Sunday, February 24, 2013

Pueblo Dentist Health News: 8 Amazing Facts You Never Knew About Dentistry! PART 2

This three-part article series discusses eight interesting and little-known facts about oral health and healthcare. Advice is also provided on how to achieve better dental health.

Welcome back to our three-part article series on interesting dental healthcare facts. In our previous installment, we discussed the shocking statistics of gum disease in the United States (80% of the population) and we exposed the truth about toothbrush caps and storage. In this article, the second installment of our Pueblo dental series, we shall take a look at the dangers of having a sweet tooth and how fluoride, which is lauded as essential to good oral health, can actually be quite dangerous!

Amazing Fact # 4: Three Glasses of Soda per Day = 62% Higher Incidence of Tooth Decay
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Soda, pop, sports energy drinks and fruit juice all have two things in common: They’re packed with sugar and they’re very acidic. Bacteria loves sugar just a much as you do.  To them, sugar is pure energy, which they use to multiply and proliferate. The more you eat, the faster the production of plaque in your mouth (plaque is bacteria).

To make matters worse, bacteria produce acidic wastes, which mingle with the acid in those fizzy beverages you love. The consequences for your teeth are a daily acid bath that corrodes away dental enamel, encourages cavity formation and tooth decay. This is why people who drink three or more glasses of sweet soda, juice or energy drinks per day suffer from 62% more decay and tooth loss.

What should I do instead?

The answer is simple: you’ll need to train yourself to enjoy water. Sweet beverages are okay if enjoyed as an occasional treat, but not as a daily thirst-quencher. Opt for mineral, spring or tap water. Water that is filtered not only has all the micro-organisms taken out of it, but also the essential elements and metals your teeth need to remain strong and health (fluoride, calcium and magnesium).

Amazing Fact # 5: The First Bristled Toothbrush Came from China!
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We here in the West like to think that we pioneered the field of medicine and that it was our culture that was responsible for cultivating an appreciation of hygiene… but when our forefathers were dying of burst oral abscesses, the East were preventing infection by brushing their teeth!

The first bristled toothbrushes on record were manufactured in 1498 in China. The bristles themselves were made from the hairs of badgers, horses and hogs. While these early toothbrushes were not as technologically savvy as the ones we have today, they went a long way to prevent decay and infection simply by removing dental plaque. It was only in 1938 that the first commercial toothbrushes were manufactured and nowadays, they are an indispensible component of oral healthcare.

Amazing Fact # 6: New Born Babies Don’t Have Dangerous Oral Bacteria

Little babies are born without the kind of oral bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Of course, they eventually will contract these bacteria and the sources of transmission are mommy and daddy! Kissing and blowing on food to cool it are the primary ways oral bacteria are passed from parent to child.

Stay Tuned for Part 3

To read more interesting facts and Pueblo dentists’ advice on oral health and healthcare, stay tuned for the third and final installment of this three-part articles series.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pueblo Dental Health News: 8 Amazing Facts You Never Knew About Dentistry! PART 1

This three-part article series discusses eight interesting and little-known facts about oral health and healthcare. Advice is also provided on how to achieve better dental health.

You might think that you know everything there is to know about looking after your teeth and gums… whether or not you actually act upon what you know is another matter entirely. But, according to Pueblo dental healthcare professionals, there is a lot of fundamental information on dentistry that the average person is simply unaware of. This ignorance could actually be putting our health in danger! In this three-part article series, we shall be revealing some little known facts about your oral health and healthcare.

Amazing Fact # 1: 80% of Americans Suffer from Some Stage of Gum Disease

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That’s right! According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, a staggering 80% of the American population suffers from some stage of gum disease. This might be mild inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) or full-blown chronic infection of the soft tissues surrounding the teeth (periodontitis). Either way, without treatment, both of these conditions can lead to tooth loss and edentulism, the state of not having any natural teeth left.

How can I tell if I have gum disease?

Oral bacteria cause gum disease. Poor oral hygiene and habits such as heavy smoking, drinking and a diet that is high in sugar and acid cause the proliferation of oral bacteria. Symptoms of this condition include:

  • Red and inflamed gums
  • Gums that are swollen and have encroached upon the crowns of the teeth
  • Gums that have receded unnaturally from the crowns of the teeth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Gum discoloration and brown mottling
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Gums that bleed when brushing or eating hard, crunchy foods
  • Pus that seeps up from the under the gum line
  • Oral lesions
  • Teeth that feel loose
  • Tooth loss

If you present with one or more of these symptoms, it is vital that you schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately.

Amazing Fact # 2: Putting a Cap on Your Toothbrush is BAD
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Toothbrush caps are marketed as a form of prevention against contamination. In fact, the opposite is true. The warm, moist and airless environment within the cap actually favors bacterial growth. You should place your toothbrush upright in a cup and shut it away in a cupboard where it can be left to dry.

Amazing Fact # 3: Never Store Your Toothbrush Near a Toilet

This fact may sound completely intuitive, but most bathrooms are very small. The result of this is: every time you flush the toilet, everything within the bathroom becomes bathed in a thin microfilm of water particles and bacteria. The whole idea behind toothbrush caps is to prevent the bristles of your toothbrush from being contaminated, but, as it was discussed in the previous point, these contraptions actually encourage bacterial growth.

The best thing to do is to keep your toothbrush closed up in a cupboard in between brushes... or, keep your toothbrush more than 6 feet away from the toilet.

Stay Tuned for Part 2

To read more interesting facts and Pueblo dentists’ advice on oral health and healthcare, stay tuned for the second installment of this three-part articles series.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Colorado Springs Cosmetic Dentistry Advice: 18 Habits that Ruin Teeth, PART 2

This two-part article series exposes 18 habits and indulgences that could be ruining the health of your teeth and gums.

Welcome back to our two-part article series on Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry and the 18 habits and indulgences that could be ruining your teeth. In our previous article post, we covered the following:

  1. Chewing on Ice
  2. Playing Sports Without a Mouth Guard
  3. Baby Bedtime Bottles: Tongue Rings
  4. Tongue Rings
  5. Teeth Grinding or Bruxism
  6. Gummy Candies
  7. Sugar-Rich Soda
  8. Using Your Teeth as Tools
  9. Sports Drinks

Now, let’s continue on with the remaining 9 bad habits...

10. Fruit Juices: It’s tempting to think of fruit juice as good for you and while it is healthier than soda, it’s bursting with sugar and citric acid. In fact, some fruit juices are as high in sugar as Coca Cola! If you’re craving fruit juice, choose one that doesn’t have any added sugar and dilute it with a little water.

11. Potato Chips: You should, as a rule, limit the amount of chips you eat… they’re high in unhealthy fats and carbohydrates. But chips and other starchy foods are also broken down into acid by the bacteria that live in your mouth. This acid can lead to the erosion of your dental enamel. Chips also have a habit of getting stuck in your teeth, so make sure you brush after this indulgence.

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12. Ceaseless Snacking: Every time you eat, acid levels in your mouth soar. Constantly snacking may be one way to keep your metabolism up, but it’s not very good for your teeth and gums. Eat three square meals a day and have an afternoon snack if you get hungry before dinner, but be aware of the damage acid does to your dental enamel.

13. Chewing on Pencils and Pens: It’s an unconscious habit, but it’s terrible for your teeth. Get yourself a stress ball and keep your hands occupied with that instead.

14. Coffee and Tea: Both of these warm beverages are acidic and contain tannins that can lead to yellowing of the dental enamel over time. Thankfully, these stains are fairly easy to remove using a teeth whitening or bleaching kit. Try to limit the number of cups you have per day.

15. Tobacco-use: Smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes are terrible for your general and oral health. Smoking not only discolors your teeth, it’s also the leading cause of periodontitis: gum disease.

16. Red, Red Wine: This delectable evening indulgence is high in acid as well as staining agents, such as chromogens and tannins. While a glass of red wine with dinner has been found by cardiologists to be good for you, try to limit your intake.

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17. White Wine: White wine isn’t much better than red! While it doesn’t cause the staining that red wine does, it’s high in acid and - just like any other alcoholic beverage - causes dry mouth. Saliva is your body’s natural defense against oral bacteria, so this condition increases your risk of tooth decay and gum infection.

18. Eating Disorders: Binge eating and purging is terrible for your teeth in many, many ways. First of all, the body receives an excess of sugar and foods that are high in starch. Then, the teeth are exposed to a highly acidic solution as the sufferer purges. Seek immediate psychological treatment for these conditions as they are linked directly with tooth decay and tooth loss.

A Final Note...

By avoiding these 18 nasty habits or following the advice provided by Colorado Springs cosmetic dentists in this two-part series, you can minimize bacterial activity in your mouth, effectively keeping tooth decay and gum disease at bay!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Advice from Colorado Springs Cosmetic Dentists: 18 Habits that Ruin Teeth, PART 1

This two-part article series exposes 18 habits and indulgences that could be ruining the health of your teeth and gums.

Few of us purposefully engage in habits and activities that can damage our teeth and gums. Most of the time, it’s blind ignorance that leads to problems that only a dentist can fix. In this two part article series, the Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist shall be lifting the lid on 18 habits that could be ruining your pearly whites!

1. Chewing on Ice: Ice may be sugar-free, but chewing on it can crack and chip your dental enamel. Your teeth were not made to withstand such wear-and-tear.

2. Playing Sports Without a Mouth Guard: Without a mouth guard, you have nothing to protect your teeth and gums should you accidentally receive a ball, knee or fist in the face. If you play a contact sport - any contact sport - have a mouth guard fitted by your dentist and wear it every time you play.

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3. Baby Bedtime Bottles: You wouldn’t go to bed with a sugary sweet in your mouth... so why would you let your tot fall asleep with a bottle in theirs? Overnight, their baby teeth are left to sit in a sugary bath, which encourages milk teeth decay. Feed your baby and then gently clean their teeth and/or gums before bedtime.

4. Tongue Rings: Trendy, yes... good for your teeth? No! Tongue rings can not only chip and crack your teeth if you accidentally bite down on them - they also make it difficult for you to brush your tongue, keeping it clear of bacteria. Lip rings can also chip away at your dental enamel and if they rub against the gums, they can cause infection and irreparable damage.

5. Teeth Grinding or Bruxism: If you clench your jaw or grind your teeth at night, have your dentist fit a mouth guard to prevent you from fracturing your teeth and/or wearing down your dental enamel.

6. Gummy Candies: Anything that comes loaded with sugar is bad for your teeth because they encourage bacteria to thrive in your mouth. But sticky, gummy candies are especially evil because they stubbornly stick into the small spaces, cracks and cusps of your teeth. Only a thorough brush can remove this candy, making it a prime cavity-causing agent. If you have a sweet tooth, chocolate is better because it’s less likely to stick in your teeth.

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7. Sugar-Rich Soda: Carbonated beverages that are high in sugar and acid (phosphoric and citric) should only be enjoyed as a treat and not as a daily thirst-quencher. Even diet sodas lead to greater plaque production, so opt for a glass of cold water if you’re feeling thirsty. It’s a much smarter choice.

8. Using Your Teeth as Tools: Your teeth were never intended to force open containers, tear packaging or open bottles. Using them as tools is an abuse that can lead to cracking and chipping. You should use your teeth for one thing and one thing only: eating.

9. Sports Drinks: There’s nothing quite like an ice-cold energy drink after a good session on the field, but getting into the habit of drinking them after every workout could be dangerous to your oral health. Sports drinks are exceptionally high in sugar and in acid. If you want to stay hydrated, drink water: it’s calorie-free!

Stay Tuned for Part 2

What other habits do Colorado Springs cosmetic dentistry professionals warn us against? Stay tuned for the second installment of this two-part series to find out!

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Dentist in Colorado Springs CO Talks About Dentures and the Price Patients Really Pay to Wear Them, PART 4

This four-part article series discusses the problems, challenges and repeat expenses associated with denture wearing, some of them as serious and potentially fatal as malnutrition.

Tooth loss is a pervasive problem in the United States. There are currently more than 33 million Americans living without a single original adult tooth, a state referred to as edentulism. In spite of the far more sophisticated and advantageous teeth replacement solutions offered by dentists in Colorado Springs CO - such as dental implants - a staggering number of these people still opt to have removable partial and full dentures placed.

In this four-part article series, we have endeavored to expose the true costs and challenges involved in wearing removable dentures: the pain, discomfort, repeated expenses, the need for refitting, premature aging, inability to eat properly, malnutrition and the overall decrease in quality of life and even life expectancy. If more people were aware of these crippling costs and challenges, more would choose to have teeth replaced with dental implants. The best-case scenario: more people would try to avoid tooth loss in the first place by caring for their teeth properly!

A Brief Recap of Part 3...

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In our previous article post, part 3 of the series, we began discussing the daily challenges and expenses involved in being a denture wearer:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • The need to remove them after meals and at nighttime for cleaning
  • The impediment of taste, temperature and texture sensation
  • The triggering of the gag reflex
  • Constant investment in anesthetic gels, soaking solutions, cleaning pastes and adhesives and the need to have dentures periodically refitted; the costs of which all add up tremendously in the long run.

Let’s examine a few more of these challenges:

  • Dentures restrict your diet and the variety of foods you’re able to eat and enjoy. Dental implants facilitate a strong and natural bite, so you’ll never need to skim the menu for more manageable foods again!
  • Dentures visibly move and shift around in the mouth during eating and speaking. This not only makes such activities tricky, it can also have a serious impact upon one’s self-esteem and social confidence.
  • Low self-esteem and poor confidence are crippling in both the social and professional environment. Dental implants, which function, fit and feel like natural teeth and promote great smile aesthetics, dramatically improve upon a patient’s confidence. This sometimes even inspires other life improvements.
  • Dentures need to be taken out for cleaning, which can prove very awkward when you’re out to dinner with friends! The replacement teeth supported by dental implants, on the other hand, are cleaned and maintained just like regular teeth.
  • Dentures push down on and rub against the gums, causing sensitivity, pain, discomfort and the development of sores that aren’t given a chance to heal. Ill-fitting dentures can be so uncomfortable to eat with that many patients choose to eat without them!
  •  Dentures are bulky and push against the lips from inside the mouth. This causes them to look thin and stretched, contributing to aged facial and smile aesthetics. This causes a further decrease in self-esteem.

A Final Note on Dentures and Dental Implants

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Removable dentures are an archaic solution to a historical problem that persists in society even today. As modern medicine and technology have progressed tremendously over the years, so too have the treatment capabilities of dentistry. Dental implants offer a far more sophisticated, comprehensive, long term and cost effective solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism. They promote a healthy jawbone and restore bite function, youthful facial aesthetics and smile confidence. They are the best solution the dentist in Colorado Springs CO has to offer and one that will serve you exceptionally well for many decades.