Sunday, January 31, 2016

Detecting Oral Cancer

Your dentist is the key to detecting oral cancer in its earliest, most curable stages.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Gingivitis & Pregnancy | Crest

About half of all pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis, a condition caused by increased hormone levels exaggerating a woman’s response to dental plaque. In this Oral Care Tip, we discuss the signs of gingivitis during pregnancy and how to decrease your risk of developing it.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Gum Disease And Its Relation With Our Health

A lot of dental problems happen because of what we eat and drink. When we suffer from any sort of dental disease the first impact is on our gums leading to gum diseases such as gingivitis and Periodontitis. So today's point of discussion is how gum disease relates to other problem in our overall body.

Gum Disease is classified in two categories - Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease.

Gingivitis: This is a less severe form of gum disease but causes gums to be red, swollen and also bleed. In this stage patient will feel a little uneasy because of the swollen gum. The prime reason why patients suffer from this disease is due to lack or oral hygiene. The condition can be cured by professional dental treatment and following proper oral care. Diabetes, Smoking, Aging, Puberty, Pregnancy and HIV are the most common factors that cause gingivitis.

Periodontal Disease: Gingivitis if left unnoticed and untreated can lead to Periodontal Disease. As time passes by plaque spreads below the gum line and starts to irritate the gums because of the toxins released by the bacteria. These toxins cause inflammation which leads to deterioration of bones and gums. The gums then start to separate from teeth and creates pocket which eventually becomes infected. As time passes by, the pockets become deeper causing further damage to underlying gum tissues. The end result is that the tooth tends to become loose and is removed.

Periodontal Disease has many forms such as those mentioned below:

• Aggressive Periodontitis: This is not a very common problem and is mostly seen in younger patients. The common symptoms include bone destruction and the condition being carried forwarded to the next generation.

• Chronic Periodontitis: This is inflammation in the tissues that support the teeth. This form of Periodontitis is the most common globally which results in pocket formation and recession of gingivitis. Although it is very common among adults but can happen at any age.

• Necrotizing Periodontal Disease: In this stage of Periodontitis, the gum tissues, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone are practically dead. It is commonly found in patients suffering from HIV or any sort of malnutrition.

Research has proved that Periodontal Disease is linked with many other diseases in our body. During the initial stages of the research it was thought that the disease happen due to the bacteria present in our teeth. However after further investigation it was proved that inflammation was the root cause of the diseases. This is the reason why I have always laid emphasis on the fact that it is advisable to treat periodontal disease at an early stage so that inflammation can be cured. Treating inflammation before any further damage will save you from the risk of getting infected by:-

• Diabetes: Patients who are suffering from this problem are more prone to periodontal disease because they are more open to be infected. Patients suffering from periodontal disease will find it difficult to control blood sugar. This eventually results in uncontrolled diabetes.

• Heart Disease: Research has laid emphasis on the fact that periodontal disease can also lead to heart disease. Researchers have agreed upon the fact that inflammation is the main reason for it.

• Osteoporosis: Research has proved that there is a direct link between Periodontitis and Osteoporosis. Reason being osteoporosis leads to tooth loss as density of tooth is reduced.

• Respiratory Problem: The bacteria in our gums can travel to our lungs leading to various respiratory problems.

• Cancer: It has been proved that men who suffer from gum disease are more likely to develop kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer and blood cancer.

Early identification and treatment is extremely important to prevent further damage of gum tissues and bones. Following proper dental hygiene is the most important factor in controlling gingivitis.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Treatment & Prevention of Gum Disease and Gingivitis | Crest

Maintaining your oral care health is crucial to preventing gum disease and gingivitis. In this Oral Care Tip, we discuss important ways and steps you can take to help you manage gingivitis.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tips On How To Keep Your Gums Healthy

Most people spend a lot of time and effort in brushing and flossing their teeth regularly to make sure that their pearly whites are always clean and to ensure their health and good condition. These good oral habits can indeed help maintain and improve the quality and health of your teeth, but how about your gums?

Many people tend to forget that their gums are as important as their teeth. And you should practice various oral care habits that can ensure the health and good quality of your gums as well.

What are some tips you should follow to keep your gums healthy? Below are some of these:

Rinse with antiseptic and alcohol-free mouthwash. After brushing your teeth, rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. Using antibacterial and/or anti-plaque mouthwash helps to flush away any bacteria that is loose and reduces any harmful bacteria that could eventually cause plaque, which can form and lead to gum disease. Select a mouthwash that is alcohol free since alcohol can dry out your mouth and make it hard for the bacteria to be flushed away.

Stop smoking. Tobacco use is one of the key factors that cause the development and progression of periodontal disease. Majority of individuals that have recurrent periodontal disease are smokers. Smoking is also associated with complications after oral surgery. As such, if you are a smoker, kick this unhealthy and destructive habit as early as possible.

Limit your alcohol intake. Studies show that alcohol can irritate your gums, tongue, and other oral tissues. Alcohol can also contribute to poor healing after surgery and can break your oral hygiene routine. Various researchers have also found out that heavy drinkers often suffer from tooth decay as a result of the increased exposure to sugars and acids that are often found in alcoholic drinks. Drinking wine occasionally can be good for your health. But as always, drink in moderation.

Increase your consumption of dairy products. Milk, and other dairy foods such as cheese and yogurt, are packed with bone-fortifying calcium and with the protein casein - a natural substance that research shows can reduce acid levels in the mouth. Drinking milk can also neutralize acids produced by plaque bacteria and hence, help ensure periodontal health.

Eat raw onion. Lastly, raw onion is a potent bacteria-fighting food. Onions have an organic antimicrobial ingredient that can kill bacteria in the mouth. According to one study, raw onion also completely wipes out four types of bacteria strains that can lead to gum disease and cavities. As such, dice or cut raw onion into slivers and toss the strips in your salad, on your sandwich, or in soups and stews. To get rid of bad breath, rinse with mouthwash or chew on sugarless gum after consuming some raw onions.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Difference between Gingivitis and Advanced Periodontal Diseases | Crest

Periodontal disease can affect the gums and periodontal ligaments around the teeth. In this Oral Care Tip, we discuss the stages of gum disease and the importance of following a strict oral hygiene routine to catch gingivitis early and to help you avoid permanent damage to teeth.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dynamic Fluid Cleaning Action Explained - Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush

Learn more about the Philips Sonicare difference and why there is only one at:

How is the Philips Sonicare different than any other brush out there? It delivers deep cleaning by driving fluid between teeth. See our dedicated engineers, Greg and Evan, go deeper into Philips Sonicare's patented dynamic cleaning action to show you how it works harder to remove plaque... and how it can clean where no brush has cleaned before.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

What is Gingivitis? | Crest

What is gingivitis? In this Oral Care Tip, we discuss what causes gingivitis and how to help you prevent and help treat it, so that it doesn’t progress into a more serious form of gum disease.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Get A Smile Makeover With Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you know that something as simple as a smile can change a person's day? Experts believe that when another person smiles at another, that person experiences a feel good emotion that can last the whole day. But smiling is a problem for many because of how their teeth look. Thankfully, if you have uneven, broken or stained teeth, it is easier to fix it now with the help of cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dental procedures deal with patients that have stained, chipped, and broken teeth. These procedures include whitening the teeth, repairing broken or chipped areas, reshaping teeth to become aligned with other normal ones and even covering or closing gaps between areas. Unlike orthodontic treatments that use dental devices to straighten, align and correct bites, cosmetic dentistry focuses more on the aesthetic area of dentistry.

Dental Procedures

Bonding is one of the popular dental procedures as it is the easiest and the most inexpensive. Bonding is done for patients with discolored or chipped tooth as well as those with gaps in-between. A resin bonding material is often applied to the area to be repaired wherein the resin is molded to the desired shape and size. Once the desire shape is obtained, laser is used to harden the resin. Polishing is then done to finish and smooth the area to match the surface or row.

Another cosmetic procedure is teeth whitening. Stained teeth are bleached through the use of bleaching strips and even laser. Common bleaching materials include the use of hydrogen peroxide although carbamide peroxide may also be used.

People with damaged teeth may also benefit from crown procedure. The crown is used to cover damaged or fractured tooth. The original tooth is filed to a certain size and once done, a crown usually made of porcelain or other metal alloy is placed over it. The cap is then bonded to ensure that it will stay in place.

For patients that have already lost a tooth or have problems with periodontal disease, they may also opt for dental implant procedures. The implant works by replacing the root of the tooth with a small implant to hold the replacement tooth in place. Aside from aesthetic reasons, dental implants can help improve speech, ease eating as well as improve oral health as other normal teeth are not reduced unlike those of other dental procedures such as dental bridges.

These are just some of the cosmetic dental procedures that patients can ask for. For those who have low self-esteem or want to improve their self-esteem, opting for these procedures is the best. Consult first with your dentist to know the right dental procedure that would best fit your needs.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

How to Use AirFloss

Life can be so much easier at the touch of a button. Wouldn't it be great if cleaning between your teeth was just as easy? The new and improved Sonicare AirFloss sends out a gentle yet effective burst of water helping you clean between your teeth quickly and easily forcing out plaque and bacteria. All at the push of a button. The Philips Sonicare AirFloss removes up to 5x more plaque in between teeth than manual brushing and improves overall gum health.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

"The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Years Day.
- Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Happy New Year!