Costa Rica Dental Team – Blog 2017-11-16T00:13:10+00:00

Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease another Reason to Brush Your Teeth and Take Your Statin

Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease another Reason to Brush Your Teeth and Take Your Statin If you are an adult then there is a good chance that you have some form of periodontal disease.  It is estimated that 47% of adults are affected by periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums of our mouths.  It can range from a simple form with local inflammation to severe forms that can cause significant damage to the tissues around the teeth and the bones. What causes periodontal “gum” disease? All along our teeth and throughout our mouth are bacteria.   Bacterial growth together with debris, food particles, and mucous forms plaque on our teeth.  We can remove the plaque film with brushing and flossing our teeth.  Once the plaque hardens it becomes tartar and needs to be removed by our dentist or dental hygienist.  If plaque and tartar are not removed from our teeth, our gums become inflamed.  If this has happen your gums become red, swollen, and fragile and often will bleed easily.  If the disease progresses the gums [...]

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7 Lies Your Dentist Knows You’re Telling

7 Lies Your Dentist Knows You’re Telling People tend to stretch the truth a little bit when they visit their dentist. And dentists know it, says Shawn Adibi, DDS, an associate professor in the department of general practice and dental public health at the University of Texas at Houston. For example, when patients say they floss once a week, notes Dr. Adibi, some dentists might assume they mean something like every other week. But the joke’s on us. “A person’s mouth is a pretty good reflection of not just oral health but also general health,” says Adibi. And lying about how often you floss or drink alcohol can cause problems later on. For example, if a patient who says she flosses every day has inflammation under her gums, she could have an To finish reading click the link: http://bit.ly/2tqjQMw Shared from: everydayhealth.com    

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Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica Dental Tourism in Costa Rica has been popular for many years now, particularly with Americans and Canadians. According to the Euromonitor, about 90% of plastic surgery and dentistry work in Costa Rican hospitals is performed on foreign tourists. Thus, when you choose Costa Rica for dental work, you are making a decision that many have made before you. Unlike other dental tourist locations, it is common for many to combine dental work with a vacation in Costa Rica. Low cost of dental treatment is, of course, the primary reason for this popularity. But there are other benefits, too, which are discussed here. Why Costa Rica is Popular for Dental Vacations? Low Cost Dentistry in Costa Rica: Dental packages in Costa Rica include all costs like X-ray, prosthesis, etc., at the clinic, and the dentist’s fees, and yet they are 50-70% cheaper than what you will find in the US, UK, Canada, and most developed countries. For the 100 million plus people in the US without dental insurance, dental holidays to Costarica is easily an attractive [...]

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Options to Save Teeth from Periodontal Disease?

Options to Save Teeth from Periodontal Disease? My husband, age 50, was recently diagnosed with periodontal disease and has just gotten a recommendation that all of his upper teeth and most of the lowers be replaced by dentures, as it looks like they cannot be saved. We're seeing a periodontist in a couple of weeks. What alternatives might be available to us? — Beth, Washington There are so many options available today that it would be difficult to explain them all. That said, I'll give you a brief overview that can help you get the discussion going with the periodontist. First of all, there may be a possibility that some of the teeth your husband was told to remove can actually be saved. Periodontal surgery — including deep cleanings, bone grafting, and splinting and joining of teeth — can do a lot to help people keep their natural teeth when they have periodontal (gum) disease. To make this happen, though, your husband will need to adhere to a dental-care plan focused on improving his oral hygiene; deep cleanings will need [...]

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Can I Replace My Teeth with Dentures?

Can I Replace My Teeth with Dentures? As long as you are in good general health, you can have your teeth removed and dentures made. The real issue is whether this is the right decision for you. This critical decision must be made when you are pain free and not focused on other distractions. During stressful periods, people sometimes make hasty or wrong decisions. My first suggestion is that you seek counsel from an honest, passionate, and educated general dentist who can advise you of the pros and cons of dentures versus saving your natural teeth. You need to have a full examination, a full set of X-rays, and a lengthy examination. Below is a list of some common problems associated with full dentures on the upper and lower arches that you should be aware of: Because you have a hard piece of plastic (the denture) pressed against your delicate gum tissue, you will feel pain. Dentures get loose as the bone and gum underneath shrinks and realigns. Upper and lower dentures often make a clacking noise, which can [...]

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Dental coverage may be yanked under GOP health care plan

Dental coverage may be yanked under GOP health care plan (CNN) As Republicans hash out the details of their health plans, dental associations around the country are looking nervously at the future. It has been little talked about, but the dental coverage that children receive and the coverage some adults get through their state's Medicaid plans and those offered on exchanges could soon disappear. That's because the bills in the House eliminate the requirement that all plans, including Medicaid, carry the 10 essential health benefits that were written into law in Obamacare. One of those benefits is pediatric dental care. Instead, Congress would leave it up to states to decide which benefits policies must contain. The bills also make Medicaid a block grant. Block-granting the health care coverage program for low-income Americans would cap spending and give states direct control over the program. It's a policy change conservatives have long had on their wish list and the White House has said it supports that change. If the bills go through, it could also mean that states will have less money to spend on [...]

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