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Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy thanksgiving

eat in moderation and don't break any teeth!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

5 heath risks your dentist can detect.

 Call your Carmichael, Sacramento Dentist at 916-332-9240 for a health screening.

When you look in your mouth you may see teeth that need whitening, but a dentist may see signs of heart disease. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research found that many dental problems can be signs of serious health complications. University of Washington School of Dentistry professor Philippe P. Hujoel, DDS, PhD, says the sugar and carbohydrates in food, known as "fermentable carbohydrates," are to blame. Found in sugary drinks, snack foods like potato chips, and simple grains like white bread and corn, these carbs are fermented by bacteria in your mouth, which produces the acids that cause tooth decay. "Those dental diseases are a marker for an unhealthy diet, and an unhealthy diet may predict future health complications," Dr. Hujoel notes.

#1: Obesity
"If a kid has tooth decay and cavities, he probably has high exposure to fermentable carbs," Dr. Hujoel says. "He's really having too many snacks and candy, and this may very well be the kid that ends up obese." For adults, too, an increase in cavities could mean you're eating too many unhealthy foods, which also puts you at risk for obesity. A dentist who knows your medical history may ask about your eating habits, but you should feel free to ask if what's happening to your teeth might be a sign of other problems.

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#2: Cardiovascular disease
The same carbs in snack foods and sugary drinks that get dentists drilling are often found in the company of unhealthy ingredients like trans fatty acids. While trans fats themselves don't cause cavities, they're often used in foods with high amounts of cavity-causing fermentable carbs, and they have been associated with an increase in cardiovascular disease. Whenever you can, replace processed, packaged food with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. For those sweet treats you can't give up, check the labels to make sure they're trans fat free.

It's also possible for cavities themselves to threaten your heart, if the bacteria that produce them find their way into your cardiovascular system. Bacteria associated with tooth and gum disease may also be involved in stroke, diabetes, and respiratory problems—so brush and floss every day.

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#3: Diabetes
The fermentable carbohydrates in sugary drinks and snacks loaded with carbs increase your blood sugar level drastically, raising the risk of type 2 diabetes, Dr. Hujoel says. Which is one more reason to switch to a diet that produces fewer cavities. "Lifelong usage of high fermentable carbohydrates first leads to dental disease, and then, long-term, leads to other health outcomes," Dr. Hujoel adds.

#4: Cancer
Not only does a tooth-unhealthy diet put you at risk for obesity, which is a risk factor for certain cancers, harmful lifestyle habits like smoking can produce tooth discoloration and periodontal destruction. Abnormalities in your mouth, including bleeding gums and cavities, should be a natural alarm bell, Dr. Hujoel says. So always ask your dentist if your tooth problems could point toward a wider problem.

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#5: Alzheimer's disease
In a study just published in The Journal of the American Dental Association, people who lost most of their teeth were more likely to develop dementia problems, such as Alzheimer's disease, later on. It will take more research to clarify what the connection between tooth loss and brain health may be. But is seems that keeping your teeth as healthy possible has benefits that go far beyond your mouth.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Teeth in a day. All on 4 implant procedure


This innovative restoration allows people with dentures or missing teeth to get natural-looking replacement teeth in just one visit. You may have seen news stories or ads about Teeth-in-a-Day or Teeth-in-an-Hour, and thought they sounded too good to be true. Both names describe an accelerated surgical and restorative protocol, and here is how they came about.
The original protocol for dental implants required placing the implants and allowing them to bond to the bone (a process called osseointegration) for six months before restorations were attached. The reason for this technique is that implants must initially remain stable and immobile. They will fail if allowed to move before osseointegration is complete.
During that six-month period, patients usually wore dentures or other types of removable appliances. Because this approach was almost 100 percent successful, practitioners were reluctant to alter the protocol. But patients wanted faster results, and further research showed that if implants were placed in very solid bone or if multiple implants were splinted together, they would remain stable enough to allow osseointegration with nearly the same success rate.
Extensive planning is required for Teeth-in-a-Day, and approaches vary for every patient. i-CAT CT scanning and 3-D imaging allow precision planning, ensuring that implants are placed in exact locations and in areas of dense bone. Provisional restorations are fabricated before the surgical appointment. Then, in a single appointment, old dentures or failing teeth are removed, and several implants are placed evenly around the jaw. Next, a complete arch of non-removable temporary teeth are attached to the implants. This provisional restoration will remain until osseointegration is complete. With this technique, implants remain stable because they are splinted together, and patients are thrilled that they can avoid a removable denture. Permanent restorations are placed once the bone has bonded to the implants. Teeth-in-a-Day can also be used for single implants when a CT scan shows that the bone is very dense.
This procedure gives you a new set of teeth that cannot slip or fall, and allows you the freedom to eat, speak and smile with confidence. Results are immediate, so you don’t have to worry about taking time off work or “laying low” while your restorations are being made. Dr Newens have mastered this procedure and can give hope to denture wearers who want a strong, healthy and beautiful smile all in one visit.