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You Really Can Live Better Through Dentistry


Did you know that a healthy mouth means a healthy body...a healthy heart...even a healthy sex life? It's true! And just by changing certain habits related to oral hygiene you can improve the health of your mouth and teeth and lessen your risk for a whole host of illnesses.

"You cannot be healthy with an unhealthy mouth any more than one can be healthy with an infected foot," says Richard H. Price, DMD, spokesperson for the American Dental Association and a former clinical instructor at the Boston University Dental School.

He's absolutely right.

Researchers at the ADA have found that periodontitis (the advanced form of periodontal disease that can cause tooth loss) is linked with health problems, such as cardiovascular disease. It appears that bacteria in the mouth may cause inflammation throughout the body, including the arteries. Gingivitis (oral inflammation due to bacteria) may also play a role in clogged arteries and blood clots, possibly increasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke.


Healthy Mouth, Healthy Love Life


There's nothing like bad breath to turn off the opposite sex. 22-year-old UK superstar Joss Stone famously remarked, "There's nothing worse than bad breath. I've snogged people with bad breath who smelt of (cigarettes) and beer and it made me feel sick.

Joss isn't alone. A report from a US mouthwash company revealed that nearly three quarters of the people polled said they wouldn't let a person they found attractive kiss them if they had bad breath. Plus, simply worrying about your partner smelling and/or kissing your malodorous mouth can take the joy and spontaneity out of your sex life. Good oral health literally 'takes the worry out of being close' as they used to say in the Ban deodorant ads. So improving your sex life means doing things that improve your blood flow, and that means taking care of your teeth and gums.

Attention Mothers-to-Be

Pregnant women with periodontitis may be at increased risk of delivering preterm and/or low-birth-weight infants. The theory is that oral bacteria release toxins, which interfere with the growth and development of the baby. At the same time, oral infection can cause a mother to produce labor-triggering substances too quickly, potentially triggering premature labor and birth.

And some studies suggest that periodontitis can make it more difficult for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar!


Your Dentist is Also Your Doctor

Your mouth is a window into what's going on in the rest of your body, detecting the early signs and symptoms of systemic disease -- a disease that affects or pertains to your entire body, not just one of its parts. Many diseases, including diabetes, often first become apparent as oral problems. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90% percent of all systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms.

So what does the health of your mouth have to do with your overall health? In a word, plenty. It's just one more reason that regular dental check-ups are so important.


Question: Is tongue piercing safe?


Answer: Oral piercing has become fashionable over the last decade. While oral piercing can involve the lips,cheek, uvula, the tongue remains to be the most commonly pierced. Tongue piercing involves placing a "barbell"-type stud through the tongue.


There are several common risks associated with tongue piercing.

Infection- This is possibly due to nonsterile techniques and/or improper care after the piercing. Treatment can include antiobiotic therapy, localized cleaning and oral hygiene instructions. Serious infections, involving the tongue, jaw and chin can require emergency medical treatment.


Chipped or Broken Teeth- Usually occurs through biting the barbell especially in new piercings with the initial longer barbell. To minimize the risk, a shorter barbell or made of acrylic/plastic should be worn.


Enamel Loss- Most commonly occurs at the back of the teeth through repeated rubbing against the jewelry. A shorter barbell or one made of non-metallic material can also be worn to prevent enamel loss.


Gum recession- Over time, repeated contact between the tongue ring and the gums can lead to receding gums especially with long stem barbells. Smaller tongue rings can reduce the risks of receding gums.


Future considerations for the tongue ring user:


1. Replacing metal barbell with a shorter, plastic based barbell.

2. Using antiseptic mouthrinse, such as Listerine on a daily basis and brushing the tongue regularly.

3. Exercise conscious control of the movement of tongue jewelry during chewing or speech.


Please contact Dr.Glasmeier if you have any questions re: tongue rings.

Question: My child needs extensive dental work done and is quite nervous. What options are available to my child for sedation?


Anwer: That can really depend on certain factors such as age, weight, medical history, previous dental experiences, etc. The majority of the time, nitrous oxide(laughing gas) is sufficient to help calm the child down and eliminate anxiety. Nitrous is great because the onset of effect takes ~ 2-3 minutes and laughing gas is completely removed from the body following several minutes of administrating oxygen. If a child is unresponsive to laughing gas and will not cooperate, I would then recommending the patient be referred to a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists have more extensive training in sedation techniques for children such as oral sedation or even general anesthesia.

Question: Hi there, I am a 51 year old woman in pretty good health. In 2004 I had my 4 front teeth removed and porcelain crowns put in. It has become apparent that they were not sealed well enough, so over time decay has set in behind the crowns. They must now be removed and new ones inserted. My financial situation has changed considerably since then and the insurance I have now only covers porcelain infused over metal crowns. It would cost me another $600 per tooth if I want porcelain. I had never heard of these other ones so I would like your input on the aesthetics and longevity of the porcelain infused over metal.Thank you for your time and opinion


Answer: The porcelain fused to metal(PFM) crowns have been around much longer than all porcelain crowns. They are known for strength and I typically do these on back teeth. They do work well on front teeth but can be more challenging to make them look esthetic. I would talk with your dentist about doing the PFM crowns but it will be much more difficult to match the esthetics that you had with all porcelain crowns. I like the all porcelain better but if done correctly the PFM crown can be acceptable as well. My biggest concern is that if they are designed corrected or even if your gums even slightly recede, you can possibly see dark line or metal hue around where the gum has receded. If you have ever seen someone smile and you see a dark color or gray hue around the gum, it is likely it is PFM crown. With an all porcelain crown, even with recession it is not as visible. All porcelain is typically my choice, if and only if your bite will allow it.




August 18, 2009
Category: Uncategorized

What is a cavity(tooth decay)?


Tooth decay is the process that results in a cavity (dental caries). It occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away at a tooth. If not treated, tooth decay can cause infection and tooth loss.

You can easily prevent tooth decay by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist for teeth cleaning and checkups, and avoiding foods that are high in sugar.

What causes tooth decay?

The combination of bacteria and food causes tooth decay. A clear, sticky substance called plaque that contains bacteria is always forming on your teeth and gums. As the bacteria feed on the sugars in the food you eat, they make acids. The acids attack the teeth for 20 minutes or more after eating. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.
What are the symptoms of tooth decay?

Tooth decay usually does not cause symptoms until you have a cavity or an infected tooth. When this occurs, a toothache is the most common symptom.
How is tooth decay diagnosed?

Your dentist diagnoses tooth decay by:

* Asking questions about your past dental and medical problems and care.
* Examining your teeth, using a pointed tool and a small mirror.
* Taking X-rays of your teeth and mouth.


How is tooth decay treated?

Treatment for tooth decay depends on how bad it is. You may be able to reverse slight tooth decay by using fluoride. To fix cavities caused by mild tooth decay, your dentist will fill the cavities with another substance (fillings). For more severe tooth decay, you may need a crown or root canal. In extreme cases, your dentist may have to remove the tooth.