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Diabetes And Dental Care: What Can You Do To Keep Gum Disease At Bay?

If you’re a diabetic with minor problems with your gums, you may wonder how you can keep the problems from becoming worse. If your gums bleed or feel sore when you brush your teeth, it’s important that you treat the issues now. Your minor gum problems can quickly turn into periodontal disease, which may eventually lead to tooth loss. In addition, your gum problems may interfere with how you manage or control your diabetes. Here are more facts about your oral health and diabetes and what you can do to protect both. How Does Diabetes Affect Your Teeth and Gums? You probably already know that diabetes develops when you have too much sugar in your blood. But what you may not know is that excess blood sugar can potentially weaken or damage your body’s blood vessels and nerves, including the tissues inside your mouth. You may develop periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, without the proper dental treatment. Gum disease can become worse if you don’t manage or control your high blood sugar properly.  Regular brushing and flossing should remove most of the plaque from your mouth. But if you’re like a number of other diabetic individuals, your gums can become sore, swollen, and painful from your condition, which makes it difficult to brush and floss properly. You might skip oral care to avoid the discomfort.  Eventually, the plaque on your teeth and around your gumline hardens into a substance called tartar. Tartar buildup can push beneath your gumline and cause an infection. Generally, you can reverse the beginning stages of gum disease with regular dental cleanings and good oral care at home. But if you don’t treat gum disease on time, it can spread to the tissues that hold teeth in place and cause tooth loss. Losing teeth may change how you chew, bite, and perceive the food you eat over time, which may have dangerous effects on your oral and physical health. Diabetic individuals should eat a certain amount of nutrients, healthy carbohydrates, and fiber each day to lower or keep their blood sugar in check. Most meat and vegetable products provide those nutrients. But if you can’t chew your food, you may opt for something softer, such as bland mashed potatoes or boiled broccoli. Some foods lose many of their vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients when you boil them in too much water.  To protect your gums from disease and possibly […]

Tips to Help Prevent Serious Dental Implant Infections

Dental implants are extremely common tooth replacements that require the surgical placement of a titanium implant root. While dental implants have an extremely high success rate, surgery is still required to fit the root. This means that surgical complications can occur, even though they are rare. One of the most common implant complications is peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is a dental implant infection that affects both the soft tissues and the bone around the implant site. This can cause inflammation, pain, and the eventual failure of the implant root. In some cases, peri-implantitis may be so serious that bone tissue may die and require removal. The infection condition is most likely to develop directly after your initial implant surgery. You can prevent infections fairly easily, and the following tips can help. Keep Excessive Bacteria Out of the Mouth Your mouth will contain a slew of bacteria; about 20 billion bacteria will be in the mouth at one time. This is normal, but you can substantially increase the amount of bacteria that enter your mouth and come into contact with the implant area if you are careless. This can increase your infection risks. Bacteria enter into the mouth in a variety of ways, and you can limit the amount that come into your body by reducing microbes within the food and water you consume. To reduce microbes in your water, make sure your sink faucet is as clean as possible. Since the hands often touch the faucets and transfer microbes to them, place a small amount of bleach on a rag and wipe down the faucet a few times a day to kill off bacteria. Pay close attention to the spigot end where the water is released.  Reduce bacteria on your food by cooking food items to 165 degrees Fahrenheit and keeping the food above 140 degrees before you are ready to eat it. If you eat raw vegetables or fruits, then make sure to use soap and water to thoroughly clean the outsides before eating. A soft-bristled brush can help to work microorganisms from the food as well. Bacteria can enter the mouth through shared food or drinks, so try not to share items until the surgical implant area heals. Also, your toothbrush will hold a great deal of bacteria that can reproduce as your damp brush sits on the edge of your sink. Dip your toothbrush in mouthwash for about 30 seconds before […]

Best Practices For Keeping Your Dental Implants Stain-Free

Dental implants are a highly popular way of restoring a perfect smile after losing one or more teeth. However, one concern that many patients have involves safeguarding dental implants against unsightly stains. Although the materials used in dental implants are resistant against stains, they aren’t completely impervious. The following outlines a few best practices you can use to prevent stains from appearing on your dental implants. Abstain from Smoking and Chewing Tobacco If you were a smoker or tobacco chewer prior to getting dental implants, then chances are your dentist may have advised you to kick the habit. Tobacco products contain nicotine and tar, two substances that can cause your teeth and dental implants to take on a yellow or brownish color when consumed on a regular basis. Smoking and chewing tobacco not only contributes to dental implant staining, but it could also cause the implants to fail over time. During a recent study, researchers found that among 66 patients who received dental implants over a 5-year period, the failure rate among smokers was 15.8 percent versus 1.4 percent for non-smokers. Beware of Foods and Drinks Containing Tannins Certain foods and drinks, including teas, red wine, coffee and fruits like blackberries and blueberries, contain naturally occurring polyphenols known commonly as tannins. These polyphenols work together with chromogens and acids to erode the enamel on your natural teeth, leaving behind dark stains that can only be removed through professional teeth whitening. The ceramic and porcelain surfaces of dental implants are highly resistant to stains caused by these chemicals. However, tannins and chromogens can leave behind stains if the surfaces of the dental implant are compromised by poor hygiene and constant consumption of highly acidic foods. When it comes to foods and drinks containing tannins, the best solution is to simply moderate your consumption. Drinking tannin-heavy drinks through a straw can also help minimize contact with your teeth and dental implants. Steer Clear of Highly Abrasive Toothpastes One commonly unexpected issue with having dental implants is how it can affect your toothpaste choices. Normal toothpastes can be highly abrasive to porcelain, resin or ceramic veneers on dental implants. This means that using your regular toothpaste to keep your dental implants clean can also expose them to stains and other damage over time. Baking soda, toothpastes containing stain removers and toothpastes formulated for smokers can have highly abrasive effects on dental implants. For […]

Smokers With Mouth Ulcers And B12 Deficiency: How Do They Connect Together?

If you’re a smoker who experiences painful mouth sores on your gums, inner cheeks and tongue, you may wonder why you have the sores and how can you ease the pain. One of the problems with smoking is that it affects the way your body metabolizes and uses minerals that protect your oral health, including vitamin B12, or cobalamin. The nutrient helps protect your immune system, nervous system, skin, and cells from disease and other issues. Here’s how smoking interferes with the metabolization of B12, how a lack of B12 may cause canker sores and how a dentist can help treat your sores. How Does Smoking Affect Vitamin B12? Like many other types of water soluble vitamins, vitamin B12 isn’t absorbed into the body, which means that your body doesn’t store or retain it. You normally receive your daily intake of cobalamin from the foods you eat. However, one of the things many people may not understand or know about B12 is that some forms of the nutrient contain cyanide, including cyanocobalamin. The cyanide in cyanocobalamin usually doesn’t harm you unless you take or use something that contains unnatural levels of cyanide, such as cigarettes. Your body tries to metabolize or use B12 the same way it does the cyanide in cigarette smoke. Instead of absorbing B12, your body eliminates it through your urine. You may have lower levels of B12 in your body than someone who doesn’t smoke. Because your immune system needs cobalamin to strengthen your body’s white blood cells, you may develop a number of problems, including canker sores in your mouth. The ulcers tend to develop in three stages or processes. During the first stage, you may notice a tingling or burning sensation in the areas that may develop sores. You may not see any signs of the sores during the initial stages. Once you enter stage two, the irritated areas of skin become raised and reddened. The sores also develop membranes, or thin coverings, filled with white pus. The second stage usually lasts from two to three days. During the final or third stage, your sores open up and become very painful. You might have trouble consuming foods with spices, salts, and citric acids.  To combat the problems above and get rid of your mouth ulcers, it’s a good idea that you seek professional help from a dentist.  How Can a Dentist Treat Them? A dentist will most likely examine your […]

What To Do If Dental Implants Cause Gum Tissue To Darken

You peer into the mirror to get a good look at your smile after getting dental implants, and that’s when you notice it. The gum tissue near where the implant was placed is darker than the rest of your gums. Discolored gum tissue is not uncommon after getting dental implants, but here is what you should do if you notice it and a couple of ideas on how to correct the problem. Check for Disease More often than not, gum discoloration after getting implants is actually caused by the color of the titanium posts used to anchor the crown. These posts are usually a dark grey color, and can show through if the gum tissue is thin or translucent enough. You may also experience a discoloration problem if the post wasn’t placed deep enough or set too far forward in the jaw. This may or may not cause long-term problems and should be checked by your dentist to ensure the tooth is secure. However, sometimes discoloration is caused by disease. In particular, you may have developed necrotizing periodontal disease. This is a rare infection caused by bacteria and usually starts out as necrotizing periodontal gingivitis. The presence and activity of the bacteria kills the gum tissue, and it turns grey or black as result. If left untreated, the disease can cause a complete loss of gum tissue, bone, and cartilage in the area and eventually your tooth and/or implant may fall out. Signs of necrotizing periodontal disease include: Rapid onset of pain Foul odor Inflammation and redness of the gum tissues in the beginning Greying or darkening of gum tissue as the disease advances Fever Fatigue Loose teeth (or implants) If you’re exhibiting any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see your dentist, someone like NYC Center for Dental Implants, right away for treatment. Tissue Transplant If your gums are healthy and the dentist determines the problem is the color of the post bleeding through the gums, one option you have to fix the issue is to get a tissue transplant. This is where the dentist takes tissue from another part of the mouth (usually the roof) and grafts it onto the gums. Alternatively, the doctor may use an artificial material that will stimulate the gums into regrowing naturally. In either case, this option can help thicken the gums enough to hide the discoloration caused by the implant. Be aware, […]

3 Technologies That Are Making Dentistry More Patient-Friendly

Getting dental treatment is definitely important for your health and for cosmetic reasons, but many people don’t think of the dentist’s office as a particularly patient-friendly place. This is often especially true for patients who had a lot of dental work as children – early memories of a painful experience with the dental drill or an extraction accompanied by a lot of blood can cause you to dread the dentist well into adulthood. Thankfully, many dental practices are embracing new technology in an effort to make their procedures more patient-friendly, and that means more than just providing headphones to block out the sounds of the drill. Take a look at the details of some of the more recent technologies that are improving the dental experience for patients. Laser Dentistry When you think of laser dentistry, chances are that the first thing you picture are high-tech tooth whitening treatments. But while lasers are an effective tooth whitening tool, they’re also used for other things, like treating and reshaping the gums of patients suffering from periodontal disease and removing tissue for biopsies. They can also be used to remove decay from teeth. Why is this important? The use of lasers has many benefits, but from a patient perspective, the most important benefits might be that lasers result in less pain and bleeding than traditional dental tools. Lasers allow for more precision, so there is less of a chance that the dentist will remove healthy tooth tissue along with decay. And laser beams encourage blood to clot, which means that biopsies and gum surgeries result in less blood loss. If the thought of the drill makes you anxious, choosing a dentist who uses laser tools instead can eliminate a lot of psychological stress that you may have about seeking dental treatment. Air Abrasion Drilling Air abrasion drilling is another great alternative to traditional drills. While air abrasion is not strictly a new technique – it was first developed in the 1940s – it’s only recently caught on as improvements have been made to the old machine designs. Air abrasion works by using compressed air to blow aluminum oxide powder onto the tooth being worked on. The technique is far more gentle than traditional drills – so much so, in fact, that many patients don’t need a numbing shot in order to receive the treatment. If you’re afraid of needles, opting for a dental […]

3 Things To Know About Root Canals Before You Decide Not To Get One

Hearing the news that you need a root canal is probably not what you wanted to find out, but there is nothing you can do to change that fact. Getting a root canal can be expensive, depending on the tooth and the work needed, and you could end up having to pay up to $2,000. Because of this, many people wonder if they can solve the problem in a way that is cheaper. If you are stuck in this situation, here are three important things you should know. There Is No Good Alternative When a dentist at a clinic like Grace Dental tells you that a root canal is needed, it is because the pulp of the tooth is infected. The pulp is found in the roots of the tooth, and the only way to remove this infection is through a root canal. A root canal procedure involves getting inside the roots of the tooth and removing the infected pulp and nerve. This procedure basically cleans out the entire cavity of the tooth’s roots and stops the infection from damaging the tooth any further. The only true way to fix an infection in this area of a tooth is through a root canal. Your dentist may give you antibiotics to help clear up the infection; however, taking antibiotics will not permanently fix the problem. The tooth pulp could easily become infected once again at some point in the future. Taking the medication can prolong your need for a root canal, but only by four to five weeks. Pulling The Tooth Leaves Consequences The work needed for a root canal is necessary if you want to stop the infection from spreading and if you want to save the tooth, but there is an alternative. Unfortunately, this is not considered a good alternative. If you want to avoid spending a lot of money on this tooth, you could talk to your dentist about extraction. Extracting a permanent tooth with infected roots will solve the problem you are currently facing, but it will create additional problems. One of the main problems is an empty gap in your mouth. When there is an empty spot from a missing tooth, your other teeth will begin to shift to fill the gap. In addition, your gums might get irritated easier, which could lead to developing gum disease. You should also consider that you will have to live […]

Understanding And Breaking The Thumb-Sucking Habit In Your Child

Whether it’s a pacifier or a thumb, most young kids find one or the other to be convenient for self-soothing purposes. Although it is a fairly typical part of early childhood development and most kids wean themselves before preschool, it can present a risk of serious dental issues in cases where the habit drags on too long. This is especially the case for kids with a thumb-sucking habit because of the shape of the thumb. Here’s a look at some of the dental problems that long-term thumb-sucking can cause and some tips to help you encourage your child to break the habit. Is Prolonged Thumb-Sucking Really Problematic? Your child’s pediatric dentist may ask you about thumb-sucking, including how often your child does it and how long it’s been going on. There are several reasons for concern if this habit continues beyond the early preschool years. Understanding the risks can help you understand why you should encourage your child to stop. General Jaw Issues – If your child continues sucking their thumb into the preschool years, it can cause some general shifting in the shape of their jaw and mouth. Over time, it can cause misalignment of the jaw. This can lead to speech issues, difficulty chewing and general jaw discomfort. Additionally, it can narrow the roof of your child’s mouth. The roof of a child’s mouth is fairly pliable, and the suction and pressure generated by thumb-sucking may actually draw the sides of the mouth together, causing the roof of the mouth to peak. This can affect speech and tooth spacing. Tooth Formation Problems – If your child is still sucking their thumb when permanent teeth start to erupt, the pressure inside his or her mouth may cause the teeth to come in at an awkward or unusual angle. This may result in teeth protruding from the jaw or not aligning correctly. This may require orthodontic braces to adjust later. Tips for Breaking the Habit It’s one thing to recognize how bad thumb-sucking can be for your child, but getting him or her to give it up is a whole different issue. Unlike pacifiers that you can just throw away, thumb-sucking is a harder habit to break. You’ll have to convince your child that it’s time to give it up, which can be challenging in some cases. Limit The Acceptable Times – Talk with your child about his or her […]

Hydraulic Sinus Condensing Vs Short Implants For Those With Upper Jawbone Loss

Have you just been informed that your upper jaw does not have ample bone to support standard dental implants? If so, you’re not out of luck when it comes to revamping your smile. Hydraulic sinus condensing and short dental implants are both methods of dealing with this complication. Here is some information to help you decide which of these procedures is best for you. The Processes During hydraulic sinus condensing, a flap is cut in your gum to expose your jawbone. A small cutout is then made in the exposed jawbone, and the membrane surrounding your sinus cavity is gently separated from your sinus bone and lifted. Bone granules, either from yourself, a cadaver, or a cow, are packed into the space the membrane formerly occupied. While earlier methods of sinus lifting required months to heal before an implant could be placed in the new bone material, hydraulic condensing allows an implant to be placed immediately. The procedure to have short dental implants placed in your mouth is very similar to the procedure required for standard dental implants, but short implants rely on a taper locking system as opposed to screws to hold the implant in place. During the procedure for short dental implants, your dental surgeon will cut an incision in your gum to expose your jawbone. He or she will then use a drill to create a hole in the jawbone in which to place the dental implant. The incision will then be stitched closed while you wait for the implant to bond to your natural bone. Once healing is complete, you’ll need to schedule another appointment. During this follow-up appointment, a small incision will be made in your gum to expose the implant, and a cap will be placed on it, thus completing the procedure.  The Success Rates Hydraulic sinus condensing has an astounding success rate of 99.99 percent, with only 8 out of 1,557 implants failing during an 8 year study on their effectiveness. When upper jaw bone loss is severe, hydraulic this procedure provides the best chance for the successful placement of dental implants. Short implants come in a range of sizes, and your dental implant specialist will choose for you the largest size that your jaw bone can support. Why? Because, generally speaking, the shorter the dental implant, the more apt it is to fail. The failure rate of short implant can be as […]

You Do Not Have To Live With Diastema If You Do Not Want To

If you have had to deal with diastema, or a gap in your teeth, you may have felt singled out, or identified due to this visible characteristic. Although many people embrace their gap as a part of their looks, if yours makes you self-conscious, once you understand the cause of it, there are a couple of ways you can fix it. What Was the Cause of Diastema? Knowing the cause of your diastema will often have implications into your available options for treatment. Gaps can take place anywhere in your mouth, although they are most visible when they take place in the front of your upper teeth. Many times these gaps are present from early childhood, or when you first begin to cut your permanent teeth. These are often caused by: Thumb sucking Tongue thrusting A mismatch between the size of your teeth and your jawbone A large labial frenum (or the tissue that connects your gum to your upper lip), and more While it is less common to develop a gap later in life, you can develop one as you age due to: Teeth shifting Gum disease Bone loss Injury Are You a Candidate for Braces?  Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for braces. If your diastema has been caused by the following, braces may not be an option your dentist chooses as a part of your treatment plan. Gum disease—Gum disease will need to be treated prior to any other intervention. Not only does it put you at a higher risk of losing your teeth, it puts you at a higher risk of other health issues. Even if you have had your gum disease successfully treated, braces can put you at higher risk of gum disease reoccurring. Bone loss —Many times those who have suffered a significant amount of bone loss will not have the underlying bone structure to successfully wear braces. Your teeth shifting due to missing teeth in other areas—Braces may not work without additional bridges, implants, or other dental work to fill in the missing teeth. Even if braces successfully close your gap, you will run the risk of the gap reoccurring if the initial reason is not addressed. Will You Consider Dental Veneers? Another popular method to correct the gap in your teeth is through the use of dental veneers. These are shells which are created especially for you by your dentist, and then fit […]