ADA Spokesperson: Vaping Can Have Similar Effect On Teeth As Cigarette Smoking

Health (8/27, O’Neill) featured information from American Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Matthew Messina in an article discussing how vaping may affect oral health. Vaping adds “heat in the mouth,” Dr. Messina says, which “changes the bacterial presence in the mouth. It dries the mouth out.” Dr. Messina adds, “[The] rate of tooth decay increases, sometimes dramatically, if we dry the mouth out.” In addition, vaping can lead to tooth discoloration because of the presence of nicotine, inflamed gum tissue, and bone loss, he says. “It’s important to stress the fact that while vaping is new and is being actively studied, we have to consider vaping and cigarette smoking relatively the same, as far as the effects on the teeth and gum tissues,” says Dr. Messina.

The AP (8/28) reported that there have been “nearly 200 reported incidents of vaping-related illnesses in 22 states,” and last week, the New York Times (8/23, Richtel, Kaplan) reported that public health officials announced the first vaping-related death. In a media statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the “death in Illinois reinforces the serious risks associated with e-cigarette products.” #oralcare #oralhealth #healthysmiles #goodhabits #healthysmilesmatter #smilemore #takecareofyourself #ada #americandentalassociation #drstephendeehan

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Toothbrush

We know and love our toothbrushes as the tools that kick plaque to the curb, help keep cavities at bay (with the help of fluoride toothpaste, of course) and freshen our breath. But what else can we learn about them? Read on for some toothbrush facts.

  1. When selecting your toothbrush, look for the ADA Seal.
    The ADA Seal of Acceptance is the gold standard for toothbrush quality. It’s how you’ll know an independent body of scientific experts, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, evaluated your toothbrush to make sure bristles won’t fall out with normal use, the handle will stay strong and the toothbrush will help reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease.

Read more and see tips 2 – 10

Kombucha Is Damaging to Your Teeth

Kombucha Is Damaging to Your Teeth

Kombucha is the wellness drink of the moment, and for good reason. The fermented tea is rich in probiotics and prebiotics, which help increase the good bacteria in the gut, improving digestion and overall health. But if you really love kombucha, sad news: it may not be as great for your teeth.

“The dominant type of bacteria in kombucha creates acetic acid,” Jeffery Sulitzer, DMD, chief clinical officer at SmileDirectClub, told POPSUGAR. “On the pH scale, white distilled vinegar tests around 2.4 pH. A properly brewed batch of kombucha may fall anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5.”

Acid is known to wear down tooth enamel, but “the acidic pH found in kombucha also allows  Read More….

What if your tooth that has been knocked out of your mouth?

Some steps in caring for a tooth that has been knocked out of your mouth include: Only pick up the tooth by the chewing surface not the root🦷; If it’s dirty,  rinse lightly with water💦. It’s important not to dry, scrub or use toothpaste or soap on the tooth also don’t wrap in any cloth👎🏻; try to place the tooth back in the socket, if you can’t, keep the tooth moist at all times by either letting it soak in a cup of milk 🥛or tucking it inside your mouth between your cheek and your gum👄; lastly, and most importantly, see a dentist as soon as possible⏳. Ideally within 30 minutes of the incident. It is possible a tooth can be saved even if it’s outside the mouth for about an hour😁. #smilecare #brokentooth #repairyoursmile #welovetohelp #drstephendeehan #smiledaily😊 #oraltips #oralhealthtips #oralhealthcare #oralcare #smilemore

Poor oral health linked to a 75% increase in liver cancer risk, new study finds

The study, by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, analyzed a large cohort of over 469,000 people in the UK, investigated the association between oral health conditions and the risk of a number of gastrointestinal cancers, including liver, colon, rectum and pancreatic cancer. Models were applied to estimate the relationship between cancer risk and self-reported oral health conditions, such as painful or bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, and loose teeth.

Whilst no significant associations were observed on the risk of the majority  and poor oral health, a substantial link was found for hepatobiliary cancer.

“Poor oral health has been associated with the risk of several chronic diseases, such as , stroke, and diabetes”, explained Dr. Haydée WT Jordão, from the Centre of Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast and lead author of the study. “However, there is inconsistent evidence on the association between poor oral health and specific types of gastrointestinal cancers, which is what our research aimed to examine.”

Read more at https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-06-poor-oral-health-linked-liver.html

Our newest dental family member

Help give a warm welcome to our newest dental family member  Gabby to our office! She will be another welcoming smile at the front desk! Gabby has 5 cats and 2 dogs “her very own zoo”. She loves spending time with her boyfriend hiking, reading and walking her dogs!

Decay restored back to health!

A common area of decay restored back to health while looking natural using #Filtek supreme by @3m products. We love using all our state of the art equipment such as our #intraoralcamera, #intraoralscanner and #digitalxrays to help keep our patients oral health in tip top shape!! 

Children’s Dental Health Month

As part of children’s dental health month, Doc makes it appoint to visit schools and share the importance of #healthyoralhabits. Today he’s visiting #OFRS in @longvalleylocal  to let them know all about oral health while dropping off some “goodies” to get them started!! 😁🦷 🏫

Ever wonder why we take X-rays?

Our state of the art digital x-ray system, not only exposes our patients and staff to far less radiation then typical x-rays, but also is more sensitive than traditional dental x-rays. They give us the opportunity to detect and diagnose issues before they are visible to the naked eye, and before they can cause significant damage and pain.

Same Day Appointment Promotion

Check in daily. If you’re free, we may be free too! Make yourself a SAME DAY appointment while they are available and Along with getting a thorough exam and cleaning, you will also receive one of our “on the go” bleaching pens. Treat yourself to a whiter smile or use it as a gift for the upcoming holidays.

Science says fluoride in water is good for kids. So why are these towns banning it?

In the past five years, 74 cities have voted to remove fluoride from their drinking water, despite thousands of studies showing it prevents cavities.

It has been hailed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the top public health achievements of the 20th century. Numerous studies have proven its safety and efficacy. But fluoride — the naturally occurring compound that prevents cavities and tooth decay — is still sparking heated debates, seven decades after it was first added to America’s water supply.

“Anti-fluoridationists” — a small but vocal minority — are disputing long-established science to say that fluoride added to tap water lowers IQ and causes everything from acne to anemia to Alzheimer’s.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/science-says-fluoride-water-good-kids-so-why-are-these-n920851

 

We are adding three new providers!

We are excited to announce that as of October 8, 2018, we are in DHA (Dental Health Alliance, LLC) and Sun Life Financial and as of January 1, 2019 in Aetna Life Insurance Company with dental health alliance coverage.

All aboard for a healthy smile!

An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away but also… simply chewing on it, scrubs your teeth which helps clean your teeth, increases your saliva and helps keep your teeth white. Thanks to Ort Farms you can help yourself to an Apple at your next visit!