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December 2000

Tea for Your Teeth?

If brushing your teeth after a meal isn't an option, consider sipping some tea.

Studies show that oolong and green teas may keep your teeth healthy by reducing the amount of plaque-causing bacteria in your mouth. The polyphenols in these teas appear to inhibit the formation of cavity-promoting bacteria.

RealAge Benefit: Flossing and brushing your teeth daily can make your RealAge as much as 6.4 years younger

Provided by Real Age.

An Aspirin a Day Keeps Perio Disease At Bay

Researchers found that take 100 mg of aspirin daily significantly boosts periodontitis patients' improvement.  Aspirin's anti-inflammatory properties inhibit prostaglandins that trigger bone loss.


Source: Dental Practice Advisor, Advisory Publications.

Aspirin Delays Denture

Aspirin can protect against gum disease.  According to Drs Arthur Drouganis and Robert Hirsch found that men aged 50 and above who were taking low doses of aspirin to prevent heart attacks, strokes and other vascular disease, turned out to have healthier gums than those who didn't take aspirin.

Dr. Lindeberg, Probe

University of Buffalo Researchers Link Gum disease and Stroke
In the first national, population-based study of periodontal
disease and oral health, researchers at the University of Buffalo
report that people with severe gum disease are at twice the risk
of suffering a stroke as those with good oral health. It is a
significant study because it is the first national study (9,962
adults between ages 25 and 75) that also considered population
subgroups. The increased risk was found only for stroke caused by
clogged arteries, the most common type of stroke.

From Smart Practice, Dec 2000

Calcium Linked to Healthy Gums

People who get enough calcium have significantly lower rates of periodontal disease according to Journal of Periodontology.    

After a study was done on 13,000 US adults, researchers found that men and women who had calcium intakes of fewer than 500 mg (which is about half the recommended dietary allowance) were almost twice as likely to have gum disease than those whose intake exceeded 800 mg. 

Calcium may have an important role in building alveolar bone density to keep the jaw bone strong and may make it better able to withstand bacteria (that creates infection in periodontal disease) attacks.

Dr. Lindeberg, Probe

November 2000

(Reuters Health): When people brush-off flossing, they raise their risk for gum disease and tooth loss. Yet, according to a survey of 201 periodontists, flossing gets the least attention in their patients' tooth-care regimens. Men, they report, are the biggest offenders. Nearly 97% of the dentists said their female patients practiced better oral hygiene than male patients did.*

(Reuters Health) - Heart attack patients are nearly three times more likely to have a severe type of gum inflammation called periodontal disease than healthy persons are, researchers said here Sunday.

Dr. Efthymios N. Deliargyris of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and colleagues compared 38 heart attack patients with 38 healthy volunteers. The investigators found that 85% of heart attack patients had periodontal disease compared with 29% of healthy volunteers.

"Periodontal disease is caused by specific bacteria.... It should not be confused with gingivitis, which is a much milder disease," Deliargyris told the AHA. "But it may be important to have regular dental checkups to determine if a person has periodontal disease, because this may be an indication of a systemic problem."*

* From Health Center Dental News

Smart Practice Nov. News

Ninety percent of the estimated 2 to 4 million Americans with Sjogren's Syndrome are women. In people with this disease, the body's immune systems confuses its own moisture-producing glands with foreign invaders. Compromised glands result, leaving people with symptoms of dry eyes and dry mouth. Frequently left undiagnosed, over time the disease can be debilitating. If it spreads, devastating and costly medical conditions may result. Some tooth loss and cavity formation is linked to Sjogren's Syndrome. Dentists can take a leadership role in helping to diagnose people, particularly women, who suffer from this disease. For more information visit: 


AIDS-Related Virus Spreads Though Oral Contact

A form of the herpes virus that causes an AIDS-related cancer can be spread by oral-oral contact, including kissing, according to researchers at Columbia University in New York. Herpes virus 8 in saliva has been shown to spread the infection that results in Kaposi's sarcoma. Purple skin blotches are early symptoms for the disease than can be fatal, once it spreads. The herpes virus 8 is closely related to the common Epstein Barr virus, long known as the kissing disease, or mononucleosis.

A health fad for filtered and bottled water is bad for teeth because it does not contain fluoride, dental experts here say.

October 2000                                              

Low Dietary Vitamin C can Increase the Risk for Periodontal Disease, Especially in Smokers

A study from The Journal of Periodontology found that people who consume less than the RDA for vitamin C (60 mg per day. about one orange) have slightly higher rates of periodontal disease,  especially if they smoke, because smoking contains numerous oxidants that can cause gum tissue damage regardless of vitamin C intake. "The relationship between vitamin C and periodontal disease is likely due to Vitamin C's role in maintaining and repairing healthy connective tissue along with its antioxidant properties".  Diet plays an important role in the overall well being of oral health as does brushing, flossing and having regular dental visits.  Taken from Dentistry Today.

Personal Oral Hygiene is Relatively Inexpensive!

    Dental floss costs about $13.00 per year, toothpaste costs about $9.00 a year and replacing your toothbrush every other month cost about $16.00 a year.  All total, keeping your teeth and gums healthy and clean is quit affordable!

September 2000

Mouth Piercing and Nickel Allergy
Mouth jewelry is hip, cool, trendy. But it also presents a
serious potential risk to nerves and blood vessels, along with
hemorrhaging and infection. If this isn't enough, a recent report
reveals that due to a percentage of nickel in the jewelry,
allergic reactions can also result. Nickel is the number one skin
allergy in the US. That's why in Europe, stainless steel body-
piercing jewelry is banned. Most stainless steel contains up to
eight percent nickel.  From Health Center

  September 2000    

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    Pyrophosphate, the substance added to tartar control toothpaste, may prevent mineral deposits in skeletal joints that lead to arthritis as stated in a recent issue of ScienceArticle from Trends in Dentistry 

Children who get cavities......

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young children who get cavities are more prone to tooth decay as they age despite their best attempts to brush and floss their way to good dental health, results of a study report.

The findings suggest that children with early childhood caries (ECC) may need more aggressive dental therapies such as antimicrobials, fluoride treatments and counseling about cavity-causing foods. The name ECC describes a cavity pattern in infants, toddlers and preschool children

These findings strongly suggest that more aggressive preventive therapies may be required to prevent the future development of carious lesions in children who experience ECC," the researchers conclude.

August 2000



    Patients hate to floss!  Not even once a day.  Flossing improves overall systemic health and may favorable affect longevity.  If you floss once a day it has a positive impact on the aging process, for it LOWERS the occurrence of dental diseases, including periodontitis (gum disease) and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and the resulting reduction in periodontitis-causing bacteria can lessen the chance of hardened arteries, heart disease, stroke and memory loss.  (Michael Roizen, M.B. Real Age: Are You as Young as You Can Be?) 

     Flossing along with brushing and good gum care can HELP YOU LIVE LONGER.  Since time and technique seem to be the biggest barriers, we suggest you try the automatic Flosser by Waterpik™.  We have contacted the American Dental Hygienist Association and they state that flossing with the C technique is best, and we agree, but the automatic Flosser by Waterpik is better than not flossing at all!

    The consumption of alcohol and tobacco use directly affect  the quality of dental work you will need.  Many dentists will not perform dental work on these patients since these habits decrease the successfulness of the patient's dental treatment by 30%-40%

     People do not brush long enough!  It is recommended that you brush at least two minutes a day, twice a day. We recommend the Sonicare automatic toothbrush to help with this problem.  It has a built in timer that beeps every 30 seconds to tell you when to change the quadrant you are brushing and tells you when you have brushed for two minutes. 

     Fluoride will always be an issue of concern.  It is reported to be the number one most helpful item to help prevent cavities in the last one hundred years.  Since our area water is not fluoridated and more people are consuming unfluoridated bottled water, your possible lack of fluoride intake can greatly affect your dental health.

     Nutrition and dental habits have progressively worsened, primarily because of increased demands on our time.  We offer nutritional counseling by a Registered Dietitian and would be glad to help you with this area.  Just bring in a food diary for three week days and two weekend days for us to help you with.  We will work out an individual plan to help you not only improve your dental health but also your total well being. 

     Older Americans are the group showing the largest increase in caries over children and adults. Good dental health habits and completing your comprehensive exams and treatment plans can prevent this from happening to you.  This group will more than likely have more teeth remaining at this age and there will be fewer with dentures than their parents.  Good job!

     So let us help you to embrace flossing, improve your brushing techniques, avoid overuse of alcohol and tobacco, include fluoride in your choices of products and nourish your smiles by maintaining healthy dietary habits.  

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 July 2000

What  Do Your Dreams Mean?            

   YOUR TEETH FALL OUT-  Ron Geraci states that more women than men have this dream.  The most common interpretation the fear of losing our youthful attractiveness.  Another is that it is a sign that you may feel your are verbally aggressive-that you make too many "biting remarks"!     July 2000 Dentistry Today

Asthma In Children Is Linked with Dental Cavities  

    A study done in Texas found that children with asthma are at greater risk for developing caries and other oral problems.  The study don on 179 asthmatic and 165 healthy children, ages 2-13 found:

bulletPrior to eruption of permanent teeth, asthmatic children have significantly higher decayed, missing and filled teeth
bulletAsthmatic children may not have more cavities than healthy children but the cavities they do have are more severe
bulletA preventive program to minimize the effect of asthma on children's oral health was highly recommended

June 2000                                                                        

Toothpaste Use In Children

Amount of toothpaste to use with children, especially under the age of 6:

However, parents can avoid fluorosis in children by making sure their preschool-aged children use no more than a pea-size portion of toothpaste, regardless of whether or not their water is fluoridated.

And parents need to ``encourage the child to spit out the toothpaste,'' he said.

``Parents should encourage their children to expectorate the toothpaste at the earliest possible age rather than swallow it, avoid toothpaste with flavors that would encourage young children to wish to eat the toothpaste, and keep toothpaste and all other fluoride-containing products out of the reach of preschool-aged children,'' he notes in the report.

 Fluorosis is not a concern after seven years of age

SOURCE: Journal of the American Dental Association 2000;131:746-754.  

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June 2000 I.D.F Newsflash:

DON'T USE BAKING SODA TOOTHPASTE WITH ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSHES it causes corrosion and premature breakdown of the plastic

June 2000 


    Several options exist to correct the shape, color, alignment of and look of your teeth and these procedures need time so make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.  Veneer and bleaching can take from 2 weeks to 2 months and braces can take 1-2 years!  Remember to have procedures completed at least two months in advance, in case problems need to be corrected so your mouth has time to adjust to the changes so your smile will be camera ready.  (See Smile Enhancement)

Dental Waterlines:

    According to the ADA and CDC, there is no science showing that dental waterlines pose a health threat.  Flushing waterlines daily and between patients is sufficient protection for patients.  There are no scientific reports linking illness to dental waterlines.  Biofilms (microscopic communities that consist primarily of naturally occurring water bacteria and fungi) are in all water lines and pipers including faucets, showerheads, dishwashers, etc.  They form thin layers on virtually all surfaces.  The exposure to biofilms is much greater in these lines than in dental waterlines.  We shower ever day but usually go to the dentist only infrequently.  Thus patients ingest and inhale very small amounts of dental unit water due to routine use of high velocity suction, absorbent  material that absorb most water (cotton rolls, gauze sponges and pads)

     We test our water, please ask us about our findings.  

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Summer 2000


     Have you thought about chipped teeth, drooling, gum damage, nerve damage, taste loss, tooth loss or infection?  The greatest damage occurs through fractured teeth that occur while eating, sleeping, talking and chewing on the jewelry.  Every time you swallow the barbell hits the teeth, causing irritation, ulcers that can become pre-cancerous lesions.  Infections are common and can cause more than pain.  A tongue can swell so much that is may cut off breathing.  The tongue is covered with bacteria (see bad breath article), so once it is pierced bacteria are introduced into the blood which can reach the heart to cause serious problems.  If you decide to do this,  make sure:

bullet   Everything used in the procedure is sterilized in extreme heat
bullet   Ask questions about aftercare, cleanliness, equipment & concerns    
bullet   Once the tongue is pierced it takes 3-4 weeks to heal.  
bullet   Remember to always remove jewelry while you sleep or eat. 
bullet   Clean the piercing with antiseptic mouthwash like BreathRx after every meal and brush the jewelry the same as teeth to remove plaque.

    Consequences of tongue piercing are: chipped teeth, drooling, gum damage, nerve damage, taste loss, tooth loss, and infection.


     27% of people use chewing tobacco in the Midwest.  To do so put you at risk for precancerous oral lesions that can lead to oral cancer, increased cavities, gum disease, delayed wound healing, cardiovascular disease and nicotine addiction.

bulletTobacco user who dip/chew 8-10 times a day may be receiving the nicotine equivalent of 30-40 cigarettes/day
bulletRisk of developing oral cancer is 6 times greater than for non users
bulletChewers have more root cavities.  Tobacco eats away at gums, exposing tooth roots which are sensitive to temperature, bacterial and cavities

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May 2000                                                             

Smoking Linked to Gum Disease Current smokers are four times more likely than people who have never smoked to have periodontitis. According to a new article in The Journal of Periodontology, nearly 53 percent of periodontitis is attributed to smoking. Researchers believe that smoking makes gums more vulnerable to bacterial infection, while also inhibiting the body's natural protective immune response. The study reinforces recent research by the National Cancer Institute ... and underscores the importance of dental health providers becoming more involved in tobacco cessation efforts

March 1999

     Is there a direct link between the health of your mouth and your personal health?

  You may be able to make your real age younger by up to four years by climbing into your dentist chair every six months!   Puffy, swollen gumlines are not to be taken lightly any more. This condition can age your arteries and immune system.   Periodontal disease is a condition in which the tissues –gums- surrounding and supporting your teeth are attacked by bacteria. This disease can be the forerunner for heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and premature births. “Gum disease” is a significant risk factor in heart disease. The same bacteria that causes gum disease maybe linked to disease found in the rest of the body.  

Gum disease is the no.1 oral health issue that most patients have a lack of concern about because it is possible to have this disease and not even recognize its presence.  That is why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are important.  It is a small price to pay for the significant gain you receive to your total health.   

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ADA dental news for the month of:

March 2000:

  Researchers Say Few Dental Situations Warrant Preventive Antibiotics

  Dentistry Bones Up on Tissue Engineering

September 14, 2007

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