Category Archives for "Oral Health"

Aug 10

Your Teeth Are Amazing! 5 Fascinating Facts

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Your Teeth Are Amazing! 5 Fascinating Facts

They help you chew, speak and smile, but how much do you really know about your teeth? Here are some of the “tooth truths” that prove your teeth really are remarkable.

  1. People have been caring for their teeth for centuries.

Did you know the first toothbrushes were actually twigs our ancestors chewed on, using the frayed ends to cleanse their teeth? Around 5,000 B.C., the Egyptians used crushed eggshells and ground animal hooves to clean and polish their teeth. By the 1700s, a British inventor had adapted a design first seen in China – a bone handle with boar bristles inserted into small holes and secured with wire. Modern toothbrushes with nylon bristles arrived in the late 1930s, and the first electric toothbrush was introduced in 1954. read more

Aug 10

Cancer and Dental Health

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Cancer and Dental Health

More than one-third of all cancer patients develop complications that affect the mouth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. These mild to severe side effects can include mouth sores, infection, dry mouth, sensitive gums and jaw pain.

Your mouth health is an important part of your overall health, so make your dentist part of your cancer care team. If you don’t have a regular dentist, use the ADA Find-A-Dentist tool to search for an ADA member dentist in your area. read more

Jul 19

7 Lies Your Dentist Knows You’re Telling

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

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. read more

Jul 05

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

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. read more

Jul 05

Options to Save Teeth from Periodontal Disease?

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

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? read more

Jul 05

Can I Replace My Teeth with Dentures?

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

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: read more

Jul 05

Dental coverage may be yanked under GOP health care plan

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

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. read more

Jul 05

Stopped flossing? Teeth still vital to overall health

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Stopped flossing? Teeth still vital to overall health

(CNN) Your teeth are more than just something to chew and smile with. Research is increasingly showing that they can have an effect on your overall health.

Many Americans think their poor oral health is holding them back. In a 2015 survey by the American Dental Association, 20% of low-income adults said their mouths and teeth were in bad condition, and 20% of all adults said their unhealthy mouths caused them anxiety, according to Marko Vujicic, chief economist for the association’s Health Policy Institute, who helped conduct the survey. read more

Jun 13

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

The mouth is a window into the health of the body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. For example, systemic diseases—those that affect the entire body, such as diabetes, AIDS and Sjögren’s syndrome—may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.

The mouth is filled with countless bacteria, some linked to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Researchers have found that periodontitis (the advanced form of periodontal disease that can cause tooth loss) is linked with other health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. Likewise, pregnant women with periodontitis may be at increased risk of delivering preterm and/or low-birth-weight infants. read more

Jun 13

Why is Brushing Teeth So Important?

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Why is Brushing Teeth So Important?

Brushing with toothpaste is important for several reasons. First and foremost, a toothpaste and a correct brushing action work to remove plaque, a sticky, harmful film of bacteria that grows on your teeth that causes cavities, gum disease and eventual tooth loss if not controlled. Second, toothpaste contains fluoride, which makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before the damage can even be seen. Third, special ingredients in toothpaste help to clean and polish the teeth and remove stains over time. Fourth, toothpastes help freshen breath and leave your mouth with a clean feeling. read more