Monday, February 27, 2017

Periodontitis Could Be a Sign of Diabetes

A new study published this month in the BJM Journal, under BJM Open Diabetes Research and Care shows possible links between periodontitis and type 2 diabetes.

Can you imagine how strange it would be for your dentist to tell you that you might have diabetes mellitus (type 2 diabetes)? A study published early this week makes a strong argument that gum disease may be a warning sign for type 2 diabetes. “According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines for diagnosis, there was a significant over-representation of subjects with suspected diabetes (23% and 14%) and pre-diabetes (47% and 46%) in the severe periodontitis group and mild/moderate periodontitis groups, respectively…” (1).

This is not the first study to show this, but instead confirms even further how important oral health really is. Taking care of your teeth and mouth helps prevent other life-changing diseases, and helps doctors identify early signs of other illnesses. The recent study found that 1 in 5 people that suffered from periodontitis unknowingly had type 2 diabetes.

Periodontitis is a gum infection that attacks the tissue of the gum and eats away at the bone that support your teeth. Symptoms of periodontitis include bloody, swollen, or tender gums, bad breath, and/or loose teeth. If gone untreated, periodontitis can lead to loss of teeth and an increased danger of stroke or heart attack. Periodontitis is easily prevented by brushing at least two times a day and flossing regularly. Your family dentists in Valencia can help put you on track to prevent periodontitis. We can also help identify yellow flags within your overall health.

Of course, there are plenty of other health concerns that can be identified by looking at your oral health. We’ve previously written about how your dental health can prevent heart diseases as well as Alzheimer’s.

So when should you ask your dentist about periodontitis? Make sure to schedule your regular cleanings and if your family dentist in Valencia sees any warning signs we will let you know.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

In the Dentist's Tool Bag

Dentistry technology continues to expand and evolve into great technology that makes your visits to your family dentist in Valencia easier, shorter, and even more pleasant. Even with advancing technology, some of the most basic tools continue to be highly effective and common practice. Let’s reviews some of the basic tools you might encounter at your next scheduled cleaning.

Some of the most basic tools include: the mirror, the pliers, the saliva ejector, and the probe. These instruments are mostly used to help us navigate your mouth and maintain your comfort, whether you’re there for a root canal or a cleaning. The mirror and probe allow your dentist to see into the crevices of your mouth and help identify what type of care you might need. The saliva ejector and pliers are usually used to extract extra saliva, blood, or debris that may have accumulated during your care.

For the most basic cleaning, the primary tool used is an ultrasonic instrument that uses small motions to do a basic cleanse of larger tarter pieces. This tool may also use small bursts of water to help loosen any debris. Depending on the dental care you need, you may have an x-ray. This will help your friendly family dentist identify issues such as tooth decay, cysts, impacted teeth, and cavities. The x-ray may be able to catch cautionary problems before they become harder to treat.

You may have experienced a blue light with an orange screen over it. These are called dental curing lights. These are used to complete the secure processing of fillings and other resin based materials your care may have required.  

No matter what you are visiting us for, you will probably see at least one of the tools from the above list. Don’t know what something is? Don’t be afraid to ask us! Your family dentist in Valencia is always happy to answer any questions you may have!   


Friday, December 23, 2016

Fun (and Healthy) Stocking Stuffers!

Valencia dentist Tis’ the season for sugar cookies and gingerbread houses. And unless you’re on the naughty list, most of us hope for a stocking full of candy and fun nicknacks. This season think about adding some oral health items that will be sure to make every kid smile!

Fun Flossers
These little guys are more like toys than flossers. They come in a variety of different colors, shapes, and even animals. Flossing should be part of your oral health routine. These colorful flossers make flossing fun while also making it easy to use floss for little hands. These also come in adult size and are great for travel! They will make a great stocking stuffer addition for anyone at any age.

Singing Toothbrush
The toothbrushes come in a variety of songs and colors (as well as size and density). While the kids are brushing their teeth, the song plays. This not only distracts the kids from brushing their teeth but it will also help them know how long to brush for. This could be for kids of all ages. If you need help, ask your friendly Valencia dentist to help determine the right toothbrush for your little one.

Sugar Free Candy
For most kids, they won’t know the difference. The kids will still enjoy getting the candy, you’ll still enjoy watching them be overjoyed with all their candy, and their teeth will be nice and happy! Here’s a little more information about sugar free candy.

Of course, there are plenty of great stocking stuffers that would contribute to a healthy oral hygiene: mouthwash, whitening strips, and water picks! Contact your Valencia dentist if you’re looking for other gifts of stocking sutffers for you or your little ones this season. 


Monday, October 31, 2016

Free Cavities: Your Favorite Candies Ranked

‘Tis the season, but no, not for ole St. Nick (yet!), but ‘tis definitely the season for sugar, candy, and yet more sugar. Most people might think that Halloween has to be a dentist’s least favorite holiday. While it might not be our favorite, we can’t deny the joy the season tends to bring.
Believe it or not, there are some candies that are better for you than others, and it’s not just the sugar content, although that does make a slight difference. Before you indulge in just any candy, check out which candies we recommend you reach for if you’re going to reach for any, and which ones you should just toss.

If you’re going to indulge, go for:

Sugar Free
Obviously your Valencia dentist would love for all the candy you consume this Halloween season to be sugar free, but that’s probably not going to happen. Although some sugar free candies are instead loaded with chemicals, at least the cavity-causing sugar won’t throw off your healthy pH levels in your mouth and gums. 

Dark Chocolate
Although chocolate is usually packed full of sugar, high quality dark chocolate is loaded full of antioxidants. There have even been studies completed that show the benefits of cacao bean husk extract. While chocolate may not be directly healthy for your teeth due to the added sugar, the overall health benefit of dark chocolate encourages a complete healthy body.

Pass on these:

Taffy (or anything sticky)
The stickier the candy, the longer the candy has to ruin your teeth, especially if it gets stuck in a crevice or cavity. The sugar is literally resting on your teeth as you chew, and working its way into those hard to reach areas. Surprisingly enough, dried fruit has the same effect as sticky candy.

Sour Candy
Sour candies have very high acid levels which directly attack your tooth enamel. The enamel is the part of the tooth that keep the tooth safe and clean. The acid can also irritate any mouth sores and will dehydrate you.
While we would love to encourage veggies and toys being the prized handouts this Halloween, it’s kind of hard to imagine Halloween without a little bit of sugar. If you are following your Valencia Dentist’s recommendation of brushing twice a day and flossing, a little bit of candy should be just fine.