Archive for April, 2013

Your Dental and Cardiovascular Health

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Brushing and flossing your teeth mean more than just maintaining a nice smile. These dental hygiene techniques may help save your life! Studies suggest a link between your oral health and cardiovascular, or heart, disease. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in America, and many people are affected without even knowing it. So can those inexpensive, everyday dental tools on your bathroom counter actually help you lower your risk of heart disease?

How dental hygiene helps
Proper brushing gets rid of plaque buildup and harmful bacteria residing in your mouth. Daily flossing decreases the germs and plaque in between your teeth and in areas your toothbrush can’t reach. Performing these tasks well decreases your risks of gum disease, which is believed to be a link from your mouth to heart disease. People with gum disease are nearly twice as likely to have coronary artery disease then those with healthy gums. Gum disease patients have a higher risk of heart attack. Studies also suggest that heart disease may be linked to other mouth problems like cavities and missing teeth.

How your heart is impacted by your mouth
Bacteria from your mouth can get into your bloodstream through your gums. Experts theorize that the bacteria stays in the blood and contributes to blockages. Another possibility is that your body responds to the invading bacteria by becoming inflamed. As the bacteria goes through your body, the blood cells swell and narrow your arteries, leading to a higher risk of clots. Blood clots can block normal blood flow, and restrict nutrients and oxygen to your heart.

See your dentist
Heart disease can be difficult to catch in its early stages, because sometimes there are no symptoms. In many cases, patients aren’t seeing a heart specialist. That means regular visits to your dentist can be a great way to catch early warning signs of oral health problems that may be linked to heart problems.

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Sports Drinks and Your Teeth

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Reaching for a sports drink may seem like a smart way to rehydrate during a big game or after completing your exercise regimen, but you may not be as educated as you think. Consumption of sports drinks is on the rise, with 62 percent of American teenagers drinking at least one a day. That’s why it’s important to inform consumers that these drinks which are touted to help your body can also take a toll on your health, at least on your oral health. Let’s find out exactly how sports drinks can negatively impact your teeth.

What makes sports drinks harmful?
You might guess that sugar is what makes these drinks less appealing. It’s true that you should avoid the brands heavy in sugar, but that’s actually not your teeth’s biggest enemy in sports drinks. It’s the high acid content that presents the most danger. Researchers have found that sports drinks have so much acid that they can start damaging your teeth after just five days of regular consumption.

Aren’t they better than drinking soda?
Most people choose these drinks thinking they will enhance their sports performance, and that they’re a better option than soda. Sports drinks are not that different than soda because they contain as much or more sugar. It’s simply not true that sports drinks are healthier for your teeth than soda.

What kind of damage can they do?
The acid in sports drinks can cause irreversible damage to your teeth. They erode your enamel, which is the shiny outer layer of your teeth, causing them to become sensitive to temperature changes and to touch. It also increases your risk of decay and cavities.

How can I avoid harming my teeth?
If you just can’t give up sports drinks, at least try to minimize the amount you consume. Rinse your mouth with water afterwards, but don’t brush your teeth immediately because it might spread the acid around your mouth. Wait about an hour for the pH level in your mouth to normalize, and then brush. You can also chew sugarless gum after having a sports drink, which increases your saliva flow and helps to return your mouth’s acidity levels back to normal.

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Benefits of a Smile Makeover

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

If you’re embarrassed by your smile for whatever reason, transforming it into a beautiful smile may be a real possibility. You don’t have to go through life afraid to laugh, or hiding your teeth behind your hand when you get close to others. From teeth whitening to implants to straightening techniques, your dentist can use the latest technologies to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Aside from just wanting a nicer smile, what are some common reasons that people choose to makeover their smiles?

Confidence
If you are self-conscious about your teeth, it affects your attitude and ability to feel at ease. With a restored smile, you will be able to laugh freely instead of holding back or concentrating on hiding your smile. Your confidence level will increase and you’ll feel better, especially in social and business situations.

Less anxiety
Your stress level will go down when you are no longer full of anxiety created by feelings of embarrassment about your old smile. Plus, smiling more often has been shown to reduce stress symptoms such as high blood pressure, poor digestion, and unbalanced blood sugar. Your physical and your emotional health can both benefit from a smile makeover.

Improved mood
The more you smile, the better you feel in general. Your feelings of happiness also are noticed by others, who will enjoy being around the new you. Your improved smile will improve your mood, which can even rub off on those around you!

Better photos
Don’t forget the benefit that a smile makeover has on all those family photos. You may have a long history of a subdued expression or a smile with closed lips, but those days can be gone when your restored smile is bright and beautiful. You can show off your smile to everyone.

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Look Out for Oral Cancer

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

The word cancer strikes fear and dismay in most people, and it’s no different when the diagnosis is oral cancer. Nearly 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with this disease each year and about 8,000 succumb to it. You should know the risk factors and symptoms so that you can either avoid it completely, or catch it early enough that you’ll have the best chance of recovery.

Who is at risk?
Oral cancer is not contagious, but there are some activities that put you at higher risk for the disease. Both smoked and smokeless tobacco are linked to oral cancer, and the more you use tobacco the greater your risk becomes. Excessive alcohol consumption also increases your risk, and paired with tobacco use your risk is even higher. Sun exposure heightens your chances of developing cancer of the lip.

What are the symptoms?
Oral cancer patients may experience any of these signs of the disease:
•    A sore in the mouth or throat that bleeds often and doesn’t heal within two weeks
•    A thick area or lump in the cheek
•    Patches in your mouth or on your lips that are red, white, or a mixture of the two
•    Pain or difficulty swallowing
•    Difficulty wearing your dentures
•    A sore throat
•    Tongue or mouth numbness
•    Difficulty chewing, or moving your jaw or tongue
•    Earache

What should I do if I have symptoms?
If you notice any of these signs, visit your dentist right away to get screened for oral cancer. When diagnosed early, there is an 80 percent survival rate. Unfortunately many patients wait too long to see their dentist, and late-stage diagnosis is the reason for most oral cancer deaths.

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