Archive for December, 2017

At Home Orthodontics

You may have seen advertisements for at home orthodontic retainers that you receive in the mail without ever seeing a trained dentist or orthodontist. While this practice may seem convenient, there are many risk factors involved with Do It Yourself Orthodontic treatment. Often, DIY orthodontics involve a series of retainers that you change over time to straighten your teeth. However, without oversight of a trained dentist, problems often arise and the patient does not realize there is a problem until it is too late. While DIY orthodontic treatment may seem like a cheap, quick fix, at home orthodontics can cause problems that will double or triple the cost of orthodontic treatment according to the American Academy of Orthodontics.



Big Bites

Do you ever feel that you are biting off more than you can chew? Well according to a new study by the Academy of General Dentistry- you just might be! During a busy day, we often rush through lunch and hurried eating can lead to taking bigger bites. But those big bites may be affecting your oral health more than you think. Taking bites that are too big to chew is detrimental to your jaw and teeth. Dentists have been seeing a rise in temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. TMD limits how wide you can open your mouth, and larger bites of food can irritate symptoms of TMD. Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels, and opening nuts with your teeth. All these foods could lead to chipping or breaking of natural teeth . If you need to open your mouth more than what feels comfortable to take a bite, then you should be cutting the item into smaller portions that are easy to chew.


Auto Immune Disorders

Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which the body mistakenly attacks it’s own moisture producing tissues and glands which leads to a decreased production of tears and saliva. This disorder usually affects women between the ages of forty and fifty, though the disorder has been recorded in all genders and ages. Because Sjogren’s syndrome causes a decrease in the production of saliva, Sjogren’s can pose problems to your dental health. Saliva serves a crucial role in keeping your mouth healthy so chronic dry mouth can result in oral health complications such as increased occurrence of extensive tooth decay. If you have Sjogren’s syndrome, it is important to talk with your dentist about solutions for chronic dry mouth.