Saturday, November 29, 2014

Getting Gums in Shape is Easier and Faster than Gym Workout

Got bleeding, irritated, swollen, reddish-pink gums? Until you get to the dentist to check this condition, you can actually do much to get your gums in better shape.

Since gum disease starts because of plaque build-up, preventing its accumulation is the first step. Three easy workout tools you can use in your car, at work or while watching TV are: floss, Rotopics and salt water. Flossing is the best way because it works between teeth and under gums in one sweep. Roto-pics are specially-designed plastic toothpicks that clean between teeth while massaging the gums. Salt water is one of nature's tissue healers. Swishing with it will almost instantly relieve gum irritation.

These workout methods work quickly. You'll notice improved health within two weeks of daily practice. Now drop down and give me thirty.... , er, floss-ups!..?

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I’m Dreaming of a White Filling

The holiday season is such a busy time, but it’s also the season to enjoy yourself. Plan now to have dental work completed beforehand, so you won’t miss out on the fun.

Do you have a bothersome tooth? Prevent the painful possibility of cracking a weakened or decayed tooth as you crunch down on a cinnamon candy cane.

Got sensitive teeth? Imagine eating homemade fudge or enjoying a warm Egg Nog without cringing.

Do you have halitosis (bad breath) or gum disease? Have it treated now, so you will feel confident conversing with co-workers at the company holiday party.

Do you wish for a star-bright smile? Safe and effective tooth whitening will boost your confidence to laugh and be merry.

Before the shopping rush. Before the tiresome lines. Before the holiday parties, complete your dental treatment first and smile for many seasons to come.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Boning Up With Implants

Do you have a missing tooth in your mouth? There are two good standard options to fill in the gap, such as a fixed bridge or removable partial dentures. Both use other teeth for strength and support. Neither is an ideal way to actually replace the full utility of the missing tooth.

To solve this dilemma, man created the dental implant. This surgically-placed post actually fuses with the bone in the jaw. After a crown is place on it, it can withstand nine times more biting pressure than a denture and, after several years of use, will still be going strong.

Talk to your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. You need to be in good health, have healthy gums and adequate bone structure. You must also have excellent oral hygiene habits and maintain regular dental visits.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cold Season is Here!

Keep yourself healthy and flu free with some facts and tips from the Natural Health Advisory.

With winter just around the corner, catching a cold is getting easier and easier. The drop in humidity that comes with winter’s chilly weather helps respiratory viruses and infections spread faster. The most common virus is influenza. Influenza is “more stable in cool, dry air,” and goes hand in hand with winter weather. [Respir Med, 2009 Mar:103(3):456-62.] A temperature drop and humidity drop at the same time creates higher chance of the influenza virus spreading.

Low humidity makes our throats dryer and more susceptible to viruses like influenza that are attracted to the respiratory tract.  A drop in humidity also means that viruses can travel faster. In low humidity weather, the water droplets in the air are smaller and therefore can move around faster, infecting more people more easily. In high humidity, water droplets are larger and therefore heavier, resulting in slower movement and less spread of the virus.

A great tip to make cold season less a bit easier is to get a humidifier. Humidifiers can decrease the chances of viruses and infections spreading by making the water in the air heavier and slower. Natural Health Advisory says that having a humidifier set around 60% humidity is healthy but setting it too high can cause mold to grow. Be sure to check around your home when you have a humidifier to make sure that there isn’t any mold growth, as mold can be detrimental to your health.

Telling your kids to recommend to their teacher to get a humidifier for school can be beneficial as colds are often spread at school. Having a humidifier at school can help decrease the risk of catching a bug in the classroom.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Flossing For Fun or Practice

Flossing is as important for keeping teeth and gums healthy as brushing because it can reach areas where the brush can't reach. Flossing takes less time than connecting to the Internet. Why, then, don’t more people floss?

Floss gets the bottoms of purses, in the glove box or hidden behind bottles in the medicine cabinet. Flossing is learning to tie your shoes. Flossing is not a choice time-filler...when stuck in traffic, you'd rather call a friend on the cell phone.

How can flossing be converted into a “front burner” habit? Keep it handy... next to the remote or to the mouse. Make it a daily ritual like reading the morning funnies or counting the days until your vacation. Soon you may actually get grouchy if you miss a workout.

Go to it! Your teeth will thank you.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Diabetics' Dental Health

According to information from the Academy of General Dentistry, one half of all diabetics don’t even know they are diabetic. Without this awareness of their condition, these diabetics aren’t able to take the necessary precautions for maintaining their physical and dental health.

Diabetics are more susceptible to oral infection than non-diabetics. And their infections tend to be more severe. Tooth decay resulting from “dry mouth” and receding gums from accelerated plaque build-up are two common infection problems diabetics encounter. To avoid these infections, diabetics may need to use prescribed antibiotics and/or medicated mouth rinses, in addition to frequent cleanings, to help maintain their oral health.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential for a diabetic. Keeping blood sugar levels under control, communicating any health changes with the dentist, and treating infections immediately will help to prevent periodontal disease and other serious oral infections from developing.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

For Men Only

You can now scrap the Corvette compulsion. Your new road to virility begins at the front door of your dentist’s office.

These are the facts: More men than women have periodontal (gum) disease. Men are twice as likely to get oral cancer than are women. Men who take dry mouth inducing medications for the heart, blood pressure or depression are at-risk for tooth decay.

In today's competitive employment arena, dressing to impress won't get you far without a good-looking smile. A bright smile, with no missing teeth, says it all.

You want to be healthier. You want to promote a positive image at work. You know what to do. Now get in your Ford Pinto and go see your dentist.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Blood Thinners and Dental Treatment

If you have a health condition which requires prescribed use of blood thinners such as Coumadin or aspirin, it is important to share this with your dentist.

Because the clotting mechanism is decreased by blood thinners, healing from injury can be difficult. This applies to the gums as well. Bleeding of the gums can occur during certain dental treatments and may be difficult to stop. Depending on the circumstances, the dentist may request that the patient discontinue use of the blood thinners for up to three days prior to all dental appointments. At home, it is a good idea to use a soft toothbrush and soft brushing technique and floss regularly. See your dentist regularly as well.

Your physical and dental health are mutually influenced. Therefore, it is very important to communicate with both your physician and your dentist regarding all aspects of your health.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Can Gymnema Sylvestre Stop Sugar Cravings?

This week, Natural Health Advisory (if you don't know it, check it out here) just posted a great article about sugar cravings so we thought we would share it with you.
The same properties that make gymnema sylvestre a beneficial supplement for diabetes treatment appear to give it the ability to stop sugar cravings as well. That would certainly be good for someone trying to reduce appetite and lose weight, but is there evidence the supplement really works? 
If you struggle with a sweet tooth, you may have heard of the sugar-buster herb, gymnema sylvestre. This fascinating herb contains gymnemic acids which, when placed directly on your tongue, actually fill the sugar receptors in your taste buds, effectively blocking your ability to taste sweetness.[1] Furthermore, researchers believe they may also reduce the intestine’s ability to absorb sugar molecules, reducing blood sugar levels.[1] It’s no wonder this herb is often used as a natural supplement for diabetes.

 Gymnema sylvestre – can increase the pancreatic output of insulin

An animal study found that gymnemic acid IV decreased blood glucose levels in diabetic mice by 14% to 60% within 6 hours of administration as compared to the anti-diabetic drug glibenclamide, and it also increased insulin levels.[2] A human study also found an insulin-elevating effect[3] as a result of gymnema’s unique ability to repair beta cells in the pancreas. In diabetics, up to 80 percent of their beta cells aren’t working.

Together, these effects may reduce the need for medication. One study looked at 22 people with type 2 diabetes. Patients were administered 400 mg of gymnema per day for 18 to 20 months. At the end of the study, 16 of the patients reduced their traditional oral medications and five had ceased taking them.[3]

Gymnema for weight loss

The herb may also play a beneficial role in weight control. Several studies suggest that it is a promising anti-obesity aid.[2,4] It offers several benefits.

Curbs cravings, appetite.

Not only does the herb reduce the sensation of sweetness,[7] which can help stop sugar cravings and lessen the allure of high-sugar and high-calorie foods, but it may also curb appetite in general. Researchers examined the effect of gymnema on people who were fasting. Those who took the herb one hour before being offered food ate less than the control group.[7]

Lessens weight gain from high-fat diet.

In one study, rats were given high fat diets to induce obesity. Rat who were given a saponin-rich fraction of a gymnema sylvestre extract ate less and had significantly decreased body weight.[8]

Benefits cholesterol.

Research also shows that Gymnema sylvestre improves the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol.[10]

How to take gymnema sylvestre:

To try gymnema sylvestre, look for an extract that is standardized to contain at least 25 percent gymnemic acid. Some supplement manufacturers produce an extract standardized to 75%. Clinical studies have looked at doses of 200 to 400 mg per day. Gymnema sylvestre can cause stomach upset, so take it with food or take three to four smaller doses throughout the day. Don’t take the supplement if you are pregnant, lactating or allergic to milkweed. Talk to a physician before taking it if you are currently taking anti-diabetic medication as a cumulative blood-sugar lowering effect could be dangerous.

How to get off the sugar

A diet high in sugar has been linked to dementia, weight gain, diabetes, osteoporosis, and more, and reducing or even eliminating it from your diet is a worthy goal. Gymnema sylvestre appears to be an effective tool to curb sugar cravings, assist in weight loss, and improve sugar metabolism by increasing the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin.

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Have you tried gymnema sylvestre for weight loss? Diabetes? Any other conditions? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bleaching for Boomers

 Bleaching or “whitening” teeth is an inexpensive, safe and easy way for many of us over 44 to regain the sparkly smiles of our high school yearbook photos. If your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking, you are a prime candidate for successful bleaching.
A professional tooth whitening could help you:
Land a job in these competitive times where youthful appearance is becoming more important.
Make a better first impression with potential clients.
Capture the attention of someone you like, just by flashing a pearly white smile.
Win your way onto your favorite game show as a contestant.
Win over an IRS auditor or loan officer.

Aging is inevitable, but it doesn't have be the first thing others see in you.

Note: All blogs posted here are the property of Tobias Maynard DDS, and may not be copied or used without his consent. All articles created by Dr. Maynard and may have also been published in magazines, newspapers or online.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

What do Funeral Directors and Dentists Have in Common?

Amalgam dental fillings!

Amalgam, which contains mercury, is commonly used to fill tooth cavities. When a body is burned, mercury from any silver fillings vaporizes. Once released into the atmosphere, mercury returns to the Earth in rain or snow, ending up in lakes and other bodies of water, where it can lead to elevated levels of mercury in fish. In humans, mercury damages the nervous system and can harm childhood development.

This health risk to the living was Colorado health officials' unprecedented argument last year against a funeral director who planned to build a crematorium close to a residential neighborhood. He was told to either install a costly filter on the smokestack or... (yikes!) extract the filled teeth before cremation.

If you are concerned about your own metal fillings, we can remove them safely now, so a stranger won't have it later.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Year-End Planning

In spite of the weak economy, many of our patients are diligent about their dental care. But, there are some who are steering clear of our office until it really hurts. When the time comes, the cost will be exponential. If you're trying not to spend anything on dental care, please read and consider the following:
  • Nearly all major dental problems start as minor tooth trouble.
  • Major dental problems mean more sick days and lost work time.
  • This year, thousands of people will contract oral cancer, a disease
    that can be found early with a simple dentist's exam.
  • Dental insurance benefits are wasted if not used by year's end.
  • Toothaches and holiday fudge don't mix.
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Monday, November 3, 2014

...This is halloween... Everybody SCREAM!

We celebrated Halloween in the office this year with some fun costumes!

Can you guess who we dressed up as?