Colas Are NOT Good For Your Smile

When I watch a commercial promoting the ‘refreshing’ and ‘thirst-quenching’ appeal of soft drinks, I can see why so many Americans add them to their daily beverage intake. However, when you know what’s really in those beverages and the havoc they create in your mouth, I hope you’ll start to limit the amount in your grocery cart.

“Soft drinks” are an absurd description for what the contents can do to teeth and gums. Colas can contribute to a number of oral health problems, including an ability to cause cavities and enamel erosion. Yet, most people are unaware of just how erosive the acids from cola can be. Even sugar-free colas can have a similar erosion level as those that are sweetened.

Let’s begin with the manner in which most colas are consumed. Many colas are consumed right from the can or bottle in small swallows that occur over a period of time. Consider that every time you eat or drink something, an acid attack begins in the mouth. This is an initial part of the digestive process and is active for 20 – 30 minutes.

While beneficial to digestion, this acid is pretty potent. So much so, it can even soften tooth enamel. This is why we advise waiting 30 minutes after eating before brushing teeth. The bristles of a tooth brush and abrasiveness of tooth paste can wear down precious tooth enamel. Without the protective covering of enamel, teeth are more vulnerable to decay.

Think about it – if you sip a cola over the course of an hour, the acid flow will last that long and 20 – 30 minutes more. As hard as that is on teeth, imagine adding the sugar and acid from a soft drink to those digestive acids. This leaves teeth in a weakened state for an extended period of time. In this state, teeth are also more likely to become stained by the caramel color in many sodas.

The high acidity of soft drinks comes from phosphoric acid, which is added for flavor. Phosphoric acid is a common ingredient in detergents, fertilizers and industrial cleaners. While most Americans are unaware, its acidity level has been compared to the levels in battery acid. Phosphoric acid is so erosive it can remove rust from aircraft carriers and ships.

With the potency of phosphoric acid mixed with digestive acids in the mouth, it’s no surprise that your teeth are at risk. When the high acid levels erode tooth enamel, you can experience sensitivity to hot and cold, transparent teeth, and teeth that crack or darken along with greater susceptibility to cavities.

Of course, we have no one to blame but ourselves. The U.S. has the highest per-capita consumption of carbonated soft drinks worldwide. The Beverage Marketing Corporation reveals that Americans drink more than 50 gallons of carbonated soft drinks per person  each year. In addition to soft drinks, the Beverage Marketing Corporation also tracks the amount of bottled water, tea, fruit drinks, milk, coffee, beer, wine and spirits we consume. Consistently, carbonated soft drinks make up the greatest segment.

What is also ‘behind the scenes’ when the colas ads appear is the fact that they are anything but ‘refreshing.’ In addition to the phosphoric acid in colas, most contain caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic that depletes moisture with some colas just as drying to oral tissues as coffee. It has been shown that drinking soft drinks in hot weather can lead to dehydration and increase the risk of heat stroke.

While many concerns about soft drinks have motivated some schools to remove sodFat Stickmana machines, it is largely because of the obesity rate in this country. In the U.S., the percentage of obese children has more than tripled since the 1970s. That’s ‘obese,’ which is beyond fat. Today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) is categorized as obese. (www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/obesity/facts.htm) In conjunction with the medical profession, dentists are urging parents to closely monitor their family’s intake of colas (including their own!).

Don’t let savvy advertising be to the detriment of your smile. When you need to quench your thirst, reach for bottled water instead. Or, enjoy filtered water flavored with apple, strawberry, cucumber or orange slices.

As you prepare for outdoor gatherings and activities, take note of what is iced down in your cooler. Bottled water versus soft drinks? The wiser choice will protect your smile. You can avoid cavities, tooth erosion, stained teeth and a higher risk of gum disease with this small change to your beverage consumption. And, you’ll save money and time by avoiding dental repairs.

May your smiles this summer be many!

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Tooth Position Important To A Healthy Smile

At one time or another, about all of us found ourselves driving behind a car or truck with a wheel that’s obviously out of alignment. As we watch the rapid blur of the tire as it shimmies, we’re all thinking the same thing, aren’t we? That tire is going to be worn down and in need of replacement in no time flat (yes, the pun is intended!).Tire

Like a tire, when teeth are out of alignment, it may take time to notice anything is amiss. Yet, as the alignment worsens, problems emerge.

Bite misalignment is when the upper teeth and lower teeth don’t fit together harmoniously. Genetics may be to blame for bite problems (such as an overbite or open bite, crooked teeth, crowding) but other reasons can cause a bite to become misaligned.

An improper bite can lead to a long list of problems, including:

  • Teeth that are worn, cracked or chipped
  • Frequent headaches, migraines and sore jaw joints
  • Ear ringing
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Clenching or teeth grinding during sleep
  • Pain in facial, neck and shoulder muscles

Initially, the underlying cause of a misaligned bite isn’t always obvious. This is often what allows minor alignment problems to become severe. Minor misalignment may be resolved by gentle reshaping of some tooth ‘points’ to re-balance the bite. For certain teeth, crowns may be recommended to adjust tooth height. More severe bite problems may require the straightening of teeth, which has a number of advantages.

Straight teeth create a more flattering smile while enhancing overall facial appearance. An attractive smile also causes people to smile more. Too, it has been found to improve self-confidence and self-esteem.

Straight teeth are also easier to keep healthy. Crooked, crowded teeth create tight nooks that make it hard for a tooth brush to clean. This allows oral bacteria to accumulate, causing a higher risk for cavities or gum disease.

Invisalign Straightens Teeth Without Brackets & Wires!

Invisalign Straightens Teeth Without Brackets & Wires!

For teeth that are crowded or crooked, the most natural way to a beautiful smile is by straightening teeth. In our office, we restore proper bite alignment while enhancing your smile’s appearance through Invisalign.

Invisalign is an alternative to braces that uses clear molds to move teeth. These are removable for eating and brushing and more comfortable than the traditional braces-&-wires of standard orthodontics.

If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with bite misalignment as listed above, the problem will only worsen without treatment. Learn your options during a no-cost, no obligation consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss your needs and goals and explain methods to correct bite problems efficiently and effectively.

Call 910-254-4555 to schedule a time that is convenient to you.

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Insurance Company Adds Dental Benefits To Protect Pregnant & Diabetic Policy Holders

Many doctors and dentists view the mouth as a mirror to what’s taking place inside a person’s body. While a dental exam can reveal signs of diseases and infections, research has shown particular risks for expectant mothers and individuals with chronic medical conditions like diabetes.

Recently, Blue Cross & Blue Shield (BCBS) of Georgia announced they would cover a third dental cleaning or periodontal maintenance procedure per benefit period. This added benefit is available at no additional cost for members enrolled in the Georgia BCBS Dental Blue, Dental Prime or Dental Complete plans for companies that include diabetic and/or maternal health care management programs. (www.bcbs.com/news/press-releases/blue-cross-and-blue-shield-georgia-offers-third-dental-cleaning-and-periodontal)

Why are they doing this? BCBS, with a rapidly growing number of establishments, is finding the advantages of protecting the oral health of their policy holders. While it’s long been known that one’s oral health is intricately connected to overall health, periodontal (gum) disease has been shown to be a particular threat for diabetic patients and women who are pregnant (and their unborn babies).

Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports the teeth. For pregnant women, the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy make gum tissues more susceptible to inflammation. This increases the risk of developing gingivitis or periodontal disease. Research has shown that periodontal disease can contribute to adverse outcomes of pregnancy as a consequence of a chronic oral inflammatory bacterial infection.

According to the Surgeon General, toxins or other products generated by periodontal bacteria in the mother may reach the general circulation, cross the placenta and harm the fetus. For diabetics, research findings are showing that diabetes is associated with the increased occurrence and progression of periodontitis—so much so that periodontitis has been called the sixth greatest complication of diabetes (for both type 1 & type 2 diabetes).

Employers are also finding that supporting good health is a strong component of attracting and keeping good employees. By providing added benefits that include proactive measures for employees who may be most susceptible to the hazards of infectious oral bacteria, there are many advantages to avoiding subsequent, long term problems. For insurers, these proactive measures can help to reduce health care costs through prevention or early treatment.

Research has also shown the potent bacteria of periodontal disease is associated with heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis, some cancers and impotency. It is felt this occurs through entry of oral bacteria into the bloodstream via diseased gum tissues. Once bloodborne, oral bacteria can cause inflammatory reactions that are suspected triggers for serious health problems.

Hopefully, the stance of BCBS GA will expand nationwide and cause other insurance companies to follow suit. In the meantime, make sure your oral health is at its best. Begin with a thorough examination. We will then determine steps to help you achieve optimal periodontal health and a confident smile.

For patients without dental insurance benefits, we offer several payment options so you can achieve a healthy smile while making easy monthly payments. Call 910-254-4555 to learn more.

 

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Keep Your Natural Teeth For A Lifetime

As a dentist, my goal is to help you keep your natural teeth healthy for your lifetime. Should problems occur, we will recommend treatment to protect and extend the life of your teeth.

For various reasons, however, natural teeth may be lost due to an injury or accident or require removal due to decay beyond repair. When natural teeth are lost, we explain the best options to replace them without risk to surrounding teeth.

When it comes to smiles, there are a number of misconceptions among adults. For example, some people assume that seeing blood in the sink when brushing is a sign they’re doing a good job. (It’s NOT! It’s actually a symptom of gum disease.) Our goal is to help you care for your teeth so you minimize expenses associated with dental care AND to keep them for your lifetime.

A generation ago, many adults assumed they would eventually end up in dentures. Through modern dentistry, we now know better. Using proper techniques for twice-daily brushing, daily flossing and keeping your 6-month dental check-ups greatly increases your potential to enjoy a naturally-healthy smile for a lifetime.

Studies have shown there are tremendous benefits to keeping your natural teeth. Your natural tooth roots in the jaw bone provide nourishment and stimulation that helps to maintain healthy bone mass. When tooth roots are no longer present in the jaw, the bone begins to shrink, which can lead to eventual tooth loss.

It is a fact that people with their natural teeth live an average of ten years longer than denture wearers. Too, without the worry and frustrations of dentures or partials, people are able to eat a healthy diet and feel confident in social settings. Having the ability to eat a healthy diet and chew properly aids in maintaining good overall health. However, it is just as important to stay socially active.

According to the American Dental Association, approximately 57 percent of adults between 65 and 74 wear some form of denture. In “Oral Health, General Health And Quality Of Life,” by the World Health Organization (WHO), findings included “Oral health affects people physically and psychologically and influences how they grow, enjoy life, look, speak, chew, taste food and socialize, as well as their feelings of social well-being.”

Want to keep your teeth for your lifetime? You can! Adhering to the following steps will greatly increase your potential to enjoy a lifetime of smiles:

• Your twice-daily brush-&-floss routine is still the best way to keep oral bacteria to manageable levels. Use a soft to medium bristle tooth brush and a fluoride toothpaste. Never use abrasive substances, such as baking soda, which can wear away precious tooth enamel. Brush with a swirling motion rather than scrub teeth and floss daily (or use a water flosser). After brushing teeth, use your tooth brush to brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper. This helps to uproot zillions of oral bacteria embedded in the tongue.

Straighten teeth if they are crooked or crowded. When teeth are jumbled, their tight angles allow bacteria to easily accumulate, forming bacterial breeding grounds. Straight teeth are not only easier to keep clean, they support proper bite alignment. This minimizes your potential for stress on the TMJ (jaw joints). Strain on these joints can lead to headaches, night-time grinding and clenching, worn teeth and cracked or chipped teeth. If you dread the brackets-&-wires of braces, consider Invisalign. These clear, removable molds move teeth comfortably without the discomfort and awkwardness of traditional braces.

• Keep your mouth moist. Proper saliva flow helps to continually rinse bacteria from the mouth. Without this cleansing action, a dry mouth offers an ideal environment for bacterial growth. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and limit foods and beverages that are drying to oral tissues. These include coffee, tea, colas and chocolate as well as spicy foods. If you take medications that are drying to the mouth, ask your doctor about less-drying alternatives. Also, consider using an oral rinse formulated specifically to replenish moisture.

• Limit (or avoid) snacks with carbs and sugar. Every time you eat or drink (other than water), an acid attack begins in your mouth as part of the digestive process. When these acids mix with carbohydrates and sugary foods and beverages, bacteria becomes super-charged. This ramps up bacteria growth and can damage tooth enamel. Limit these for the good of your smile as well as your waistline!

• Be committed to your 6-month exams and cleanings. Your oral hygiene visits are designed to create a periodic ‘clean slate’ for your oral health. During these visits, our Hygienist removes calculus (or tartar), which are cement-hard bacterial colonies attached to teeth. We also perform an annual oral cancer screening using early-detection technology. These screenings are very important since oral cancer is one of the deadliest of all cancers with one of the worst survival rates.

If your have already lost natural teeth or feel you have a mouthful of problems, let’s halt the process. Call 910-254-4555 for a no charge consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss how you can achieve a healthy smile that lasts your lifetime!

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Dental Implants Highly Successful For NON-Smokers

Over the years, Dental Implants have proven to be a highly dependable tooth replacement option. One of the reasons for the growing popularity of Dental Implants is their longevity. Dental Implants are designed to last a lifetime. They have up to a 98% success rate, making them a wise investment.

Because Dental Implants are held by the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots, they create a dependable foundation for restoring the ability to bite and chew comfortably. And, their presence recreates stimulation to the jaw bone similar to that of natural tooth roots. This halts the decline in mass of the jaw.

Bone loss is what contributes to the loss of neighboring teeth as well as changes in facial appearance. These changes include deep wrinkles around the mouth, having the corners of the mouth turn downward even in a smile, a pointed chin, a mouth that seems collapsed into their face, and the formation of jowls.

Bone loss can be seen in denture wearers when compared to adults with natural teeth.

Bone loss can be seen in denture wearers when compared to adults with natural teeth.

However, like anything that’s not a natural part of the body, there is a potential for failure. Surprisingly, age isn’t a factor in the success of a Dental Implant. Studies show there is an equal success rate in younger and older patients.

In one study of 133 implant recipients over the age of 80, comparable success rates were shown to implant recipients in younger age groups. According to the study, the potential for a successful outcome, at any age, was mostly due to having healthy gums and sufficient bone to support the implant. An additional component to success was the patients’ commitment to maintaining good oral hygiene and having regular dental check-ups.

The highest risk factor for implant failure, in study after study, was shown to be smoking. Studies show that smokers have more calculus (tartar) than nonsmokers, which is the hardened buildup that attaches to teeth. Calculus is actually an accumulation of oral bacteria.

When gums are weakened by the bacterial overload that calculus creates, the healing process of gum tissue is compromised. This inflammatory presence also complicates the ability of implants to successfully integrate with the bone.

In studies, smokers were 3 – 6 times more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease than non-smokers. This is because smoking dries out oral tissues and lowers saliva production. Insufficient saliva and constricted blood flow causes less gum bleeding and redness. While this may ‘appear’ as having healthy gums, it is an indication of slower healing ability.

Smokers have always had a poor track record for healing after oral surgery. Naturally, implants are more likely to fail in smokers because of poor healing. This is because the chemicals in tobacco smoke interfere with blood flow and the body’s natural ability to fight disease and promote healing.

Apparently, smoking affects the way gum tissue responds to all types of treatment. This impedes the healing process and makes treatment results less favorable. And, pipe and cigar smokers and those who use smokeless tobacco are just as likely to have implant complications as those who smoke cigarettes.

A study conducted at Temple University showed that 18% of former cigar or pipe smokers had moderate to severe gum disease. That’s three times the amount found in non-smokers. Pipe smokers also experience the same rate of tooth loss as that for cigarette smokers.

For those wanting to kick the habit, the Surgeon General reports that people who have stopped smoking for over 10 years avoid gum disease at nearly the same rate as those who never smoked. According to one study, reducing the amount you smoke can also make a difference. While people who smoked over a pack and a half a day were 6 times more likely to develop gum disease, those who smoked less than a half pack a day had only 3 times the risk.

While we intend every Dental Implant to be successful, smokers must accept the risks for failure. If you smoke, we’ll begin with a thorough evaluation of your gums and existing bone to support Dental Implants. From there, we can discuss options to help restore your ability to eat and laugh with confidence.

Call (910) 254-4555 for an no-charge consultation.

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How To Kick Dental Fear To The Curb!

If we are honest with ourselves, most of us have a fear of something. It could be a fear of heights, snakes, spiders, flying, dogs or tight spaces. Yet, one of the most common fears of American adults is fear of dentistry.Plane

It is estimated that over 70 percent of adults have some level of dental fear or anxiety. Of those, approximately 10 percent can be categorized as dental phobics. These are individuals who have such intense levels of dental fear that they avoid dentistry altogether or until pain becomes unbearable.

What triggers these fears is often attributed to a past traumatic episode in a dental chair. The experience becomes so ingrained in the patient’s subconscious that they expect pain when in a dental chair, even when there may be none. For example, when you intensely perceive pain, your senses tell the brain that pain is coming. Thus, perceived pain, to some, can seem as real as actual pain.

We understand this in our office. We have treated many patients who have had intense levels of dental fear. Many of these now relax throughout their dental visits. How?

– My staff and I have a commitment to every patient to provide exceptional care with the highest level of comfort. Every patient is respected and treated with compassion, just as we would want our own family members treated.

– New patients begin with a consultation appointment. This takes place in our private consultation room, which is removed from the clinical side of the office. We sit in comfy armchairs and discuss your oral health and appearance goals. I encourage new patients with fear or anxiety to share their concerns so we can determine the comfort options best for their needs.

– We pace treatment according to the comfort and preference of the patient. For fearful patients, they appreciate that we can do some procedures in small steps. This helps them realize that they are in control of their care and can move forward as it feels comfortable.

– Communication is important for patients, especially those who have dental fears. Prior to and during each procedure, we explain what we are doing. We frequently ask, “How are you doing?” so the patient can ask for a break, if needed.

– Our patients never feel rushed in our office. When patients feel relaxed and at ease with our movements and pace, we find that fears often dissipate, or are greatly minimized.

– As soon as patients walk in our front door, they can sense an environment that is warm, friendly, caring and stress-free. Our team members are all seasoned, skilled professionals who work together harmoniously. From the moment you enter, you’ll sense a positive atmosphere of unity.

– Our patients trust us. Here, they know they receive optimal care that is ethical, skilled and appropriate for each individual’s need. We never over-treat or under-treat. Care is administered according to what is in your best interest, for every need.

For someone who has a fear of dogs, it’s difficult for a dog lover to understand. However, it’s easy to be empathetic to someone who struggles with this fear because, like most fears, it can be as uncontrollable as shivering in the cold. Deep down, we’ve all had fearful moments like these.

We understand and want to help. Begin with a phone call to Meredith, our front office administrator. She’ll gladly answer your questions and arrange a no-charge consultation for you. During this visit, I’ll discuss what will work best for you based upon your needs. From there, you can determine how – or if – you wish to proceed.

We are as close as your phone — 910-254-4555. Take this first step to the terrific smile you desire.

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Pregnant? Take Excellent Care Of Oral Health, For You & Your Baby.

I remember watching an episode of “Mad Men” where a cocktail party was being held. Two of the guests were pregnant women who not only had an alcoholic beverage in hand, they were both smoking. Today, this is pretty shocking, mainly because research has determined just how harmful alcohol and smoking can be to a fetus.

Today’s mom-to-be is careful to follow certain dietary restrictions, avoids alcohol and smoking and limits medications. Now, research has added another precaution of ways to protect your unborn baby.

MomToBeStudies have shown that elevated hormones in pregnant women increase the risk for periodontal (gum) disease. Since pregnancy hormones make the gums more susceptible to inflammation, they are more sensitive to the oral bacteria of this disease. This can lead to Pregnancy Gingivitis, a form of gum disease, which affect almost half of all pregnant women. Symptoms include swollen, red and sore gums that bleed while brushing.

In addition to being highly-susceptible to gum disease, oral bacteria can be destructive far beyond the mouth in pregnant women. Studies show that periodontal disease increases the risk for preterm delivery (before 37 weeks) and babies born at low birth weight. The preterm birth rate for females without periodontal disease is approximately 11% compared to 29% for women with moderate to severe levels of gum disease.

The infectious oral bacteria of gum disease can travel throughout the body by entering the bloodstream through tears in weakened gum tissues. Once this bacteria reaches placental membranes, it can trigger inflammatory reactions that can cause pre-eclampsia or early labor. Gum disease also increases the risk for late miscarriage.

In one study, pregnant women with higher levels of antibodies to oral bacteria were also shown to have higher numbers of preterm births and low birth weight babies. These same elevated antibodies have been found in amniotic fluid and in fetal cord blood samples of preterm babies or those born at low birth weight.

As research continues, the links between the mother’s oral health and that of their unborn babies is becoming more profound. Studies show that successfully treating periodontal disease lowers the risk of preterm births. This has motivated obstetricians to urge their pregnant patients (and those trying to become pregnant) to see a dentist to check for signs of periodontal disease.

Give your baby an added advantage for a healthy beginning by ensuring your oral health is at its best. Because gum disease does not improve on its own, pregnant women should also be aware of the signs of gum disease. These include tender gums that bleed when brushing, gums that deepen in color, persistent bad breath or pus pockets that form at the base of some teeth.

We provide non-surgical treatment for most stages of gum disease. This treatment is safe for pregnant women (and all patients) and comfort is always a priority. Begin with a free consultation by calling 910-254-4555.

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Many Options For Replacing Teeth

There are a number of reasons that adults lose natural teeth. Accidents, diseases and insufficient oral hygiene can all lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers many ways to replace natural teeth while enjoying optimal comfort during the process.

The ideal tooth replacement option today is a Dental Implant. Because the implanted portion is anchored by your jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots, Dental Implants restore a natural biting strength and stability. Implants provide an optimal look, feel and function with unsurpassed longevity. WomanBitingApple

Additionally, the teeth attached to Dental Implants do not move when eating and won’t slip when laughing or sneezing. Unlike ill-fitting dentures or partials, implants do not cause uncomfortable rubbing on tender gums.

Another advantage of implants? They do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. However, one of the most appealing aspects of Dental Implants is their longevity. With proper care, Dental Implants are designed to last your lifetime, making them an exceptional investment.

Crown-&-Bridge combinations are another familiar means of replacing one or several teeth. Today’s bridges can be created to blend beautifully with adjacent teeth. However, a bridge can be placed only when bordered by natural teeth on each side. These teeth are crowned in order to provide support to the bridge.

A partial denture can replace several teeth and is typically secured to existing natural teeth. A partial denture is custom-contoured to fit the curve of your gums to blend attractively with natural teeth and gums. Partials can be kept stable with the help of denture adhesives if they start to slip over time.

When you are missing all of your upper or lower teeth, a ‘full arch’ denture is the preference of some patients. These restore the look of a full smile with comfortable chewing and speaking ability. While not as ideal as Dental Implants, many dentures offer a more affordable way to enjoy confidence when smiling, eating and laughing. Relines can be done if it begins to slip due to jaw bone shrinkage (also known as resorption).

While adults have many choices when replacing teeth, the quality of dentistry does make a difference. Having work done based on the cheapest price means corners were cut somewhere. What is sacrificed is often in the longevity, function, appearance and overall satisfaction.

For the best investment, choose an option that meets your goals for a reasonable cost. If fees seem out of reach, ask about payment plans. In many cases, these enable patients to finance treatment for no down payment and no interest. You’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of your restored smile while making easy monthly payments.

Our goal is to create an ideal result for replacing teeth and provide a result that causes you to smile often! If you are missing teeth, replacing them is vital. Missing teeth can lead to bite misalignment. This can affect the positions of neighboring teeth and contribute to further tooth loss.

Want to discuss the tooth replacement options best for your goals? Begin by calling 910-254-4555 for a no-cost, no obligation consultation. During this time, I’ll discuss the choices that are recommended for your individual situation and answer your questions thoroughly. Our financial coordinator can also discuss payment options, if desired.

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Increase Of Oral Health Challenges As We Age

Getting older has many benefits. As adults age, they typically grow more confident and place more value on the true meaningful aspects of life. The pressures of raising children are behind them and they are able to indulge in pleasures that were often set aside for more-pressing needs.

Yet, any adult over the age of 55 knows that there is a down side to aging as well. Skin sags, joints wear down, muscle tone wanes and our stamina isn’t as tough. Your smile suffers from the aging process, too. Gum tissues aren’t as supple and teeth break down more often.

By design, natural teeth should last a lifetime. However, like most Americans who spent decades consuming sugary foods and beverages, the indulgences caught up to us in the form of cavities and other oral problems. Baby boomers, in particular, can remember the whine of a dental drill to have silver fillings placed to repair these. Eventually, aging adults reach a point where the filling must be replaced or the tooth crowned. Even as durable as these are, the life of a filling or a crown don’t always coincide with the lifespan of a patient.

Today’s adults have far more choices than those of generations before us. While most adults a generation ago assumed they would end up in dentures by a certain age (and did!), today’s adults know better and have more choices. With dental implants, advancements in techniques and materials, computerized technology and individualized care, ‘false teeth’ are nowhere near one’s fate for today’s aging adult.

In 2015, average life expectancy in the U.S. was approximately 79 to 81 years, depending on gender. This is quite an increase from those born in the early years of the prior century. In 1900, life expectancy was less than 48 years. (www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus15.pdf#014)

Now, we are not only living longer, today’s adults are staying more active. Having the physical ability to enjoy our mature years is wonderful. Yet, like a home or car that’s aging, a certain amount of upkeep is needed.

There is greater understanding of the need for good dental health now. Research has linked the bacteria of gum disease to serious health problems. By triggering inflammatory reactions, this bacteria can increase one’s risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, pre-term babies, some cancers and impotency.

When it comes to teeth, the ability to bite and chew comfortably has a significant impact on overall health. The digestive process begins in the mouth. Chewing thoroughly starts the break down of foods. Good nutrition comes from our ability to properly chew foods that are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein. However, when dentures move or gums are tender, people often resort to a diet of soft foods that dissolve easily in the mouth. These often are lacking in nutritional substance needed.

Another natural consequence of aging is a dry mouth. Saliva is the mouth’s natural cleansing agent. Without sufficient saliva, a dry mouth provides a breeding ground for oral bacteria, which can increase your risk for cavities, gum disease and infection. Dry mouth is also a side effect of many medications, including those for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety and depression. Some oral rinses can help but drinking plenty of water throughout the day is the best way to support sufficient saliva flow.

For senior adults, social interaction is as necessary as good nutrition. Missing teeth or unstable dentures can lead to social isolation and fear of embarrassing moments. Having the ability to speak and laugh confidently and enjoy eating with friends and family is good for one’s mental health. As a matter of fact, some studies show that older adults who describe themselves as lonely have a 59% higher risk of functional decline and a 45% greater risk of death. WomanBitingApple

The need for good oral health exists at every age. However, aging adults must be particularly mindful of the benefits of a healthy smile. If you feel your oral health needs improving or struggle with frequent breakdown of teeth, call 910-254-4555 to schedule a no-cost consultation appointment. During this time, we’ll discuss ways to restore your oral health for a lifetime of worry-free smiles!

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Can Improve With Healthy Gums

Over the years, I’ve been proud to be involved in the many advancements in dentistry, including techniques, materials and technology involved with implant, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. While these developments have been exciting, I’ve been less than enthused by how many Americans remain unaware of the hazards of periodontal disease.

Nearly 47% of American adults have some level of gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. As devastating as tooth loss is to one’s physical and physiological well-being, there is a lack of understanding when it comes to how intricately periodontal health is related to our overall health.

Over the past few decades, research findings have continually found correlations between the bacteria of periodontal disease and a number of serious health conditions. This occurs, primarily, through inflammation that is activated by gum disease bacteria. Studies have shown this infectious bacteria can trigger inflammation that can lead to heart disease, stroke, memory loss, preterm babies, diabetes, some cancers and impotency.

Recently, research revealed a remarkably close connection between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and gum disease. While the connections may seem unlikely, it’s been determined that gum disease and RA share a genetic likeness. Apparently, their clinical structures are similar, primarily in pathogens, which are agents that cause disease or illness. Too, studies found that the pathological processes that occur in gum disease and RA are nearly identical.

While it has also been established that both conditions cause chronic inflammation in tissues that connect to bone, researchers have found that the two diseases also have a similar inflammatory trigger. The particular species of bacteria in periodontally-compromised oral tissues and tissues surrounding RA joints shared a close likeness.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating, disabling disease that destroys joints that causes pain and limits movement. The disease typically emerges gradually, beginning with morning stiffness along with weak and aching muscles. Eventually, joint pain begins with soreness and stiff feelings in the fingers, wrists, elbows, hips, knees, ankles, toes, shoulder and neck.

As RA-related inflammation worsens, joints become swollen with symptoms including fever, disfiguring of hands and feet, numbness and tingling. While there is no cure for RA, treatment options may include medications, physical therapy, or even surgery to ease the discomfort or slow its progress.

Like RA, gum disease causes pain, swelling, and tenderness. As it worsens, the associated inflammation can destroy the bone that supports teeth along with surrounding tissues. One study even showed that, by treating periodontal disease in RA patients, RA symptoms often improve. It is suspected that this occurs because the system has a reduced burden of oral inflammation.

In early stages, periodontal disease causes gums to bleed when brushing, persistent bad breath and tender gums. As the disease progresses, gum tissues darken in color and pus pockets form at the base of teeth. Eventually, teeth loosen and require removal.

Hopefully, as more adults come to realize how the presence of gum disease can so greatly increase your risk for serious health conditions, there will be an increase of adults determined to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Begin with a commitment to thorough oral hygiene regimen at home as well as having regular 6-month dental check-ups and exams. If you are experiencing signs of gum disease (as mentioned above), seek treatment at your earliest convenience. Gum disease will only worsen and require more treatment time and expense as it progresses.

Call 910-254-4555 to learn more or ask for a free consultation to begin.

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April Is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month

The word “cancer” on its own is scary. While celebrities have boosted awareness of a number of cancers, Oral Cancer hasn’t received much-needed publicity. Yet, Oral Cancer has some alarming statistics. We are taking this April as an opportunity to boost awareness, which we hope you’ll pass on to others…

• Oral Cancer has one of the worst survival rates of all cancers.
• Oral Cancer takes the life of one American every hour of every day.
• This year, nearly 50,000 in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer, resulting in about 10,000 deaths.
• The poor survival rate is because Oral Cancer is typically found after the disease has advanced.
• For those who are diagnosed with Oral Cancer, over 50% will not live more than 5 years.
• Treating Oral Cancer can be horribly disfiguring.
• Oral Cancer is more than twice as common in men as in women.
• The average age of Oral Cancer diagnosis is 62 with more than a fourth occurring in ages 55 and younger.
• Cases of Oral Cancer have been on the rise due to its links to the human papilloma virus (HPV) in males and females.
• Oral Cancer occurs in the tongue, tonsils & oropharynx, gums, base of the mouth and in other oral tissues as well as the lips and salivary glands.
• A small percentage of those who are newly diagnosed with Oral Cancer will develop another cancer nearby, such as the larynx (voice box), esophagus or lung.

Because of the often-disfiguring treatment and deadly statistics associated with Oral Cancer, we use advanced technology to detect signs at early stages. ViziLite is an early detection screening for Oral Cancer that is performed painlessly and quickly.

Quick, painless screening for early detection of Oral Cancer

Quick, painless screening for early detection of Oral Cancer

ViziLite uses a light source to illuminate suspicious areas in the mouth that are not apparent in a visible exam. If found, we can advise the patient on immediate steps to take.

It is also important to be familiar with the signs of Oral Cancer. These include:

• Swelling, lumps, rough or crusty spots on the lips or inside the mouth
• White, red, or speckled spots in the mouth
• Difficulty swallowing or moving the tongue
• Numbness or pain on the face or in the mouth
• Persistent pain in the ear
• Sores that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks
• Feeling something is caught in the the throat or having a persistent sore throat
• Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice

Please react to these signs or symptoms with immediate response. If you have not had an Oral Cancer screening in the past year, call 910-254-4555 for an appointment.

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Taking Osteoporosis Medication? Beware Jaw Bone Necrosis!

At each appointment, we have our patients update us on all the medications they are taking, including over-the-counter supplements. Because certain drugs have side effects that can cause negative reactions, having this information enhances our ability to provide a successful outcome for each procedure. Fish Oil Caps

For example, the drug Coumadin is commonly prescribed for high blood pressure. However, many people are not aware it can increase bleeding, which can complicate oral procedures like extractions or dental implant placement. When we’re aware of these medications, we can take measures to minimize your risks.

On average, nearly half of American adults take at least one prescription drug (according to the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention: (www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/drug-use-therapeutic.htm). Keeping us updated on your meds serves to increase your potential for positive results even though the side effects may not seem related to your oral health.

A good example of this is the typical ‘dry mouth’ side effect that is common with many allergy medications, antidepressants and some antacids. A dry mouth is more problematic than uncomfortable. When the mouth is dry, oral bacteria are better able to reproduce and thrive. This can lead to the development of cavities and gum disease.

Some drugs create a much greater risk, though. Bisphosphonates (such as Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva, Reclast, Prolia, Zometa) are common medications prescribed to treat osteoporosis. The complication with bisphosphonates is its risk for causing jaw osteo-necrosis. In simple terms, this is death of the jaw bone.

One of the most prescribed is Fosamax, which also ranks as one of the top 25 most-prescribed drugs on the market. Fosamax was approved by the FDA in 1995. By 2003, however, reports began emerging that linked bisphosphonates to jaw osteo-necrosis.

Jaw osteo-necrosis occurs when the bone fails to heal after a surgery, even a minor procedure. It occurs because the drug can interfere with the blood supply to the bone, thus its ability to heal. The risk for jaw necrosis is highest with procedures that directly expose the jaw bone, such as tooth extractions and other oral surgery.

Common symptoms of osteo-necrosis include pain, swelling or infection of the gums and jaw, gums that don’t heal, and loosening teeth. However, it can also occur without obvious symptoms.

In addition to treating osteoporosis, bisphosphonates are prescribed to treat cancer that has spread to the bone. In these cases, bisphosphonates are given in higher doses intravenously. For these patients, this increases the risk of osteo-necrosis of the jaw even more than that for patients taking them for osteoporosis.

Also troubling are findings that jaw osteo-necrosis risk tends to increase with the length of time a patient takes bisphosphonates. However, researchers have found the risk exists for even short-term users of bisphosphonates being taken to treat osteoporosis.

While the drug makers claim that osteo-necrosis risk applies mainly to bisphosphonates given intravenously, a study of patients who took Fosamax for osteoporosis showed otherwise. Of the 208 participants who took the drug for various durations, 4% acquired osteo-necrosis.

While this may seem like a small percentage, that’s over 8 people. For those 8 or 9 people, the risk is too great when it comes to losing part of their jaw bone. In addition to the study’s findings on the risks of short-term use, the drug has shown the ability to have a ‘half-life’ in bone tissues that can last for a decade.

Physicians who prescribe bisphosphonates have often relied on the drug makers’ claims of low risk for these medications that treat osteoporosis. Unfortunately, this has left a number of patients unaware of the actual risks when it comes to having dental procedures. This is why it is important to make us aware of any changes to your health, including medications and dosages.

Our goal is to help you enjoy optimal oral health that supports your overall health. And, the two are intricately connected. Research has already determined that the infectious bacteria of gum disease can trigger inflammatory reactions elsewhere in the body. To-date, it has been linked to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, memory loss, preterm babies, arthritis, diabetes, some cancers, impotency and erectile dysfunction (ED).

If you have questions regarding the medications you are taking in regard to oral risks, call 910-254-4555 or ask at your next visit. Together, we can maximize your potential for a healthy smile AND a healthy body with reduced risks for complications.

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Pulling ‘Problem’ Tooth Not Always Best Solution

When a person wants a tooth extracted because it’s a ‘problem’ tooth, it’s often because it is requiring continual repairs. Unfortunately, ridding yourself of one problem can open the door to a long list of others.

Each tooth in your mouth holds other teeth in proper position. This includes the teeth on each side and the one above or below. A missing tooth enables neighboring teeth to ‘drift.’ This eventually leads to drifting of teeth adjacent to them, and so on. Misaligned teeth can lead to chips, broken teeth, night-time clenching or grinding, headaches, worn teeth, jaw joint pain and a higher risk of cavities and gum disease.Missing Tooth

It is a fact that when a tooth is removed, if not replaced, the tooth next to the open space will be the next you’ll lose. Thus, replacing a missing tooth should occur as soon as possible. We recommend Dental Implants since implants use the jaw bone as their foundation, just as natural tooth roots. While crown-&-Bridge combinations are stable options for tooth replacement, the process requires the crowning of otherwise healthy, natural teeth on each side to serve as supports for the bridged tooth.

Dental Implants provide another advantage as well. Since they are held in the jaw bone, they recreate the presence of a tooth root. This stimulates the bone to help the jaw maintain a healthy depth and mass. Like the gap left by a missing tooth, bone loss from missing tooth roots enable drifting of neighboring teeth. Implants, when placed soon after extraction, help you avoid that.

There is nothing like the natural teeth you were born with. Using today’s techniques and materials, saving a tooth and resolving the problems can occur. Unless a ‘problem tooth’ has been severely compromised by periodontal disease or has broken below the gum line, removal is seldom the easiest and cheapest solution. Let’s discuss the best way to resolve the problems and help you smile without worry. Call 910-254-4555 for a consultation appointment.

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For Smile Makeovers, No Better Option Than Porcelain Veneers

Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh once said, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

Research has shown that smiling triggers the release of endorphins, those ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain. Too, studies have shown that the action of smiling – even when you fake a smile – causes these endorphins to release. This means we can boost our mood by smiling, whether we feel like smiling or not!

We all know that an attractive smile can significantly enhance one’s facial appearance. However, when people feel good about how their smile looks, they tend to smile more often. While this can give your mood a dose of happy, a confident smile also makes a positive impression on others. In one study, it was shown that an individual who smiles often is more likely to be deemed outgoing, happy and confident.

An appealing smile also provides a more youthful appearance. As we age, teeth lose their white luster, taking on a more grayish, yellow or brown cast. Gums that recede as we age along elongate teeth and tend to expose darker root segments of teeth. Not only can smile enhancements rejuvenate a smile and perk up facial appearance overall, the act of smiling lifts facial muscles, giving a mini face lift of sorts!Woman laughing

Today’s aesthetic dentistry offers excellent options to improve a smile’s appearance. From porcelain veneers to porcelain crowns to whitening to bonding, we’ve restored smiles with chips, broken teeth, crooked and crowded teeth, worn teeth, uneven gum lines and missing teeth. The ideal for esthetic enhancement, however, is through porcelain.

Porcelain gives a natural luminosity and opalescence while providing the most natural look and feel. Porcelain even reflects light as a natural tooth. Plus, porcelain’s durability is more resistant to staining, more durable and is exceptional to any other material used in esthetic dentistry.

If you are contemplating smile enhancement, let’s discuss ways to provide an ideal result that will be a complement to you inside and out! Call 910-254-4555 to arrange a no-charge consultation appointment. During this time, I’ll explain smile enhancement options that will work best for you. If desired, we can also have our Financial Coordinator discuss payment plans that allow you to enjoy your new smile while making easy, monthly payments. Some require no down payment and are interest-free.

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How To Save Time & Money When It Comes To Dental Care!

As part of our normal routines, we do preventive maintenance to avoid problems that can otherwise require a great deal of time and money for repairs. For example, we have our car’s oil changed on a regular basis to ensure proper operation and avoid major problems. We change our home’s air filters to keep our HVAC system operating efficiently and avoid expensive repairs. We clean and bandage a cut to prevent an infection from occurring and the need for medical expenses.

It makes sense that we would spend a few minutes here and there to prevent problems from occurring in the first place, which saves us time and money. This is why it’s wise to spend just minutes each day to prevent dental problems that can be costly and time-consuming to repair.

There are many reasons to be devoted to your oral health. While we all want an appealing smile, the benefits of a healthy one goes far beyond appearance. For decades now, extensive research has linked the bacteria of periodontal (gum) disease to heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, some cancers, arthritis, diabetes, preterm babies, impotency and more.

Early symptoms of gum disease include gums that bleed easily when brushing, bad breath and sore gums. As it progresses, gums pull away from teeth and gum tissue darkens from a healthy pink to red. Eventually, teeth will loosen and require removal. As a matter of fact, gum disease is the nation’s leading cause of adult tooth loss.

Gum disease begins when oral bacteria become overwhelming and infectious. This leads to an inflammation that is destructive to the gums, tooth enamel, tooth roots and supporting structures beneath the gum line.

Once gum disease begins, it will only worsen without treatment. However, avoiding cavities and gum disease is nothing complicated. Achieving and maintaining a healthy mouth is actually easy with a commitment to a thorough at-home regimen and regular dental check-ups.

Want to save time and money at the dentist? We want that for you, too! Here are easy tips to follow:

I). Brush twice each day for at least two minutes per time. Use a soft bristle tooth brush and fluoridated tooth paste. After brushing teeth, brush your tongue to dislodge oral bacteria that are embedded there, being sure to reach the back of the tonguetoothbrush where the majority of bacteria are embedded.

II).  Flossing is a tremendous aid when it comes to controlling bacteria levels in the mouth. Our hygienist will gladly help you with your technique, if desired. Or, if you find flossing too awkward or uncomfortable, consider purchasing an electronic flosser.

III). Drink plenty of water during the day and limit beverages that contain high levels of caffeine, such as colas, tea, coffee and energy drinks. These are drying to oral tissues and deplete the beneficial rinsing effects of saliva flow. Another component that is very drying to the mouth is smoking. Cigarette smoke also contains a long list of toxic chemicals that are readily absorbed by moist gum tissues.

IV). When it comes to the reproduction of oral bacteria, sugar and carbohydrates are their ideal food sources. Don’t give them what they need to over-produce! Limit chips, crackers, cookies and sugary drinks. Also, avoid snacking between meals. Remember – each time you eat or drink (other than water), your mouth undergoes an acid attack. If you want a sweet treat, have it as a dessert following a meal while your mouth is already enduring an acid bath.

V). When citrus or acidic foods (including tomatoes, orange juice, pickles, wine and vinegar-laden foods) mix with the acids in the mouth, the acid levels amp up. This acidity  is so potent it can soften tooth enamel for 20 – 30 minutes. Brushing teeth immediately after consuming these foods can wear down tooth enamel. Instead, wait 30 minutes after eating to brush. It is safe, however, to swish with water or chew sugarless gum anytime.

In addition to these tips, be committed to your 6-month check-ups. These visits are structured to remove plaque or tartar that has accumulated since your last appointment as well as catch problems while they are still small. Early treatment can save you much in time and treatment expense.

By avoiding cavity repair and gum problems, you’ll save time and money. That’s a great way to add to your smiles! Plus, your smile will look and feel more confident!

Feel free to call 910-254-4555 to discuss your oral health goals or concerns regarding your smile. Also, if dental fear or anxiety is an issue, we are happy to discuss comfort options that may work best for your needs. Begin with a no-charge consultation.

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