Pumpkins grace the doorsteps of numerous homes throughout America. Many of these pumpkins didn’t survive Halloween night due to rambunctious pranksters destroying countless vegetables in the name of fun and tradition. Although many people indulge in a slice of pumpkin pie around the holidays, many people remain unaware that pumpkins can benefit teeth. The dentists from Riverside Dental Group discuss how pumpkins aid in tooth health.
From A to Zinc in Pumpkins
Pumpkins naturally contain zinc and vitamin A. Diligent label readers might know that several mouthwash companies add zinc to their product to aid in prevent gum inflammation. However, many people do not know that vitamin A supports tooth enamel strength. Tooth enamel does not regenerate so every little bit helps when it comes to enamel retention. Other studies indicate that consuming pumpkins can curb a person’s appetite with a lower calorie count that many other options. Pumpkins contain high levels of beneficial fiber and essential minerals.
With the holidays fast approaching, a variety of dental emergencies could occur. Holiday decorations often involve stringing popcorn throughout the house. Those decorations might appear tasty, but eating popcorn from holidays passed could result in a dental emergency. The holidays can cause an increased amount of stress and anxiety. This holiday season, many patients might realize that they grind or clench teeth. The dentists from Dental Associates of Corona discuss how to deal with holiday dental emergencies.
Dental Emergency: Tooth Fractures
Holiday parties and gatherings can overwhelm people with vast arrays of food. The smell of an oven-roasted turkey can tickle the senses. This time of year, people don’t always exercise restraint when it comes to turkey consumption, and an errant turkey bone could result in a tooth fracture. Additionally, chewing on ice often causes tooth fractures.
November’s arrival often brings an increase in children’s cavities due to a busy Halloween season. Additionally, many patients see November as a perfect time to come into our office for dental checkups. However, November also honors patients affected with a disease capable of diminishing mental function known as Alzheimer’s disease. In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Riverside dentists from Riverside Dental Group discuss the link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s.
Affected by Alzheimer’s
Currently, 13% of Americans over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The disease typically affects women at higher rate than men, but often because women typically live for longer periods than men. A scientist from the NYU College of Dentistry studied roughly two decades of data and conducted his own studies to determine that a potential link exists between gum disease and diminished cognitive function related to Alzheimer’s.
The study measured the cognitive abilities of patients over the age of 70. One half of the 152 patients studied showed signs of periodontal disease and diminished cognitive function. The other half of the group also showed decreased mental functionality, but showed no signs of periodontal disease. The study tested the subjects’ ability to link number sequences with digit-symbol pairs. After measuring the results, the scientists showed evidence that patients with decreased mental function and periodontal disease decreased their odds of scoring well on the test by nine times due to the prevalence of gum disease. The conclusion highlights the continued importance of maintaining oral health at every stage during life.
Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s
The leading cause of adult tooth loss might surprise some people: gum disease. In a previous blog, we discussed how chewing ability can impact a person’s risk of developing dementia. Many patients suffering from dementia also suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Roughly 80% of dementia cases link back to Alzheimer’s. Recent reports indicate that more than 75% of Americans will experience gum disease during their lifetime. As our population continues to age, the role of dental hygiene becomes increasingly important. The first step towards promoting better oral health involves a proper dental hygiene regimen. The American Dental Association recommends twice-daily brushing, regular flossing, and use of a an ADA-approved mouthrinse.
Schedule Your Visit for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
Interested in learning more about the importance of oral health? Due for a checkup? Riverside Dental Group provides comprehensive dental care for our patients in our 92504 dentist office. Contact us by calling (951) 689-5031 to schedule your appointment today. We welcome patients from Riverside and all neighboring communities.
Source found at ScienceDaily.com
Emergency situations can cause people to panic and stop thinking clearly. The response makes perfect sense. Generally, an emergency indicates that something suddenly spiraled out of control. In the case of dental emergencies, pain often comes with the territory. Several different types of dental emergencies exist. The dentists from The Oasis Family Dental offer up a few tips to remember in case of a dental emergency.
One of the first signs of a dental emergency usually involves pain. Toothaches stem from a variety of causes. Sometimes the pain results from a simple cavity. In the case of a cavity, patients usually report sensitivity to hot or cold foods. If the tooth pain persists for an extended period of time following consumption hot or cold foods, consult your dentist immediately. Scheduling an appointment for as soon as possible can prevent further tooth damage caused by the cavity. To avoid cavities, make a commitment to your oral hygiene. Brush twice daily, floss regularly, and use an ADA-approved mouthrinse.
Living with sensitive teeth can impact day-to-day activities and overall wellbeing. Hot or cold foods, a rush of air, and even acidic or sweet foods can set in a motion a painful barrage of tooth responses. The many types of tooth sensitivity can vary depending on the cause. Some sensitivity can manifest as dull or throbbing pain, other types of sensitivity express themselves in short bursts of sharp pain. The dentists from Dental Associates of Riverside discuss five causes of tooth sensitivity.
Experiencing pain or sensitivity in your teeth can ruin a perfectly good time. Studies indicate that as many as 88% of Americans suffer from some form of tooth sensitivity. Many people experience quick, sharp pain when exposed to extreme temperatures.
Although cavities could certainly cause tooth sensitivity, gum recession also lends a hand to the development of sensitive teeth. Many people simply assume that their sensitive teeth result from genetics or other unavoidable causes. Although some people possess naturally thin gums, oral hygiene often plays the biggest role in maintaining optimal gum health. The dentists from Dental Associates of Moreno Valley discuss how gum recession can cause tooth sensitivity.
When gums recede, sensitive roots become exposed to new stimuli. When foods, beverages, or even sweets make contact with sensitive roots, people typically experience a short burst of pain. In some cases, a fresh breath of cold air can provide the same unnerving sensation. Gum recession occurs for a variety of reasons. Periodontal disease can certainly cause gum recession. Halitosis, repeated infections, and bleeding gums can all signify the presence of gum disease.
As the population continues to live longer and longer, an increase in certain medical conditions could occur. More patients require hip and joint replacements each year as their body simply wears down with age. Additionally, many other patients notice a loss in mental capacity as they age. Could there be a link between oral health and maintaining mental function later in life? The dentists from Riverside Dental Group developed a short, true/false quiz to inform and educate patients about the potential link between chewing ability and dementia.
The most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening, could revive a lackluster smile. Countless individuals can benefit from smile rejuvenation and brightening with teeth whitening. Evidence suggests that people whom smile more tend to exercise with more frequency.
Additionally, smiling can lift a person’s mood and convey confidence. Tooth stains and discoloration could cause a smile to fade, but craze lines can also leave patients embarrassed to smile. The dentists from The Oasis Family Dental Group developed a short true/false quiz on teeth whitening.
As people age, their bones and joints can wear out or begin to deteriorate. Conditions like osteoporosis can take a toll on bone growth and health. Mid-October brings Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week. Promoting and maintaining bone growth acts as an essential factor in retaining teeth and a fully-functioning jaw. Adult tooth loss can cause health problems and even lead to an increased risk of dementia in patients. The dentists from Dental Associates of Riverside outline ways to promote oral health and prevent poor bone and joint health.
The Importance of Teeth
Gum disease remains the primary cause of adult tooth loss in America. Living with tooth loss can cause embarrassment, low self-esteem, and diminished confidence. Additionally, tooth loss can cause jawbone deterioration if not treated properly. When tooth loss occurs, the jaw no longer receives signal from teeth, necessary for promoting bone growth.
Jawbone deterioration could result in facial collapse. When facial collapse occurs, patients’ often lose confidence in their appearance because of the abnormalities in the way skin hangs over their jaw. In order to reduce the risk of gum disease, always maintain a proper oral hygiene routine.
Dental Implants Promote Bone Growth
After tooth loss, several tooth replacement options can provide a cosmetically appealing aesthetic. However, dental implants also serve to continue promoting bone growth. Dentures simply do not provide the same stimulation to the jaw which could result in facial collapse. Dental implants typically consist of a titanium post and a ceramic prosthetic to mimic the feel and appearance to natural teeth.
Many patients report they can consume their favorite foods with dental implants. Patients with dentures can experience difficulty chewing and speaking due to denture slippage. Although dentures can serve as reliable prosthetics, continued jawbone stimulation marks a clear advantage for dental implants in terms of bone growth.
Schedule Your Visit for Bone and Joint Health
Adult tooth loss can take a toll on a person’s overall quality of life. At Dental Associates of Riverside, we can discuss effective means of gum disease prevention in our 92506 dentist office to help you avoid tooth loss. We offer comprehensive dental care and multi-specialty dentistry to our patients of all ages. Contact us by calling (951) 369-1001 to schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from Riverside and all neighboring communities in Southern California.
With the arrival of October comes an influx of candy, scary costumes, and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Grocery stores roll out pink displays for select items, and certain candy companies even offer all-pink versions of their most popular sellers. Almost every major sport in America helps spread awareness.
The Major League Baseball World Series features pink ribbons painted on the field. The National Football League encourages everyone to display pink, from the most elite quarterbacks, to the lowliest of towel boys. Many people remain unaware of the link between oral health and an increased risk of developing breast cancer. The dentists from Dental Associates of Moreno Valley discuss the connection between gum disease and breast cancer.
Breast Cancer / Gum Disease Link
According to a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), patients with gum disease could experience an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Many scientists fail to acknowledge the oral –systemic connection, but evidence points to prevalence of gum disease in people with certain medical conditions.
Breast cancer can affect women and some men, and the WHO study certainly continues to highlight the importance of maintaining a strict oral hygiene regimen to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.
Gum Disease Prevention
Preventing gum disease can appear difficult in this day and age. Currently, roughly 80% of American adults will experience gum disease during their life. Roughly 20% of those people remain unaware of their periodontal issues. Additionally, gum disease serves as the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States.
Gum tissue and bone provide support for teeth, and periodontal disease can result in tooth loss. Gum irritation, swelling, and bleeding all warrant a call to your dentist at Dental Associates of Moreno Valley. In order to give yourself the best chance of preventing periodontal issues, make sure to brush twice daily, floss regularly, and finish your hygiene regimen using an ADA-approved antimicrobial mouthrinse.
Schedule Your Visit for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Want to show your support for National Breast Cancer Awareness month with a dental checkup to screen for gum disease? At Dental Associates of Moreno Valley, we offer comprehensive dental care and multi-specialty dentistry. Contact our 92533 dental office by calling (951) 697-6800 to schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from Moreno Valley and all neighboring communities in Southern California.