What is the Role of Dentist in Oral Care?

Oral health is often secondary to overall physical health for many people. Dental health is important as oral health ailments can be linked to other health issues. Like a doctor’s visit, many people only see their dentist when something is wrong. Prevention is important for both physical and dental health. Many potentially serious dental problems can be adverted by regular dental visits and check-ups. A dental visit means being examined by a doctor of oral health capable of diagnosing and treating conditions that can range from minor and routine to complex and serious. Both the patient and the dentist have [...]

By | August 16th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on What is the Role of Dentist in Oral Care?

The Benefits of Concierge Dentistry

The Statue of Liberty is not the only thing that we received from the French, the word “concierge” is another fine gift they have given us, and we have happily adopted into the English language. Upon hearing this word, most people think of staying in a fancy hotel, asking the person in charge (aka - the concierge) to help them get opera tickets, courtside seats to a professional-basketball game, tips on which local hotspots are a must-see, and showing them the luxury of being waited on hand and foot. What they don’t usually think of is how it pertains to [...]

By | July 27th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on The Benefits of Concierge Dentistry

Dental Health and the Link to Pancreatic Cancer

The definition of cancer: “A malignant and invasive growth or tumor, especially one originating in epithelium, tending to recur after excision and to metastasize to other sites.” The big “C” is a horrible disease in any form, no matter how big or small, it just plain sucks. But, we are going to focus on the connection between oral health and a very specific cancer: pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is responsible for 40,000 deaths each year in the United States. This disease often escapes early diagnosis, which is the cause for its fatality rate. Poor oral health, such as gum disease, [...]

By | July 20th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on Dental Health and the Link to Pancreatic Cancer

Marijuana’s Impact on the Mouth

Though recreation marijuana has gotten a bad rap in many places and is only legal in a few states, there are some other states that have legalized it for its seemingly effective medicinal properties. However, while it may help some people with some health issues, it can wreak havoc on your mouth. It is important that you know the oral risks you take when using medical marijuana. These risks range from having a literal ‘dirty mouth’ due to the negligence of oral care to inflammation and discoloration inside your mouth to getting advanced stages of oral cancer. Poor Hygiene and [...]

By | July 13th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on Marijuana’s Impact on the Mouth

A History of Dentistry and a Look at Our State of the Art Technology

The technology of the dental world has come a very… very long way. And our office is at the front of the lines with the latest and greatest. But before we brag about our latest and greatest technology let’s take a look at just how far the dental industry has come. Early 20th Century This was an exciting time because electricity had made household chores, such as vacuuming and laundry a much easier task. But it wasn’t just an amazing time for those trying to keep their home clean, this was also a breakthrough for dentists. For the first time [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on A History of Dentistry and a Look at Our State of the Art Technology

The Oral Cancer Epidemic

There was a time when oral cancer was only a concern primarily for white men, 45 and older, who used tobacco and drank excessively. And a very small amount of that group were included due to family history. But those statistics have changed drastically in recent years. The number of new cases of oral cancer have reached levels never before imagined. What is the cause of this dramatic change? This epidemic has come about primarily due to the human papillomavirus (HPV). which is a sexually transmitted virus that can be contracted through oral sex. The number of oral cancer cases [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on The Oral Cancer Epidemic

The Power of a Smile

The power of a smile is an incredible thing. Sharing a smile with a friend or a stranger not only has a positive effect on your day but can boost their mood as well. Flashing your pearly whites sends happy signals to your brain and makes you feel good. When you feel good about your smile, it makes you feel confident and adds to your self-esteem. People respond positively to someone who shares their smile freely. Unfortunately, the opposite effect often happens. When someone doesn’t feel like the have set of chompers that are worth sharing, it can have an adverse [...]

By | May 20th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on The Power of a Smile

3 Drinks Guaranteed to Stain Your Teeth

Part of being human involves the want and need to indulge in our favorite food and beverages. Good or bad, we love to tickle our tastebuds. If you are a foodie that loves to discover new and upcoming restaurants, or that hole in the wall Mexican joint that you cherish as your own secret, you understand the love of food. Or if you have a passion for cooking for yourself, family, and friends, you too know the draw of a delicious meal. But what is a meal without the superb pairing of a beverage? Whether it’s a fine wine to [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on 3 Drinks Guaranteed to Stain Your Teeth

The Relationship between Diet, Nutrition, and Oral Health

A healthy diet means that you’re providing your body all the nutrients it needs to stay strong and active. That kind of nutrition can also have a direct impact on your oral health This is particularly important with young kids, who learn a lot of their nutritional habits in the early phases of life. A balanced diet from the very start will help them establish good oral hygiene routines and help them develop strong, decay-resistant teeth. But it goes beyond just being about cavities, though. Oral health and nutrition are connected in many ways, and it’s not just a one-way [...]

By | April 20th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on The Relationship between Diet, Nutrition, and Oral Health

Is It Possible to Regrow Your Own Teeth with Stem Cells?

Years ago, the eventual loss of teeth wasn’t an “if” but a “when.” Dentures were just seen as part of life, and people looked forward with dread to the day they would have to give up their favorite foods in favor of loose-fitting, unnatural replacement teeth. Then came modern dental implants, and things changed. Suddenly it was possible to replace missing teeth with natural, durable, and aesthetically appealing implants. But, for some people, a dental implant isn’t always possible because there simply isn’t enough bone to effectively hold the new titanium root. Bone grafts are often the solution in these [...]

By | April 5th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on Is It Possible to Regrow Your Own Teeth with Stem Cells?