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Laughing in the Face of Dental Fear May Ease Worries

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Some people of all ages fear the thought of going to the dentist. Maybe it's the idea of getting a shot for a filling or the possibility of having a tooth pulled. But there is really no reason to worry, as these occurrences are not that common. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to smile when you schedule your next dental checkup.

Professional teeth cleaning.

Having your teeth expertly cleaned by a dental hygienist can be a privilege. They often are able to extract debris or bacteria under the gum line or between tightly-packed teeth that would eventually lead to cavities. Following the cleaning, your teeth will look and feel great.  Continue reading

American’s Are Not Receiving Routine Preventative Dental Care

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The American way is to get a new one when the old one breaks. However, this does not work well when it comes to teeth. The goal is to keep the originals intact for life. Sure, there are partials, bridges, dentures and even implants that are workable solutions for millions of Americans who have lost some or all of their teeth, but nothing beats the real thing. Preventative maintenance is a given for the nation's 253 million cars, and it should also be a given for the nation's overall oral health.

In 2007 a 12-year-old child died from complications of a tooth abscess. A case history report in 2012 shows how an 11-year-old child almost died from complications due to an abscessed molar that spread an infection to his brain. Issues like these can be prevented with routine preventative dental care. Village death records toward the end of the bubonic plague indicate higher numbers of death caused by tooth abscesses than the plague. In America the number should be zero considering the ability and resources that modern dentistry has to treat such infections. Continue reading

Study Finds Link Between Gum Disease and Impotence

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If you are a man interested in maintaining a healthy sex life, or a woman who wants her man to continue to be sexually vibrant, it's important to take good care of your teeth and in particular, the health of your gums. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Health reveals that researchers have discovered a direct link between gum disease and erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence.

Scientists at Turkey's University of Malatya examined a group of 160 men who were between the ages of 30 and 40 years old. Fifty percent of this group was experiencing impotence to some degree. And 53 percent of the men in this group also had gums that were infected or inflamed. Researchers concluded that men who had periodontal disease were almost 4 percent more likely to be experiencing problems keeping an erection during sexual activity than those men whose gums were in a healthy state.  Continue reading

Going to the Dentist While Pregnant

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It is recommended to visit a dentist when you are pregnant. This is essential because during pregnancy most hormones circulate in your body and can affect your gums. Your gums will often bleed and stand a chance of being infected. Your teeth can also get damaged when you have gum infection and also plague on your teeth can build up and therefore you need to have thorough teeth cleaning to keep your dental hygiene safe. You should also ask the dentist for safe brushes and toothpaste to use during pregnancy.

Preventing Dental Works

Preventing dental works during pregnancy period is important as it enables one to prevent oral infections like gum disease which has been linked to preterm birth. Dental works such as crown and cavity fillings need treatment to reduce the chances of infection. The 2nd trimester is usually ideal for any dental work, however, once you reach 3rd trimester, it can be very difficult to lie on your back for a given period of time. It is therefore, safe to postpone all the unnecessary dental work during the 3rd trimester until the baby is born. Continue reading

Tooth Loss Linked to Higher Risk for Heart Disease

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Losing teeth is not only bad for your self esteem but has also been linked to heart disease. The heart disease risk factors are obesity, diabetes, smoking and high blood pressure.

In a recent study, 16,000 people were analyzed to determine the association of tooth loss and heart disease. The population being derived from 39 countries provided information regarding the teeth they had remaining, and how frequent they experienced bleeding gums. Up to 40% of the sample population had less than 15 teeth while 16 % had no teeth, and 25% reported of bleeding gums.

For every individual who reported a decrease in their teeth, it was noted that they had high levels of a harmful enzyme linked to hardening and inflammation of the arteries. It was also found that fewer teeth also led to an increase in blood pressure, blood sugar, bad cholesterol levels and waist size.

Individuals with few teeth were found to have a high risk of diabetes with an 11 percent increase in the risk for every decrease in the teeth. Former or current smokers were also found to experience tooth loss which consequently increased the risk of a heart attack. Bleeding gums were also linked to high blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels. Continue reading

How to Prevent Teeth Grinding

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Different people deal with stress and anxiety in different ways. One common response to stress that is often unconscious is bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.

Experienced by somewhere between half and 96 percent of the adult population, teeth grinding isn't always a serious habit, but if left unnoticed, it can have grave consequences. These consequences include the wearing down of enamel and eventual loss of teeth altogether, and painful disorders, such as TMJ. More common and less serious symptoms include facial pain and jaw clicking-- although the latter could be considered more serious if the jaw joint were to become arthritic. Continue reading

Recognizing and Treating Gingivitis

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Periodontal disease affects millions of Americans. The CDC estimates that 47.2 percent of adults older than 30 have it in some form and 70.1 percent of adults over the age of 65 have it. This disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, problems with the jaw and numerous other issues that can become lifelong problems.

The most effective way is to begin treating periodontal disease in its earliest stages. This allows progression to not only be halted, but to also be reversed with the right amount of care.

Gingivitis can be considered the earliest stage of periodontal disease. Learning how to recognize it and what can be done to treat it can be essential to keeping your mouth free of periodontal disease. Your teeth and your whole mouth will thank you when you do. Continue reading

1 in 5 Americans Has Untreated Cavities

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Most people realize that cavities are unhealthy, but many do not understand just how prevalent of a problem tooth decay actually is. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now reports that as many as 19 percent of children and 26 percent of adults have untreated cavities. When left untreated, tooth decay can cause a variety of aesthetic and medical issues that will require comprehensive treatments. These are just some of the reasons that everyone should know about the importance of regular dental treatments and how important annual appointments are when it comes to finding and treating cavities.

The easiest way to describe a cavity is a hole in one's tooth. These will develop in a number of stages beginning with harmful bacteria being left in the mouth. Certain substances such as sugar will cling to teeth and gums after being ingested. When it is not removed by brushing or flossing, then these different substances will develop into harmful bacteria. In turn, this bacterium will eat away at the outer layer of enamel on the teeth. Cavities occur when the damage has penetrated the outer layer of the teeth, but there are quite a few different types of damage that can take place with tooth decay.  Continue reading

Dentists Play Key Role In Detecting Oral Cancer

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According to the National Institute Of Dental And Cranofacial Research, oral cancer makes up about two percent of the cancers that are diagnosed each year. Approximately 34,000 people are diagnosed each year. It is also estimated that 7,900 people die each year from oral cancer. The good news is that early detection helps save lives. If oral cancer is diagnosed before it spreads to other parts of the body, then a person has a 83 percent chance of surviving. There are several ways oral cancer can be treated if it is caught early including surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Continue reading

The Top Ten Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

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Tooth sensitivity can have many causes, can affect one or several of your teeth, and may be a temporary side effect or a chronic problem. One thing is for certain, everyone wants to avoid that sharp, shooting pain. Read on to find out what may be causing your tooth sensitivity.

Brushing Too Hard

Applying too much pressure when you brush your teeth, or using too hard of a toothbrush, can cause tooth sensitivity by wearing down enamel and gum tissue, exposing the most sensitive parts of your teeth.

Tooth Decay

This is a pretty obvious culprit, and probably what most people fear when they start to feel tooth sensitivity. Visit a dentist to treat the decay, and do what you can to prevent decay by keeping up good oral hygiene. Continue reading