Sandy Springs Dentist: What are periodontal diseases?

mature-female-health smilePeriodontal diseases are bacterial gum infections that destroy the gums and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. The disease which can be caused by multiple factors can affect one tooth or many teeth.

The main cause is bacterial plaque, a sticky, whitish film that constantly forms on your teeth. If it is not removed, it can turn into a hard substance called calculus or tartar in less than 48 hours. Tartar is so hard it can only be removed by an oral health professional, such as a dentist or dental hygienist. The bacteria in plaque infect the gums, and release poisons that cause redness and inflammation around your teeth.  The inflammation and poisons cause the destruction of the tissues that support your teeth. Once this happens, the gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets that fill with even more plaque causing even deeper and more infection.

The disease is multi-factorial.  Meaning, there is not just one cause of periodontal diseases but rather multiple factors that can affect the oral health of your gums.

● SYSTEMIC DISEASES that interfere with the body’s immune system may adversely affect the condition of the gums and supporting bone.

● POOR NUTRITION can make it difficult for the body’s immune system to fight off infection.

● GENETICS and family history of periodontal diseases suggest a propensity for developing these diseases.

● TOBACCO use significantly increases the risk of developing periodontal diseases and can thwart treatment.

● HORMONAL CHANGES in women during pregnancy, puberty and menopause can cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed easily.

● POOR ORAL HYGIENE technique, oral piercing, drug or alcohol abuse can affect periodontal health.

● STRESS can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, including periodontal diseases.

● Some MEDICATIONS such as oral contraceptives, antidepressants and certain heart medicine can affect oral health.

The entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve. If you are in need of a complimentary consult to determine your oral health situation please feel free to contact us.

Hanna Orland, DMD
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
404-256-3620
info@rightsmilecenter.com
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Dentist Sandy Springs: Pancreatic Cancer and Gum Disease

Oral ExamThe British Dental Health Foundation believes new scientific research presented is a further indication of a possible link between pancreatic cancer and gum disease.

The latest research, presented in the journal Gut, found one of the bacterium key in the development of gum disease was associated with a two-fold increase in risk for pancreatic cancer. The study also discovered those with non-harmful oral bacteria had a 45 per cent lower risk of pancreatic cancer. [1]

Although researchers cannot confirm whether gum disease contributes towards a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer or whether is a marker, the research is a further indication of a potential link between the two diseases.

Previous research has also drawn an association between bacteria responsible for gum disease and pancreatic cancer, although in both cases it remains unclear whether the presence of particular types of bacteria are a cause or effect of pancreatic cancer.

If you have swollen gums that bleed regularly when brushing, bad breath, loose teeth or regular mouth infections appear, it is likely you have gum disease. If any of these symptoms persist, your dentist may be able to help you.  There is no escaping the fact poor oral health has some role to play, as a number of studies are now starting to show. What we must remember is oral health is relatively simple to maintain.  If we can be of help please give us a call.

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/250857.php

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

 

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[1] Dominique S Michaud, Jacques Izard et al., Pancreatic cancer: Original article: Plasma antibodies to oral bacteria and risk of pancreatic cancer in a large European prospective cohort study., Gut gutjnl-2012-303006Published Online First: 18 September 2012 doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2012-303006

Dentist Sandy Springs: Mouthwash lowers LDL Cholesterol

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Studies indicate this will lower LDL levels

Cleaning your mouth and cleaning your arteries could be as simple as a once-a-day oral rinse according to Biomedical Development Corporation.[1]  The study was designed to see if there were improvements in oral health, which there were, but the study also produced lower LDL cholesterol levels.  The trial studies are being conducted by the Center for Oral Health Research at the University of Kentucky.

The active ingredient is a proprietary formula based on iodine.  About 40 percent of the world’s population is thought to be at risk of iodine deficiency.  Recent clinical studies shows what appears to be a closer link between oral health and cardiovascular health.  Although scientists cannot yet fully explain how the two are connected, there is ample statistical evidence to suggest that gum disease and heart disease are closely related.

Phyllis Siegel, CEO of BDC, said that while results of its ongoing clinical trials are pending, a specific formulation of the product called iCLEAN®, designed for general mouth cleaning, will soon be available.[2]

If we can be of service or provide you with more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

The Right Smile Center

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

 

[1] Biomedical Development Corporation (BDC) on April 23, 2013, will present data to the American Academy of Oral Medicine showing that its oral rinse was safe and effective at fighting gingivitis in a recent clinical trial. But the most surprising finding of the study was that users of the oral rinse showed lower LDL cholesterol levels than the placebo group.

[2] http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/259391.php

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Tooth Decay and Cavities | Dentist Sandy Springs

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Regular Check ups can preserve that youthful smile.

Tooth decay can happen to anyone.  Left untreated, cavities can become infected and eventually, result in tooth loss.  Don’t wait for a toothache to start taking care of your teeth.  By practicing good oral hygiene and getting regular dental checkups, you can protect yourself from tooth decay.

Perhaps there’s a need to have a better understanding of tooth decay. It begins with the normal bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria feed on food particles in your mouth and produce acid as a byproduct. The combination of bacteria, food debris, acid, and saliva in your mouth forms a filmy substance on your teeth called plaque.  If the plaque isn’t removed promptly, tooth decay will begin. Eventually, the plaque hardens into a mineral-like substance known as tartar, which without professional care is much harder to remove. Both tartar and plaque can eventually lead to the gum diseases known as gingivitis and periodontitis.

In addition to gum disease, plaque build-up also affects the protective enamel surface on your teeth, leading to cavities.  Without treatment, cavities grow larger and eventually compromise the nerves and blood vessels within the tooth.  If an abscess or other infection develops in the tooth it more than likely will result in the destruction, and probably the loss of your tooth.

The culprits in this scenario are starches and sugars we eat. In addition, sticky foods also promote cavities as they adhere to the surface of the teeth and facilitate bacterial activity.  Generally, if you snack a lot, you’re at higher risk of developing cavities from the plaque formed from poor eating and oral habits.

Although cavities are more common in younger people, adults aren’t immune.  Older fillings often deteriorate and allow bacteria to accumulate, resulting in additional tooth decay.

Most cavities are found early during regular dental checkups, but you have to show up for those checkups.  Sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods and drinks may also alert you to a possible cavity.  If you notice tooth sensitivity or pain, it’s morel than likely time to visit your dentist for an oral exam.

Once a cavity is found, treatment options include either a filling, crown or root canal therapy, depending on the degree of decay. If caught early enough the most common cavity treatment is a filling.  If you waited until you had pain, and your cavity is severe, a crown may be necessary to restore the tooth.  If decay has spread to the tooth’s root, a root canal may be required. In this procedure, the nerve tissue is removed and sealed.  Then either a permanent filling is placed or a crown may be necessary as well.

So what should you do?  The best way to prevent decay and other dental issues associated with tooth decay is to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly. If you experience tooth sensitivity, make an appointment to see your dentist sooner than later.  With proper dental examinations we can eliminate problems before they start. Don’t let your dental hygiene disrupt your lifestyle, contact us now.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200B

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Dentist Sandy Springs | Oral Bacteria and Global Health

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Oral Examinations are important to your global health.

Two new studies, published in the Journal of Periodontology have explored the potential link between periodontal bacteria and pre-eclampsia, as well as coronary artery disease. As small as it is and as far from your hearth as possible, this oral bacteria may have a huge impact on coronary artery disease and pre-eclampsia.  More research is needed to fully understand how periodontal bacteria travels from the mouth to other parts of the body as well as the exact role it has in the development of these systemic diseases, but in the meantime it’s important to maintain your oral health until more is known.  Physicians, dentists and patients alike need to monitor the research in this area as it continues to grow so they can better work together to achieve the highest levels of overall health.

These studies found that periodontal bacteria, often invisible to the unaided eye, may account for big effects on general health conditions. This bacterium has often been thought to play a role in many of the potential connections between overall health and oral health.  According to the article, one study identified periodontal pathogens in the coronary and internal mammary arteries in nine out of 15 of the patients examined. The second study looked at women who had suffered from pre-eclampsia during pregnancy and found that 50 percent of the placentas from women with pre-eclampsia were positive for one or more periodontal pathogens. This was compared to just 4.3 percent in the control group. Both of these studies support the concept that periodontal organisms might be associated with the development of other systemic conditions such as coronary artery disease and pre-eclampsia.

That’s why in our Sandy Springs office we recommend seeing us at least twice a year and additionally if necessary regardless of what your insurance covers.  It’s in your best interest.  If you need to see us for consideration of your oral health, please contact us.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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Dentist Sandy Springs: Prevention of Periodontal Disease

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A health smile needs professional attention, too.

During your checkup, we examine your gums for periodontal problems.  A probe is used to detect ‘pockets’ between the gums and the teeth.  The normal space or depth between teeth and gums should not exceed 3 millimeters.  If gum disease is diagnosed, we offer in-house treatment or referral to a periodontist, which is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases.

Your treatment depends on how far the condition has progressed.  The earliest stage of the disease is gingivitis, which is reversible if treated.  The more advanced stage is periodontitis, which may require more aggressive treatment to prevent tooth loss.  If left untreated, the affected teeth frequently become loose and may fall out or require removal.

When periodontal disease is first diagnosed, one of our recommended treatments is scaling and root planing.  Depending on the extent of the disease, treatment may require one or more visits.  Periodontal disease will not go away by itself.  Preventing and treating the disease through good oral healthcare in the early stages are the best way to keep your smile healthy.

We are a multi-specialty practice with in-house and referral treatment of periodontal disease.  If we can be of assistance, please feel free to give us a call.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Sandy Springs Dentist | Under and Uninsured Children

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Mother and Child with healthy smiles

Most health insurance plans sponsored by the “Obamacare” do not include dental insurance. In fact, most insurance plans before Obamacare provided minimal coverage.  However, Obamacare did affect patient care and their oral health, particularly in terms of children’s dental insurance.

Specifically, Obamacare plans offered to children must include dental coverage. As a result, demand for pediatric dental services have increased, but it is complicated to submit dental services under health insurance plans in many cases.

Given the election of Donald Trump and the potential repeal and replace of Obamacare, the trend may be heading in the other direction.  President Trump has already started signing executive orders to roll back aspects of Obamacare.  So far, children’s dental insurance hasn’t been affected, but most likely in a competitively designed healthcare market it will.

Regardless of the politics, if they have coverage or not, most parents should be keen to take care of their child’s dental needs. In our Sandy Springs office we see our job is to make it as easy as possible for them to do this. If we can be of help please give us a call or drop us an email.

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com