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A Dental Exam Before Beginning Chemotherapy?

In Dental Care on October 25, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Routine dental examinations prevent against tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues detrimental to not only our oral health, but our overall physical health as well.

Basically this regular exam, teeth cleaning, oral cancer screening, and any other diagnostic procedure such as digital radiography, allow our dentists to gain a complete picture of our oral health.

In order for our trusted family dentist to accurately communicate our current oral health situation, we actually need to go to the dentist!

But that’s been said before, and it will be said again – at least as long as you’re a reader of this little dental-centric blog.

Dental exams become anything but routine when we factor in some other health-related variables. Pregnancies, diabetes, even chemotherapy all represent opportunities for the cavity creeps to grab hold of our optimal oral health and throw a wrench in the works. A Dental Exam Before Chemotherapy

In order for us to receive a total picture of our overall systemic health, it is essential we pay attention to our teeth and gums too.

Without oral health concerns, our picture is out of focus.

It’s the whole incisor, to our oral systemic health connection we’ll all learn more about, as this area of research and patient education becomes more widely known.

When Life Happens, See the Dentist

Maybe going to the dentist isn’t our first thought on receiving the positive pregnancy test news, and perhaps diabetes and dentistry don’t seem like two subjects that go hand in hand. In order for us to maintain optimal health and wellness, we need to actively promote our own optimal oral health.

If not, we’re missing a crucial part of the equation. But our trusted local social dentists are not going to let that happen.

A Dental Exam Before ChemotherapyGiven October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month; we’d like to take the opportunity to promote some local dentistry as it relates to chemotherapy and breast cancer.

Chemotherapy is another cancer treatment regime, or area of health care, where dentistry factors into the equation.

According to Dr. Reitz, in his weekly dental article for the ReadingEagle.com (Reading, PA.);

Both chemotherapy and radiation therapy are effective in treating fast-growing cancer cells but are also toxic to rapidly dividing cells such as bone marrow and mucus membranes.

Mucus membranes line our mouth, throat, digestive and respiratory systems.

In his article, Dr. Reitz explains how everyone experiences mouth ulcers at one time or another, which is totally normal. But more importantly, a similar ulceration occurs during chemotherapy, but to a greater degree and often more painfully.

Dr. Reitz goes on to mention how, in addition to the chemotherapy being toxic to mucus membranes, it also prevents cells in the mouth from reproducing, making it difficult for oral tissue to repair itself.

A healthy mouth contains many different bacteria, some beneficial, others detrimental.

It’s thought that chemotherapy reduces the amount and consistency of saliva, allowing more bad (pathogenic) bacteria to proliferate. Click the link to learn more about how chemotherapy affects mouth ulcer causes and treatment, read Dr. Reitz’s entire article from the ReadingEagle.com.

Then, be sure to SHARE this dental health information with your entire friend list!

Better yet, take this article and post it to your Facebook Wall – and be sure to give a ‘Like’ to Dr. Reitz while you’re at it!

 

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5 Foods That Whiten Teeth Naturally

In Teeth Whitening on September 20, 2011 at 4:30 AM

What is the number one most requested cosmetic dentistry service in the United States?

According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry AACD® national survey, it’s teeth whitening. Here’s a few more dazzling dental-centric statistics to show off next time you’re engaged in an intense game of Dental Trivial Pursuit:

• Virtually all adults (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset.
• 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex.
• Three-quarters (74%) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.
• And when respondents were asked, “What would you most like to improve about your smile?” The most common response was: Whiter & Brighter Teeth.

Are we just pursuing trivial dental info? 5_foods_that_help_whiten_teeth_naturally

We all see the value of teeth whitening, and we all know a brighter whiter smile communicates optimal oral health, but did you know there are certain foods out there that can help us attain that shiny new anchorperson smile?

We didn’t either, until seeing this USA Today article entitled; “Naturally whiten your teeth with the right diet.”

What Foods Help Whiten Teeth Naturally?

The USA Today article referred to dental-friendly grub as, ‘Toothbrush Foods.’

Livestrong.com also lists some smile-friendly foodstuffs…and with the interest of saving a click or two, we’ve decided to help broadcast this tooth whitening, smile enhancing and social dental-centric health related info.

Here is a list of the top 5 foods said to naturally whiten our teeth – according to the USA Today & Livestrong.com.

  1. Apples or apple cider vinegar
  2. Strawberries
  3. Raw Vegetables
  4. Oranges
  5. Cheeses/Yogurt/Dairy
  6. Lemon Juice

OK, that’s a top 6 list we’ve previously mentioned nobody reading…but maybe some of us say no to dairy, for whatever reason.

Got a question about proper nutrition or teeth whitening, or what foods will stain your teeth or promote tooth decay?

5_foods_that_help_whiten_teeth_naturallyDon’t take our word for it – or anyone else’s, and do your best not to succumb to Bleachorexia!

Find out for yourself by asking your dentist or hygienist next time you’re contemplating teeth whitening or any other cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Our smiles require a tune-up from time to time, even if it is only for vanity’s sake.

If we can help boost the bling of our smiles naturally, we’re pretty sure 5 out of 5 dentists would agree; a healthier diet will result in healthier teeth and gums.

No More Drill for Tooth Decay?

In Dental Care on September 8, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Thoughts of dread often penetrate the psyche when talk of tooth decay treatment arises.

Some find paralyzing fear the only result of the shrill inducing drill. Others can’t stand the uncomfortable feeling of having someone not so delicately whittle away at their teeth.

Whatever it is for us that sparks fear and dread of going to the dentist, technology again comes to the rescue.

Recent news out of the UK holds promise for those of us that totally fear anything metallic and/or mechanical entering our mouths.

Excuses are like belly buttons, everyone has one – despite the depth.

And it’s been said that several excuses are always less convincing than one.

But when it comes to tooth decay treatment, there are no more excuses for missing our dental appointments!

First plasma jets, now tooth regeneration.

No More Pain, No More Drill

Pain free fillings will be coming to a dentist near you.

Just as we now can paint our houses with nanoparticle space-age paint that promises to permeate and protect, we now have magic tooth regeneration gel that acts in a somewhat similar manner.

Thin correlation yes, but read on.

Researchers at the University of Leeds have discovered a pain-free way of tackling dental decay that reverses the damage of acid attack and re-builds teeth as new.

Implementation across the board (and pond) could take time, but we may see the last of drill and fill dentistry in very short order.

For a look at the video, click here.

How does tooth decay form?

According to WebMD, tooth decay is the process that results in a cavity (dental caries). It occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away at a tooth. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss.

So how does it come to develop?

We know, stupid question.

But wait, there’s no such thing. That kind of thinking keeps us from properly communicating with our dentists whom we trust with attaining and maintaining our optimal oral health.

Along with fearing pain, shrilling drills, and mechanically sharpened instruments poking about our mouths; we also fear being seen as ignorant.

But that’s why we trust our dentists, they’re the pros.

We need not be afraid to talk to our dentists and hygienists like we’re afraid of their tools.

They can perform magic with a probe, spoon, or tweezers…get a power tool in their hand and it’s like having da Vinci sculpt your smile!

We trust them with our health; we can definitely trust them to provide the dental 411.

To not answer the question, see the same treasure trove of interweb medical self-diagnosis neurosis info previously cited.

Then educate yourself by simply asking your dentist or hygienist on your next appointment… or the next time you’re on Facebook.

Do you really think a dentist or hygienist is NOT going to love the dental-centric question?

Think about something in your life that your passionate about…care to talk about it with anyone and everyone within earshot?

Guilty as charged on this side of the table – and it’s not just social media, its human nature.

We’ll wager dollars to donuts over 99.9% of us will be on Facebook before ever gracing the presence of our trusted dental offices.