Monday, September 24, 2012

Ask the Dentists in Pueblo CO: Is Stress Affecting Your Oral Health? PART 2

This two-part article series discusses the impact a highly stressed lifestyle can have upon one’s oral health and hygiene. It also provides healthcare advice.

In our previous article post, we began discussing the various oral health-related maladies that a highly stressed lifestyle can cause patients to suffer from. The dentists in Pueblo CO began by talking about mouth sores, both contagious (cold sores or fever blisters) and non-contagious (canker sores.) The dangers of teeth grinding (Bruxism) and jaw clenching, which can cause temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), were also discussed. In this article, the second installment of the two-part series, dentists in Pueblo CO shall investigate how stress can gravely affect and compromise your good oral health through the following:
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • A bad diet and eating habits
  • The increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease
Dentists in Pueblo CO: How Stress Affects Your Oral Health

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• Poor Oral Hygiene Habits

When you’re stressed and lead an incredibly busy and hectic life, maintaining a rigorous home oral hygiene routine can take a back seat, say dentists in Pueblo CO. Instead of brushing for the recommended two minutes, three times a day, you give your teeth a quick go-over before collapsing exhausted into bed. Stressed people also tend to skip flossing or even brushing altogether! What about those bi-annual visits with dentists in Pueblo CO? Well they can quite easily be forgotten about. The overall result is that your oral health begins to suffer. If you had healthy teeth and gums before, you may develop gingivitis. If you had oral problems before, they could worsen and develop into periodontal (gum) disease, warn dentists in Pueblo CO. No matter how stressed and busy you are, you should allocate ten minutes of the day in total to take care of your teeth and gums. Nothing deters business like bad breath and a decayed smile!

• A Poor Diet and Eating Habits

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A stressed and busy lifestyle also leads to the development of unhealthy eating habits, say dentists in Pueblo CO. Instead of eating three square balanced meals a day, you’ll find yourself snacking on what you can, when you can, followed by gallons of coffee! Since potato chips, chocolates and sugary snacks come in convenient packaging at just about every tiny street store, they’re most frequently on the menu, say dentists in Pueblo CO. You’ll find yourself eating a diet that is high in sugar and carbohydrates, which are also a bacterium’s favorite indulgences! This, unfortunately, increases your risk of cavities, tooth decay and bacterial infection. No matter how stressed and busy your lifestyle is, make time for a proper sit-down lunch. Give yourself 30 minutes to relax with a healthy and nourishing meal and nip off to the bathroom afterwards to brush your teeth or rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash. You’ll feel refreshed and refueled to face the rest of the working day, say dentists in Pueblo CO.

• Periodontal (Gum) Disease

All of the habits discussed above and in the first installment of this two-part article series greatly increase your risk of developing an acute and chronic oral bacterial infection of the gums. Poor oral hygiene habits, an unhealthy diet, a lack of exercise, teeth grinding and habit such as smoking and drinking (which the stressed-out may see as ‘unwinding’), all increase the production of plaque in the mouth. In the long-term and left without the professional attention of dentists in Pueblo CO, you are looking at severe oral health risks.

A Final Note from Dentists in Pueblo CO

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No matter how busy and chaotic your life may be, take the time necessary to look after your teeth and gums. They’re the only ones you’ve got, say dentists in Pueblo CO, and a beautiful and healthy-looking smile is one of your most important personal and business assets!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ask the Dentists in Pueblo CO: Is Stress Affecting Your Oral Health? PART 1

This two-part article series discusses the impact a highly stressed lifestyle can have upon one’s oral health and hygiene. It also provides healthcare advice.

Nowadays, life is fast-paced and demanding, says dentists in Pueblo CO. We all want to do well; we all want to do better than well! We want to succeed in our various endeavors, become wealthy and be able to do the things we want to do, whether it’s travelling, an outdoor sport or just spending time with friends and family. But there are obstacles in one’s journey, which, at times, can seem insurmountable. Deadlines, terrible bosses, difficult colleagues, bills and the demands of having a family can cause terrible stress for even the most stoic individual. Regardless of who you are, what you do or how large your monthly salary is, we all suffer from stress. “But is your lifestyle affecting your oral health?” ask dentists in Pueblo CO.

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Dentists in Pueblo CO: How Stress Affects Your Oral Health

So you had a rough day at the office. Actually, you’ve had a rough YEAR at the office! So what does this have to do with the health of your teeth and gums? Quite a bit, actually, say dentists in Pueblo CO. The stress and anxiety you carry around on your shoulders can cause all sorts of problems for your pearly whites:

  • Teeth grinding (Bruxism)
  • Jaw clenching and the development of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)
  • Mouth sores
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • An unhealthy diet and eating routines
  • The eventual development of gum disease and/or the exacerbation of existing oral bacterial infections.

Advice from Dentists in Pueblo CO: What You can do to Prevent Oral Health Problems Related to Stress

Mouth sores

Mouth sores, or canker sores are small ulcers that appear on the soft tissues inside or just outside the mouth; usually the cheeks, palate, tongue or lips, say dentists in Pueblo CO. They are usually related to bacteria activity or viruses and appear when one’s immune system is compromised. Stress, fatigue and allergies also increase a patients risk of developing mouth sores, explain dentists in Pueblo CO. There is a difference between canker sores, which are not contagious, and cold sores or fever blisters. The latter is caused by the Herpes Simplex virus and is contagious. You can purchase topical creams and anesthetic gels to help combat these blights and their painful symptoms, say dentists in Pueblo CO.

Teeth grinding or Bruxism

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Teeth grinding is a classic symptom of stress and it can utterly wreck your teeth, say dentists in Pueblo CO. Usually, people do it unconsciously or at night while they are asleep. Over time, bruxism can totally wear away the enamel of the teeth rendering them incredibly vulnerable to decay and cavities. If you grind your teeth at night, have a mouth guard fitted and wear it, stress dentists in Pueblo CO.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)

Bruxism and jaw clenching put undue stress on the joint that connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the maxilla (upper jaw), say dentists in Pueblo CO. This can cause the tendons and muscles to become inflamed and painful, making your jaw feel stiff and sore. TMD can also cause powerful migraines. If you suffer from these kinds of symptoms, speak to your dentist about preventive treatment. There is no ‘cure’ for TMD, but there are measures you can take to reduce the symptoms and then eliminate the problem, say dentists in Pueblo CO.

Dentists in Pueblo CO: Stay Tuned!

Stay tuned for the second installment of the series to read more information on how stress can severely affect your oral health and hygiene.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Colorado Springs Cosmetic Dentistry: Being Smart About Oral Health, PART 2

This two-part article series takes an introductory look at cavities and gum disease before moving on to discuss the basics of a sound oral healthcare routine.

In our previous article post, we ended off by taking a look at how the unchecked accumulation of plaque (soft deposits of bacteria and bacterial waste) leads to the formation of dental cavities. Professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry also emphasized the importance of a regular and thorough home oral hygiene routine that goes further than just twice-daily brushing. Bacteria are tiny organisms. So, the tight and seemingly impenetrable spaces between your teeth are, to them, wide open spaces of opportunity where foods become lodged, sugary residues settle and your toothbrush rarely passes. This is why flossing is so important, stress professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry. Yet, most patients only floss once a week if ever! This is shocking neglect and is one of the primary reasons that 80% of all adult Americans present with some form or stage of periodontal (gum) disease.

Speaking of which, let’s become better acquainted with this nasty condition:

Colorado Springs Cosmetic Dentistry: Understanding Gum Disease

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Gum disease may sound like something only smokers or the elderly suffer from, say professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry, but according to statistics released by the Center for Disease Control, 80% of all Americans have it! How is this possible? Let’s take a step back. We ended PART 1 off by discussing how bacteria form cavities in your teeth and how, if left without treatment, these cavities can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. This isn’t where the story ends, say professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry. If plaque isn’t cleaned away regularly, it can harden to form tartar, which not only provides a nice foothold for further deposits of bacteria and bacterial waste, it also irritates the gums. You can prevent the formation of tartar on your teeth, explain professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry, but you can’t remove it once it has formed. This needs to be done by your dentist.

Together, plaque and tartar do much to irritate the gums, causing them to become inflamed and swollen. The gums, which have become weakened through infection, begin to tear more easily. This results in bleeding when brushing or flossing, explain professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry. Furthermore, the greater production of bacterial waste in the mouth (waste that is high in sulfurous compounds) causes chronic bad breath. All of these symptoms are characteristic of gingivitis. However, with time, the throngs of bacteria that inhabit your mouth begin to migrate further down into the tiny spaces between the crowns of the teeth and the gum walls, say professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry. At this stage, only professional intervention will be able to eliminate infection in the mouth; infection that has progressed to disease.

Colorado Springs Cosmetic Dentistry: What You Can do to Prevent Gum Disease

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Once the bacteria have populated the gingival sulci (the natural gum grooves surrounding the tooth roots) they are free to produce deep pockets of toxin and decay. The next step in your journey from having healthy teeth to no teeth at all is a deterioration of jaw bone health, say professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry. Once gum disease has progressed this far, patients will know they have a serious oral problem on their hands and they are urged to seek treatment. There are a number of measures each and every one of us can take on a daily basis to prevent our oral health from ever deteriorating to such an extent, say professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry. They are:

• Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. Brush your gums and your tongue as well to really eliminate as much bacteria as possible, advise professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry.

• Floss your teeth every single day, preferably before you go to bed at night.

• Visit the dentist and dental hygienist every six months.

• Eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid the regular consumption of foods and drinks that are high in sugar and acid, say professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry.

• Make sure you expose your teeth regularly to fluoride, whether it’s in the tap water you drink or the toothpaste you use.

• Avoid snacking in between meals. If you feel like chewing on something, get yourself some sugar-free zylitol chewing gum; this is great for your teeth!

• Drink lots of water.

• Rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash every day, say professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry. Just make sure it’s ADA-approved and alcohol-free.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Colorado Springs Cosmetic Dentistry: Being Smart About Oral Health, PART 1

This two-part article series takes an introductory look at cavities and gum disease before moving on to discuss the basics of a sound oral healthcare routine.

Everyone wants beautiful teeth and a sexy, confident smile. But are you putting in the necessary effort? You can’t expect your hair to look healthy and luscious without washing, conditioning and brushing it daily. Why would you expect anything else from your teeth and gums? Professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry see patients every day that want to improve the appearance of their teeth. But the majority of these cases need to be rerouted to the periodontist because they present with advanced oral bacterial infections! Without the proper care and attention, your teeth will become discolored and decayed with time, explains the Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist. When this happens, no amount of cosmetic treatment will provide you with the long-term aesthetic results you want!

Is it a matter of neglect? Or are people truly ignorant about oral health and what it takes to keep your teeth and gums in great shape?

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Colorado Springs Cosmetic Dentistry: A Look at Your Mouth under the Microscope

You’ve been told ever since you were a child that you need to brush your teeth twice a day, morning and night, says the Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist. You were also told to stop eating so much candy if you want to avoid cavities. But short of this logic, do you really understand what cavities are, how they are formed and how they put your teeth at risk? Cavities are essentially holes in the enamel of your teeth. These holes are caused by the acidic dissolution of the minerals that make up your teeth, explain professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry. The food and drinks we consume naturally contain acids, especially fruits. But the real source of trouble is bacteria.

Our mouths are teeming with these microscopic organisms; millions and millions of them. No amount of brushing or flossing will ever totally eliminate bacteria from your mouth. These legions of tiny creatures, together with the wastes they excrete, form a whitish, sticky substance that accumulates on our teeth between brushes, explains the Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist. This substance is called plaque. The good thing about this revolting bacterial muck is that it can be cleaned off, but it requires regular and thorough brushing and flossing, explain professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry.

Colorado Springs Cosmetic Dentistry: Proper Oral Hygiene

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Bacteria are everywhere: on the crowns of your teeth, in the tiny spaces between your teeth, on your gums, on your tongue and in the grooves and crevasses between your teeth and the gum tissue. This is why flossing is such an important part of any oral healthcare routine, stresses the Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist. It’s not enough to just brush your teeth. If you want to get rid of all the plaque in your mouth, you need to brush your teeth, your tongue and your gums and you need to floss in between your teeth; getting beneath the gums where bacteria are left to flourish unchecked. What happens when bacteria is left in place? They feast upon the food that passes between your lips three times a day and produce waste products that are acidic and high in sulfurous compounds, explains the Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist.

The acid begins dissolving your dental enamel, forming cavities that offer the perfect holiday retreat for these micro-organisms; literal sanctuaries where they can be safe from the roving bristles of your toothbrush. Further acid production widens these cavities; essentially breaking the tooth down, explain professionals in Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry. Without professional intervention, the entire tooth will eventually become decayed beyond reparation and will either require a root canal procedure or extraction.

But that’s not where this story ends, cautions the Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist

Colorado Springs Cosmetic Dentistry: Stay Tuned

To find out more about your oral health and how unchecked bacterial activity leads to the development of aggressive infection and periodontal (gum) disease, stay tuned for the second installment of this two-part article series on Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry.