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Diabetes And Your Oral Health

Diabetes NOUN 1. A disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone, insulin, is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine. Diabetes affects your body’s ability to process sugar. Much of the food you eat is turned to sugar and used for energy. Normally, the pancreas releases insulin to help your body store and use the sugar...

Dental Anxiety And Dental Phobia

If you have put off needed dental treatment out of fear going to the dentist, you’re not alone. It is estimated that nearly 75% of adults in the U.S. experience some amount of fear with regards to visiting a dentist. Of that percentage, between 10% - 20% of Americans suffer from dental anxiety. That’s about 30 million to 60 million people! It is a universal phenomenon. Maybe you had...

Do You Suffer From Dry Mouth?

What Is Dry Mouth? Dry mouth, or Xerostomia, occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough saliva. Not only is it very uncomfortable, it also can negatively affect your oral health. Medications are the number one cause of dry mouth, and literally hundreds of medications are known to cause it. People with dry mouth are at a much higher risk of getting recurrent decay (cavities), and soft tissue infections (gums, cheek lining...

Antibiotic Prophylaxis For Heart Patients & Prosthetic Joints

Heart Patients (For PROSTHETIC JOINTS: See below) Find out why the use of preventive antibiotics prior to certain dental procedures is recommended for patients with certain heart conditions like Infective Endocarditis (IE). In the past, patients with nearly every type of heart defect needed to receive antibiotics one hour prior to dental procedures or any invasive procedure in the mouth, throat, gastrointestinal genital, or urinary tract. However, in 2007 the American Heart Association simplified its recommendations. Today,...

Correcting Teeth with Crowns or Bridges

No one ever expects that their teeth will become damaged or fall out completely, but these oral health problems still take place at an alarming rate. Tooth loss is such an extensive problem that almost everyone will lose at least one adult tooth before they turn 75. For these patients, crowns or bridges can restore the smile and protect the remaining teeth after chips, cracks, tooth decay and other...

Benefits of Single-Tooth Dental Implants

Almost everyone will lose at least one adult tooth by the time they are a senior. Many might think that this is only a cosmetic issue, but failing to replace a missing or extracted tooth can result in a myriad of other issues. For patients who have recently lost a tooth or will need to have a tooth extracted in the near future, single-tooth dental implants are one of...

Cosmetic Dentistry

The term “Esthetic” or “Cosmetic” Dentistry has been used frequently in the dental industry. The concept of “Cosmetic Dentistry” is ill defined by the dental industry. The reason for the quotations around the phrase is because there is no such specialty in dentistry. The term “Cosmetic Dentistry” is used to imply that one particular dentist is more versed in nice appearing outcomes than others. Of course, this is only...

Denturism

  Since the introduction of immediate temporization of dental implants on the day of surgery there has been a mad rush to provide as many patients with this treatment as possible.It is technically difficult, requiring some training and much experience, to convert a denture to a fixed provisional restoration (jumping the denture).  When the surgeons aggressively promoted the same-day, fixed restoration they were not prepared for the lack of manpower...

Looking for a dentist that “specializes” in Dentistry? Try a Prosthodontist.

Prosthodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the restoration and replacement of damaged or missing teeth. A prosthodontic dental professional is called a prosthodontist. In order to obtain a certificate to practice prosthodontics a dentist must complete three additional years of advanced education beyond (4 years of) dental school. During these three additional years a prosthodontic resident studies to become the engineer of the oral cavity. Like any...

USA, The Smile Nation

Most Europeans can identify a U.S. citizen by their smile. Why do Americans put so much emphasis on our smiles? I am not sure anyone can accurately answer this question but smiles are important to us. It seems that every family has a turning point in one or two generations where the children get more than their share of dental care. As society has placed more emphasis on the smile,...

The Trouble with Dentures and Partials…. And the Solution

People with dentures often suffer a number of different compromises. There are a few basic causes of the problems. First, dentures and partials are artificial substitutes that are nothing like the original teeth. Dentures are much larger than the teeth they replace. Because of the size difference most patients only survive with dentures for lack a better alternative. Second, bite force is reduced by as much as 75%. When attempting to...

Esthetic/Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, dental implants

The term “Esthetic” or “Cosmetic” Dentistry has been used frequently in the dental industry. The concept of “Cosmetic Dentistry” is ill defined by the dental industry. The reason for the quotations around the phrase is because there is no such specialty in dentistry. The term “Cosmetic Dentistry” is used to imply that one particular dentist is more versed in nice appearing outcomes than others. Of course, this is only...

The Importance of Board Certification

BEST INTENTIONS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BOARD CERTIFICATION Fall 2010- ACP Messenger, published by the American College of Prosthodontists New Prosthodontic graduates often ask, “Why should I take the Boards?” The American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP/Board) certification should be viewed as the final validation in the educational progression of your residency program. The board examination is an external reaffirmation of what the program director hoped was taught and what the candidate hoped...

‘Jailbreak’ Bacteria Can Trigger Heart Disease

Science Daily (Sept. 6, 2010) – Plaque-causing bacteria can jailbreak from the mouth into the bloodstream and increase your risk of heart attack, says a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology’s autumn meeting in Nottingham. Professor Howard Jenkinson, from the University of Bristol explains how oral bacteria can wreak havoc if they are not kept in check by regular brushing and flossing. “Poor dental hygiene can lead to bleeding...

Only 1% of people with missing teeth get implants

Internationally known dental researcher and lecturer Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, speaking at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry annual meeting said that 99% of edentulous and partially edentulous patients do not get dental implants and the specialty must become more mainstream and the procedure more affordable to serve this unmet need. “There are 178 million people in the United States who are missing one or more teeth and only...

Stem cells used to re-implant teeth

A new approach to anchor teeth back in the jaw using stem cells have been developed and been successfully tested in the laboratory for the first time by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The new strategy represents a potential major advance in the battle against gum disease. About 80% of U.S. adults suffer from gum disease according to The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research....