Archive for January, 2015

Dental Medications

At times physicians and dentists recommend patients take antibiotics before certain dental procedures.  This is called antibiotic prophylaxis.  But why do healthcare providers suggest this extra step?  We all have bacteria in our mouths, and a number of dental treatments can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream.  For most of us, this isn’t a problem; however patients with heart conditions should be more cautious.  The American Heart Association has guidelines identifying people who should take antibiotics prior to dental care.  The list includes people with:  Artificial heart valves, heart transplant, unrepaired cyanotic congenital heart disease, and people with palliative shunts.  If you have any questions regarding premedication before a dental procedure consult your dentist

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Diabetes

It has been reported by the American Diabetes Association that 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010. It has even been reported that 25% of individuals that have diabetes, do not know. Research indicates that periodontal disease and diabetes complicate each other. The ADA recommends you have your dental hygiene appointments and thorough exams every three months if you have diabetes.
Make an oral health appointment if you notice you experience any of these warning signs of periodontal disease:
*Bleeding gums when you brush or eat
*Red, swollen, or tender gums
*Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
*Pus between your teeth and gums
*Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
*Persistent bad breath or unusual taste in your mouth.
For more information contact your dentist or call our office.

Dental History

The dental industry has come a long way.  Did you know the first bristle toothbrushes were made with horse or hog bristle?  Don’t worry. Today synthetic fibers are used.  As kids we were told about George Washington’s wooden false teeth.  They actually consisted of bone, hippopotamus ivory, human teeth, brass screws, lead, and even gold metal wire. Dentistry goes back even further.  Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote about dentistry, including the eruption pattern of teeth, treating decayed teeth, and gum disease. 6,500 years ago- beeswax was used for fillings.  Thankfully, dentistry has come a long way since then.  Could you imagine having a tooth removed without anesthetics?

Dentures / Mini Implants

Sometimes our teeth and their roots become irreparably damaged and have to be removed. Because teeth are such an important part of the body, their loss can have an emotional impact on some people. Replacement teeth that are natural looking need to be considered by the patient to help alleviate any fears, anxiety, or other emotions. A complete or partial denture is used most often when a replacement is needed. A denture closely resembles natural gum tissue and teeth and is removable. Patients of any age can lose some of their teeth and may require a denture of some sort.
Dental implants are a possible alternative to dentures. Implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or a bridge in place.
Procedural advancements also include the development of narrower “mini” implants. Talk with your dentist to see whether dentures or mini-dental implants are right for you.