Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Oral Hygiene

"Every day, your mouth has more than a million micro-creatures feeding, reproducing and depositing waste in your mouth," says Amber Broadway, Dental Hygienist at Paducah Dental Care. Doesn’t that make you want to brush your teeth?

Healthy teeth lead a great smile and help you eat and speak properly. Plus, good oral health is essential for your overall health.


What is good oral hygiene?
Clean teeth free of debris
Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
Bad breath is not a common problem

How do you maintain good oral hygiene? Follow these easy steps from Paducah Dental Care


Brush Your Teeth
Why? To remove plaque, the leading cause of tooth decay.

Brush your teeth 2x per day

Don’t rush when you brush. Take your time to clean thoroughly.

Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Choose an electric or battery-operated toothbrush to reduce plaque and mild forms of gum disease more than manual brushing.

Practice brushing correctly by holding your toothbrush at a slight angle and aim the bristles where the tooth meets your gum. Brush back and forth gently continuously throughout your mouth. Be sure to brush the outside, inside and top of teeth as well as your tongue.

Keep your toothbrush clean by rinsing with water after usage. Store in an upright position and allow it to air dry until you use again. Keep away from other toothbrushes to avoid cross-contamination. To prevent a growth of bacteria, yeast or mold, do not cover with a closed container.

Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. If the bristles are frayed, worn, or irregular, replace sooner.


Floss Your Teeth
Why? To remove plaque from between your teeth and under your gum line before it hardens into tartar. Once tartar forms, only a professional cleaning can remove it.
Use about 18 inches of dental floss. Wrap most of the floss around the middle finger and index finger. Hold the floss tightly around each tooth in a "C" shape. Move it back and forth up and down between each tooth.
Gently guide the floss between your teether. Be careful not to "snap" the floss into the gums. When the floss reaches your gum line, curve it around the next tooth.
Make sure to use fresh floss around each tooth as you make your way around your teeth. Only floss between one tooth at a time.
Stay consistent with your flossing. If you find it hard to use dental floss, use an interdental cleaner such as a dental pick, pre-threat flosser, Waterpik or a wooden or silicone plaque remover.


Regular Visits To Your Dentist
Visit your dentist at least 2x per year for checkups and cleanings.

Think About What You Eat
Eat a balanced diet by limiting the amount of sugary and starchy foods you ingest.
Reduce regular snacking in between meals.


Other Tips
Consider using mouthwash containing fluoride
Do not use toothpicks or other harsh objects that could produce bacteria or injure your gums.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Why Choose Dental Implants?


What are Dental implants? To put it simply, implants are the roots of missing teeth and act as the anchor for a replacement tooth, crown or a set of replacement teeth. Dr. Matthew Mangino, Paducah Dental Care, explains the many benefits of choosing dental implants.

 

Next best thing to a tooth
Dental implants replace a lost tooth securely to create what looks and operates like a natural tooth. If you choose an option other than a dental implant, the way you eat, smile, speak and live day-to-day can be different and challenging.

 

Long-term solution
If installed and cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime! In comparison, dental bridges may need to be replaced eventually.

 
No need to worry about how you look

You will not have to worry about a different smile or missing teeth. A face missing teeth can look sagged and sad, but with dental implants, your appearance stays the same. Plus, no need to be concerned about needing to take out your denture or them falling out. Live life as usual with dental implants!

 

Dentures don’t compare
Think dental implants are similar to dentures? Think again! With dentures, you have to worry about pronouncing words correctly, what you eat, if they will slip out of your mouth, and removing them on a daily basis. And don’t forget about the cleaning. Dental implants function like natural teeth and fixed in place. You won’t have to worry about your teeth moving, falling out, or being able to speak normally.

 

Eat like normal
Don’t worry about having to remove your teeth before eating your favorite foods. You can eat naturally and comfortably with no difference in taste with dental implants.

 

No cavities
That’s right! No cavities with dental implants or implant-restored crowns. It’s still important to visit your dentist regularly for professional cleaning and care just like natural teeth.

 

Protect your natural and healthy teeth
Unlike a tooth-supported bridge that damages natural teeth when placed in the mouth, dental implants protect your teeth. Dental implants are placed into the jawbone where of the root of the missing tooth is located. Your natural teeth are not harmed. In fact, they prevent healthy teeth from shifting as they would if the empty gap remained for a long time.

 

More predictable than other tooth repair and restoration
Dental implants have a track record of being reliable, long-term and more successful than other tooth repair and restorative methods. Other methods include bridgework, removable appliances and re-treatment of a failing root canal (endodontic) therapy.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Waterpik: Transforming the Way We Floss

 
Tired of the difficulty and tediousness of flossing? Though dentists agree that flossing daily is vital to oral health, the US News reports only 30% of Americans floss daily.
 
Failure to floss can cause oral problems including tooth decay and gum disease. Gum disease alone can lead health issues including heart disease, strokes, diabetes, respiratory disease and cancer.
 
Because of the medical issues at risk, flossing is vital for oral health. Is there a better option to the flossing of painful plucking in between teeth?
 
Waterpik offers a solution. The easy to use alternative to string flossing puts flossing back into your schedule easily and efficiently. By applying water pressure with power pulsation, the Waterpik removes plaque biofilm and harmful bacteria. Dr. William Walden of Paducah Dental Care says, "From my own personal experience I highly recommend to my patients the Waterpik. There are so many good reasons to choose a Waterpik."
 
Easy and Simple to Use
 
Waterpik is easy and gentle to use, and little effort it needed opposed to the tedious and time consuming flossing routine. With an easy way to floss, people are more likely to make the to floss with the Waterpik daily.
 
2. The Key to Good Oral Health
 
Every day, plaque builds up on teeth. Though a toothbrush removes some of the plaque film, it is not enough for good oral health. Flossing is needed in between teeth to remove the build up of bacteria and plaque. Not cleaning in between teeth can lead to the gums being inflamed and infected by gingivitis. A study by the University of Southern California proved the Waterpik removes 99.9% of plaque biofilm.
 
The Waterpik is also more hygienic then dental floss. When using dental floss, it is important to continuously feed fresh floss through the fingers to ensure each area is cleaned thoroughly with an unused piece of floss. Failure to do this can infect areas of the mouth with bacteria by adding more bacteria between the teeth. With Waterpik, the fresh water continually removes bacteria without adding to the build up of bacteria.
 
3. Treats Oral Medical Issues
 
Waterpik is proven to treat and control periodontitis. Periodontal disease is an advance form of gum disease that begins as gingivitis. If left untreated, the gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis forms when the inflammation and infection causes the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming gum pockets. The pockets fill with bacteria and cause further damage to the gum tissue. The infection will eventually cause damage to the bone and tissue supporting the teeth, leading to tooth loss. By placing the nozzle of the Waterpik into the gum line, the gum pockets will be flushed out, treating and controlling periodontitis.

4. Ideal for Cleaning Braces, Implants, Bridges and Crowns

Flossing with braces is easy and simple with Waterpik. If plaque is not removed around braces, tooth decay and gum disease can occur. Traditional flossing is difficult and complex for people with braces, but Waterpik offers an easy solution. With the Waterpik cleaning tip for orthodontic care and cleaning, the thin brush removes the plaque around the brackets and wires of braces.
 
Bridges and crowns are also benefited by Waterpik. The areas under and around bridges and crowns are easy access for bacteria. Because any form of gum disease can lead to implant failure and loss, good oral health is important for people with implants. By applying water pressure and pulsation around bridges, crowns or implants, Waterpik ensures a thorough cleaning.
 
To see how Waterpik works: https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/video/

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gum Disease and the Heart

     Gum disease exists in about 80% of the population and is one of many risk factors associated with serious health concerns, such as heart disease. Researchers have found that people with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease. This type of heart disease occurs when deposits of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other materials known as plaques form in the walls of the coronary arteries making them thicker. This limits the amount of oxygen and nutrients needed for the heart to function because blood cannot flow through the arteries easily.

     It is believed that bacteria from gum disease enters the bloodstream and connects to the plaques in the coronary arteries and causes blood clots to form. The bacteria from gum disease enter the bloodstream through compromised, infected gum tissue. Researchers have identified two oral pathogens associated with gum disease, known as Tannerella Forsynthesis and Preventella Intermedia, which may be associated with an increased risk of having a heart attack. The more of these pathogens that are present in the mouth the higher the risk; this is why it’s important to limit the amount of bacteria in the mouth.

     Patients with existing heart problems are at a greater risk if they also have gum disease. Bacterial endocarditis is a dangerous infection that involves the lining of the heart and is commonly caused when bacteria enters the blood during medical procedures. During dental treatment, a common organism found in the mouth known as Streptococcus Viridan can enter the bloodstream through the mouth and travel to the heart. This then causes blood clot formations that are able to travel to the brain, lungs, kidney, and spleen. This can result in dangerous medical conditions such as, blood clots, stroke, heart valve damage, irregular heartbeats, and arterial fibrillation. Patients with preexisting heart conditions are often prescribed pre-medications before dental treatment to prevent endocarditis from occurring.

     Treating and preventing gum disease is the safest way to avoid problems with the heart associated with gum disease. A dentist can help aid in keeping the mouth clean and healthy which in turn lowers the risk of future heart problems.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Benefits of Using Mouthwash

Brushing, flossing, and using a Waterpik are the best ways to avoid oral health problems like gingivitis. However, adding mouthwash to this routine gives many added benefits to your oral health. Mouthwash is an effective tool to fight against tooth decay, gingivitis, and helps promote healthy teeth and gums. Here are just a couple benefits from using mouthwash.

Mouthwash is a great way to help reduce bad breath. It works by killing the bacteria that causes bad breath, especially on the tongue. There are several varieties and flavors to choose from. Many people use mouthwash after brushing. It can also be used before to help remove loose particles in the mouth and make brushing and flossing more effective.

Some mouthwashes help prevent plaque build up on your gums, in-between teeth, and on the surface of your teeth in between brushing. Although it prevents the build up of plague, it cannot reduce the plaque that already exists on your teeth. So remember to always brush and floss to remove the plaque before it becomes a problem. Be sure to check the label to ensure it is a mouthwash that will help reduce plaque.

Using a fluoride mouthwash can help prevent cavities by strengthening the enamel. It is most effective when used after brushing. It is important to rinse for 60 seconds then spit out the excess and not to rinse the teeth. This dilutes the fluoride causing it to not be as effective. Being sure to rinse your mouth at night; leaves a protective coating of fluoride on your teeth to fight off bacteria while you sleep.

Mouthwash is a quick and effective way to give your mouth added protection and improve oral health. If you are unsure which type of mouthwash to use ask your dentist or dental hygienist. Your dentist or hygienist can help guide you to the one that will fit your needs the best.


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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Oral Cancer

Know the Symptoms

Cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells that invades and damages any tissue surrounding it. Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away within 2 weeks. Oral cancer can begin on the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and throat. Without early diagnosis oral cancer can be life threatening.

The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:
  • Swelling, lumps or bumps, rough spots or crust around areas inside the mouth
  • The development of velvety white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
  • Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks
  • A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice
  • Ear pain
  • A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
  • Dramatic weight loss
There are many risk factors that can cause oral cancer:
  • Smokers or smokeless tobacco users are 6 times more likely than non-tobacco users to develop oral cancer. Using smokeless tobacco makes a person 50 times more likely to develop cancer of the cheek, gums, and lining of the lips.
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol. Oral cancer is 6 times more common in drinkers than nondrinkers.
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Human papilloma virus. (HPV)
According to the American Cancer Society, men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women, and men who are over age 50 face the greatest risk. Only 25% of oral cancer occurs in people that do not use tobacco or that only consume alcohol occasionally.

There are two ways to diagnose oral cancer. One is by a physical exam. A doctor or dentist will examine the lips and mouth to look for any abnormalities, such as sores and white patches. Another way is removal of tissue for testing. If a suspicious area is found, the doctor or dentist may remove a sample of cells for laboratory testing in a procedure called a biopsy. Unusual cells can be scraped away with a brush or cut away using a scalpel. In the laboratory, the cells are analyzed for cancer or precancerous changes that indicate a risk of future cancer.

Once diagnosed, the doctor can determine the stage of cancer the patient is in. This can be done during a procedure called endoscopy, the doctor may pass a lighted scope down the throat to look for signs that cancer has spread beyond the mouth. A variety of imaging tests can also be used. Imaging tests may include X-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans, among others. Not everyone needs each test. Mouth cancer stages are indicated using Roman numerals I through IV. A lower stage, such as stage I, indicates a smaller cancer confined to one area. A higher stage, such as stage IV, indicates a larger tumor or that cancer has spread to other areas of the head or neck, or to other areas of the body.

Oral cancer is treated the same way many other cancers are treated, with surgery to remove the cancerous growth, followed by radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy to destroy any remaining cancer cells. To help prevent oral cancer it is important to not smoke or use any tobacco products and drink alcohol in moderation. Repeated exposure to the sun increases the risk of cancer on the lip, especially the lower lip. When in the sun, use UV-A/B-blocking sun protective lotions on skin, as well as lips.

It is recommended to conduct a self-exam at least once a month. Using a bright light and a mirror, look and feel the lips and front of your gums, then tilt the head back and look at and feel the roof of the mouth. Pull the checks out to view the inside of the mouth, the lining of the cheeks, and the back gums. Pull out the tongue and look at all surfaces; examine the floor of the mouth. Look at the back of the throat. Feel for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes in both sides of the neck and under the lower jaw. Call a dentist's office immediately if any changes are noticed in the appearance of the mouth or any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above.

It’s important to see a dentist on a regular schedule sometimes dangerous spots or sores in the mouth can be very tiny and difficult to see. The American Cancer Society recommends oral cancer screening exams every 3 years for persons over age 20 and annually for those over age 40. During your next dental appointment, ask your dentist to perform an oral exam. Early detection can improve the chance of successful treatment.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Root Canals, Know the Facts!

Do you or have you had tooth pain that wakes you up at night? Or noticed an oozing sore on your gums? If so, you may need or have been told you need a root canal. But what exactly is a root canal. Many people have heard horror stories about how awful they are but with the advancements in dentistry root canals have gotten much better and much easier. Millions of teeth area treated and saved each year by this procedure alone.
           
Inside the tooth, under the enamel and dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the surrounding tissues. Depending on the condition of the tooth treatment can be done in one to two appointments with little to no discomfort.

Root canal treatment is done to the inside of the tooth where the pulp is located. It is necessary to have this treatment when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can be caused by deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
During a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.Once treatment is completed the tooth functions just like a normal tooth.
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