Thursday, August 24, 2017

Testimonial from our Patient!

Smiling patient after getting temps placed for Lumineers! Stay tuned for the final photo op!

Testimonial from our Patient!

Testimonial from our Patient!

Long-term gum disease linked to Alzheimer's disease

(Reuters Health) - Chronic gum inflammation, known as periodontitis, is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, researchers from Taiwan report.
Chronic periodontitis, a leading cause of tooth loss, is also associated with increases in markers of inflammation throughout the body. Some recent studies have suggested that chronic periodontitis might contribute to a decline in thinking ability, the authors note in Alzheimer's Research and Therapy.
Dr. Yu-Chao Chang’s team from Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung City used data from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database to examine whether patients age 50 or older with chronic periodontitis had an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
They found no overall link between periodontitis and Alzheimer's, but people who had the chronic gum inflammation for 10 or more years were 70 percent more likely than people without periodontitis to develop Alzheimer's disease.
The link between long-term periodontitis and Alzheimer's was present even after researchers adjusted for other factors that might influence the development of Alzheimer's, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and urban environment.
"Our findings support the notion that infectious diseases associated with low-grade inflammation, such as chronic periodontitis, may play a substantial role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease," the study team concludes.
"These findings highlight the need to prevent progression of periodontal disease and promote healthcare services at the national level," they add.
"In fact, it is believed that the association between periodontitis and Alzheimer´s disease may be bi-directional,” said Dr. Yago Leira Feijoo from Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in Spain who wasn’t involved in the study. “Currently, with the scientific evidence that is available, we cannot be sure if the risk factor is either periodontal disease or Alzheimer´s disease,” Leira Feijoo said by email.
“Because periodontitis is a preventable and treatable disease, periodontal patients should be aware of the potential risks of gum infection and the systemic impact that could have,” he added.
Dr. Ingar Olsen from University of Oslo in Norway, who also wasn’t involved in the study, told Reuters Health, “Dental care of old people should not be neglected.”
“Brush your teeth carefully to prevent development of periodontitis," Olsen added.
Dr. Chang did not respond to a request for comments.
SOURCE: Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, online August 8, 2017.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

"Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary." - Chinese Proverb

A note from the Oro Facial Pain Specialist

After the end of a long tiring day-its a good idea to often indulge in a soothing cup of peppermint tea.
Not only does it have a soothing and refreshing taste it also offers several health benefits.
For example peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities,strong antioxidant and antitumor actions,and some antiallergenic potential.

Animal model studies demonstrate a relaxation effect on gastrointestinal(GI) tissue,analgesic and anesthetic effects in the central and peripheral nervous system,immunomodulating actions and chemopreventive potential.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Some Things to Know About Root Canals

Does the sound of a root canal make you squirm? A lot of people feel this way as it sounds like a very daunting dental procedure. But a root canal doesn’t have to be a negative thing. It’s a dentistry method that can save your tooth from extraction. Most dental offices that specialize in endodontic procedures can make it as quick and painless as possible for you. Some people see an endodontist specifically but most dentists offer this service, too.

Dental Reviews Can Help

Doing a search of dental reviews for your city and the type of service you are looking for can help you gather information about various dentists who are known for good service in dentistry and in the area of root canals, you’ll find dentist reviews that can help you make a decision about which professional to call.

You should be prepared for the fact that root canals need a few appointments to be completed. They can generally be done in 2 or 3 appointments (a temporary filling after drilling and medication insertion is often done before the final filling) and afterwards, your dentist will recommend a crown be created for your tooth and then applied.

Do I Need a Crown ?

A customized dental crown after a root canal is a good way to preserve your tooth as it’s a porcelain shell that covers the tooth and protects it. Without the crown, your tooth is at risk for cracking or chipping because the original tooth is just a shell. Some people avoid the crown because it can seem expensive but it is an investment in the protection of your tooth.

Your dentist may prescribe something for pain for you but most people find that they recover quickly from a root canal.

If you are looking for a dentist to perform a root canal, doing a thorough check of local dentists can help you determine which one might be the best fit for you from a scheduling perspective, from a financial perspective (some dentists offer financing and will bill your insurance company directly for whatever amount is covered by dental insurance), and from the perspective of determining whether or not you’d like to find a new dentist to take care of both your proactive and reactive needs. Root canal dentist reviews can help you get well informed about the procedure, too.

A root canal may become a necessity at an inopportune time but finding a good dentist to take care of it for you can help you open the door for a long term relationship with that oral health care professional. After the root canal is finished you can work on some preventative care to help preserve your other teeth and /or repair any issues.

Alternatives to Root Canals

If you want to know what else can be done other than a root canal that has been recommended, the two major options are extraction and extraction, then dental implant. A dentist will be able to tell you how likely a root canal is to be successful but it’s important to note that complications could happen. If you’re nervous about the idea of a root canal you can also look into sedation dentistry to take the stress out of the experience, too.