Enjoy Going To The Dentist Today

Enjoy Going To The Dentist

Going to the dentist is the source of fear for many Americans. It’s estimated that nearly 30 to 40 million people in America avoid seeing the dentist because of fear. Simple checkups and visits to the dentist can cause fear and anxiety in anyone, but it comes with the cost of oral health.

The following ideas may help you to enjoy going to the dentist for your next checkup.

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Worried About Pain?

Increased technology leads to more comfort. If it has been several years since your last visit to the dentist, you may be relieved to know that technology continues to increase and there are many gentle ways to clean and work on teeth. If you’ve had tooth sensitivity after a cleaning session in the past, mention it to your dentist before your next one. Your dentist or dental hygienist will take care to be extra gentle working in your mouth.


Worried About Being Judged?

No one will judge you for the state of your oral health. It’s nearly impossible to have absolutely perfect teeth and it’s doubtful that any dentist or dental hygienists have seen perfect teeth. A professional staff would never criticize or judge you as a person because of a cavity or early gingivitis (or any other oral issue). If you find a staff that does not make you feel comfortable, look for a new office to attend.


Think Of Your Teeth

After visiting the dentist, you’ll want to smile and show off your teeth. Teeth are whiter, healthier, and much cleaner than can be accomplished by home treatments alone, after seeing the dentist. In fact, fluoride treatments and tartar removal can only be done by a dentist or a dental hygienist. These are important procedures that keep your enamel strong and protect your mouth from gingivitis.

The more you prolong a visit, the more likely you are to develop periodontal (gum) disease, which affects nearly half of all Americans. This can lead to gums receding and bleeding and even tooth loss. Use the motivation to have healthy teeth to guide you into the dentist’s office with confidence. You’ve got this!


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We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist specializing in gum disease treatment with over 30 years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with everything from consultation, to a check-up, to cleaning, whitening, and full mouth restoration.

Together we will transform your smile!

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Teeth Grinding

Why Do I Grind My Teeth?

Anxiety and stress can cause many negative reactions in the body and teeth grinding is one of them. However, most cases of teeth grinding occur subconsciously while sleeping. It is estimated that nearly 80% of people that grind their teeth do it subconsciously. Sleep apnea may also play a part in teeth grinding.

Related: What can be done about apnea and snoring?

How Do I Know If I Grind My Teeth?

Many people are not aware that they are grinding their teeth at all. A dull headache, facial pain, tooth sensitivity, or sore jaw upon waking up is a surefire sign of teeth grinding at night. Pain that feels like an earache can also be a symptom. Sometimes teeth grinding can be heard by others in the home, while the tooth grinder is asleep. A dentist can also identify signs of tooth wear from grinding.

Why Is It Bad To Grind My Teeth?

Long term tooth grinding can lead to tooth wear, fracture, periodontal (gum) disease, loss of teeth, abfraction (loss of tooth structure not caused by tooth decay), and painful Tempromandibular (jaw joint) issues. To repair the damage from grinding, dentists may use root canals, crowns, bridges, and even dentures.

How Can I Stop Grinding My Teeth?

There are a variety of options to help solve teeth grinding issues. Some dentists will fit patients will mouth guards or dental guards to wear when they sleep. Some cases of grinding need dental correction in which a dentist reshapes teeth or crowns for better alignment and prevention of further grinding issues. If the cause of grinding is stress related, patients can find relief in stress counseling or therapy. Lastly, breaking the habit of jaw clenching during the day can also help prevent tooth grinding.

If you suspect you grind your teeth, contact your dentist for an appointment to diagnose and treat your issues.

Dental Implants and Osteoporotic Women

Women who are postmenopausal with osteoporosis are at a greater risk of losing their teeth. Tooth loss can be both painful and embarrassing and have an impact on quality of life. A recent study conducted by researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine sought to find which treatment for tooth loss “provides women with the highest degree of satisfaction in their work and social lives.” The answer, according to Leena Palomo, associate professor of periodontics and corresponding author of “Dental Implant Supported Restorations Improve the Quality of Life in Osteoporotic Women” appears to be dental implants.

Participants and Results

Participants in the study were osteopathic women who had one or more adjacent teeth missing. The 237 participants were given a 23-question survey that reported women’s satisfaction with their replacement teeth and how they rated their satisfaction with aspects of their lives, including health, work, emotional, and sexual. Of the women surveyed, 64 had restorative work done including implants, 60 had a fixed partial denture, 47 had a removable denture (or false teeth), 66 had no restorative work done at all. Women who had dental implants reported an overall higher satisfaction with life. Women with fixed dentures scored the next highest, followed by those with false teeth. Women with no restorative work were last. Interestingly, women with fixed implants scored the highest in the emotional and sexual satisfaction areas while women with no restorative work done scored the lowest.

The Outcome

These finding suggest women with fixed dental implants have a higher satisfaction with life, which may lead to increased confidence and self-esteem. The researchers hope that their findings will help doctors make decisions as to what is best for patients.

You can read the findings in the Journal of International Dentistry.

Dentistry Is Going Digital!

The rapid advances in technology have been changing the way we do things in many sectors and dentistry is no exception. One of the areas dentists are utilizing digital technology is in crowns. It used to be that if you had a cracked or broken tooth and needed a crown, you would have to go through the long process of having a mold made of your tooth and the surrounding area that was then sent to a dental laboratory where the crown was made. In the meantime, you had to have a temporary restoration placed, then return to your dentist a week or more later, after he or she received the finished crown and have your temporary removed and the crown cemented.

CAD/CAM Technology In Dentistry

Recently, more and more dentists have been welcoming a much quicker option: computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). This technology allows the dentist to make the crown in the office and treat the patient in one visit. The process of taking a digital scan of the mouth, creating a 3D image of the teeth, perfecting the visual which is known as a restoration, and having the milling machine carve the crown from a ceramic block can take as little as two hours and is known as a “same-day crown.”

Is This Technology New?

Digital technology that assists dentistry isn’t entirely new. Some tech, like the original CAD/CAM system for making ceramic crowns and inlays in-office was has been around for as long as 25 years. According to John Weston, a cosmetic dentist and director of the Scripps Center for Dental Care in La Jolla, California, “Initially, it has been just a few early adopters” likely due to the high startup costs associated with purchasing the equipment (which can run $150-$200K). But now, more and more dentists are getting on board and incorporating “a full digital integration of clinical care, diagnostics and patient communication” says Weston.

Other Technologies & What It Means

Some other new digital technologies being embraced by dentistry include:

• Digital Radiography or X-rays
• Cone-beam Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging
• Digital Dentures

Prosthodontist Steven Spitz, of Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Brookline, Massachusetts, says these improvements are all about trying “to improve the experience for patients.” The various technologies can make procedures much less invasive for patients. “That means less pain and trauma for the patient and often the need for little or no anesthetic,” explains Spitz.
While start-up costs for some technology can still be expensive, having the equipment eliminates lab costs and allows dentists to work more quickly and efficiently. Because of this, the same-day crown procedure is typically the same price as a traditional one.

The advancement and adoption of digital technology in dentistry is a win for both patients and dentists.

Toothbrush Contamination in Bathrooms

Toothbrush ContaminationToothbrushes are a known source for contamination. While that may sound alarming, it generally should not cause concern. Most of that contamination is the presence of your own fecal matter, and your body is accustomed to the flora. It becomes problematic when bathrooms are communal, like in dorms at colleges. A recent study at Quinnipiac University seems to confirm this according to data presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

Study participants who share communal bathrooms (averaging 9.4 people per bathroom) had their toothbrushes collected. Despite the method of storage, at least 60 percent of toothbrushes collected had fecal coliform. There was no difference between toothbrushes that were rinsed with hot water, cold water, or mouthwash. Further, 80 percent of the toothbrushes had fecal coliform from someone other than the user of the toothbrush.

“Using a toothbrush cover doesn’t protect a toothbrush from bacterial growth, but actually creates an environment where bacteria are better suited to grow by keeping the bristles moist and not allowing the head of the toothbrush to dry out between uses,” said Lauren Aber, MHS (Graduate Student, Quinnipiac University.

“Better hygiene practices are recommended for students who share bathrooms both in the storage of their toothbrush but also in personal hygiene,” Aber said. The American Dental Association (ADA) has general recommendations for toothbrush care that should be followed. According to the ADA:

  1. Do not share toothbrushes.
  2. Do not cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers.
  3. Thoroughly rinse toothbrushes after use to remove all debris and toothpaste.
  4. Replace toothbrushes every three to four months.



How Gum Disease Treatment Can Prevent Heart Disease

The American Heart Association has recently published research titled, “Resolvin E1 Prevents Atheromatous Plaque Formation,” which will appear in the May print issue of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (ATVB), shedding light on the important link between the mouth and heart. Scientists at the Forsyth Institute and Boston University found that using an oral, topical remedy for periodontitis also helped lower the risk of heart attack. The active ingredient is an inflammation-resolving molecule, known as Resolvin E1

This is the first study where researchers discovered a link between gum disease treatment and the reduction of vascular inflammation. One of the key findings in this study seems to highlight how issues with the mouth affects the rest of the body. Lead Investigator Hatice Hasturk, DDS, PhD, an associate member of Forsyth’s Department of Applied Oral Sciences and director of Forsyth’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research said, “Our research is helping to underscore the very real link between oral health and heart disease.” Further, “The general public understands the connection between heart health and overall wellness, and often takes appropriate steps to prevent heart disease. More education is needed to elevate oral wellness into the same category in light of proven connections to major health conditions.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 64.7 million adults are affected by gum disease and heart disease accounts for one in four deaths in the United States. Therefore, Forsyth’s findings suggest it is critical for to expand the public’s awareness of potential risk factors beyond diabetes, smoking, cholesterol and high blood pressure. Americans should become informed gum disease is likely a critical factor in heart disease “independent from diet and lifestyle.”

The research authors are Hatice Hasturk, Rima Abdallah, Alpdogan Kantarci, Daniel Nguyen, Nicholas Giordano, James Hamilton and Thomas E. Van Dyke.

Plano Dentist David WilhiteDavid Wilhite is a Plano Dentist specializing in periodontal gum disease treatment with over 30 years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with everything from a consultation, to a check-up, to cleaning, whitening, and full mouth restoration.

Together we will transform your smile!

Contact us online or call us today at (972) 964-3774

Story Source:

Forsyth Institute. (2015, April 14). How gum disease treatment can prevent heart disease. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 17, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150414110424.htm