Archive for June, 2014

Is a Revolution in Dentistry Coming?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

new dentistryModern dentistry has certainly come a long way. There was a time when if there was something wrong with a tooth, you pulled it and that was that. Today, we can fix most oral health problems with some fairly easy techniques. We use fillings, crowns, do root canals, and even have clear braces to straighten teeth out. The world of medicine is always evolving; dentistry is no exception. King’s College in London recently made an announcement that there is a new technique that might be able to give dentist’s the ability to fully heal a tooth instead of just using temporary fixes – this is truly revolutionary in the world of dentistry.

The loss of mineral on a tooth is the reason that cavities develop. Sugars and acids are the biggest culprits in breaking down these minerals and causing a tooth to decay away. Most times, the saliva in your mouth will help to replace the minerals, but it doesn’t always work that way, especially when people don’t brush and floss properly. You’ve probably used fluoride for a long time but don’t actually know what it does. Fluoride helps to add minerals to your teeth and strengthen them. It’s a pretty great mineral, but it doesn’t always do the job either.

What King’s College in London is looking at is a device that will help electrically regenerate minerals in the teeth. The tooth will essentially rebuild itself and become healthy again, rather than simply being “fixed” every time something is wrong with it. The device uses a “tiny electric current to ‘push’ minerals into the tooth to repair the damaged site, in essence reversing the decay.” The process is something that is entirely new, but based on old principles of teeth repairing themselves on much smaller scale. This specific technology isn’t ready yet. There’s still some refining to do (and a lot of testing) before it becomes something that many dentists use in their practices. It does show a lot of promise as a new way of healing teeth that have formed cavities.

At Affinity Dental, we keep on top of the newest treatments available so that we can better cater to you and help you to have a more enjoyable experience with your Catonsville dentist. To learn more about dental techniques and how we implement them at Affinity Dental, give us a call at 410-719-7900, visit our website, or stop in to make an appointment!

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Source: LA Times

 

How Can Oral Health Affect Overall Health?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

oral health for overall health“Brush at least twice per day and floss once per day. Make sure you’re taking good care of your teeth and gums for better oral health!” How many times have you heard that from you parents or dentist? Probably quite a few. It is true that brushing and flossing is good for your oral heath, but did you know that it’s important for your overall health, too? Good oral health can help prevent certain types of diseases and disorders and also make for a brighter smile. Think about it: just about everything that you put in your body goes through your mouth. Food, germs, drinks, and more. Though the mouth acts as a pretty good filter for many things, it is also the gateway to lots of problems.

Did you know that the plaque that causes heart attacks and strokes is the same plaque that causes cavities in your teeth? These plaques are caused by sugars and fats – think carbs. Bacteria can also cause infection, which can spread to other parts of your body if you’re not careful. Taking care of your mouth is an important first step to taking care of the rest of your body. Check out some of the things that good oral health helps to prevent.

  • Heart disease – Not only is plaque a problem in heart disease and mouth problems, but there seems to be even more of a link there. Approximately 91% of patients that have heart disease also have gum disease. This link doesn’t seem coincidental simply because of the high instance of gum disease in heart disease patients. Though the reason isn’t specifically known, there is a chance that poor oral hygiene and gum disease could be a catalyst for heart disease.
  • Diabetes – Inflammation in the mouth has recently been linked to an inability to properly process blood sugar. Your body can’t use insulin as well when a part of your body is inflamed, so if you’re not taking good care of your gums, you could be putting yourself at higher risk for heart disease.
  • Obesity – Many of the foods that you eat that cause obesity cause problems with your oral health. Eating well is important for your overall health as well as your oral health. Foods with high sugar and fat content can cause cavities and weight related issues. It’s important to eat well and keep track of what you do eat.

Taking care of your mouth can help you improve how your whole body functions. Develop a normal healthcare routine and stick to it to help your body operate at a higher level! To learn more about how your oral health affects your overall health and how to improve both, give us a call at 410-719-7900, visit our website, or stop in to make an appointment!

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Source: WebMD

Summer Snacks to Avoid for Healthy Teeth

Friday, June 13th, 2014

unhealthy snackSome summer snacks are great and healthy. One of the best summer snacks for your teeth and overall health is fruit, which is of course very popular in the summer. Watermelon is great because the water dilutes a lot of the sugar that’s in the fruit. While fruit is great, there are many popular summer treats that can cause cavities and really bad plaque. The best way to keep your teeth healthy is to avoid these unhealthy snacks altogether, but if you do indulge in them, make sure you brush your teeth after or at least chew sugar free gum that contains xylitol. The following summer treats are the ones that you should make an attempt to avoid.

  • Ice Cream – This sweet treat is a favorite of children everywhere, but the sugar levels in most ice creams are cause for dental distress. Sugar is one of the main causes of tooth decay and plaque buildup, which means ice cream (as well as the cone) can be a big problem in the summer months. There are some ways to eat ice cream without worrying about the sugar fallout. You can get sugar free ice cream at many places. You can also choose not to add caramel, chocolate, or other sticky additions that can make the sugar content worse.
  • Soda – Though soda is a year round thing, many people like to drink an ice cold soda in the summer months. Soda is not only sugar laden, but it also has a lot of acid (not to mention hundreds of empty calories). Try substituting water or tea. Just make sure that you’re brushing your teeth after tea to avoid discoloration.
  • Apples – Despite the fact that many fruits and vegetables are totally okay for your teeth, apples are actually full of sugar. The modification of apples has changed them from a healthy fruit to a food that is now 15% sugar (compared to less than 7% 10 years ago). Vegetables are the best things to eat for your teeth, but if you like fruit, melons are a great option

Sweet things can be very tempting and are okay to eat in moderation, as long as you remember to brush and floss often. In general, though, it’s best to eat foods that are good for your teeth, like fruits and vegetables that are low in sugar content! For more information on foods that are healthy for your teeth, give us a call at 410-719-7900, visit our website, or stop in to make an appointment!

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Sources:http://www.indydentalhealth.com/blog/dental-health/summer-treats-hurt-teeth/, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-113900/The-snacks-harm-teeth.html

 

Why Should I Choose a Catonsville Pediatric Dentist for my Child?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

pediatric dentistryChildren’s health needs are much different than those of an adult. Choosing a dentist who knows how to properly take care of your child’s teeth will help them create better oral care habits over time and help ensure that their teeth develop properly. A set of baby teeth requires special care and nurturing so that the adult teeth underneath can come in healthy and on time. The younger a dentist gets to meet a child, the better the relationship will develop between dentist and child, which is very important for trust and understanding between the two. When you’re searching for a pediatric dentist for your child, there are a few things that you should look out for.

  • Does your dentist have pediatric experience? – It’s great if you and your child can both see the same dentist at a family practice. At Affinity Dental, we know that it’s important that your child is comfortable in our care, and our dentists have the experience and knowledge to work with both you and your child. We like to introduce ourselves early and get to know how your child will respond to dentistry.
  • Does the dentist offer sedation dentistry? – Sometimes kids have a harder time dealing with the dentist’s chair than adults do. They can be uncomfortable or they just might not entirely understand what’s going on. Different types of sedation dentistry can help children be more comfortable and can help the dentist do a better job, since they’re able to get things done in a stress free environment. We offer different levels of sedation dentistry at Affinity Dental Care to help make both you and your child more comfortable in our capable hands.
  • Is the atmosphere comfortable for your child? – This will vary for different children. The first thing you’ll want to do is take your child to visit the dentist in an informal way – meaning the first time your child means his or her dentist isn’t to have work done, but just to kind of get to know who will be working on their teeth. We like your child’s first visit to be with you or an older sibling who is getting work done so that they can see what the dentist is like and understand that we’re someone that they can trust.

A pediatric dentist is someone who likes working with kids and understand that their needs are different from those of adults. At Affinity Dental, we take the time to make sure that your child receives top-notch care and is comfortable both in the office and in the chair. At Affinity Dental we strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. If you have any questions concerning pediatric dentistry, give us a call at 410-719-7900 or visit our website.

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Source: http://brushflosssmile.com/qualities-of-a-good-pediatric-dentist/