of 50, HPV16 may even be replacing tobacco as the primary causative agent in the initiation of the disease process.
The increase incidence of oral cancer in young man and woman is also linked to the increase use of "smokeless" chewing or spit tobacco. Long-term users of chewing tobacco are 50 times more likely to develop cancer of the cheek and gum than non-users, and the habit has other negative health effects. It may also cause esophageal cancer and pancreatic cancer, heart disease, gum disease, and oral lesions other than cancer, such as leukoplakia (precancerous white patches in the mouth).
It is also important to highlight the potential effects of E-cigarettes and Water pipes (Hookahs) in human health. Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or vapor cigarettes are battery-operated devices that resemble traditional cigarettes. However, instead of burning tobacco, they generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine and other chemicals. When the e-cigarette is used, the liquid chemicals in the cartridge are turned into a vapor or steam that is inhaled by the smoker.
E-cigarettes have only been available on the U.S. market since 2006 and have not been adequately studied yet to determine what role they might play in oral or lung cancer development. Although e-cigarettes are still not fully regulated by the FDA, an initial study was done by the agency in 2009. Eighteen samples of e-cigarette cartridges from two leading brands were analyzed and cancer-causing substances were found in half those samples. Other impurities were also noted, including the inclusion in one sample of diethylene glycol, a toxic ingredient found in anti-freeze. Among all of the alternative tobacco products, e-cigarettes are the least regulated. They have no warning labels and can be sold to people of any age. It’s important to emphasize that the FDA has not approved e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking.
Another popular alternative tobacco product in the United States is the waterpipe. Waterpipes, also called hookahs, among other names, have been smoked in regions such as the Middle East, Asia, and Africa for more than four centuries. Small packets of the tobacco mixture burned in waterpipes are sold in a variety of flavors, such as apple, mint, and cappuccino. People can smoke waterpipes alone, but waterpipes are often used in social settings, with multiple people sharing the same mouthpiece.
Beyond their low cost and appeal as a traditional and communal activity, unfounded assumptions about their relative safety are driving the waterpipe trend, especially among college students and young people. According to one historical account of the waterpipe’s origin, an Indian physician created the device, believing that by having the smoke first pass through a small amount of water, it would be a less harmful method of inhaling tobacco. Even though there is no proof that water can “filter” tobacco smoke and make it less harmful, this misperception still persists today.
Health concerns about smoking waterpipes include the following:
Exposure to the same toxins as cigarettes but in higher quantities. The smoke produced by a waterpipe contains high levels of many of the same toxic compounds found in cigarettes, including carbon monoxide, heavy metals, and chemicals linked to cancer. These toxins and chemicals are associated with lung, stomach, bladder, and esophageal cancers and have been known to clog arteries and cause heart disease and respiratory diseases, such a lung disease called emphysema that causes difficulty breathing. In most cases, waterpipe smoking sessions, which typically last up to one hour, expose smokers to much higher levels of these toxins than cigarettes. For example, a smoker may inhale 100% to 200% more smoke during a waterpipe session, compared with a single cigarette.
Potential to spread infectious disease. Sharing a waterpipe with other people can increase the risk of contracting or transmitting diseases, such as tuberculosis, and viruses, such as herpes and hepatitis, especially if the mouthpieces are not cleaned properly.
Nicotine addiction. The tobacco used in waterpipes contains about the same amount of nicotine as cigarettes, which often leads to addiction.
It is difficult to ignore how these water vapor alternatives affect our oral health. Authentic cigarettes are forced to adhere to certain regulations unlike e-cigarettes and hookah pens which are sold over the counter and contain no labels. E-cigarette still contains nicotine which can be severely harmful and cause damage to the mouth, gums, and the tongue. The nicotine in these products can still cause gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, loss of teeth and dry mouth among other effects yet to be discovered.
Because all tobacco products are harmful and cause cancer, the use of all of these products should be strongly discouraged. There is no safe level of tobacco use. People who use any type of tobacco product should be urged to quit.
Regular dental visits are key to the early detection of oral cancer, especially those cancers located in the front two-thirds of the mouth. Cancer is not painful until it progresses to a point where its size is affecting other functions in the body. Regular dental care means that a qualified dental professional is examining your mouth two or three times a year. He or she will be more likely to notice any suspicious changes in your mouth long before you might experience any pain or sensation and could help you identify a cancerous lesion much earlier than you otherwise would have.
A dentist cannot treat oral cancer, but he or she may be able to make a preliminary diagnosis and/or make a referral to a qualified specialist to further examine, biopsy and possibly treat a suspicious area in the mouth when noted.
What can I do to prevent oral cancer?
There are few steps a person can take to significantly reduce his or her risk of developing oral cancer.
- Stop smoking cigarettes, cigars, and pipes (including hookahs, e-cigarettes, and other water pipes)
- See your dentist regularly for oral evaluation, cleanings and follow ups;
- Do not use chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes or water pipes as an aid to stop smoking;
- Reduce or eliminate the consuption of beers, wines, licors and other forms of alcohol;
- If you use a mouthwash, make sure it is alcohol-free.
In between dental visits, it is important for patients to do a self exam twice a year. Attention must be given to the following signs and symptoms, and you must schedule a visit to the dentist dentist if those signs and symptoms do not disappear after two weeks:
• a sore or irritation that doesn't go away
• red or white patches
• pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips
• a lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
• difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue
• a change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth
References and Additional informational:
NCI’s Smoking Quitline at 1–877–44U–QUIT (1–877–448–7848) . Talk with a smoking cessation counselor about quitting smokeless tobacco. You can call the quitline, within the United States, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
LiveHelp online chat . You can have a confidential online text chat with an NCI smoking cessation counselor Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Eastern Time.