Posts for: January, 2018
How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.
Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”
How does she get her two young sons to do it?
Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”
As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:
Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!
Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.
The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.
Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.
Find out how implants can replace your missing teeth for life.
We know that dealing with missing teeth is particularly frustrating. After all, you never thought this was an issue you would have to face as an adult. Luckily, in this day and age there are so many ways that modern-day dentistry can fix your smile for the long run. Our Scottsdale, AZ, dentists Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton can’t wait to tell you how dental implants could turn your smile around.
Tell me about dental implants!
So, now that we have your attention it’s time to learn more about how a dental implant works to replace one or more missing teeth. As you might imagine, one dental implant is designed to replace a single tooth. If you need to replace multiple teeth, several implants can be placed throughout the jawbone to support a dental bridge or full dentures.
A dental implant is a very thin metal post or screw that functions like tooth roots. Our Scottsdale, AZ, restorative dentist will place the implant into a pre-made hole in the jawbone so that it can take over the role of your missing tooth’s roots. Your tooth roots are important because they stimulate the jawbone. Without stimulation from the roots the jawbone won’t remain stable and it will begin to deteriorate. Luckily, by replacing your missing teeth with implants we can prevent significant bone loss.
It’s important to understand that dental implants are unlike other tooth replacements as it replaces the tooth from its root. Your particular situation will determine how long the implant process takes. While in some cases it takes a few months to heal before the restoration is placed, using new technologies, we can sometimes place a tooth on your dental implant the same day! There is truly no other tooth replacement that comes close to functioning similarly to a natural tooth like dental implants can. With the proper care, your new restoration could just end up lasting you the rest of your life.
Are you ready to find out if your smile is perfect for dental implants? If so, then turn to the experts in the field who can restore your smile and boost your confidence. Call Waterfront Dentistry today in Scottsdale or Phoenix, AZ, to schedule your consultation.
The human body’s immune system has amazing defensive capabilities. Without it a common cold or small wound could turn deadly.
One of the more important processes of the immune system is inflammation, the body’s ability to isolate diseased or injured tissue from unaffected tissue. Ironically, though, this vital component of the healing process could actually cause harm if it becomes chronic.
This often happens with periodontal (gum) disease, an infection of the gums caused by bacterial plaque built up on teeth due to inadequate hygiene, which in turn triggers inflammation. The infection is often fueled by plaque, however, and can become difficult for the body to overcome on its own. A kind of trench warfare sets in between the body and the infection, resulting in continuing inflammation that can damage gum tissues. Untreated, the damage may eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
In treating gum disease, our main goal is to stop the infection (and hence the inflammation) by aggressively removing plaque and calculus (tartar). Without plaque the infection diminishes, the inflammation subsides and the gums can begin to heal. This reduces the danger to teeth and bone and hopefully averts their loss.
But there’s another benefit of this treatment that could impact other inflammatory conditions in the body. Because all the body’s organic systems are interrelated, what occurs in one part affects another especially if it involves inflammation.
It’s now theorized that reducing gum inflammation could lessen inflammation in other parts of the body. Likewise, treating other conditions like high blood pressure and other risk factors for inflammatory diseases could lower your risk of gum disease and boost the effectiveness of treatment.
The real key is to improve and maintain your overall health, including your teeth and gums. Practice daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque, and visit your dentist regularly for more thorough cleanings. And see your dentist at the first sign of possible gum problems like bleeding, redness or swelling. You’ll not only be helping your mouth you could also be helping the rest of your body enjoy better health.
If you would like more information on the relationship between gum disease and other systemic conditions, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Link between Heart & Gum Diseases.”